Thursday, 1 October 2015

5 Kiddie Costume Ideas

In preparation for this years Halloween, here are a couple adorable and easy costume ideas for the little ones in your life...

1. Little Old Lady Costume
Little Old Lady - Homemade costumes for babies

2. Little Old Man
Little Old Man - Homemade costumes for babies

3. Baby Burrito
A Baby Burrito

4. Sheep Costume

5. Spy Costume

- J

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

"If at first you don't succeed..." - Banksy in San Francisco, California

In keeping with my street art series, here is a picture of the first Banksy piece that I ever stumbled across. If my memory serves me correctly, it is located around the corner of Broadway Street and Columbus Avenue.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

El Niño de las Pinturas in Granada, Spain

Here are a few of paintings by El Niño de las Pinturas that I came across in Granada, Spain last summer. They're beautiful pieces situated in a rustic city. Lonely Planet describes  Granada as "a paradoxical city where grit and grandiosity often sit side by side". To me, this fits the city perfectly. Granada is home to Alhambra, a elaborate mountain top castle,
but is also speckled with modern street art. 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Floating Fire Hydrants, Batman!

I came across this levitating piece in Waterloo, Ontario Canada over the weekend. (Water related pun pending..)

(Artist Unknown)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Jabberwocky by C.S. Lewis

This poem has been my weekly ear-worm. Read, absorb, enjoy...

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Three Easter Cake Ideas

Here are a couple cake ideas to help you mentally prepare for any upcoming aggressive egg hunts. Get your head in the game people!
1. Easter Bunny M&M Cake Recipe

easter candy cake

Bunny Butt Cake

Easter Oreo Dirt Cake

Happy Easter
- J

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Thought of the Day Thursday

always on the go... (this poster - and its bookmark version - is available for download at the blog)

For any bookworms currently experiencing wanderlust symptoms (like me!)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Tried It! Circle Scarf

I'm writing this as part of my  'Tried It!' series. However, to be completely honest, I have been using and reusing this tutorial for a couple years now. It's just that awesome.

I've been able to make myself several scarves and whip up inexpensive last-minute gifts for friends. It has yet to fail me.

The original tutorial that inspired me was by Yours Truly, G (it comes with a handy-dandy and oh-so-necessary video as well). Here is how mine turned out:

I would add that G's tutorial gives you specific measurements for the scarf. However, once you get more comfortable with the pattern, you will find that many different sizes of fabric will work and that you can use the same method to update existing flat scarves. Scarves can also be made to wrap twice or thrice around your neck depending on the width and weight of the fabric. Play around and find out what works best for you..

- J

Monday, 23 February 2015

Made It! Chalk Board Bedside Tray

It seems like chalkboards are everywhere right now and all DIYers have played around with chalkboard paint somewhere in their homes. Now, I am no exception. I have surrendered to the domestic chalkboard frenzy.

I recently came across this serving tray at the Goodwill for $0.99.

I was intrigued by the gold edges and brackets but, as you can see, it has a fairly tacky humming bird painted on the front. This just wouldn't do. So I ended up sanding the tray and was almost able to remove the humming bird entirely. I then applied about 3 players of chalk paint, alternating the direction of my brush stroke. 

Above is a picture of the paint drying. When dried, chalkboard paint has a very nice matte finish and I find that it looks pleasing without any chalk writing at all. That said, I like having the option of using it as a label-able charcuterie board in the future. For example:

Dishfunctional Designs: Chalk It Up! Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint
(Source Unknown)

For now, it is 'serving' me well as a tray on my nightstand.

FYI - The flower paperweight also came from Goodwill ($3.00) and the frame is from Dollarama ($2.00).

- J

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015

Tried It! Etched Wooden Spoons

My new hobby = burning wooden spoons.

I recently came across this tutorial about etching wooden spoons with a wood burning tool and have spent the last couple evenings binge watching Netflix and burning away!

Here is a picture of my inspiration from Design Mom.

DIY: Etched Wooden Spoons. No paint, so they're food safe!  |  Design Mom

.. and here are a couple of my spoons to date. 

M has started to point out to me that we already have a plethora of spoons for our apartment and so it's likely that I'll try to pawn these off at a friends housewarming party. So this has been a nice distraction and added a proactive element to my gift giving.

- J

Monday, 26 January 2015

Tried It! - Geometric Clay Tealight Holders

About a week ago, I came across a posting by Gathering Beauty for these adorable tealight holders.

DIY Faceted Clay Tealight Holders made from air drying clay - Gathering Beauty
(Gathering Beauty Version)

... and the best thing about them is that they're made using air-drying clay, so they're totally do-able home DIY projects. Following their steps, I was able to whip up several of them too.

(Creatively Mediated Version)

You'll see that Gathering Beauty was able to fit their holder tightly around the tealight. This could have been because (a) they left the tealight in the clay when drying it or (b) they're wizards. It's up to you to decide. However, by removing the tealight and having a slightly larger space in the holder, you will be able to swap out tealights and use it again and again and again...

- J