The running joke is I’m going to start a fashion blog called ‘Bluejeans and Blundstones’ because, let’s face it, that’s my go-to style.  I’m not one to peruse the fashion sites and flip through the latest issue of the hottest magazine.  But when a necklace in your Facebook feed stops you in your tracks, you know it’s the one for you.

So, I chatted with Rebecca of Beck & Boosh about it and here it is!  A chunky, geometric number with blacks, browns, white and the perfect shade of peach.  I use the word peach with hesitation.  Peach doesn’t invoke a good colour connotation…..our old bathroom still comes to mind.  But all paired together on a black chain makes for a bold look.

I don’t spend a lot of money on clothing, jewelry and footwear, it’s not really my thing.  So when I am looking to change up my wardrobe, I need things that are versatile, easy and can be worn in a variety of ways .  I’ve paired this necklace with a few outfits from my closet to show you how I would wear it for the Spring season.

First up is an outfit that I would wear to work.  A floral shirt with a solid peach back paired with a flirty black linen skirt makes for a dressy but fun outfit for meeting with clients.

Next up, same shirt but paired with a pair of denim capris, because we are talking about me after all. #allthedenim This would be something I would wear for the weekend whether it was hitting the yard sales or going on tour with my family.   Easy, but still stylish.

The last outfit in my spring collection is a flowy skirt matched up with a simple top with a geometric trim on it.  This would be an outfit I’d wear to work, church or even out on a roadtrip.  Simple with a little bit of fun but very comfortable, to boot.

I love wearing this necklace, it adds a bit of edge to an outfit, garners some attention and is so versatile.  If you are looking to add a great little number to your wardrobe, click HERE to pop over to Beck & Boosh’s website to order yours today!

And as for me, I’ll head back into my closet to see what else I can pair this baby up with for another day at work!

To be continued,

Lori

I was provided with this necklace by Beck & Boosh but my take on it is just that 😉

  • Heather Laura Clarke - April 25, 2017 - 7:08 am

    This is gorgeous!!! Love Beck and Boosh. They’re so great.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 25, 2017 - 1:02 pm

      Big Beck & Boosh fan here, too!ReplyCancel

  • Reg. - April 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm

    Supercute!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 25, 2017 - 1:03 pm

      Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - April 26, 2017 - 9:11 am

    Oh! This is cute! And totally versatile. I like the way you styled it. I’m the same way – super choosy about my clothes and jewelry- I like to have a few good statement pieces and that’s it. I’m just becoming more familiar with Beck&Boosh – I’ll have to have a closer look 🙂ReplyCancel

 

Well, I feel like I’ve made some huge progress on my One Room Challenge to share with you this week.  My body feels like it was huge progress anyway…

Guys, the studio is empty.

Empty.

Like a few tools I needed and a ladder kind of empty.  Here it is with just a few bigger pieces left in it…

And it’s huge.  I had no idea how much space I had.  Maybe I should rephrase that.  I had no idea how much stuff I had.  So. Much. Stuff.  I filled a garage bay with all that stuff, piles on top of piles.  But I don’t think you really want to see that….

Since last week’s update, which you can read HERE, I discovered that it wasn’t the task of redoing the studio that overwhelmed me, it was all the stuff I had collected and hung onto that overwhelmed me.  To the point that I didn’t enjoy going out to the studio anymore.  All the stuff was making it hard to move around and hard to find a surface to work on.  It had become a joy suck.  The spot that had been my happy place was sucking the joy and the creativity out of my life.  Here’s a quick flashback for you, in case you forgot just where we started:

The space will be well guarded when it comes to putting things back in.  I already have a plan to eliminate some of the furniture that had lived in there.  And I’m going to do some serious purging and sorting.  I’m hanging onto things for potential projects and makeovers.  But if I never get around to it, then it’s time to let it go.  I can’t do everything, I can’t make everything and I will no longer hang onto everything.

I’m really thinking about how I use the space and what jobs I do in there.  I was doing the dustiest jobs right beside a shelf that was filled with little knick-knacky things.  Duh!!  That was dumb!  It was always dusty!!  And I don’t want to go to the studio to do housework, I want to play, to create!  Needless to say, this space is going to function much better when all is said and done!

One of the main reasons I wanted to whitewash the walls was because it was a busy backdrop to photograph against.  But it really didn’t matter since there wasn’t a wall to photograph against anyway! So in the new plan, there will be empty wall space and I’ll try my very hardest not to fill it.  I struggle with gaps…truly I do!  Until I want to photograph something and there’s stuff everywhere!

