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
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!
Fabulous Fall DIY Outdoor Decoration
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!
Turn Thrift Store finds into wonderful Barbie Doll furniture and accessories like this luxury hotel room with a view of downtown Edmonton!
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
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!
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.
The best way to create a "naturally" beautiful space is to incorporate natural elements so 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.
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!
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading 5 Must Read Tips If You’re Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading Easter Egg Secrets – How to Remove Whites & Yolk Without Cracking The Shell
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 How-To Make Easy Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses (Beginner Barbie Craft Series Project 4)
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading Beautiful Easy To Make Barbie Doll Sofa
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!
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading New Year’s Eve Activities Your Kids Will Love!
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading Easy Christmas Cupcake Toppers
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading DIY Christmas Candy Cane Napkin & Mint Holder
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading Christmas Gifts From Recycled Gift Bags
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading EASY Christmas Candy Cane Soap & Holder Tutorial
Pac-man Waffles Supreme
By Starr Durrant 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 3 in the beginners Barbie Craft series. Links to Project 1 & 2 can be found at the bottom of this post. This fun,… Continue reading Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading Rockin Fun With Pebble Art
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 (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 2)
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!
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading White Easter Lily Fairy
I had an amazing response to my blog DIY Bird Bath made from a reused vase and plate 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 with the… Continue reading 37 Insanely Cool DIY Bird Baths!
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
By Starr Durrant 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… Continue reading DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate
Created by Starr Durrant Cell phone case converted to luggage - pleasure and business!! Your dolls can go on all sorts of holiday adventures with these stylish, re-purposed, functional luggage sets. WHAT YOU NEED Holiday Luggage Fabric Cell Phone Case or Metal Credit Card Holder Frame from foam curlers (see Picture Below) Small buttons for wheels Strong… Continue reading DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage
Starr Durrant I was asked to do a series of beginner Barbie projects that kids and moms/grandmas with no crafting experience could do together. This project 1 in the series. 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… Continue reading DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)
Inspired Ideas by Starr Durrant Like so many of us I am always excited to discover a better way of organizing my things and when I can repurpose something while doing so, it’s all the sweeter!! Here are a few creative ideas that came to me when I was recently doing a bedroom make-over. Visit my… Continue reading Repurposed Solutions That Keep Your Accessories Organized
By Starr Durrant 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,… 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.