Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Inspired Upcycle

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Growing up, I always admired the Hudson’s Bay point blanket that adorned my Great Aunt’s bed – with it’s iconic stripes! When I saw this knock-off at my local Value Village, I grabbed it knowing that point blanket stripes would inspire this project.  Continue reading

Trouble Shooting Baseboard Gaps: How to Scribe

Are you afraid to tackle DIY baseboard because your floors aren’t perfectly level? Well, don’t be! Our basement installation was going pretty smooth when all of a sudden, we were confronted by huge gaping spaces between the floor and the baseboard! If this isn’t the look you’re going for either, read on 😉. Today we’re showing you how to scribe to troubleshoot this common problem. Continue reading

Mobile Card Catalogue: Add Wheels!

Do you remember the freedom you felt when you first got behind the wheel of a car? I felt the same way when we added wheels onto my favourite storage piece. Now it’s a mobile card catalogue!

Once my craft room was filled up with stuff, I knew I wouldn’t have a single blank wall to photograph projects against. The card catalogue is way too heavy to move but attaching wheels gives me options I wouldn’t otherwise have. Continue reading

Reusable Oil Burning Wicks: A Sustainable Option!

If you’re anything like me, you love the look of a real flame! A few years ago I discovered the beauty of oil burning candles. I previously posted a project on how to upcycle shot glasses for oil burning candles but I’ve since taken oil burning wicks to the next level!

Up until now, oil candle wick options haven’t been overly sustainable. Sure it’s convenient to buy floating wicks, but you end up throwing away the metal tabs or cork disk. Continue reading

Needle Felted Elf: A Coastal Christmas

This needle felted elf will make a cute addition to your Christmas decor!

I recently took a course on needle felting; something I’ve alway wanted to learn! When I discovered that I could get wool roving online, I was excited to practice what I had learned and design my own project. Amazon has a great selection of colours of wool roving and tools by Clover. Continue reading

Engineered Hardwood Floor: Basement Installation

If you are considering installing real hardwood in a basement, an engineered hardwood floor should be your only consideration – in conjunction with a dimpled membrane! The membrane will help protect the floor from vapour migration coming up from the concrete slab. It will also protect from minor leaks – as we found out when one of our pipes burst a year after this install! Continue reading

Laundry Room Makeover: Customize Ikea Cabinets

More and more people are realizing that you can customize IKEA cabinets. Even the most experienced carpenters we know buy IKEA boxes and then build their own doors. You just can’t beat the price or convenience. So that’s exactly what we started with when we renovated the laundry room in our basement! Continue reading

Wood Burning with Ammonium Chloride: an Experiment

Today we’re focussing in on our process by testing out wood burning with ammonium chloride. It’s a great opportunity to take you through the trials and tribulations of a potential project in the making!

Hubs and I do a lot of hands on research before we even ‘start’ a project and wood burning with ammonium chloride is no exception. If you think our instructions are detailed, you should see all the behind the scenes work that goes into perfecting each step! That’s so we can be assured you’ll get the same outcome if you try one of our projects yourself 😉. Continue reading

Pipe Table

A pipe table is an ideal project when you need a side table but have a challenging space to fill. Such was the case with Hubs’ mancave. When I was laying out our basement design, I have to admit that I took most of the square footage for my craft studio! That left Hubs with little space on either side of his La-Z-boy! And you know all too well, he’s gonna need somewhere to put his snacks! Continue reading

Gabriola Frog (Gabi): Free Amigurumi Pattern

One night while watching The Orville, I couldn’t help but notice the Frog leaned up against the desk light on captain Ed Mercer’s desk because he always steals the scene! I love Kermit the Frog so the next day I was inspired to make Kermit’s counterpart to adorn wherever I choose to place her. Continue reading