Fireplace Insert – wooderful ;) 

My gas fireplace makes me smile in the winter. I love watching the dancing flames and enjoy its warmth on those frosty nights. In the summer however the pilot light is out and all that is left is a dark hole. My fireplace looks dark and gloomy and that is not attractive. I recently saw something that might turn that all around. 

Have you seen those fireplaces with the stacked wood in them? They are simply stunning. So clean but rustic at the same time.

The wood adds such a nice texture and pattern but with my gas insert I could never pull this off. Or could I?!?

You can when the wood is cut and glued to the board! Completely brilliant and such a great makeover for the summer! 


Outdoor Couch 

My sister-inlaw recently finished making an outdoor couch and I thought I should share!

She started off with an old headboard and footboard.
She managed to find this score on the side of the curb. In total she tells me the project cost her $33 in paint and wood. She had the fabric and cushions kicking around the house already.

Then what is a couch without a coffee table? She then found this coffee table on the curb and painted it to match.

Well done Rosalie! I think you are going to enjoy a bunch of summer nights out on your back patio now!

Miracles From Heaven 

Miracles From Heaven releases on DVD, July 12.

If you didn’t catch it in theatres be sure to watch it now. My daughter and I cried our faces off, oh, and laughed it off too at times. 

Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a rare, incurable disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the dire diagnosis, devoted mom Christy (Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for a way to save her beloved daughter. Everything changes in an instant when Anna tells an amazing story of a visit to heaven after surviving a headlong tumble into a tree. Her family and doctors become even more baffled when the young girl begins to show signs of recovering from her fatal condition.

Long Weekend Project

This long weekend is about reading and more reading! We did have some minor work around the cottage to do… moving sand around on the beach, pulling weeds and moving the dock. But essentially between tasks I am reading. 

Currently I am reading “The Painters Daughter” by Julie Klassen. I am enjoying this fun piece of fiction. I did however start the weekend off with two non-fiction reads. 

I found myself laughing and crying while reading “Sand in my Sandwich”. The author is a mother to three children, two of which have Aspergers. A form of high functioning Autism. Sarah is very real in her accounts of life in her home and I savoured every word. 

I then read the “Letters to my daughters: The Art of being a Wife”. Just a few days ago I celebrated my 19 wedding anniversary and figured this would be interesting . I agreed with most of what the author was saying and even learned some things. This book is also very pretty with various water colour pictures amongst its pages. I highly suggest this book for any new bride or recently married gal. 

But now… I am going back into the water…I can read as I try to warm up!