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 […]

Back-to-School treat bag tags

September 1st, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS|

Today’s post is just a quickie, but it came about because a friend stopped by the other day to ask if I could set up a word document for her to create foldable labels for some back-to-school treats she wanted to give to her class.

I figured if I was making treat bag tags anyways, I might as well share the template in case you want to create your own for your little back-to-schoolers.

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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…

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

Teacher Gift for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1st, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

Someone on Instagram recently posted a card they’d made for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Immediately, and in a panic, I Googled to find out when Teacher Appreciation was in my neck of the woods (just in case it’s different in different countries) and sure enough – Friday, May 5th is designated as Teacher Appreciation Day here in Ontario.

I’m still trying to get my act together in time for Mother’s Day coming up, but my girls have been so fortunate to have amazing […]

The BEST Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received

April 30th, 2017|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

The very best gift my family has ever given me, Mother’s Day or otherwise is this:

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A dollar store journal that I attached some vinyl lettering to.

I made this for myself (and a few for friends) back in 2014 and it is hands-down my favourite and the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

But I bought it […]

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?

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The vacation doesn’t look too bad […]

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.

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

Crafty Crates Subscriptions – Try Before You Buy

February 2nd, 2017|CRAFTS, For me, GIFT IDEAS|

Crafty Crates Subscriptions is a brand new subscription box company – like brand-spanking new – but with a BRILLIANT concept…

crafts for ADULTS (and/or older kids).

I know, you’re subscription-boxed out, but hear my argument; if you read this blog chances are you are a Crafter/DIYer or at the very least a Wanna-be-Crafter or Wanna-be-DIYer…

however, making things is expensive.

There are supplies to buy, tools you need, shipping, taxes, coupons – it’s all very cumbersome really, unless you LOVE what you do.

What […]

DIY Wood iPhone Stand / Nightstand Valet

December 21st, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

I didn’t know what to call this – technically it’s a nightstand valet – but how many of you would look that up on Pinterest?

Not many I’m guessing.

It is actually an iPhone stand / iPhone charging station if that’s a better term – and it’s really easy to make, and you still have time to whip one or two out before Christmas!

I made a mistake in making mine (yes, all four of them) but I have a correction that fixed […]

DIY Tie Rack – Great Gift Idea!

December 10th, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

My husband is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for.

No  matter what I get him, how ingenious I think I am, how carefully I select the ‘perfect’ item – he returns it…. even if it’s something he’s asked for.  The call of a better price or a different colour will always find him, receipt in hand, back at the store with my present.

It’s infuriating!  What do you do with a guy that won’t let you get him anything?

You MAKE him something!  No returns […]