The donation!

I couldn’t believe how many people stood in line and patiently waited to have a new haircut!

My day was very busy to say the least!  In just over 7 hours I did about 15 haircuts between  Men, woman and children!  I even had someone who dropped a big donation without having time to have her hair done!  I appreciate everyone who came in, I had such a wonderful day giving back to my local food bank here in Sylvan Lake, Alberta!  

 I had such a wonderful time, that I look forward to doing another event in the future!

Here is Christmas 2016 haul to the local food bank!


Our New Home

So ya, I’ve just moved, yet again.  I bet I know how shocked you are :insert rolling eyes emoji:

Anyway, I put my trailer up for sale and moved into a new home.  I’ve shacked up with my boyfriend, a man I’ve known since 7th grade.  Anyway, about the house… Its absolutely perfect but definitely needs my creative touch! :winky eye emoji:

Here is the hooouuuse….fullsizerender

Here’s how the outside started, as I was REALLY lucky to sneak in this outside project.  The  fall weather really held out this year, and I was able to do some painting before the temperatures dropped and the snow fell.  It’s still a work in progress, but I think painting the garage door and the posts made a big impact!

While I’ve been busy doing projects around the inside, it hasn’t all come together yet.  I’ve celebrated 2 out of the 3 kids birthdays, and in less than 3 months we’ve had also halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas!…

Phew!  To say the least, its been BUSY around here!!  But we are settling in so nicely and it sure is nice to have a space for everyone!  As I start getting more rooms done, I will be posting some more before and after projects, cause I KNOW a lot will be coming! :insert lots of excited emoji’s here:


Free haircut!

I am offering the residents of Sylvan Lake, Alberta the opportunity to have a free haircut!

I will be at Ar-tis-tik Salon + Spa all day (10-5) available by walk in only, on December 20th 2016.  I am looking to help increase items to the local food bank.  We know it has been a tough year for nearly everyone.  I’m giving my time and talent, please bring your items for the food bank!  I am both excited and nervous to see how busy I can be to give back to my community.

So I mean it, please share and spread the word to anyone who would enjoy it also!free-cut

We had summer..

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where the summer went at my house…. I started early in the spring with all my plans to the outside of my house.  With a toddler, I desperately needed a fence this year.  My yard doesn’t have the traditional “back” and “front” like many homes.

I started the spring by digging out garden beds that had been back filled with rocks for things NOT to grow.  We all know thats impossible, I mean the weeds simply proved it.

I had only a few pavers in front of the house.  I’d always ended up stepping in the muddy awkward grass area before the gavel driveway.  I couldn’t wait to fix the solution.  That was before I got all the energy to start the project when I quickly realized how heavy the pavers actually were.  It took me longer than

Heres a quick before and after:


1That was before I got all the energy to start the project when I quickly realized how heavy the pavers actually were. It took me longer than I actually expected….I also started the work on both the front and back decks with some white stain on all the railings.  I used a medium brown on the tread of the rest of the deck.

 I put the call out for some free plants on facebook.  A few people offered me some if I came and dug them up, which I did… happily!  Here is how they started.  The only thing that I knew for sure is, that the front ones were a day lily.


Here is what I did after I removed the ugly, cracked paving stones (that must have weighed 100lbss?!)  I stacked some bricks along the side of the house to finish it off, planted a few spots of ground cover between the stones and planted some lavender by my front door.  For good luck, of course 😉


I continued staining both the front and back deck till for what felt like days and nights.  Thank goodness for some of the help I had.  My friend and Neighbour came and moved a paintbrush beside me many evenings.  I always enjoy our convenient, short but frequent visits.  She has become a wonderful part of my new life at this home.

I had gone fully dressed to work many days with paint splatters that kept adding up.. my arms, toes and of course, in my hair.  No matter how much I showered… Haha I’m great at painting, but I never said I the cleanest painter! 😉

I came up with a design and had a contractor build the whole fence for me.  I was out there helping screw all the boards in along the way…



While the contractor was building, he found three spindle that were in the junk pile behind the shed.  I think they were part of an old deck that must have been attached in the past.  Either way, I couldn’t believe how the whole thing was working out so beautifully.2

a small narrow garden along the front of the new fence with some rocks along the edge, and a few new pots, my place spruced up pretty amazing in the end.  I believe my hard work paid off.


check out how big them little plants did in the corner… holy!

I planted some clematis to climb up the side of the pergola.  I added some mallow I grew from seed into the base, with a rain barrow to help water all the pots and raised flower beds and new shrubs.


But my favourite part of the whole makeover was the addition of this tent off the back deck.  I found some pieces from facebook, yet again.  This part of my yard faces south, and I get a lot of direct sun on the side of the house with all the windows.  It sure was a relief in the heat for the kids over the summer, and a nice addition in the evenings with the little lights at the top.  I spent many pinterst nights out here, learning about gardening and doing small projects.



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