Category Archives: Decorating/Home reno

Looking for our posts about decorating your house or doing a renovation? Then you’ve come to the right place, this is a collection of all our decorating and home reno blogs.

Alternative yarn projects

rug hookingI know we’ve done a few posts on here about knitting and crocheting so I thought I would mix things up a bit and showcase our great collection of books on rug hooking.

So what exactly is rug hooking? Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

Here are some of the great books the library has to offer on rug hooking.

Introduction to rug hooking by Kristen Miller

Creative techniques for rug hookers by Donna Hrkman

Hooking animals by Judy Carter

The rug hooker’s bible by Jane Olson

Rug hooking for the first time by Donna Lovelady

Scrappy hooked rugs by Bea Brock

Finishing hooked rugs

Basic rug hooking

Rug hooker’s companion by Donna Hrkman


Books and Hooks: Join the Royal City Ruggers for a weekly fun and   social afternoon at the Library.

Whether you are experienced with rug hooking or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn and practice a great skill, and enjoy the Library.

East Side Branch  Every Tuesday Afternoon, noon – 7 pm.

East Side Branch  Last Saturday of every month, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm





A New You

Try beating the cold weather blahs by re-arranging the furniture to open up and brighten up your space at home!  I gave my living room a refreshing makeover and the space now makes me feel energized when I walk in.  Its like a new me!

Wikipedia defines feng shui as a  “philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment”.

Try some of our resources!

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Top 10 lists of 2015

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With 2015 now over I thought it would be fun to ask the staff here at the Guelph Public Library what some of their favourite books, cd’s, movies and other cool things were this year. Everything on these list can be found either in the library or online through our eResources.

Top 10 kids books

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Everyone loves bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
I don’t like Koala by Sean Ferrell
The Princess and the pony by Kate Beaton
Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Skunk by Mac Barnett
Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead
The Only Child by Guojing
Imaginary Fred by Edin Colfer

Top 10 fiction

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
City on fire by Garth Hallberg
The Turner house by Angela Flournay
The death and life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A little life by Hanya Yanaghara

Top 10 non-fiction

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
The home reference to holistic health and healing by Brigitte Mars
Hunger makes me a modern girl by Corrie Brownstein
Trashed by Derf
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ll never wright my memoirs by Grade Jones
So you’ve been publicly shamed by JonRonson
The Road to Little Dribbling by  Bill Bryson
Shift Work by Tie Domi
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Top 10 cookbooks

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast
Thug Kitchen: Party grub
Milk bar life by Christina Tosi
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
Food52 genius food by Kristen Miglore
The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder
Sweet, savory, and sometimes boozy cupcakes by Alison Riede
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Per la Famiglia by Emily Richards

Top 10 CD’s (H-available on Hoopla)

Are you alone? -Majical Cloudz
Sound and Colour – Alabama Shakes
The magic whip – Blur (H)
If I should go before you – City and Colour (H)
Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit – Courtney Barnett
 Ghost notes – Veruca Salt (H)
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey (H)
Heartbreaker of the year – Whitney Rose (H)

Top 10DVD’s

The Knick (TV series)
Red Army
Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
Inside Out
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Jurassic World

Updating an outdated room

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Have you ever walked into a room in your house and thought “I hate this room the way it is.”? I felt that way about my living/dinning room from the day I moved into my house. A year and a half of living with a room that I never used because I hated was enough. My husband I finally renovated the living room, dining room and it looks amazing. It was a lot of hard work but totally worth it. Doing a big renovation like this isn’t for everyone but if you are interested in trying it for yourself here are some pictures of the process, places you can rent tools and books and DVD’s to help you make any room into your dream room.
20150208_174758The first thing we did was paint the whole room and put up the decorative trim. Even this alone made the room look 100% better. The book New decorating with architectural trimwork by Jay Silber helped us find the look we were going for and it helped us figure out how to get that look. Once you get the hang of how to do it, it’s really no that hard.




20150403_123148The next step was for us to take up the carpet. This was way more work then I had imagined, I thought you could just pull up the carpet and the underlay and go on your way. No you then have to pull out the million staples that hold the underlay to the subfloor. I do have to admit even the subfloor looked better than the carpet that was there.




20150405_165431Finally it was time to put the new floor down. We looked at Installing & finishing flooring by William Perkins Spence a DVD called How-to DVD guide to flooring and the book The complete guide to flooring to help us narrow down the type of flooring we wanted and how to install it.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all the tools to complete your renovation, Home Depot rents out tools. They even offer workshops if you want some hands on learning before you try something at home.

A handmade Holiday

The holidays are almost upon us and I’m sure most of you have started or are thinking about doing some holiday crafting. I know I like to bake holiday cookies to give as gifts but I would also like to make other things as well like, sweaters and homemade bath products. Giving handmade gifts over the holidays is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care for them.
Do you have all your crafts done? If not, don’t fret there is still time to get all your crafts finished. I’ve made a few list of books that I like to use from the library to help you make a wonderful handmade holiday season. Check out the catalogue for more titles.
Sweet Christmas by Sharon Bowers
Christmas baking by Mia Ohrn
Handmade gifts from the kitchen by Alison Walker
Handmade gifts by Hannah Moore
Prettylittle presents
Gifts for kids to make by Cheryl Owen
Last minute knitted gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Heirloom Christmas stockings in cross-stitch
Winter knitting by Katarina Rosen

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkinIf like me you have been planning your pumpkin carving now for a few weeks, I’ve done almost everything you can imagine when it comes to pumpkin carving. I’ve etched moths flying to a flame, used fairy lights to make an elegant spotted pumpkin and even used the stem as a nose like the ones pictured above.
 Are you looking for some inspiration this year? The library has some great books to help inspire you to do something more than the traditional Jack-O-Lantern.

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It’s time to declutter and organize

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Once the summer is over and the kids are back to school I have the itch to do some decluttering and organizing.  I have always wondered if a professional organizer would have some new ideas on how to keep the clutter at bay. If you are looking to hire one, check out Professional Organizers in Canada .

I am currently reading The life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.  This book provides practical tips and is based on the idea that possessions are full of feelings and energy.  It provides detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy”.  I am not sure if I agree with everything in Marie Kon’s book, but I have found a few gems of advice and inspiration to do a “whole house” declutter this fall.

More books to inspire you:

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