Gimme a Giveaway: The Smitten Collection

Looking for new prints for the livingroom walls? Here’s a chance to WIN from some of the greats on etsy! Another of our very fine WordPress hosted blogs, is running a contest to WIN your favs. Enter through here, or the original post January Giveaway, from OurHumbleAbodeBlog. :D Be sure to visit both etsy shops that present more of the artists work for sale as well.

JayNine

and hey! Happpy New Year!

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Happy first Friday of the new year!  The Smitten Collection is here to celebrate with beautiful art with a humorous side.

This Gold Foil Heart To Love and Be Loved print is perfect for a bedroom.  And hello, it’s gold.

Bonjour Mon Amour, for that special someone.

The Cat’s Meow is just too cute and fun.

Who can resist a Gold Flamingo?  That’s right, you can’t.

And we’re teaming up so you can get your hands on any text bubble art, like You’re My Lobster Text Bubble Cut Out.

The Goods: One print of choice from The Smitten Collection and one Text Bubble Cut Out from me.  

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Some DIY | Some Lessons

Firstly, I must give credit where credit is due:  

The Proper Pinwheel

image credit belongs to The Proper Pinwheel more below:

The above photo is NOT mine but used as reference to the idea behind the project. This idea was not mine but, is my own version of the ever popular DIY creative, Lexy Ward via The Proper Pinwheel. Please follow all of Lexy’s social media networks to see more of her genuinely unique creations Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr; but most important Subscribe! The inspiration for my post here was her Potato Stamp Neon Napkins DIY. If this project doesn’t interest you, Lexy B Ward projects can also be seen on the best DIY community on Curbly.com!

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OK, Now its time to talk about ME lol! As promised, I have much new fruitful learnings to share with my fellows here, from the many adventures  throughout our “lovely” Summer experiences! Like I say, “Onward and Upward”

SOME DIY

As you all know I am convinced in some delirious part of my brain, that I can complete a DIY! In fact, I have semi-completed 1 so far. The painting and gluing will be the last steps to the (DIY towel rack) completion. In the meantime, I have also added to the mix a few more pieces of DIY inspiration for our new white walls/blank canvas, in our (rental) apartment we have at our decor disposal now. I myself am almost frightened of what I will do or think of next. 

SOME LESSONS

And, that fact, has got me thinking alot more lately…I have always had a fear of completion. I dont know where it stems from. When I was a full blown alcoholic/addict, I had never completed any thing in my life, from start to finish. Not Once. Besides grades 1 through 11. Even my University career has been shortlived or started and not finished; ever. Tried twice already, and I am soon on my third; so I’d better figure this out FAST! TEEN’s own University career is up for discussion as of late and I’m feeling inadequate for advice or inspiration, never having completed my own. Of course, its for one reason or another. It’s never that I’d set out to start something and not finish–it’s just seemed to always turn out that way.

I even remember giving birth to TEEN, saying to my Mother “hey, thats the first thing I have ever done full circle, from start to finish Mom!” The second thing I ever completed once the one thing that saved my life. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (with a Sponsor). The memory of finishing the 12th Step is clear as yesterday. It was 8 years plus ago. We sat on a bench outside our meeting space, under a low-rise condominium. The second we completed the reading portion a splash of fresh fallen rain water fell beside us with a loud noise that made us startle! The water represented for me the baptism of joining my new life. FYI – I also promised a post regarding my addiction experiences. I will get around to finishing it … soon ;) 

Told you I learned alot from our experiences this summer. About me, my children, my family, friends, neighbours and beliefs. There’s a few things I am working on inside. I have much more to share but, lets talk swag decor now (lol! swag).

THE GOOD STUFF:

My Photos:  

Presenting the first to be completed actually, my Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp Art

Dollarama | Crinkle-Cut Potato Slicer

Our potatoe slices made with the Dollarama six year old ‘crinkle-cut potato slicer’

I chose this crinkle-cut slicer to create a unique characteristic in our DIY (to be different from the original idea as well); hopingto give a wavy sort of look on the paint. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp

OH! Cut potato in opposite directions again for uniqueness in our interpretation


Grabbed LOs small already cut-off black shorts, knowing the next day was to be a hot one here. The black helps boast the bright neons chosen for paint. Age and condition of the shorts only assisted me in being ok with messing up, which is always a great possibility when I set out to do, anything;)

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamped clothing choice

TIP:  Slip cardboard between fabric to prevent sticking, bleeding of paint colour, & preventing ‘bunched up’ paint stamp


YES, I thought of that TIPall on my own ;D  

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamper

just a cool shot


 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - first stamp

aww … our first stamp – nail biting!


