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 […]

DIY Above ground pool ladder / stairs

July 16th, 2017|BUILD IT|

I can look back on this DIY and laugh…


At the time it was a total shit show and entirely my fault.  I thought I could “build off the cuff” without plans or even a vision of what I wanted.

Don’t do that folks.  At least have a vision.

The problem I was trying to solve was that my derriere is too large for the manufacturer’s pool ladder that comes with the Intex pool.

Considerably larger.

Yes, I could have shimmied myself sideways through it […]

Make your own charcuterie board

July 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

This post is what I would call serendipitous.

There were two bits of fate that aligned at the same time that insisted I make my own charcuterie board.

The first was that a FAVOURITE blogger of mine – Kelly Nan – showed a gorgeous patio tablescape the other day that included a scrumptious looking cheese board from Pottery Barn.

The second bit of fate was that it was about that same time that I came across a contest for Ryobi North where […]

DIY Chalkboard – part of our treehouse upgrades

June 21st, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

Chalkboards seem to be all-the-rage now – people are trimming anything and everything with chalkboard paint to create message boards, labels, jar lids, gift tags – you name it and it’s probably had a coating of chalkboard paint to make it better.

Our backyard playground / treehouse is no exception – but where do you find a 3′ x 4′ chalkboard to fit this tall expanse of wall?

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DIY Mini Golf – as designed by 6 and 9 year-olds

May 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, KIDS|

I think this is so cute, I had to share.

As you may know I was left with an astronomical amount of pvc pipe after a failed spray paint tent project the other week, so I have racked my brain to come up with ideas to put it to good use.

Last weekend some of my daughter’s friends came over and we made the pvc jewelry stands from this post.  While the girls and I were working, some of the neighbourhood […]

DIY Nesting Tables – My ReStore Build

April 9th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

Nesting tables seem to be a rarity at thrift stores and garage sales?  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an old set available for refinishing?

My search began because I found this picture on

Birch Lane nesting tables

I love the detailing in the ironwork, but at $230 US (down from $420), they are a tad out of my price range.

A week or so after saving this photo to drool over, […]