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 […]

The BEST Dog Bed – you won’t believe it, but it’s true!

December 17th, 2016|CLEAN, GIFTS, REPURPOSE|

I’ve meant to share this post for about 3 years now and never have, but with Christmas just around the corner comes the urge to spoil your fur baby.

Stores are showcasing pet clothes, toys, treats and beds with the same abundance that you’d find these things for your kids…

I’m going to do you one better…

I am going to show you the very BEST dog bed you can get, and it’s cheap (if not free).

“Who Needs Santa” wood gift pile

November 30th, 2016|CRAFTS, DECOR, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|

Just a quick pop-in today with a super-easy and very cute DIY – the “Who needs Santa…” gift pile, made from 2×2 pieces of scrap wood.

I cut four pieces of 2×2 wood to lengths of 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2″, gave them a light sanding and then painted them in Christmas colours using inexpensive craft paint from the dollar store.

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Wrapping Gifts with Innisbrook

November 28th, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|

How’s the Holiday shopping going?  Did you blow the wad on Black Friday?

Are you blowing the wad today (Cyber Monday)?

Why does “blowing the wad” seem so inappropriate?

I digress – if you’ve done any of your Christmas shopping at all, you are just about ready to get out the beautiful wrapping paper to make those secret treasures tempting, decorative and extremely hard to peek into.

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Teacher Gift Idea – get it now!

November 23rd, 2016|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|

Do you struggle to come up with gift ideas for teachers, coaches, neighbours etc?

I do.  I want to show my gratitude for their efforts and let them know I appreciate them – but what do you get them that is worthy (and not too expensive)?

If you surf Pinterest you will see TONS of ideas to do with chalkboards, pencils, mugs and apples – with projects created in every from of media from paper to wood, but if your teacher has […]

DIY Decorative Trays

June 26th, 2016|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, GIFTS|

I made these decorative trays last week in preparation for end-of-school Teacher gifts – the first two were made entirely from scrap wood, and were meant to be prototypes, but the girls loved them so much they decided to give both the crappy and good versions to their teachers.

I was worried this project was going to involve a lot of math and calculating angles etc – but I was pleasantly surprised.  Turns out these are even easier to build than […]