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Barbie’s DIY Valentines Day Adventure: An Up-cycled Love Story

I was going through some older DIY Barbie-Doll posts and thought given that I have a majority of new followers since my return to blogging, this might be the ideal way to share with you some of my previous Barbie Doll up-cycled projects that fit in with the Valentines Day theme and highlight some of… Continue reading Barbie’s DIY Valentines Day Adventure: An Up-cycled Love Story

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Easy DIY Valentine’s Cupcake Toppers

It's almost the big day! This project is great for any age or skill level. The cute, easy to make cupcake toppers are a great addition to your cupcake display and best of all - they're re-usable! I previously did a Christmas Cupcake Topper blog and I decided every holiday deserves its own recognition. Valentines… Continue reading Easy DIY Valentine’s Cupcake Toppers

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The Great Ladybug Challenge/Exhibition!

This is such a great idea and a fun challenge and anyone can join in! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get authors, potters, photographers, artists, song writers, bakers, poets, knitters, sewers and all sorts of other creative WordPress bloggers together to see what everyone’s personal expression of a Ladybug would be! I’d like to thank… Continue reading The Great Ladybug Challenge/Exhibition!

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Valentines Cookies Your Sweetheart Will Love!

If you have to bake cookies for a school party or you want to bake something special for the ones you love this Valentines Day, these cookies are quick and easy to make and taste delicious. I've been using this recipe for at least twenty-five years and it never fails me. The cookies are always… Continue reading Valentines Cookies Your Sweetheart Will Love!

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Projects

These easy, no-sew projects made with an old sweater and free finds from the Reuse Center are a great way to decorate containers that you can use for all sorts of things! I cut the end of the sleeves off and flipped the cuff over the top rim. If you just cut the length leaving… Continue reading DIY Upcycled Sweater Projects

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Easy DIY Valentines Chocolates & Drink Dippers

What goes better at Valentines than chocolates! These easy to make chocolates are perfect to put out on a dessert plate or transform them into drink dippers for your coffee, hot chocolate or add to your Baileys and Kahlua

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DIY Up-Cycled Valentines Decorating Ideas

I was at the Eco-Station onsite Reuse Center a while back and discovered they now have a Reuse building on-site where you can take what you want for free. I found a great selection of glass containers that were ideal to decorate for Valentines Day. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to try… Continue reading DIY Up-Cycled Valentines Decorating Ideas

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Quick and Easy Pickled Bell Peppers

Pickled Bell Peppers are my fav! This simple recipe is quick and easy so you can make these and enjoy them the same day or store them in the fridge for a several weeks. They taste amazing and make a great side dish, add to salads, pizza, enchiladas or your favorite recipes or just snack! No matter how you eat them, these pickled peppers are delicious. The rich vibrant colors are always a great addition to a dinner table or for plating.

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DIY Plant Stand Make-Over

I was doing my useful Thrift Store run on the weekend looking for new project ideas and I found this wonderful black metal plant stand for $3.99. I also found a beautiful, bright and colorful large bowl for $2.50 and for under $7.00 and in 1 minute I was able to transform an old plant stand into a beautiful new plant stand and a unique addition to my home décor. No glue, no tools, no fuss and no muss, the bowl just fit right in!

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Historical Fiction Book Review: The Queens Lover by Vanora Bennett

If you want to snuggle up with a good read, this is it. Journey along with Catherine from a shy, neglected teenage princess in turbulent France to a Queen of England and all the tribulations and sacrifices that come along with that only to end in a most unexpected love story from which the Tudor royal lineage begins. Beyond where this novel ends Owen will face the ultimate sacrifice for his love but that’s another story…….

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Framed Branches From the Lake

Last fall when we were closing things up at the lake, I dragged some branches home. I've always wanted to make framed branch art so what better than to use branches from a place you love! I already had a frame I'd found at a thrift store with an inside edge of about 1" so… Continue reading Framed Branches From the Lake

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6 Easy DIY Home Hacks Using Reusable Shopping Bags

Well the holiday season has come to an end. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas for those of you who celebrate it. I had a big gathering this year and that meant a lot of boots at the entrance. Even after I had moved all our personal boots and shoes out of the… Continue reading 6 Easy DIY Home Hacks Using Reusable Shopping Bags

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DIY Dollar Store Barbie-Doll Christmas Tree That Barbie Can Decorate!

If you have a Barbie enthusiast this would make a great Christmas present! I saw this Christmas tree decoration in the Dollar store and knew it was a perfect size for Barbie. That got me looking around for what could go with it for decorations and I was amazed at what I was able to… Continue reading DIY Dollar Store Barbie-Doll Christmas Tree That Barbie Can Decorate!

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My Repurposed Christmas Tree Stand Make Overs

Our son got us a new Christmas tree a few years back so it was time to retire the old tree stand and it's been stuck away in a box ever since. I decided there had to be another way to incorporate it in my Christmas decor so here are few ideas I came up with.

