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Clean & Simple cards – Harvest Berries

We had a rainy weekend here and that, topped with a sick baby in the house, meant my crafting headed to the basement to create some cards. I haven't made cards in ages!  I forgot how much I missed it. I decided to challenge myself and only bring out a single stamp set - Harvest Berries from Papertrey Ink - to recreate some of the masterpieces I've seen on Pinterest.  I know, I'm a plagiarist - but these talented people are the reason I bought the Harvest Berries set to begin with. I'm a fan of the CAS (clean & simple) look; [...]

Where did I go?

I'm sorry I was AWOL last week - I promise I wasn't abandoning you for binge-watching Grace & Frankie (although I did do that) - last week was a bit crazy with "stuff to do". We went to Florida for March Break, so last week was all about 'catch-up' - the worst part of coming from vacation. Yes, given that this was my vacay-view, I certainly won't complain about a little catch-up. Papa let the girls do their annual "add dish soap to the hot tub and bubble up the pool" game: They LOVE this, but I'm just waiting until [...]

Easter Egg Hunt Invitation and Easter Scavenger Hunt printable

We're just under a month out, so I thought I'd get us all organized by bringing out the Easter Scavenger Hunt printables and the Easter Egg Hunt Invitations. Each year my street gets together to hold an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.  It's been going on for years now - I'm pretty sure if I searched my computer I'd find shots of the girls at 3 years old (they are now 9 and 11), so I think it's safe to say it's a pretty popular event each year. While I'm not sure how many of the kids still believe in [...]

Easy Easter Wreath – using dollar store items

If you could whip out an easy, cheerful, bright and full Easter wreath for less than $20 and in about an hour wouldn't you try?  Then you're definitely going to be all over this easy Easter wreath I made last week. This post is being shared as part of the festivities leading up to National DIY Day on April 2nd, 2017.  Join the #craftsquad and check out the other projects being shared by bloggers all over the world.  (click logo for link) Dollar stores are chock-full of Easter bits and bobs now, so I stocked up on supplies.  I've actually [...]

Upcycled Patio Bar Cart

One of my favourite things to do is to repurpose or upcycle pieces into something new and better - and this upcycled patio bar cart is one of my favourite transformations ever! My friend Andy had this old overhead projector cart tucked away in a deep, dark corner of his garage. He offered it to me to use as a mitre saw station and storage for my garage tools. But I had a larger vision... With lazy summer days in mind, I decided this dirty, rusty, greasy metal cart needed to become a DIY patio bar cart / grilling station. [...]

American Girl Doll – Dollhouse / Treehouse / Beach house

Build an American Girl Doll (or other 18" doll) DIY dollhouse / DIY treehouse to keep the imagination going outside. I don't have plans for this build.  I can make plans, but first I'd like to gauge how many of you would like them before I go to the effort to draw them up.  If you want plans for this DIY American Girl Doll treehouse, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and if enough are interested, I'll post them in a separate article. Our friend Jeannie is turning 8 shortly.  She is my youngest's best friend [...]

Woodturning – When artisan meets lathe you get a masterpiece

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. Pieces range in size and shape so you can select out the perfect one for your home. Need a wedding gift?  What about one of these pieces of art that will last a lifetime? Barry does not have an Etsy shop or website, so the only [...]

Spring Front Porch

A few flowers, some eggs and a bird house and you have a warm and welcoming Spring front porch. The funny thing about this is that we got a blizzard two days after I finished setting up my Spring front porch. Typical. It rains the day after I wash my car as well.  I bring it on - honestly. Regardless, my Spring decor is out there to encourage the first robin to grace us with his/her presence. I built this cute bird house display using some scrap wood, scrapbook paper and a bit of paint - the full tutorial is available [...]