Decorate notepaper

I found a new way to decorate paper for letter writing. I used a circle hole punch in a piece of cardstock, leaving a 3/4 inch border around the circle. I dobbed ink with a sponge inside the hole and onto pieces of looseleaf that I had cut to 6×8.

decorate notepaper

decorate notepaper

Then I used a corner rounder to edge the looseleaf (not pictured).

DIY gymnastic ribbon

To encourage dance, play and general running around and burning energy amongst my children, I hole punched 2 holes on opposite sides of a cardboard tube, threaded a ribbon through it and tied a big knot to hold it in place. My daughter choreographed a gymnastic ribbon routine on the spot.

diy gymnastic ribbon

diy gymnastic ribbon

Reuse wine bottle for necklace

I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.

necklace storage diy

necklace storage diy

upcycle wine bottle

upcycle wine bottle

I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.

Upcycle shirt

I bought a pack of 4 t-shirts in different colours and wanted to jazz some of them up. There is no good way to explain what I did in words so I hope the pictures will do.

mark lines in chalk, the more lines the better

mark lines in chalk, the more lines the better

cut along chalk lines then cut out each 2nd string

cut along chalk lines then cut out each 2nd string

pinch together in a diamond pattern and sew together with a bead

pinch together in a diamond pattern and sew together with a bead


I used a bead as an embellishment over the sewing together of the two strands.
upcycle shirt

upcycle shirt

after being washed

after being washed

DIY notepad

As a scrapbooker I often have piles of leftover paper that is hard to find a project for. We also always seem to be scrambling for a piece of paper and I love a compact notepad so I decided to make small, portable notepads out of my scraps.

Pages
Cut ~10 pages, preferably from lined paper or plain white paper (it’s easier to staple together later) that are 2 1/2 in square.

For the cover, cut a piece of scrapbook paper or card stock to 6 1/4 and 3 in.

Fold cover at the bottom over a ruler at 3/4 in and down from the top over a ruler at 2 1/2 in.

Line up all the pages and tuck them in the 3/4 in pocket. Staple in place near the bottom.

Tuck top flap into bottom flap, just above staple.

Decorate if you want.diy notepad (2)

diy notepad (1)

diy notepad

diy notepad

diy notepad (3)

diy pen holder

I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.

I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.

pen holder

pen holder

I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase.  The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

yes, I have dip ink pens

yes, I have dip ink pens

diy sprinkler

The weather is warming up, every so f-cking slowly, and we’ve entered the “water play sometimes” phase of the seasons. I wanted a fun sprinkler for the kids to play with but not something so huge that they’d get soaked. Heck, they’re going to get soaked no matter what I try so who cares?.

I finished my B Vitamins supplements so I drilled a bunch of holes in the empty pill bottle. I fastened it to the hose with duct tape, which is actually what it’s for. I amused the kids by telling them to watch it, once they’d turned the water on it would turn into a “pisseuse” (a pisser). It’s the proper Montreal term for it so they might as well learn.

pill bottle sprinkler spray

pill bottle sprinkler spray

That’s my son enjoying the spray from my diy sprinkler.

pill bottle sprinkler

pill bottle sprinkler

Laundry room decor

Here’s what we moved in to:

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before (washer)

laundry room before

laundry room before

laundry room before (dryer)

laundry room before (dryer)

Basically a giant closet with the washer and dryer in it. Not a bad deal really but it lacked, shall we say, charm and any sort of class. Now we’ve moved in, we have shelving in the basement storage room so it was time to make the laundry room a decent place to frequent. I put all the extra traveling bags I had hung up inside a suitcase and on a basement shelf.

all the bags in here

all the bags in here

Then all the hangers into a garment bag, also onto a basement storage shelf.

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement

I removed the hanging bar, which wasn’t even screwed into a stud to reveal the shelf behind.laundry room after (4)To fill in the white wall without painting it I hung a large, blue-themed painting we had that was just hanging in the basement toy room. laundry room after (5)I got Hubby to push the washer ever so slightly further from the dryer so that I could wedge in a milk crate to store some of the laundry cleaning products.

a milk crate in between units

a milk crate in between units

I put two 3M Command hooks on the side of the dryer, one for the black bag of missing socks, the other for the delicates washing bag.

dryer

dryer

I added plants, a diy scrapbook calendar I had made, and a lazy suzan that Hubby hated in the kitchen and voilà, a decent looking laundry room.

dryer

dryer

diy birthday calendar

diy birthday calendar

laundry room decor

laundry room decor

How to keep your kids from abusing the water hose

Exhibit A, the hose and faucet. The red handle sits on the contraption, it isn’t fastened with a nut.

a functional hose, minus one crucial nut

a functional hose, minus one crucial nut


Exhibit B, the faucet, just slipped right off whenever I’m done supervising the hose.
I pop the faucet handle off every time I want the kids to be done with the hose

I pop the faucet handle off every time I want the kids to be done with the hose