Project Weekend

This weekend has been all about getting things done. I’ve been procrastinating on a few projects in varying stages of completion. And now? Well, I still have a few. But less than yesterday! One project in particular has been on pause for a year and a half, but it’s now complete. I finally have a headboard.

I was inspired by a post I found on Pinterest about spray painting rubber floor mats to use as wall art. It’s a super easy project (even for me) with a cute and colourful result.

I gathered 3 cheapo rubber floor mats from Zellers at $10 a piece. I found cuter ones elsewhere, but they ranged from $15 to $20, and I had set a $50 budget total. I also picked up a couple cans of Krylon Spray Paint in Blue Ocean Breeze. I grabbed a few nails from my tool box, an empty egg carton, and some newspaper to protect the floor from the spray paint. That’s everything I needed for this project.

Step 1: Spray paint the mats.

My memory is foggy as this part was done a long time ago, so I can’t remember how many coats it took to cover the mats completely. I’m pretty sure I used up both cans of paint.

Spray paint the mats.

Step 2: Spray paint the nails.

The nails won’t be hidden when the mats are affixed to the wall. It probably won’t be very noticeable, but why not spray paint the nails anyway? This is where the egg carton comes in handy.

Step 2

Step 3: Hang the mats.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Have a look at one of the painted mats – cute, right?

Finished mat

The finished product. By the way, this Krylon colour looks completely different depending on the lighting. It might be a good idea to spray paint a small piece of cardboard or something and place it in the spot where the mat will hang to ensure it’s the colour you actually want. The difference between the photos above and below is not a trick of the camera. Luckily, I prefer the mint to the aqua. Now I just need sheets that match the mint.

Finished headboard


Homeward Bound

My Canada Day long weekend will be spent back home in Port Hood, a small but mighty fishing village along the coast of the scenic Ceilidh Trail in Cape Breton. For the first time I’m aware of, Port Hood will be hosting some Canada Day festivities. I’m told there will be a pig roast, fireworks, and of course – music. We like our music. Not only that, tomorrow the new ice cream bar opens up in the centre of town. This excites me greatly. You guys, it’s a good weekend to be in the ‘Hood.

I will also be bringing some Buttons ‘N Baubles pieces to the Chestico Museum gift shop for the summer. In addition to some cute bobby pins, button earrings, rings, and button hair elastics, I made a few necklaces using maps and satellite images of the area. I hope tourists and locals alike will enjoy these.

Port Hood Necklaces - Buttons 'N Baubles

Anybody else venturing out of town this weekend?

Play It Over and Over

I’ve had a few irons in the fire lately. One of these irons has kept much of my focus over the last six months, and today it flipped out of my hands and burned me in the process. I may have a permanent scar. Perhaps I’m slightly bitter melodramatic.

It’s the remaining irons I’m grateful for. Now that I have one less thing to obsess about, I can throw myself into some really exciting projects. I just completed the first major edit of my children’s book. It still needs a lot of work, and it’s really more a personal project than a commercial one. But, you guys? This is crazy exciting for me.

I’m happy to report some brand new Buttons ‘N Baubles pieces will be ready for the shop very soon – maybe later this week. Expect to see some Dartmouth love incorporated. Chestico Museum in Port Hood has agreed to carry some of my new items in the gift shop this summer. Tourists will be putty in my hands. I think. Maybe. We’ll see.

Most importantly, Summer of Street Meat has officially launched with stops at two food stands in Hubbards – we had a hit and a miss. More to come on this subject once we’ve had a few more visits (and lbs) under our belts.

So as it turns out, keeping busy is a family trait. Some of my talented cousins (Brennan, Gordie, Kelly Jean, and Mitch MacDonald) have started a band called Company Road. Their first song has been rolling around in my head all day, helping to soothe the burn.

Things I’m Working On

I have a little something up my sleeve and will be re-opening my Etsy shop soon. Some Dartmouth love will make its way to the shop, involving this:

Dartmouth Map

Dartmouth Mystery Map

I can’t divulge the details just yet. My first creation is a gift to a friend, and I would very much like it to remain a surprise. I’m just waiting on a few supplies to arrive before I get going. Last summer, Chestico Museum featured some of my jewelry and accessories in its gift shop. If they want more items again this year, some Port Hood love will be featured too!

Time to get crafty y’all.