Apothecary

Apothecary

I’ve been storing my random dried herbs and tinctures etc in various paper bags around the house because I didn’t have a proper place for them all. 

When I saw these boxes at the local Dollarama for 3 bucks each I had a light bulb moment! 

But it took 6 months of annoying the employees by phone and in person about their stock before I had enough of them to start the project (which incidentally gave me just enough time to receive chinese-order card cabinet pulls)

Theres a really awesome tutorial (and project) at debisdesigndiary.com on how to achieve a chippy weathered boat paint finish so I took some hints from her hilarious how-to and made up some chunky paint to ‘paint’ my boxes. I used playing cards to spread the paint. It took a few boxes to get the hang of the effect but I love how letting the paint thicken creates this awesome old finish effect where the paint edges are thick and defined like they were chipped off. You just can’t achieve that effect with normal quality paint. She says to use acrylic but I only had latex acrylic on hand and it did the job well-enough.
My strategy involved globbing the paint randomly on the surface and then dragging the face of the card across at just the right pressure to ALMOST but NOT COMPLETELY spread the paint.

Originally I really wanted a mashup of all kinds of layers of chippy color showing through but in the end I decided to go with a really muted green. I was SO tempted to Paint it White lol!

Another layer of even lighter green and then some scraping and sanding, followed by gluing all the boxes together and finally adding the hardware and:

Done!

It’s just resting on a shelf for now because I literally JUST finished it and havent decided where to put it yet. 

Looks old right? 

The cost of the boxes was about 40 bucks and the hardware totalled around 20 so it did end up being a costly project when you factor in time spent on it. 

But I am so excited to be able to actually properly keep my dried citrus peels, mints, echinacea heads, rose hips, oils, salves, waxes and butters, tinctures and whatever other garden treasures need saving!! All I need now is labels 🤗

 Happy New Year ♡ -Destiny

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Frugal Tree Flocking with Dollarstore Supplies

Frugal Tree Flocking with Dollarstore Supplies

My mom in law told me that flocking your Christmas Tree is something they did back in the 80s but evidently it’s back in style again! Shopping around town I saw price tags as high as $300 for a flocked tree and that’s way out of the price range for a lady who already has a perfectly good fake tree at home.

I started drybrushing white paint on my old tree branches at home which looked ok but didn’t give it much texture or dimension.

BUT while in the craft section at my local Dollarama, I came across a bag of ‘paper mache fibre’ for 3 bucks. It looked well-enough like snow so I set out to do some flocking with it!

I watered down elmers glue and applied it everywhere I wanted the flocking to stick and then just sprinkled the mache fibre on top. 

Yes, it was a messy process!

Here’s some progress pics as I added finished branches to the tree:

You can see that it did flake and leave a mess as I put the branches back on the tree. The mache fibre came smelling kinda gluey so I assumed that wetting it would harden it. So I spritzed the finished tree with water. It worked! It set the remaining flocking perfectly and reduced the actual snowing-down of remaining fibre. 

Not bad for $3 and some glue and paint I already had on hand! 

Here it is all set up after the kids and I put all of our decorations up and topped it with the star I made out of old chair spindles and my granny’s crocheted tablecloth as the tree skirt

And a letter A for the Ashdown Family ♡

Merry Christmas Xx

My Favorite Home Blogs 

My Favorite Home Blogs 

In starting a blog of my own I’ve begun to truly appreciate what goes into the images and articles that I have so carelessly pinned or bookmarked in the past. Here I will list some of my biggest inspirations and most favorite blogs of all time.

There’s SO MANY good blogs out there. These are just a very few of the many I’d make mention of, given enough time.

I can’t read the words but the pictures at Princess Green Eye are enough to keep me returning to the blog for daily hits of awe-inspiring design that I can’t get enough of:

I am OBSESSED with Kelly Elko’s kitchen. So much so that Pinterest has to remind me daily which of her photos I have already pinned. SWOON.

 Farmhouse5540 showed me all the beautiful ways I could use the various tins, baskets, boxes and bowls that I have accumulated over the years in a way that compliments my love of neutral organic design while inspiring me to get organized. 

And the bedroom makeover at Prodigal Pieces is pretty much what turned me into an obsessive basket-hoarder. Something about that basket, resting atop the beautiful wardrobe, complimented by those divine curtains. This lady just gets it. I’m in love.

So.Many.Beautiful.Homes.

It is my wish that someday my own efforts will be as inspiring to another creative home enthusiast as these posts and photos are to me ♡

Gone Junkin’

Gone Junkin’

Here in Peace River Country there are a lot of gravel roads that lead to nowhere. Hiding behind the overgrowth, old homesteads on the bends whisper stories of days gone by. Sometimes I convince my family to entertain my curiousity and join me in a treasure-hunting adventure. We find old stores, homes and warehouses. We explore and take photos.

Theres something so gratifying about finding an old jar or box nearly consumed by the ground and recovering it to live out one more story. 

Below is a photo we took of a tub sitting in what once was the bathroom of an old home. 

You could see the crumbling foundation framing out the shape of the rooms and even the heat vent seemed to rest in the same spot where it did when the home was standing. 

This old lumber shop looked like it had been forgotten decades ago. There was no indication of parking or entry paths. It was literally being consumed by the forest.

Inside it had been completely gutted, hardly a remnant left; save for some heating appliances. 

I would have taken all that rusty junk home with me if my husband would’ve allowed it but I guess it’s good to have someone keeping me from drowning myself in my own ambitions lol

It was a pretty big building and the erosion deterred me from stepping too far inside. Nonetheless, I enjoyed hiking the parameter and imagining the stories and people that left them sealed within the walls.

The exterior windows:

On this day we also found what seemed to be an old hunting shack. It had a cot and a few cupboards inside and there were old bullet casings and food cans around. 

A person like me could spend hours combing leaves and overturning stones just to find another page to the stories these old ruins have to tell. 

The husband and I have decided after watching NuggetNoggin’s Videos on youtube that we need to get ourselves a metal detector and see what kind of relics we can detect in the ground around these beautiful old sites. 

Next spring we will go exploring the remnants of our regions’ history again. Junking is a great way to spend a day with the family learning and imagining together about days gone by♡

Thrifty Vintage Wedding

Thrifty Vintage Wedding

Our Wedding was featured at IntimateWeddings.com

When I married my husband we had just brought a fourth baby into our lives and were embarking on purchasing our first home together. Suffice to say, funds were tight. 

I think the most special thing about our wedding was only made so due to the financial limitations we had when planning it. It meant we had to keep our guest-list intimate and our touches very handmade and personal. 

The photography is what preserved the love and beauty that encapsulated the day and I owe all my thanks to Alisha Guild for doing such an amazing job at that. She really holds a special place in my heart for offering to come share the day with us. To see the full album and all of the crafted personal touches we incorporated into it follow the link to Alishas website where she showcases the wedding with her beautiful eye for photography.