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Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts

Friday, August 13, 2021

It's ALL About the SASS!

 Well HELLO THERE!   So glad you popped by today!   

I have something new to share with you...and it's super fun!  I have been one busy girl the last few weeks, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down AT ALL!   I am NOT complaining's a VERY good thing.   Being this kind of busy means my little store is thriving!   Between all of you and my wholesale accounts, I am running!  

Before I get on with things, I want to address a few of the emails I have received since I got back to posting.   I had turned off commenting on this site a few years ago for several reasons.  1.  I don't like spam.   2.  I am not here for people to use my comments to advertise their own  businesses on.   3.  I am not interested in abuse, drama or nasty comments from those who are selfish, unhappy, hateful or over confident in their ability to spread negativity!   4.  I don't do politics, and don't appreciate those who try to make EVERYTHING political.  Yes, these things have been an issue at some point.     That said, because several of you have asked me to, I am turning on the comments, but having them moderated so I can spare you all from seeing things that don't belong.   SO...if you write to me, and it doesn't appear immediately, it is just waiting for me to approve it...don't panic!   I will publish them as soon as I get the chance!

Over the last several months, I have actually begun stocking 90% of the inventory in a very busy store in Saskatchewan Canada, and have lines in several others.   I am loving every second of my life and it is amazing.   Those of you who have followed for a while will remember a time where I thought I would never be happy again.   I am the perfect example of no matter how dark it is right now, there is always a bright light coming if you just keep going!

Let's get to the good stuff!

I have been tossing this next idea around in the back of my mind now for a few weeks, and decided that it was time I tried it, tested it and perfected it, so I did...and it worked!  So without further adieu...I'd like to introduce the newest line in my store!  You know...I never realized how sarcastic and silly I could be until I bought the equipment to expand my business...Ha Ha!   I am having SO much fun with it now!

Introducing....Vintage Sass With Class Glassware & China!

Yes...YES!   I did say Vintage.   What does that mean?   Well...many of the sayings are "recycled", "iconic" sayings.   Some of the dishes and glassware is also vintage.   Not all has been used, but much of it is.  Check it out:

This tea cup and saucer set is one I have had in my collection for a while.   It is about 14 years old, but it has never been used!  I decided that it was time to pull it out of the cabinet and share it with the world, so I added a couple decals.  

This set is in my store and is $25.99 CAD.

This one is MY favourite.   I love these plates...they are not your usual plate.   They have ridges and details, and are just so pretty!   These are available in my store for $19.99 each


Vintage China Dinner Plates...will be added to the site soon!


Vintage Platters...$32.99


What?...sometimes a girl has a bit of snark, but is too much a lady to say it out loud! This one is also  $24.99

These and several more...including a beautiful silver plated bone china tea pot with very cheeky saying ...and coordinating cup and saucer are available!   I am having a whole lot of fun mixing Sass and Class custom pieces and some for my store.   

So?   Do any of these suit your mood?  lol   What's your favourite catch phrase?   I'd love to hear about it...Just know, if it is fabulous I may put it on a plate... or two! (wink wink)

That's it for me today!   I'm off to get some work done!  Leave me a note and maybe even inspire me! If you should wish to purchase anything you see here today...hit me up!   leave a note, email me, visit my store...I'm not fussy. 

  Until Next Time...Stay Sassy but be Classy!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Another Kitchen Re-Do...

Hey guys!!!   How the heck have you been?  

Me?   I’ve been busy…and that is good…for the most part.  

I wish there were more hours in the day…or that my tired body could keep up with the demands that I need to put on it.   As some of you know, I am not in the best health these days so my energy levels aren't all that high, but I do what I can.   I'm grateful for my kids and my Cowboy for all the help they give me when I just 'can't'.   My kids are busy as a bunch can get with extra curricular and social engagements...and every day is just full.   Ive missed my Tootsie Posts a lot...and am excited to be here today!

My little clothing company has been very busy now since August and I haven’t had a lot of extra time…or energy for that matter to do a lot of Tootsie type things.   I have  several orders sitting on my desk that need to be filled…but sometimes a girl just has to take a little break from work and play a bit.  

This weekend I took the time…and decided to wear my Tootsie hat for just a little while…and did a project that has a dramatic change from the before to the after.  

