Category Archives: around the house

love, found… valentines gifts

photo credit Paula Hible for

this heart trivet from better homes + gardens is a cinch to assemble. Twist three lengths of red jersey into one long braid, shape into a heart, then sew through the underside with a needle and thread. Braid enough white jersey to create a layer of white, and sew again. Create another red braid; continue wrapping it around the heart shape until the trivet has reached the desired size, then sew again.

to keep this along the recycled theme… use old tshirts or sheets… okay pillowcases (smaller) to craft this project

and pre-made printable stickers…

Valentine Stickers pdf image

Printable stickers ::

Print these on a full-sheet sticker page (dollarama) and then cut out to decorate cards, candy, and presents. Download the stickers here

custom wallpaper in your shop

Bruce Wilson Canada :: for Blubird Store

Everyday imadeit dreams of opening a shop again. somewhere. somehow. i get giddy just thinking of new ways to make the shop a hundred times more exciting than the last time.

things like … a fully writable wall either with markers on vinyl, or a chalkboard … customized artists spaces allowing them to create a mini shop (like a craft show) … idea space with a new creativity building project each day — free and quick to try…

but on the other hand i want a continuous colour flow and simplicity through the space. see…. such icky decisions.

then i found this… Rollout Custom Wallpaper. You send them the graphic — they print it. and of COURSE they are from Vancouver… where all the coolest art action happens. their motto “You dream it. We make it.” (i love that!!)

plus they have put many efforts forth to become an eco-friendly option, using the widest format possible for rolls creating little paper waste and water based inks…

which are a safer, non-toxic and a more ‘eco’ choice in inks. Our inks have been rigorously tested on our papers to ensure print longevity, with no noticeable degradation to the image quality. A clear coat can be applied to increase washability and durability.

who doesnt love washable wallpapered walls??!

I assume you have to be rolling in the cash, considering the prices are not listed AND the client list is big name shops. But someday that will be me…

in the meantime, some of my favorites:

Forest Wallpaper :: Rollout

Adopt-a-Monster Wallpaper :: Rollout

Upcycling a bucket to a charging station

Such a wonderful idea… just the thing i have been searching for.

Visit Paint It Bright for full tutorial on creating your own charging center.

Organize with thrifted treasures

For myself, i need to organize things (de-clutter) before i pull out more things … like holiday decorations. In addition, because i grew up with “sunday afternoon antiquing”, summer vacations searching for antiques of the area, ghost stories and historical tours, i have this strange passion for everything vintage. Thus my dedication to finding the perfect thrift store too. I love the eclectic look of miss matching vintage and new. and go figure that antique shopping is good for the environment, as its avoiding buying from big factory manufacturers…

On that note real quick… i wonder if its the handmade trend; shopping from independent manufacturers/artists that has lead to this decline in the economy? I know everyone else thinks its a bad thing, but i think its about time. the market for everything is priced way to high. it had to fall… and if handmade is the cause then we are finally getting the point across.

now.. back to organizing…

Here are a few ideas i love, but you may have to spend some time hunting for them in an antique store or garage sales. wow. i wish there were garage sales in the winter…

Mail Storage for the family ::

I have always loved these next two styles of shelving. I have searched around here, but anyone that has one must be holding on to it with all their might.

Vintage Shelving ::

Wire Basket Containers ::

i love everything about this next idea…. right down to the metal letters. If only i could find one for each member in our family… and convince the small one NOT to reorganize the shelf on a daily basis.

Safety Deposit Box Shelving ::

Mail Sorter ::

More simple little things…

turn a light fixture into a vase

vintage salt shakers to store bath salts

I am itching to go thrifting now…

That urge combined with a conversation i had at a recent show (our non-crafty friends dont seem to have the same ‘thrift’ passions as we do) i have come up with an idea. A super idea … that im almost too giddy to get out…

How many of you would like to take a Vintage Shopping Field Trip. We could hit all the awesome antique markets and thrift stores, from here to toronto. We can split the cost to rent or borrow as many trucks or vans as possible, cover gas… etc. oh mama. see… best idea ever. and im serious about this. and golly … then i could actually meet all of you too.

If your interested, if you OWN a truck or van, or if you know of an awesome spot we need to visit leave a comment on the new page i created “Vintage Shopping Field Trip” (see across the top). I will add a list of all the places we should go, and whatever details we figure out like time, date and costs.

“Rethink what you have” vinyl letters and sticks

What a unique idea for any time of year. BHG has suggested cutting (or purchasing) vinyl letters to spell out a holiday wish. Since its vinyl you could stick them to anything really…. windows, mirrors and even a clear glass juice jug at your holiday party. (yes mom–i’m thinking of you)
Joy Plates

Vinyl Stick Letters on Solid Plates ::

Since i don’t have plates to hang (we use all of them) …. i am going to attempt creating a stick masterpeice. I really should photograph the piles upon piles of branches that have fallen from our two giant trees… piles! right, i said that already. anyways, i am going to wrapping each joint (where sticks cross) with 20 gauge metal wire. I found some silver, uncoated rolls at the dollarstore once, but im sure a hardware store will have a huge selection. I figured the combination of metal and wood would make an interesting contrast, and very clearly defines my little family. hes shiny bling bling metal, and im the junk in the yard. ha.

living room with couch

Stick Wall Decor ::

This is my task tonight, if the snow hasnt completly covered everything, and frozen them to the ground. You know, i havent even looked out in the back yard since “the snow”

A gift in the mail!!

The first gift arrived for the Holiday Art Challenge

… all the way from Altanta, Georgia!! Thankyou Becky from Glue & Glitter

REMINDER: Im collecting items for a family in need to decorate their christmas tree. They dont have to be handmade. I went through my own collection of decorations, with the assistance of my forever picky little girl, selecting snowmen decorations she can bear to part with. (the woman has requested snowmen if you can–its her sons favorite)

Makin it with glue

im just throwing all the lessons at’cha today…

here’s a fabulous one i found for making gift tags.

from Supercute!

from Supercute!

and because we all know great minds think alike… here are the decoupaged price tags i made myself.

for Sweet Clothing Designs

I printed the front label, and glued it onto a cereal box (actually my daughter did). then we chose colourful fashion ads and glued them to the back. To make it easier for her to do, we glued it all onto the box, then i cut the tags apart after the glue had dried.

While this project indicates modpodge is better there are a few receipes i found for making your own glue

Sticker Glue:

  • 2tbs Vinegar
  • 1 packet gelatin (uncoloured is recommended, try the bulk barn)
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (so you don’t gag when you are licking + sticking)
  1. Boil vinegar and turn to low heat
  2. add gelatin to hot vinegar and mix until dissolved. add peppermint extract
  3. Brush glue on back of paper. It may curl slightly but i will straighten out once dry
  4. cut into desired shapes.
  5. moisten to stick

Rice Glue:

  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 7oz rice
  1. DO Overcook the rice!! When overcooked the starch contained in the rice will dilute in the water. (leave rice in water)
  2. As water thickens it turns white like glue. add a bit more water, and reheat.
  3. Filter water (remove rice) and let cool.
  4. Store rice glue in container with a tight lid.

This glue is most commonly used in japanese crafts such as papermaking and bookbinding

Flour Glue:

  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup flour
  1. Pour cold water into saucepan
  2. slowing add flour while mixing
  3. now turn on the heat!! heat on low for about 20 min. stir while heating
  4. cool.

Flour glue will last a long time, and has similar results to the matte modge podge. The downside… if you leave it for 6 months, in the container in a drawer in your kitchen…

  1. you may not be able to open the jar without manly assistance and
  2. it …will… stink.

Your call 🙂