Saturday, 31 December 2016

Cozy bubble wrap?

This idea may be the cheapest, most perfect heat solution for those of us with older drafty homes this winter. Would you be willing to try this?



 

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Handy chart decal

Have you ever had to convert cooking measurements? I've had to stop what I was doining and Google it, but with this chart I may not have to ever again! You can place it on the wall or behind a cupboard door. 

                                                     

Space saver

                         This is the perfect item for those of us with minimal kitchen space!


                                                

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Flower power quilt

I found this beautiful pattern for a quilt with, what looks like a flower or small bouquet.
I'm itching to purchase some fabric to start this quilt! 
What is your favorite quilt pattern?



 

Old Timer?


I love this idea for a clock!
You can use old doors, shutters, or boards in any colour with any clock kit. The outcomes could be endless!
What would you use?


If your not the craftiest person you can always purchase one lol!



                                                                  

You've got mail?


I'll be on the look out for old mail boxes now!
Even a new mailbox would work, but probably wouldn't have that 'lived in' feel to it. lol!
 What do you think?




 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Crazy lobster contest?

Here in the Atlantic provinces (of Canada) we get to see really crazy looking lobsters! 
In real life lobsters are blackish in colour and turn red after being cooked, but these lobsters are unique! 


A local business decided to create a contest to find the craziest looking lobster of all! 
Follow the link to find all the contest admissions so far:




 

Charlie bit my finger!




 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Hacking trick against your kids lol!

Does anybody else have a problem with keeping their hand towels on the towel bar? It's one of my pet peeves.


Nuts and bolts decor?

These decorative bowls were created by Kris W. You can fill them with fruit, ornaments or just keep them empty! Find out more about him and his creations on his Etsy page here:



 


 

 

Last minute Etsy for her

If you are wondering what to get the woman in your life I suggest the following picks

Every woman I know, including myself , loves a yummy scented candle.
Here is one I would like for sure!
Check out the link to find the perfect scent for the woman on your list:




Etsy gifts for him?


Gorgeous bamboo iPhone and iPad cases handmade by Madera Craft.
Check uot the array of products they create here:



Monday, 19 December 2016

Photo frame gift idea.

My staff Christmas party was tonight. 

A few days ago I purchased this pretty frame from a local gift store with a pre-conceived idea in mind...

I chose Rebecca's name, and since she is young, a university student and enjoys photography, I chose to personalize her gift!

One of her closest friends is Lucien, so I creeped his Facebook page and found the cutest photo of the two of them. I chose the best printing feature available on my printer and voila! 

Here is my finished gift idea (along with my handmade soap) voila!


BTW she ❤️ it.

 

Kangaroo Scrotum pouch?

These handy little pouches are made out of real tanned kangaroo scrotums! 

Looking for somewhere to store your marbles, an upgrade to your change purse, or even just a gift for that person who seems to have everything? Sounds like you need a kangaroo scrotum! 

These measure roughly 10cm long and can be shipped worldwide! We are asking $22.50CAD (~17USD), buy them now on www.SkullStore.ca or in-store Friday-Sunday (12-6pm) at 1193 Weston rd, Toronto!



 

Friday, 16 December 2016

A blessing to his community

On Wednesday Dec 14/2016 Andrew retired from his position as a supply delivery man at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which he held for 35 years!

Did I mention he has Down syndrome? 
Follow the link to see more of Andrew's great qualities:




Barbed wire art?

Ana Pederson makes beautiful decor with barbed wire. I'm especially fond of this piece:



 

What are your thoughts on using barbed wire in art? Yay or nay?


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Antique bathroom vanity

A few days ago I joined https://www.facebook.com/groups/720105851369196/. They currently have 113 354 members with different levels of expertise and all with different crafting and DIY projects and ideas.

 Some members use the site as a sounding board by asking questions or opinions about design ideas and such, which I find helpful and positive.

This morning Michael W Webster posted his finished vaninity project, which I love ❤️. With his permission here it is!



 


 


 


 


 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Changing url

I am alerting you all that tourettemama2012.blogspot.com will be changing to acadiancoastsandanecdotes.blodspot.com in a month from today.

I created this blog in 2012 with no clue how popular it would become! At present I think it would be more appropriate to have a matching blog URL and blog title.

Thank you to all my followers!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Lobster anyone?

I bought a few wooden signs from my local Walmart. They are only $6.00 or so and have so much potential. Born and raised in an Acadian village that survives off our fishing industry, I settled on painting a lobster.


I found a silhouette online and printed it off. The hardest part about this project was cutting out the lobster silhouette! Once finished I stencilled it on. You can leave the lobster in one solid colour, or use it as a guide. I painted it black followed by a layer of crackle finish, and a final layer of read paint.


Live lobsters are blackish in colour, but I wanted my creation to be recognized by all so I opted for the familiar red.


You can stencil on your favorite quote, paint each board a different colour, make it into a fun clock...




 


 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Acadian Christmas!

 South western Nova Scotia's  2016 lobster season began on the last Monday of November. The prices are bleh and the weather has been uncooperative, but thankfully our local lobster fishers are just as relentless. 

'Antoinette de Acadian' has a few words aimed towards Santa, and highliting our livelyhood here in Acadie.
"Her cent is thick, her humour is silly, and her beauty is one-of-a-kind!"


Plant your paper?

David Suzuki's website (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/make-your-own-recycled-seed-paper/) as an awesome video tutorial on how to make your own plantable paper! Yes plantable!

 If you do make this paper yourself, and wrap gifts with it, ( depending on how pliable your end result is) you are not only going green, but you are also giving a gift that keeps on giving, right?
This is a great project for children.

If this project is not for you, you can still opt for this green alternative by purchasing it.  I spotted a few rolls at my local pharmacy.

Here is a photo of plantable paper from his site:



 




Sunday, 11 December 2016

DIY anchor gift

As I was rummaging through a local dollar store I came upon some wooden anchors. I had no idea what I would do with them, but that didn't stop me from buying three. Yesterday was the day I decided upon this project.

I painted the entire anchor black. This was just a base coat, though




 This icky coat of crackle finish became a second coat...


I chose this turquoise paint as the final coat. Notice the crackle? I use a hair dryer for

Follow the three previous steps with a canvas or wooden planks, and turn them into rustic backgrounds for your anchor.


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Here are two of my finished pieces. They sold within 10 minutes


My favourite purchases

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Nautical themed Christmas tree

This year I decided to decorate my tree in a nautical theme...after all I live by the sea! Notice the baubles, buoys, starfish, and lobster crates? Ok, owls aren't nautical, but they are native to Nova Scotia, right?
                                     






Friday, 2 December 2016

Rustic crate decor

This table needed a makeover.




Christmas believe sign

I finished this little runner today. I bought the wooden flags at Walmart for less than $7.00 dollars! The other side of the flags say the word 'Autumn'. Two projects with one purchase!
The following photo shows the priming stage.


Next came the colour stage...

Rustic buoy ornaments

I was contemplating having someone trim some dowels into the shape of buoys, but then I noticed this! Yup, old styrofoam packaging material.



I realized I could trim this into buoys without having to use power tools. I held the piece firmly with one hand, and sliced the rest with just a bread knife. I cut them into rectangular blocks and trimmed the ends afterwards.


I poked some skewers for handles (which made it easier to paint the buoys) and primed the buoys. This top photo shows them drying.


Trim and pant the buoy handles. Add an eye hook and run some twine through and voila!

 


 

 

A handmade Christmas

From the painted mirror, to the shell wreath, to the sconces and most of my Christmas tree ornaments... I've had a 'hand' in them all!