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

DIY headboard update

There wasn’t anything too too wrong with our master bed, but it wasn’t nice.

Our bed, headboard, and the "always kiss me goodnight" stencil left by the previous owners.

Our bed, headboard, and the “always kiss me goodnight” stencil left by the previous owners.

I can do better.

I measured the length of the headboard between the two posts, 58 in, and sewed a white, waffle duvet cover we had (from where?) to that length. I then hung it over the headboard and safety pinned it at the bottom, under the bed.

The stencil/decal had to go.

free new headboard

free new headboard

But what to replace it with? I couldn’t just leave all that empty wall space. I FINALLY remembered that I had 4 unused small decor mirrors in the basement closet. I used my new beepy stud finder, found 3 studs because this is THE house and I will be hanging things properly, and hung the mirrors.
headboard remodel

headboard remodel

The best news is that Hubby absolutely loves it! He usually just tolerates my decorating or thinks it’s “nice”, but this one got him.

Little crochet doily pouch

Will hold a deck of cards, or Pokemon cards if your kids are into that sort of thing. Yesterday my son came home from school having completed his first Poke-trades. He didn’t make out very well, but he may have learned something (I hope).

Anyway, the pouch he had been using I had made him a while ago for his little rock collection. It is now too small to accommodate his growing Pokecard collection, so I made this one.

crochet pouch

crochet pouch

I used whatever yarns I had that had blue in them which is why this pouch is very multicoloured.

I got the pattern here https://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/little-doily-bag/

Pouch part
You will need yarn in 8ply and a 4mm hook. I used cotton, but acrylic or wool would work too. These instructions are in US terms.

To make the purse chain 22, turn and half double crochet (hdc) in the third stitch from the hook and each stitch across (20hdc). Chain 2, turn and hdc in each stitch across the row. Keep working back and forth (remembering to ch 2 at the end of each row) until you have a rectangle approximately 20cm long. I made this bag with stripes, alternating two rows in each color – and 4 rows (rows 8-10) at the bottom of the bag (where you fold it). I sc the sides together but you could just sew them.

I did change a few things in the doily part.

To make the doily flap:

1. No Magic Circle because Google can’t teach me how to do it.

2. Ch 5, 9 dc in first ch. Join with a ss to complete the round (10 DC).

3. CH3, DC in same stitch, 2DC in each remaining stitch around, join with a ss to complete the round (20DC).

4. CH3, DC in next stitch, CH2. *DC in next 2 stitches, CH 2* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round (10 x 2DC pairs).

5. SS to 2ch space. CH3, DC, CH3, 2DC into same space. *2DC into next space, ch3, 2DC into same space* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round.little crochet doily bag 26. Change color and join yarn in a 3ch space.

6. CH3, DC 3 into first 3ch space, *ch 1, DC4 into each remaining 3ch space* around, join with a ss to complete the round. Fasten off and sew in all ends. (I found that anything more than 4 dc pulled at the doily too much and wouldn’t have made a good flap).

Attach doily to back of purse, approximately one third of the way down. Carefully sew in place. Add button to the front.

Reuse kitchen sponge do dye envelopes

I got sick and tired of the 4 sponges Hubby bought me for cleaning that I never use because I’m a microfiber girl. They’ve been sitting under the kitchen sink for 3 years. Most of the sponges got cut up and put in giant planting pots to help hold water and cut down on the amount of dirt I’ll need.

I cut one sponge into 2 kid size pieces, set the kids up at a plank outside, gave them a bucket of very watered down purple paint and had them dob a dozen or so white envelopes and turn them purple. They spread the envelopes around the yard to dry, which took 15 minutes and everyone had fun. I didn’t do any work and I got beautiful envelopes.dye paper

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container.  ANY type of paint will work.

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container. ANY type of paint will work.

cut to kid size

cut to kid size

squirt of paint  covered in water.  You're trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

squirt of paint covered in water. You’re trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

Reuse girl’s clothes and make a skirt

You will need: one pair of pants your daughter has outgrown and one shirt that your daughter has outgrown.

Cut the pant legs off just above the knee, this allows for a seam allowance. Either pick the inner leg seams open or cut them off. I cut. Smooth out the pants and you will now have a pant triangle that is open on the inside, kind of like a letter “A”.

Cut each half of the shirts apart and slide a piece into the “A” and measure to fit. Sew the shirt to the legs.

reuse skirt

reuse skirt

As you can see the skirt is rather pointy in the front so cut and hem that.
reuse clothes into skirt

reuse clothes into skirt

Computer and media storage box

I started from a previous blog where I decorated tp tubes to hold rolled up wires. This time I painted a shoe box, wrapped wires in tp tubes, clothespins, and ziploc bags; all with the perfect labels so that we’d know what’s what and what’s where.

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

Mostly these cords are for the computers but a few are for the tablet or whatever. Anyway, as much as I would like every electronic wire in its own box, Hubby likes the “every wire in one box” method. Since he turns into a child lost in the mall without the “every wire in one box” system, I compromised and left the cell phone charger in the computer cord box.

Declutter magazine collection

I scrapbook and I get a new catalogue 4 times a year. It does add up, slowly, but adds up. I’d been using a sticky tab to flag a page with a layout that I like and could actually accomplish with my skills and paper supplies. So I got frustrated having to flip through the whole magazine to find what I was looking for, tabbed or not, that I just ripped out each relevant page, trimmed the edge, 3 hole punch the piece and stuck it in a binder. Now I only have the pages the inspire me. And it takes up less space and there is space in the binder for more!

1 in binder replaces a magazine collection.  Label the binder.

1 in binder replaces a magazine collection. Label the binder.