Styling the Graham & Brown Pocket Watch Clock

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This month Graham & Brown challenged me to do some styling with this year’s precious trend in mind.

“Precious is an appreciation for all things vintage and antique. Whether you are redecorating, buying a few wall art pieces, or simply making a statement of your attic treasures, make sure you have fun with this one. Create your very own museum of you, full of memories.” – The Precious Trend

My husband and I have been working on a wall project for the past year. We have been slowly adding things to our collection, mostly curated items from my husband’s families past.

The family owned a boat building business, and they built the boats we all still use today. We spend most of our summer’s at the boat, enjoying the sunshine and having picnics at the beach.

We spent lots of time pouring over photos, some decades old of different boats they made on the water.

Each photo had to be digitally re-mastered and reprinted because of wear and tear, but slowly our collection grew to showcase some great vintage shots of some of these boats.
 

 

Graham & Brown Pocket Watch Clock

 

 

It’s an ongoing project – there are a few more specific boats we would like to add, but we are slowly getting there. We added a few touches of our own like paddles my husband sanded and painted himself and a depth chart he created from wood found at the dock as well.
 

 

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As something to add from our own family (and keeping to the nautical theme), we added a photo of a crab we saw on the beach when were in Turks and Caicos last year.

We wanted to add more to the room, and one thing that we thought would fit in perfectly was the Pocket Watch Clock. It says London on it which is perfect because that is the name of our son!

It has a great vintage look, and we thought it worked perfectly with the room.
 

 

Graham & Brown Pocket Watch Clock
 

 

Graham & Brown Pocket Watch Clock

 

 

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I love that we have a wall in our home with so many items that are unique to our family. Adding the vintage-style clock was the perfect addition to the room!

The clock has the perfect colouring to give that vintage feel, and it really worked well with our existing theme.

I realized later this is the only clock we have in our house, so it was much needed!

To see this item, and to shop more of what Graham & Brown has to offer, visit www.grahambrown.com!

 

 

Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own.

 

 

Mandy Furnis
 

 

Creating a Lego Themed Party Table

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Anyone who has given their child a birthday party knows that when you ask them “what type of party do you want?”, it changes daily. Spider-Man, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Big Hero 6…..every day I asked, the party theme seemed to change. Finally my son and I settled on a theme he luckily didn’t change his mind on – Lego!

My son loved The Lego Movie, and he’s been loving putting Lego sets together so the theme stuck long enough that I could have the party.

We had the party with family at our home, and I wanted to do a great cake table with the Lego theme.

To start, I wanted a fun tablecloth. Of course I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere, I decided to go to Fabricland and have a tablecloth cut! It seemed a bit easier to look through a store full of fabrics to pick out my favourite pattern instead of finding a pre- made table cloth online.

Next up I decided to make my own backdrop for the table. I purchased three poster boards that I taped together for only a few dollars at Walmart, amd then I got to work on making paper fans. There are plenty of Etsy shops online selling paper fans, but I decided to make them myself for this project. They were super easy to make, and all I needed was some paper and a glue stick! I used scrapbook paper so they were a bit more sturdy. I also purchased a fancy hole punch from Michaels to give some of the fans a pattern.

 

 
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Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

I ordered the invitations, water bottle labels, and thank you notes from Lucky Little Prints on Etsy. They had a whole package which also included personalizing their Lego party themed items including cupcake toppers and a welcome sign!

 

 

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Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 
Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

A Lego cake was in order for the table, and I wanted it to have some height so it was actually two cakes stacked on top of each other. I also wanted cake pops as a treat as well, amd I made my own cake pop holder.

 

 
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I used two pieces of styrofoam as the base, and to make each look like a piece of Lego I cut styrofoam balls in half, and glued them onto each styrofoam block. I pained each red to finish it off.
 

 
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Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove
 

 

I used Lego stickers to theme the popcorn tubs and cady bags for the candy jars, and used some colourful paper straws to decorate the table.

 

 

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Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 
As a thank you gift I had Lego cookies for each of our guests from Sweet Treats by Franca P.

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

How adorable are these cookies? And they tasted AMAZING! I was so happy with the way they looked, and they tasted so good we didn’t want to give them away. Sweet Treats by Franca P. will create custom treat orders for sugar cookies, Oreo pops, chocolate marshmallows, chocolate strawberries and even caramel corn! I loved the way they packaged these cookies as well – they looked amazing.

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove
 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove
 

 

Some of the finishing touches on the table included large Lego blocks from Toys R Us, and also a gold “3” balloon to finish off the table.

 

 

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I had a few other themed items around the house like this soap dispenser I made with Legos floating inside.

