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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift!

When it comes to selecting the perfect Father’s Day Gift, there is nothing better than one that comes from the heart.  A gift made by your child’s tiny hands holds more meaning than any bought off the shelf. Join Zara from Zara’s Kidbits as she creates a Daddy and Me Keychain.


Assemble Your Very Own Craft Kit

CraftBoxAs a family, there is nothing we love more than getting stuck into some crafty project. This is particularly appropriate at this time of year. The truth is whatever the season my kids will happily sit down and stick, glue and color to their hearts content. Instead of having to look all over the place for bits and pieces I decided to make up a dedicated craft kit. I think I’ve got just about everything I need in it, but if you have some suggestions, please feel free to add them. Some of these are more ‘hands on’ suggestions than others. And some are definitely for supervised use only!


I don’t know where we’d be without them. Sometimes I just don’t know where they go at all. I’ve lost count of the amount of pairs I have lost over the years. And it’s never the ones that don’t cut anything that disappear. You can get regular scissors, of course, but for small delicate hands, try junior varieties. Plastic handle scissors work well, and rounded tips are a must. I do like scissors that cut, however! Get a few pairs, at least, and bright colours can help you locate them easily.

Glue Gun

What did we do before these amazingly useful tools came along? The perils of trying to glue stuff together without success are over. Grab glue guns from Glue Guns Direct and you’ll be hot glueing the house back together. Definitely a supervision required item, but a ‘must’ in any craft box

Stapler or staple gun

There are times when nothing else will do. Not a pin, not a clip. It’s a staple moment. Make sure you get a good quality one and plenty of staples to keep you supplied. Staple guns are the stronger and harder working version. These are brilliant for upholstery and even come in useful for some DIY projects. A good quality hardwearing one will last a lifetime.

Pliers and tweezers

These are just useful for those moments when you need to pull wires together. They’ll reach in and grab anything that is too small and fiddly. They will hold something even smaller, still, so you can get on with the job in hand.


The kind with the tiny teeth that will saw just through just about anything. They are also good for cutting through delicate and not so delicate bamboo. The small teeth get a great grip and don’t tend to split edges as they cut.

Small Hammer

A delicate version of its bigger brother. Great for tapping in picture hooks and tasks that come along with framing your prize pictures

Yarn or Twine

Need we say more? You probably already have some in the kitchen or tool shed, but I don’t think you can ever really have enough.

Collect these items together and you’ll have the basis of a good quality craft kit. You can add anything you like to this. Files are always useful; round and square. Sanding paper is a must have, as is a whole range of thinners and painting materials, such as brushes and felt markers.

And you want to make sure you have anything you need to help with a clean up.

It’s great to keep all this hardware together, and one brilliant solution is a good sturdy fishing tackle box. And you might just think about keeping a latch or lock on it, just in case small fingers are searching!


Feeling Crafty? – Michaels Coupons – Canada

Michaels CouponsIf you are feeling kind of Crafty now is the time to head to Michaels to take advantage of their great coupon deals they are offering right now.

  1. *Save 50% off One Regular Priced Item
  2. *Get an Extra 15% off Regular and Sale Price on All Frames, Display Cases and Shadow Boxes
  3. *40% off Entire Regular Price Purchase of Recollections Stickers and Embellishments
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Free Duct Tape Projects

Grab these FREE kindle eBooks now while you can! Fun craft projects for everyone who loves Duct Tape! Imagine the awesome Christmas presents you can make!  As always, double check the prices before you order, to ensure that they are still free!

You don’t need a kindle to read these, you can download free kindle reading apps for your computer, tablet and even smart phone.

Morehouse Farm Critter Knits – #Free

Free Critter Knits

Morehouse Farm Critter Knits: 20 Easy Patterns & Designs for Animal Scarves, Hats & Mittens [Kindle Edition] is FREE on Amazon right now!

Thirty-two five star reviews out of a possible 38, this book is sure to please.  Usually $9.59 this book is on sale for FREE right now.  Just double check the price before you download as prices change quickly.

You don’t need a kindle to read these, you can download free kindle reading apps for your computer, tablet and even smart phone.

American Quilting Traditons: 11 Free Quilt Designs, Quilt Blocks and More Americana eBook

american-quilts-mini-rightThere is nothing nicer than snuggling into a warm quilt on a cold snowy winters night!  There are so many beautiful designs its hard to pick the right one for your next project!

FaveCrafts.com has released their American Quilting Traditions: 11 Free Quilt Designs, Quilt Blocks, and More Americana.  They have combined vintage-style patterns, traditional designs and classic American quilting traditions.  There is something for everyone here.

Be sure to grab it today for your next project.

Child’s Apron Giveaway


ApronMy daughter absolutely loves baking, so my mother made her the most adorable child size apron.  I thought it was too cute not to share, so I asked her to make another one so that I can have it as a giveaway for you, my fantastic readers!

The back side is the floral pattern, and the front sports some nifty pockets.  Machine washable it should stand up to most messes that you can throw at it!

Now I’m always on the hunt for some fun recipes to try with my daughter.  So one of the entries in this giveaway is to share you favourite recipe with me!  It  can be anything that you love to cook (or not cook).  I’m always in search of some healthier options as I am trying to feed my family better, but as always we know that a treat here an there in life is a must!

