Light and Bright Kitchen and Living Room

I have made some changes over the last few weeks around the house and they were all very easy and quick changes but they made a BIG impact. Joanna Gaines from the hit show Fixer Upper on HGTV is such a role model and a little while back she updated a house and added the most amazing atrium in the house, since then I have wanted to add fresh herbs into my life. I got these shelves at Ikea and I had them styled with some dishes but I now have floating shelves in my dining room area ( which I can’t wait to show you next week).


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How to Build and Hang an Antique Sliding Barn Door

There are many reasons why you would want to use a sliding door but the main reason I choose to make this door sliding is because it prevents the door from opening into the room which ultimately frees up floor space.  The door glides along a pipe track and stays almost flush to the wall.


I actually took the existing door off the hinges and installed the pipe track with casters but you can also build this door fairly easily with just two steps, see down below for detailed plans. Continue reading →

Make Your Own Sambal Chilli Paste Using Fresh Chillies



Raised Bed & Tub Gardening

What a difference a thousand miles makes. In Oregon, the garden (and weeds) was growing like crazy by the end of May; here in Alberta it’s only just warmed up enough to take a chance at planting outside. We were too busy this year to start seeds indoors, so we had to wait until we could sow directly, which we started yesterday!

Here is one of 2 tub planters my mother in law wanted close to the house so she could tend them with minimal walking:


And here’s the progression of one (of hopefully 3) raised bed hubby and I built yesterday. The (extremely insanely hard packed) clay soil here isn’t so good for direct planting. We used scrap wood left over from building our house (also a DIY endeavor). Continue reading →

How to Make a Tiny Terrarium and Macrame Hanger


When I decided that I wanted to make a tiny terrarium of some sort, I immediately thought of using a baby food jar. You might think that baby food jars came to mind because, well, I have a baby. But almost all baby food comes in squeezable pouches these days. What a shame for the crafty world! Luckily you can still find baby food jars here and there. So I fed my son some sweet potatoes and then cleaned out the jar so I could get my terrarium on!

What you’ll need to make a tiny terrarium

  • 6 oz baby food jar, washed
  • Moss Fern (Selaginella pallescens) or moss with soil attached
  • Tiny garden decorations (optional)

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