 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - LO

LO is now an experienced fashion designer


LO was so excited to wear her shorts I don’t know how I managed to get her to sleep. Next day we both decided to show off our home DIY ‘fashion designs’ together! I love watching LOs posture just rise three-feet higher as she prances into school, announcing her creation to impressed teachers and classmates. With her developmental delays LO doesn’t have many other children understand or approach her for play. I encourage her creativity to offer her a way to introduce herself and add more verbal communication between her and her fellows (at daycare/”school”). 

The sweet reveal images:  

 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - tank top reveal

here she is! my tank top reveal


Unfortunately, LO wouldn’t stay still for a photo of her shorts. They all appear too blurry to post. Now, remember I am no photo genius or no DIY genius! The next shots were fun in the moment try-ons and non-professional. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - opps

Oppsie! NO I am NOT pregnant, although this photo makes it look like I am from a distance!


Definitely no chance of pregnancy with this blogger…last photo is my favorite. The back of my tank top turned out much better than the front; probably because I did the back last. Next time I will learn the mistakes that way. 

completed tank top

completed project #1 ;) We actually got compliments all day about our clothes!

Remember, This is just one of the projects I have started around the house. PLEASE, I welcome the push to see me complete and POST my projects! I’d love to hear your colour recommendations, or different ideas and inspirations you’d like to share with me. Consider me your DIY Ginea Pig:  If I have the tools, I will try it! Leave behind a link to ANY DIY projects you’ve posted completed or started LOL around the house; you know, so I know Im not alone in learning how to FINISH things! 

JayNine xo 

As I have said in the past, if you like my photos and wish to use them, just ask or drop me a line of the content it’s been featured in, thanks. Remember, these are my family time photos and I expect them to be shared in the same manner.

Wicker Woes

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Just saw this across the street at our neighbourhood ‘big bulk’ (garbage) pick up day. I couldnt help but think of the possibilities for repurpose and re-creation!

Wicker furniture was such a big part of my childhood. I just had to share this with you.

You would not believe the items people just throw out!? It baffles me.

Earlier this year we picked up four perfect shape leather diningroom chairs! The slightest tear in one seat was the only damage.

I can’t help but think someone out there is looking to cherish a vintage retro whatever wicker basinet. It separates top from bottom as well. I myself would have loved one for my last child ;D

Oh well, “one mans trash is another mans treasure”–Its soo sad I have no where to house it temporarily even. I’m sad to see it go like this.

See you tomorrow for a DIY decor update and inspiration post. Who knows, might be good for a few laughs!

Jaynine xox

UPDATE** i am so happy to report that even though it wasn’t me, someone DID pick up the crib/basinet ;D
I am happy someone saw the gold in that box!!
I looked on line for a comparison price: $330.00 !!!!! I Knew it wouldve been a worthy grab!!!

Onward and Upward .. I Pray

Here’s the plan:  short and sweet, lotsa-links, inspiration, and to the point! Lets see how well I do. Just don’t grade me on this paper ok!? After our summer of personal series of unfortunate events, I have promised the next post would be of enlightenment to the lessons I have take from those **** experiences

The first thing is, I have learned that I can do stuff. I can do DIYs! I don’t just pin them, share them, or tweet them anymore! I have actively taken part in my own role of DIY’er. So much so I started at the top, with an IKEA Hack!

“What’s an IKEA hack J9?!” You ask. 

“A Closet On a Bookcase?” first step was to turn closet on it’s side –that’s when they lost me!


