Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Christmas Christmas

I LOVE CHRISTMAS.....The Decor, The Candles, The Baking, The Smells, The Florals, The Gift Giving, The Shopping, and The Overall Joy is brings!

Here is some of my Home Decorating this year.

My Mantle & Tree in our Living Room...

 Close up of the Mantle

Our Tree In the Daylight

 Full View of My Mantle, & Coffee Table, Did I mention that I LOVE Penguins?

My Vintage Santa sitting in the Sleigh on my Mantle

 So Cute! Love those Penguins

This is the Centerpiece sitting on my island, this picture was taken at our Annual Wine Tasting Party

 My Vintage Window Frame that I decorate Seasonally

My Christmas Canvas, What a great Quote...

  My Antique Renewed Dresser in my Entrance

 Another Sweet Penguin beside My FAVORITE Vintage "Bear in a Box" Christmas Decoration

Yes!!  What's not to love!
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Merry Merry Christmas To You All,  I hope It's loaded with Much Love & Laughs,
Ava Blake Creations

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Magnificent Mason Jars

It was about 10pm at night and I was in bed surfing the web, pretty much half asleep when I found  a pile of these Mason Jars on a Swap & Buy Website.....and just thinking, "these would make a neat project?!" I bought them!

 Plain Ol' Mason Jars....

Oh Little, Homemade Cabinet

My MIL gave this piece to me......I think it originally came from my sister in law, and I think it was homemade?! It was pretty beat up and had what looks like a hand painted Sun, Moon, Stars & Black Polka Dots on it... oh come on, everyone had some type of "that" decor when it came out!! I think I had a blanket!  Did I just admit that out loud??! 

 YUP, totally out dated!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

SO, I Found These Sticks...

OK, So I was at a Farm Picking. I wasn't really finding anything that interesting, until we walked up to a giant pile of wood. Just a pile of old farm garbage really.

 Then what to my wondering eyes appeared....Two little broken pieces of wood that had metal name plates on them and tiny nails sticking out of the tops. I thought they were interesting so I scooped them!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

That 70's Unit...

I really LOVE these units, I'm constantly on the hunt for more, I have so many more ways to decorate it!

I found this one...AND I remembered, just as I started to paint, to take the "before" picture!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Out and About...

I was out looking for some old Barn Windows when I came across this little place. I had to snap some shots since there was so much character around.

I totally fluked out and got these birds taking off over this Old Barn House, I literally just threw my camera in the air and snapped!

I snapped this old Barrel, I LOVE the old colors in it.

A great old Red Barn...

I did in fact get some Windows, Stay tuned to see what I will do with them...

Friday, 11 November 2011

The times they are a changing!

The times are always changing in my life! I rarely have a dull moment, with 3 kids, my daughter with a medical condition, one son with a nut allergy,  Hubby, 2 dogs, a house, and a busy lifestyle!
I've had alot of challenges/traumas in my life.... but this is the path that has brought me to creating.

I did my first painting when I was pregnant with my daughter and they told me she had Kidney Disease and she wouldn't live to the end of the pregnancy! I painted....and she was born with Kidney Failure, otherwise healthy, happy and strong!

These challenges/traumas in life made me dig deep into myself and come face to face with my soul! Not an easy path that's for sure. Although in the midst of some really big challenges I've always had the urge to create something. Maybe it's to occupy my mind with better things, or another connection with my soul, either way I love that I was able to do that!

Recently I've had another tough lesson to be learned, or wise. Therefore causing me to reconnect with my soul and throw myself into some deeper projects! So I apologize for being slow in the "posting" area!

I have to say, I am over the moon excited that I have a fan base, I really did celebrate at 20 "likes"on my Facebook page  and 100 views on the blog! Really! Every view, or interest in what I create fuels me to do more, it's been an astounding positive for me, and I say THANK YOU for tuning in.

Jenny aka, Ava Blake Creations.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sad Brass Lamp To FABULOUS...

SO, I've been seeing a lot of these types of lamps lately in the Thrift Stores. The Brass/Gold is so dated and completely unflattering , that everyone just keeps walking right on by! Hmmmm, but, it's calling me..... I thought I'd try and renew one!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Postcard Table

OOPS, I forgot to take a before picture....Geez I still get so excited at just doing the can see the shape of the table and in original form it was Antique Red/Brown.

I printed a Paris Postcard off of Graphics Fairy, THE BEST site on the entire Internet!

 I hand painted the postcard on the table, a perfect fit!

Then gave it a black wash over for that world traveled, time worn feel...

STUNNING...I especially love the postmark showing it was mailed from Amsterdam! It turned out perfect! I have it as a conversation starter in between two of my favorite chairs!

Keeping Calm and Designing on.....

Sunday, 23 October 2011

I'll Have A Side Of Tables

I do love a decorative side table. It's a great conversation starter and a little pop in any room!

I grabbed the Vintage Oval Telephone Table at a Garage Sale and the circle one behind it was generously donated to me from a friend.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Bachelor Pad Tweaking

We did a Bachelor Pad job!! How fun?
He consulted all along the process of moving into his place with us, in regards to furniture, coffee tables, rugs,  stools, nightstands...


AWESOME for a Bachelor Pad right?

The Bedroom

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Staging Job at Artember for Hoodoo Designs

Our great friend at asked us to stage her tent for her for Artember Art In The Park here in Airdrie Alberta Canada. She is a very talented Jewelery Designer and boy were we over the moon excited (seriously I couldn't sleep) to use our Renewed Elegant Pieces to showcase her jewelery!

 Here are some pictures from the event...

 We love these flowers, so unique!

 LOVE LOVE LOVE the Vintage jugs!

Me setting up!

Hoodoo Designs displayed in the drawer of our Vanity

 YES, Hoodoo Designs did Jewelery for one of Jann Arden's Tours!

Our renewed dresser, a total crowd drawer!

Flowers make it so much warmer

Our renewed Cabinet

 LOVE Vintage books, one had an inscription from the 1940's in it!

We had such a great time, staging Hoodoo Designs Jewelery and showing off and chatting about all our renewed furniture!
We also want to give a shout out to our Photography and Videography Crew!!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Paper Lanterns

Here are some pictures from a closing ceremony for the Arts here in Airdrie Alberta Canada! 

Here I am waiting in Line to make a wish and send my Lantern off into the water.

Here is the Fire Fighter lighting my son's Lantern!


Stay Beautiful...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

I'm A Sucker For Chairs...

I just love the look of a decorative chair in the corner of any room, it's unique, a conversation starter, but best of all a renewed piece!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Rustic Luxury

I Got some Photo Business Cards made.What a great idea, the look is unique, and  it showcases my Design sense with one look. Being that I also dabble in photography I wanted to take some pictures myself.
I wanted to showcase my Renewed Furnishings surrounded by the rustic wild countryside and close to Time Worn objects. What better then the Farm?!

LOVE the time worn barn!
That is our renewed Window Framed Time Worn Mirror, Garage Sale Vintage Pottery Pots holding the Hydrangeas,  Vintage brown jugs "picked" at a friends farm, and the Wreath in Boots with Curly Willow are from our home!


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Telephone Silhouette tables

I grabbed these tables at a End Of Summer Sale, but thought they needed a little flare!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

LOVE-ly Vintage Cabinet/Magazine Rack

I scooped up this little Vintage Circa 1930's Magazine Rack/Cabinet from a Garage Sale. I knew instantly what I was going to do with this one!