Much Love Monday - our anniversary celebrations

This past Friday, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. What started out as an ordinary day, ended with sweet surprises, a spotless house and a beautiful new outlook on our life, relationship and home.

After running errands with our son, I set off to Artistic Spa for a sugar scrub and massage. My best girl Heather had given me gift cards for my birthday last year and I hadn't used them. Given everything that has gone on over the past few weeks, I figured that I deserved a little trip to the spa.

What I didn't know is that my sneaky husband had booked a manicure and pedicure for me! I was super confused when the ladies at the spa told me I had more treatments, and was borderline argumentative, insisting that they had me confused with someone else and that I really did not have any more treatments.

I came home to a sparkling house. I was already in shock from the mani/pedi and then a clean house? Heaven!

Hubs was super thoughtful (and apparently reads the blog, so the wooden box I created a few weeks ago was no surprise. Whoops!) and picked out wine from a few places that we went to on our honeymoon, and selected a gorgeous wooden bracelet from a local shop.
The leggings and suede booties? My anniversary gift to myself!

We set off for dinner at my favourite restaurant in London, Ontario, The Tasting Room, and then to Marble Slab for my kind of night cap!

It really was the perfect way to celebrate! Cheers to many more years of anniversary dates!


On this day, five years ago

I married he man of my dreams. The man who drove me home in the worst of storms so I could be with my family pup, Tony, when we said good-bye.

The man who held me when I crumpled on the floor upon hearing from the police officer that my Dad died.

The man who didn't give up on me, even when I drove away from him.

To that man, thank you. Thank you for believing in me; for putting up with my mess of art supplies that always take over the kitchen; for not caring if our floors are dirty and haven't been washed in months.

Thank you for loving me.

We danced to this song as our last-dance before to bid our guests goodnight and slipped away on our wedding night. I love this song, and will for the rest of my life when I think of that moment.


5th Anniversary Wooden Gifts using Americana Multi Surface Satin and Stencils

When I was on the search for the perfect 5th wedding anniversary gift for my husband, it dawned on me that it was the perfect time to get crafty with my bad self.

I have seen these beautiful, yes masculine, jewelry boxes at local home decor stores and thought to myself I can totally make that. goes!


Wooden box in the shape and size of your choice {I went with a standard round box}
Paint brushes
Americana Multi Surface Satin in the colors of your choice {I chose Dolphin and Mushroom}
Cup for water
Sponge wedge
Paper towel
Americana geometric stencils {oh hey...I designed the geometric one that is NEW for 2013!}
Fine sandpaper {optional}

First, wipe down your wooden box to clear any dust from being up on the shelf at the store. Next, water down a bit of your lighter Americana Multi Surface Satin color. Paint it on the wooden box, rubbing off the excess paint with paper towel.

Essentially, you are using the paint as a custom wood stain. Cool, right? The more you rub with a paper towel, the more of a distressed look you will have in the end.

Where can you find these awesome new paints from DecoArt? Americana Multi-Surface Satins are available for purchase at Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, and other fine craft retailers.

Once you have allowed the box to dry entirely, you are ready to get stenciling. Carefully place your stencil over the area on your box that you want to embellish, and with your sponge wedge, paint your second color {the darker tone} over the stencil. Use a dabbing motion and add the paint on very lightly. You may want to remove some of the excess paint

Peel away the stencil, and clean it off while you wait for the paint to dry a bit. Once the paint is completely dry, you can go in with your fine sandpaper and distress to your hearts content. You can choose to do only the edges, or go over the entire surface. Alternatively, if you'd prefer not to use sandpaper, you can wait until your paint is almost dry and distress with a dry paint brush, wire brush, or steel wool.

I absolutely love the worn look of this box and think that my husband will love it as well!

Now you can SAVE on the Americana Multi Surface Satin (US Residents only)

Disclaimer: I am a part of DecoArt Core Blogger Program and was financially compensated for this post. The concept, views and opinions expressed are my own.