It was a huge job just to empty the studio out but I finished it and started the white washing before my friend, Catherine, showed up to lend a hand.  One of the things I love about Catherine is she is my sounding board.  When I’m debating something, whether it’s in real life, in fashion or style or in decorating, I use her to bounce ideas off.  So, when the whitewash wasn’t quite looking how I had hoped it would, I stopped and waited for her arrival so I could get her take on it.

She agreed that it wasn’t quite right but maybe we should let it dry before making the final call.  But during this whole debate, the decision was made to paint the trim work throughout the studio a solid white and no longer just white wash it like I was originally going to do.  So, while we waited for the trial white washed section to dry, we put a coat of primer on all the window and door trim.  And by the time we finished that, we knew the white wash really would be alright and we carried on with the rest of the walls in the ratio I had mixed up.  { If we decided to go with a more solid white wash, it would’ve meant waiting to do the work unto I could get back to Phillips and Chestnut another day for more Farmhouse White Miss Mustard Milkpaint because, of course, I mixed all I had….and I even know better!! }

Three walls later, Catherine left with some of her kids and I continued on painting the last, and hardest wall…the diagonal wall.  Ugh.  To prevent dry lines and weird overlap marks, a complete board needed to be done at once, which was pretty easy on the horizontal boards but meant a whole lot of climbing and squatting on the diagonals!  But I finished it off, with a 1/4″ of paint left in the bottom of the big Tupperware container I was using to mix and hold all the paint.

So, once again, my To-Do list grew!  Let’s review:

Sew Curtains for the prep table – done

White wash the walls – done

Paint the floor

Frame the chalkboard

Paint the sewing desk – kinda done

Paint and hang the corner cabinet

Paint the doors

Paint the sewing chair – kinda done

Paint the trim – kinda done

But look at that progress!!  Looks a million times better – so bright and fresh….maybe that’s just because I washed the windows, though….

So much to do, so little time left!!

To be continued,

Lori

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  • Emy - April 24, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    It’s such a pretty room! I can’t wait to see it finished!ReplyCancel

Here we are, at the second week of the One Room Challenge.   I suppose you’d like to see the progress? I’m at least happy to admit there is progress to show!  { If you missed Week One – you can see it HERE }

Well, I’ve made a few decisions for the direction I’m heading with the colour palette and some changes to the layout.  I’m excited to make the space look and work better for me.

I have the fabric for the curtains on the prep table – I’ve had it pretty much since we moved in here, back in July of 2014.  I got it on clearance at Fabricville for about $2.00/yd and I manged to get the ones done up for the counter but not the table.  There isn’t quite enough to do exactly what I want but I’ll make do and not tell you my exact plan so you won’t know the difference. 😉  I just need to get the hardware to hang it – I knew I wanted to go to Walmart for something but couldn’t remember what it was!! Does Momma Brain ever go away?!?!

The desk I use for sewing was a desk that we had in our house growing up, I’m not really sure the history of it and apparently neither does Mom, she couldn’t remember where it come from.  Lena had it is her room until the last makeover and then we put it in the studio and swapped out what was my sewing desk with the old computer desk in the back bedroom….again, being able to shop from your own personal ‘stash’ is great!  We checked in with mom and she’s okay with my painting the desk out so I’m going to do it in Miss Mustard Seed‘s Artissimo – I’m a huge fan of deep blues!  When I showed Mom the sneak peek of it, she said she may want it back when it’s all done.  Hands off, Mom!!

Here’s the before, or in reality, the during because I forgot to take a picture until I started sanding it, of course!  My plan is to keep the hardware, paint the drawers and sides in Artissimo and then stain the top.  And when it’s finished, I’ll put my favourite finish on of Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil to seal it and add to the richness of it.  My original idea was to paint the desk a turquoise colour, but when I started looking at painted desks on Pinterest, it was the deeper, richer colours that really appealed to me.

Here it is with the top sanded off…I have to admit, I’m surprised how little time it took to sand the finish off on the top.  Probably 20 minutes max and it was down to the raw wood again.  I love my palm sander for jobs like that!  And the raw wood will absorb the stain (which is just a watery mixture of Curio and Typewriter from Miss Mustard Seed) really well and add a nice bit of contrast to the painted wood on the rest of the desk.

