December 30, 2011

A Post? Can't be! - Kitchen Before

What? No way!'s me.

Feels like it's been forever since I talked to you guys! With Christmas and the rush I just put the blog on the back burner. Hope you can forgive me!

Well right before Christmas I started to do a mini kitchen reno. I think it may have been a really bad time to start a project, but it was so worth it. I am going to show you the kitchen before pictures.

Viewer beware....I may have the ugliest kitchen in the whole world. Don't believe me? Take a look.

December 13, 2011

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Hi guys, I'm here with a great Christmas gift idea that I am sure you have been bombarded with for weeks now - Cookies in a Jar! These are seriously the easiest gifts to make ever, and also one that everyone loves to receive.
They are so easy to find too, you can search online for free recipes or you can find them in books and magazines.

December 12, 2011

Christmas Decorations - Hutch Style

Hey there!

Just popping in to show you some of the Christmas decorations that I have up! I have tons more to show you, but I just need to find the time to post. This is my new hutch all dressed up for Christmas.

December 7, 2011

Salt Dough Gift Tags

Hi everyone!

Well I saw this post at The Pinterest Project for salt dough ornaments. I thought this was a great idea! Now, I didn't use them as ornaments, I decided to use them as gift tags.

December 6, 2011

Bathroom Reveal!!

Hi everyone.
Well it's finally here! The bathroom reveal!

If you guys don't remember, here are a few pictures to refresh it. Or you can check out the original posts here or here.

Doesn't it look awesome! Above is the finished vanity area.

November 23, 2011

Ribbon Tree

Hi again!

I wanted to show you some ribbon trees that I made. I first saw them at Whipperberry here. They have a great tutorial. Now I did my differently, but it looks just as good!

November 22, 2011

Bathroom Progress

Hello and where has the time gone? I didn't forget about you guys!
The Hub and I have been pretty busy trying to get the bathroom done. I told you here about the bathroom and you should see the before pictures We're almost there! It's just the little things that are left to do, like decorating.
But wow....totally worth it!
Here are some pictures to get you guys by until I finish. Here is the wide view of the bathroom gutted from the door:

November 1, 2011

Bathroom Before

Hi there, and fancy meeting you here! No really! :)

I told you guys a bit ago that I was going to show you the before picture of our main bathroom. I am really embarrassed to show you guys this, as the bathroom is original to the house.

Like.....40 year old fixtures and such. Like I said, embarrassed.

Anyway, here we go with a picture of the vainty from the doorway:

October 31, 2011


Hi there!
So does this happen to anyone else when the bring boxes into their house?

I introduce to you now.....Meeko

Ridiculous, but you have to love them!

Just a little more cute to help you through the day!

Also wanted to mention tatertots & jello giveaway here. She has a giveaway for a Jo-Tote! You can check out the different Jo-Totes here.

Loving the Rose in Pewter:
Rose - Pewter


October 30, 2011

Project Looming...

Hello again!

So the Hubs and I have decided to start another home reno project. It's been a few months since our lasy adventure here.

We are going to reno our main bathroom! I don't want to post too much yet because we haven't even really started. But there is a little of this:

October 29, 2011

Coffee (Tea?) Break

Hey all!

So back around Christmas the Hubs and I got ourselves a new coffee machine. Now, I am a tea drinker only and he is a coffee drinker. And usually, this is the ONLY coffee he drinks:

Now don't get me wrong....I have a love afair with the steeped tea at Tim Hortons, but it gets a little pricey.We wanted something we could compromise on, that could make both tea and coffee. We found our baby. We got a Tassimo.

And right now, I have one of these babies in my hand

Mmmm.....chai latte.

Anybody else know what I'm talking about with Tassimo love?


October 27, 2011

Fall Tablescape - Better Late than Never

Hi! I know, I know!
Slow to get started with my fall tablescape. I kept meaning to take pictures, but I always found something better to do at the time.

But here it is:

October 26, 2011

Apple Sauce

Hi there! I haven't forgotten about you guys!
I know it has been a bit since I posted, but a few days ago I took a nice tumble down the stairs and haven't been feeling up to blogging. But I am feeling better now!

October 18, 2011

Pinning Machine

Hi again! 
I have been a pinning machine lately. It is so amazing what you can discover when you browse through Pinterest. You find the best stuff!

And if you are like me, and sign up to Better Homes & Gardens Holiday emails, you get some pretty yummy looking recipes. I love getting these emails! You can sign up for the newsletters (by email) by going here and picking "Newsletters" at the top of the screen. They have tons of different types to choose from.

I have some great crockpot dinner ideas pinned right now. Like:

Lentil-Ham Soup
Lentil-Ham Soup

October 17, 2011

Backyard #3

Hi there! Well I promise that this post was worth the wait. This was the biggest change we have made to the house yet.
We decided earlier in the year that there was just not enough privacy in our backyard. We felt that the whole neighbourhood was able to just look into our backyard and see us. Plus, we had to secure the backyard a little better for the dogs.

So we planned, designed, saved, got help from my Dad, purchased the lumber and started building a fence! Here are some of the pictures during the process:

October 14, 2011

Backyard #2

Hello all! I have another post about the backyard for you guys today. 

The next thing that we tackled was putting a shed in the backyard. There was not one when we moved in, and we had been storing all of our tools and such in the basement crawl space. So it was a must have.

We installed a base for the shed on an incline of the backyard to try to help with the steep sloping we have towards the back.

October 13, 2011

Apple Cake

Hello everyone.

I have another recipe for you guys today. Is there anything better than apples in the fall? Apples just remind me so much of the leaves falling, warm fall days and cozy nights.