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5 Ways Christmas Changed After My Stroke

When I was 47 I had the unfortunate experience of having a stroke that resulted in initial loss of my right side of my body and a discovery that I also have an inoperable brain aneurysm (well, they can but risks are very high)  It was shocking - I was in the best shape of… Continue reading 5 Ways Christmas Changed After My Stroke

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My Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Dilemma

One of these years I'm just going to do it. I'm going to resist my need for tradition and release myself from the habit of staying true to my box of handmade ornaments and meaningful old decoration I've collected from loved ones over the years. Yes, one Christmas I'm going to decorate my tree with… Continue reading My Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Dilemma

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DIY Christmas Appetizer Skewers

These  Christmas skewers are so festive, fun and easy to make! Add some holiday cheer to your appetizers! These are great for fruit kabobs, cheese, shrimp - the possibilities are endless! SuppliesPlastic SkewersStick on or glue on Christmas embellishmentsGlue if you aren't using sticky back embellishmentsFruit, Cubed Cheese or your choice of appetizer or snack… Continue reading DIY Christmas Appetizer Skewers

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Making and Baking Gingerbread: Tips & Tricks

I have to be honest, I haven't made gingerbread for years now. Sad but true. I decided maybe it's time to revisit my favorite gingerbread recipe except I ran into to one problem -  after all these years, it was no where to be found! That lead me to set off on a search of… Continue reading Making and Baking Gingerbread: Tips & Tricks

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Christmas Cuteness: Henry and the Santa Hat

When Henry joined our family it was a special day. Our grandsons were getting older and after 35 years of having children around, be it our own kids or our grand children we found ourselves feeling somewhat alone. Don't get me wrong, I've had kids since I was one so having the time to expand… Continue reading Christmas Cuteness: Henry and the Santa Hat

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20 Popular Canadian Christmas Traditions

Well Christmas is fast approaching and with it so many different traditions but there are a few that are more common than others that you are likely to see most often if you are new to Canada. It's a diverse country with diverse ways of celebrating the holiday but there seems to be those favorites… Continue reading 20 Popular Canadian Christmas Traditions

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Christmas Gift Bag Decor Accents

I originally posted this in 2015 but I just found this fabulous textured gift bag and had to do an update. This bag feels and looks like needle point and makes for some beautiful decor accents! By just cutting out the size you need and inserting it into the picture frame or simply cutting out… Continue reading Christmas Gift Bag Decor Accents

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DIY Christmas Poinsettia Angel Fairy

I did it again, I dragged another abandon doll home from a community garage sale. Her face was so dirty and her dress had been ripped off. She looked sad and neglected. Like with all my abandon dolls, I transformed her into a flower fairy but since it's Christmas she's an Angel. My flower fairies… Continue reading DIY Christmas Poinsettia Angel Fairy

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DIY Christmas Sock Candy Dish & Candle Cozies

This is another Christmas sock blog because the possibilities are endless! Hopefully you saw my last Christmas blog Drink Cozies, this is the same idea but using the socks to make awesome vases, candles and candy dishes in minutes for under $5.00 and no sewing involved! For the 2 shorter candy dishes, I just cut… Continue reading DIY Christmas Sock Candy Dish & Candle Cozies

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DIY Christmas Sock Drink Cozies

It's Christmas DIY time - hurray! I'm kicking of my Christmas season with these super cute Drink Cozies made from re-purposed Christmas socks. There are lots of sizes and varieties of Christmas socks available at the dollar stores. You just slide them on and if they are too long just snip of remaining sock and… Continue reading DIY Christmas Sock Drink Cozies

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15 Best Tips Ever for Cleaning Glass, Mirrors & Windows

We've all struggled with those frustrating streaks! grrrr. I've tried various vinegar solutions and they're o.k. but not streak free so I set off on a mission to explore new possibilities and I found some amazing solutions! I was really surprised by what I learned and I think you might be too. 1 Dusting the… Continue reading 15 Best Tips Ever for Cleaning Glass, Mirrors & Windows

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Why a Pickle a Day Keeps Heartburn Away!

If  you've ever had really bad heart burn there is no need for me to explain the discomfort and in some case straight out pain. For me it would strike in the middle of the night and I'd find myself stumbling around half asleep, trying not to wake anyone while I dug around for the… Continue reading Why a Pickle a Day Keeps Heartburn Away!

