DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is. Even though I am not technically from Newfoundland nor do I live there… my heart still very much belongs to that ruggedly gorgeous province and I do consider Newfoundland home! My Dad was born and raised there, although he left his beloved island to […]

DIY felt feather garland – Vin’yet Etc.

Welcome to July’s 12 months of DIY challenge! In case this is your very first visit here I’ll fill you in on what 12 months of DIY is. Each month I join in with 11 awesome Canadian blogging friends, we DIY something spectacular using one material. Here is what we’ve done so far. January – Mason Jars – Farmhouse light […]

DIY – Simple patio makeover – Extend the life of your outdoor space

Hello friends! How is summer treating you so far? We’re gearing up for a long weekend around here, yahoo for Canada Day celebrations! I can think of no better way to celebrate Canada Day than to go on tour with some kick ass Canadian bloggy friends! Haha okay, so it’s a virtual tour and we’re […]

Farmhouse summer porch tour

Hello and welcome! I’m excited to be teaming up with my Farmhouse friends again for June! We are a bunch of Farmhouse style bloggers and we just love sharing our FH ideas with you, we truly hope you enjoy the many different ways you can add a farmhouse touch to your home and we hope […]

Repurposed antique crib – DIY secret garden gate

I’ve always wanted a secret garden… it seems so intriguing and romantic don’t you think? Maybe you feel that way too or it’s just the sound of crickets out there right now, awkward! 😉 Since we moved here 3 years ago this path has looked naked to me like something was missing. This path leads […]

How to use mod podge – a beginner’s story

I hope I don’t break the internet but it’s confession time. I’ve never used Mod Podge before, before this project that is! Scandalous! Really and truly… I can use all the power tools, I can build stuff with the best of them, not much intimidates me when it comes to modifying and building and troubleshooting. […]

Repurposed antique bakers rack

I’m pretty excited to be teaming up with some new friends… Not just any friends though, new Farmhouse friends. We will be getting together every now and again to share some special farmhouse projects with you. I know you will enjoy our different interpretations on farmhouse style… make sure to check out the complete list […]

DIY Roll-N-Go travel bag

Welcome to April’s #12MonthsofDIY challenge! This month’s fun task was to #ReThinkReuse something from a thrift store… this my friends is right up my alley and really my favourite past time! Myself and my lovely Canadian friends were inspired to make this month’s DIY challenge consist of thrifted finds from Value Village, thrifting is a […]

Wood slice art – tutorial

Yipee, I’m back for March’s #12MonthsDIY challenge with my Canadian blogging friends… this month our challenge was to build, repurpose or make something from wood.  My project is… wood slice art! I am so thrilled with how it turned out and I can now say it’s FINALLY out of my head!  I’ve been wanting to […]

DIY chenille blanket with pom poms

I’m joining  in with my Canadian bloggy friends again this month and the challenge for February’s #12MonthsofDIY is fabric and boy oh boy, do I have a VERY simple DIY project for you! If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project. This DIY chenille blanket or throw was inspired by my […]

DIY Farmhouse light – with a mason jar

Ever since I saw these lights at my favourite little shop I’ve wanted them, aren’t they awesome!? I posted this photo on Instagram when I was there just before Christmas, the fact that it was just before Christmas though… I just couldn’t justify spoiling myself by getting one. It’s funny how things work out sometimes, […]

Thank-you Dad

January seems to be turning into a month of reflection for me, for more than the usual, Happy New year feels… yes this is a new year, a new beginning and I do get those renewed feelings, don’t get me wrong. But mostly for me this is the month that we lost my Father, 2 […]

A Christmas gift Giveaway ~ Enter to win a $100.00 shopping spree at UncommonGoods!!!

I’m really excited to be collaborating on a giveaway with a wonderful, trendy company, UncommonGoods is? Don’t you worry, I plan on introducing you! Who are they? As I mentioned above, they are a virtual market place where you will find a collection of creative and collaborative people sharing their ingenuity and talents with people […]

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Mantel – Home for the Holidays

Hello and welcome back… today I will be sharing our rustic farmhouse Christmas mantel with you and I am joining some wonderful friends for our second annual, “Home for the holidays” tour! You can see last year’s tour here.  Sharing our homes can sometimes be a bit stressful in an already busy time of year… […]

A pinecone Christmas ~ DIY ornament

Pinecones and buffalo check have been my inspiration this Christmas season, buffalo check because, buffalo check! And pinecones because they are so darn cute! I think I have every type of pinecone there is in my decor stash… huge sugar pinecones, tiny little baby ones, faux pinecones, mercury glass pinecones and even a set of […]

