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DIY Up-Cycled Blue Jay Bird-Feeder or Bird-Bath

I found this wonderful platter at the Thrift Store and knew it would work perfectly for some type of bird bath or feeder. The colors are so vibrant and Blue Jays just happen to be my husbands favorite bird and they visit us often at the lake and stay late into the fall and some… Continue reading DIY Up-Cycled Blue Jay Bird-Feeder or Bird-Bath

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Trash to Treasure Barbie Doll Beach Chair

In under 3 minutes for under $2.00 Barbie is ready to relax in the sun! No sewing, no gluing and no time at all! I found this at the Thrift Store. I'm not sure if its a folder holder, a dish rack or something else but I do know it has the makings of a perfect… Continue reading Trash to Treasure Barbie Doll Beach Chair

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How To Prevent Your Silver From Tarnishing

When my mother down sized to senior living she gave me her silver set. When I opened the chest  I saw a piece of  chalk. I had no recollection of chalk being in the silverware chest and I know she wouldn't have it there for no reason, but why? MINIMIZE MOISTURE I set out to… Continue reading How To Prevent Your Silver From Tarnishing

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5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner: It’s More Than Just The Cooking

Well, it's that time of year again and Thanksgiving is fast approaching and perhaps you find yourself hosting a family gathering and maybe for the first time. There is a lot to consider after you've committed to inviting everyone over; what you'll serve and how long to cook the turkey. Well don't panic, these things… Continue reading 5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner: It’s More Than Just The Cooking

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DIY Bird Bath With A Whimsical Surprise

I love DIY bird baths! This one was designed with a very special friend in mind.  It reflects the "natural" essence and beauty of who she is and her love of nature and birds and best of all it has a whimsical surprise! The vision for this started when I found the platter. What was… Continue reading DIY Bird Bath With A Whimsical Surprise

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Fall Confessions of a Crafter

It's true, summer is over and the leaves are changing. Well at least here in Edmonton where we already have snow! And while spirits plummet all around me along with the temperature, I have to confess, I'm kinda of liking it! A busy summer visiting friends and family at the lake has come to an… Continue reading Fall Confessions of a Crafter

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What Your Fresh-Cut Flowers Want You To Know!

I can't be the only one who's been given a beautiful bouquet of flowers only to find them drooping two days later! It use to make me so frustrated until I finally  discovered how to extend their life and vibrancy. Before I knew it, my wilted cut flower disappointments were a thing of the past.… Continue reading What Your Fresh-Cut Flowers Want You To Know!

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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

Add self stick adhesive embellishments to drawer handle and knobs for a bit of texture and sparkle. I was amazed how well they stick. I was prepared to use clear glue but so far, no need. I have a dresser that I've been dragging around western Canada since 1975, yes..1975! It was  part of a… Continue reading Dresser Restoration With DIY Crystal Drawer Pulls

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DIY Barbie Patio Set From Re-purposed Dollar Store Finds

In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days!

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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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How To Create A “Naturally” Beautiful Space

The best way to create a "naturally" beautiful space is to incorporate natural elements. Here are 12 ways you can bring a bit of the outdoors in. Remember; nature's palette is diverse so natural decor does not have to be limited to neutral tones. #1 Rock - The opportunities to incorporate rock in your decor… Continue reading How To Create A “Naturally” Beautiful Space

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Edmonton Prospects Baseball Games – A Family Hit!

A year ago our family found a new passion; the Edmonton Prospect Baseball Team and while the baseball was more than entertainment itself, there was so much more to the experience!

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5 Must Read Tips If You’re 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 Must Read Tips If You’re Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch

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3 “Must Try” Banff Attractions For Families With Tweens & Teens

 Video & Review Contributions by Darrion Durrant - Travel & Adventure Reporter (freelance) Does your family enjoy a challenging hike in the pristine wilderness? Are you adventurous enough to try some delicious shark, rattle snake or frog legs for dinner? Will it be all hands-up when you ask who wants to experience a thrilling helicopter… Continue reading 3 “Must Try” Banff Attractions For Families With Tweens & Teens

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How to Set Up the Perfect Home Office

By Guest Blogger Mary Sauer Whether you work from home, stay at home with kids full-time, or work a traditional 9 to 5 job, a home office can be incredibly beneficial to your lifestyle. Without a quiet place to work, or to manage the many responsibilities that come with owning a home and managing a… Continue reading How to Set Up the Perfect Home Office

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Thinking Outside The Vase

I'm always in search of new and creative ways to display cut flowers. Here are some beautiful and unique ideas that are sure to inspire you to "think outside of the vase" Using a gourd is a great idea and fits in perfectly for Thanksgiving Dinner Barrels and baskets are always a winning combination particularly… Continue reading Thinking Outside The Vase

