DIY watercolor painted napkins

make these DIY watercolour painted napkins - a great handmade gift idea!

I'm a sucker for a beautifully set table, and nice napkins are part and parcel of that setup. My girlfriend Caroline and I had a crafting day a while back and experimented with some painted napkins. We wanted to create ones with an abstract, watercolor look to them... and it totally worked! Keep reading for the full DIY watercolor painted napkins - they are crazy easy, you guys. Materials list:   >> Cloth napkins. I used the Gullmaj ones from IKEA that are a cotton/linen blend. They cost $5.99 for a pack of 2. >> Fabric paint in whatever color(s) you prefer. I use these from the Tulip brand, which work well and are really reasonable at about $10 for a 5-pack of ... CONTINUE READING

how to: a DIY cedar lined porch ceiling

Step by step tutorial on how to DIY a cedar lined porch ceiling

There have been a lot of outdoor projects on our “to do” list this summer. After (more or less) completing the renovation/build on our home over the winter, once the snow melted, there were so many things in our front and backyard that needed addressing. Grass, for instance. A new driveway. A porch. You know, pretty crucial stuff. You can always close the door on an unfinished room inside your house, but when the exterior is in such rough shape, it is hard to hide! When we were completing the reno of our house, we had our main contractor build the structure of the porch, lay composite decking, install railings, and the columns. I’ll get into more details about those choices in another ... CONTINUE READING

chic IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table

Amazing DIY! turn the IKEA Vittsjo laptop table into a chic gold and marble side table - via the sweetest digs

Guys, I have a seriously good IKEA hack for you today. Probably my favourite ever. I actually did this project a little while ago and hadn't photographed it properly until yesterday... but here she is! The IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table. It is easy to do and ridiculously gorge. So here is what you need for the project: 1 // The Vittsjo table from IKEA. It retails for about $25, but I happened to get mine in the scratch and dent section for only $16, so keep your eyes peeled in there. 2 // Gold spray paint. My choice is this Krylon gold spray paint. I really like the deep gold hue it gives (warning: Krylon has quite a few different metallics, so make sure you get ... CONTINUE READING

re-finishing 101: a mint and gold dresser

mint + gold dresser makeover

In our dining room (which I'm going to give you more deets on later this week), there was this nook next to the window that had been left bare. Between it looking un-finished, and the fact that I had been in desperate need of storage to unpack things like our table clothes, napkins, candles, etc, I was keeping my eyes peeled for a piece of furniture we could use as a buffet. The one that we had used in the bungalow was too long for this space, and also broken. Womp womp. Enter, a perfect opportunity to make over a yard sale find! I came across this solid wood dresser at a garage sale in my neighbourhood. The asking price? $15. Oh, and that $15 also included a wooden coffee table and a ... CONTINUE READING

DIY painted driftwood hanger

painted driftwood hanger

I'm always on the look-out for eye-catching ways of hanging necklaces, scarves, and other favourite things. So much nicer than stuffing them in a drawer, right? I had a piece of driftwood laying around from a previous project, that I was dyyyying to do something with, so I put together a DIY painted driftwood hanger. It's a crazy easy DIY... I promise that any of you could pull this off no probs. First step is to find your piece of driftwood. Got kids? Make it an activity on your next walk in the woods! "Who can find mummy the best piece of driftwood?" Ha! Once found, next up is to smooth out your piece with some sandpaper, if necessary. Mine had a few gnarly, flaky spots, but turned ... CONTINUE READING

a craft basic: a paper mache bowl

DIY paper mache bowl - the sweetest digs

Before diving into this week's crafty stuff - I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you guys for the overwhelming support on my post about my breastfeeding experience on Monday. I was completely surprised about the number of comments, facebook messages, and even private emails that I received from other parents out there who could connect in some way with the post. Clearly we need to talk about this stuff more, and throw all of that judgment out the window! So anyway - thank you. It was lovely, humbling, and touching to hear from so many of you. Okay - back to the usual fare around here. We are kickin' it old school today, guys. Remember how you used to make paper mache as a kid? Well I ... CONTINUE READING

