Repurposed Jewelry Cloche

On my birthday trip to Vancouver over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to do a little shopping and picked up an adorable individual butter dish. A while ago, I promised myself to only purchase items I had a specific plan for (even if something was a bargain). I’ve never been one to be wasteful or spend money foolishly, but I did find that we always seemed to have stuff to take to the second hand store or items sitting in cupboards and drawers for far too long. So, with that in mind, I decided that only one glass butter dish would come home with me to be repurposed as a jewelry cloche.


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I’ve always been drawn to depression glass, both vintage and reproduction, so it didn’t surprise me that the table of glassware is where I spent most of my time pondering at The Cross. The cake plates, goblets, votive holders and other tableware were stunning. Items like these are beautiful on display in the kitchen and dining room, but they can easily be used in other parts of the home if you just think outside the box.


Repurposed Jewelry Cloche | Satori Design for Living


At the moment, I’m using the butter dish in our bedroom to store my rings. I may eventually use it for another purpose (perhaps even butter!), but for right now, I’m liking the way it adds a bit of sparkle to our dresser.


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Make Ahead Freezer Meals {Everyday Made Easy}

It’s that time of the year again when busy just gets busier! As mentioned in the Holiday Countdown, I like to clean and stock my kitchen now before the line ups at the grocery and big box stores get unbearable (one can only flip through so many magazines at the checkout, right?). What I didn’t mention is that it’s also a good time to prepare large batches of meals, say on a Sunday afternoon, to freeze and pull out on those days when supper is the last thing you want to deal with after a long day. Healthy make ahead meals will also become your best kept secret when friends and family swing by or a snow storm rolls in and all you want to do is stay in your jammies.

Today I have Sheila from Sheila Zeller Interiors stopping by to share one of her favorite make ahead freezer meals, Christmas Borscht. Sounds yummy to me!

I also have four other bloggers stopping by to share their favorite make ahead meals you can pop in the freezer for later (you’ll see them below)…
Sheila Zeller of sZinteriorsBorscht is one of our favorites, but I find the secret to enjoyment is making it ahead! I’ll be honest, the prep time for this recipe is a little more than your average pot of soup, however, once made it freezes up like charm. And trust me, you’ll be so glad you did!

Christmas Borscht Veggies

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Christmas Borscht


4 cups beets – precooked and sliced
1 or 2 medium potatoes – precooked and chopped
1 or 2 large carrots, sliced or finely diced
1 or 2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
1-1/2 (+) Tbsp dried dill weed
Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste
2 small cans V8 Juice, or 3 cups tomato juice
1-1/2 (+) Cups Creamo (half & half)
2 (+) Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 (+) clove garlic – sliced and sautéed
8 Cups water


1. Precook beets, slice and set aside
2. Precook potatoes, chop and set aside
3. Shred cabbage, toss with lemon juice or vinegar and set aside
4. Chop rest of the vegetables
5. Sautée each vegetable separately in olive oil until brown
6. Place sautéed vegetables in stock pot, add water and V8 Juice or Tomato Juice
7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add creamo and simmer for 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender
8. Add salt, pepper and dill weed, to taste
9. Serve hot; add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt if you choose!


Bowl of Christmas Borscht
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Office Makeover {One Room Challenge Finale}

The One Room Challenge may be over, but I’ll still be carrying on with my office makeover. When I joined this series on October 2, I set out to cure my case of ‘Decoritus Interruptus’ and I’m happy to report that I’m on the road to recovery! Each week I’ve made progress in one way or another, and thanks to the brains behind this series (aka Linda of Calling it Home), I’m that much closer to putting a check mark beside “organize and decorate my office.”

On week one of the challenge, I started out with an office that lacked personality and definitely needed some attention in the organizing department. Because most of my time and attention is usually spent on client projects, I didn’t have time to transform the space from head to toe, but I’m thrilled with how everything is looking in a short period of time. Let’s take a look, shall we?


Office Makeover- DIY Art Canvas, RANARP work lamp,  Printer's Keyhole Desk

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Last week I started an art project using an old canvas I found kicking around in our storage room. It now hangs on the wall beside my desk, and I love the subtle color it brings to the space. My husband titled it “Foggy Lake” and, although it may not be a true work of art, I’m happy with how it turned out considering the little time (and basically no money) I spent on it.

If you have some leftover paint and an old canvas, I encourage you to try this project. Be sure to prime over what’s there first to make sure you get good coverage.


Art project using an old canvas and leftover paint


Art Canvas Makeover Project


I started with a natural linen paint color at the bottom of the canvas and worked my way up with a light blue-green, dark grey, light turquoise, and finally, white. To blend the colors, I simply dipped my brush in water, patted it on a paper towel and worked them together slightly overlapping. It’s really hard to mess it up, but make sure you don’t overwork the colors (you don’t want them to look muddy).
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One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Five}

My One Room Challenge office makeover is nearing the final week and there’s still so much to do! However, I know if I hadn’t committed to this series, the projects I’ve been wanting to do for over a year would still be on my to-list. Instead, I’ve been able to cross a few off, and that’s progress. Accountability really is the best motivation, isn’t it!


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If you’ve been following along since the beginning of this challenge, then you know that so far I’ve organized my desk drawers, selected new light fixtures, and created an inspiration pinboard. This past week I focused on organizing the bottom portion of my office closet and started an art project.

I hoped to find some decorative file boxes to replace the blue plastic ones, but it looks like my search will have to continue. In the meantime, I decided to swap out one of the blue containers for a clear plastic one I was using to store craft supplies in my basement storage room. For the label, I used a ready-made peel and stick chalkboard (the same as I used for my memory candy jar project).


Office Makeover- File Box with Chalkboard Label

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One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Two}

Wow, did this week ever fly by! As mentioned last week, I accepted Calling it Home’s challenge to transform my home office over the timeframe of six weeks. This week I focused on sourcing a few items (you’ll see these in the coming weeks), as well as organizing my desk drawers. Considering the easiness of this project, I wish I had done it months ago. Let’s just say I’m a little giddy over it!

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I’m embarrassed to show you how messy I let my desk drawers get over time, but here goes! After emptying them out, I quickly realized that most of the stuff didn’t need to be there in the first place, as often is the case. A purge was definitely in order!


Office Desk Top Drawer- Before


Bottom Desk Drawer- Before
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