Monthly Archives: October 2012

Holiday Idea’s from a reader

A fellow reader of my blog sent me this on Facebook. Neat idea for Christmas lights.



From an old dresser to a dollhouse with storage!


A pet bed made from an old sweater.



Next time you or a loved one takes their kids to the mall, slip this home-made bracelet on their wrist. Make it your cell phone number so that if the child gets lost s/he can show someone to contact you.




Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger Part 3

Here are some more ideas I have come across for decorations/gifts:

Make your own Washi Eggs, very easy:

A sewing kit and another 24 things you can make for under 5 bux:

Clothes Pin doll Ornaments:

A Six pack of Reindeer:

Pinecone cheese balls for your Christmas party !

Easy home-made peppermint patties:

Make your own cinnamon bird Ornaments:

And for the little ones to make their grandparents:

Gifts from the Kitchen:

Home made Hand soap (some for you too!):

Home made gift bundling:

101 hand-made Tutorials:

Christmas baking ideas:

25 DIY Christmas Ornaments:

25 Kids Christmas craft ideas:

Decorating with Candy:

Christmas cookie Dough:

Hurricane Sandy and the New York Interpreter

Hurricane Sandy is making landfall near New York.

I am getting beset because I have read that all of Southern Ontario including Townsville is about to get the brunt of this hurricane that has two other storms feeding into it. I’m trying to find a channel on TV where i can get more information and I finally get to Global where they are saying that the monster storm is going to bring big winds and lots of rain.

And then, just when I need to know whats in store there is no captioning. It disappears.

I am discomfit. I need that information!

I can’t crank the television because my daughter is already in bed! My husband is in bed and he has to work in the morning! There is no one to tell me what they are saying!

I go closer to the tv hoping to try to read their lips and see if i can decipher any of the news. It’s too hard! I cant figure it out. Everything is garbled. I head to my laptop to see what I can find in the news on the web.

It’s really beginning to bug me. I really think Canada is way behind when it comes to urgent news events on the tube and elsewhere during storms or disasters. Unlike the USA, we have no VRS, no interpreters on TV, über crappy captioning that is garbled or doesn’t make sense 60 percent of the time. No warning or alerts in place and no ADA. You would not believe the barriers my son faces (more than I) on a daily basis.

Lots of stuff in print about the storm on the web and then I happened upon this:

Her name is Lydia Calas and as you have seen she is a sign language interpreter. You will very rarely see anything like this on Canadian TV during a disaster or otherwise. I applaud the Mayor for thinking of the deaf and hard of hearing during the storm.

From the Huffington post:

All eyes were on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as hurricane Sandy approached, but it was his sign language interpreter who stole the show.

Viewers went wild over Lydia Callis’ facial expressions and dramatic gesticulations (is that even a word???) during Bloomberg’s press conference Monday, turning her into an instant web sensation, complete with her own GIF-filled Tumblr.

“I love that lady,” wrote one commenter on the video of the presser uploaded to Youtube. “Stupid news is blocking her on TV so they can show footage of something. But this lady is amazing.”

Several outlets also reported her name as “Lydia Calas” — which has an unverified Twitter feed associated with it — but New York Magazine says she spells her name “Callis.” Whatever the spelling, her performance gave the public a pleasant moment during what might turn out to be among the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history, with some estimates topping $20 billion. At least 33 people lost their lives during the storm, according to the Associated Press.

In the words of New York Magazine:

Unlike Bloomberg’s own stilted Spanish, another highlight of the updates, Callis’s signing is both lightning-fast and emotive, her animated face lighting up and contorting happily as she goes, not unlike a guitarist during a blistering solo.

And that is the truth.

It was so good to see someone was thinking ahead there. And now she is a celebrity.

And for the next storm I am going to be okay. My friend AC told me of two services I can get to notify my iPhone of important news and weather. I am already signed up.


Clearer skin



DIY Boot Socks using your old Sweaters


Starting out using the arms from old sweaters, you can make your own boot socks.


A little lace next and voila!


See the entire process with different styles here:




Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger Part 2

We continue with more great ideas for Christmas.

Here are instructions for a winter wreath…a kind of after christmas idea, but I was thinking. Wouldn’t this be great done in golds or red and green?

A link to a wonderful collection of diy ornaments:

And what to give that nice neighbour, or friend who loves warm aroma’s:

How about some meals in a jar with decorated lids:

Holiday treats?

And for the kids? Home made rock candy:

12 holiday gits that are not cookies:

34 great home made gifts:

50 different foods you can put in a jar:

70 Make your own christmas gift ideas:

How to make your own body scrubs:

Make your own bath bombs:

Make your own lip balm:

This will get you started I’m sure. Come back often as i will be posting more ideas as we get closer to Christmas. Have a great day!


Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!

Christmas is 2 months away (thanks Rebecca and Tee) and I haven’t gotten a thing, in fact its going to be down right tight this year since hubby was unemployed for 7 months. I have been scouring the web to find things to make that are easy on the budget and neat. In the next month I will be sharing the decorations and gift ideas that I find, including gift-in-a-jar mixes.

The chocolate hats above can be made using marshmallows, oreo cookies and melted chocolate.


Hand made glitter ornaments are fun to make. This one is different because it uses future floor wax. Here is the link:


I thought these Mason jar Christmas scenes were really cool and unique. You can learn how to make them here:



And how about ornaments that you can create patterns with using puff paint, and then spray paint? Here is the link:


Twig ornaments, pine cone wreaths and some really neat stuff! Here is the link:


Make new ornaments look vintage with the help of nail polish remover. Who knew? Here is the link:


These pine cone picture ornaments are warm and nostalgic. Here is the link:

Mini ornaments that are toddler friendly. Here is the link:


50 do-it-yourself felt ornaments, the link is here:


These may be the first I try. I have a million ideas for them.


Speaking of ball type ornaments, here is a link to learn how to etch your own. It’s really not that hard:


Do-it-yourself cupcake style tree ornaments:


How about this? Ornaments from juice can tops, a recyclers dream!


Make your own ribbon trees:


Winter willow wreath:


Santa on your fire-place mantle!


Jingle Bells shadow box, very cute!


Super simple Christmas card idea:


Invisible Christmas tree. Yes, it got my curiosity peaked too!


Glass lanterns, I’ve done this before but I used mason jars and decorated the lids:


And what home wouldn’t look great with a monogram wreath?


How about dollar store fruit, some glue and glitter? Would look great on a table in a crystal bowl. (Pintrest)


Give your baked goods a special touch:


Puzzle piece ornaments. Kids might like these:


Christmas crafts for kids:


Mini Tree Santa’s like my mother-in-law used to make:


Go-it-yourself candy recipes :

This will get you started I’m sure. Come back often as i will be posting more ideas as we get closer to Christmas. Have a great day!