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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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

Follow Sharpie online // Facebook / Twitter / Instagram /

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

In Crafts/ DIY/ Sponsored

Crafting with Sharpie Color Burst Markers

img_4863Sharpies are a staple in my studio. From sketching, to creating formal illustrations, I have a drawer full of black sharpies always at my disposal. On the flip side, in my “Mom” world, I’m always using sharpies to label, to draw colouring pages for Oscar and do crafts (like here and here). As much as I adore my black Sharpies, I’ve become a little bit obsessed with the colourful ones. I was was recently introduced to a limited edition pack by Sharpie – The limited edition sets (in both fine and ultra-fine) sets include 24 of permanent colours, perfect for your next DIY project. The 24 set pack comes with 5 new intense limited edition colours, and 19 classic colour markers.

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I’m doing a little DIY project with the sharpie limited edition set that I have – and to be honest, I was a little stuck with what to make because you can make SO MUCH since Sharpie’s can be used on paper, cardboard, glass, ceramic, wood, leather and fabric. Pretty much everything. Search Pinterest for Sharpie projects and you’ll be hard pressed not to find something you love and can do.  In a few days I’ll show you my project – here’s a little preview of the colours and, a little DIY that I’m working on. Oscar joined me at the kitchen table to get crafting too –

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

Follow Sharpie online // Facebook / Twitter / Instagram /

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  / Amazon.ca  / Target.com / Similar product via Target /  Alex.com / 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.

In Crafts/ Occasions/ Updates

Holiday Project Roundup / Homemade Sugar Scrubs


For some reason, oranges remind me of Christmas. Perhaps it’s that those boxes of oranges come out around this time here in Toronto and I proceed to binge on them. Or maybe it is the sweet aroma that lingers from this recipe. It’s a refreshing scent too, so I decided to make some of my own sugar scrub after seeing some recipes online over the last few months. All I used was:

  • sugar,
  • coconut oil,
  • orange essential oil,
  • olive oil and
  • shaved some orange peel into the mix to give it a little extra zest. 

My recipe was a variation on others, I didn’t really follow measurements – instead going with a consistency that works. Coconut oil is ah-ma-zing but expensive, so I added olive oil to offset it a little. But too much olive oil and you’re going to smell like a salad. Not the aroma you’re really going for in this project. 

As much as I am for the Holiday Gift Guides, I like to offset buying with making. Some years I don’t have the time, or, start too late, but this year I’ve been trying to set aside some time to find some EASY DIY Projects.  There is something so, well, “Christmas” about baking and making for those you love.  The aroma is amazing and I like my mixture not being too runny, but it’s a matter of personal preference I think.  The ingredients are all easily found in your neighbourhood, so no running around to little hidden stores across the city. Even Amazon carries most of the items you need! Enjoy!

References you may like:
Orange Mint Sugar Scrub 
DIY Orange Sugar Scrub


This post was originally posted on December 5, 2014. While I’m at the One Of A Kind Show, I’ve put together some of my favourite holiday projects and reposted them for you to enjoy and hopefully inspire! xo Lindsay

In Christmas/ Crafts

Holiday Project Roundup / DIY Snow Covered Pinecones


When I walk Oscar to school in the morning I always find myself picking up one of two pine-cones in the schoolyard that have fallen from the pine trees. I knew I’d try a craft with them, initially thinking I’d paint them, but I decided to try something different using white puffy paint. 

I wanted to make the pinecones look like they had snow on them, so I added a dab of white puff paint to each leaf of the pinecone, as if the pinecone had been sitting out in the garden, after a snowfall – I consider where would the snow have fallen on it – so that’s where I squeeze some paint. 

Let the puff paint try, and then arrange on the mantle or as a part of another scene and you have a pretty ridiculouly cute decor. 

Ps., You can find pinecones in most garden centres this time of year too for not that much $

I picked up my puffy paint at Michael’s, but it’s a common stock item at all craft stores!
Example: Walmart,  Amazon (You can use fabric puff paint – it totally doesn’t matter!)


This was originally posted on December 2nd, 2014. As I’m at the One of A Kind Show, I’m reposting all of my favourite holiday projects and baking recipes!