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Roundup | Amazing DIY Christmas Gifts…

Whipped Peppermint Cream Hand Scrub via A Beautiful Mess

Are you looking for some DIY gifts to give this year? Oscar and I started to make some this past weekend, which inspired this post.Whether you’re gifting handmade gifts with your littles, or, doing some highly detailed Martha Stewart like crafts, giving a gift that you’ve put your time and love into, is just as fun to make, as it is to  gift and, receive. Enjoy the roundup! xo Continue Reading →

In DIY/ Interior Design

Ikea Hack / DIY Grasscloth Coffee Table

We’ve been searching for an ottoman / coffee table for our TV room forever after I got rid of our last coffee table in a fit of anger because I hated it so. (It was way too big for the space, and was driving me nuts) Aubrey, in a similar fit of frustration (because he missed having somewhere to rest his feet while watching TV) bought an Ikea Lack coffee table for $35. He assured me it was temporary. Although size wise it was perfect – I’ll give it that,  design wise it was killing me. It was like a black hole sucking any joy out of the room. I know, I’m being dramatic. But really. It wasn’t the look I was going for, but I understood the need for compromise. Continue Reading →

In Crafts/ DIY/ Sponsored

Sharpie® Boho Inspired Clutch


Yesterday I showed you the new line of Sharpie’s that are out – a set of 24 awesome permanent markers with 19 classic colours and 5 limited edition pops of colour. I wanted to show you how you could make some DIY gifts this season, and decided to go the route of fabric, and show you how you could make your own boho inspired clutch. This is totally something I would have loved doing as a teen (and as an adult) but how fun would this be to get a table full of vibrant Sharpie pens, blank canvas pouches, some pony beads and string, to create unique, one of a kind items to either keep for yourself, or, for a teen to give as a gift.

Step 1 / Collect your tools.

1.Sharpie Color Burst Markers

I used the Fine vs. the Ultra Fine for this project, as it was easier to use on the fabric that had a lot of fibers.

2. Cotton Pouches
Find at your local craft store or, various Etsy sellers sell them too

3. Pony Beads / Gold Washers from the Hardware Store 
Sold at your local craft store but also online (see the craft collection on Etsy I’ve curated to help inspire you for this project)

I started out sketching some ideas on a tester pouch that you can see in the background below. This was good because I wanted to see how the pens reacted to the fabric – there was zero bleeding.  Once you’re ready to go, just start doodling. I did a variety of patterns on a few pouches to show you some ideas.



To get the boho look on the pink clutch I simply cut off the fabric piece that came with the pouch when I purchased it, and replaced it with some basic string.



Where to buy // The new, limited edition Sharpie® Color Burst Permanent Markers are available at Walmart, Staples, Loblaws, Deserres, Michaels and and retail (MSRP) for $5.99 (5 pack) and $28.99 (24 pack)

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sharpie®. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

In Crafts

Crafting with kids / Art Spinners

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When I was a kid I had an art spinner and had the best time making random crazy cool paintings with it. I searched high and low for one and found that Alex makes one. It’s the best because it’s easy, and easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy – you simply put a piece of paper on the art spinner (it’s secured under some little hooks to keep the paper in place) and turn it on which starts spinning the paper super fast. You then drop paint onto it and then turn it off to see what masterpiece you created. It’s great for kids because you don’t need to supervise at all – except you will be because it’s somewhat addictive and I found myself asking for a turn. It’s hard to find in stores (I searched everywhere!) so here are some links to buy it online. But pretty much I’m just saying if you see it in your travels, get it. Because it’s the best, especially in the summer where I’d recommend you do this outside because paint eventually just gets on you. (As the child decides to test his / her limits with glitter / paint amounts)

Find Art Spinners online  /  / / Similar product via Target / / MastermindToys /

I purchased mine via Zulily for around $14 USD after searching for a few weeks. Alex had a sale on their website and I managed to grab a spinner on the site and I had it shipped to my US post box as we were travelling to the USA a month ago so it worked out.  Update! Although I went into my local MastermindToys to ask about the spinner (and they didn’t have one) I just double checked on their website and they have it too! So I’ve added it to the list above. But call before going into a store.