Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sunny Yellow Window Boxes, A Tassel Garland & A Lotta Spray Paint (Summer Yard Tour Part One)

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In a climate with four incredibly distinct seasons, spring is the time to wake up from our winter slumber and turn our outdoor spaces into livable extensions of our homes. We have to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

When I took stock of our outdoor furniture and decor items this spring, I was a bit surprised to discover that just about everything needed a refresher of some sort. (It shouldn't have surprised me, I know, but I guess I took everything for granted and didn't notice how faded things had become.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIY Canvas Print Design for My Girl's Bedroom

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We have been gradually redecorating my daughter's bedroom to reflect the fact that she is now in her preteen years. She still loves pink (and purple as you can plainly see) but without the associated princesses and Disney characters. After shifting her furniture around, we found ourselves with a rather large blank space on one wall. My daughter has a fun and energetic personality, so I wanted to surprise her with an artwork that reflects her character and beauty.

Thrifted Accessories & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #89

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If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I head straight to the vintage dishes whenever I enter a thrift store. I don't often take the time to go through clothing, pick through purses or browse the jewelry counter. Last time I was at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, though, I had a coupon that required spending $25 to get $5 off. (It was an old coupon. You can now get a $10-off coupon when you donate clothing or housewares.)

I didn't find quite enough glasses, plates, etc. to reach $25. But I did spot this floral-design straw tote bag. I got the idea from Design Mom to keep a "summer bag" packed and ready to go for summer excursions - you know, with sunscreen, towel, hand wipes, sunglasses - that sort of thing. So when I saw this thrifty bag, I knew just what I would use it for. Of course, being the hasty and kind of unobservant thrifter I am, I didn't notice the name stitched on the bag.

When I got home my daughter was like, "Why does your bag have a name on it?" Oh well, I'll just pull those stitches out! (Dianne says it's a country name and I can leave it on. I'm not even sure what it's meant to say. If it's Suyana (or Sullana), that is a name and a Quechua word meaning faith and hope. Sullana is also the name of the capital of the Sullana Province, in the north-western coastal plains of Peru.)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Just Add Color Nature-Inspired Coloring Books (Blogiversary Giveaway)

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As I mentioned in this previous giveaway post, this month marks the fifth anniversary of Woman in Real Life. In celebration, I have planned a few giveaways, including one for these incredibly beautiful coloring books. (I'm going to use American spelling since these books are from the US.)

If you haven't gotten yourself a grown-up coloring book yet, you really need to do so! It's a lot of fun and we all need some free time to take our minds off weighty things and focus on a simple and enjoyable artistic undertaking. These three books, part of Quarto Publishing Group's Just Add Color series, are particularly beautiful. They are illustrated by Lisa Congdon, an accomplished illustrator and fine artist. I see these lovely coloring books going along on excursions to beach, cottage and park this summer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday friends! There have been a couple of pretty darn hot days around here this week. Our air conditioner still isn't working - we are awaiting our trusted repairman, who is recovering from an operation for another week or so.

I'm not really good (at all!) at withstanding heat. Let's just say I don't get as much done as I would like when the house is 35 to 40 degrees Celsius inside! I have been careful to stock up on lots of delicious and refreshing fruit. I really crave fruit in summer and I find the whole family will eat lots of fruit if I wash it and put platters of it out regularly.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Colourful Thrifted Drinking Glasses & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #88

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Happy summer friends! I'm looking forward to sunny beach days, picnics, tall glasses of iced tea and homemade ice cream. And perhaps a few garage sales and flea markets. My latest thrifty purchase is this set of colourful glasses. I want to call them shot glasses, but perhaps they are a bit on the large side for that? Let's just call them colourful drinking glasses.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIY Spray-Painted Terra Cotta Planter #12monthsofdiy

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Our featured material for June's #12monthsofdiy challenge is spray paint. I had so many spray paint projects to do in the house that I'm actually presenting two of them on the blog today. Check out my fun and feminine berry pink table too!

In preparing our outdoor spaces for summer, my husband and I have spray painted eight chairs and three tables over the past two weeks! (Note to self: don't wait until all the furnishings have deteriorated at once to do touch-ups.) Spray painting is so easy and quick that I confess I got a little addicted. So when I saw this pathetic scene, I had to do something...