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

2018-06-18T13:38:18+00:00 June 18th, 2018|DECOR|1 Comment

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|0 Comments

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

Plant protectors in a rock garden

I have a dilemma; I have a rock garden in my side yard where I’m trying to create a hosta garden because it gets a fair amount of shade but…

the rocks keep collapsing in on my hosta plants when it rains (or snows) and some smaller rocks even collapse in on the plants when I water.

Hostas are hardy plants, but they don’t like hot rocks around their feet.  The leaves get burned, the stalks struggle and my plants haven’t been […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 26th, 2018|DIY|2 Comments

Budget Kitchen Upgrade with Instant Granite

I have an exciting makeover to share with you today and it took less than 3 hours start (filming, photography, learning curve) to finish!  Let me introduce you to the countertop vinyl that will take your kitchen from builder’s grade laminate to posh luxury: Instant Granite®.

Our kitchen is 13 years old, which really isn’t that old, but as times and tastes have changed, so has the style – which makes our 2005 ‘warm and dark’ look, dated.  Hubby […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|DECOR, DIY, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

Central Vac Hose Reel

I wasn’t going to post this article, it’s just TOO simple. The fact that I haven’t thought of it before today certainly ranks as one of my bigger “Duh!” moments, so there’s also the embarrassment factor.

BUT, since I hadn’t thought of it in 13 years of living in our home, perhaps there are others out there that haven’t either?  Tell me I’m not alone folks, I’m not the sharpest knife the drawer, but I hate to think I’m the dullest.

Up […]

2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00 May 20th, 2018|BUILD IT, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Starting seeds in newspaper pots

It’s May 2-4 weekend in Canada!  Woohoo!

Named “May two-four” not for the date itself, but because it’s the first long weekend of summer and if you are young (or can handle a hangover) then a 24 case of beer is in order.  I’m neither young, nor can I handle a hangover, so I’m spending part of my long weekend in the garden – planting the seeds I started in these simple newspaper pots.

Honey Nut Cheerios has/had a promotion going to […]

2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00 May 19th, 2018|REPURPOSE|2 Comments

Monogrammed Door Mat

I have another simple project for you today – a monogrammed door mat that you can make in minutes!

I picked up a 24″ x 36″ natural coir door mat from Amazon the other week, with plans to personalize it to look a little more like the $100+ monogrammed door mat from FrontGate.

Welcome mat, DIY welcome mat, coir mat, monogrammed welcome mat, front door mat

As you can see, it’s pretty plain […]

2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00 May 17th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR|0 Comments

DIY Napkins – with flamingo flare!

Are you ready for summer?  I. AM. SO. READY!

In my part of Canada the weather in April fluctuated from snow and freezing rain to a balmy 25° C (77° F) – so we really haven’t had Spring at all.  More like Win-ummer and the sudden change has left me pining for patio time.

With my flamingos.

Last summer I found the cutest little appetizer plates with flamingos on them and they went perfectly with my patio makeover.  This year, I decided […]

2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00 May 15th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Pot feet / Planter feet

So we’ve all heard of “pot heads” right?  Either in the form of marijuana smokers or those ugly chia seed heads that are advertised at Christmas – but have you heard of pot feet?  Little stands to keep your garden pots off of your deck or floor.

I came across pot feet a couple of weeks ago in a magazine and I thought “what a brilliant use of scrap wood!”  Really, you could just cut four little blocks of 2″ x […]

2018-06-18T13:38:23+00:00 May 12th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments