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 […]

May 23rd, 2018|DECOR, DIY, HOME TOUR|0 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.

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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.

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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.

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As you can see, it’s pretty plain […]

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 […]

May 15th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

The Ginormous Bird Feeder

Recently, a friend brought me an enormous bird feeder and asked if I could repair it.  We’re talking a  feeder that would cost hundreds of dollars to buy – if you could even find one for sale.  To say I was a bit nervous about ruining her Mother’s treasured piece was an understatement.

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You can see how […]

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 […]

May 12th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

One Room Challenge – the REVEAL! (Home Gym / Theatre Room)

It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge, which means it’s REVEAL WEEK!

One Room Challenge Spring 2018

My parent’s basement didn’t need structural work, tiling, carpeting or electrical work – but I think you’ll agree that it certainly needed a makeover:

May 10th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR|0 Comments

Shaped cutting board

One of my favourite things to do is come up with ideas to use up scrap wood.  I think it’s fair to say I spend more time creating with scrap wood than I do building the large pieces that generate all the scrap wood.   Today’s shaped cutting board is another scrap wood project that is easily made (but no one will guess it) and a great gift idea for Moms, teachers, coaches or as a hostess gift.

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May 8th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

Gift ideas for Mom

May 13th is Mother’s Day this year and so I’d like to offer up a few gift ideas for Mom that I’ve been tossing around for my Mom, my MIL (and for myself) in the hopes that it might inspire you to do something a little different this Mother’s Day.

Gift ideas for Mom

  1.  Free labour.  Yup, what Mom doesn’t want her “honey-do list” wheedled down?  Fertilize her lawn, till a garden, paint a room, pressure wash her deck or take […]
May 6th, 2018|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|0 Comments