Hallowe'en is just around the corner, but why not share a trick and some treats with your neighbours before the big night? Just print off our special "You've Been Booed" freebie, grab a small treat bag, fill it with candies (we do one for each member of the "booed" family), then do the best you can to keep your friends and neighbours guessing as to who left them their special surprise! My kids LOVE skulking around at night dropping off secret "Boos" to their friends - the only trouble is trying to convince a 6 and 4 year old to keep it a "secret"...ooops...I guess it was the 37 year old that ruined this year's surprise. Have a wonderful Hallowe'en!
Happy 2014 Everyone!!! I'm a little late to the game (it's almost halfway through 2014, but give a girl a break!), but I'm excited for my first blog post of the New Year! Hurray!!!!! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and the weather hasn't turned anyone into Jack Nicholson's "The Shining" character, ripe with cabin fever (I only say this because if you had checked in on me a week ago, that's where you would've found me, but I digress). Here's wishing you and yours a wonderfully healthy, happy and prosperous 2014!!! Now onto business!
When I was growing up, "skid" didn't mean the wooden riser that holds boxes of merchandise off the floor. "Skid" meant a dirt-bag - someone from "Skid-Row" - and not the popular Canadian metal band, either. With that being said, this blog post has had its title changed numerous times already, as you can imagine. Nothing like reading about a Skid Feature Wall...lol...It just sounds gross!
Anyway, let's get back to the matter at hand. This beautiful pallet wall that I found on pinterest was the inspiration for my newest free project. If you are like me and stalk free websites like kijiji, craigslist and freecycle, you'll know that people are giving away pallets everywhere, everyday at every minute. They are not difficult to find - Perfect for when you're trying to put together a medium sized DIY project, right??? So, I found myself a company in my area that was giving them away, drove out and began my adventure...
Now, if you're a frequent reader of my blog, you'll know that most stuff doesn't come easy for me...A seemingly simple task is more often quite the opposite! I arrived at said company, opened the trunk of my SUV, walked over to the pile of pallets and grabbed the first one I saw that was in good shape. Pallets come in all shapes and sizes (and of course, I DIDN'T know this as I assumed that they were all a standard size!), so the first one I brought to the car didn't fit. It was too wide across. So, I dragged my sorry-butt, pallet in hands, all the way back to the pile and grabbed another one - this one looked a little shorter across. And, it fit! I grabbed another couple about the same size and realized that I could only get 2 in my car at a time. What's the point of having an SUV, I ask????? At this point, I was now getting a sense that this project wasn't going to be so simple after all! I went to close my trunk and realized now that these skids were a little long to shut the door. Please, please, please Powers That Be, please tell me that I had the foresight to pack a bungee cord. Phew! It was there! But how in the world do I close the trunk. (Those of you who are well-versed at bungee cording your trunk, look away now and don't think less of me...I don't EVER bungee cord my trunk...I'm a trunk bungee'ing virgin!) I created this master web of insanity with the bungee cord and said a tiny prayer in hopes that this mother stays in place! Into the car I went, and I started on my way. Paranoia and the sweats set in....my heart started to race...and my palms started to sweat, because every time I went over a bump, the trunk flapped like the wings of a bat. I threw my hazards on and drove 3 km/hr down the street. People are honking and waving that wondrous finger at me (and if you know anything about me, you'll know that NO ONE flips ME the bird...the rage is building). Is this really worth it? I've got two dirty, stinkin' skids (cuz that's what they are at this point!) in my trunk. How many times am I going to do this? Do I need to have a heart attack before I'm 40?
So, though I'm worse for wear, me, the car AND the skids make it home in one piece. I tossed the skids in the garage and ran inside, hoping that I could relax my nerves long enough to think of a less precarious way of getting this project done...and I did: 1) Find a place CLOSER to home 2) Grab them at a time when there is virtually NO ONE on the road. So, I tracked down a place that was closer to home, and they set out some skids so that I could pick them up after hours, and finally the project could BEGIN! Phew...All those words and I haven't even STARTED the dang feature wall yet. Sheesh...(I'll try to shorten the word count here, I apologize).
