You guys, this past weekend Dan and I had our first overnight weekend date since Maya was born, and oh my goodness – it was heaven. Lounging over a lovely meal for a few hours, hitting up the spa, and getting to sleep in (until 8:10am !! haha). It was serious luxury. We went to Perth, which is about an hour west of Ottawa, and is such a sweet little town. Fun little shops to stroll around to, gorgeous old buildings, and a pretty nice flea market (you know that scores high in my books!). And when we went to pick Maya up the next day at my parents’ place, she had clearly had such a good time – total center of attention!
In other news, recently I was gifted a couple of really sweet books. The first is called Instacraft, which has 50 simple and cute crafty projects. The tutorials are short, the materials are often things you just have lying around the house, and I would say they all rate as “beginner” on a craft skills scale. My kind of projects.
Here are a couple of my faves from the book. The first up are these lockets. Aren’t they lovely?
And who would’ve guessed that it was nail polish making those pretty laquered colours?!
-Coloured nail polish
-An old locket
Apply a layer of nail polish to the face of an old locket and let dry
If you want, add some small stones and beads to personalize your pendant.
I told you – so easy, right? Next up are these old world bookends.
-Fine-point paint pens
-Wash bricks with water
-Once dry, coat one edge with acrylic paint
-Use paint pen to write out book title
The more battered the brick, the better! Nicks and bumps supply a great textured canvas for the paint and make for vintage-looking spines.
And who isn’t charmed by a snow globe? Make a customized one for somewhere that is special to you, or for a kiddo with a favourite animal inside.
-Jar (I used an old mustard jar, but mason and jam jars work, too!)
-Remove lid from jar
-Glue base of figurine to inside of lid
-Once glue is dry, fill jar to the brim with water and shake in glitter
-Screw lid back onto jar
-Shake and enjoy
If glitter looks clumpy at first, don’t fret. Give the sparkles a day or two to settle in the globe.
Now for giveaway time. Want to win a copy of InstaCraft for yourself and get all the tutorials for the other sweet projects? Just enter below using RaffleCopter. Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the United States.
The next book I read through is called ‘Small Apartment Hacks’ and is full of clever ideas for making the most out of your space, re-purposing items, shopping for second hand furniture, and ultimately creating a stylish little pad. It would be a perfect gift for someone who is off to University, or about to move out from home for the first time. Want to win a copy? Enter below using Rafflecopter. Open to residents of Canada and the United States.
Any DIY or design books you’ve been reading lately? What about magazines? Did you see that Domino is back in print? I picked up a copy of the Spring issue the other day. SO many beautiful photos and amazing inspiration. Love, love, love.
*Thank you to the publishers for providing these books for review and giveaway!