Are you looking for an easy and festive Christmas crochet project? This white eyelash/feather yarn garland is a beautiful, stylish addition to any tree and beginners can make this too! SUPPLIES3 -5 Skeins of Eyelash/Feather Yarn 1.75 oz. / 50 g - 64 yard / 58 m(I purchase mine at the Dollar Tree)6.0 or 6.5mm… Continue reading Easy Beautiful Crocheted Christmas Garland
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
These 3 easy to make ornaments are not only super cute, they are environmentally sound and nature makes these supplies readily available and free! (Well, I guess that depends on where you live) . These are the kinds of projects I like, these adorable inspirations are so simple - no directions necessary! I can't wait… Continue reading 3 EASY Super Cute DIY Christmas Ornaments: Mother Nature Approved!
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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… Continue reading How To Organize & Design A Multi-Purpose Craft Room
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
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
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
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
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
Don't throw those old swim trunks away! Try this fun beach DIY Barbie project together with your little Barbie enthusiast!
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
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
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
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
This easy to make candy cane soap & candy can soap holder is a great hit at Christmas!Made with softened Dove soap bars and crushed candy-canes, this is a super simple, fast and affordable and best of all your hands will thanks-you because it feels amazing on the skin. The crushed candy cane is the perfect… Continue reading EASY DIY Christmas Candy Cane Soap & Holder Tutorial
Pac-man Waffles Supreme
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
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
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!
This once abandoned doll turned beautiful flower 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 "… Continue reading DIY Lily Fairy
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!
What to do with those smurfs! Make a fun diorama
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
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!”
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
This beautiful DIY purple bird bath was a huge hit on Hometalk and it only 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.… Continue reading DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate
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 and… Continue reading DIY Barbie Doll Hair Salon
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
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… Continue reading Repurposed Solutions That Keep Your Accessories Organized
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 your… Continue reading How To Use Left Over Wall Paint for Decor Accents
A great S'mores recipe for those winter nights. Use a tar shells to make individual ones in the oven.