Then I stained the top…

And then I put on the first coat of Artissimo paint.  And I knocked over the cup with my paint in it and said a ‘farm word’ which my girls quickly corrected me on!  Oops!!  I tried to use as much of that paint as I could so not to waste it, thankfully it’s just the first coat and the chunks can easily be sanded out…sweeping the floor was on my list…. 😉  And from there on out, I’m happy to admit I just used the word ‘crap’ and nothing worse….

Just keepin’ it real for you!  That’ll probably be the last you’ll see of the desk until the big final reveal, I need to keep some secrets to show you at the end of it all!

The chair that I use at that desk will need to change up a bit, too….yes, I’m adding MORE projects to my list!  This is a road-side score that I grabbed while traveling with the handsome Mr. Byrne….can I just add how mortified he was that I stopped and loaded this number in the car! 😉 Now, probably about 2 months ago, I decided I would give it a facelift and painted it but now I need to change it again! I’m not loving the yellow…so it got a coat of a custom grey I mixed for another project.  And the seat? Yeah, that’s paint!  I used Fusion Mineral Paint and waxed it!  We’ll see how it holds up but I’ve heard great things about it so I thought I’d try it for myself!

Office Chair Before Before:

Office Chair after Makeover 1.0:

Office Chair with one coat of Makeover 2.0:

The floor will be going painted with Benjamin Moore’s Porch & Floor paint, which I have used many times in the past and I love it.  I think painting out the floor will really make the space feel less like a workshop off the garage and more like an intentional space.  It will also hide all the various colours of paint I’ve used over the last three years and force me to use a drop cloth!  The colour I’ve decide on is Pacific Ocean Blue 2055-20.

One of the other project on my To-List is to paint out the doors between the studio and the garage and the door to the outside.  I’m very sick of this blue.  Very, very sick of it.  All the doors and all the shutters everywhere here at Clear Day Farm are painted this colour and when we get the house painted this summer, I’m changing them all!!  The interior sides of these will just go back to white, just to freshen them up and to keep it light and bright.

So, let’s review my To-Do list:

Sew curtains for the prep table

White wash the walls

Paint the floor

Frame the chalkboard

Paint the sewing desk

Paint and hang the corner cabinet

Paint the doors

Paint the sewing chair

It looks like I can only cross one and half tiny tasks off the list this week.  Oh well, I do feel like I’ve made some progress!  The biggest task is just going to be to move everything out to get at the walls and the floor to attack those painting projects! Ugh!  And I know I need to do considerable sorting to pair down what makes it back in. But we’ll save that for another week, I guess!!

To be continued,

Lori

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  • Stacy G. - April 13, 2017 - 10:38 am

    That desk! It’s a beauty. You are doing great this week!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - April 13, 2017 - 6:40 pm

    Love that desk! Can’t wait to see what it looks like after you’re finished!ReplyCancel

I’ve marblized paper but never have I marblized an egg!!  But oh man, what fun!  And such a basic supply list, too – we grabbed everything at the local grocery store.  Easy set-up, easy clean-up and no dry time plus your home will smell like a handsome dude! 😉

We were having friends over and we love doing quick and easy craft projects with our four girls so I thought something Easter related might be fun.  Now, I’m not one to decorate for Easter, Spring maybe but not Easter, so I wasn’t looking for a gaudy Easter craft.  Softly coloured eggs seemed like the perfect project. And cake – cake is always a good idea! But that’s a whole other blog post…

So, anyway, let’s get started!

Here’s your basic supplies:

Eggs

Foam Shaving Cream

Food Colouring

I boiled our eggs, but if you have better lung capacity than me, go ahead and blow those suckers out.  I didn’t feel like blowing out 2 dozen eggs!  We won’t eat these, I’m not about to find out what a shaving cream flavoured egg tastes like, I prefer cream eggs of the Cadbury variety!  With Easter quickly approching, I know they’ll be fine until then and we’ll toss them out or have some fun throwing them at something 😉

We filled paper plates with shaving cream and then dropped food colouring all over and swirled it through with popsicle sticks to create the marblized shaving cream.

And then we got messy! Set your egg in the shaving cream and roll it around until the egg is all covered.  Then we plopped them on another plate to be rinsed off in the kitchen, under the tap.

It was fun to uncover the magic under the shaving cream! The girls would exclaim over the pattern on this one or the colouring of that one, meanwhile us moms were trying to contain some of the shaving cream….we didn’t suceed in that!  It was on clothes, in hair, swiped across foreheads and squished by the handful between fingers.  But, boy, did we smell good!

Here are some of the more patterned beauties!

Now, here are some of my ‘Live and Learn’ tips!  Because no craft is without a learning curve!

