Half-Hour Holiday Challenge – Christmas Card Display

November 13th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

I have waited since October 13th to share a new challenge I’m participating in – the Half-Hour Holiday Challenge!

Six bloggers coming together to inspire you to ‘get your DIY on’ with quick and easy Holiday projects that you can make in about half an hour.


Half-hour Holiday Challenge

When Scott (Saws on Skates) approached me about participating in the challenge, I had no idea what to build/make.  I needed something relatively simple […]

DIY Christmas Tree Stand

November 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, HOLIDAYS|

This DIY Christmas tree stand is actually a knock-off of Jaime’s over at JaimeCostiglio.com, but I had to adjust it a bit to fit my larger tree base and I wanted my tree to be off of the ground – so I needed it to have a shelf insert as well.

I’m showing my building plans for those of you (like me) that found Jaime’s a bit confusing, and/or needed a DIY Christmas tree stand for a larger tree.

First off, […]

Instagram Builder’s Challenge 4 – Dad’s DIY media console

October 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

Have you heard of the Instagram Builder’s Challenge?

It’s a twice-a-year challenge put out by Desert Woodworks and partnering with: Lazy Guy DIY, Toolbox Divas, Glacier Built and Furniture by Pete – to challenge builders and DIYers to create, experiment, learn, swear and potentially win prizes for their submission to the challenge.

I’ve wanted to participate for a year or so now, but never built up the nerve – I mean, who am I to enter […]

How to make a lamp

October 23rd, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR|

This is a sponsored post; MD Building Products provided the metal sheeting used for this project.

Yup – I actually learned how to make a lamp this past weekend and it is SO SIMPLE!

You could make a lamp out of just about anything, all you need is this little lamp kit.

I had a vision in mind though; we have a huge sofa, and behind […]

Hot Cocoa Bar

October 8th, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR|

Squeeeaaaallll!  The nights are getting cooler!

Fall is my FAVOURITE season because it’s warm enough during the days to go outside and enjoy the weather, and cool enough at night to snuggle under a cozy throw with a book and hot drink.


This little DIY hot cocoa bar is an easy project that is more about the contents than the build itself, so I’ll cut the work process short.

Directions on how to make an easy ottoman tray can be […]

Best Dog Ever! (a DIY photo frame)

September 13th, 2017|BUILD IT, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY|

I have the best dog ever.

Actually, I’ve always had the best dog(s) ever – every single one of them – I’m using “Best” as a class, not a singular achievement.

I mean, don’t we all have the best dog ever?

Time to celebrate it – and use up a bit of scrap wood in the process.

This DIY photo frame is so simple to make – you’ll want to decorate everywhere with them!  All I did was cut a couple of scrap pieces […]

Make this DIY mail sorter using glue!

August 19th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Hey Y’all!

(I’ve been binge-watching Nashville on Netflix)

I’ve got a great DIY for you today and it doesn’t need any nails or screws at all.

Except for hanging that is – other than that, I made my DIY mail sorter using ONLY Gorilla Glue!

I’ve swapped offices with Hubby so now his is in the basement and mine is on the main floor, but he gets a LOT of packages as part of his job, so I wanted to have someplace to tuck […]

DIY Floor Mirror

August 13th, 2017|BUILD IT|

This DIY tutorial was inspired by Katie at Addicted 2 DIY, so all kudos should go to her brilliance for the concept and her execution.  Unfortunately, the link on her website to the building plans doesn’t work.  Or it didn’t work for me anyways (confirmed again before writing this post) – maybe it’s a Canada thing?

Regardless, once I saw her gorgeous DIY floor mirror with storage, I had to have one – but the mirror I was working with was […]

Tired of your leaf bag tipping over?

August 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

I am.

I’ll have a huge bundle of leaves just barely captured between my hands and as I go to drop it into my leaf bag / yard bag – the flipping thing tips over or collapses back to its folded shape.

Makes me CRA-Z.

I found a pin on Pinterest that showed a pvc pipe solution, and since I have several (hundred) feet of pvc in the garage, I though it was worth a try.

Small problem – the 90° elbow with an […]

DIY Barbecue Scraper – 10 minutes and free!

August 6th, 2017|BUILD IT|

Today I have a super-easy do-it-yourself project – one that will cost you about 10 minutes of your time and nothing else…

First I’ll give you the reason for this DIY:

Barbecue scraper

There’s been a lot of hype this summer about the dangers of using metal-bristled brushes to clean your barbecue.  Some brands are better than others, but there have been incidents of the metal wires coming loose and falling into your food.

Because […]