Monday, December 24, 2012

DIY Gift Idea: Baked Goods

Wrap those cookies in a Doily, excellent last minute gifts for the hostess!!

Meringues in a paper cone topped with clear cellophane. 
Really simple way to dress up a cookie swap or hostess gift.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Make Your Own Xmas Ornaments - Owls

DIY Owl Ornaments 

How CUTE are these Owl Ornaments? A definite DIY for my Christmas season. I think they would make a great "Small Gift" as well. For the teacher, hairdresser or distant relative these would fit into envelopes and could be sent along with that Christmas card you are sending anyway. Maybe use a bit of glitter glue to write "Christmas 2012" on the back? Or some other short message.

Complete Pattern and How to

The complete Step-by-Step instructions are available at Craftster.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DIY Coffee Sleeve

Looking for easy and inexpensive Christmas gifts you can make yourself?

These reusable sleeve for coffee can be made out of a cute Christmas sock or small sweater. (Hello Dollar store!)

Cut a 3-inch section from the top of your clothing

 Embellish with buttons or snowflake cutouts for added winter charm, then roll the ends to hide the frays. Its that easy.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Greeting Cards Wreath

Select a palette of coordinating hues to create a whimsical wreath. Cut greeting cards into different-size circles. Arrange the circles into a wreath shape, overlapping as desired. Secure with crafts glue. Machine-stitch over the top using coordinating or contrasting thread. Attach a ribbon to the wreath with a coloured paper clip and hang.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monogram Dresser Makeover

Personalize your next furniture makeover with a stylish monogram.

Prep for upcycle by removing all hardware and giving the dresser a quick sanding, making sure to get rid of any loose or flaky paint. Give the dresser an even coat of primer and then once dry, paint. 2 Coats if necessary.

Use a stencil, (or make our own using thicker paper and an Exacto knife), to apply the monogram. Once dry put all of the hardware back on and admire your handiwork.

Dresser makeover just for you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Turquoise Chair Makeover


A Big bold patterned wallpaper on the wall and on the chair, Delicious! Use a chunk of the wallpaper to make a stencil, t-shirt paint, and a stiff bristle brush from the local art store will work well to transfer the pattern via stencil onto the fabric. Once dry, Iron to set the paint and reupholster that chair bay-bee.

Sit back and think about how sexy your new space is. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beautiful Hutch Makeover

A little TLC and this hutch is creamy and delicious.

Start by giving the whole thing a light sanding to help the paint stick on. Take off any hardware and tape off the glass to protect it from paint.Take your time and give the entire hutch 2 coats of paint, waiting for it to dry completely between coats. 

Apply wallpaper to the back of the shelves, put the hardware back on and you're done.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ghost Gourds Entry Decoration

Get yourself a few Gourds to paint white, trim a few trees and you've got the main supplies to create this halloween themed entry way. Use household paint or acrylics to paint the gourds stark white, once dry add a ghostly face and hang from the eaves. The branches mask the gourds strings for a spooky floating effect.

Spooktacular Entry Way

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pretty Pumpkins

Put down the knife - painted pumpkins look twice as nice with half the work. You'll never carve again!

Painted Pumpkin Display

Painted Pattern: Paint the pumpkin with the lightest color first, then create your vertical stripes by following its natural indents. For your horizontal lines, slowly spin on a Lazy Susan.
Tip! Don't use masking tape as a guide; it will remove your base coat.

Precious Metal: Give your pumpkin the royal treatment with gold leaf and spray adhesive. Wash and dry the pumpkin and spray with adhesive. Lay foil over the top, one piece at a time, smoothing down into creases with a paintbrush as you go. Work your way around the pumpkin and don't worry about crinkles; they add to the effect.

Pretty Pedestal Pumpkins

Hot Hues: Use a hardware-store paint chip as your palette, and for contrast pick colors a few shades apart. Experiment with texture, too: A matte finish has a contemporary feel, while a gloss is more showy. 
Tip! Make it for less with tester-size paints.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

6Pack Room Divider Screen

This project comes from the book: Eco-Craft by Susan Wasinger, and is one of 30 projects in the book.

You will need:

40 plastic 6 pk holders
6 boards of 1"x2" pine, 6 feet long
4 pieces of 3/4" trim, 8 feet long
12 wood screws 2 1/4" long
four 2" hinges
1/4" brads or tacks
1" finish nails
Water Based wood stain
Baking Parchment
An Iron
Saw and Miter box
Power Screwdriver


