Update and a Big Change

In the month+ since I last posted I’ve been busy. Classes finally finished mid-august and I will admit to being completely burnt out. I see now that I took on way too much, and it’s time to scale back a bit. I’m going to continue with my Interior decorating courses, but I think I might do just one this semester – three while working full time was just nutty.

Anyways, In order to recover a bit from my rather hectic spring/summer I took a bit of time off from blogging to visit my parents, work on a couple of small projects around my place, catch up on some sleep, and work on a big change that’s been on my ‘must-do-list’ forever.

My August: relaxing, picking 14lbs of blueberries, magical sunsets, visiting the Mascot Mine, and a couple of DIY projects that ensured my manicure was always ruined

My August: relaxing, picking 14lbs of blueberries, magical sunsets, visiting the Mascot Mine, and a couple of DIY projects that ensured my manicure was always ruined

If you’ve read this blog for a while you may recall this post from a few months after I started where I explained how I came up with Sweetsute10 and also talked about the doubts I had even then about my choice. Well, it’s taken 3 years (and more domain name purchases than I’d care to admit), but I’m finally re-branding.

Re-branding is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I wanted to make sure I was sure about the new name I chose – I didn’t want to have to make the change a second time. It’s been a lot of work and, since I’m attempting to do it myself, a lot of time googleing, watching YouTube videos, and making mistakes.

I’m hoping to have my new site up and ready sometime this week (keep your fingers crossed for me – this was supposed to happen in July but I had some technical problems , and there was a some procrastination). There’s still piles to do – hopefully the major stuff will be sorted out and I can get this launched – some stuff, like re-watermarking my 789 photos might take a while, but can be done after my new site is live.

Oh, my new blog name? It’s Eamonn & Jack. I’ll share the origin of the name one it’s launched – I hope you’ll continue to visit once it’s up and running.

My lovely new logo by the equally lovely Brittany Douglas

My lovely new logo by the equally lovely Brittany Douglas

DIY Gold Stripe Tray

When I was considering adding the tulip table to my foyer I wanted to have a little spot to corral the mail, my keys and other things when I come in the door. I knew a small tray would be ideal for that purpose, so I set out to find one that met my criteria – it needed to be rectangular, not too expensive, and it needed to have some colour given the table and the walls in my foyer are white.

To be honest I had absolutely no plans on DIYing anything, and I actually did find a lovely contender for the spot at HomeSense that was just $13. Then of course I went to the thrift store and found a tray for $1.99 and my plans changed.  Given its thrift store provenance the tray was predictably ugly, but it was the right size and shape and I knew that making it prettier would be easy.Thrift store tray before

I’ve been in LOVE with this tray forever, and if it had been the right size I may have been tempted to buy it for my foyer (but only if it also went on sale). Since the original wasn’t to be I decided to make my own version using my thrift store tray and spray paint I already had on hand.

(Appologies for the bad cell phone picture)

(Apologies for the bad cell phone picture)

After spraying the tray white I set out to mark off the pattern on the top of the tray using masking tape. I eyeballed the pattern and used a small piece of tape to help with the spacing between the lines.  I did have painters tape on hand, but it was too wide for the scale of my tray so I ended up using the regular masking tape (I use it in class to tape my drawings to the drafting table).  Thrift store tray painted gold

Once the pattern was complete I sprayed the tray top and bottom with gold spray paint, and when it was dry I peeled off the tape and voilà – a gold stripe tray.DIY Gold stripe tray

There was some bleeding under the tape that more than likely wouldn’t have occurred if I’d used painters tape, but I’m honestly not too concerned.DIY Gold Stripe tray.

Not bad for $2 right?