So enough idle chit chat, lets get on with the giveaway!

Entering is easy, simply use the form below.  The giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents and will close August 9th, 2013 at 11:59pm.  Good Luck!

iStencils.com – Review


StencilI love to watch home improvement shows, especially the ones where they up-cycle old furniture into something utterly fantastic.  I have always wanted to try to do something myself and with the help of iStencils I did just that.  I purchased an old chair and started my up-cycle.

The most difficult part of the whole process was choosing which stencil I wanted. The iStencils collection of stencils includes over 2,600 designs.  The stencils come in a variety of sizes ranging from 5×5 inches up to 36×36 inches. The stencils are laser cut from durable, highly flexible 7 mil mylar.  I was able to use them over again which is great since I wanted to practice a little bit first.

Never having done anything like this before, I was excited to try out the stencils, but first I had to prep my chair.  We sanded and painted and then painted again.  Now were were ready for the stencils.   I sprayed a little bit of temporary adhesive to the back of my stencil and attached it to my chair.  I covered the rest of the chair with an old tablecloth and tape, grabbed my can of red spray paint and went to work.

The stencil worked like a charm.  The only spot that I had a bit of trouble was on one web where I didn’t have it pressed down quite enough and had a bit of paint bleed.  That was totally my fault for not checking my work before I started. The stencil peeled off and I was left with a crisp and clear spider and web on my chair. Something that is so much better than anything I could have free-hand drawn.

Cleaning the stencil is easy. I simply wiped it clean with nail polish remover.

My Chair


Stenciled Chair


I loved using the stencil. They sent me another stencil with more spiders and a larger web that I plan on using on an old school desk for my son’s room. Only this time I’ll use glow in the dark paint. The possibilities are endless. With so many designs you are really only limited by your own imagination…iStencils helps you add an element of fun or charm to any project. So simple to use that even a beginner like me can use them with great results.

To learn more about iStencils or to order a stencil for yourself please visit:
Website: http://www.istencils.com

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Owl Papers – Free Digital Scrapbooking

I have a few papers to share with you. Back in February, (wow, time sure does fly) I created an owl and a few embellishments and frames to use to create Valentine Cards. These papers were all but forgotten and I thought I’d share them with you. There are two more coming, so check back soon. Our internet isn’t playing very nicely and I’m having issues uploading them.

Paper 1 – Light Pink
Paper 2 – Blue

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While you are here please to take a moment to enter some of my giveaways that I have going on my site!

Friends in France – Sing-A-long – This is a great little CD to keep your kids busy while you are busy scrapbooking!

MailPix 20 Page Brag Book – Enter to win a 20 Page Brag Book, I digi-scrapped my pages and then uploaded them to create a personalized book for my monsters …err, I mean darlings  😉

Once A Week  Cooking Club – Enter to win a 6 month subscription to Once A Week Cooking.  Imagine cooking once a week and then using all that free time to hide away somewhere and just scrap the evening away (or at least until your kids find you).

nuNAAT Hair Care Giveaway – Enter to win a Hair Care Collection from nuNAAT.  This worked brilliantly on my hair and now you have an opportunity to win some for yourself.  No better way to relax after a busy day of scrapping!


CHICKENS! – KellyNeedlearts Review

Easter is coming up!  It seems like only yesterday it was Christmas.  While we don’t go all out with gifts at Easter time we do like to celebrate by giving our children a few small gifts, but what do you get for the children who have everything?

The answer is easy!  CHICKENS! and yes, you do have to yell a little bit when you say it.  Once you see them you’ll understand…as soon as you pick them up you just feel the need to shout it!

Kelly from KellyNeedlearts has sewn, with love, these adorable chickens for my kids.  They just aren’t for Easter they are perfect for any time of year.  Mine are made with high quality Easter fabric.  I love how the fabric opened up a story time opportunity.  While we were looking at the colours and designs on the fabric I was able to explain to her a little bit about the story of Easter using the designs on the fabric.


The chickens have embroidered eyes and sweet little felt beaks.  They are so soft.  Perfect for my son to throw them around (usually at his sister).  I’m not worried about anyone getting hurt.  With the weather being so cold outside, sometimes we get a little rowdy in doors.

They are perfect for taking places.  Each one is slightly different, but similar enough that my kids don’t fight over them.  If they get dirty, I can toss them into the washer.

They look very sweet sitting in a basket or just setting them on a shelf.  They are a constant source of entertainment and conversation.  We play a game where we sit down and toss the chickens at each other and tell chicken jokes.  My daughter’s favourite is…

Question: “How do chicken’s dance?”
Answer: Chick to Chick.


Chickens hopscotchThe best feature of these chickens is that they encourage creative play!  They don’t squeak or squawk, so it is up to you to make your own fun with them.

My kids have found a variety of ways to play with them.  My daughters all time favourite is using them as “stones” in hopscotch!  We created a hopscotch board on the floor and have played for hours.

For more information on Kelly and her shop please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KellyNeedlearts

Now it’s your turn!  Kelly is offering my readers a chance to win a set of 3 Chickens! Open to residence in US and Canada.  Giveaway will close 11:59 March 16, 2013.  Winner will be notified by email, and will have until March 19 to respond or a new winner will be drawn.  To enter simply fill out the form below.

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.