One-Man Ping-Pong

We have had so much fun with our one-man ping-pong that I had to share the build so you could have fun with your family as well.

First off I want to say that I am the reigning champion of mini ping-pong / one-man ping-pong.  I only built our game last Monday, so I’m sure I’ll blow my record out of the water as I practice, but the family scores are currently:

  • Amazingly-Awesome wife and mother: 50
  • Apple that fell from […]
2018-06-18T13:38:18+00:00 June 16th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|0 Comments

Wood Book Rest / Wood Bookmark

Are you ready to get your summer reading on?

In my world, there is nothing better than parking yourself on the patio with a tea (hot or iced) and a good book while the kids run rampant in the yard.  It doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like, but those few stolen moments on weekends are my bliss.

I came across an ingenious book rest / wood bookmark on Pinterest and couldn’t resist – I had to have one for myself.

This […]

2018-06-18T13:38:19+00:00 June 15th, 2018|BOOKS, BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

Championship Beer Pong (with or without beer)

We went over to our dear friends’ house the other night and I was (very belatedly) introduced to beer pong.  Why have I never played this before?  I went to College (and University) and I don’t remember missing any parties when I was there – but the wonder that is beer pong was never introduced into my competitive drinking sport repertoire?

Have you played it before?  Am I the only one on the planet that hadn’t?

We played it with the kids […]

2018-06-18T13:38:19+00:00 June 13th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|0 Comments

WORX – Making yard work easy

Is it Spring where you live?

Here in SW Ontario we went from Winter to Summer and have only just settled in to more seasonal temperatures which has me outside as much as possible.  Come July I’m sick of gardening and watering and weeding – but May/June I’m on it like a dirty shirt!  That’s why I contacted WORX to see about testing out their NEW GT Revolution 20V 4AH 12″ String Trimmer / Lawn Edger / Mini-mower.

We have […]

2018-06-18T13:38:20+00:00 June 6th, 2018|DIY, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Building plans for a table saw stand

The other day I told you how my old Craftsman table saw died mid-project and I had to fork out the big buckers for a new table saw.

Well…  as it turns out, table saws (with a table attached) are almost twice the price of “job site” table saws (those with no table attached).  We’re talking a $429 portable job site table saw versus a $799 one with a stand.  That’s hefty for what is basically the same saw.

I did a […]

2018-06-18T13:38:20+00:00 June 1st, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

Building plans for a raised planter

What have you been up to on this gorgeous Memorial Day Monday?

I’ve been working my heinie off and today I’m going to share my building plans for this DIY raised planter.

I found several raised planters on Pinterest but they were either too low, not long enough or didn’t come with building plans, so I improvised my own from a photo I’d seen from A Lo and Behold Life.

DIY Raised Planter (on wheels)

Overall measurements – 60″ wide, 24″ deep, 38 […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 28th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|1 Comment

Plant protectors in a rock garden

I have a dilemma; I have a rock garden in my side yard where I’m trying to create a hosta garden because it gets a fair amount of shade but…

the rocks keep collapsing in on my hosta plants when it rains (or snows) and some smaller rocks even collapse in on the plants when I water.

Hostas are hardy plants, but they don’t like hot rocks around their feet.  The leaves get burned, the stalks struggle and my plants haven’t been […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 26th, 2018|DIY|2 Comments

Budget Kitchen Upgrade with Instant Granite

I have an exciting makeover to share with you today and it took less than 3 hours start (filming, photography, learning curve) to finish!  Let me introduce you to the countertop vinyl that will take your kitchen from builder’s grade laminate to posh luxury: Instant Granite®.

Our kitchen is 13 years old, which really isn’t that old, but as times and tastes have changed, so has the style – which makes our 2005 ‘warm and dark’ look, dated.  Hubby […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|DECOR, DIY, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

DIY Napkins – with flamingo flare!

Are you ready for summer?  I. AM. SO. READY!

In my part of Canada the weather in April fluctuated from snow and freezing rain to a balmy 25° C (77° F) – so we really haven’t had Spring at all.  More like Win-ummer and the sudden change has left me pining for patio time.

With my flamingos.