Well, the way I see it is:  Think about IKEA first. In and of itself the thought just scares me. Then, remember the last item-to-build you purchased there. Recall the three ‘life-lines’ you were given upon starting the put-together-project, going into it alone, and sit in that fear for a moment….Then, when you’ve returned from rocking like a baby in the corner over there, and removed your thumb from your mouth, read on. The instructions, piece count, directions, countless trips back to the store for missing items, estimated time of six hours work in reality it’s six days (for me), and you’ve got The first word understood:  “IKEA” right

An IKEA Hack above is a mixture of that horror, picture it:  and Dr. Suess on some elicit street drug, shaking his courvoisier (cognac) on the rox in hand, while slapping my fried brain around with his fatal cocktail, scorching me with an evil laughter … it all causes my poor head to ache…However, I just fell into my ‘hack’ by accident. (I don’t self-created suffering anymore)


Here are some photos from the beginning of my DIY career. (Promise not to laugh too hard) From Instagram

My Wanna Be IKEA Hack

my wanna be Ikea Hack from Shoe Rack to Towel Rack ;D


 Excuse the unprofessional photography but, all I gots an iPhone 4S for now…laugh all you like, I am super proud of myself! 

IKEA Hack 2

IKEA shoe rack to my small space DIY towel rack


super proud! excuse the mess behind the photo. we were in renovations all summer and it’s a rental. 

IKEA Hack 3

last but not least, photo of perfectly fit potty side shot ;P


Next image is linked to my Pinterest account, only because I do not have time to further resaerch all the sources. You all know I send the credit to creator. 

dubbed Neon Lumberjack Wood on FLICKR

via FLICKR


This is the way were headed with the shoe rack turned towel rack hack for our bathroom. I am not sure exactly how or where, but I will be using this type of coloring pattern.

The good news continues from the **** summer, to the white walled blank canvas we now have to work with for our interior decor. TEEN and I are so used to moving our entire lives (unfortunately for whatever reasons..), that we barely sleep in the same bed every night. Around the one year & a half mark there’s an ‘itch’ I get inside, that causes me to look at moving. NO MORE. Since LO, thats against the rules”–like I always say to her, lol. 

The remaining images are designs by others I have sourced on Etsy and Pinterest, are the inspirational creators of the new DIY sensation I feel in my bones as of late. Colour seems to be the main focus. Follow each of the photo links to their (Pinterest) pins. 

 

Geometric Art oEtsy

Geometric Art on Etsy


Unfortunately,I couldn’t find my link to this one. However, its listed in my favorites on my Etsy Profile (link above & sidebar to follow me there)! I thought I would try this one as a DIY project actually, with some fantastic washi tape from Pretty Tape. A fav from Dallas, TX on line. The following photos are the same idea (DIY). Now that Im an expert, you’ll have to come back to check up on our progress :D

Coloured Tree Slices

Coloured Tree Slices on Etsy


We have some of these from our neighbourhood Discovery Walk last winter! 

More Tree Slices on Etsy

More Tree Slice Art via Etsy


More Tree Slice Art via Etsy fav’s of mine

Here’s another idea I have already played with…

 

DIY Washi Tape photo frames

DIY Washi Tape photo frames


However, I prefer ours to look not so perfect–like these:

 

DIY Washi tape photo frame ideas

DIY Washi tape photo frame ideas


Follow link to source for better image sizes.

This last one I prefer above all. I prefer to add little treasuries and pieces we’ve collected on our travels, to the frames. A paper flower TEEN created here (like yellow below), a photo LO painted or ripped and glued there–adding it to the personality of our DIY Washi Tape Photo Framed Wall art. 

DIY Washi Tape photo frames

DIY Washi Tape photo frames


 

I soo look forward to connecting again soon. Leave behind some inspirational DIY projects you’re involved in or excited about. I am always on a hunt for encouragement and simple step by step tutorials LOL!! OK, Much to be done around here. At least its not cleaning up *** anymore!

Blessings and Wonderous Weekends to you All,

JayNine xox 

IMAGE NOTE *** Each of those pins when clicked will forward you to a new window revealing to you it’s credible source. I give all designers their credit and have no intention of offending or infringing on copyright laws by sharing these photos in any way. I do not endorse nor oppose the use of the products connected to any source. I simply share for enjoyment purposes only.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










A Case of Books

A friendly decor share for all, especially inspired by my chats with AngelicsScalliwags over there!

Claires blog was one of the very first I followed on WordPress. A blogging, homeschooler, and incredible Mother of the “AngelicSscalliwags Crew” full of book lovers. Claire has a love for the “finger to page flipping, paper-made, good ole’ book reading” experience.

