Every year or so I manage to steal away enough time to sit down and extract all my Shazams for one #nowplaying playlist. Today is that day! Also, I’ve made a lil feature photo from one of my favourite possessions: The Pattern Box! I found it at Pottery Barn last year and just recently had time to go through it. It’s a collection of postcards with designs on them made by female creatives in textiles, painting etc. and it is bursting will cool patterns, prints and designs, like this floral from Helen Dealtry.
Without further ado, the latest music mix I’m going to have to find space for on my iPhone:
After purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S5, my aging brain has had a tough time adjusting to a new system of music player. As a result, the small playlist of songs I first put on there last April hasn’t changed — it even includes the pre-loaded Samsung anthem track that I can’t seem to get ride of.
First step: Make a January playlist. Second step: Find a way to get it on my phone …
Have you ever visited a friend’s apartment and felt like you walked into Ikea’s annual catalogue? You sit on page 8, drink from page 132 and find yourself thinking that, yes, you should have gotten page 70 in red instead of white.
Thankfully, with little DIY touches, you can give even the most ubiquitous furniture a custom-look for less.
Take this project from Catherine Keller, for example. Using years of saved ticket stubs and some Mod Podge, Keller easily transforms this common side table into a functional, artistic display that showcases her love of live music.
So whether your hobby is collecting tickets, stamps, coasters, photos or bottle caps — resurfacing home furnishings is a simple and affordable way to add a personal touch.
Mod Podge (matte water based sealer), approx. $8 – $10
1. Wipe down your coffee table surface. Arrange ticket stubs on top of the table so you have a general idea of where everything will go.
2. Starting at one corner and moving across row by row, paint down each ticket stub with Mod Podge matte sealer using a paintbrush. The pieces might bubble — you can just give it an extra brush of Mod Podge on top. (But be gentle — the ticket’s already saturated with glue and you don’t want it to rip or smudge.) *Don’t worry if stubs extend beyond the table’s edge.
3. Once the first layer is dry, trim overhanging edges with scissors.
4. Next, use a foam roller and apply an even coat of Mod Podge matte sealer over everything. Let it dry again and repeat two to four times. (The glue might dry a little opaque if you apply each layer too thick or don’t allow enough time to dry. This project sat at least 45 minutes before each new coat.)
5. Allow the table to sit overnight and dry after the final layer of Mod Podge matte sealer. Afterwards, spray the entire top with Mod Podge gloss acrylic sealer. (Just follow directions on the back.) Apply a couple layers and let it dry for at least 48 hours before you wipe it down with a cloth.
Do you DIY? Email julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or tweet me @JuliaDilworth about project submissions, your DIY attempts or feedback — I’d love to hear from you!
Can’t stop listening to this one! And don’t let the Rod Stewart put you off, although it shouldn’t, this guy’s smokey voice sounds rad and the track is a catchy little ditty, upbeat enough for those rainy walks to and from home.
There is no denying it, I have fallen hard for Songza. What other app selects songs for me based on my obscure music moods? If I could date their music concierge, I would. He obviously gets me. For example, right this minuto, I’m listening to Wednesday late night, floating through space, psybient — just for fun.
Picking songs by mood has really expanded my ear territory and over the past week I’ve fallen in love with the following:
(My new favourite! “I got my bad luck shoes and every excuse to dance these blues away — ain’t comin’ home.”)
CATCHY Ellie Goulding tune “My blood.”
Also, she is dating Skrillex and they have the SAME haircut.
Skrillellie. Or is it Skrellie?
Location: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Occupation: Staff Writer for Western Living magazine. Past gigs include: DIY columnist 24 hours newspaper, online editor at 24 hours, contributing writer for BCLiving, BCBusiness, Business in Vancouver, Huffington Post Travel, Metro News