Monday, November 28, 2011

Lez Put Up Drywall - VIDEO


Well hello renovators and renovating supporters. First, let me apologize for not having a video for you last Friday, we had some technical difficulties. But now, we have a new video ready for your enjoyment.

In this video, we are dealing with the ups and downs of drywalling. Have you ever drywalled? Have you ever mudded a wall? Have you ever sanded said wall? Well - if you have, then you know how messy and annoying it can be. Even if you are good at measuring the cuts properly, you inevitably run into some kinda problem. Plus, the sanding stage is not pretty. Take a look for yourself.


And just as an FYI, this marks our 35th video on Afterellen.com! Cool hey?

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tis the season, to decorate


Yep, its that time of year again. The time to put plastic on our windows to keep out the drafty Vancouver rain/wind/slush/snow. It snowed last night for the first time this season. It's quite exciting, until the snow turns to slush and my shoes turn to mush.

But its also the holiday season! Which means family gatherings, parties, shopping and decorating. Decorating. This is something that I like to do, every year. We even cut a tree down in our front yard to put in our living room. The smell of pine needles always flashes me back to days of 'ole, when the Consumers Distributing catalogue existed (See previous post about that), tinsel wasn't considered dangerous for pets and the use of real candles on the tree wasn't unheard of.

Now, its plastic this, plastic that, safe this, safe that, energy efficient this, energy efficient that. I want to smell the real holidays in my home! Pine needles, egg nog, peppermint and excitement. So, I put this out to you - if you are decorating your house for the holidays, use all natural materials! Ok, I know its going to be difficult and dangerous to hang different coloured candles on front porch awning but I'm sure you can figure something out!

Here are a few DIY projects for making holiday decorations from natural materials. 


1. Pine Cones
Gather some up and make a wreath, center piece or a string of garland.


2. Fall leaves


Create a bouquet to hang in doorways or on a mantle.
Or you can be super fancy:

3. Sticks and branches


Create a fancy wreath!
Those are just a few suggestions. Do you have any other ideas? Share! Let make this holiday naturally sustainable. Oh and, fun!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lez Just Keep Working - VIDEO


Holy cow, the time just seems to be flying by! Another video already. Wow. Well, I tell you, the bathroom renovation is STILL not done. I am, however, going to ask Santa for a finished bathroom this year. I will put aside my desire for a PS3, my little pony and the Animal drumkit from the Consumer Distributing catalogue just so we can have a finished bathroom. I have been a good girl, really I have. Such a good girl, in fact, that I deserve a finished bathroom AND the Animal drumkit from the Consumer Distributing catalogue.

Do you remember the Consumer Distributing catalogue? If you do, then you are from Canada and over 30. Great, I just spilled my beans for you. If you don't know what I am talking about, it was basically Ebay and Ikea rolled into one. Consumers Distributing aimed to reduce costs for customers by stocking merchandise in a warehouse type stocking system instead of displaying them in a costly showroom. Customers made their selections from a catalogue, filled out a form with product identification, and waited for stock staff to retrieve the items from the warehouse.

I remember the excitement of looking through the catalogue at Christmas. I would circle everything I wanted in a red pen and dog ear the pages so my parents couldn't miss it. And every year I would circle and circle and circle the Animal drumkit. 5 years of circles. Nothin. Then, one year, I found a guitar and amp under the tree with the disclaimer "THIS you can plug headphones into!". Fine.

But to this day, I have longed for the Animal drumkit. And I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Not even a picture! So for now, I will have to settle for a finished bathroom. Which is almost as exciting. Check out the latest installment:


Have a great long weekend!