About Me



Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you decide to follow this blog where I share my many projects:

  • furniture and upholstery up-cycles
  • photography
  • PhotoShop art
  • Silhouette Cameo projects
  • How-to tutorials
  • Recipes
  • Life in Toronto, Canada
  • travel
  • and more

About Me!

I ‘m Joan, a “mid-century modern” woman as well as a wife, mother, former college professor, friend, sister, reader, sewer, furniture fixer-upper, wannabee gourmet cook, dog owner,  and now…a blogger.  I love my patient husband of more than 25 years and my amazingly super talented daughter.  I enjoy my Labradoodle, Chester  but it can be difficult at those times when he has eaten something expensive or irreplaceable.  Don’t get me started on that topic!  Actually Chester and his predecessor, Cody deserve an entire post!

family pic in Prague

Visiting beautiful Prague, Czech Republic

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Chester, snow loving speed demon!

Farm Girl

I was raised on a farm in south-western Ontario, Canada and eventually moved to Toronto where I now reside.

Maybe because of my rural upbringing or out of necessity, I’ve always been a handy DIYer.  I’ve been sewing since high school.  Several years ago I took wood working at night school and made some pretty cool things until my daughter was born.  I love enjoy am always tackling  jobs around the house thus earning me the moniker “The Handy Wife“.

I am most definitely a life long learner.  Beyond the Master’s degree I finished a few years ago, I’m always taking on projects and developing new skills.  Everything from PhotoShop to furniture painting to upholstery to gourmet cooking.  Basically, I keep very  busy.

I have started this blog to share my projects and keep me motivated.  I hope you will follow me on my continuing  journey.




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  4 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Hey there! We are both newbies! This should be fun! I will stop by again! Great site and work!

  2. Hi Joan…your Coach chair refurb caught my eye, as did your profile pic with le Tour Eiffel in the background. I’m a fellow Francophile, vintage collector, fashion makeover-ist and label lover and I’ve put your button on my blog, A Tray of Bliss. Come on over for a visit….Mimi….xxx

  3. Hi Joan,
    I am a newbie blogger as well. I actually just launched my blog in January. I am also pretty new at DIY-ing. I have done some crafting problems on and off for years. I went to Interior Design School…but didn’t quite finish. I do have a diploma in Residential Planning. I love beautiful furniture. I will stop in and visit. I am over at thedecoratoraholic.blogspot.com

  4. I LOVE meeting other Canadian Bloggers. Great site, can’t wait to see more 🙂

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