we were asked by our supervisor to decorate the carts we use at the daycare. the goal was to make them interactive and fun.

we have two carts. one cart is for games and the other is for art supplies.

on the game cart we had all the kids participate. we put yellow, red, green, blue and orange paint on paper plates. the kids covered their palms in paint and then made handprints all over the top and sides of the cart. we left the cart natural wood underneath so that means we didn’t prime or roughen the base with sandpaper. because of this some of the paint areas are lifting a little bit but over all it’s sticking quite well. we do very well to not put anything on top of the cart and we don’t touch it if it’s not necessary.

for the art cart we decided to get a little more creative.  we chose to make use of the back and make a space where the kids could draw and display their artwork. we used chalkboard paint to create an area where they could draw.  my husband and i had done the inside of our front door with this paint so we had some left over from that project and i offered it towards this new project (to save petty cash 🙂 ) on the right side i scuffed the surface with 60 grade sandpaper. then i covered it will 3 coats of Rust-Oleum tintable chalkboard paint. (allowing proper drying time between coats).  As you can see in the picture above, we tinted ours to be a cranberry colour.


once you have let the paint dry for the required amount of time you “season” the chalkboard.  roughly rub chalk all over the surface and then rub it off/in with a chalkboard eraser.

on the left side of the board we are making a corkboard with wine corks.  as you can see i’ve cut the corks in half.  this was pretty easy.  the new “foam” corks are pretty easy to cut.  just sit them upright on a cutting board and press a sharp knife down from top to slice them in half (you may want to use a glove to protect your hand.  mine was pretty sore by the end).  real corks are a whole other story.  i heard a tip about soaking them in water for 10 minutes before trying to cut them.  i would say you would absolutely have to do this.  the are pretty much impossible to cut otherwise.  well, it is possible, but it’s very hard and they break and do not cut evenly in half.  i have been given cork “donations” from friends.  we’re putting a dent in it but as you can see we have a ways to go yet.

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i said wouldn’t do this again…

and i guess i lied… ooops!

it’s been a very quiet in the shop the past few months.  despite the fact that it’s mother’s day in just a couple of days, my wreaths don’t seem to fit the bill when it comes to mother’s day gifts.  it’s all good though.  i haven’t much felt like being crafty and with so much overstock of several wreath styles in the shop, i have decided that i won’t be making anymore wreaths until i sell a few and move out some inventory.

i have been very busy with other life challenges and so it goes, some things take a back seat.  like this blog for instance.

my sincere apologies for a lack of “inspiration” by way of crafts, photos or refurbishing projects.  but this is because i am currently working on THE BIGGEST creative project i could possibly take on.  i am currently in the process of trying to make a HUMAN BEING! hahaha  our second round of IVF is underway right now so this blog will be pretty silent for at least another month or so.

don’t give up me!  i will be back with projects and fun stuff soon!

if you’re interested in this other side of my life you can check out my infertility blog –   Hello My Name is TUBELESS

so now my friends, so long.  look forward to seeing you all again very soon!


maple syrup season…

has officially started!

it’s the first day of the trees running and we’ve already got almost a full bucket :O  wowzas!  where are we going to store all this stuff?!

FUN FACT – it takes 40 liters of sap to get 1 liter of syrup

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Welcome Spring


may the strength and blessings of spring be with you!

new light, new growth, new positivity.

nature lets nothing get in its way.

sending that same powerful message out to all of you!


everythings comin’ up shannon!

Hello My Name Is TUBELESS

a new fish and a new job all in the same day? EXCITING!!!

i went to book my dog a grooming appointment at a local pet store and before i knew it was buying a betta fish and all the accoutrement that goes with it.

talk about an impulse buy! oh well, it’s a zero consequence pet choice and he’s making me really happy 🙂

my niece is 5 and has a betta fish of her own. it’s her second fish because “god had to take my other fish, sparkle, to heaven to swim in a bigger bowl”.  sure, sounds reasonable.  so anyway, i sent a photo to my sister in law and asked her to ask my niece to name him. my SIL warned me that his name would probably end up being ‘prince sparkle unicorn” (which i was secretly hoping for!) hahaha

ayla got home from school and…

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just what the dr. ordered!


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i’ve been having a rough go at recovery this time around (3rd surgery in 1.5 years) and have been just plain feeling sorry myself.

i opened my email today, and like she knew just what i needed, my sister-in-law had sent me these little gems.

please excuse while i mop up this goo that was once my heart.

10 more days until they are all home for good



do i have your attention?   🙂

for the first time, i am taking spring cleaning to new heights and i am holding a sale in my etsy shop.


wreaths are regular price but i am waiving the shipping fees for shipping to both Canada and the U.S.A! ($7.00 – $11.00 in savings).

i will see how things go but i think will keep the sale on until at least the end of the month (31.04.14).

take a look and see if there is a wreath waiting to be yours!