Hipster Bric a Brac and Trendy Trinkets

I emptied out my storage locker and realized that I have a lot of random things. Childhood memories, 1/2 started or daydream projects I never got around to doing, pieces of ‘art’ I still love but have no where to hang and so on ….

Hoping to sell most of it tomorrow!

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Nailed it!

I found these rain barrels on Pinterest and have to say …. I think they turned out A-Ok!

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rainbarrelsUp on my land and hopefully they will be upright and full of water when I return.

Happy Mother’s Day

I have a great mom. She is amazing. She had a great mom. My grandmother was amazing too. The really great thing about good parenting is that you create really great offspring.

Today I would like to thank my Mom for giving me my childhood and one super cool sister to grow up with.

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Check this out …..  Congratulations to Nicki Bruce for winning the #AssiniboineCUcares Winnipeg Folk Fest Earth Day Photo Contest!

For more cool up cycled ideas check her and her partner out on Instagram  @Eddie_And_Inas_Vintage

Notice Given

This is my 11th home in Toronto.

I have loved them all but this one I love the most.

As of now I have 2 more months here.
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Reclaim Detroit!

detroit_reclamation-12I have had a love affair with this city for a number of years. If I was a billionaire business person I would buy up most of the downtown and move my head quarters there. If Havana, Cuba is a UNESCO heritage site I don’t know why Detroit is not. Stunning Architectural history everywhere.

A friend of mine sent me this article and we are now planning our Michigan road trip! One Amish Wood Burning Stove and some amazing wood for my floors!

Reclaimed history in my home? Yes please!

Just Broken In – The Tent

I began looking at yurts online and discovered that they are really expensive. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a great Canadian company called Deluxe Wall Tents and bought myself the most beautiful 168 square foot glamping tent out there! I added on the wood burning stove and upgraded to their deluxe model so mine is equipped with a front and back door as well as two windows. If you like the look and size of my tent it is 12 x 14 x 5 wall x 8.5 peak.  jbi-bday19Everything in the tent (except the bed, pillows, sheets and duvet cover) is second hand or donated by my neighbours. I like the look of objects with a story worn into them plus I am super clumsy so it hurts less when you add a nick to something that already has a few.

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jbi-bday12Check out this company – Cordaroys. The bed is super comfy!

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Kitchen area/dining room/work table.

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The stove area which at that point was yet to be assembled. It had to be cooked for about 5 hours. Cooking a stove involves getting a huge fire going inside of it to burn off the fumes and seal in the paint. This was done the following weekend with some friend.

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The tent total cost: $2600.00

Everything in the tent: $700.00 (roughly) with the bed being the biggest purchase.

Project: Kensington Market Giveaway

1/ Have art installations around Toronto to try to bring people here and to learn to engage with all people in unfamiliar territory. Thinking on your feet and creating empathy. 1 project for September and 1 project for October.

I have learnt over the last 14 years in Toronto that art is a term that one can use in whatever fashion they want. Thank you.

Art installation – Kensington Market Giveaway is in the works.

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