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.

Outdoor art, outdoor decor, fence art, outdoor canvas, stencil art, playground upgrades

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:

Pottery Barn, Makenna Paisley duvet set Click image to be taken to PotteryBarn.com

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:

floral centerpiece, floral centrepiece, faux flowers, artificial flowers, silk flowers, peonies, pink floral arrangement Source: Instagram @alisonmiksch – click image to be taken to her site.

 

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 […]

Coastal Decor with DIY Sea Glass

June 1st, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR|

Anyone else feel like time is just flying by at this point?  I woke up yesterday and it was February and when I woke up this morning it was June….  I’m at a bit of a loss for everything that’s happened in between.  (Thank God I blog or I’d never remember what I do each day)

June means summer and summer means it’s time for the cool, refreshing addition of some coastal decor to your home.

Think buoys, sand dollars, fun turtle […]

Easy Zentangle Plates – using Sharpie oil markers

May 15th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

You’ve heard of Zentangle right?  It’s essentially doodling, but in structured patterns.  No talent, no skill, no end goal in mind – just lines, swirls, shapes, swoops and fun.

Granted, there are zentangle artists out there that take it to a whole other level with incredible pieces of art that are nothing short of masterpieces – but you won’t find that here, today, on the blog.

Today I just wanted to show how easy, fun and gratifying it is to zentangle (aka doodle) […]

DIY Jewelry Holder – PVC Pipe Project

May 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you really should) then you wouldn’t have seen my DIY spray paint tent I made the other week.

I invested about $150 in PVC pipe and elbows and followed a Pinterest tutorial on how to make a collapsible paint tent…

DIY spray paint tent fail, pvc pipe spray paint tent

This is my friend Helena who came by just as I’d started to wrap […]

Marbled Rock Paperweights – crafts for kids

May 4th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|

The other day I posted the cork coasters that my daughter and her friend made (so cute), but I didn’t post what my other daughter – Miss Chloë – was up to at the same time…

The project I did with her and her friends (aged 8, 9 and 11) was creating these beautiful marbled rock paperweights.

This is a simple project, but one I’d suggest for 7+ because a very gentle hand is needed to get the marbled effect.

First up, select some […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Custom Sun Hat

April 28th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

Do you remember Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress?  From her third marriage?  The one where the kids doodles were incorporated into the gown itself?

With this and Mother’s Day in mind, it got me to thinking of a neat Mother’s Day gift idea that the kids could do.  A crafty gift that I’d actually use…

like perhaps a sun hat?

Mother's Day gift idea, sun hat, custom sun hat, DIY sun hat

The vacation doesn’t look too bad […]