Denim whale’s big brother has arrived!

I made a more robust version of the DIY denim whale from last week! I like his tail details. Now that I’m becoming a little more familiar with my sewing machine, it was easier to do the cute little top-stitches. See the original post here (includes link to denim whale tutorial by a lovely Finnish lady). How do you like my whale?   Related articles DIY denim whale – great baby room or toddler gift project! DIY: Turn your regular jeans into skinny jeans… right … Continue reading

DIY sugar face & hand scrubs for dry winter skin!

You know those people who say they don’t want gifts but really you’re smart enough know everyone wants a gift? This is one for those people. These homemade scrubs are great for guys or girls — think: a gritty scrub to keep in the garage for a quick handwash under the hose. The facial scrub is made of all natural ingredients, and the hand scrub is the easiest thing in the world to make. Both are extremely effective, though for my skin type (which is … Continue reading

2013 — The Year I Forgot About Flickr

Let’s summarize 2013 in one word: Hectic. For those of you who don’t have a year available to read this post but who have some opinion on Flickr, just skip to the last bolded sub-header. The rest of you, I apologize, for this is more of a journal entry than an entertaining post. Surprisingly, one of the shortest non-introductory blocks of text involves the most stressful aspects of the past year. Between unexpectedly taking on a (very energetic) new puppy, planning a wedding comprised mostly … Continue reading

New Art: Dirty Window Paintings

Here are two of the three (or was it four?) Dirty Window paintings (acrylic on canvas) I did at the start of the summer. Hoping to get back to painting soon. Whenever I paint something — no matter how ridiculous — it makes me feel pretty good, even if I was previously a crab or a wreck. Apparently acrylic is safer than oils for pregnant women, but I’m still not willing to take any chances just yet. What have you created lately? Link me to … Continue reading

Christmas Pinterest DIY Inspiration

I’ve been pinning my little heart out lately. By the way, if you don’t follow me yet, my boards can be found here. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve got a hankering to try this Christmas season. I could see the above being a bit of a fail. Have you ever filled a balloon with water to have it come out exactly round? Maybe using some cheap dollar store bowls and cracking the coloured ice out to make half-globes to line the walkway with … Continue reading

Found my Halloween costume! David Suzuki! Canadian as ****!

I hope you will watch my next episode of The Nature of Things. If you want to join the league of David Suzukis, hit up the links below for your free mask! Small David Suzuki mask Large David Suzuki mask Not being David Suzuki? What’s your costume this year? Leave a link to your costume in the comments, or a picture of you in one of these great masks! Share the post “Found my Halloween costume! David Suzuki! Canadian as ****!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

Halloween Prep

We’re getting into the spirit of Halloween around here. I’ll take some spooky pictures on Halloween night too, so we get the full effect. I forgot to grab a picture of my scary ghoul guy from the back door, but he’ll be moving to the porch for the occasion so you’ll see him. Have you gotten into decorating for Halloween this year? Leave me a comment with your favourite decorations! Share the post “Halloween Prep” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

DIY: From Old Dresser to Pretty Vintage Bench

Holy cow! Remember when I said we were going to do a DIY using an old dresser we found on the side of the road? No? Me neither, almost. Except that it’s been in the basement all summer long (oops), staring and waiting for us to hop to it. Hey, we got married this year. As it turns out, that kept us busy this spring. Well, this past weekend we got to it. And as you can imagine from the blog title, we didn’t just … Continue reading

Cat or Magpie? — Our Mixi, the Cat Burglar

Miklos was out for a bike ride in the woods when he happened upon two men playing with a little tortoiseshell kitten. They jokingly asked him, “You want a cat?” They didn’t know who they were dealing with obviously, because Miklos, being the kind-hearted guy he always has been, didn’t think it would be fair to leave a kitten in the woods just before a big thunderstorm. Sure enough, that cat came into our lives and was named Mixi. Soon, I would find kitty jingle … Continue reading

Lemons to Lemonade: From Flood to Ice Bucket

This past week with all the back-and-forth freeze-and-thaw (so many hyphens) a window well flooded in the back yard. The water then found its way into a crack in our foundation and into the laundry room, which I found Tuesday at midnight. There was a lot of water-bailing that happened that night (and a thank you goes out to Miklos’s dad for stopping by to help us out). A couple of buckets were left full of water and froze over.  Today I turned one over … Continue reading