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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 19th, 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+00:00 December 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.


I need this tradition in my life!!

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2018-06-18T13:38:51+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|0 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?


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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|DECOR, HOLIDAYS|0 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+00:00 November 19th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KIDS|0 Comments

Gingerbread Ornaments

A few years ago my Mom decorated her tree with gingerbread ornaments and I remember sitting near it and thinking how scrumptious it smelled.

This year I decided to make some of my own gingerbread ornaments (with help from Mom and the girls) to create that same warm and homey feel for my own Christmas tree.

The recipe and idea are from Martha Stewart Living circa 1995 – but the recipe tastes just as delicious now as it did then and the […]

2018-06-18T13:38:56+00:00 November 17th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|1 Comment

Half-Hour Holiday Challenge – Christmas Card Display

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 […]

2018-06-18T13:38:57+00:00 November 13th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|4 Comments

Christmas cards (and wrap) in a click!

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Have you got your Christmas / Holiday cards ready?

Have you updated your address book to make sure you have current mailing addresses for everyone?  Have you written your annual newsletter and tucked a family photo into the envelopes of special loved ones.

Nope, me neither.

BUT, I did myself a huge favour and went online to Minted.com to have them take care of this Holiday stressor for […]

2018-06-18T13:38:57+00:00 November 12th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Scandinavian Star

At least that’s what I think these star lanterns are called?

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You’ve seen them, they are usually made of white paper with a light inside and are hung in the windows over Christmas.  I’ve seen them called Scandinavian stars and Swedish stars and I LOVE them.

So I decided to make myself one.

But paper is so “been there, done that” whereas metal Scandinavian stars is so “WOWZA, I have to try that!”

So I […]

2018-06-18T13:38:57+00:00 November 11th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS|1 Comment

Dipped Pinecones

I had so many problems with these dipped pinecones – which were supposed to be bleached pinecones when I started – but in the end, I’m pleased with the results.

It started because I have a pine tree in my backyard that is pissed at me for pruning off branches.  He’s showing his protest by making sure to drip sap everywhere and by dropping more pinecones than ever before.

That tree is on my last nerve I tell you.  My poor Lacey […]

2018-06-18T13:38:58+00:00 November 8th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS|3 Comments