Kokedama Staghorn Fern

When I finally found a staghorn fern a few weeks ago I was EXCITED! They are rare and usually expensive. I somehow only paid $2.49 at homedepot and I was beside myself!


I thought I really wanted to mount it on a piece of wood, with moss surrounding the roots, but I didn’t know where to hang it, and watering it seemed like it would be a huge chore (taking it down, giving it a shower in the sink and then waiting for it to dry before hanging it back up).

So it stayed in it’s pot, patiently waiting for me to decide what I wanted to do. Last weekend I toyed with the idea of placing it in an open terrarium and after some more research decided against it. They are an epiphyte which is an “air plant” so they aren’t planted in soil and a terrarium would probably cause root rot. 

During my research I came across a type of bonsai called Kokedama which means Japanese moss ball. Basically it’s a plant surrounded in a ball of moss, that can be hung by a string or placed on a pretty platter. 

So I decided to do my loose version of kokedama, by making a sphere using mini vine wreaths and filling it with moss inside and covering it with moss outside. 

So I started with :

  • My staghorn fern
  • 3 mini vine wreaths
  • 2 types of moss, soaked in warm water
  • nylon string

I clipped the wires holding the wreaths together and formed a sphere leaving a large opening to fit the fern. 




When I was happy with the size and shape (keeping in mind the size of the plant!) I started adding moss on the outside (Make sure to squeeze the water out before!). When I was mostly done, I tied 1 end of the nylon string to a piece of the vine and started weaving the string around the sphere to secure all the pieces of moss. When I was satisfied with how secure it was, I tied off the string on another piece of vine and started fluffing up the moss to hide the string. I added moss here and there to fill in gaps and make it look how I wanted.



Then I added a bunch of moss to the inside and took the fern out of the pot, loosened the soil from the roots and removed as much as would easily fall. I put the fern inside the sphere and added moss all around to fill all the gaps and to secure it in the sphere. 

Then it was time to place it on an old cake stand where it would get plenty of light (but no direct sunlight!)




I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!!! 


Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge

During a late night Pinterest binge I came across a wall of frames, with some of the frames sitting on a picture ledge. It looked awesome and would totally transform the boring wall behind our oversized sofa.




I remembered seeing a wall display at Ikea that had a ledge from the Ribba collection, so off to ikea.ca to see if it still existed.. score! This was now my next DIY project! Poor Marc…


My dilemma – my sofa is oversized and the ribba ledge (even the largest one available) isn’t very long.  I centered it above the sofa and it was ackward and just not what I was looking for.




 So I  harrassed a few friends and did some more Pinterest browsing and came across this image and my inspiration was born!







My brilliant idea? Have it centered on the 2nd half of the wall and hang one of my existing larger frames on the 1st half.

So on a rainy October Saturday while Marc was away, I secretly took out his stud finder, level and new cordless drill. I hung the shelf, felt REALLY friggin proud and then put his tools away neatly ;)

Then I went to Homesense.. DUH.. I found the most awesome gold/bronze vintage looking frame, a new white frame that had a different thickness than the existing Ikea Ribba frames to add texture/contrast.

I ordered prints of several of my pictures and patiently waited. I ran out of patience about 10 minutes later so I dug up existing prints to test what size and shape prints I wanted in each frame, and did I want black & white or color. Without really thinking, I put up old pics of Talie and some sleepy Sasha prints. Marc came into the room and made a comment that it was a “Talie & Sasha” wall – GENIUS!

My new prints arrived, a new (final) frame purchased, some cutting, making mats and inserting pictures and I’m in Love with how it turned out.









P.S Playing with pictures of Talie was a bit sad, I miss her every day. But Sasha has started sleeping in her spot, next to me in bed, and that helps…












DIY “Floating” Bathroom Shelves

Last March when I painted the bathroom, I was inspired to create 2 wall to wall floating shelves that I had seen on Pinterest.

After a month of deciding how thick I wanted them, and sourcing wood that wouldn’t cost a fortune, I got sick with pneumonia and just put all my DIY projects on hold. By mid July I was almost all better and started planning the shelves again. By then I changed my mind with the original design, the bathroom is so small, I didn’t want thick bulky shelves. I had such great success with the Ekby Bjarnum brackets from Ikea,

















but Ikea’s shelves are silver, white, birch or black/brown and I reallllllly wanted wood shelves that I could stain that rustic grey/brown color I was dreaming of since March.

