How to fix a broken makeup compact

broken makeup compact

Ever have this happen? I did about two weeks ago. Whoops. Luckily this mattifying powder was on its way out and I already have a new one in the cabinet waiting… but since I found a quick fix on Pinterest a while ago for this, I decided to test it out. Leave it open to air dry overnight. Did it work? While it didn’t work out exactly as planned, I did get a lot more use out of this compact — in fact, I’m still … Continue reading

DIY: Easy upcycled knotted baby hats!

DIY knotted baby hats

What to do when a baby isn’t out yet? I decided to make use of our remaining free time — a lunch date here, a sewn diaper there… a plush toy or two. When it comes to materials, I’m a huge fan of using what you’ve got, so I was thrilled to find a sewing project for the bub that I could make using old graphic tees that didn’t fit anymore. Newborn babies have to have soft, adorable hats, right? I first saw these hipster … Continue reading

Important tips to learn before you make DIY cloth diapers

So I’m on this everything-baby kick (I guess that would make sense since my life is about to go from everything us and dogs to most-everything baby) as you might have seen yesterday or the day before. After I posted my cloth diaper result yesterday, a couple of people asked me some important questions which made me realize I should explain a few things I’ve learned.   On buying materials: You won’t find PUL, polyfleece, microfleece, organic cotton velour or hemp at Fabricland or a … Continue reading

DIY: Make a cloth diaper!

Yesterday in the burp cloth tutorial, you may have noticed someone cute in the background wearing a prototype sewn earlier this week. Who was this dashing gentleman? No, not our child. He hasn’t arrived just yet. He’s our tester monkey! This time he was testing…   If you’re someone who tries to be as green as they can, and you haven’t read about how much waste one child produces in terms of wipes and diapers, here are a few interesting stats. Of course, there are environmental … Continue reading

DIY: How to make your own burp cloths — fast & very easy!

DIY burp cloths

Staying true to the baby theme today, I decided to throw up (heh) this quick and simple tutorial. It uses upcycled materials and becomes something you’ll definitely use for your little one. Got old shirts or towels? Great! Got a sewing machine? Good. If not, you can always hand sew. I used old tea towels which tend to fray, so hand-sewing would’ve taken a century, plus I suck at hand-sewing so I like the finishing better with a machine. Here’s how you can make your … Continue reading

DIY: How to make 3 comfy nursing bras for under $15!

here are all three DIY nursing bras

This is where my blog becomes uncomfortable for the few men who still read it. This should scare them off good. My phone app tells me Newborn Boy is on the way within 21 days or so (really??), and with a newborn boy comes the need for baby-related things. One of those things for moms who plan to breastfeed is a nursing bra. Ever look for these in a store? One that is comfortable is going to run you around $20, one that fits well … Continue reading

34 weeks: Back to mother-blogging

34-week-bump-crop

The amount of traffic this blog received in giving directions and updates on the ice caves in Crystal Beach this week was immense. You can tell how many free and cool things happen around here on a regular basis. Traffic was backed up anywhere from 4 to 24 kilometres on Family Day, Fort Erie’s Gorham Road bursting with would-be sightseers. All that, and no washroom facilities. We sure know how to treat our tourists. While I enjoyed the nice boost, things have gotten a bit … Continue reading

DIY Bra band extender — great for pregnancy!

DIY bra extender - great for pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a journey unlike any other. Things grow, stretch and otherwise evolve for a bunch of months in many previously unknown ways. Despite buying new bras to accommodate my … bounty (ha ha), I’ve noticed that about halfway through my day, I am suffocating. The cups are great, no problem there. My band, however, goes from a pretty decent size in the morning to ribcage-strangulation-sized in the afternoon-to-evening. And so I came up with this cost-effective alternative to buying several sizes of bra:   … Continue reading

Sorry! I’m tired!

Apparently growing a person inside you can wipe your energy out almost completely. Maybe it’s not this way for everyone, but Growing Boy has sapped out all my mental and physical stamina the past couple of weeks. I have been working on projects for this blog, but I am thus far unsatisfied with most of my results and am reworking them.  I guess this feeling often comes with doing things on a whim and not using patterns or tutorials — using your imagination, if you … Continue reading

DIY denim whale — great baby room or toddler gift project!

One of the sucky parts about having a bunch of jeans I no longer like is that I very rarely find projects that involve denim that I think don’t look cheesy or cheap. Something about denim that only looks good on the legs, and occasionally, if you’re feeling adventurous and young, a jacket. We’re getting the baby boy’s room ready lately. My youngest niece came a lot earlier than expected (in fact she was born on our wedding day), so we figured — just in … Continue reading