By Starr Durrant If you are like me, you have a stack of gift bags put away from last years Christmas and despite that - you've bought more! Finding myself with more gift bags than gifts, I decided to recycle a few of my favorites and with just a few simple steps created some pretty… Continue reading Christmas Gifts From Recycled Gift Bags
When you have a mother in senior living, you know that space is typically a premium. After a life time of gathering belongings, senior's who have transitioned to a senior's living, lodge or nursing home have already faced the hurdle of down sizing. Gifts that involve your time, gifts that are useful, and gifts that… Continue reading 10 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom’s in Senior Living
Re-purposed vintage sewing pattern framed. Do you have a box of old pattern packages, or even newer ones? Framing them is a an easy, affordable and creative way to give your sewing or craft room walls a unique, colorful fashion make-ove
In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days!
Who doesn't appreciate receiving a hand made gift for their little one? With these easy to follow steps you can make a unique and beautiful baby blanket like this one by Lulu Spencer and it's sure to be a hit with mom and baby alike.
The best way to create a "naturally" beautiful space is to incorporate natural elements so here are 12 ways you can bring a bit of the outdoors in. Remember; nature's palette is diverse so natural decor does not have to be limited to neutral tones.
A year ago our family found a new passion; the Edmonton Prospect Baseball Team and while the baseball was more than entertainment itself, there was so much more to the experience!
For newbie dad's out there planning something special for Mother's Day or for those of you who are trying to make improvements; here are the secrets to getting it right! If there is a step mom involved in your children's lives, this is for her too! #1 - Buy her flowers and not just any… Continue reading What Dad’s Need To Know About Mother’s Day
By Starr Durrant Are you hosting a Mother's Day brunch this year? If so, make it spectacular with these special touches and helpful suggestions. 1 - Fresh Flowers for Your Centerpiece No matter what what flowers you choose, they will be the centerpiece of your beautiful table setting so definitely a worthwhile investment. Also have… Continue reading 5 Must Read Tips If You’re Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch
Video & Review Contributions by Darrion Durrant - Travel & Adventure Reporter (freelance) Does your family enjoy a challenging hike in the pristine wilderness? Are you adventurous enough to try some delicious shark, rattle snake or frog legs for dinner? Will it be all hands-up when you ask who wants to experience a thrilling helicopter… Continue reading 3 “Must Try” Banff Attractions For Families With Tweens & Teens
By Starr Durrant We have been very fortunate to have shared so many amazing experiences with our grandsons over the years that I was inspired to start a new blog category and highlight some of our favorite family attraction starting with The Calgary Skyline Luge in Canada Olympic Park. If your family is seeking thrills and… Continue reading Family Fun At Calgary Skyline Luge – You Have To Try This!
By Guest Blogger Mary Sauer Whether you work from home, stay at home with kids full time, or work a traditional 9 to 5 job, a home office can be incredibly beneficial to your lifestyle. Without a quiet place to work, or to manage the many responsibilities that come with owning a home and managing… Continue reading How to Set Up the Perfect Home Office
Now that spring has arrived I set out in search of new and creative ways to display cut flowers and found some beautiful and unique DIY ideas that are sure to inspire you to "think outside of the vase". Check out my tip below on how to make your fresh-cut flowers last longer. FRESH… Continue reading Inspired Ideas For Fresh Cut Flowers – Thinking Outside The Vase
By Starr Durrant I started creating flower fairies last year for my daughter's lily pots and they are always so much fun to make! I love the idea of up-cycling silk flowers and little dolls I rescue from the thrift shops. Each celebration dinner, I create a unique fairy using a flower that represents the… Continue reading Spring Pink Lily Fairy
These cute and easy to make duct tape bows are a great project for all ages and skill levels and would be a fun way to spend some special mother/daughter time together this Easter with your little chic. You can add your bows to hair bands, barrettes, or pony tail elastics. Just head to the… Continue reading DIY Duct Tape Bows For Little Chics
By Starr Durrant These fun and easy duct tape decorating ideas are great for all ages and skill levels! Look for the Easter themed Duct Tape at your local craft or dollar store and go bunnyanas! Using the Easter duct tape, it’s fun and easy to decorate a vase, candle or candy dish and by… Continue reading DIY Duct Tape Decorating Ideas for Easter
By Starr Durrant Did you know that by removing the egg white and yolk before decorating your Easter eggs they can last for decades to come! Decorated boiled eggs left long enough will end up with a dense, hard yolk that can rattle around in the shells causing cracks and the odor is awful. The solution… Continue reading Easter Egg Secrets – How to Remove Whites & Yolk Without Cracking The Shell
