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June 04, 2013


I've been caught up in a number of eyebrow-blowing-off experiences lately.  

First, my talk at TEDxWaterloo at the end of March.  It consumed me.  I've never worked harder on anything, yet I still made crucial mistakes, which have driven me crazy for more than 2 months. Until this morning, when I realized that our mistakes become our future strengths so I should respect my mistakes, not revile them.


I also started work on a new season of Lowe's Family Fun Projects.  This year we're working with Tweens. The kids have lots of cool design ideas (headboards, WarHammer terrains, treehouse upgrades). It's going to be amazing to watch them work with their hands. 

Zoe and Ella
Zoe (12) and Ella (9)

I've been experimenting with getting some cool finishes on furniture.  Here's one of them:

Textured marbled effect using Annie Sloan chalk paint
Marbling effect

And here's another:

A finish I call, "Layered as an old fishing boat"

I made sheers after the blinds fell apart (employing doorknobs from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore)

Daniel's leg-slinging ladder stylings

Kicked off the 2013 Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild. Want to join me in September?  

Mag Ruffman and Tina Holmes
With fellow WomenBuild ambassador Tina Holmes

Walked a lot.  (shades of Avonlea)


And traveled to Saskatoon and Vancouver for Skills Canada's provincial and national competitions.  More on that this week from Vancouver with the adorable Mike Holmes.

Mag Ruffman at Saskatchewan Skills Competition, 2013, photo by stobbephoto.ca
Photo by Dave Stobbe, stobbephoto.ca





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Bettina Goodwin

I watched your Ted Talk and can't find any mistakes. You were your usual awesome self. I really enjoyed it.
And I used to love your shows - all of them.


Bettina, that's very generous of you. Thank you.


I didn't see any issues with the talk other than I expected you to pull out a rabbit, not a brain.

Now Daniel's violating about 10 OSHA regs. ;)

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