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 […]

Woodturning – When artisan meets lathe you get a masterpiece

March 9th, 2017|DIY, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

This isn’t really a DIY post unless you have a lathe..

which after seeing these masterpieces, I’m highly tempted to purchase.

My friend and neighbour creates turned wood bowls from the most exquisite cuts of wood.  These aren’t everyday dishes that can tuck into the dishwasher after use – we’re talking high-end decor pieces here.

Wood bowls, wood turning, turned wood bowls, decorative bowls

Pieces range in size and shape so you can select out the […]

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 […]

Easter Decor – HomeSense Wood Bunnies

February 25th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

I was asked recently where I drew my inspiration from, and I admit whole-heartedly that I am a plagiarist.

I see an object/creation and I try to decide whether I can make my own version.  Sometimes  it’s from images on Pinterest, sometimes magazines and a lot of the time it’s HomeSense (HomeGoods is the US version of the same store).

I can easily spend an hour or two just wandering the aisles dreaming up places to put all the goodies on display.  I […]

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 […]

50 of the Best Ikea Rast Hacks

February 3rd, 2017|DECOR, DIY, ORGANIZE, REFINISH/REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE|

Ikea carries a small dresser – just about the size of a large nightstand – called the Rast.  It’s an insanely popular product on Pinterest for both the price ($35 US, $49 Cdn) and for the million-and-one ways people have “hacked” it (aka – changed it from boring to BLAM!)

I have a craft room update on my mind, and in searching out affordable options I came across these gorgeous (and brilliant) Ikea Rast hacks that I had to share.

I give […]

Home Improvement: Upgrading to USB Receptacles

January 31st, 2017|DIY|

Upgrading my plugs to USB receptacles has been on my wish list for MONTHS – but I was too nervous to attempt any electrical work (you know my habit of “learning things the hard way”).  Well, the girls got wireless headphones for Christmas, and Chloë recently bought her own iPod (yup, she saved up her birthday money and allowance to get one), so my house is overflowing with USB cords in every plug you can imagine.

Which means nothing else can get […]

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 […]