Wood Reindeer

This fun DIY reindeer head can be made from wood or cardboard and can be decorated to fit your decor.

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We went away skiing last March and rented a cabin with an old stone fireplace.  Above the fireplace was this giant moose head made entirely from grapevine and he was absolutely gorgeous.  Ever since seeing him, I have thought how pretty and whimsical a FAKE animal bust […]

2018-11-17T12:40:26+00:00November 17th, 2018|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|1 Comment

Christmas Orb

These metal spheres are typically found in gardens, but today I’m showcasing how I turned it into a glowing Christmas orb hung from our pergola.

Chloë and I hit the Lucan craft show a couple of weeks ago – a yearly tradition we have – and, per usual, we were amazed at all the crafts and DIYs from all of those creative minds.

One such brilliant brain was C&D Steel Works – who make beautiful metal objects for your home and […]

2018-11-13T19:26:14+00:00November 13th, 2018|HOLIDAYS|1 Comment

Wooden Christmas Trees

All you need to create these festive and rustic wooden Christmas trees is some scrap wood and a jig saw!

I was at HomeSense the other week – which is my SAHMom version of a luxury vacation – and I was snapping photos here and there of projects that I wanted to buy, but knew I could make for a fraction of the price (even though HomeSense really does have great prices).

One item caught my eye in particular; a wooden Christmas […]

2018-11-10T15:59:27+00:00November 10th, 2018|BUILD IT, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

Adding snow to an artificial Christmas tree

Snow-flocked trees have been all the rage for the past couple of years, but purchasing a pre-flocked tree can be pricey.  Instead, add artificial snow to your existing tree in a few easy steps.

Do you have a neighbour that does weird things?  Maybe they put out their Hallowe’en decorations in August or their garage is always open and it’s chock-full of chaos.

I’m that neighbour – and it’s to the point now where my neighbours don’t even bat an eye when they […]

2018-10-15T11:29:51+00:00October 13th, 2018|DECOR, HOLIDAYS|6 Comments

Scrapwood Hallowe’en Owl

When you’ve finished your Fall pruning, hang on to a branch or two and make this adorable Hallowe’en Owl.

My friend sent me a photo of an adorable owl made from branch slices that she’d seen in a  shop somewhere.  I had a bit of Fall pruning that needed doing – so it seemed serendipitous that I should attempt to make my own branch slice owl in awesome Hallowe’en colours.

*Note:  Cutting the branch into thin slices, on an angle, is not […]

2018-09-24T09:47:19+00:00September 9th, 2018|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

Edible Easter Basket

I posted this edible Easter basket idea a few years ago, but since the photos were sub-par and at the time I didn’t know what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) was – the article is lost somewhere in the www universe.  With Easter just around the corner, I decided to get my ‘baskets’ together early and I thought I’d share this simple and inexpensive gift idea.

I wish my kids wanted/needed something for Easter that wouldn’t put them into sugar-shock – […]

2018-06-18T13:38:29+00:00March 21st, 2018|GIFT IDEAS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Easter Bunny Door from scrap wood

If your kids are still at an age where the Easter Bunny brings almost as much excitement as Santa Claus, then this is a simple DIY you will want to incorporate into your Easter decor/festivities: and Easter Bunny Door!

I had some leftover 1″ x 12″ rough pine from my super-sized shoe rack build I did for my gal-pal Jen Woodhouse, which was perfectly sized for where I planned to place my Easter Bunny door:

2018-06-18T13:38:30+00:00March 19th, 2018|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|0 Comments

Classroom Valentines

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Have you bought/made Valentines for your kids’ classrooms yet?

I received an email from Minted the other day and I had to share the adorable custom classroom Valentines they are promoting this year:

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2018-06-18T13:38:35+00:00February 1st, 2018|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|0 Comments

Quick and Easy Christmas Treats

Are you ready?

Except for the cooking that is?

I am!!

Mainly because Hubby handles cooking the main meals, and I handle the baking, grocery shopping, cleaning etc.  (aka: he gets all the glory).

Fortunately for me, my baking has been pared down to a few seasonal favourites that we bring out every year – quick and easy Christmas treats that everyone enjoys and aren’t a lot of work.

