Half-Hour Holiday Challenge – Christmas Card Display

November 13th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

I have waited since October 13th to share a new challenge I’m participating in – the Half-Hour Holiday Challenge!

Six bloggers coming together to inspire you to ‘get your DIY on’ with quick and easy Holiday projects that you can make in about half an hour.


Half-hour Holiday Challenge

When Scott (Saws on Skates) approached me about participating in the challenge, I had no idea what to build/make.  I needed something relatively simple […]

Instagram Builder’s Challenge 4 – Dad’s DIY media console

October 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|

Have you heard of the Instagram Builder’s Challenge?

It’s a twice-a-year challenge put out by Desert Woodworks and partnering with: Lazy Guy DIY, Toolbox Divas, Glacier Built and Furniture by Pete – to challenge builders and DIYers to create, experiment, learn, swear and potentially win prizes for their submission to the challenge.

I’ve wanted to participate for a year or so now, but never built up the nerve – I mean, who am I to enter […]

Stone fireplace surround

October 17th, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Wait till you see what I did yesterday – A DIY fireplace surround in STONE!

I met with Aspect Peel & Stick Tiles when I was at the Haven conference in July and their displays were gorgeous.  I was offered the opportunity to try some out, but could not think of a single place to put them until I mentioned it to my Dad…

turns out he had a fireplace in his […]

Fall Yardwork Checklist- prep now for gorgeous results in Spring

October 7th, 2017|CLEAN, DIY|

Have the leaves started coming down where you live?  I’ve heard that certain parts of Canada have seen their first snow already, so I know that it’s just a matter of time before the deluge begins.

As it stands, we’ve already started round 1 of our Fall yardwork with the pine needles that have dropped from the giant evergreens behind our house.

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Make your own decorative metal tray

October 2nd, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

Remember my Fall tablescape from last week?

I promised I’d show you how we made the super-simple decorative metal tray, and today’s the day!

M-D Building Products sell sheets of metal – aluminum, brushed nickle, copper, gold, black, in solid sheets and patterned ones.  You can find a selection of M-D Building Products at your local Home Depot, or click the (affiliate) image below:

M-D Building Products

I first learned about this company […]

My new and improved She-Shop!

September 30th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, HOME TOUR|

There are two rooms in my house that I spend the majority of my waking hours in; my home office and my “She-Shop” (aka garage workshop)

This was my She-shop:

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I’m alotted half of the garage for my workshop, and in that space I need to house my power tools, a workbench, my Jeep hardtop and any furniture/projects I’m in the midst of.  In the summer, bikes […]

(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 […]

Fallen Log Succulent Planter

September 10th, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

I’m so excited to share today’s post – it is one that has been on my wish list to make for 3 years now.


It was about 3 years ago that the city cut down some dead trees on the walkway behind my house.

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Look at that!

I walk by this everyday as I walk my dog and every single day […]

Easy DIY Leash Holder from Scrap Wood

September 8th, 2017|DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

I’ve been puttering in the garage lately trying to come up with some simple scrap wood projects that would be both interesting to you, my readers, and useful to my family….

Did you know that there are an estimated 78 million dogs in the U.S.?  The statistics suggest that 44% of Americans own at least one dog.  (In Canada it is estimated that 35% of the population own a dog)

We have a dog – my gentle Lacey Mae – and I […]