Classic Kids Wagon

How many of you had a classic kids wagon when you were small?  Maybe a Radio Flyer metal deck one or a wood deck wagon with removable gates on the sides.  If you’re a Mom now, then you are likely to have, or have had, a more current version like a Little Tykes plastic wagon or something like it?

The girls grandparents bought them this fantastic classic kids wagon when they were small, and it is the one ‘baby item’ we […]

Housewarming Gift idea

June and July are supposed to be lazy vacation months but for many, they signify the beginning of something new – new homes, apartments, residences, dorms.  Of the estimated 40 million people who move each year (in the US) 80% of them move between May and September – and I think at least half of that 40 million is in the midst of moving onto and/or away from my street.

I know a bottle of wine or a batch of muffins are […]

2018-07-02T16:20:43+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments

Simple Cedar Tray

I always scramble come end-of-year when I need to come up with gift ideas for teachers and coaches.  I know that apples, pencils and worm paraphernalia are cute, but I think I’m correct in assuming if you’ve taught for more than one year, you probably have a cupboard full already.  I tried to come up with ideas of things I might use day-to-day and ended up landing on this simple cedar tray.

DIY serving tray, [...]
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2018-07-02T15:31:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|BUILD IT, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

Coastal Decor – flea market find

One of my favourite emails to receive are those from Birch Lane.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) they don’t ship to Canada, but that doesn’t stop me from pining over their perfectly styled photos of decor for your home.  It was one such photo that reminded me that I had these fishing weights tucked away, and how gorgeous they could look set out as some coastal decor on my patio.

Coastal decor, flea market find, fishing [...]
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2018-07-02T13:50:54+00:00 June 28th, 2018|DECOR, REPURPOSE|0 Comments

Cottage Games / Camping Games

Do any/many of you head to a cottage or go camping in the summer?

We rent a cottage with friends each year and spend a week by the beach “Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool…” (Fresh Prince style).  We load our cars to maximum capacity – so much so that the kids are usually bent into some awkward Twister position and my knees are up around my chest trying to fit one last thing in.

Granted, an ice cream maker isn’t a […]

2018-07-02T13:53:35+00:00 June 25th, 2018|GAMES / FUN, KIDS|0 Comments

Workshop Organization – battery charging station and tool manual

It’s been a rainy weekend here in SW Ontario and while our lawns and gardens desperately needed the rain, it is a bit of a bummer when I can’t get outside and enjoy a sunny afternoon with a book.  It does however, lend itself as an opportunity to get a bit organized – workshop organization in particular.
I’m fairly tidy once I’ve completed a project; I put my tools away and get rid of as much sawdust as I can with […]

2018-06-24T13:25:13+00:00 June 24th, 2018|ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Patio Coffee Table

I’m so excited about today’s patio coffee table build!  I’ve been dying to try making a round table, but all of the videos I’d seen online showed people cutting them with plunge routers.  If you saw my #scrapwoodchallenge can crusher the other day, then you know that my expertise with a router is non-existent.


The other night we had friends over for backyard barbecue and the cedar patio table I made a couple of years ago – while perfectly functional […]

2018-07-02T13:54:43+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

Scrap Wood Challenge – DIY Can Crusher

Good morning!

If you are a new reader, WELCOME – and if you are a regular here then WAZZZZAAAAP!  Today I am part of a scrap wood challenge with some of the biggest and best names in DIY blogging!  I totally don’t fit in, but am nonetheless thrilled to be participating.  The parameters for the challenge were to only use scrap wood that you had in your workshop – no new wood.  Beyond that, go wild!

If you have followed along with […]

2018-07-02T13:56:15+00:00 June 21st, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|6 Comments

My Home Office is Finally DONE!

I did a feature home office makeover for the One Room Challenge last Fall, but in truth, the room wasn’t completely finished at the end of the 6 week challenge period.  My budget didn’t allow for the new carpeting, task lighting and blinds that would complete the room.

In case you didn’t see my home office makeover, this is the before (when it was Hubby’s space):

ORC challenge, home office, One room challenge, home office makeover

2018-07-02T13:59:07+00:00 June 18th, 2018|DECOR|2 Comments

One-Man Ping-Pong

We have had so much fun with our one-man ping-pong that I had to share the build so you could have fun with your family as well.

First off I want to say that I am the reigning champion of mini ping-pong / one-man ping-pong.  I only built our game last Monday, so I’m sure I’ll blow my record out of the water as I practice, but the family scores are currently:

  • Amazingly-Awesome wife and mother: 50
  • Apple that fell from […]
2018-06-18T13:38:18+00:00 June 16th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|0 Comments

Wood Book Rest / Wood Bookmark

Are you ready to get your summer reading on?

In my world, there is nothing better than parking yourself on the patio with a tea (hot or iced) and a good book while the kids run rampant in the yard.  It doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like, but those few stolen moments on weekends are my bliss.

I came across an ingenious book rest / wood bookmark on Pinterest and couldn’t resist – I had to have one for myself.

This […]

2018-06-18T13:38:19+00:00 June 15th, 2018|BOOKS, BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

Championship Beer Pong (with or without beer)

We went over to our dear friends’ house the other night and I was (very belatedly) introduced to beer pong.  Why have I never played this before?  I went to College (and University) and I don’t remember missing any parties when I was there – but the wonder that is beer pong was never introduced into my competitive drinking sport repertoire?

Have you played it before?  Am I the only one on the planet that hadn’t?

We played it with the kids […]

2018-06-18T13:38:19+00:00 June 13th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|0 Comments

WORX – Making yard work easy

Is it Spring where you live?

Here in SW Ontario we went from Winter to Summer and have only just settled in to more seasonal temperatures which has me outside as much as possible.  Come July I’m sick of gardening and watering and weeding – but May/June I’m on it like a dirty shirt!  That’s why I contacted WORX to see about testing out their NEW GT Revolution 20V 4AH 12″ String Trimmer / Lawn Edger / Mini-mower.

We have […]

2018-06-18T13:38:20+00:00 June 6th, 2018|DIY, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Building plans for a table saw stand

The other day I told you how my old Craftsman table saw died mid-project and I had to fork out the big buckers for a new table saw.

Well…  as it turns out, table saws (with a table attached) are almost twice the price of “job site” table saws (those with no table attached).  We’re talking a $429 portable job site table saw versus a $799 one with a stand.  That’s hefty for what is basically the same saw.

I did a […]

2018-06-18T13:38:20+00:00 June 1st, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|1 Comment

DIY Garden Gate – ever wonder what goes into a blog post?

I’m showcasing building plans for a gorgeous tongue-and-groove DIY garden gate over on, but I wanted to share with you the behind-the-scenes work that really goes into a blog post like this.

It’s more than just the build – WAAAAAAAAY more.

First, for me anyways, I need a project that I need/want to do.  No point building a headboard if you already have 5  in the house right?  My most recent “need” was a new garden gate.

2018-06-18T13:38:20+00:00 May 30th, 2018|BUILD IT, Uncategorised|3 Comments

Building plans for a raised planter

What have you been up to on this gorgeous Memorial Day Monday?

I’ve been working my heinie off and today I’m going to share my building plans for this DIY raised planter.

I found several raised planters on Pinterest but they were either too low, not long enough or didn’t come with building plans, so I improvised my own from a photo I’d seen from A Lo and Behold Life.

DIY Raised Planter (on wheels)

Overall measurements – 60″ wide, 24″ deep, 38 […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 28th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|1 Comment