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2018-06-18T13:38:50+00:00December 22nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|0 Comments

Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) – A Christmas Eve tradition worth practicing

I first came across the term Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) on Instagram.  It means “Yule book flood” and is a Holiday tradition in Iceland (you brilliant Icelanders) and it refers to the Christmas Eve tradition of  gifting a book and chocolate to friends and family.  The evening (after dinner and gifts) is then spent reading your new treasure and enjoying your treat.

BRILLIANT!

I need this tradition in my life!!

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2018-06-18T13:38:51+00:00December 19th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas

It was only a year or two ago that I first heard the term “White elephant gift”.  I didn’t realize it was a tradition that some people participated in?  I’d heard of (and have both given and received) gag gifts, but to create a celebration around the gross and inappropriate…

sounded AWESOME!

I have a twisted sense of humour.

Today I decided to showcase some of my favourite Christmas gag gift ideas from all over the internet – homemade and manufactured.

Don’t scroll down […]

2018-06-18T13:38:52+00:00December 5th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Holiday Entertaining and Surprise Guests

You know it’s going to happen…

usually when your house is at its worst, you have laundry piles on the couches waiting to be folded and there are dirty dishes in the sink…

Surprise Guests!

It’s the Season for stop-by’s and pop-by’s and “I was in the neighbourhood”, so I thought I’d share a little trick a friend taught me:

buy bars and treats from Costco or M&M Meats, cut them into squares and tuck them into your freezer.

If you suddenly find yourself in […]

2018-06-18T13:38:53+00:00December 3rd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, PARTY IDEAS|0 Comments

Holiday Home Tour 2017

It seems like every blogger in the universe is showcasing their Holiday Home Tour 2017.

I’ve been decorating, staging, photographing, moving things around, photographing, editing, photographing – and I cannot come close to the gorgeous homes and images of some of my blogging idols.

Mainly because my house is lived in and messy all most of the time,

partly because my house isn’t white on white on white,

somewhat because I’m not a fantastic photographer,

and a tinch because I don’t notice the little details […]

2018-06-18T13:38:53+00:00December 2nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|0 Comments

DIY wood lanterns

Looking for an easy tutorial on making DIY wood lanterns?

You can check out my blog post on rustic lanterns here;

or you can follow the tutorial from The Stonybrook House and make these adorable white ones from scrap wood.

I won’t steal her thunder any more than to say I made these DIY wood lanterns entirely from scrap wood.

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2018-06-18T13:38:53+00:00November 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

20 Simple Christmas DIYs

I’ve written this blog since the summer of 2013, and in that time I’ve written well over a thousand blog posts with DIY, craft, recipe and decor ideas.

But who has the time to surf an entire site to find ideas for simple DIY projects?

I DO!

Okay, I didn’t really, but I do have a ton of simple DIY projects specifically for the Holidays, so I thought I would pull 20 or so out of the depths of the internet so you […]

2018-06-18T13:38:54+00:00November 28th, 2017|HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Christmas Tablescape

I know it’s early for a Christmas tablescape, but as a blogger I have to get ideas and inspiration out there way before you ever need it so you can (hopefully) pin away.

If you saw my Christmas tree post of last weekend, then you know I’ve had a bee in my bonnet for navy and gold this year, and my Christmas tablescape did not escape my reach.

I only purchased one item (one set) for my Christmas tablescape and it was […]

2018-06-18T13:38:55+00:00November 22nd, 2017|DECOR, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Christmas Tree 2017 – Navy, gold and white

I had my Christmas tree 2017 mostly done – but there was just something about it that felt unfinished?

I photographed and primped and added more ornaments and took a few away, but I still wasn’t 100% happy with it.

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Then one of my favourite bloggers, Kelley Nan, posted a tutorial on how to decorate your tree with ribbon, and if you’ve ever […]

2018-06-18T13:38:55+00:00November 19th, 2017|HOLIDAYS|2 Comments

Magnetic Advent Calendar

I’ve had a few big projects lately (one you’ve still to see) and I’m feeling like I need a little bit more ‘simple’ in my life.  Today’s magnetic advent calendar is just that – simple.

I’ve had these metal sheets from M-D Building Products since the Haven Conference last July.  I didn’t know what to do with them, but I didn’t want to throw them out “just in case” an idea suddenly popped up.

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2018-06-18T13:38:56+00:00November 19th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KIDS|0 Comments