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I'm sharing what prompted me to start blogging (and the most recent house tour pics as well).  Come on over and visit!

Saturday Spotlight 


Have a great day!


Giving Thanks


It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and as I took a walk around my neighbourhood, I couldn't help feeling such appreciation and thankfulness for where I am today.

I am thankful for my gorgeous home and yard -


for the trails that are right outside my door -



for the beautiful scenery I enjoy every day -




for gorgeous fall colour -


for a neighbourhood filled with people who look out for one another -


and for the lovely pets that I have been blessed to share my life with:




I am thankful for so many more things, but if I listed all of them my post would go on forever.  There is one more thing to mention here that I am thankful for.  I am so thankful for all of you who come and read what I have to share.  Thank you for being here and coming back time and time again dear friends.


Happy Thanksgiving!


With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!
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DIY Rustic Shutters for $10

I love shutters. If I could get my hands on more shutters, my house would be full of them.  Instead, I've taken to building my own.   This week, I've been working on indoor shutters for the new window I installed a month ago - holy crap, can it be a month ago already?!  Time sure flies...


Aren't they cute?!  I love them!!!


To build them I took the window measurements and played around with different wood sizes until I came up with a design that I liked that would work with the amount of space I had.   I used 1x4s and 1x2s to create four panels, two for each side that would be hinged together.  I allowed 1/2" in my width measurement for the hinges and it worked out perfectly!  I also allowed 1/4" for the height measurement so that I had proper clearance for the shutters to move without hitting the window ledge.

The wood that I bought was so rough, I spent about an hour sanding it all before I even began to cut the pieces to size.  That being said, the wood only cost me $6 and the hinges cost $4 so I can't complain - what a great price for a window treatment!


I used butt hinges to hinge the panels together as well as to attach them to the window trim.


I also wound up sanding the parts of the braces that meet up with the trim to a 45 degree angle so that the shutters could fold back against the wall neatly.  That was something I should have done before assembling all the panels.  In hindsight, I should have done that on all sides of the braces to make them look consistent...   




A single coat of white paint and a light sanding after it dried allowed the wood grain to show through.  I used Ikea knobs I had on hand from a dresser makeover.  I like the effect they created.  I also stole the hook from another set of shutters I found at a yard sale.   I'm pretty thrilled with the way they look and you can't beat the price!


And if rustic shutters aren't your thing, check out the other set of indoor shutters I built for my bathroom

DIY Indoor Shutters from One Plank of Wood


You can get the details on these shutters HERE

If you want the details on how to install your own window, click HERE

Thanks for visiting!





With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!




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Moving 101 or How to Move Without Losing Your Mind



I’ve moved 32 times since I first left home. It’s mind boggling to me that I moved that many times but I have moving down to a fine science now. I once had to pack an entire house and move to the other side of the country in less than 20 days. I did it easily!


Moving is stressful and the more organized you are, the easier it becomes.  Get the whole family involved or not - only you know whether this will help you or hinder you.  Take it easy and start working on it the moment you know you're moving - you'll be glad you started early.

Here are 10 tips to help you get organized, pack and manage easily once you get into your new place.