Deanna’s 10 Days of Giveaways DAY 8 – French Creek Collective

Day 8 is a fun one!  French Creek Collective is giving one of you a can of FAT PAINT Chalk paint and brush.

If you ask me…chalk paint is the best thing since sliced bread.  I just love how you can slop it on an old piece of furniture with very little prepping ( perfect for people like me that have little patience for prepping) and VOILA bring furniture back to life! FAT PAINT IS where its at!  and you can buy it in Campbell River now at French Creek Collective!

Chalk Paint is all the rage these days and French Creek Collective is loaded with all the supplies to get you painting up a storm!

The awesome folks at French Creek Collective are giving away a A can of Paint and Brush combo  here $65 value  a Rafflecopter giveaway“>

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This is such a fun store! If you haven’t stopped in yet you will definitely want to add French Creek Collective on Shoppers Row in downtown Campbell River to your Holiday Shopping stops!  This unique shop is loaded full of home décor, gifts, cards & stationary.  Also apparel and a some very fun vintage oddities!

BE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK

You can enter this giveaway plus the other 9 up until 7pm Dec. 13th.  Winners all choosen via rafflecopter and announced on Dec 14th.

All 10 giveaways posted on facebook at www.facebook.com/realtord and this blog deannacollinsrealestate.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Deanna and Sam’s Favourite Things…Day 4!

We’re already at DAY 4!! It’s been so much fun sharing with all of you and hearing about some of your favourite traditions and treats for the holidays.

Today, Deanna is sharing her Favourite DIY Christmas ornament that is kid friendly and easy even if you are not exactly “crafty” (I’m of course talking about myself).

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This time of year all my daughter wants to do is bake, bake, bake. I love baking too, but I don’t like feeding her sugar every day (and Mommy has trouble not eating all the goodies up until she feels sick) so this was a refreshing recipe to find.

This recipe is a great way for your little people to get involved too! The kids get to roll the dough, cut the ornaments into their favourite Christmas themed shapes, bake and then decorate. And as an added bonus your home will smell amazing!

I picked up some bags of glitter from the dollar store and I even got into it myself and made this pretty little angel!

You can try out this recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments here:

http://backtoherroots.com/2013/12/10/super-easy-homemade-cinnamon-ornaments/

What are your favourite DIY Christmas crafts? We’d love to share them, so let us in on your crafty ways.

If you would like to see some of our Favourite Decorating Tricks and Ideas you can click here:

https://deannacollinsrealestate.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/deanna-and-sams-favourite-things-holiday-addition/

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Deanna and Sam’s Favourite Things…Holiday Edition!

Welcome to Our Little 5 Part Series regarding our Favourite Things!

Over the next couple of days we’ll be sharing our Favourite Ideas, Tips and Tricks for the Holiday Season.

Today’s post is all about Decorating for Christmas!

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This time of year I love decorating the house. I am a throw pillow addict. One closet is already dedicated to throw pillows, and since Target has moved to town it’s officially full! Target is a GREAT place to buy a couple of festive pillows. I personally love the golds and silvers. Maybe I might pick up a bright turquoise or classic red. Or you can add a throw blanket in a festive colour or pattern to introduce a bit of Christmas magic to your room.

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You don’t have to wait until Christmas Eve to snappy up your table. I like to bring the outdoors in (no need for Febreeze). I prefer white pine myself, but snipping a few pine, fir and cedar bows and arranging them on your mantle or just a bit in a vase is easy and smells delicious. I even pop fir bows into my outside planters since they’re empty of all their summer flowers.

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My all time favourite decorating technique is simply using Christmas balls. I fill huge glass vases, dishes and even old wooden crates .Then I put them all over the entry, the bathroom (all over the house really). You can keep it all solid colours or you can mix them up.

Happy Decorating!

We want to know if you are seeing these posts on your Facebook news feed. If you could take a moment to like, share or comment on our Facebook post and/or on this actual blog post that would be swell!! As a thank you we are going to pull a random winner at the end of our favorites week to win this basket of our favorite things including a wreath!

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Homemade Christmas Presents That You Can Actually Make (We Promise!)