  1. Sandwich a 6 pack holder between 2 pieces of baking parchment. Move the hot iron over the surface for about 30 seconds. Let the parchment cool until it pulls away from the plastic. Then gently peel the parchment apart.
  2. Overlap the bottom edge of one holder with the top edge of the next. Cover with parchment and repeat as you did in step 1. Repeat until you have 3 sheets of plastic, with each being one plastic holder wide by 13 holders long. The "fabric" pieces should be about 8"x45" to fit into the wood panels.
  3. Cut the wood for the panel frames using the saw and miter box. You will need 6 pieces of 1" x 2" pine for the side frames, each about 58" long. Then cut 6 more 7" cross pieces.
  4. Drill two holes in the sides of the long pieces: one 3 3/4" from the top and the other 48 5/8" from the top. Drill a hole in the centre of each end of the cross-braces.
  5. Line up the pre-drilled holes of the side frame pieces and the cross pieces. Drive the screws into place. Hold the wood flat so the panels are square. Once you have assembled the panels, measure the opening and cut your trim pieces to fit. Be sure to mitre the corner pieces at a 45Degree angle for a tidy fit.
  6. Apply the water based stain to the wood pieces and let dry completely.
  7. Lay the plastic sheets in the opening of the wood panels, it should overlap the edge about 1/2" on all sides. Hammer the tiny tacks through the plastic into the wood to secure. One tack every 4-6 inches should do the trick.
  8. Nail the trim into place to cover the plastic edges.
  9. Measure, mark and screw the hinges into place, with two hinges along each adjacent side. For the 3 fold Screen to stand up properly, each set should hinge in opposite directions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stacked Pumpkin Message

Create a no-carve pumpkin decoration for trick-or-treaters this year.
Pick three short, wide pumpkins for your display. Sketch with transfer paper one word per pumpkin, and use black acrylic paint to fill in the outline. Stack pumpkins on an urn laced with creepy vines or spooky spiderwebs for a festive entryway.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nature Inspired Artwork

Buy a wood slice for your background, hot-glue a few twigs in place in a nice arrangement. Use acorn parts and mini pinecones in a flower-type arrangement and do-deedah-DOoooo, you got yourself a good looking plaque. You could lacquer it up or stain the whole thing if that's your huckleberry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lacy Table Runner

Find yourself an old A book with soft, worn pages (they work the best). Arrange a few of the pages flat on the floor in the length and width you want your runner. Then, carefully tape the pages together on the back. Use a crafts decorative-edge punch to create a pretty border that suits your style. Super Simple.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY - Crayon-o-Saurus

When I was a kid we would take all of the broken crayons we had and peel off the paper put them into hot water and mash them together to make Multi-Colored Crayon balls. I thought it was Genius! and then, I came across the Crayon-O-Saurus tutorial on Craftster.

Its a pretty simple tutorial.
Peel a bunch of crayons bust em up and throw them in an interesting baking tin.

Put it in the oven and let it cool and Tah-Freakin DAH. You got yourself a Dinosaur Crayon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY - Carton Wallet

Recycle your way into having this super fab wallet. Easy to follow instructions from the Disney Family Fun website

The list of materials needed are all things most of us have lying around the house. Super bonus! I can't wait to try this with an orange juice container, or I can show off my trendy eating habits and recycle a soy milk or almond milk container! Sew Cool. :)
  • Half gallon milk or juice carton with plastic cap, rinsed
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Tape
  • Wallet Template
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Butter knife

Friday, August 17, 2012

Kanye West

This crazy ass fool would make some shoes that are right silly. 
Glow. In. The. Dark. Kicks. OF COURSE, from Kanye West.
This guy has no limits. 
If you want to be the first homey sportin' kicks with built in Ground Effects, go here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY - Stool Makeover

Sometimes you come across some real darn amazin handiwork, and today is one of those days. I was googling around clicking here and there and I found this Van Gogh inspired Stool Makeover. Oh Starry Night, you are so beautiful!
The "Before" Stool
The Makeover Stool

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beer Cocktails

According to the latest email from Molson Canadian, refreshing Beer Cocktails is where its at this summer.... Here's 3 recipes from the site, I'm skeptical about juice and beer, but I'm going to have to try it out of curiosity.

Coors Light - Tropical Fizz
Coors Light® topped with Oasis® Pineapple Banana Orange juice and a drop of grenadine. 
Garnish with an orange cherry flag.

Entertaining Size - Makes 4 Servings
In a punch bowl or pitcher, add 1x960mL of Oasis® Pineapple Banana Orange juice, 1 cold bottle of Coors Light®. Pour into highball glasses over ice. Garnish each with a dash of grenadine and an orange cherry flag.

Miller Chill Mojito
Miller Chill® with muddled mint, fresh lime and simple syrup, garnished with a lime wedge.
Single Serve
In a highball glass, add 4 lime wedges, 12 mint leaves, 1/2oz. simple syrup. Muddle. Fill glass with ice and top with Miller Chill®. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Mango Sublime
Molson Canadian 67® with Oasis® Exotic Mango juice, fresh lime and simple syrup, garnished with a lime raft and sprig of mint.
Entertaining Size - Makes 4 servings.
In a punch bowl or pitcher add, 1x960mL of Oasis® Exotic Mango juice, 3oz. lime juice, 3oz. simple syrup, 1 cold bottle of Molson Canadian 67®. Pour into rock glasses over ice and garnish each with lime wheels and mint.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cork Memo Board

Inexpensive cork transforms into a contemporary office bulletin board. Candy-color pushpins organize invitations, hold business cards, and show off interesting found objects.