So, again, like most projects I set out to do, I have lofty ideas on how easily I can get them done without actually trying them. Have you ever tried to take apart a skid? To me, it was simple enough - a bunch of wood hammered in to other pieces of wood...how hard could it be to separate them, right? At the end of this, I think it would be easier to steal the Mona Lisa during peak Louvre traffic. The nails in the pallets are rusty and crooked and the wood is weather worn (read- crappy) AT BEST...so every time I tried to pull a piece of wood off, it would split. EVERY TIME!!! So, I bit the bullet and asked my husband to show me how to use the reciprocating saw. Well, I might as well have learned to use a bazooka, because the blowback on a reciprocating saw is something special. I was literally bumbling OUT OF CONTROL, holding a very SHARP, very deadly weapon in my hands. I used that puppy as quickly as possible, hacking through each piece just below the "stud". BUT, it made the pieces a lot shorter than I was anticipating. Thankfully a friend offered to let us use his table saw and we were able to cut each of the pieces into equal size (my husband used the table saw, thankfully...I wasn't sure I was up for that...) and once I had all the pieces I needed, I started to get down to brass tacks.
For me, the best course of action was to start in the middle of the wall, so logically I found the centre point but it seemed a little bit off...(due to the fact that the window in the bathroom IS NOT centered along the wall? (WHAT???) So, now of course, the dilemma becomes, should I centre the piece to the wall, or to the window? - I chose the wall - I don't know why...and it's too late to change my mind now...lol... SO before I go any further...here's a photo of the before (please make note of the weirdly placed window)...
Anyway, I marked my centre point and nail-gunned (What? That's a verb, no?) all of the full pieces into place creating a herringbone type pattern down the wall. After all the large pieces were in place, my husband took me out to the garage where he showed me how to use the mitre saw....COOL! And it wasn't difficult to use at all! A much better experience than the reciprocating saw - I'm liking this mitre thingamajig!! So, once I got the hang of using the saw, I took my pencil and drew lines where the large pieces met the wall, brought them out to the garage and mitre saw'd (yes, another verb) them to fit! Hurray! I brought the pieces back in and nail gunned them to the wall.
Now the only part that was left were the TEEEEEEENIE TIIIIIIINY LITTTLE ITTTTY BITTTY triangle pieces of wood that met the wall. I was confident in my mitre saw using skills, so I drew my lines and took the wood out to the garage. I set up the mitre saw and then I got scared. My fingers were REALLY close to the blade. LIKE, appendage losing close....Was Free Project #4 really worth losing a finger for? Like really? So, I waited....and waited....I'm not really sure what I was waiting for. Maybe I would grow an extra finger over time...one that I could spare? Nope. But maybe, deep down, subconsciously I knew my husband would take pity on me (read - get tired of looking at the unfinished "feature wall" in the bathroom) and cut the pieces himself. And, thankfully he did!
So, I did it...well, we did it, I guess, but I'm going to take credit for this one, because it was my vision. And my hard work and determination (up to a point, of course) that got this project from beginning to (almost) end...I'll give my husband the "introducing" credit for his cameo table saw/mitre saw appearances! Poor guy...
Anyway, here is the finished product, ladies and gents:
The initial idea was to stain the pallet pieces once they were on the wall, but I really like the look of it untouched (perhaps the staining will be another free project down the road) . I also have a can of dark chocolate paint that I'm hoping I will get around to using on the non-feature walls one of these days. And though this was a long-winded blog about my experience, I hope it does inspire you to A) find new projects re-using old materials AND B) try out some power tools, it's fun (well, sometimes!)
Special shout out to: Mandy Jean Chic for the pinspiration and the properly detailed how to - check this blog out if you're considering this project...
If you're looking to make some fun DIY Hallowe'en decorations, why not try one (of all!) of these spooky AND FREE fonts!*
1. Zombie Holocaust (title)
5. Hill House
8. Blood of Dracula
10. Biker Bones
* please note, these fonts are free for personal use only...