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DIY Duct Tape Bows For Little Chics

These cute and easy to make duct tape bows are a great project for all ages and skill levels and would be a fun way to spend some special mother/daughter time together this Easter with your little chic.  You can add your bows to hair bands, barrettes, or pony tail elastics. Just head to the… Continue reading DIY Duct Tape Bows For Little Chics

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DIY Duct Tape Decorating Ideas for Easter

By Starr Durrant These fun and easy duct tape decorating ideas are great for all ages and skill levels!  Look for the Easter themed Duct Tape at your local craft or dollar store and go bunnyanas! Using the Easter duct tape, it’s fun and easy to decorate a vase, candle or candy dish and by… Continue reading DIY Duct Tape Decorating Ideas for Easter

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Easter Egg Secrets – How to Remove Whites & Yolk Without Cracking The Shell

Did you know that by removing the egg white and yolk before decorating your Easter eggs they can last for decades to come! Decorated boiled eggs left long enough will end up with a dense, hard yolk that can rattle around in the shells causing cracks and the odor is awful. The solution is to remove… Continue reading Easter Egg Secrets – How to Remove Whites & Yolk Without Cracking The Shell

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Easy DIY Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses

By Starr Durrant What Barbie doesn't like a fabulous  collection of designer hand bags?  Make these super cute and easy Barbie doll purses and create your own line of Barbie designer dreams bags! Each bag takes less than a minute to make, the supplies are available at most dollar or craft stores and no sewing… Continue reading Easy DIY Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses

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Easy, No-Sew DIY Barbie Doll Couch

If you can cut out some cardboard, glue fabric to it and fold - you will enjoy making these easy and  beautiful Barbie sofas! I was inspired to try this project after watching a video tutorial from My Froggy Stuff  With some cardboard, glue, stuffing, ribbon and  a small amount of left over fabric,  I… Continue reading Easy, No-Sew DIY Barbie Doll Couch

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6 Easy & Affordable Decorating Solutions That Really Work!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to Guest Blogger Jessica Kane from ECOS Paints. Jessica is professional writer with an interest in interior design and home decor. If you have a new space or an old space that needs a new look, Jessica shares some key considerations and creative decorating solutions that are beautiful, easy and… Continue reading 6 Easy & Affordable Decorating Solutions That Really Work!

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New Year’s Eve Activities Your Kids Will Love!

Are you wondering what to do with the kids this New Year's Eve? Here are my favorite picks for fun with your little ones! Games You've heard it before - a family that plays together stays together so how about playing some fun games with the kids this New Year's Eve! Visit My Life and… Continue reading New Year’s Eve Activities Your Kids Will Love!

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DIY Christmas Cupcake Toppers

These beautiful cupcake-toppers are so easy to make! Just glue decorations to a plastic appetizer fork and you have Christmas cupcake magic! You can use any variety of things as decorations: puff stickers, foam stickers, chocolates, lollipops, printables or gift tags and more! If your decoration isn't self adhesive, just add a bit of glue… Continue reading DIY Christmas Cupcake Toppers

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DIY Christmas Candy Cane Napkin & Mint Holder

This DIY Candy Can Napkin & Mint Holder is such an easy project and great way to add that festive mood to your Christmas table setting! Your guests will enjoy the special and unique touches at your Christmas dinner table and you re-use them year after year.     What You Need Mini candy canes… Continue reading DIY Christmas Candy Cane Napkin & Mint Holder

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DIY Christmas Gifts and Decor Made From Repurposed Gift Bags

If you are like me, you have a stack of gift bags put away from last years Christmas and despite that - you've bought more! Finding myself with more gift bags than gifts, I decided to recycle a few of my favorites and with just a few simple steps created some pretty Christmas decor accents… Continue reading DIY Christmas Gifts and Decor Made From Repurposed Gift Bags

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EASY Christmas Candy Cane Soap & Holder Tutorial

This easy to make candy cane soap & candy can soap holder is a great hit at Christmas!It's a super simple and affordable project and you will love how this soap feels on your skin! What You Need A shallow rectangular pan – minimum depth ½”  6" x 9" works good or individual small pans 6 bars of white… Continue reading EASY Christmas Candy Cane Soap & Holder Tutorial

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DIY Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial

I've had a number of requests to share some Barbie DIY projects that are easy enough for kids or moms and grandmas to make with their little Barbie enthusiast even if they have no experience crafting. DIY No Sew Towel Set for Barbie Doll made with baby face clothes and ribbon. Tiny glitter bottles make perfect Barbie Doll shampoo and conditioner accessories.This fun, easy and affordable project is… Continue reading DIY Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial

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Rockin Fun With Pebble Art Game

