About Nik

Writer, occasional photographer, common street juggler. I enjoy cooking, crafting, a clean house, animals, and senses of humour. Oh yeah and being the mom of my boy John.

The ONE kit you need if you love to sew

32 piece presser foot set for sewing machines

Recently a friend of mine asked me what he should know in order to take up sewing. Well, that’s a can of worms. It got me thinking of all the stuff I wish I’d known when I first began sewing. Things like: Do not try sewing Velcro onto your very first project without the right needles, or they’ll turn to shrapnel and you could lose an eye Do not attempt to start and finish your first project halfway through the evening before you plan to … Continue reading

Stop your dog’s tummy pain with 1 ingredient

Junior

Today I’m going to talk to you about something close to my heart — my best brown dog. Just over a year ago, our boxer, Junior, started having severe tummy issues. He had always had slight stomach problems but they peaked last year with him starving himself and then vomiting bile and specks of blood. It was terrifying. (By contrast, we also have a yellow lab named Casey who once ate a whole box of steel wool pads and managed to survive without much of … Continue reading

2 easy ways to grow your own spider plants — no green thumb needed!

Not long ago in my post about making cute ombre plant hangers I mentioned my love for spider plants. Well, today I’m going to finally make good on my promise to teach you how to cultivate baby spider plants and grow them into big mama spider plants! Spider plants are excellent air purifiers, removing up to 90% of formaldehyde from the air. The fresh air provided by a spider plant promotes better sleep, so they’re great to keep in your bedroom. The reason I chose … Continue reading

DIY: Make a rug into a cute beach tote!

Upcycle a small IKEA rug (or any rug!) into a cute beach bag!

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. Here’s that beach tote DIY I promised you. This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission from products purchased, and that helps keep my blog alive.  The admittedly mild winter and chillier than usual spring had me dreaming of summer early on this year. That’s why, I assume, when we went to our local IKEA during one of winter’s last blasts, I saw an unlikely item and thought “Hey, that’d make a cute beach bag!” And … Continue reading

Make a sturdy beach bag for cheap!

Make a small IKEA rug into a beach bag

Hi again. Not sure about where you are but here in Niagara, it’s been hot! I know that because my makeup is sliding off my face and our young son is a grump without a popsicle in hand. This week may have been the first time we’ve gone to the beach together and done more than dip our feet in the water. The kid really enjoyed ‘swimming’ (AKA lying on his tummy and splashing like mad) and I got to cool off too. Win! AND … Continue reading

DIY: Add some colour with dip-dyed ombré plant hangers!

ombre plant hangers

Oh hey! How are you? I hope you’re well. The weather is warmer, we’re nearing the end of tree pollen season here in Niagara, and it’s nice to enjoy warm fresh air without the sneezing again. Today I wanted to share with you a colourful little process I used recently to punch up my plant hangers. Our spider plants in particular have been sprouting babies like wildfire, if wildfire could sprout babies. If you’ve never had them, you should know spider plants are wonderfully hardy, cat-friendly options. And … Continue reading

Happy Hearts Day!

What a sunshiny day! We haven’t had too many of these so far this year. We spent some time in the yard this morning with the melting snow, and we headed over to check on any new developments that may have arisen on the kid’s “stage”. It’s a sort of gazebo built by the previous lady who lived here. It’s empty now because it’s winter but usually it has a space to sit and eat. It would actually make a nice place to play some … Continue reading

What I learned when I took a leap — and why you should too

hot pink planner with gold writing

Happy New Year, everyone! Fresh year, fresh start — or something. You can always remain exactly the same if you want, too. I won’t make this post about resolutions because chances are you’ve talked/read a lot about those lately. What I do want to touch upon — after a year that many considered to be awfully bleak — is inspiration. A new year is a good time, I think, to look at your life and focus on what gets your gears turning and your heart pumping (healthily). January … Continue reading

I’ve been so quiet

Sorry to have disappeared lately. Between running my shop and running our lives and taking care to make sure our dog eats (he has chronic pancreatitis) and whatever other things pop up and getting little sleep (life in your 30s, basically), it’s been near impossible to take a moment here and there to write! My plan is to make a big ol’ bloggy comeback in the New Year after my shop settles back down after the Christmas rush. Anyway, nothing much to report. Just wanted to say hi, reassure … Continue reading

Review: Why Fitbit Blaze outshines Charge HR

A few years ago this blog shifted focus from a purely personal blog to one with the tagline and theme of “Make things better”. Part of making things better is squeezing in some exercise each day — whether it’s a full on workout (rare), a 45 minute bike ride (more common) or the bare minimum (10,000 steps / 30 minutes of consecutive activity). Today I’m quick-reviewing the Fitbit Blaze. As an experienced user of Fitbit’s products, I feel I have a good handle on what … Continue reading