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Making Magic: Messy Kid Fun

One thing I have learned as a mother is that my kids have the most fun when they are making a mess. Whether it is lining up cars all over the house, getting elbow deep in bread dough, or transferring water from container to container, if it is messy, it is fun. After visiting their cousins and seeing their thrift store bottles full of of red potion (water and food dye), my kids became interested in the idea of making their own potions.

Anything to keep them busy! I headed off to Value Village and collected an assortment of second hand odds and ends to make an “apothecary kit” for them. I used items from around the house to fill the containers: cold red tea became dragon spit (I forwent the red food dye for obvious stain related reasons), vinegar became liquefied Ent roots, baking soda was ground fairy teeth, Epsom salts were ground unicorn horns, and some unappetizing stevia became ground leg of magic toad.

My new mattress was delivered yesterday and I held onto the plastic wrap so I could cover up my sundeck and contain the mess. After setting the ingredients up along with some mixing utensils, they got to work mixing all the “magic ingredients”.  Thank goodness for the plastic! My sundeck was like a pool of green potion by the end but they certainly had fun. We won’t be mixing potions on a daily basis but I highly recommend this activity for a messy good time!

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IMG_5403Notice how there is no hitting or screaming in any of the pictures? Win. Win. Win. Mess be damned.

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Elegant Entry

If you have been reading my blog from the beginning you have already been introduced to my entryway (and not a, “yay, it’s so pretty” kind of introduction). As seen below, my entryway showcased beaten up builders beige and a complete lack of storage.

Before (this doesn't begin to show the depths of how lifeless and ugly this area was).

Before (this doesn’t begin to show the depths of how lifeless and ugly this area was).

This area of my home has been on the agenda since we first moved in a year ago but we finally got to it post tax return. To save money we opted to go for a paint treatment rather than my dreamed of wall paper. To save even more money we decided to do the painting ourselves. I’m loving the results:

Thank you ikea for innovative shoe storage! I revamped this vintage mirror with some green paint to introduce one of my upstairs accent colours and add some cheer to the space.

Thank you ikea for innovative shoe storage! I revamped this vintage mirror with some green paint to introduce one of my upstairs accent colours and add some cheer to the space.

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The little lantern was also a thrift store find.

As you can see in the picture below I opted to do the white stripes in a flat paint and the revere pewter stripes in a semi gloss to give it more of a wallpaper look and add some interest.

I couldn't get a great shot from this angle but wanted to show you are blingy new flush mount lights from Lowes. The umbra coat hooks help to keep everything in place.

I couldn’t get a great shot from this angle but wanted to show you the blingy new flush mount lights from Lowes. The Umbra coat hooks help to keep everything in place.

A couple accessories from my “treasure trove” are featured in these next pictures: the vintage mirrors at the top of the stairs and the painted candle holders on the ledge.

A new sconce was a must for at the top of these stairs. The original lighting our our place is all kinds of ugly.

A new sconce was a must for at the top of these stairs. The original lighting in our place was all kinds of ugly.

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The darker stripes are a semi gloss version of the same colour I painted the rest of the main floor with: revere pewter from Benjamin Moore.

We had gotten so used to our ugly entryway that it took a while to adjust to the new pretty. At first I was stuck on the fact that the stripes unintentionally look like race car stripes (“no they don’t” Steve says as he holds up Charlie’s toy car followed by “oh…”), but we are both totally in love with the look now.

If you are thinking about trying stripes in your own home, a couple tips from my experience and that of other bloggers I learned from:

1. Use a laser level. Seriously, it will save your sanity and your stripes will just look better. If you don’t have a friend to borrow one from, Home Depot rents them out.

2. Run a credit card over top of your tape to get out any wrinkles and make sure that it is pressed tight to the wall.

3. Frog tape doesn’t necessarily work any better than regular painters tape. To avoid paint bleeding under the tape, paint the edges of the tape with your base colour. This way, in my case, the white paint bleeds onto the white paint and acts as a barrier, preventing your darker colour from bleeding under the edges of the tape and ruining your hard work.

Hope you enjoyed the pics and that those tips help you along your way. I’ll be updating the pictures in a little while as we are getting new hardwood floor put in next month. Looking forward to ripping out that stinky, poorly installed carpet!

 

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