DIY maple candle – Roots knock-off

This DIY maple candle is a Roots knock-off and making this particular candle has been on my bucket list for some time now… everyone has a DIY bucket list, right? The perfect little Christmas gift as is, or an awesome addition in a gift basket with other favorite goodies. I’ve purchased many of these delicious […]

Christmas gift – DIY cheese board

Christmas prep is in full swing around here and I must admit getting ready this early is one of the happy accidents of being a blogger! I’ve made my first Christmas gift this year, a DIY cheese board! Yes, this gift is for myself but that doesn’t matter really, this simple little gift in any […]

DIY rustic Christmas wreath

Hi Guys, can you believe that it’s already November and thoughts of Christmas are entering into our brains!? I’m usually a last minute kind of girl, but I wanted to share some projects this year with you and I’m hoping that by preparing so early… I’ll be ready for the big day. HAHAHA!  I know […]

Master bedroom retreat ~ The Plan

The plan, what the heck does that mean? Actually the real plan is to have a less hideous place to sleep, it’s really as simple as that and you’ll know exactly what that means if you’ve read, Master Bedroom Retreat ~ Intro. Here’s a little reminder image for you, this is the very beginning of […]

Simple vintage glass insulator suet feeder

I think this will be the fastest and the simplest post in the history of blogging… I debated if I should even share this easy DIY project at all. I hope you like it and it will brighten up your bird feeding area in your own fall garden. We live in the country and we […]

Nature Inspired Fall Wreath

Hello friends! September 23rd marks the first day of Autumn and to say I’m happy about that is a HUGE understatement, this is by far my favourite season… and, to top that off the bugs are all gone!  That’s a win, win in my books! 😀 I can’t think of a better way to welcome […]

Master Bedroom Retreat ~ Intro

Hello and welcome to project, master bedroom… some of you may already know that this project has been in the works for a while now. I have been posting sneak peeks on Instagram and FB, and will continue to post photos of our progress, I’d love it if you followed along! I need all of […]

Ikea hack – from dark to Farmhouse fab

We’ve had this black Ikea cabinet for a loooooong time, so long in fact that I don’t even remember what it’s called, I’ve looked online and I can’t seem to find an image of it… if you happen to know the name of this cabinet, I’d love it if you shared it with me. Please […]

20 Sleek Industrial furniture designs

I’m a “bit” of a geek when it comes to Industrial furniture… I can’t help myself!  There isn’t just one thing I love about this type of furniture and that makes it very hard for me to nail down one favourite characteristic… When Hometalk approached me and asked me to curate an industrial furniture board […]

Vintage Inspired furniture ~ hall tree

We are terribly excited to introduce our very first piece of Vin’yet Etc. furniture…  and we are equally as happy to be sharing this building journey with you. For those of you that don’t know us, we’ve been building and DIYing since we first got together, WAY back in 1982! Actually, our very first DIY […]

Christmas 2014 ~ Rustic Porch

Winter storms, cozy blankets and some hot chocolate… this particular day it decided to snow like a bugger… I went with it. This is our second Christmas here and we’re starting to settle in (takes me a while) it’s finally starting to feel like home. Snow and vintage campers, seems to go hand in hand, […]

Home for the Holidays ~ 2014 Christmas Home tour

Hello and welcome to my very first legit Christmas home tour, ta daaaaa… I am hosting a virtual open house, along with 24 other wonderful bloggers, we are opening our homes at this CRAZY time of year to invite you in… to inspire and to share, some will make you laugh, cause they are that […]

DIY vintage wool blanket Christmas pillow

Hello and welcome to my madness! Do you have ideas falling out of your pockets? Wonderful, beautiful ideas? I am both cursed and blessed to have creative ideas, just like popcorn, but like popcorn (in the air popper anyways) it gets all over the counter and floor and well you’re chasing it around to scoop […]

EASY DIY – Winterberry branches for Christmas

Ever since I first saw these beauties I’ve been in love, these gorgeous little berries are called, Winterberry. They add such a pop of  colour, that red = swoon! It’s especially wonderful around Christmas time… and that is why I decided that this was going to be my first project this holiday season. An easy […]


Welcome to you November! Via There is real beauty all around us, my plan this month is to see the beauty it has to offer. I will try to slow this pace that is life and really see the wonder in it all.  That may not be an easy task, this is the month where […]

Let’s talk trim

Let’s talk trim… what kind of trim do you like? There are so many different types out there it’s hard to choose. Decorative, plain, rustic, minimal and gingerbread, the list goes on and on. Me, I adore farmhouse trim, simple, bulky, white and large.   Even though it’s hard to pick one type of trim […]

Fall decorates for us

Do I decorate for fall? I’m always torn…should I or should I not? Why do I struggle with something so, silly? Well I feel that autumn decorates for us, I don’t really have the urge to prepare my home for fall, not like I do for Christmas.  I am so in awe of the show […]