Thanksgiving, in Canada, is just around the corner. For me, the Thanksgiving holiday is awesome. I love the fall, I love hanging out with friends and family and because it's a "holiday", I LOVE not having to do the daily drudge work and am thrilled to enjoy some time RE-LAXING. Can't get better than that, right? Spending time with family, especially the "extended" family happens so infrequently, so it's nice to take the time to hang with those you don't see often. BUT...to some people, Thanksgiving is stressful. Of course, it's hard work for those who host ... it's a LOT of cleaning, prepping, and cooking...But for others, the thought of being stuck in a house with family you're not close to is tough. That's why I've come up with The Thanksgiving Challenge. This is the perfect "game" for everyone - it's a neat idea for those who are close to their family AND those who aren't. Simply download and print these questions off, cut them out, toss them in a bowl/jar/vase/hat (or whatever you've got available), and each person takes a turn pulling a question out and answering it while at the dinner table. Now you don't have to worry about awkward table discussions or dead air! And it's pretty cool to think these questions might give you some insight into the family a) you thought you knew or b) you wished you knew. Why not take this opportunity to make this Thanksgiving a truly special one, and try it out? I challenge you!
We would love to hear about your Thanksgiving experience, so drop us a line and let us know how it went...Happy Thanksgiving!
PS - If you have any thought-provoking questions you'd like to add to this list, let us know! We'd love to add them!
Special thanks to: EmpoweringParents.com, The Redheaded Hostess, Real Simple and The Inspired Room for the wonderful idea and thoughtful questions!
Don't let this blog title mislead you. This project wasn't free, it cost me $5.50...but could have, er I mean "should have", cost me nothing if I'd had my act together in the beginning.... but I will explain all of my failures as we move forward. Arrrrggghhhh! So frustrating!
Okay...so here's the deal. I'm pretty pleased with my bedroom. I'm happy with the layout, and the colour of the walls, and the artwork, but there's one little thing that irks me. I have one wall where I really don't have much space to do anything with. It's the wall that has my husband's chest of drawers (which is really just a glorified media stand - please talk to my husband about the size of the monster TV we have...it's ridiculous - especially when we very rarely watch TV in our bedroom) and my tallboy dresser which stands demurely beside that other monstrosity.
Because the stuff pictured above takes up a lot of wall space, there isn't a lot more that can be done. Or so I thought... Then I saw this:
Lovely wallpaper. Now, I'm not made of money, and I'm well aware that buying wallpaper is NOT a cheap endeavour, nor is it an easy one. You can't just slap it up willy nilly while you're youngest is at nursery school. It takes time, effort and patience (which I'm clearly running out of) - so it's becoming more and more obvious that this is NOT the option for me, not matter how beautiful it looks...The dream is dead. Sad trombone.
Fastforward one day and there I am at Dollarama (yes, I'm there on a daily basis) and I come across a plastic wall divider for $3 (2 pk! - not the Hip Hop artist, mind you...but a deal all the same). Lightbulb! I can use these beautiful plastic wall dividers as a stencil and create my own personal wallpaper using materials I already have at home. Sounds great right? RIGHT????
So, I've got my eggshell white paint ready (previously used for touching up some baseboards around the house - yes, I know I should be using something with a higher sheen, but let's discuss that another time, okay????), my roller in hand, my green painter's tape ready and my stunningly wonderful plastic wall dividers. I get those babies taped up on the wall (using my handy dandy level just to be safe) and I get my stencil on!
I lift the stencil off to start my next row and ....
The paint has bled. Now you can barely see the pattern. I was not a happy camper - so sad, in fact, that I didn't take a picture of the end result so as not to be reminded of the tragedy. I get my Martha Stewart paint can up from the basement and paint over the stencil. Back to this:
Cue the Sad Trombone again...
So now I have this bee in my bonnet about creating a feature wall...but I've already established that a) I'm not buying wallpaper and b) I'm clearly not cut out for stenciling. So where does that leave me? I'll tell you where...It leaves me to peruse Pinterest for other ideas, leading to this:
Now this is doable. I'm not making a tray, but I can surely use the same principles on a wall, no? I've got the paint, the roller AND the green painters tape. Let's rock and roll. The instructions say to lie the tape on the diagonal, then do it again the opposite way - she said we could even eyeball it! Well, I CAN DO THAT! No measuring? NO PROBLEM! Easy Peasy...
So the waviness that you're seeing in the last photo isn't my camera angle. No siree bob...That would be my "eyeballing"....After many expletives (yes, I'm Fred Flintstoning again...) I pulled all those tape pieces off the wall SLOWLY and CAREFULLY in attempt to salvage my tape - cuz you know, I'm trying to keep costs down here. But of course, that's not in the works for me either....Let's just say that the tape and I had a bit of a wrestling match and I lost in the first round. Hey! Sad Trombone Guy! Who told you to leave? I'm not done with you yet!!!! So off I went to Dollarama AGAIN, and picked up a new roll of painters tape ($2.50 - remember when they used to sell things for a dollar at Dollarama? Me neither!) At this point a normal human would throw in the towel. Like seriously. But it's hard to turn your back when so much time and effort has been expended. So back to Pinterest I go.
