American Girl Doll – Dollhouse / Treehouse / Beach house

March 11th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

Build an American Girl Doll (or other 18″ doll) DIY dollhouse / DIY treehouse to keep the imagination going outside.

I don’t have plans for this build.  I can make plans, but first I’d like to gauge how many of you would like them before I go to the effort to draw them up.  If you want plans for this DIY American Girl Doll treehouse, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and if enough are interested, I’ll […]

Birdhouse Display – National DIY Day

March 7th, 2017|BUILD IT, CRAFTS, DECOR|

National DIY Day Logo 2017

Mark your calendars for April 2nd, 2017 – National (ahem, INTERnational) DIY Day!

I and several other crafty-amazing bloggers have partnered with Craft Box Girls to bring you some of the best DIY and craft projects on the internet.

Click over every day from now until National DIY Day on April 2nd to see what all of the DIY and craft bloggers have to share with you!

To […]

Garage Organization – Easy Garage Shelving

March 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|

Low on space, but high on “stuff” – try this easy garage shelving to increase your storage capacity and organize your space.

My garage is my workshop.

When I say “my” garage I mean the half of our two-car garage that I’ve filled with tools, wood, furniture and paint.

The other half is “his garage” – the half that he parks his car in.

As much as I try to push the boundaries and spread my stuff across the line (the seam in the concrete that […]

Headboard Turned Garden Bench with Rust-Oleum

March 3rd, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

Turn a damaged, dated and dirty headboard into a gorgeous garden bench with Rust-Oleum® Canada.

This project is limited only by your imagination – you can pick up any headboard and footboard (matching or otherwise), in any size from crib to king and paint it in any colour under the rainbow (or paint it like a rainbow if you like) to create a gorgeous upcycled headboard garden bench!

First up, scour your basement, your parents’ basement, garage sales and thrift […]

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

Supplies:

  • 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 […]