Thursday, November 7, 2013

A DIY Christmas Part 1

Its that time of year again. The "how am I going to afford this Christmas Season?" 
Part 1 is all about creating that festive cheer, with a few less bucks and some creative license. 


This cute little bunny ornament was originally created for Easter, but would make a cute addition to the Christmas tree. Or you could use the same procedure with different accessories (think top hat and felt "buttons") to create snowmen for your tree or mantle. Complete instructions at: Crafty Journal. 

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Gorgeous! I am in love with this Feather tree: J'adore! Linda at the French Hen's Nest makes it look easy peasy to put together too! Warm up that hot glue gun, you're gonna need it :)


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What's better than Free and Easy? Not much in my opinion! 
Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique offers a free download sheet with 6 vintage designs for holiday tags. Click. Print. Cut. Repeat.


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When it comes to Giant Wood Tag: Bigger is Better! These are a nice alternative to the door wreath (no sparkles and pieces of tree all over the front porch) Jaime at That's my Letter provides a detailed step by step tutorial on her blog to show how these beauties are created. 




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wooden Artwork



Came across this beautiful artwork today. I am plotting a re-creation. Tomorrow begins with a sapling hunt and ends with some bark stripping and I figure some wood glue would come in handy. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Birthdays are the best!

Hey Hey its your Birthday! You probably already know your astrological sign and maybe even your Chinese Zodiac animal, but what calendar day were you born on? How old are you in dog years?

Fill in your birthdate here and you will find out all kinds of great info about yourself.

Birthday Party Animals!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Comic Relief - Kid Style


Check out this pair of comedians. 
Apparently shopping for plumbing fixtures was not as interesting to them as their parents. 


I couldn't help but snap a pic of their silly little grins. 
Made my day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One big Kitty

Meet Chester, the 30pound cat. He likes short walks in the garden, and mice.
and suitcases.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Betty Boop Wall Stencil


Doo IT yourself time. 
24inches high and 22 inches wide, its time to Boopitdy Doop your walls up.

Download the pdf at the bottom of the post, and dig into the directions.


Get some carbon paper from your local art store. (Opus framing sells it in sheets, and I have come across it in pads at office supply stores.) Put the carbon paper on the back of the stencil you've masterfully printed and assembled ;) and use it to draw in the lines of the image. 

Once complete, remove the paper and you are ready to paint it in. 
If you are not handy with a brush, give markers a try. 

If you are a tenant like so many of us are, you can't be coloring or painting on the walls without someone getting all grumpy about it. In that case you have other options. Here's a few surfaces that would work:

  1. A piece of Hardboard from the local hardware store. (Places like Home Depot will cut your board to size for you for a small fee.) In this case you'd also need to pick up some light colored paint to prime the hardboard as it comes in a dark brown color.
  2. Art Store Pre-Stretched canvas. Get one big one, or 8 small ones and draw the outline on there and hang on the wall.
  3. Pick up an old picture from a garage sale or thrift store and reuse the canvas, even the great renaissance painters reused thier canvases!
  4. Raw canvas. Think old school tapestry. Paint right onto the canvas and hang.


Love to see your finished products! Send me a link or post in the comments. Its a party! :)



Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy #MayTheFourth and #CincoDeMayo RiIight?

Back to back celebratory T-Shirts: 
Start your May with a fun filled May-the-Fourth T-Shirt.


Throw that one on the ground and get punny with a Cinco de Mayo party T-Shirt!



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY - Bandana Blanket

Summer is on its way and I'm looking forward to naps under trees and afternoons at the beach. This Bandana Blanket is going to come in handy! 



To Make your own you will need the following:


  • 9 Bandanas - In whatever colours you like (Hello Dollar Store!)
  • 3 1/2 yards of fabric for the back 
  • 3 1/2 yards of quilt batting (45inches wide)
  • 13 buttons
  • thread
  • needle
  • pins
  • iron


1. Lay out the bandanas in 3 rows of 3.
2. Stitch he bandanas together to make 3 strips
3. use the iron to press the seams flat.
4. Then stick the seams together to complete the front side. 
5. Cut the quilt batting to the same size as the bandana blanket. If you are using a solid fabric for the back cut that to size as well. 
6. Place the bandana front face up, then put the batting on top and finally the backing layer.
7. Pin the layers together and sew around the edges. Leave a 20inch or so opening.
8. Turn the quilt right side out by rolling it though the opening. 
9. Turn the raw edges if the opening into the quilt and finish sewing shut. 
10. Pin the layers together in the centre of each bandana and where their corners meet. Sew a button through all the thicknesses and then remove the pins. 



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Friday, April 5, 2013

Stencil - Alice in Wonderland Mushroom

Wall stencils are really cool, but can be pricey, and never seem to be for sale in the same city that I live in (Blah! Shipping Charges!!). So I got to thinking.... I betcha I am not the only one that longs for some Pizazz! So how can I make this happen? A little brainstorming and this is what I came up with. Do you want to make your own wall stencils? Read on Brotha!