If this doesn't work...there's no hope for me. This is an "official" guide and there are "simple" steps. This sounds like it's for me. Unfortunately it's a little labour intensive, but at this point, I've got nothing but time, right? lol....Sad Trombone Guy....Are you ready...?
Step 1) Paint the wall one of the two colours (Bingo Bango - already done and done - this IS really simple!)
Step 2) Grid your wall using chalk and a ruler. The author of my "official guide" used 7 inch squares and gosh darn it...SO AM I!
Step 3) Make a 45 degree angle from the top to the bottom of each square with painters tape. Now, this step worked out for me, but could've use a bit of clarification on the "official guide"....You need to be sure to keep track of where the tape is hitting the corners depending on whether it's an area to be painted or an area that will remain the original paint colour (totally doesn't make any sense, I know - which is why I've included an even more complicated photo diagram~ YAY!) ...
It'll all make sense if you're actually taping...trust me. It's not rocket science.
Step 4) Paint the wider chevron with your new paint colour. It's obvious, I know...but Dude...don't think I didn't say "paint the wide one" to myself three buhzillion times, because knowing my luck I would've painted the wrong part and then I'd be totally screwed...Seriously. This is my life.... Anyway, to paint my chevrons, I used a sponge brush to cut in at the edges of the walls and a small roller brush for the rest, and I had to do three coats (it probably could've used another coat...) - which is the nature of the beast when painting a lighter colour over a darker one...but dems da brakes, right?
Step 5) Remove painters tape before it has fully dried so as not to peel off your newly painted chevron. Touch up as needed (the touching up part is still pending at my house....much to my husband's chagrin...)
Step 6) Let paint fully dry and wash off the chalk grid with a damp cloth.
Step 7) ( I added this one myself....) Enjoy the amazingness!!!
Not to toot my own horn (yes, I know that one can't REEEEAAALLLY toot a horn when there were soooooooooo many fails, but give a sister a break, ok?) but the end result is super cool. The wall has now made the room seem deeper and longer and it really gives that boring ol' wall the pop that it so deserves!
Surely, now that you've learned from my MANY mistakes, you can do something like this too! If it does inspire you, send me a note. I'd love to see what you've created!
This lovely piece of metal was sitting in my yard when we moved in 2 years ago. Granted, it's an awesome piece and I get the idea of it being used as decoration behind the flower beds, but clearly it's seen better days. It also didn't really fit into my new backyard landscape plan. SO, what's a girl to do...she's got a cool piece of metal, she doesn't want it where it is, but doesn't want to throw it out? This girl's plan was to reuse it in a space that might be more suitable.
First and foremost, I had to deal with the rust and bubbled paint, so I spent a lot of time sanding and spray painting this bad boy to get it to look presentable (and be able to touch it without feeling like you had to have a shower afterwards.)
After that, my husband and I drilled some screws into studs in the walls of our "cottage" (please note - we are poor - we don't have a cottage...but we have a "spare room" in the basement with white faux wood panelling that looks like a cottage - and we got there as an escape from the reality of our children waking up a thousand times in the night - another long story that we don't need to get into right now, lol), we hoisted this heavy beast up on the wall, and tada! we've got a new headboard for the ol' cottage bed. Free, quick and painless!
Being a stay-at-home mom has afforded me the opportunity to be with my kids and enjoy them while I can (and while they still think I'm not a nuisance and/or embarrassment). This is a luxury most families are not able to manage...so I'm very thankful. There is one MAJOR downfall, however, and that is expendable income and the lack thereof. Most of our money goes towards activities for the kids - swimming, gymnastics, dance class, trips to fun and interesting places...and though these are all extremely worthy of my husband's hard earned money there are times when I would love to have some extra cash to do some fun and new things around the house.
Because extra money is few and far between here, it's been a goal of mine to come up with some creative ideas (read: free) to make improvements to our home. Pinterest is also an extremely helpful resource for finding ideas as well as step by step instruction on how to upcycle items. So when I see a cool idea, I pin it, and add them to my list of potential projects. And let me tell you, the list is bloody LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG!
