Monthly Archives: July 2009

A Midsummer Sale

A Midsummer Sale – Buy 2 get 1 Free

Choose from over 100 Open Edition prints and ACEO mini prints from the top two SALE sections of my shop. All $5, $12 and $20 prints are included in the sale.

Simply write your free choice (of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item within your cart) in the message to seller upon check-out.

My art makes the perfect wedding, birthday or anniversary gift and kids love my fish prints. Or decorate your own home with it. 8 x10 inch Matting and backing is also available for all 5×7 inch prints making them easy to frame.

This sale runs until August 15th, 2009.

xo

Welcome to the Kitchen and Bathroom

In the kitchen we cut both the upper and lower cupboards to fit the new fridge in place. Doing this decreased my counter space considerably as the opposite side of the kitchen houses a vintage Youngstown Kitchen by Mullino double sink.

My kitchen

Underneath the sink and inside the bottom cupboards there was a piece of vinyl flooring laid down in an attempt to hide the problem and the plumbing was completely disconnected from the right side drain while the left side drain was rotting out. Dad and I replaced them both. And I ripped up the gross vinyl only to be met with the most ghastly smell of putrid slime. I did, honestly almost puke. I poured bleach and began scrubbing. The entire unit, including the cupboards, doors and drawers, is metal. Now that it is clean and disinfected, it just needs a small spraying of Tremclad paint inside.

I’m still searching for proper drapes or maybe wooden blinds to hang in the two kitchen windows as I put most of my effort into covering the bedrooms, bathroom and living room windows. For now, the lime green $2 tab top drapes will do.

To compensate for the lack of counter space I bought an island for $100 used. From the same lady, I also purchased a love seat sofa bed for $100. She was fantastic. While in her home, I asked if she had other items she was selling for she was moving. She gave me for free; three floor lamps, a solid wood desk, ikea shelving, a stainless steel kitchen garbage can and a little colour TV with stand.

Side view of kitchen

Every time I went to someone’s house to look at furniture I always asked if they had other items for sale. And they would always ask what I was looking for and I’d pull out my shopping list. More times than once, they did have other items that I needed.

The kitchen table with four chairs had belonged to my Grandmother and the antique dry sink underneath the window had belonged to my Great Uncle George. Most, if not all my dishes I purchased at garage sales over the years; an assortment of oranges, turquoises, navy’s and brown’s in pirex and stonewear. I did buy new Henkel knives and already had all the cuttlery, pots and pans I needed from previously being married.

My bathroomThe bathroom wasn’t as involved in updating. It had been gyproced and a new bathtub, toilet and pedestal sink were installed in recent years. However, they wallpapered the gyproc and sealed the bathroom with gooey clear silicone which had yellowed. I peeled the wallpaper off, Dad crack filled then primed it and I painted a light semi-gloss taupe colour on the walls. Dad re-caulked after I painted. And while out *garage-saling a couple of weeks ago I purchased a five piece set (still in the box) of stainless steel bathroom bars and hangers for $8. I did buy a new light fixture for $40 as the previous one was brass in colour and just too Victorian frilly looking.

And Zellers sells these fantastic curved shower curtain rods for $20. They give you elbow room! No more hitting the shower curtain while washing your hair.

*garage saling – sometimes referred to as yard saling, this phenomena occurs every weekend, people load into cars and travel around buying other people’s trash and discarded furniture

You can see the before and after shots of both the kitchen and bathroom on my Flickr. And I’ve secretly started a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale… more details coming soon…

Pinwheels and Hello!

In between unpacking boxes and creating order from chaos in my home I’ve found the time to doodle more than once in this little burgundy linen covered sketchbook with my favorite pens; Pilot G-tec C4′s and Pilot Hi Tec C’s.

So yes, I’m breaking the silence and beginning to immerse myself into blogging again through posting this little 5×5 inch doodle.

pinwheels ink doodle by artist Jessica Doyle

I miss you guys! I’m back and will be sharing much more with you over the coming weeks including more doodle’s, a contest, a sale (to help me buy a new iMac before this laptop kicks the bucket causing me not to be able to share with you or work for that matter) and finished house pictures.

Sneak peek upstairs!

xo

Happy Canada Day and Art Giveaway Life Update!

Happy Canada Day everyone!

My art is featured on the fabulous Design Milk Blog. You can enter the giveaway and win!

From Jaime the owner of Design Milk:

Jessica Doyle is a fantastic artist who has generously offered items for giveaway to a lucky Design Milk reader. I have Day Dreams (pictured above) and Spring Tree along with some ACEO’s and mini cards. I will also be sending along a secret surprise with this giveaway!

To enter, please comment on this post.

Contest rules: 1 comment per person. Contest runs from June 29-July 3, 2009. We will choose a winner at random.

I began moving into today… :) I’ll be taking photos and updating my progress very soon.

xo