Those who know me well, know I have a certain style of decorating that I like to see in my home.   There are some spaces in this place that DO NOT reflect this style…The following space started out as one for the NOT my style file. 

Lets get started.

I inherited THIS nightmare: 

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I adore the rounded doorways…and I love the character of this house…but I hate this color…absolutely hate it.   If there was ever an affliction that included an irrational fear of a certain color on the walls, this would be it! 

I am not a girl that likes coral on the wall.   This isn’t even a nice shade of coral…it’s kind of pukey…it’s not red…it’s not orange…it’s not pink…it’s just  UGLY and it it just makes me crabby.
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Now…I could have ignored it…but since August I have been working in the room ajacent to this nasty eyesore for  up to 18  hours a day…

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…I tried to ignore it…I really did.

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I REALLY tried not to look at it…

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…but it is just SO bright…and it’s the first thing you see whenI look up from my desk…something had to give!   lol

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I decided that I could not live one more day with this space taunting me and insulting my sensibilities.   It had to go!  

I also decided  that the cheesy grey cupboards would have to change too.   Now…if I am not loving the cabinet doors…why not experiment on them?

SO… Before we head to the hardware store and replace the cupboard doors…I decided that maybe I’d like to try something that I’d read about. 


Have you ever heard of this?   It’s a kind of liquid sander/deglosser.  It makes painting projects a lot less messy…and much faster!   I thought I might give it a try…see how she worked…

So I prepped and primed…edged and rolled…scrubbed and primped and planned…cleaned and organized, decorated and arranged and played to my little hearts content.

Do you want to see how I made out? 

First, let me remind you of the before:

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This kitchen is what nightmares are made of…
or should I say WAS.

NOW… in comparison, it is an absolute dream!
Take a look:

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I am 100% sure I don’t have to tell you what surfaces I put paint on…lol   I am amazed at how different this room looks and feels with just a can of paint!

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I am not quite finished in this room.   I would like my Cowboy to cut me some pretty mouldings to attach to the front of the cupboard doors to add some detail.  

I may also decide to go a shade darker on at least the lower cabinets…but for now…

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I am pretty sure…

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I can live with this view from my studio for a while. 

What do you think?   Did I accomplish my goal for this room?

I am pleased with it…quick, simple and neutral.

Well guys…that’s it for me for today.

I am back to the sewing machine tomorrow!

Until next time…  Happy Decorating !!!  ( and re-finishing!)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

When the 80’s Called and Demanded Their UGLY Back…

Hey guys!   How the heck are ya?   I have missed you all a lot, and finally have a few minutes to sit down and share a little bit of what I have been doing around here when I am not working on …well…work!

As you know, my Cowboy and the kids and I have recently purchased a beautiful acreage.   We moved in last November and are loving our new home…well Mostly.

This house was built in the 80’s.   It is a very nice size for us and has all kinds of wonderful things about it that made us want to live here.   However…there were a few things that right off the bat we knew we were going to change.   Today…I am sharing one of those things.


I adore the layout of this kitchen.   Having the stove on the island is a dream!   It makes this Tootsie who generally hates to cook or bake…almost enjoy that task!  There are plenty of cabinets and drawers for what we need…and on the other side of the dining area there is a built in china cabinet.
What’s not to love!


Ya…THAT’S not to love.

The oak Cabinets have turned VERY orange…and the finish is worn, dry and in bad shape.




We talked and talked about what to do with the finish on the cabinets.   The possibilities are endless when it comes to things like this.
I am NOT a fan of the chalk paint or the other fad paint products on the market right now.   So that would not be an option.

I wanted to go classic…and keep the integrity of the wood, so I got the sander out…and took off the old orange finish.

It took HOURS and HOURS and HOURS and PAGES and PAGES and PAGES of sand paper.   It was a nasty mess!

I sanded the doors of the cupboards outside when I could…the weather was great, and I enjoyed the fresh air.  :)


The cabinet frames and the island were done in place as I did not want to move them off the walls and floors…so I hooked my shop vac to the sander and went to town!

My oldest Daughter was in need of a project for her industrial arts class, and she decided that helping me would be a fun time.  So…I handed her some gloves and a sander and put her teenage self to work…teaching her how to do what she needed to do…and documenting all of her help.   (she did not want me to share the photos of her assisting me, so I am keeping it simple for her)


Once we finished all the sanding…we were ready to stain.