  • Cover your surfaces with something waterproof – nothing worse than food colouring staining your table or counter!
  • Make the kids wear old clothes, it gets EVERYWHERE!
  • If you are a hand-model, I would wear gloves. If you don’t mind getting a little stained, don’t bother.  By the end of the day, most of the food colouring was worn off my hands.
  • Re-load the shaving cream with more food colouring between eggs and use lots of it!
  • Don’t bother trying to re-dye eggs that are too pale, for some reason, it won’t work.

Well, I ‘hop’ you have fun doing this project – I think the softly coloured eggs are quite stunning!  If you want to see more Hoppy Easter related posts by others East Coast Bloggers, click the little blue froggy button below!!

 

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

  • Reg - April 11, 2017 - 9:12 am

    Marvelous! Very inspiring… I will try to do this craft for Easter!ReplyCancel

I’m so excited!!!  I’ve been wanting to do some up-dates to the studio and this is the perfect reason to check it off my list! But, first, let me back up a little…

I had heard about the One Room Challenge before, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it was a blog post I came across, a FB post or on Instagram.  It certianly made me a little curious but not enough to actually take part.  But when Erin of DIY Passion put it out there in our blogging group, my first thought was of the studio!  When I read more about it, I thought that this would be a great challenge for me to focus on getting something done for me and make my studio suit my style a little better and hopefully function better for me at the same time. { Read: clean it up and move some stuff along }

Now, let’s review a little about where we’ve been with the studio over the past almsot 3 years.  You can check out my first post about the space HERE.  And then it transitioned into THIS and THIS.  I would sometimes post pictures like the below picture, in Black & White so it masks what a huge mess it currently is in!  See? You can even hide a kid in there!

So when I started thinking about what I wanted to do out in the studio, a few thoughts were immediate – white wash the walls and paint the floor.  Hands down, no question.  There’s a catch with doing those projects.  A rather large catch….that involves moving things out of the studio and the only place to put things is in the loft or the garage.  But here’s the rub…somethings won’t fit through the door and up the stairs to the studio so they need go to the garage, which sounds simple enough except we seem to be caught in a never-ending winter so I need the garage space for the car – you know, what the garage is actually for! 😉

The other problem is that I hoard projects.  Hi, my name is Lori and I’m addicted to chairs and future projects. I know I”m not alone in this, right? Everybody raise your hand!  So, the studio is filled with things I’m working on and getting ready for the Homegrown Vintage Market in August { I never prepare this early! } and thankfully just a few client projects which I need to wrap up and move along.

Here’s a rough list, in particular order, of what I hope to accomplish over the next 6 weeks:

Sew curtains for the prep table

Paint the floor

Whitewash the walls

Frame the chalkboard

Paint the sewing desk

Paint and hang the corner cabinet

Paint the doors

So pull up a chair and I’ll show you exactly what I’m dealing with….lol, see???  This is exactly why I need to focus some attaention on my work space!

Ugh – when I look at these pictures, I feel completely overwhelmed!!  Will 6 weeks be enough time? I have so much work to do just to muck this space out, let alone give it a makeover!

But one has to start somewhere, right?  I guess I best get out there and start sorting things out, packing things up and hauling them out of my way! I love my studio space and am so thankful that it was here for me when we moved in.  Now, I really get to freshen it up and concentrate on doing it over, making it my own.

See you next week where I’ll give you a progress report, complete with pictures!

To be continued,

Lori

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  • Erin - April 5, 2017 - 8:28 pm

    Omg. This space!!!! I can see your vision. And you know I’m here for moral support! White washed walls- yeeeeesssssssss!!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 5, 2017 - 8:56 pm

      Thanks, Erin!! I’m blaming you anyway, good or bad….we’ll have to see!!ReplyCancel

  • Homespun by Laura - April 6, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    I love your walls! I’m sad and happy at the same time to hear you’re going to whitewash them. They are awesome as they are but will be awesome whitewashed, too! Also, your antique map is very cool. I can’t wait to follow along with this one.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 9, 2017 - 9:43 pm

      Hahaha – everyone has strong feelings about painting wood! I find the pine so busy to photograph against!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - April 7, 2017 - 9:15 am

    I see your vision too! This space has a great vibe.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 9, 2017 - 9:41 pm

      Thanks Stacy – I love my studio space!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Barnes - April 9, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with your space! Love the idea of the whitewashed walls! 😊😊😊ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - April 9, 2017 - 9:42 pm

      Thanks Sarah – I need to tone down the pine!ReplyCancel