Gabry Road



June 2013



Vintage Inspired Pennant Bunting

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I was approached by a dear friend to create bunting for her daughters nursery room and for a special photo shoot. I created the requested bunting and decided, while I was cutting out pennants, why not make a few more.
I wanted it to be a bit different than the ones I had seen so instead of using a solid pattern bias, I patched together various fabrics and created the bias tape. I did have a little help though. I purchased the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker a while back so I knew the task would not be as daunting as imagined.
Simplicity Bias Tape Maker
Knowing the bias tape would be useful and handy for future projects, I kinda over did it and make enough to go around a football field (Ok, a little exaggeration but that’s how long it seemed which I was making it!)
Bias Tape
And here is the final product! Fifteen feet of pennant bunting, perfect for a one of a kind nursery, wedding or party!
Pennant Bunting
Pennant Bunting
Pennant Bunting
Pennant Bunting
Pennant Bunting
I have a few sets listed in my Etsy boutique but if you want to make one yourself, contact me and I’d be more than happy to show you how.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend and if you are reading this in Canada, have a wonderful Canada Day weekend!



June 2013





June 2013



A huge thank you and a give-a-way!

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I meant to post a prize as a huge thank you when the Gabry Road Facebook Fan Page reached 400 likes but time has been almost impossible to keep track off lately. All good though as I am really busy creating both custom orders and new goodies for the boutique!
As a huge thank you to all my friends and fans who support and follow Gabry Road, I am giving away a set of ten washi tapes!!!
Washi Tape Give-A-Way
Simply leave a comment below and I will draw a name first thing Monday, June 24. Please feel free to share this fan prize with your friends.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you ever so much for all your loyalty, devotion and support!
Hoping it’s sunny wherever you are!



June 2013



Happy Fathers’ Day

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Last year, we were so fortunate to have my dad here in Ottawa to celebrate Fathers’ Day together. It’s been over nine years since we moved from BC (and close to my mom and dad) and for the most part, visiting back and forth works okay but it just isn’t the same celebrating events such as Fathers’ Day, birthdays and Christmas when family is sooooo far away.
I have been blessed with great fathers in my life. Both my dad and my husband are amazing people who truly do define a good father. My mom and dad, as do many, sacrificed tons to ensure we, my sisters and I, had everything we needed. It was probably difficult to see back when I was a kid or a teen, but as I get older and live the same lives they did bringing up children, I have so much more appreciation for everything they did and everything they sacrificed for us. I still remember my dad driving us to skating lessons all weekend and swimming lessons throughout the week after putting in long hours at work. My mom didn’t drive much back then and being an extremely talented seamstress, she sewed whenever she could. So my dad carted his three girls everywhere! I never was babysat as a kid. My mom and dad were always around. Which is kind of ironic because my own children haven’t been babysat either. What I am hoping to keep or take from my dad (and mom also) is their energy. They never stop. I know I have lots of energy right now at my age but hoping when I am near or at my dad’s age, I too will have the same energy. If my dad lived here with me in Ottawa, we would be building projects from sunrise to sunset. But being that he is sooooo far away, I send him plans. He builds and brings the projects with him or I await his next visit for special projects. He never complains nor does he question my intentions which is awesome!
So to all the fathers who like mine, always put their family first before all else, enjoy your special day. You deserve this day and many more!
My dad isn’t that tech savvy but if you are reading this, we wish you, the best father in the whole wide world, an awesome day!!!



June 2013



And just when I thought we were done renovating…

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…I got a craving to do something to my kitchen.

If you are a local friend, you will have been to my home and seen that every piece of furniture has been painted and distressed.
Un-painted Furniture



Weird as it may sound, I have issues with wood furniture meeting wood floors. So we have hardwood throughout the house meaning any piece of furniture (mine are all pure wood, no MDF) has been painted then distressed.
To date, I have used acrylic, oil and melamine paints. Oil paints are no longer sold in Canada. I do like the look of acrylic paints but some furniture or wood needs a stronger paint like an oil paint. I ran out of room to acquire more furniture a few years ago so the ‘painting’ bug kind of left about that time. I would see awesome pieces of furniture to paint but knowing that I did not have room to accommodate the new pieces, I just imagined what I would do with them.
Then, about a month ago, I learned Chalk Paint is now available in Canada and as luck would have it, one of the I believe fourteen vendors of Chalk Paint is in Ottawa! Woot! So I started thinking about painting because I have the itch to paint and make something old new to old again, if that makes any sense to you :). Please do read all about Chalk Paint and the wonders of Chalk Paint here.
Our kitchen is relatively new. We completely gutted the original kitchen seven years ago and created the one we now have. When ordering the cabinets, I made sure the doors at least were made of wood and not any synthetic ‘hard to paint’ material. So even though the kitchen is only seven years young, some parts are showing wear. The cabinets are currently painted in a Vanilla/Cream color which is great and I never tired of it but I have an idea, now that I know Chalk Paint is available, to paint only specific cabinet doors. I have selected the doors to painted with the pink check mark.
Kitchen Cabinets


**Note: all pics taken with iPhone 5**
Malenka Originals is the name of the store which carries the Chalk Paint.
I emailed the owner, Katrina, to confirm whether the paint is suitable for kitchen cabinets and much to my husband’s dismay, she said yes! (BTW Katrina is so very friendly and responded quickly).

So now the dilemna is which color. My back spash is currently ‘Italian Blue’, which I totally love but because the back splash is made of beadboard, the color can be changed any time. I am leaning towards the blues but am hoping to find a nice red.



So now my goal is to visit Malenka Originals, select a colour and then spend the next month creating letters of persuasion (kids taught me this one!) for my husband. I am hoping it won’t take many letters or much time because now that I have the idea in my head, I really really really need to see it done!

Will keep y’all posted!
Thanks for stoppin’ by!