The Learner Observer


So we celebrated the Summer Solstice this week, and it is such a bittersweet day!  To know that it is the longest day of the year is so lovely, but sadly, it only goes down from here… days will get shorter and winter is inching closer and closer already.  All on the very first day of Summer!!!  The good news is we’re having some sort of weird extended Spring here in Ontario and the Summer humidity hasn’t hit us yet, and that is a beautiful thing!  Feeling better about my Debbie-Downer moment?  Ok well maybe these next few photos will help!

Here are this week’s winners:

abstract-art$!400xNot much needs to be said about this – it’s stunning, right?  And to think this was done with a few mixes of paint and a blank canvas, not by a professional artist, but by someone like you and I is pretty awesome!  Complete with step-by-step instructions and a list of materials, Style me Pretty gives you everything you need to create this, and I am ever so tempted!!


soapstone-sink-bathroom-ohio-farmhouse-0412-xlnWho says you can’t have chrome, brushed steel, bronze and a little chipped paint all in one room?  No one, that’s who!  The mix works so well in this washroom, and the look is entirely effortless, which is really the best part of all.  I wouldn’t be complaining about washing my face and brushing my teeth every day in this little spot.  [Source]


gallery wall artHave you used this trick before?  I was actually in a classroom a few weeks ago and the students used this method to recreate some of their favourite cartoon characters very successfully.  I had not thought about it for a chalkboard until I saw this, though!  Such a smart idea, and such a beautiful chalkboard from Ella Claire.


painted folding chairBelieve it or not, this is one of three beautiful folding chair transformations.  The gold and polka dots got me though, and I had to share this one.  I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few of these around when we have extra guests at home.  My Fabuless Life knows how to do folding chairs right!


SAM_8292Happen to have some old sheets at home?  Then you also happen to have some cute new coaster potential!  Twigg Studios shows us how taking some strips of fabric, braiding them and gluing them down onto some cork can end in some precious coasters.


010d8556d486ddca2f42d8ecf2baaadbJust a little reminder to myself of my obsessive pinning habits.  Anyone else with me?



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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    June 23, 2013

    Thalita does it again! So many lovely finds, you’re contributing to my 18 bathrooms, 12 living rooms, 3 backyards, and 1000 closets with the gems you give us week after week. You know I’m all over that gold-polka-dotted folding chair (who knew folding chairs could look so chic?). And I haven’t done the grid method with my art since elementary school…but I have a chalkboard! Might be time to whip it out again. And I’m diggin’ those coasters. As much as I love the wallpaper tile coasters I made last fall, they are not absorbent AT ALL, so we end up with little pools of water on top of them. No good. Old sheets braided into cute coasters sound like a fabulous solution to me! Plus, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to invest in some cork anyway, so…problem(s) solved!

    Thanks for these goodies, friend, and your endless encouragement on my blog, on FB, and beyond!

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      June 25, 2013

      Glad to be a contributor to yours as you are to mine! Oh and I am obsessed with the chairs. I want to get a few folding chairs to try this out with for sure!!
      I’ve been toying with the idea of making coasters for some time now, and though I love how creative one can get with wallpaper, scrap booking paper, photos, etc, like you, I love the absorbency these would give! You can’t have enough coasters anyway though, right? Just use the wallpaper ones in the winter for hot chocolate :)

      Thanks for ALWAYS reading AND commenting Lauren. Your support is never ending and never under appreciated :)

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