Craft Room Makeover: From Disaster To DIY-er's Dream

Check out these amazing before and after shots

Our basement storage room was a winning contender for an episode of Hoarders. Seriously. I had to climb over boxes and bins to get to my craft supplies. I redid the rest of the basement in the spring, so I decided to tackle this neglected corner of our house over the Christmas holiday. 

Here is what it looked like before . . . okay, if I'm honest, here is what it looked like before, after I cleaned it for about two hours: 

A mess, right?

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The traditional colours of autumn and Halloween do not work in my pastel world, so I love experimenting with Halloween DIY projects.

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DIY Place Card Holders

repurposing vintage finials

I have wanted to make place card holders using vintage finials for ages and I finally found the perfect ones at my favourite antique spot in Nova Scotia, Sunnyhill Antiques.

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DIY Stenciled Napkins

Add pretty patterns to your table settings with this project

I recently styled a project and wanted some pretty napkins to accent the table setting. I soon discovered that patterned fabric napkins are hard find, so I thought I would try making my own.

I picked up these plain white napkins from Gluckstein Home:

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DIY Chevron Tray

create a custom tray with fabric and a cookie sheet

This is the time of year when we all feed the need to be more organized. A great way to 'corral your clutter' is to use decorative trays throughout your home. They add colour and pattern and keep small every day items together in one place. I created this fabric covered tray for a recent Cityline segment. It now has a happy new home on my coffee table. For now, it holds flowers.

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Halloween DIY Decor

Five Fang-tastic DIY Halloween Decor Ideas

Halloween is on its way. Have you spookified your home yet? If not, never fear, I searched the web for the top five Halloween DIY projects to turn your home into a haunted house:

Click on the links below to find out how you can make each one of these amazing DIYs. Happy Halloween! 

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Why is this such a dirty word* in the design world? Time after time I see tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates criticizing DIY.

Fine. Not everyone likes it. I get it. What I want to know is, why do people have to put something down if they don't like it?

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Holiday Decor Ideas For Kids

Cityline Segment Sneak Peek

I am so excited about the DIY projects that I am working on for my next Cityline segment that I just had to share a little peek with you!

Holiday photo booth props are just one of the many ideas I will be sharing. And, seriously, is there anything cuter than a child posing with reindeer antlers?

Make sure to tune in on Monday, December 12th for a ton of great holiday decor ideas for kids! I'll be sharing all of the how-to's right here on my blog too.


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Nice Cans

Crafty Project for Food Cans

Here is a super easy crafty project to give your old cans new life. I am talking food cans. Obviously. You are reading the wrong blog altogether if you are looking for ways to improve your other cans.

All you need is pretty paper, clean food cans, scissors {or a paper cutter} and double sided tape to take your cans from this:

to this:

How to:

Measure the can

Cut the paper to the exact height and two inches longer than the width; a paper cutter makes this so easy.

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