Hello October

Life has a way of centering you, bringing you back down to earth and reminding you that moments, good and bad should never be taken for granted. I’m popping in now to simply wish you a happy October, my hope for all of us is an abundance of beauty and peace that this lovely month […]

How to disguise a thermostat wall ~ DIY

For as long as I can remember I have disliked thermostat walls and any part of the home that is not “pretty”. It’s my goal to hide (at least visually) speakers, electrical cords any of the stuff you need but don’t like. This is our thermostat wall, isn’t it “pretty“? I enlisted the help of […]

When life throws you a curve ball…

Actually when it throws you more than just ONE curve ball, try like 12 all at once, super fast and HARD. That title may give the impression that this is a game, I can assure you it is far from a game. Seven months ago I lost my Dad, my hero, a little girl’s first […]

Happy Hunting ~ Antique Alley

I haven’t done one of these posts in what seems like forever, I love to scour little and big antique stores, they inspire me. The next place in this “happy hunting” series is in the city I live in… so it’s really just a hop skip and a jump for me to get to, unlike […]

An interview… how fun!

I was approached by Terry’s Blinds to participate in an interview series that they are doing called, “Designer Insights”… I was happy to contribute my time to this, it was a lot of fun and I was thrilled to share what inspires me. You can read my whole interview here, sure hope you like it. […]

Summertime porch tour ~ antique headboard bench – new seat DIY

A new seat for our antique headboard bench has been on my to-do list for a very long time, I’m a little embarrassed to say how long… 2 years, maybe even 3 years. Don’t get me wrong we sat on it, I took some extra cushions from our couch and put them on the bench, […]

Help me pick the next DIY project ~ vote!

      Help me pick the next DIY project… vote for the one you want to see me finish! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram you know that I have been struggling with how I should tackle the many projects I seem to have piling up around here, not sure exactly how […]

Play-date part 3: Bring nature into your home

This is the final installment of my visit to Tin Barn Market. I am sad! But, I am also very happy that I was able to have this phenomenal opportunity! Thanks so much, Errin and Vicki, you have no idea how special this time was for me!  You two are not only creative mentors, you […]

Thoughts of gratitude…

The willow on our property provides so much inspiration at all times of the day… sunset. Dusk… finding gratitude in the simplest things!

Playdate part 2: Think outside of the box…

 Think outside of the box… or the container or the cloche, or whatever you are using for display purposes, think outside of it! There are so many awesome vintage things out there, so many ways to re-use those wonderful things from the past. Use them, maybe not how they were intended but re-use or love […]

Playdate part 1: Tin Barn Market

I’ve been away from Tin Barn for a bit now… it’s a strange thing really how attached you can get to something that isn’t yours. 😉 Let me back up here, for those of you that follow along on my blog you know exactly who and what Tin Barn is, for you first timers you […]


There have been some deeply personal things happening in my life that are making me want to stay in bed with my head covered. Oh I’ll list a few, just for fun… husband nearly died in a 4-wheeler accident, laid off from my job, having to sell our beautiful 1854 Farmhouse and moving, loosing our […]

Vignette fun ~ Christmas tour 2013

Hi there, Santa! I just loved this image and thanks to the generosity of, Karen AKA The Graphics Fariy and her free printables I was able to make this cute Santa Vignette, he is always watching so you better be good! 😉 You can find this awesome printable here, explore her web site, there is […]

Easy Delicious Almond Brittle | Vin’yet Etc.

This is a Christmas tradition around our place… let me start by saying that I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination a home maker!  I am not a baking, cooking guru, not really my style… I do however have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to make it look like I rock the […]

All I want for Christmas ~ Giveaway!

Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I would most love to see… what would you most love to see? How would you finish your letter to Santa!? Seriously, this time of year we could all use some extra moolah, couldn’t we?  Well here it is a world-wide giveaway, an opportunity for you to pocket this […]

Happy Hunting ~ Barnfull O’ Goodies

For those who know me know I have a barn obsession (there I said it) AND I love goodies and yep, I collect, or hoard depending on who you ask. When I came across this local Facebook auction, it was a win, win and win some more kind of situation! Seeing as Barnfull is a […]

Homestead tour ~ Before | Vin’yet Etc.

Well here they are,  in all their “glory”, the before pictures of the new – to us – house.  These photos are from the realtor’s site and I am happy to say that just after one month the house already looks different. I wanted to post a  starting point, to show how it looks before […]

What did you do this summer?