In addition to Pinterest being a wealth of upcycle information, there are a lot of websites out there where you can find all sorts of things for free! Kijiji and Craigslist both have free sections, and there is also Freecycle (there should be one in a city near you - just google it!) but it's a job in itself to continually check them out (they're constantly being updated and you've gotta be quick to get what you want). What I've discovered, is it's not a matter of priority when it comes to crossing things off my freebie home improvement list - it's really more of a "what comes up first" type of deal. And that's how Free Project #1 happened!
One Saturday morning I received my daily list of Freecycle items and saw that there was a local woman giving away some red bricks! I've been wanting to redo the pathway along the side of our house for a while now, and while redoing our entire patio is high on my wish list, it's not going to happen anytime soon. Best to start small, right? When we moved in, we had a plain ol' concrete patio with a concrete slab pathway running along the side. Not exactly beautiful!!! I had come across the pin below a while back, and decided that doing something similar would be a great way to update the area, while reusing what we already had. All I needed was some brick to finish it off....LIGHTBULB!
So, I responded to the brick lady, crossing my fingers that she hadn't already "gifted" them to someone else, and she hadn't! So, my husband and I packed the kids into the car and drove off to grab 'em! As we started piling the bricks into the car, I realized two things...1) I didn't really think about how many bricks I might need and 2) I didn't realize how heavy a trunk full of bricks was. So we grabbed basically as much as our SUV could hold (without dragging the butt-end of the car along the road creating fireworks for all those driving behind us) and I crossed my fingers that we'd picked up enough to do the job.
My husband THANKFULLY took the kids away (if you've ever tried doing anything with kids around - whether it be a large renovation or a pee in the bathroom - you realize nothing can be accomplished with kids around) and gave me the weekend to get to work. First I flipped my original slabs lengthwise to create a little bit more space on the pathway for the bricks (which were standard size, not small interlock like the above picture). The person who laid the original patio slabs did it properly using screening underneath, so I didn't need to purchase (or beg) for that - I just replunked them back down, one against the other. Next I had to start laying out the brick (again, having to lay them lengthwise to conserve space)...and trust me, after loading and unloading brick in and out of the trunk of a car, and then lifting and replacing concrete patio slabs, picking up bricks (even if it's one by one) is a task....Momma's not as strong as she thought... But eventually I got it down, malleting (is that a word? Hammering is, so I assume malleting is too?) each one in order to get them as level as any regular lazy person can...lol. The difficult thing was trying to get everything to line up nicely. I had to relay several slabs and bricks so that they ended where they needed to end, but eventually it turned out nicely. AND, only one finger casualty (yes, I pulled a full blown Fred Flintstone - malleting my finger instead of the brick ...and yes, it ballooned to the size of a Fred Flintstone finger after it's been hammered...AND, I screamed profanities just like Fred Flintstone ...frack'em, rack'em, rock'em...you get the picture, right?)
Finally, I swept in some polymeric sand that my mom had left over from a previous interlock patio project into the cracks of the brick work. I was able to get the sand in all the cracks, but really you're supposed to put one layer in, water it, let it settle, then do another layer. I couldn't squeeze out another layer, so I'll have to keep checking my free sites in case some extra polymeric sand comes up. That being said, the end product turned out quite well! And it gives the pathway a nice little punch of decoration.
Here's the after. (I promise I will get better at taking pictures of the before....)
The second Sunday in September marks Grandparents Day. Are you prepared? This year, this special day falls on September 8, 2013, and if you don't have any tricks up your sleeve yet, don't worry. We've got a super cute FREE (best word ever???) printable that will make this Grandparents Day the most special one yet.
To get started you'll need:
* White printer paper or card stock (you'll need enough for each grandparent and each child of the grandparent
* 4" x 6" plastic photo page protectors (they sell these at Dollar Stores) - again, you'll have to get enough for each page that's been printed
* Duct Tape/Washi Tape (in the colour of your choosing)
Make sure that when you're printing these, you don't shrink to fit the page. Each page is designed to fit into a 4" x 6" photo slot, so no need to make any adjustments. Generally I print on card stock, as it's a little more sturdy for those kids who love to press REEEEEEEAAAAALLLLLY hard with their markers... Once the pages have been printed, cut out each page and get your kids ready with their crayons and markers! If you need instructions, feel free to follow below:
This page is for the Grandmothers of the world.