HI started by creating this 34inch by 22inch poster that you can download from the PDF Link at the bottom of the post. Once you've grabbed it, print it out on regular 8.5" x 11" paper and assemble it to look like this:
Ta Da!
But wait, there's more...


Cool right?


Get some carbon paper from your local art store. (Opus framing sells it in sheets, and I have come across it in pads at office supply stores.) Put the carbon paper on the back of the stencil you've masterfully printed and assembled ;) and use it to draw in the lines of the image. Once complete, remove the paper and you are ready to paint it in. Not handy with a brush? Give markers a try. 

If you are a tenant like so many of us are, you can't be coloring or painting on the walls without someone getting grumpy about it. In that case you have other options. Here's a few surfaces that would work:
  1. A piece of Hardboard from the local hardwre store. (Places like Home Depot will cut your board to size for you for a small fee.) In this case you'd also need to pick up some light colored paint to prime the hardboard as it comes in a dark brown color.
  2. Art Store Pre-Stretched canvas. Get one big one, or 8 small ones and draw the outline on there and hang on the wall.
  3. Pick up an old picture from a garage sale or thrift store and reuse the canvas, even the great renaissance painters reused thier canvases!
  4. Raw canvas. Think old school tapestry. Paint right onto the canvas and hang.

I wanna see your finished products! Send me a link or post in the comments. Lets have a painting party! :)


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

DIY - Pallet Bench

Spring is in the air. With the snow finally melting it has me thinking of backyard bbq's and sunny afternoon get togethers, which means I'm going to need some seating. 

Step 1. Find some free wood: I looked in the local classifieds and found a place giving away pallets. 
Step 2: Stop by the hardware store and pick up some screws, sandpaper and paint.
You'll also need something to cut the pallets with (we used a saws-all or reciprocating saw), a drill, a hammer (for demolition and nail removal) and a paint brush.

First thing we did was cut the pallet in half (See top picture). Then we used the hammer to take apart the piece of the pallet we cut off. (See top left of the 1st picture, that's the pile of wood that will make your legs)



Once you have the pallet dissasembled  the pallet to look like the above picture figure out the pieces that will become your legs. With the pallet upside down use the drill to attach the legs with a few screws. If the legs feel wobbly screw a length of wood to each legs to act as a cross brace. 
Now get that sand paper out and take off any rough edges along the top of the seat. (I used an 80Grit heavy duty paper)




Once that is all done its time to paint! Yay! Finally! 
I used a product called Painters Touch Satin Brush On (A product I have used before and liked) Espresso color, available at Home Depot and Rona and possibly other local hardware shops. 


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preschool Crafts for Kids*: Summer Handprint Crab Craft

Preschool Crafts for Kids*: Summer Handprint Crab Craft: This cute little Summer hand print crab craft is perfect for summer camps or a trip to the beach. You just need red pain, hands, paper ...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Baby Skeleton Painting


This little bugger was pretty easy to pull off. I got a few small wooden cradle panels (sold at your local art shop, and are usually pretty inexpensive) I painted a wash of baby blue on the whole thing. Let it dry and then sketched on the image. 

Painted in everything that was background, when it was dry I painted the sides and put some small highlights on the eyes and nose. Aaaand Done!



I also tried my hand at creating a "Day of the Dead" style Skull, I'm not ecstatic about how it turned out, maybe I'll have better luck next time. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

DIY - Modern Art

So you say you have some blank walls in the house in need of artwork? Try out this easy this easy idea from "The Weekend Artist" by Gerard Smith

You can make your own art easily with a mug/jar/glass/bowl and some paint.

Squish out a generous amount of paint on to a flat surface large enough for you to dip the mouth of your glass in. Tupperware lids work good for this. If you can't fish something out of your recycling, some clear cello wrap over a cookie sheet will do the trick.


Dab and stamp away until you have a design you like. If you find you've gone overboard, you can always paint the entire canvas and start again when the background color is dry.

If you are the paranoid sort, you can always cut a sheet of paper the size of your canvas and do a few trial runs until you come up with a layout you like. 


Try it out, upload a pic and send me a link, I always want to see how it turned out! 
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ma Famillia


A quirky take on the traditional family tree silhouettes. Make your own with a dim room, bright light and tracing paper, or foam sheets from the dollar store. 

Once you have the silhouette cut out mount on a contrasting color and hang for maximum amusement :)

Share links in the comments, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Easy Family Tree Artwork


  1. Start by painting the cardboard backing that came with the frame.
  2. Add a chunky tree shape cut from brown paper.


3. Cut birds from different patterned papers to represent each family member.
4. Adhere digital labels to add the vital stats.
5. Perch the birds on a nest of paisley-stamped leaves.
6. Connect birds with thin strips of black tape.