While sitting on the edge of a beautiful creek in the Rocky Mountains I found myself picking out a few pebbles with the intent of making a memento of the trip. When I got home, I pulled the 10 or so rocks from my pocket and set to work trying to see what I could… Continue reading Rockin Fun With Pebble Art Game

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DIY Bassinet For Barbie Doll Baby

I've had a number of requests to share some Barbie DIY projects that are easy enough for kids or moms and grandmas to make with their little Barbie enthusiast even if they have no experience crafting. This is Project 2 in the beginners Barbie Craft series. You can find a link to Project 1 at bottom of page. As with a majority of my projects, I… Continue reading DIY Bassinet For Barbie Doll Baby

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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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White Easter Lily Fairy

This beautiful little fairy is a great addition to any flower-pot! This past Easter, I wanted to come up with a special gift for my daughter who is both hosting an Easter brunch and just happens to be a fan of Lilies and Fairies. Using a silk lily and 5 " plastic doll from the… Continue reading White Easter Lily Fairy

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37 Insanely Cool DIY Bird Baths!

I had an amazing response to my blog DIY Purple Platter Bird Bath made from a reused vase and platter so for those of you Bird Bath enthusiasts here is a collection of some additional DIY Bird Baths that might catch your eye and inspire you. If you do make a Bird Bath, be sure to share it… Continue reading 37 Insanely Cool DIY Bird Baths!

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How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style

From gift bags turned wallpaper to coasters turned art, this project offer some great ideas on how to create your own Barbie dining experience. 80% of the project was made with things I found at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre, which is one of my favorite places to both donate and purchase items that can be re-used and kept… Continue reading How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style

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8 DIY Patio Accents That Will Make You Say “I Want!”

Are you dreaming of that beautiful outdoor space? No money? No time? No DIY Experience? No Problem! Anyone can create beautiful, unique and functional patio accents like these on even the tightest budget. Start searching for your treasures in the basement, the relative's attic, thrift stores or garage sales and turn something old into something beautiful and new! #1 CD Rack Turned… Continue reading 8 DIY Patio Accents That Will Make You Say “I Want!”

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DIY Barbie Boutique

The one thing about Barbie - she loves shopping! These fashion displays are easy to make from re-purposed or re-used items and are sure to be a hit with your Barbie enthusiast. Whenever possible I try to make my projects from recycled or salvage things or I up-cycle, restore or re-use found items. I  like… Continue reading DIY Barbie Boutique

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DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate

This bird bath project took about 5 minutes to complete – it just doesn’t get any easier! This repurposed vase and plate were the perfect second-hand finds. I spotted the vase in a corner of a thrift shop, obscured by a variety of other items. As soon as I saw it I fell in the… Continue reading DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate

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DIY Barbie Doll Hair Salon

  This scene was inspired by the two chairs which were originally candle holders that I purchased for under a dollar at a garage sale. That same day I also found the polka dot fabric at a garage sale down the lane and there the vision was born. This project is a compilation of re-purposed elements… Continue reading DIY Barbie Doll Hair Salon

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DIY Barbie Doll Exercise and Workout Equipment

I was asked to do a series of beginner Barbie projects that kids and moms/grandmas with no crafting experience could do together. This Work-out set is a great DIY project for Barbie enthusiastic of all ages incorporating reused and re-purposed elements or things readily available from dollar or crafts store. This is a fast and… Continue reading DIY Barbie Doll Exercise and Workout Equipment

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Repurposed Solutions That Keep Your Accessories Organized

Like so many of us I am always excited to discover a better way of organizing my things and when I can re-purpose something while doing so, it’s all the sweeter!! Here are a few creative ideas that came to me when I was doing a bedroom make-over. #1 Reused CD Tower for High-rise Shoe… Continue reading Repurposed Solutions That Keep Your Accessories Organized

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How To Use Left Over Wall Paint for Decor Accents

   Featured Crown Paints Daily Lifestyles November 2015 I was recently working on a bedroom decorating project   and found myself struggling with the "blues" - working with a color that offers a range of subtle variation makes it challenging to find those perfect accents to match. If you too are facing this decorating dilemma, consider visiting… Continue reading How To Use Left Over Wall Paint for Decor Accents

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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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Family Fun At Calgary Skyline Luge – You Have To Try This!

By Starr Durrant We have been very fortunate to have shared so many amazing experiences with our grandsons over the years that I was inspired to start a new blog category and highlight some of our favorite family attraction starting with The Calgary Skyline Luge in Canada Olympic Park.  If your family is seeking thrills and… Continue reading Family Fun At Calgary Skyline Luge – You Have To Try This!

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Spring Pink Lily Fairy

By Starr Durrant 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 up-cycling silk flowers and little dolls I rescue from the thrift shops. Each celebration dinner, I create a unique fairy using a flower that represents the… Continue reading Spring Pink Lily Fairy