Well hello there strangers!  For the few that have been waiting on a post from me, I apologize! Life happened and well,  things got a bit nutso up in here… buying and selling of a home concurrently is something I don’t recommend doing.  The good news? I didn’t have a nervous breakdown, that’s something, right? […]

Buzz off

Industrial style desk ~ reveal 3/3

How To build an Industrial style desk ~ or 2 To recap, we built our son Michael, 2 Industrial style desks for his birthday, he is going to OIART in September to study audio engineering and his saggy pressed board desk just wasn’t cutting it. We would have done a couple of things a little […]

$180 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Drum roll please… We have a winner of the $180.00 Amazon gift card giveaway!!! Entry # 6867 won the giveaway! Out of #15093 total entries! Thanks to all of the 15093 people that entered, unfortunately only one can win —-> Soha Molina, check your e-mail & congratulations from all of us!!! Home & Garden Tools […]

Weekend recap

Happy Monday everyone! Is that really ever true, is Monday ever a happy day? I’ve decided to extend my wonderful weekend a little further to make my own Monday happier, if you’ll indulge me I’d like to recap this past 2 days with pictures and some reflection. After some lovely gifts and lots of love […]

Industrial style desk ~ reveal 2/3

Welcome to part 2 of this 3 part series, the second industrial desk is built and I must say that we are all very happy with how it turned out! Our audio student had some design elements that he wanted incorporated into the second desk, I think we met all of his needs. This post […]

Project ~ Summer Kitchen

What is a summer kitchen? Before moving into our 1854 farm house I had no idea what it was, I certainly would have never guessed that it was considered a luxury if a home had a summer kitchen. In reality all this wide open room had going for it was the fact that the cooking […]

DIY ~ Influenced by…

There are so many influences and inspirations out there… this series will be dedicated to what makes me want to give it a go… add my own spin. ~ This “influenced by” is from Sow & Dipity, you can find her blog HERE. She’s a real sweetie, her name is Shelly… you should check out […]

Industrial style desk ~ reveal 1/3

Happy Birthday Munk! Munker, is the nickname we gave to our baby boy Michael, “baby” is a relative term today because he’s 6′-4″ and not much of a baby any more! :’) Our “baby” just turned 23 on March 20th – I can’t even believe it! Time is a bitter sweet thing… As a young […]

DIY ~ influenced by…

Since I’ve been blogging (a month and a bit), I’ve been extremely influenced by the creativity out there… inspired enough to do my own version of what they did, call it copying, doing a knock-off or I’ve even heard the term slagging… regardless, I felt inspired enough to get off my butt and try some […]

Tin Barn Market

“Create. Re-purpose. Re-invent. LOVE again.” This concept isn’t new, it isn’t something we haven’t heard before… so what makes this shop “blog-worthy”? The two very inspirational women that own this shop are what make this “blog-worthy”!!! Oh don’t get me wrong, the “market” is full of different, eclectic hand picked items that make any kindred […]

Confessions of a Newbie…

It’s been one month exactly since I became a blogger! Happy anniversary to us! Over 3 1/2 months since I’ve felt this way… So why am I feeling so blah? Why the heck am I waking up in the middle of the night with self doubt! I have nothing to stress about, my family is […]

DIY clock

My love of re-purposing and antiques, added to that a slight obsession with clocks, (alright “slight” may be an understatement) a full blown fixation is more like it! This DIY is gonna be awesome! 😀 A clock made out of an antique stovepipe collar…what? Yep, I’ve seen these pipe surrounds used many different ways. Some […]

My Catch # 4

Metropolis Living, my 4th and final stop on what I am touting as my dream day! In my last post I said I was saving the best until last… What I mean by that is, while all of the places were awesome & amazing, for me personally this place was the cherry on top of […]

Our first DIY

Hi There… This is our very first DIY post and it’s kind of terrifying. SO many good blogs out there, how do we make this one our very own? Jump in both feet, be yourself… The only way we know how. This post is dedicated to a very good friend of ours, Dwight. He has […]

My Catch #3

My 3rd stop of the day was just down the street, no moving of the car! Awesome!!! Jaws Antiques… Interesting name! I had read some reviews on this place and was excited to get some deals… The contrast from my last stop to this place was evident right away! It was packed with everything from […]

My Catch #2

Driving into the heart of the city I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done city driving, I’m good to go, right? Well there is a lot of negativity out there ref Toronto driving, I must admit I was a little anxious… I am happy to report though that not one bad thing happened, […]

My Catch #1

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s […]

Happy Hunting!

“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Okay maybe not wabbits per say, but goodies… I’ll be cruzin’ vintage, antique and loveliness this coming weekend! This is my first hunting trip, I’ll be hitting up 8 stores in the Toronto area! My eyes may be way bigger than my pocket book, or my comfortable shoes […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

This is our first post, thought I would launch the site with a Valentine tribute to my Mr. Mans… June 17th, 1989, our wedding day… Keep in mind this was the 80’s and poofy was the style! 😉 Kissing my husband for the first time! Our first dance as husband and wife! xo Awwww, so […]