Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless: Life

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Home: The Kitchen

This is part 3 in my series where I day-dream up a list of DIY's I hope to do in my new apartment. For this part, I'm going to focus on the Kitchen.

1. Painted Kitchen spoons (found here)

2. A small Kitchen island (if needed) (Great tutorial found here)

3. Organize under sink area (Image/tutorial found here)

4. Mason Jar Storage and Lables (image found here)

Friday, April 25, 2014

New Home: The Bathroom

This is part 2 in my series where I day-dream up a list of DIY's I hope to do in my new apartment. For this part, I'm going to focus on the bathroom.

1. Mason Jar Storage (instructions for the below image found here)

2. Some DIY Storage (baskets found here, yellow shelves - no source) 

3. DIY Under-Sink Storage (Shower caddies found here, baskets - no source)

4. Add Hooks and or Towel bars (Hooks found here, Bars found here)


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Dresser .... gone wrong

Quick note: I don't have internet at my new place yet, and I move in tomorrow, so if I'm MIA on here for the next week or so, you know why! I have no idea how I will survive without it haha... okay back to blogging:

So I had this grand idea to update a dresser I bought on Craig's List, which by the way, was quite cute to begin with. I patiently primed and painted it, putting hour, after hour into it, only to look at the final product and say "wow, I hate that SO much". I can honestly say I've never dislike the result of a DIY attempt more! haha oh dear.

I thought I'd share some in process pictures today... I'm hoping to fix the dresser this weekend, and I'll share with you the whole process (and the ugly pictures) once I've got a - hopefully prettier - dresser to share!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Pick Me Up's

Today I am keeping it very simple... I thought I'd share just a few happy pictures & links today to brighten up your Monday! Hope it's a good one.

- Here is a fun little story about a Princess who is kick ass: click

- Thank goodness the below is true! (image found here)

- This awesome DIY Ampersand art needs to be in your life

 - So does this simple table DIY (Found here)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Home: The Bedroom

This is part 1 in my series where I day-dream up a list of DIY's I hope to do in my new apartment. For this part, I'm going to focus on the bedroom.

1. Make-over a cheap dresser. (Dresser found here)

2. Make or paint an area rug (Instruction for the rug below found here)

3. DIY twinkle lighting for above the bed (Instructions for the item below found here)

4. DIY Under desk storage - with room for a printer! (Instructions for the below found here - lots of other amazing DIYs too, check it out!)

5.DIY Headboard - if I have space for one! (Instructions for the image below here)

Lastly a Bonus DIY... the "if I have random free time" item:
Add some shelving or organization to the closet (instructions for the closet below found here)

Here's to hoping I do most of these! And feel free to let me know of any suggestions you might have for other homey DIYs in the comments below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A new fixer-upper bike!

This past weekend, on a bit of a whim, I bought a fixer-upper-bike! I definitely wanted to get a bike to make getting around the city a lot easier. And I am very excited to take on the project of trying to learn how to fix it up. At the moment it needs a new seat (for sure... the current one falls off if you touch it), and air in the tires.

As you can see from the pictures, it likely needs a few other things too... things I probably wont be able to do by myself, but that I am hoping to be able to learn! (Replacing the change, oiling it all up, maybe getting new brakes even?)

I'd even love to take it all a part so I can paint it... but I'm going to have to get it up and running before I worry about the colour! (If your curious, I want to paint it sea-foam green or teal)

Friday, April 11, 2014

I'm Thankful For...

This week I'm thankful for...
- Spring weather!
- finding an apartment (that is freakin pretty too)
- getting lots of ideas for decorating
- May 16th being some what closer
-  the subway/street cars
- my new sweet bike

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My New Home - A Series!

I am finally getting into a place of my own since moving back to Canada in November 2013. (It has been a very transient 3.5 months). I am thrilled to have a place to call my own again, to decorate, and to nest in. I truly loooove having a space to hibernate in.

In an effort to encourage myself to DIY as much of the decor as possible, I am going to do a post for each room of the apartment (my bedroom, the kitchen, living room, and bathroom). Each post will have a list of things I hope to make or do for that room. Once I move in I will share pictures of the empty rooms, and then provide updates on the progress I make.

I am very much looking forward to having this space to share all of what I hope to do in my new apartment. I think it will be key in helping me stick to the DIY plan instead of buying literally everything from IKEA! haha

Any decor DIY suggestions are welcome, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

*image made with the ABeautifulMess app!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless: ya ya ya...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Goals

I set goals here every month, read more about the idea and why I love it here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Carly's Thankful For...

I'm thankful for...
- My interesting and fun job (and simply being employed!)
- The ability to move to Toronto! 
- The fact that it's Friday :)
- House hunting going quite well so far
- Lovely friends 
- Mid-week hang outs!
- Rutger

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Getting Back to it!

Hello again... I know I have been MIA since I started work, and I'm hoping now that I have about a month and a half under my belt, I can start to slowly come back to writing here more and more.

I don't have much for you yet... but I'm hoping to do some writing and get posting again in about a week!

In the mean time, if you have any questions about engineering, construction, or being a women in a STEM field (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) I am hoping to do a bit of a Q&A on that soon... so let me know in the comments below!