I didn’t really want to have a color that everyone else has…so I decided to mix up my own color and it turned out to be exactly what the Cowboy and I wanted!

Waiting for it to dry enough to do the finishing touches on felt like FOREVER.


Once the stain was dry, I applied a coat of protective finish to it all to ensure that it would last for years.   Once that was dry…it was time to put every thing back together.


Ta-Da!!!    The finish came out so great!


We love the way the light plays with the colors.   At different times of the day, it takes on a bit of a different shade…sometimes light grey, sometimes darker.   Either way it looks very nice.


Now…once I finished the main part of the kitchen, I turned around and decided that the built in china cabinet could NOT stay the original orange oak that it was…but we did not want it to feel like a big displaced heavy cabinet in the dining room…I had to co-ordinate…but be just a little different from the rest.

Here’s what I came up with.


I did the same finish on all of the doors and drawers…but painted out the frame with the same color as the walls.   I also used that cream color inside the microwave opening in the cooking area…so it all goes together nicely.

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It was a huge undertaking…and a challenging one to say the least…but we are very excited at the way it all came out.  It went from Dated and Worn to a more up to date shade of pretty.

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What do you think?

I know we are happy with the results…and pooped from all the work!   The clean up is almost as hard on us as the sanding!  lol

Thank you "Miss Georgie" for all your help!   I hope learning from your old Mom was fun!

That’s all I have for you today.

There is more to share from the adventures in this house…but time is of the essence and I will share again soon!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tattered and Torn.... Valance / Garland Tutorial

Well Hello There!!!   I’m so glad you dropped by!   I want to thank everyone for all of the kind words about my kitchen renovation.  You are all so very sweet!   There were a lot of questions about the unusual valances that I made to dress the windows in this room... and as promised… today I am sharing the tutorial on how to make them!
  These valances were very simple and super cheap to make…and they added just the right touch to my curtains!
I made them out of paper!  Yep…that’s right…Paper…pages out of old books to be exact.  
All you will need to make these valances/ garlands is:
*one old book.   (you will need to measure your window…it will take one 500 to 600 page book to do about 3 feet of space …depending on how full you want your garland to be)  (mine are full)
* scissors
  Once you have chosen your book…begin tearing out the pages making sure none of the glue or binding is still attached.  Continue removing the pages until your book cover is empty.
~~Remember that the pages of the book you choose will determine the size of the garland you are making…if you want a “fat” one…use a larger page…if you are wanting to make a “skinny” one, perhaps a paperback or cutting the pages down to your preferred size is an option. I used a reader’s digest condensed book for my valance garlands. ~~
Once all the pages are removed from the book binding…fold each page in half loosely …
…and with your scissors make about a 1 inch long cut in the middle of each page.
You will end up with a slit like this when you have made the cut.
Next…take each page one at a time and crumple them up…throw them on the floor and make a great big mess!!!   (The cats at my house were in their glory running and diving in the pile of crumpled pages on the floor…they were EVERYWHERE when they were done playing with them!  ha ha!)
When all the papers are crumpled, you will then need to gently un-crumple them, and lay them on the table.  Do not smooth them out completely…the rumpled look is what we are going for.
With the paper all ready to go…we need to cut ourselves a piece of twine to string it on.  Measure your window and and add about 12 inches or so to the length of your twine.  This will allow a bit of room to work with.
Tie the ends of the twine into a loop knot.
Begin to thread the knot through the slits in each  page, until you have strung the whole lot.
When you are finished it should look something like this!  Now that you have made yourself a nice full garland, you can hang it where ever you like!   Use the loops at the end of the string to attach the piece to the wall.  
This project was so simple that my 7 year old was helping make another garland…  
…we didn’t have a window that needed it left, so we tied it into a circle and hung it on her door.  
Just think of all the places you could use this idea!   Windows…are just the beginning!   If you made them small enough you could have fancy little garlands and decorations for your Christmas tree!  The possibilities are as big as your imagination will allow!
I have enjoyed this little project and was very pleased with the results I got…I do hope you will have as much fun and success as I did!   Where are you going to use your paper garland???  I’d love to hear from you!
Until Next Time…Happy Crafting / Decorating!
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