Yeah!! It’s time to start the CHRISTMAS POSTS!! We LOVE this time of year! It’s such a wonderful season to gather with family and friends and celebrate the holidays.

One thing we can all agree on is that there is nothing quite like the joy of gift giving. But it can be expensive and it’s not always easy to come up with new and creative ideas. And as Deanna points out, “I like to have some emergency gifts on hand for those times when that neighbour that unexpectantly arrives at your door with a gift and you have nothing for them!” That’s where we come in. Here are a couple of suggestions for some pretty DIY gifts for you to brighten someone’s holiday! The first idea comes from Deanna, read about it below.

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To make the hot chocolate, just mix the following ingredients and store them in an air-tight jar:

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

To make hot chocolate, just fill a mug 1/3 – 1/2 with the mix, then fill the rest of the way with hot water and stir until dissolved. If you’ll be keeping a jar refilled like us, I made a recipe card sized printable you can download (just print if off and cut out the cards). This would be a great one-time gift in a smaller jar, but it’s also great as a gift that keeps on giving if you use a jar big enough to hold the whole batch and include a copy of the recipe card with it! Let your friends keep a steady supply too!

You can attach a small bottle of Bailey’s to the mix, crush some candy canes on top or add some mini marshmallows. There are tons of ways to personalize this gift!
Another fabulous (and ridiculously simple) idea is to make some hand and body scrub.We have both made these and they can be customized with different essential oils to personalize each scrub for the perfect gift!
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Ingredients
  • 1 C. Coconut Oil
  • ½ C. Brown Sugar
  • ¼ C. Honey
  • 4-5 4 oz. Jelly Jars
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and mix well.
  2. Add the scrub to your 4 oz. Jelly jars.
  3. Makes 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars.
  4. Stored in an airtight container, the scrub will last for about 6 months. If there is any separation simply stir the mixture. Coconut Oil solidifies under 65 degrees, you can warm in microwave for a few seconds if it solidifies. Remove the metal ring and lid before warming. * A lot of recipes called for real lemon zest, but we like it with a LOT of lemon, so essential oils are where it’s at.*

Lastly, a personalized photo gift is always appreciated and can be very simple or a little more elaborate. We have made beautiful Christmas cards with simple family photos and blown up pictures of our kids and placed them into nice frames for the grandparents. But, I think our most favourite and personalized photo gift we’ve made are photo books. Below, Sam explains how she makes her photo books.

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I like to use Blurb for our photo books. They have a ton of templates to choose from and you can reorder books anytime. These make great books for our parents and grandparents and they can even be made into stocking stuffers for the kiddos! You can find a link to the website below.
Throughout the next month or so, we look forward to sharing some more gift, decorating and recipe ideas to help you make the most out of the holiday season. Do you have a DIY gift idea that you would like to share with us? We’d love to hear about it! Comment below, email us at deannacollins@royallepage.ca or samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca or comment on Deanna’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/realtorD?ref=bookmarks.

Are You Ready For Winter?

It’s rainy, it’s pouring…you know where we’re going with that right? After such a beautiful (and unseasonably dry) summer, it feels like we are being socked with some good ole West Coast Fall. Around this time of year when it’s getting darker earlier and leaves are making their way to the ground below, it’s a great idea to start prepping for the winter months ahead. Have you checked your gutters lately? Covered up your travel trailer? Check out some of the links below for some great ideas to get you ready for winter!

This link has some fantastic suggestions for getting your home ready for the stormy winter months:

http://www.womansday.com/home/wds-guide-to-winter-proofing-your-house-11049

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This blog provides some awesome tips and a printable checklist to keep you on track:

http://backtoherroots.com/2014/09/09/household-winterizing-checklist/

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Buzzfeed always has some great tips and links as well:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/ways-to-get-your-home-ready-for-winter

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And lastly, here is a link to some ideas for keeping your garden together this winter:

http://www.practicallyfunctional.com/get-your-yard-ready-for-winter/#_a5y_p=2322464

Get-Your-Yard-Ready-For-WinterNow we want to hear from you. What are some of the best tips and tricks you have learned over the years to prep your home, yard, car etc for our beautiful West Coast Winters?