 

 

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Catering lunch was easy with help of Panera Bread – they had customizable lunch boxes which included either a sandwich, pickle, a cookie and chips, or half a sandwich, salad, cookie and chips. They made passing out lunch really easy!

 

 
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Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

 

Perfect Lego themed party table sparkleshinylove

 

Overall I was really happy with the table, and my son had a great time at his party!

 

 

Mandy Furnis

 

 

DIY Painted Easter Wreath

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I’m a big fan of wreaths. I pretty much have one for every occasion. It really annoys my husband because they are usually big and bulky, so they are difficult to hang on the door. But they are pretty, so I make him do it.

For Easter I decided to make my own wreath, which I had never done before! I bought a plain wreath at Michaels which was normally $6.99 but I had a 40% off coupon so it was a little over $4.00.

I picked up eggs at Dollarama for $2.00 a carton, and I already had a gold pen from my last DIY project. This whole project only cost me just over $10! Impressed? I was!

 

 

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DIY painted Easter wreath sparkleshinylove

 

 

I either drew designs on each egg with the pen, or held it on the egg so enough would come out so I could use a brush to cover the egg.

 

 

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The easiest part was to glue gun the eggs onto the wreath. That’s it! This was a really easy project. Normally wreaths are expensive, so creating this one for $10.00 was pretty awesome!

 

 

DIY painted Easter wreath sparkleshinylove

 

 

DIY painted Easter wreath sparkleshinylove

 

 

Mandy Furnis

 

 

DIY Painted Globe

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I was walking through Chapters the other day and spotted the flashiest little globe. I really didn’t know I was in need of a globe until I came across this one. It had to be mine! I checked out the price and realized owning it would be a bit more complicated. Yes it was on sale from $149.50 to $119.50, but I could already hear my husband asking questions if I made the purchase.

“We needed a globe?” “Where is it going?” “How much was it?”

 

 

Hand-Painted Globe Chapters

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It’s the last question about how much it would have cost that I was a little worried about, so I set off to make my own painted globe.

I bought the globe, paint and brushes at the dollar store. I purchased a gold paint pen as well from Michael’s, but had no choice but to buy it in a three-pack with other colors. Overall this project only cost me $16.

 

 

Hand painted globe supplies

 

 

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I wasn’t sure if dollar store paint would work, but ended up turning out really well. I covered the globe in 3 coats of black paint to start. This was actually very easy since the globe was on a stand.

 

 

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Next up I had to paint the continents. I did this free hand while looking at a map on my iPad, but I’m sure if you wanted to be more accurate you could trace the continents on the globe before painting.

 

 

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I used four coats of the white paint and let it dry before I used the gold paint pen to handwrite the oceans and continents on the globe. Again, having the globe on a stand was super helpful! It was easier than I thought it would be to do the handwriting, but there was definitely still some concentration involved.

Once it dried I was very happy with the overall project, and I was happy to inform my husband about how much money I saved him with this DIY project.

That way he would be more understanding when I end up spending the money I saved in other places. Like on shoes.

 

 

DIY hand-painted globe sparkleshinylove

 

 

DIY hand-painted globe sparkleshinylove

 

 
DIY hand-painted globe sparkleshinylove

 

 

 

 

Mandy Furnis

 

 

DIY Kids Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

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At my son’s school the parents are on point. Every holiday includes some sort of personalized gift for each child in the class. Even when it’s their child’s birthday, the parents give toys or gift bags to all of the other children in the class. With Valentine’s Day coming I thought I would get ahead of the game and figure out what I would be giving 20 children who have creative parents.

I decided to make my own treat bags for Valentine’s Day which my son could give to his friends, and possibly make him proud of his creative Mom at the same time! Ok he’s probably not going to notice my effort, but I’ll be sure to bring it up when he’s older to guilt-trip him when he’s behaving badly.

The universal toddler snack seems to be Goldfish, so I used them a couple ways in packaging a cute treat.

I started out with a roll of red ribbon, a stack of foam Valentine’s Day hearts from Dollarama, and a set of cellophane bags from Michaels. The materials for this one (since I had a Michaels coupon) so far were $8.00.

 

 

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Next up I cut smaller hearts and wrote messages to go into the treat bags. For the bags with just Goldfish I wrote “I’m glad you’re in my school”. Get it? School of fish? It’s cheesy, but it makes me laugh.

 

 

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On the other ones I wrote “I dig you” and added a shovel to the gift bag. I found toy shovels at Dollarama as well to keep this project at a low budget.

 

 

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That’s it! A super easy project, and I get points for creativity. The hardest part will be explaining to my son that he needs to actually give away these treats!