Last summer I found the cutest little appetizer plates with flamingos on them and they went perfectly with my patio makeover.  This year, I decided […]

2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00 May 15th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Pot feet / Planter feet

So we’ve all heard of “pot heads” right?  Either in the form of marijuana smokers or those ugly chia seed heads that are advertised at Christmas – but have you heard of pot feet?  Little stands to keep your garden pots off of your deck or floor.

I came across pot feet a couple of weeks ago in a magazine and I thought “what a brilliant use of scrap wood!”  Really, you could just cut four little blocks of 2″ x […]

2018-06-18T13:38:23+00:00 May 12th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Shaped cutting board

One of my favourite things to do is come up with ideas to use up scrap wood.  I think it’s fair to say I spend more time creating with scrap wood than I do building the large pieces that generate all the scrap wood.   Today’s shaped cutting board is another scrap wood project that is easily made (but no one will guess it) and a great gift idea for Moms, teachers, coaches or as a hostess gift.

*This post contains […]

2018-06-18T13:38:23+00:00 May 8th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

Dollar store gallery wall – how to cut your own picture mats

Do you love gallery walls?  I love gallery walls.  But gallery walls can get expensive – you need to buy several frames that go together, then find pictures/photos that will fit into the pre-cut mats inside those frames, or get custom mats cut (which again can cost a pretty penny).  Today I’m going to show you my sneaky way to get a gallery wall on a budget; by cutting your own picture mats.

This was the gallery wall in my parent’s […]

2018-06-18T13:38:24+00:00 May 5th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

Rustic Industrial Side Table

Today’s post is a two-bee; on 100Things2Do I’m sharing building plans for three versions of a rustic industrial side table and on The House of Wood, I’m sharing the building plans for the rustic industrial coffee table to match!

The inspiration for both of these tables came from Restoration Hardware.

Restoration Hardware Torano square side table

That’s $1,195 folks.

The coffee table (plans over on Jen’s blog) came in at over $3,000!

2018-06-18T13:38:24+00:00 April 28th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY|1 Comment

Wood Art Challenge – Birdhouse Collage

I was invited to take part in a Wood Art Challenge with some of the biggest names in DIY blogging and I am psyched!  This morning will be the first time seeing what the other influencers have come up with so I’m just as excited to check out everyone’s creativity as you are!

If you DIY anything, then you will end up with scrap pieces.  Scrap fabric, paper, and in my case […]

2018-06-18T13:38:25+00:00 April 24th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY|36 Comments

Do it yourself fire starters

Yesterday I told you how I had issues getting rid of scrap wood – no matter how small – today I’m going to show you my issues getting rid of wood shavings.  Yup, I’m that neurotic.  Sawdust can go, but when you have shavings from a planer then my brain says “there must be a use for this?”  Today I’ll show you how I repurposed those shavings into do it yourself fire starters!

I was researching uses for wood shavings and […]

2018-06-18T13:38:25+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|DIY|0 Comments

Scrap wood projects – Owls

I must be the Queen of scrap wood projects.  I don’t even know how I accumulate so much scrap wood, other than the fact that I hate to throw anything into the landfill – even if it is a 6″ scrap of 2″ x 2″.  For today’s simple scrap wood project I dug through my pile and came out with two bits of 4″ x 4″ pressure treated post – just perfect for making scrap wood owls!

2018-06-18T13:38:26+00:00 April 21st, 2018|BUILD IT, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

DIY Cat Tree

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will know that we’ve had a new addition to our family – Baby Luna Grayce – an 8 week old kitten that has stolen all of our hearts.

The thing about new kittens though is that they have these spurts of energy that usually result in some kind of damage; climbing curtains, falling between the stair rails, tipped plants and scratching.  Oh my God the […]

2018-06-18T13:38:26+00:00 April 16th, 2018|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

Spring 2018 One Room Challenge – Basement Makeover

Today’s the day bloggers everywhere showcase the progress they’ve made for their projects in the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge.  I’ve submitted my parent’s basement – which houses a theatre room section and a home gym section – as my challenge entry.One Room Challenge Spring 2018

This week was all about boxing up all the shit items that have turned their home gym into a hoarder’s haven.

I wouldn’t say that I’m […]

2018-06-18T13:38:27+00:00 April 12th, 2018|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments