Branch Slice Decor – upgrading a dollar store vase

September 20th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Remember how I pruned the heck out of the pine trees in my backyard last week?  Well, it left me with a truckload of branches for the compost centre and one or two for home decor projects…

like this branch slice vase;

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This project is so easy to do, and this […]

(Faux) Metal sign

September 17th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, Uncategorised|

Are you a Joanna Gaines fan?

I’m not really country or farmhouse chic – but there’s something about her style that appeals even to me.  Maybe it’s the warm and welcoming feel.  Maybe it’s the metal sign she hangs in every house.

Smooth lead-in right?  (not entirely cohesive, but I got the “metal sign” in there lol.)

Houseful of Handmade made a gorgeous hammered metal sign that looked so much like the real thing I had to give it a try myself…. […]

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 […]

Dollar Store Pumpkin Display – Navy & Gold

September 5th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

The Dollar Store is one of my favourite places to buy materials to knock-off more expensive decor – case in point, painting these dollar store pumpkins is something that I do each year as my tastes and colour schemes change.

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I mean really, does anyone really keep these dollar store pumpkins in the original colours?

I think […]

Back-to-School treat bag tags

September 1st, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS|

Today’s post is just a quickie, but it came about because a friend stopped by the other day to ask if I could set up a word document for her to create foldable labels for some back-to-school treats she wanted to give to her class.

I figured if I was making treat bag tags anyways, I might as well share the template in case you want to create your own for your little back-to-schoolers.

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Finishing up the Playground – Outdoor Art

July 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, KIDS|

Do you ever sit in your yard, front or back, and think “I wish I could add some colour”?

But the idea of painting your fence seems too daunting, permanent and possibly expensive?

My backyard playground updates included colour for the structure itself, but nothing for the fence for those exact reasons.

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I didn’t want to commit to painting the entire fence and […]

Using Rit Dye to get the Pottery Barn Look

June 25th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Ever notice how everything Pottery Barn is gorgeous?  Furniture, linens, accessories – I’m pretty sure they could sell luxury toilet paper with their styling and photography.

Unfortunately I, like many, don’t have a Pottery Barn budget and while I do have this bedding set:

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It was a decadent splurge that did not leave room for the extra accessories that make […]

Artificial Flowers – yea, nay or meh?

June 23rd, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Hubby has spent three of the last four weekends away from home – 2 “Boys Weekends” and a conference.

I might have felt a tad neglected and over-worked – so I told him he’d better send me flowers.

Serious flowers:

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I actually texted that image to his phone.  (Subtle […]

Learning Pottery – A great family activity

June 14th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

A few months ago I showed the results of my first-ever pottery class.  The finished pieces weren’t stellar, but they were SO MUCH FUN to make!

I’ve been looking for an activity that the girls and I can do together.  Not me on the sidelines or in the crowd cheering – but an actual activity that we could all take part in and have in common and talk about afterwards.

I hoped learning pottery would be it.

I signed us up (as well […]

Cat Scratcher

June 2nd, 2017|CRAFTS|

It’s been awhile since I’ve showed off my fur-babies hasn’t it?

These are the little monsters munchkins that keep me company all day and night (whether I like it or not.)

First we have Miss Lacey – our 3 year-old Bernese Mountain dog:

Bernese Mountain Dog, Lacey

Look at that face!  This is the face that is by my side 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… which is occasionally too much (like when […]