project nursery: a DIY raindrop mobile

DIY raindrop mobile - square

What would a baby's room be without a mobile, right? As you could guess, I was itching to DIY something. I did some thinking about the theme of the room and gave myself a good helping of inspiration from other people's projects on Pinterest. My two starting points: I knew I wanted to do the stick idea after I saw my sister-in-law's versions for her kiddos (see them in their house tour here), and also knew that I wanted something that had some sort of rainbow element going on. I was a rainbow freak as a kid - my parents' always talk about how I would churn out rainbow drawings on the daily. You'd think I grew up in a rainbow factory of something. When I saw some cute felt mobiles on ... CONTINUE READING

the nursery: a DIY ribbon garland


Alright guys, back to the nursery. After we picked out and setup our crib, I knew I wanted to do something crafty to dress it up a little. I could've done a bunting, but I have done quite a few of those before... and then I remembered seeing some seriously sweet ribbon garlands on Pinterest. Winner winner, chicken dinner. I grabbed a bunch of ribbon in my room colours (pinks, turquoise, gold and white) from the craft store and got to work. Step 1: Cut your ribbon into strips. You don't need to have these be *exactly* the same length, but it's good to have them pretty close for a nice fring-y look. Step 2: Cut a long piece of string to attach all the ribbon to. Step 3: Start ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: a vintage card box


TGIF! Hope you guys have been having a good week. Mine has been busy - I was travelling for work and then got stuck thanks to a big snowstorm that hit Ottawa on Wednesday. I got home yesterday afternoon (just a day later than planned), but this girl is tired! It's amazing how much things tire me out way more than they used to, pre-pregnancy! Anyway, I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend at home with the hubs. I see some winter walks, hot chocolate, and a few crafty projects in my future. So... remember my no-sew fabric bunting that I whipped up for the Wed by Hand show? Well, that wasn't the only bunting I put together. The other was a teeny tiny paper bunting for a 'cards' ... CONTINUE READING

side entrance makeover: the lighting issue


So before the holidays, I shared with you guys the first couple of steps of our side entry makeover: the uuuugly before, painting the space aqua and yellow, and adding some artwork. Still on the to-do list for this phase 1 makeover? Addressing the lighting. It had a bad case of dated lighting syndrome. Not only was this was one of those small brass glass-covered chandeliers, but the glass was actually etched with some sort of floral design. Barfity barf. Let's take a look back at where we started. Since we were trying to keep the budget to the bare bones for this project, I had to get creative with the lighting. Imagine my delight when I uncovered this oversized pendant at the thrift ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: getting frosty


I am pretty embarrassed to admit that this project has taken us 3 years to do (granted we didn't live in the house for a year of that, but still!). You know our main floor bathroom that we renovated earlier this year? Well, you might have noticed that there is a window... and that that window has a great view out to our driveway and our neighbours house. Right into their kitchen window. Well, hello there! As you can imagine, there was a lot of quickly-hopping-into-the-shower-so-that-the-neighbours-don't-see-me behaviour. Doesn't really make for a peaceful, relaxing space. Haha. So out came some of the peel and stick frosting you can get from most hardware stores (ours came from ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: a mason jar soap dispenser


Ever since we finished renovating our bathroom (check that out here), we had a super ugly soap dispenser that just wasn't cutting it. A plastic dollar store dispenser next to my beautiful carrera marble floor and floating vanity? Yeah, I don't think so. After seeing tons of mason jars turned soap dispensers on Pinterest that looked oh-so-sweet, I figured it was high time I took a crack at this project. I found an old mason jar that fit the lip of our sink perfectly, and removed the pump piece from our previous dispenser. DIY Dan used his drill to drill a small-ish hole in the lid. You don't want to make it too big, but big enough that the dispenser mechanism can slide right ... CONTINUE READING