So I started sourcing wood AGAIN, this time I needed wood that was 1″ finished, and most of the wood you find is 3/4″ finished. I finally found what I wanted at Home Depot, an 8′ X 1 1/2′ piece of unfinished pine. Since it didn’t go through the planer, it was 1″ thick! Woohoo! plus it had that rustic, knotty feel to it and at $20 for the piece, it was a steal. So with the 2 sets of Ikea brackets at $10 each, the stain and protectant at $10 each, this was a $60 project.

Now to make the shelves! Marc used his circular saw to cut the shelves to the right length and then I sanded them, to remove some of the roughness.




































After that we drove the shelves to my parents and Marc cut them to the correct width using my dad’s table saw.

I then resanded them with a finer grit, washed them clean with a damp dish rag and stained them. I used Saman stain and mixed “Urban Grey” with “Cocoa” to get the perfect chocolate/grey color I wanted. After the stain was dry, I used the same grit sand paper and hand sanded to add some of that rustic look I wanted.




















I wiped them clean again and applied 2 coats of satin finish water based varnish using a foam brush.

















We waited a few hours and installed them. I LOVE how they turned out! I still have quite a bit of “dressing” to do, which involves more shopping ;)

Here they are finished, with close up’s of the actual stain color.

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(a little early) DIY Halloween Feather Owl Wreath

While browsing pinterest for a fall wreath idea last year, I fell upon a feather wreath that someone pinned that was being sold on Etsy for a crazy high price. But it got the hamster in my head going and I came up with what I think is an even better totally awesome wreath and it’s totally affordable.

I picked up a vine wreath at Michaels using my weekly 40% coupon, so it cost me around $12.00 cdn (I got the biggest wreath that would fit my front door)


For the feathers, I picked up black feather boas from the dollarama for $2.50 each (I ended up needing 6 for this size wreath). I tied a fairly thin beading wire to the loop at the end of the boa and secured it to the inside of the wreath and started wrapping the boa tightly around it. I tied each boa together with the same wire, as I went, wrapping it tightly so you can’t see any vine peeking trhough.


While at Michaels I looked through their halloween decor for inspiration and found a black feather owl, a really cute Trick or Treat sign, a blinged out spider and the all important black striped wired ribbon.

I attached the Trick or Treat sign using wire (again) and then I made a large bow with the wired ribbon and I hot glued the spider to the center of the front of the bow. I also threaded a piece of wire through the center of the bow and attached it to the wreath.


For the owl I attached it using a crap load of hot glue.

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To hang it on the door, I picked up a  wreath hook from dollarama and after hanging the wreath on it, I hot glued it to the wreath so it would stay in place (we get crazy wind on our street). Voila, a kick ass amazing wreath that people will think you paid ALOT of money for and won’t believe you actually made!


Ikea Hack – New mini side table

Our living room needed a small side table (and I mean small) for drinks.

Everything I found was too big and too expensive. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted a table with hairpin legs but those damn things are expensive. $90 for 4 legs … that money would be wasted on this project, it wouldn’t give the legs justice. So now I need to find a place in the house for those legs with a new project… but back to this project.


My problem solving/creative brain kicked in and with pinterest and google images and Ikea, I realised I needed to think outside the box.. find something that wasn’t a table, and turn it into one.

Man those hairpin legs.. urgh I need to find a place for them..

So I fell upon a stool in the ikea catalogue that was the perfect size and height! Except, WTH, it ONLY comes in neon yellow or neon orange!? but at $19.99 it was a steal cause there’s nothing a handy can of krylon can’t fix. 


 So I settled on the neon yellow, I figured it would be easier to cover in white than that weird neon orange. (I’m pretty sure I was right)

Since it comes un assembled, it was a super easy project. I painted the top of the new “table” a high gloss white using a can of Krylon that I picked up for $6.95.


 Sasha and I waited for it to dry …


 When it was finally dry, I attached the legs and I ADORE IT!!!


The legs are unfinished so I’m left with the option of leaving them as is or staining them a dark grey/brown. I’ll sleep on that one for a while..

If you can’t find what you are looking , look at other things with similar shapes/sizes, you’re sure to fall on something that can work and don’t be scared to paint it!

XO Talie & Sasha