• Home Decor,  Projects

    First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality

    I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like. However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft all the things! I just haven’t been able to get…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    1950s Pass-Through Kitchen Renovation Project

    Welcome to my kitchen renovation!  My kitchen is original to the 1950s bungalow, meaning that structurally the cabinets are pretty sturdy but they are bulkier in appearance than most modern kitchens.  The previous owners we purchased the home from had painted the wooden cabinets white – I’m thankful for that being done already.  The kitchen footprint is pretty small so the white gives the illusion of the space being bigger than it is. My kitchen has a fairly small U-shaped layout.  When there are two cooks in the kitchen, we are always bumping into each other.  Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looks like right now to give…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Pillowcase Ottoman DIY

    I originally had a very cute but not somewhat uncomfortable wooden rocking chair for the corner of my nursery.  I lucked into this great garage sale find and was able to complete my nursery: a used glider and ottoman set for $10!  Score! My baby room is mint and grey, but when I brought home the navy glider, I was shocked at how nice the navy looked in the room.  I originally thought I’d have to buy a dark grey fabric, but I decided to keep the navy.  The only problem was that the ottoman did not have a proper cover, and was quite dingy: I have never reupholstered furniture before, but this project was easy…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Projects

    Mint and Grey Nursery Reveal

    I’m happy to announce that on September 1st, at 9:24AM, my son Jacob was born, weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces.  This is why it has been so quiet on this blog for the past few weeks – juggling a newborn as a first time mom definitely has its challenges!  He is just over two weeks old now, so we are starting to settle into a routine. Obligatory newborn photos below! Welcome home, Baby Jacob! ❤️ A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:53am PDT My husband and I decided to turn the smallest bedroom of our three bedroom bungalow into Jacob’s nursery.  This room was originally my…

  • Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Sewing

    That’s My Spot DIY Sharpie Sheldon Cooper Pillow

    When I saw the drop cloth Sharpie pillow by The Happy Housie (check out her project), I knew I wanted to make my own pillow with a Sharpie design.  One of my favourite sitcoms that I watch regularly is The Big Bang Theory, and I thought that Sheldon’s often-spoken phrase “that’s my spot” would be a hilarious throw cushion design to have on my couch. Placed on the spot where I sit, naturally. Creating this pillow was extremely fast and easy.  I created a large version of the phrase and printed it out on 8.5×11″ paper.  The font is “Sorry Not Sorry” by Kimberly Geswein.  I taped the print out on my front window then taped my pillow best…

  • Home Decor,  Paper Craft,  Projects,  Sewing

    Cat Silhouette Crafts

    I love my cats, so I’ve made a few crafty items featuring cat silhouettes.  Call me a crazy cat lady, it’s alright.  As I’m typing this, I have the cat featured in the first craft resting in my lap in such a way that I can barely able to type properly.  That’s okay.  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cat Silhouette Scrapbook Page Layout First up is this simple scrapbook layout. For this page, I used a polka dot paper and traced out a cat silhouette shape.  To make the silhouette stand out, I mounted the silhouette onto a solid blue cardstock and cut it out so that there…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Painting Laminate Furniture: No Sanding Required

    I received this desk with fantastic bones from my friend Lea who was paring back her space.  Isn’t the shape of the desk great?  I love that it has two rollers; one is a full desk drawer with lots of dividers to keep everything neat and tidy, and one  is a roll-away tray, probably meant for a computer keyboard.  I love using a keyboard tray for scrapbooking. You can start work on a page, have lots of mess on your work surface, then simply push in the tray to keep your workspace tidy yet be ready to roll it out at a moment’s notice to get right back to it. While I loved the shape of…

  • Home,  Home Decor

    New Craftroom in a New House

    I recently moved into a new home with my husband. We had an early December move, and it was a great feeling moving from our cramped apartment into a three bedroom bungalow. In our apartment, we had a small room that served as our home office, my craftroom, held our general purpose storage unit. On top of that, it was also the cat litter area.  Needless to say, the space had a lot going on and wasn’t the most relaxing space to get your craft on. Our bungalow has a small south-facing bedroom with lots of great light. The room was an empty slate, ready to make into my own…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Welcome to My Closet

    I’ve always dreamed of having a super organized yet gorgeously airy closet, the type that is featured in magazines. My closet is small yet utilitarian. Though my closet is ugly and will never win a style award, every item is in its place. This article is a brief overview of the organization techniques I used in my closet; hopefully some of my techniques will inspire you!   Managing Fabrics The bulk of my craft supplies is fabric. I just can’t get enough. Along the top shelf of my closet, I have stackable clear plastic bins. I sort my quilting fabrics by colour for the most part, but I have a…

  • Home Decor,  Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Keep Your Desk Clean with Floating Wall Bins

    I try to keep my work space clear, whether it’s in my craft room or my space at work. Clutter attracts other clutter, though, so my organizational goal has been to find a place for everything and put everything in its place. For those odds and ends that need to be handy, why not try attaching some small bins above your workspace to hold those hard-to-find but handy-to-have-on-hand items? The plastic bins pictured are actually drawer organizers, but by placing a pairs of thumbtacks or screws into the wall, you can convert them to stacking, floating storage. Be sure to use screws (preferably with anchors) for heavy items otherwise the…

  • Home Decor,  Reviews,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Hidden Behind the Bins

    I’m sure you understand the feeling of being overwhelmed by unorganized supplies. Where did I put those patterns again? Where are the pink buttons? How can I find the paper I know is somewhere in this stash?! I will post this column, Taming Craft Room Chaos, each Thursday with tips on how to organize those odds and sods that are taking over your craft area. These tips have helped me tame my own monster of a craft supply stash. I’ve moved from apartment to apartment, but this one thing has remained the same: my craft stuff keeps accumulating no matter how much I try to use it up before buying…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Budget-Friendly “Framed” Poster Prints

    When my fiancé and I moved into our first apartment together earlier this year, we debated how to decorate our informal dining room. We wanted it to be a fun, casual space, so we decided to print out a collection of movie posters. I worried that it would look like a college dorm room, but once posters are framed, they look more mature. Our tiny decorating budget did not include framing, so we faked it by printing the frames directly on the prints. In my university years, I lived in many dorms and apartments with different ladies, and we all had different tastes in art and posters. This led to…