Please fill it in with the name you call your
Grandmother, whether it be Grannie, Grandma,
Nana, Nonna, etc.
Then have your child draw a picture of him/herself
with their Grandmother.
Please print one of these per child in your family.
Each child will get their own opportunity to draw
Next have your child (or help your child) fill in
the blanks for this sheet.
Again, each child will get their own, so print
enough to go around.
Now have your child put in a special message to
Now do the same for the Grandfather in your life. Remember, each child gets his/her own!
Finally, the back cover. Have all your kids sign this page!
Now insert each filled out page into a 4" x 6" plastic photo protector. Place them one on top of the other and toss three staples (top/middle/bottom) along the outer edge.
Cover the outer edge with your decorative duct tape/washi tape, et voila! A personalized gift for the Grandparents. Have fun!!!!
With a busy weekend filled with guests and zero time to prepare, I needed to come up with something quick, easy and delicious... That's when my go to "fakey" recipe comes in super handy (please note...I also make a hard-core baker one too - recipe to follow -, but when time is of the essence, one has to make do with what's available, right?). The Brookie is exactly what it sounds like - part brownie, part cookie - ALL DELICIOUS. Try them out and lemme know what you think!
Quick and Easy Brookie Recipe:
Buy one package of Brownie Mix (I use No Frills No Name Brand)
Prepare batter as directed on box
Buy one tube of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter.
Open as directed on tube (I always have such a hard time with this....Half of it ends up squeezing out the seam and all over the counter and my hands - and of course, I have to sacrifice my body (which is otherwise a temple, ya know) to lick it off - my hands, not the counter....what am I? An animal????
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
Grease or muffin liner your tin
For large brookies, use 2 regular sized muffin tins and place one tbsp of brownie batter in the bottom of your liner. Then roll a tsp of cookie batter into a ball and place in the centre of the batter. You should be able to get 24. Bake as directed on your brownie batter box.
For mini brookies, use 2 mini muffin tins and place one tsp of brownie batter in the bottom of your liner. Then roll a 3/4 tsp of cookie batter into a ball and place in the centre of the batter. You should be able to get 48. Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until your cookie comes out cooked but not burned!
And if you want to be a rock star - and have a little bit of time on your hands, you can try the "From Scratch" version!
Hard Core Brookie Recipe:
Brownie Batter Recipe (care of www.allrecipes.com)
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter Recipe (also care of www.allrecipes.com)
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
Grease or muffin liner your tin
For a large brookies, use 2 large muffin tins and place one tbsp of brownie batter in the bottom of your liner. Then roll a tsp of cookie batter into a ball and place in the centre of the batter. You should be able to get 24. Bake for 25-30 or until the cookie is baked, but not burned - keep your eye on it!
For mini brookies, use 2 mini muffin tins and place one tsp of brownie batter in the bottom of your liner. Then roll a 3/4 tsp of cookie batter into a ball and place in the centre of the batter. You should be able to get 48. Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until your cookie comes out baked, but not burned
The recipe for the chocolate chip cookies usually makes waaaaaaaaaaaay more than is necessary for Brookies, so I usually freeze the batter for later use or fill extra muffin liners with bigger balls of cookies. Yummers!
August 9th marks Book Lovers Day, so today I'm going to pay tribute to my favourite book of ALL TIME - Jane Austen's Persuasion. In a world where we're bombarded by tales of love between vampires, werewolves and mortals or drivel about domination in the bedroom - why not celebrate a book that focuses on a true love between two regular ol' people (imagine that????). Persuasion is a story about a woman who finds the man of her dreams only to be told by her father and godmother that they couldn't marry because he didn't make enough money or come from a good enough family. Awkwardness ensues when her ex returns 8 years later looking for a wife to settle down with after mending his broken heart in the Navy.
Here's my favourite part of the book - and yes, I'm issuing a spoiler alert - so if you're planning on reading Persuasion, stop reading this blog immediately!!!!
Can you imagine? A love that lasts through the ages - and not a fang in sight! Oh romance....
So, please pick up a book today - and honour this wonderful holiday!
This is the place where we discuss the things that inspire us, as well as a place to showcase how we get our craft on...oh, by the way...did we mention we love to eat...? There'll be some food here too yummmmmmmmmmm......