Painted Shoes

Take your shoes from bland to BLAM! with a few fabric markers and a bit of imagination.  Check out the hand-painted shoes my tweens and I made.

The girls and I were in Florida a couple of weeks ago when we came across these canvas shoes at Michael’s.

I’m a lover of “Chucks” (Converse) and my girls both love the look of Vans, and at $8 a pair it was too good to pass up.  We picked up a pair each and […]

2019-04-02T08:13:40-04:00March 16th, 2019|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|5 Comments

Embroidery Floss Tassels

Create these simple embroidery floss tassels in a matter of minutes and attach them to pillows, keychains, earrings – anything at all really.

Winter has finally hit in my part of SW Ontario and it’s been C-O-L-D. A bit of snow, but plenty of cold.

Which means it’s been a bit too much for my tiny garage heaters to overcome and shop time has been limited.

I’m not one to sit around, so I brought out some long-held craft supplies to see […]

2019-01-28T14:22:15-04:00January 23rd, 2019|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|1 Comment

Scrap wood robots and pets

A bit of wood and whatever nuts and bolts you have lying around are all you need to make your own wood robots and pets.

I have a whack of these wood robots and pets pinned to my Scrap Wood Pinterest board – most of them seem to be tagged in another language, so maybe this adorable trend isn’t over here yet, but I’m hoping to change that…

2019-01-14T10:41:04-04:00January 8th, 2019|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

My newest infatuation – Paint by number

Have you ever tried a paint-by-number?  I thought it sounded a bit hoakey, but was willing to try anything to get some bonding time with my kids… and now I’m hooked!

Do you struggle to find things to do with your kids?  Mine girls are 11 and 12 and one-on-one time with them is limited now to the rare pedicure.  Mom just isn’t cool and their interests lie more in electronics, sports and their friends.

Sad sigh

I’m always looking for projects or […]

2019-01-07T16:02:48-04:00January 5th, 2019|CRAFTS, DECOR, KID'S CRAFTS|10 Comments

Scrap Wood Gnomes

A piece or two of scrap wood, some dollar store paint, craft beads and felt are all you need to create these adorable Christmas gnomes.

My Christmas Tomte (Norwegian name) or Nisse (Danish name) has been a big hit on the blog for the past couple of years.  In fact, the Instagram photo I put up has more likes than many of my building posts, so I thought I’d take a shot at making a few scrap wood gnomes and combine […]

2018-12-03T18:37:08-04:00November 29th, 2018|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KID'S CRAFTS|2 Comments

Learning Pottery – A great family activity

A few months ago I showed the results of my first-ever pottery class.  The finished pieces weren’t stellar, but they were SO MUCH FUN to make!

I’ve been looking for an activity that the girls and I can do together.  Not me on the sidelines or in the crowd cheering – but an actual activity that we could all take part in and have in common and talk about afterwards.

I hoped learning pottery would be it.

I signed us up (as well […]

2018-06-18T13:39:27-04:00June 14th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|0 Comments

Easy Zentangle Plates – using Sharpie oil markers

You’ve heard of Zentangle right?  It’s essentially doodling, but in structured patterns.  No talent, no skill, no end goal in mind – just lines, swirls, shapes, swoops and fun.

Granted, there are zentangle artists out there that take it to a whole other level with incredible pieces of art that are nothing short of masterpieces – but you won’t find that here, today, on the blog.

Today I just wanted to show how easy, fun and gratifying it is to zentangle (aka doodle) […]

2018-06-18T13:39:30-04:00May 15th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|1 Comment
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