Create in 2 easy steps. Pick your colour scheme, and paint the cork board.

Arrange the circles together and secure with some masking tape.
Hang. That. Jazz UP!

Lookin good. ;)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Globe Lights

What? These are so cool. I came across this pic while surfing around. 

So now I guess I have to:
1. Find some globes.
2. Get a lamp kit from the hardware store.
3. Figure out how the crap I'm gonna cut the globes in half.
4. assemble and hang em up.

Seems easy enough? Right?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Take a Cue

Pool balls were used to add a punch of color to green potted plants. Find other unusual items at flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand stores to bring character to your own outdoor spaces. As these planters prove, your accents don't have to be huge to make a fun impact.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

3-D Photo Collage

Display old family photos with a through-the-generations display. Prop photocopies or computer printouts of photos inside clear jars or canisters, and group into a conversation-starting 3-D collage. Include current pictures of your family, but convert them to back-and-white to match the older photos.

Monday, June 4, 2012

DIY Botanical Prints

Update the classic look of botanical prints with this easy DIY project. Silk or plastic greenery is laid on a blank canvas and a coat of spray paint creates the reverse silhouette. Use torn painters tape to mask off the edges for an irregular look.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Repurposed Art

Give an old serving tray new life as a unique piece of wall art. This round serving tray adds a decorative touch to a bedside area with its pretty design and complementary color scheme.

Ikea has a few very nice serving trays:

Tray, patterned black


Tray, bird


Tray, rose


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stylish Silhouettes

To put a culinary-inspired twist on the classic silhouette, use cutouts of cooking utensils and appliances as the subject matter. These cutouts are backed with photocopied pages from an old cookbook, allowing them to blend easily with the kitchen's country style.

The pieces stand out against the wall with crisp black frames in varying widths and are arranged in a neat, balanced composition.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Skirt: Drab to Fab

I came across this tutorial today. I'm now on a hunt for a skirt to attempt this on.

Make This Skirt
1. Try on the skirt and mark the meandering vine using tailor's chalk.
2. Cut enough 5/8-inch-wide bias strips from green print for the vine and enough 3/8-inch-wide bias strips from solid fuchsia for the skirt and yoke hem.
3. Stretch the strips and rough up the edges to fray them.
4. Cut the desired flower and leaf appliques from assorted prints (don't add seam allowances). See preparing an applique how-to, below.
5. Using clear monofilament thread, straight-stitch down the center of each bias strip and about 1/4 inch away from the edges of the flowers and leaves.
6. Use a stiff brush to carefully fray the edges of each applique.

Preparing an Applique Diagram
1. Place heat-resistant template plastic over a pattern. Trace pattern onto plastic using a permanent fine-line marker (Diagram 1). Cut out on drawn line to make a template.
2. Place the template on the wrong side of selected green print. Cut out applique piece, adding a 3/16-inch seam allowance to the edges (Diagram 2).
3. Pour a small amount of starch into a dish. Place template-topped applique on a pressing surface covered with a tea towel or muslin. Dip a cotton swab in starch and moisten the applique's seam allowance (Diagram 3).
4. Use tip of a hot, dry iron to turn the seam allowance over the edge of the template and press it in place until starch is dry. Continue pressing the seam allowance, adding starch as necessary (Diagram 4).

Friday, May 18, 2012

Patterened Ceiling

Up the impact with a two tone patterened ceiling. First paint the entire ceiling with the lighter of your two colors. Then use tape to mark out the 'tiles', paint in with the darker color and let dry.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vintage Photo Dishware

Scan original photos, then crop and resize them using image-editing software. Print out the photos and fit them on ceramic and silver serving dishes.
For added durability, have the prints laminated at a copy shop before adhering them to the dishes with double-stick tape.
Design by Pamela Porter

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Scrapbook Layout Wall Hanging

Create a wall display of your favorite layouts by hanging a curtain rod and rings on an open wall. Insert layouts into page protectors so the punched holes are at the top, then clip them to the rings. (We attached the clips by hooking them through the eyelets on the bottom of the curtain rings.) You can add a second row of layouts using two sets of clips to attach the pages.

Design by Shannon Zickel (wall hanging) and Polly Maly (pages)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Button Bouquet

Paula wired together buttons from her stash to create a pretty bouquet that blooms all year. She planted them in a decorated jar, adding a ribbon for the final touch.
Perfect for Mothers Day!

Design by Paula Barber