DIY Bird Feeder – $4 and 20 minutes to make

It seems every February I get the ‘feels’ for the poor birds.  Last year I showed you how to make a super-simple bird house to help keep our feathered friends warm, this year I’m adding to my garden with this easy ($4) DIY bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder

Supplies:

  • 1 x 6 cedar board at 6′ long
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • mitre saw
  • drill
  • rope for hanging
  • bird seed
  • optional:  all-weather caulking

A six-foot 1×6 cedar board will run you about […]

February 4th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|0 Comments

50 of the Best Ikea Rast Hacks

Ikea carries a small dresser – just about the size of a large nightstand – called the Rast.  It’s an insanely popular product on Pinterest for both the price ($35 US, $49 Cdn) and for the million-and-one ways people have “hacked” it (aka – changed it from boring to BLAM!)

I have a craft room update on my mind, and in searching out affordable options I came across these gorgeous (and brilliant) Ikea Rast hacks that I had to share.

I give […]

Crafty Crates Subscriptions – Try Before You Buy

Crafty Crates Subscriptions is a brand new subscription box company – like brand-spanking new – but with a BRILLIANT concept…

crafts for ADULTS (and/or older kids).

I know, you’re subscription-boxed out, but hear my argument; if you read this blog chances are you are a Crafter/DIYer or at the very least a Wanna-be-Crafter or Wanna-be-DIYer…

however, making things is expensive.

There are supplies to buy, tools you need, shipping, taxes, coupons – it’s all very cumbersome really, unless you LOVE what you do.

What […]

February 2nd, 2017|CRAFTS, For me, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

Home Improvement: Upgrading to USB Receptacles

Upgrading my plugs to USB receptacles has been on my wish list for MONTHS – but I was too nervous to attempt any electrical work (you know my habit of “learning things the hard way”).  Well, the girls got wireless headphones for Christmas, and Chloë recently bought her own iPod (yup, she saved up her birthday money and allowance to get one), so my house is overflowing with USB cords in every plug you can imagine.

Which means nothing else can get […]

January 31st, 2017|DIY|2 Comments

Repurposed Dresser: Dresser, Toybox and Bookshelf in One!

*This is a post I wrote in June 2013 – one of my earlier blog posts.  When I moved my site from Blogger to WordPress a lot of my Pinterest links broke, so I’m attempting to update older posts with a few new photos and create new links on Pinterest.  If you were with me in June 2013, you may remember this – if not, I hope you enjoy!

I have several projects that I’m particularly proud […]

Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

I’ve posted these age-appropriate chores for kids lists on the blog before, but it was only this January that Hubby and I decided to really enforce cooperation.

Maybe it’s just that this year we have the power of the iPad to encourage compliance – no chores, no screen time.

Whatever the incentive/pressure, the girls have stepped up their game and have actually been doing the  majority of the chores on the list!  I’m happy-wiggling in my seat!  Beds are getting made, laundry […]

January 26th, 2017|FREE PRINTABLES, KIDS, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Easy Meringue Poppers – Great classroom treat!

My Mom makes meringues.

She makes a LOT of meringues.

Up until I made this recipe, I’d assumed that she adored meringues for the volume she turned out.

Now I know that a little goes a looooooong way.  (No wonder she kept offering them to us!)

This recipe – adapted from Kraft Canada uses 3/4 of a cup of egg whites and it makes roughly 140 meringue poppers.

This is the kind of treat you want to make when you have to send snacks to […]

January 24th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|4 Comments

Personalized Pet Food Container

I’m applying to be a Silhouette brand ambassador and one of the requirements was to come up with a tutorial (with photos) of a simple project of my choice.

I was torn, do I do something so ‘out-there’ they can’t help but notice me (think papercut purse or tattoo template), or do I play it tame and come up with a highly pinnable image?

There’s not much you can’t do with the Silhouette CAMEO®, but I couldn’t come up with a […]

January 22nd, 2017|CRAFTS, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

The BEST Protein Bars in the world

“The BEST protein bars in the world” sound like a tall order to live up to?

BEST protein bars, protein bar recipe, chocolate protein bars, meal replacement bars, healthy snack, no-bake protein bars

You need to try these and tell me I’m wrong.  I don’t even like protein bars as a rule, but I’ve been snacking away on these like they were candy.  Truly, I even had one as dessert the other […]

January 20th, 2017|HEALTH/FITNESS, RECIPES|0 Comments

Build Your Own Monitor Stand

I have to show you the little section of the house where I sit and blog:

It’s a corner of my bedroom and yes, most days it looks like this (I’m embarrassed to admit).

Part of my problem, besides stockpiling snacks everywhere, is paper.  I have books, course manuals, receipts, and a million notes that get shoved here and there and create this disaster.  (See how I blamed the receipts, like they were […]

January 18th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, ORGANIZE|1 Comment