(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.

Log succulent planter, succulent planter, log planter, succulent dish, natural decor, branch decor

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 […]

Fall Pruning – the when and when not to

September 6th, 2017|DIY|

I’ll start this post with the note that all trees and shrubs are different, so before doing any Fall pruning, please research the type of tree you are cutting to make sure you don’t kill it off.

Okay, disclaimer over.

I have a few giant evergreens in my backyard – like 3-4 storeys tall – and in a few short weeks they will all drop about 1/3 of their needles and most of their pinecones into my backyard.  There will be sap […]

Fall Outdoor Decor – DIY Wheelbarrow

September 3rd, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

Last year the Home Depot offered a DIH (Do It Herself) workshop where instructors showed you how to build a DIY wheelbarrow using a crate and some 2×2 wood.

The workshop wasn’t offered in my area, and I couldn’t find the tutorials online, so I decided to whip up my own version and offer the plans here – just in case you missed out too.

First I’d like to show you the “why”:  I found this giant, gorgeous resin pumpkin at a […]

DIY Decorative Knobs

August 31st, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

Did you catch the cute knobs on Chloë’s closet project the other day?

Would you believe they cost $0.10 each?

Truthfully – I picked up a whack-load of these white ceramic knobs ages ago but they were so bland and boring I couldn’t bring myself to use them – until I tried making these DIY decorative knobs, and now I wish I’d picked up more.

Small Closet Organization (on a budget)

August 27th, 2017|DIY, KIDS, ORGANIZE|

Miss Chloë got ripped off in the closet department – but in our defence, we didn’t know we were having two kids when we built.  As it was our builder hadn’t incorporated a linen closet into our home, so we had to use part of – what later became – Chloë’s closet.

It’s a single closet, so not minuscule by any means, but certainly smaller than most closets being built in houses today.

Create your own pet grave marker

August 26th, 2017|DIY|

This post has been a looooooong time coming.

Two years to be exact – that’s when our sweet Milo passed away and we buried him in our backyard.

Last month we lost our little Phoebe and she too was buried in the backyard.

But we didn’t have anything to mark their graves.  We knew where they were and we’d visit occasionally, but there was no plaque or even stone to mark their resting places.

Hubby may have buried Phoebe a tad shallowly because he’s […]

Picture Ledge – decorating my home office

August 23rd, 2017|DECOR, DIY|

I’m still plugging away at my office makeover and today I want to show off my new picture ledge!

It’s just a cheapie Ikea ledge, nothing too impressive – what I’m excited about is the art that it holds;

art that I made!

And I’m not an artist!

Remember the photos I showcased the other day?  The ones from our cottage vacation?

Well, I took a couple of my favourites:

Inverhuron, Kincardine, beach, cottage

and used my