Carpet vs Wood

Everyone has a preference. Some people love the cushy, homey feel of a plush carpet throughout their home. Others would rather give their home hardwood floor for the ease of cleaning and a possible drop in allergies. Statistically speaking, it has been shown that buyers will pay more for a home with hardwood then one with carpet.

Hardwood fans boast that their floors don’t hold on to allergens that can sink into the fibers of carpet. They are easy to maintain, don’t stain, and really feel “clean” unlike carpet where you often feel like vacuming is not really pulling up all the dirt and germs.

There can be some downsides to hardwood however. Depending on what kind or type of flooring you purchase, you may leave yourself open to scratching and scuffs from pets or kids toys. There is also the fact that you will be cleaning the floors more often to rid yourself of obvious dirt, dust and pet hair.

We found some great ideas on this website for Hardwood and Engineered Wood Floors: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20413594,00.html

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On the flip side, carpet feels so cozy and warm especially in the winter. It can be ideal for tumbling kids and gentle on the feet. Carpet also comes in a lot more colour options than wood, and is usually cheaper and easy to change.

But what about carpet off gas or the fact that dirt and allergens can be lurking in the fibres? The carpet industry claims that most carpet has been certified as low emitters of VOCs these days and that carpet does not aggravate asthma and allergies. It traps airborne dust particles in the spaces between the tufts, where a good-quality vacuum can dispose of it.

Carpet lost market share in the 1980s and ’90s as hard surfaces became popular. Today, about 51 percent of all floor coverings in the United States are carpet.

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Here is helpful and informative link all about choosing and installing carpets: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20420275_20840343,00.html

For those of us with pets and carpets, I think we can all relate to this story that Deanna told me yesterday. It highlights the unfortunate fact that even if you have the smallest bit of carpet in your home, your furry family member will always find it for the worst reasons. (Warning: The Story Below Contains Some Graphic Content. Finish Your Dinner First)

This morning is a prime example of my love hate relationship with carpet. I have a cat door as I like to let my cats go in and out and be crazy wild animals. But that means sometimes they bring in a mouse or as in this morning’s case throw up three piles of what appears to be The chewed up half digested remains of about a 1 pound rodent. Of all the places in the house to do it they find the small section of carpet I have.

You can wash it but you always know what was there and it never really feels clean.

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So at the end of the day, you may have to take a few factors in to account when thinking about the right flooring for your style and taste. And a mixture of both carpet and hardwood (my personal choice) can give you the best of both worlds and add beautiful dimension to your home. Here is a link to an article about combining both flooring styles here:

http://www.improvenet.com/a/carpet-vs-hardwood-flooring-how-they-match-up?src=pinterest

Happy Designing!

Shut The Front Door…

So it’s time for Deanna to paint her front door…

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It doesn’t sound that hard to do but the colour you choose for the entrance to your home sets the tone and feeling for your guests.

So how do you pick? A warm brown, dramatic black, maybe a bold red? Check out some of these beautiful options below to get some ideas for your own home.

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Now, once you’ve decided on the right colour for your front door, it’s time to learn HOW paint it the RIGHT way. Check out this video to show you how it’s done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXOOA7wvdQ

As for Deanna’s door, what would you suggest? She’s going for a beachy concept with beach rocks to the right and a big stone staircase to left that leads to the deck. Deanna has been leaning towards a dark brown or maybe a matte black. Comment below and give her your thoughts!

Let us Introduce you to… Whimsy Woolies!