By Starr Durrant What Barbie doesn't like a fabulous collection of designer hand bags? Make these super cute and easy Barbie doll purses and create your own line of Barbie designer dreams bags! Each bag takes less than a minute to make, the supplies are available at most dollar or craft stores and no sewing… Continue reading How-To Make Easy Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses (Beginner Barbie Craft Series Project 4)
By Starr Durrant If you can cut out some cardboard, glue fabric to it and fold - you will enjoy making these easy and beautiful Barbie sofas! I was inspired to try this project after watching a video tutorial from My Froggy Stuff With some cardboard, glue, stuffing, ribbon and a small amount of left… Continue reading Beautiful Easy To Make Barbie Doll Sofa
By Starr Durrant Whether you are a new blogger or a seasoned pro sharing your creative projects, these tools and tips will work for you! When I started blogging two years ago, I had no idea there were so many amazing useful and user-friendly ways to enhance the quality, content and exposure of my blog. … Continue reading 12 Tools & Tips For Successful Craft Bloggers
I'm thrilled to introduce you to Guest Blogger Jessica Kane from ECOS Paints. Jessica is professional writer with an interest in interior design and home decor. If you have a new space or an old space that needs a new look, Jessica shares some key considerations and creative decorating solutions that are beautiful, easy and… Continue reading 6 Easy & Affordable Decorating Solutions That Really Work!
By Starr Durrant Are you wondering what to do with the kids this New Year's Eve? Here are my favorite picks for fun with your little ones! Games You've heard it before - a family that plays together stays together so how about playing some fun games with the kids this New Year's Eve! Visit… Continue reading New Year’s Eve Activities Your Kids Will Love!
By Starr Durrant These beautiful cupcake toppers are so easy to make! Just glue decorations to a plastic appetizer fork and you have Christmas cupcake magic! You can use any variety of things as decorations: puff stickers, foam stickers, chocolates, lollipops, printables or gift tags and more! If your decoration isn't self adhesive, just add… Continue reading Easy Christmas Cupcake Toppers
By Starr Durrant This DIY Candy Can Napkin & Mint Holder is such an easy project and great way to add that festive mood to your Christmas table setting! Your guests will enjoy the special and unique touches at your Christmas dinner table and you re-use them year after year. What You Need… Continue reading DIY Christmas Candy Cane Napkin & Mint Holder
By Starr Durrant This easy to make candy cane soap & candy can soap holder is a great hit at Christmas!It's a super simple and affordable project and you will love how this soap feels on your skin! What You Need A shallow rectangular pan – minimum depth ½” 6" x 9" works good or individual small pans 6… Continue reading EASY Christmas Candy Cane Soap & Holder Tutorial
Pac-man Waffles Supreme
By Starr Durrant NOTE: I continue to update and build on this list so check back for new additions! I have been creating DIY projects for years but I'm still relatively new to the blogging scene and its been a road to discovery. Even though I'm not selling items, I'm still interested in sharing my ideas and projects with others,… Continue reading Where to Share and Promote Your DIY, Crafts and Handmade Projects
By Starr Durrant Well it's that time of year again and fall leaves abound so here's an example of an easy fall arrangements that brings autumn beauty indoors. Fill a vase or glass container with some leaves then add a few twigs and you have yourself an elegant addition to your fall home decor! Gather up the kids… Continue reading Simple and Elegant Fall Arrangement
By Starr Durrant I've had a number of requests to share some Barbie DIY projects that are easy enough for kids or moms and grandmas to make with their little Barbie enthusiast even if they have no experience crafting. This is Project 3 in the beginners Barbie Craft series. Links to Project 1 & 2 can be found at the bottom of this post. This fun,… Continue reading Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
By Starr Durrant While sitting on the edge of a beautiful creek in the Rocky Mountains I found myself picking out a few pebbles with the intent of making a memento of the trip. When I got home, I pulled the 10 or so rocks from my pocket and set to work trying to see… Continue reading Rockin Fun With Pebble Art
I've had a number of requests to share some Barbie DIY projects that are easy enough for kids or moms and grandmas to make with their little Barbie enthusiast even if they have no experience crafting. This is Project 2 in the beginners Barbie Craft series. You can find a link to Project 1 at bottom of page. As with a majority of my projects, I… Continue reading DIY Bassinet For Barbie (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 2)
By Starr Durrant First Posted 8/5/2014 If you don't have a garden, don't want a garden, or don't know how to garden but still want healthy and locally grown, fresh food for the best price; the U-Pick option might be for you! I recently spent the afternoon at a U-Pick Farm with my husband, daughter and grandson and… Continue reading Garden or No Garden? U-Pick!
