DIY Bird Feeder – $4 and 20 minutes to make

February 4th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

It seems every February I get the ‘feels’ for the poor birds.  Last year I showed you how to make a super-simple bird house to help keep our feathered friends warm, this year I’m adding to my garden with this easy ($4) DIY bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder


  • 1 x 6 cedar board at 6′ long
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • mitre saw
  • drill
  • rope for hanging
  • bird seed
  • optional:  all-weather caulking

A six-foot 1×6 cedar board will run you about […]

Build Your Own Monitor Stand

January 18th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

I have to show you the little section of the house where I sit and blog:

It’s a corner of my bedroom and yes, most days it looks like this (I’m embarrassed to admit).

Part of my problem, besides stockpiling snacks everywhere, is paper.  I have books, course manuals, receipts, and a million notes that get shoved here and there and create this disaster.  (See how I blamed the receipts, like they were […]

Bathroom Storage Tower

January 15th, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of days, but the projects I’ve been working on are of such awesomeness that I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

This one I’m SO EXCITED about because it looks fantastic!  Save for a few small giveaways, you’d probably never guess that my bathroom storage tower was a DIY job.

First up you need to see the before:

Bathroom vanity before

This is our master ensuite; double sinks, laminate counters […]

Throw Pillow Storage / DIY Rope Shelves

January 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, DECOR, ORGANIZE|

I’m so excited to show off today’s DIY throw pillow storage solution – mainly because it’s both pretty and functional – but ESPECIALLY because it’s so easy and what an impact!

Remember this corner of my basement?

I made up the paper art piece to try to fill a gap above our workout storage unit (formerly TV stand that I haven’t moved out of the room yet) – but it wasn’t enough.  Not big enough, no impact – just sort of stop-gap […]

DIY Wood iPhone Stand / Nightstand Valet

December 21st, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

I didn’t know what to call this – technically it’s a nightstand valet – but how many of you would look that up on Pinterest?

Not many I’m guessing.

It is actually an iPhone stand / iPhone charging station if that’s a better term – and it’s really easy to make, and you still have time to whip one or two out before Christmas!

I made a mistake in making mine (yes, all four of them) but I have a correction that fixed […]

DIY Tie Rack – Great Gift Idea!

December 10th, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

My husband is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for.

No  matter what I get him, how ingenious I think I am, how carefully I select the ‘perfect’ item – he returns it…. even if it’s something he’s asked for.  The call of a better price or a different colour will always find him, receipt in hand, back at the store with my present.

It’s infuriating!  What do you do with a guy that won’t let you get him anything?

You MAKE him something!  No returns […]

Super-Easy DIY Magazine Rack


You’re going to love this one…

no nails, no screws, no glue – just a few cuts and done!

Check out my super-easy DIY magazine rack!

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Super-easy DIY magazine rack

  • 2 pieces 1/2″ plywood cut to 12″ by 21″  (30.5 x 53.3cm)
  • marker/pencil
  • speed square
  • saw
  • sander with sandpaper
  • stain and varnish and/or paint

This beauty was made from this:


Great Gift Idea – DIY Folding Lap Desk / Breakfast Tray

December 8th, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, For me, GIFT IDEAS|

As soon as I saw this image from Jen Woodhouse, I knew I wanted one.

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Better still, I knew it would make a GREAT gift idea – I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of staying warm and cozy in bed and eating a hot breakfast, or reading the paper, or working on the computer with a steaming cup of […]

DIY Wood Moose

December 3rd, 2016|BUILD IT, DECOR, HOLIDAYS|

This is Marty Moose.

Marty Mazel Tov Moose because when I asked friends what they thought he was, I got a mixed response of “moose”, “reindeer” and “Hanukkah candle holder”.

I don’t care, he’s the moosiest moose I know – Marty Moose.  (did you get that?  Maybe I’m showing my age?)

It started because of this image on Instagram:

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I love him!

When I looked around to find […]

DIY Christmas Tree Shelf


Have you seen this gorgeous DIY Christmas tree shelf by Jaime at That’s My Letter?

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I’d saved the pin from last year with the plans of building my own this year – and I finally did!

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