Having my own TEEN, whom “Eats A Book-A-Breakfast” I can relate to the costs of housing all these books, books, books! We live in a small apartment ourselves, and the struggle to find or create space for each hardcover paperback, is endless!

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The highly unique bookcases come in regular sized dark wenge wood….

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Or smaller, the MINI Bookcase, size I’d use for the children’s space. The MINI would be a perfect fit in a little nook area or reading spot for kids!

I really favor these one of a kind decor items. A worthy buy as well, as the designers at
Cold And Old actually ‘plant one tree for each item sold’! To me, that’s an added personal touch. As well, a great reminder for you when you look at your new piece of wood decor. A beauty giving you the opportunity to pay back the environment for, in such a special way! I am confident angelicsscalliwags could even turn the items, into a brilliant homeschooling lesson for children ;)

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Unique custom made bookcases by, Augusta and Gustav over on Etsy.

Item Description:

The darker colored ‘Wenge wood’ material of the above custom made bookcases contain ‘pins’. The detachable ‘pins’ hold the books resting on small wooden plates. These multi-functioning wooden plates keep the quality of the pages intact and are adjustable. (*purchase details) Placed at the bottom of the book, they allow each book to be moved in arrangement. ‘Pins’ dually act as ‘bookmarks’ being perfect for keeping your page saved and are an appeasing book storage unit on display. Have fun and express your own unique decor style.

(by J9)
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The other way to approach these items is to use as your own inspiration for re-creation. I see a frugal, re-create-able, unique, book storage inspiration. There is potential throughout a fabulous (lol at self, ok, a second-hand-looking) DIY project; an opportunity for the entire family to partake! Right!?
The Walnut beauty

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AND…* Night Stand my favorite *

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All designed pieces are handcrafted and created by owners Agusta and Gustav of the Old And Cold one of a kind studios. The Night Stand versions above, contains a slighter depth in shelf, showing its versatility as a functioning piece of minimalist decor. As you can see, each item is hanging on a string material. Strings are made from a waxed cotton and available in options of beige, dark brown, and red tones; also part of your choice custom ordering. *I could use a couple in each room honestly.

Personally, my LO who’s 4+ and I have been working together sanding, prepping, and fixing with tools, a dresser re-finishing project we’ll share once complete. It’s an in-interrupted, quality, bonding and learning experience for us BOTH ;)

Can you have special DIY projects to do with wee-ones help? Do you have a ‘DIY bookcase’ to share? Have you created DIYs with your fam? Are you inspired to do a project like this now?
Share in the Comments or re-blog your story from this post! A chance for you to boast of your successes with DIY… or fails LOL! You know we all love a good laugh, or happy story!

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Dear Readers About Claire, at angelicsscalliwags

Especially to, Mom’s, parents, and caregivers alike. Make your play learning and regular days with the kids less stressful and more fun! You don’t want to miss this blog. Mrs.Claire is an incredibly loving, humble, dedicated, and homeschooling Mother. There are simple learning lessons from her teachings, that she goes into great details about sharing with us on her blog at, AngelicsScalliwags here on WordPress. The instructions, challenges, and lessons are much easier to follow (for a “bear of very little brain”–like Pooh Bear and I) than most of the hardcore books-using homeschooling plans I’ve tried! <<–I read them all! I just have a unique set of circumstances with my LO's learning.

Personal Experience:
Since reading Mrs.Claire’s Blog, I now am able to design my own lessons to implement while just “playing” and being, with my own children. My LO is “developmentally delayed”. I tweak a little something here and there, from Claires Homeschooling Lessons, and VOILA! I’m practising homeschooling lessons in play!Who Knew! AngelicsScalliwags expressions are lovely, photos are fantastic, and learning is definitely wholesome at their house. Subscribe, follow, read, today.

Jaynine x0!

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*each product is for sale, and its creation, photo, and copyrights all belong to it’s designers, Augusta and Gustav
**https://j9sopinion.com/ or any of its writers/readers, do not endorse nor oppose the use, or purchase of any such items mentioned on our blog, in any way, shape, or form. Thank You.
(obviously–we all know this but, it must be written)