I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.

Happy Hearts Day!

What a sunshiny day! We haven’t had too many of these so far this year. We spent some time in the yard this morning with the melting snow, and we headed over to check on any new developments that may have arisen on the kid’s “stage”. It’s a sort of gazebo built by the previous lady who lived here. It’s empty now because it’s winter but usually it has a space to sit and eat. It would actually make a nice place to play some ‚Ķ Continue reading

Throwback Monday: DIY Pallet Headboard

DIY headboard progress

Wading through some older entries¬†(because having a toddler puts a bit of a damper on the upcycling¬†time)¬†and having fun reliving the olden days that I hope to soon revisit. Wanted to point out that our DIY pallet headboard has held up wonderfully! The only thing I’d do differently is sand the very top of it completely smooth before staining to make it easier to dust. And maybe I’d seal it, if I could find one that wasn’t too glossy. It’s a great time of year ‚Ķ Continue reading

Turning 2!

Birthday cake time!

Happy birthday, Coolguy! This kid is our light. He’s made everything better and given us 1) a whole new perspective on life; 2) the realization that sleep deprivation is a powerful torture mechanism; and 3) filled our (previously grey & withered) hearts with¬†love. Anyway I’ll hush up now. I just like this guy a bunch and can’t believe it’s been two years since my bladder worked properly. Love you, kid! Share the post “Turning 2!” FacebookTwitterShare‚Ķ Continue reading

DIY Inspo: Soft storage bags

As you know, I love to upcycle. Naturally, I need¬†to make¬†these super cute storage bags¬†by Style at Home! Looks like you could make them from old denim or any thicker decor fabric you have on hand if you’re a bit more experienced with your sewing machine. Click on the image above to find out how to make ’em! Have you made any soft storage bags? What’s your favourite material to use? Let’s talk in the comments! Share the post “DIY Inspo: Soft storage bags” FacebookTwitterShare‚Ķ Continue reading

3 (+2) chalazion treatments that really helped

[UPDATED December 16, 2020: Fixing links; recommending against using Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and using Live Clean instead; fixing some words here and there because this post is quite a few years old now. Our kid is possibly starting to get another chalazion after years of having none, so we’ll see how this pans out.] [UPDATED May 19, 2016: Have you been here before? I’ve added new stuff to this post. Scroll to the bottom for my favourite chalazion-busters yet.] When our little guy ‚Ķ Continue reading

How to stop swelling with chayote

A day or so before Johnny made his way into the world, I had gone to the Cottage Life show in Toronto. (Lots of interesting things there — if you like cottage stuff, you should go!) Maybe it wasn’t the greatest idea to walk around so much more than I was used to doing at 39 weeks pregnant. That night, my feet swelled pretty badly. I figured a sleep would help, unfortunately sleep did not really come — and then my labour involved IV fluids ‚Ķ Continue reading

Follow me on Pinterest!

If you’ve visited this site a time or two, you may have noticed a¬†veritable um… tapestry(?)¬†of interests —¬†but not a [complete] lack of focus! Like many people (you?), I have too many ideas and far too little time, especially now with¬†my handmade shop up and running. This complete disarray becomes an organized bulletin board of dreams on my Pinterest. I’d love it if you’d follow me there! I promise it’s full of great ideas, many of which I’m positive you’d love, because I know you’re ‚Ķ Continue reading

DIY: Extra-sensitive skin baby wipes

DIY Make-at-home baby wipes for extra-sensitive skin! No more diaper rash.

  I don’t know of many young ones who get diaper rash every time a regular baby¬†wipe is used, but darn it if we didn’t end up with just¬†such a baby boy. Our first plan of action was Pampers Sensitive Skin wipes. They’re a bit pricier per unit, but you do what you have to do to avoid a red butt on your kid. Sadly, those still seemed to irritate the boy’s skin. Thankfully, before our son¬†was even born I’d found a great post about ‚Ķ Continue reading