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Whale Rock Art: Embracing Nature’s Inspirations

Guest Blogger Tracy Bassett There is something magical about Vancouver Island with the spectacular views, old growth forests, wildlife, mountains and ocean. Everywhere I go, there are artisans and crafters making beautiful things and embracing natures elements in creative ways. It's impossible to not be inspired and it wasn't long before I caught the creative… Continue reading Whale Rock Art: Embracing Nature’s Inspirations

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No Sew Barbie Doll Wedding Dress

I found this old curtain valence at the Thrift Shop a few years ago and thought it might make a pretty wedding gown for Barbie. I just played around and wrapped it this way, then that way until I found what I thought looked best. I glued on two pieces of velcro at the back… Continue reading No Sew Barbie Doll Wedding Dress

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DIY Fall Forest Fairy

I came across an old doll at the Edmonton Re-use Centre, she must have been a cake topper given she had no legs. There she was at the bottom of a bin, with her dirty face staring up at me pleading with me to take her.  I couldn't leave her there so I decided to… Continue reading DIY Fall Forest Fairy

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How To Organize & Design A Multi-Purpose Craft Room

Organizing a multi-purpose craft room can have its challenges but with a bit of planning ahead you can make the best use of your available space. Setting up a multi-project craft room has been a challenge and an ongoing project in itself. Some people have a designated purpose for their space, an art studio or… Continue reading How To Organize & Design A Multi-Purpose Craft Room

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5 Fabulous & Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

Everyone enjoys those spooktacular Halloween decorating ideas that are fabulous and fun. Here are five boo-tiful ideas. I'd love to hear which one you like best! 1 This spider treat plate is something to scream about! 2 It's just scary how adorable this pumpkin witch is! 3 Hay, speaking of fabulous and fun - check… Continue reading 5 Fabulous & Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

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DIY Halloween Cards and Miniature Colouring Book

Guest Blogger Lulu Spencer shares a fun and creative DIY Halloween project that was a spooktacular hit with the kids. DIY Halloween Cards and Miniature Colouring Book At Halloween time I always want to send a little something to my young nieces, nephews and grandson. Finding something for small children that is not candy and… Continue reading DIY Halloween Cards and Miniature Colouring Book

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Fabulous Fall D.I.Y Outdoor Decorating Inspirations

Fall brings with it a myriad of colors and textures that combined are the perfect decorative elements for your yard, porch, picnic or patio.  Get inspired and incorporate the beauty of nature and the vibrant essence of autumn in your outdoor decorating. Here's a few great ideas from some creative and talented folks who bring… Continue reading Fabulous Fall D.I.Y Outdoor Decorating Inspirations

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Dresser Restoration With DIY Crystal Drawer Pulls

I have a dresser that I've been dragging around western Canada since 1975, yes..1975! It was  part of a bedroom set that was a birthday gift from my parents and for whatever reason I just couldn't let it go, instead; it sat in the basement collecting dust. I finally decided to paint it and include… Continue reading Dresser Restoration With DIY Crystal Drawer Pulls

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10 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom’s in Senior Living

When you have a mother in senior living, you know that space is typically a premium. After a life time of gathering belongings, senior's who have transitioned to a senior's living, lodge or nursing home have already faced the hurdle of down sizing. Gifts that involve your time, gifts that are useful, and gifts that… Continue reading 10 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom’s in Senior Living

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The “Art” of Re-purposing A Vintage Sewing Pattern

Re-purposed vintage sewing pattern framed. Do you have a box of old pattern packages, or even newer ones? Framing them is a an easy, affordable and creative way to give your sewing or craft room walls a unique, colorful fashion make-ove

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How To Make A Baby Blanket With Adorable Appliques

Who doesn't appreciate receiving a hand made gift for their little one? With these easy to follow steps you can make a unique and beautiful baby blanket like this one by Lulu Spencer and it's sure to be a hit with mom and baby alike.

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5 Tips For Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch

Are you hosting a Mother's Day brunch this year? If so, make it spectacular with these special touches and helpful suggestions. 1 -  Fresh Flowers for Your Centerpiece No matter what flowers you choose, they will be the centerpiece of your beautiful table setting so definitely a worthwhile investment. Also have an additional vase ready… Continue reading 5 Tips For Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch

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Starburst Lily Fairy

I started creating flower fairies last year for my daughter's lily pots and they are always so much fun to make! I love the idea of re-purposing abandon little dolls I rescue from the Thrift shops. There are no rules here - just deconstruct the flowers and play around until you come up with something… Continue reading Starburst Lily Fairy

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Garden or No Garden? U-Pick!

If you don't have a garden, don't want a garden, or don't know how to garden but still want healthy and locally grown, fresh food for the best price; the U-Pick option might be for you! I recently spent the afternoon at a U-Pick Farm with my husband, daughter and grandson and had a wonderful time making memories. For only… Continue reading Garden or No Garden? U-Pick!

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How I Met My Sweet Heart: What’s Your Story?

With Valentines day fast approaching I got to reminiscing with a friend about how my husband and I first met so it got me to thinking that this Valentines Day it might be fun to share my "How I Met My Sweet Heart" story and maybe hear from some of you how you first met… Continue reading How I Met My Sweet Heart: What’s Your Story?