By Starr Durrant This beautiful little fairy is a great addition to any flower-pot! This past Easter, I wanted to come up with a special gift for my daughter who is both hosting an Easter brunch and just happens to be a fan of Lilies and Fairies. Using a silk lily and 5 " plastic… Continue reading White Easter Lily Fairy
I had an amazing response to my blog DIY Bird Bath made from a reused vase and plate so for those of you Bird Bath enthusiasts here is a collection of some additional DIY Bird Baths that might catch your eye and inspire you. If you do make a Bird Bath, be sure to share it with the… Continue reading 37 Insanely Cool DIY Bird Baths!
What to do with those smurfs! Make a fun diorama
By Starr Durrant From gift bags turned wallpaper to coasters turned art, this project offer some great ideas on how to create your own Barbie dining experience. 80% of the project was made with things I found at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre, which is one of my favorite places to both donate and purchase items that can… Continue reading How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style
By Starr Durrant Are you dreaming of that beautiful outdoor space? No money? No time? No DIY Experience? No Problem! Anyone can create beautiful, unique and functional patio accents like these on even the tightest budget. Start searching for your treasures in the basement, the relative's attic, thrift stores or garage sales and turn something old into something beautiful and new! … Continue reading Eight Affordable Re-purposed Patio Accents That Will Make You Say “I Want!”
By Starr Durrant The one thing about Barbie - she loves shopping! These fashion displays are easy to make from re-purposed or re-used items and are sure to be a hit with your Barbie enthusiast. Jewellery Counter Display How To - Jewellery Display Start with a box that is the right height for Barbie and… Continue reading DIY Barbie Boutique
By Starr Durrant This bird bath project took about 5 minutes to complete – it just doesn’t get any easier! This repurposed vase and plate were the perfect second-hand finds. I spotted the vase in a corner of a thrift shop, obscured by a variety of other items. As soon as I saw it I… Continue reading DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate
By Starr Durrant A friend of mine asked if I would be able to convert her old doll house into something that her son might enjoy. It had been a cherished childhood gift and it was evident that in its current state, it was not of any interest to her little boy. After some consideration,… Continue reading Old Doll House Turned Mini Man Cave!
By Starr Durrant This scene was inspired by the two chairs which were originally candle holders that I purchased for under a dollar at a garage sale. That same day I also found the polka dot fabric at a garage sale down the lane and there the vision was born. This project is a compilation of… Continue reading How To Make A Hair Salon For Barbie
Created by Starr Durrant Cell phone case converted to luggage - pleasure and business!! Your dolls can go on all sorts of holiday adventures with these stylish, re-purposed, functional luggage sets. WHAT YOU NEED Holiday Luggage Fabric Cell Phone Case or Metal Credit Card Holder Frame from foam curlers (see Picture Below) Small buttons for wheels Strong… Continue reading DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage
By Starr Durrant I was asked to do a series of beginner Barbie projects that kids and moms/grandmas with no crafting experience could do together. This project 1 in the series. This Work-out set is a great DIY project for Barbie enthusiastic of all ages incorporating reused and re-purposed elements or things readily available from… Continue reading DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)
By Starr Durrant Center pieces are a fun and creative way to brighten up your table. You’ve put the time into preparing that special meal; now showcase it on a table set with a stunning arrangement that is equally impressive and lets your guests know how much you care. What you need A fresh bouquet… Continue reading DIY – Creative Centerpiece For That Special Occasion
Inspired Ideas by Starr Durrant Like so many of us I am always excited to discover a better way of organizing my things and when I can repurpose something while doing so, it’s all the sweeter!! Here are a few creative ideas that came to me when I was recently doing a bedroom make-over. Visit my… Continue reading Repurposed Solutions That Keep Your Accessories Organized