It’s that time again for Local Feature Tuesdays! We’re so excited to bring some well deserved attention to these fabulous Campbell River and Area businesses and events.
This week we are showcasing Whimsy Woolies, a great mother-daughter business. I have had the pleasure of being personally tutored by Mimi herself and have been grateful to receive a couple of the adorable hats from her patterns for my boys. Here is a little bit more about these lovely ladies and their business below.
Mimi Wilson & Kate Denne, mother and daughter team, are the creators of “Whimsy Woolies”; a crochet pattern design business.
To follow the business please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/whimsywoolies
To view their online stores, visit: www.whimsywoolies.etsy.com or www.zibbet.com/whimsywoolies
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“Myself being the artisan and Kate the queen of computer savvy, allowed my dream to become a reality in this high tech world. Inspired at a very young age by my protegee, Mimi Foort, who was an amazingly talented and spirited Lebanese woman. She lived on Quadra Island, across Discovery Passage from my home. I am reminded of the kerosene lantern, the spinning of the wheel and the smell of fleece. Mimi taught me to knit, crochet and spin. I was 19 when I opened my yarn shop, taught others my crafts, and had a design company for a number of years. This was prior to the web, when it was a great effort to market your talent. I was fortunate enough to sell my designs both in Victoria and Vancouver, but burnout hit and I lost my creative spark for a number of years. Then along came my sweet grandchildren, who have re-ignited my flame. I read a quote that lit a spark, by George Elliot, “It’s never to late to be what you might have been”. I want to leave a legacy, my patterns, a book, something to hold in your hands, a craft that I hope will ignite your creativity. I want everyone to be able to create and enjoy my Whimsy Woolies as much as I have in their creation.I am so fortunate to collaborate with Nycky-jay Vanjecek, the talented artist behind Bluetree Photography. She is amazing, how she captures my precious models personalities and indulges visual touch to my ‘Whimsy Woolies’, releasing the essence of each design.
www.bluetreephotography.ca
www.facebook.com/bluetreephotography.ca

Whimsy Woolies official opening May 6th, 2011
And remember, if you want to showcase your local business or event, email us at deannacollins@royallepage.ca or samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca. We’d love to help you get the word out to the community!

Bedrooms Kids (and Parents) Will Love!

Kids room design has really evolved in the last few years. Kids rooms have become a place for parents to showcase their children’s interests as well as matching the vibe of the whole home. You can take the simplest of kids rooms and turn them into functional and fun sanctuaries for your little ones. From bright and bold wall decals to cozy little reading nooks, we’ve gathered some great ideas to inspire your creativity. We’ve also found some awesome shared bedroom ideas that will make your kiddos more than happy to have a roommate!

This first link showcases some AMAZING Toddler Room Ideas:

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http://www.babble.com/toddler/20-sweet-toddler-rooms/

These links will show you some really neat DIY ideas to transform your kiddo’s room into a unique little hang out.

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http://www.hometalk.com/b/838730/diy-kids-room-decor

 

Next up are some ideas for a reading area for some quiet book time for your littles.

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http://www.decoratingroom.net/20-examples-of-cozy-reading-nook-for-kids

 

These are some excellent options we found if your wee people will be sharing a room.

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http://www.bobvila.com/hanging-bunk-bed

 

And lastly, here is one really awesome space to inspire you to pass your love for Star Wars onto your kids. They’ll thank you one day.

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http://www.designdazzle.com/2013/01/star-wars-kids-rooms/

DIY Chalk Paint Furniture Make Over

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This old chaise lounge has sat rotting on my back deck for 2 years so I decided to give it a make over. I love chalk paint because it fits my painting style perfectly. NO prepping, quick drying, no rules, and very forgiving to work with! I bought a few colors at Red Living in Courtenay. I know that the cans are fairly pricey but a little goes a long way here! You can use this paint both indoors and out. Below I have provided the step-by-step instructions of this great DIY project.
 
Step #1- Prep! A quick hose and wipe of the major cobwebs and dirt. That’s about all the prepping I can
handle. I HATE prep work!
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Step #2- I watered down the paint a bit to give it more of a beachy, distressed washed look. This paint is non toxic and so easy to work with that my 5 year old helps me with projects! 
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The paint drys within minutes and you are done!
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In this case I rubbed on Annie Sloan Dark Wax to give it a darker finish that would complement the surrounding outdoors. 
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And in LESS THAN AN HOUR, the cushions are on an the chaise is ready to enjoy!
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If you like this look but are not into the DIY thing, check out Joanna Winter Watson’s work at: https://www.facebook.com/RevivedByJoanna 
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