Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
Although my blog is called "Crafty in Canada" I wasn't born here.
I was born in the Netherlands (Holland)
I came to Canada when I was a very little girl.
At one point in my life I moved to Brazil and worked there as a missionary.
I came back to Canada and I married, had my kids, divorced, remarried (amazing husband if I haven't mentioned that) And now work for myself.
Before I get off track here, I want to hone in on my time in Brazil. If you ever get a chance to go there, don't turn it down. The country is amazing! So many places to see, and so very different from south to north, east to west. You won't regret a moment, I promise!
I have so many wonderful memories from my time there. So many wonderful experiences. I literally bawled most of my flight back to Canada, I did NOT want to leave.
While I was there I tasted some amazing foods. One was the pizza. Yes the Pizza. Very different than what is served here. You eat it with mustard. Yes I know that sounds strange, but it's awesome.
The other food I remember is Pão de Queijo. It's a cheese bun. A flavour I just could never forget.
I had no idea how to make these and over the years I've thought of them often, but just in passing, just a part of my past...a fond memory.
Then the other day I opened pinterest to find something and what pops up...food. What caught my eye was the word Brazilian.
hmmmmmm could it be?
Was it possible?
I mean you can't get Jabuticaba here, how could you get these amazing buns here. (note, Jabuticaba is a fruit that for some unknown reason they don't export..it's their secret and they won't share, big meanies!)
So of course I clicked on the link and just had to try...even if they turned out awful I just had to try.
The picture is really really bad.
Of course I'm going to have to make more since these turned out so well.
I could of course just give you the recipe and explain what I did, but I have to give credit to the website I found it on.
I love them because they are filled with possibilities for the start of a new week. I get up with so many plan on all the wonderful things I can get done during the week.
But by noon, my hopes are dashed as I have gotten to so few of the things on my to do list.
But....Normally the things that have taken up my Monday mornings are things that I really needed to get out of the way.
Today was no different.
Bonus today was going shopping with one of my wonderful clients and getting to throw ideas back and forth on decorating her home.
Today we picked up this.
A damaged dresser.
Normally I would do something like and "classic" with this, but it's going into a home theater room. Not your average home theater with chairs and a big screen. My client has a much bigger vision. She is incorporating a popcorn machine, a hot dog rotisserie, and a full cabinet with all sorts of candies.
So this is getting an industrial make over and will hold all their dvd's, cd's, etc. I can't wait to see how she pulls it all together :)
She also scored this wonderful vintage chair which will get redone as well for her daughters bedroom. Now for her daughters approval and a choice of colour and material before I rip it apart.
This has some of the most unique details. It's going to look fantastic when done :)
Then I picked up this maple dresser
This will be going to a baby that is still waiting to be born. I've discussed colour with the mom to be and a vision is coming together.
But for now, I have to finish a vanity and dresser set...ohhh Monday where did you go. I see this week flying by way to fast.
I remember going to Dr's offices and dentist offices and seeing those magazine tables sitting in the waiting rooms.
They were wonderful.
Now you just see low tables with a pile of books or magazines thrown on them. No character at all.
So when I saw this little beauty at a thrift store I just had to bring it home.
It was in such good shape I seriously considered just leaving it alone.
But then I started to clean it.
This had been sitting in a smokers home.......omgoodness!
The chore and uuukkkk that came off of this was ccccrazy!
So after scrubbing and cleaning and making it smell like new. I figured it needed some wonderful paint to make it as it should be.
It's the perfect height and size to be used as an end table.
I didn't display any magazines in it since they kinda stay in the bathroom.
But now looking at it, I think it would also be perfect for holding knitting needles or cross stitch while keeping all that sort of stuff up off the floor so the dogs (or cats) will be less tempted to use that as sort of thing as a toy. (yes I have experience with pets playing with that)