On Sunday I made Apple Cake. It's a different kind of cake, with big chucks of apple and tons of cinnamon.

October 12, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi there guys! Well I was given the Versatile Blogger Award by Sally at Love of Homes
Thanks Sally!

Backyard #1

Hi all! You sick of me yet? I hope not!

I thought I would show you some pictures of our backyard from before we moved in, to what it looks like now. BIG difference! We just build a wood privacy fence this year, and that was a lot of work! And another post.

I figure I will show you over a few posts, that way they are not too long.

But first the before pictures.

You can see my itty-bitty deck, the overgrown trees and plants, and the overall lack of any landscaping. But we had vision, there was potential in this backyard.

You can also see that the neighbours had planted bushes along the fence line of their properties. You know what that equals - WEEDS! Yes, they don't see them, so they don't get rid of them. That means you spend 40 hours a year getting the weeds on the other side of the fence to keep them out of your yard!

October 11, 2011

Homemade Rolls via Farmgirl Recipes

Hi there!
Ugh! I am so full! It was Thanksgiving here this weekend, and I think I ate 3 times my weight in turkey.
I spent quite a bit of time baking and cooking this weekend, so I have a few posts for you that I am going to spread out a bit. The first one is courtesy of The Farm Girl Recipes.

Y.U.M. were these ever good! Now mine didn't look quite this nice, but I did try really hard to make them look this nice.

October 10, 2011

Before & After - Basement Stairs

Hello all, and Happy Thanksgiving to those that are celebrating it!

Well I thought I would show you another B.I.B. (before I blogged) before and after transformations that I did in the house. I am telling you its BIB so you will excuse the lack of pictures.

I think every person in existence was inspired by Sarah's stair transformation here. Seriously, my inspiration to do anything around my house. I started thinking....if Sarah can do it, there's a pretty good chance I won't fail horribly at it too! No seriously, that's what I thought!.

First, I think I will show you my after, then start with the before.

October 9, 2011


Hello again!

I found this little tidbit at Key Lime Digital Designs about adding a Pinterest icon to you blog. Since I am on Pinterest I thought I should throw one of these babies out there! She gives a great tutorial, so I am not going to bother. Go check it out at the link above!

Follow Me on Pinterest

So there you go! Feel free to follow me on Pinterest. I am just starting out, but I do love to pin what catches my fancy!

If you are not on Pinterest yet and want to be invited, let me know because I have some invites left.


October 7, 2011

Mini Fruit Tarts

Hey everyone!!

I told you guys a few posts ago about some tarts I made for lunch at work. I didn't forget about it! I wanted to give you guys some time to bake those cookies ;)

I made some mini tarts that I found here at Kraft Canada. I LOVE to check this site every now and then for super easy and yummy treats!

October 6, 2011

Gallery Wall

Well hi there!

That's right, I followed the trend. I put a gallery wall up in the blank wall in my basement. Two months of planning, gathering the frames and printing the pictures.....and I finally have it up!

I got the frames from all over the place. The largest one was purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, I think it was regular $29.99. The other two glass panel frames were from Wal-Mart, I think they were around $30 together. The rest were from the Dollar Store.

First thing I did was lay my frames out to see how I wanted them to look. This was a fun step to do with multiple animals in the area. Let's just say that there were paw prints on my frames after this step.

October 5, 2011

Cute Update - #1

Hi everyone!! Hope you are having a great fall day!

This will be a quick post, just a little cute update. I am thinking of doing a little post like this everytime I think you guys need a dose of cute in your day!

With the cold weather fast approaching, I have to start getting the dog clothes out for my chihuahua. Poor little guy gets cold!

October 4, 2011

Fall Wreath

Hi all,

So again, I know this is something that everyone is seeing all over blogland right now, but I wanted to give it a go.

First, you have to gather your supplies: Wreath form, yarn, felt, and your trusty hot glue glun.

Now I ended up using different coloured felt for my actual wreath, but forgot to take a picture of it before it was all cut up.

October 3, 2011

Hiatus and some baking

Well I am finally getting some time to write to you guys! Sorry for my hiatus, went from busy with the family straight to being sick!! Yuck.....

This weekend I had my weekly Sunday morning coffee with my best friend, and I decided to bake some cookies!!

I got a new cook book by Micheal Smith from Food Networks - Chef at Home. The book is "Chef Micheal Smith's Kitchen - 100 of my favourite easy recipes". It has a ton of really great and easy recipes that just about anyone can make! You can Buy it here.

I decided to make his Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 30, 2011

Ah! Where has the week gone!

Hello There!

Wow what a crazy week it has been! I was all excited about it being Friday, and the weekend finally being here....and then it dawned on me. I haven't posted since Sunday...that's 1...2...3... a long time ago!

I figured I should do a quick post to let you guys know that I haven't forgotten about you! I have a few really good post that I have to get to you! I made some yummy tarts this week for a lunch at I will have to pass these along!

So don't fear! I hope to you some more goodies for you to read shortly!!

Until then, enjoy Friday!


September 25, 2011

Before & After - Rec Room

Hello, Hello!

And how are you all on this wonderful weekend?

I thought I would switch things up a little, and do a before and after post. We moved into our house almost 3 years ago now. Now you need to understand that it is a fixer uper is the most literal sense of the word. Almost ever single area of the house needed to be redone, including the outside.

One of the most significant changes was the basement. Here is the before picture (Warning: if your hair turns white from the sheer terror of the picture, please don't blame me!):

September 23, 2011

Just a Little Accent Wall...

And hello again!!

Today I thought I would show you something I did in my stairway wall with inspiration from Martha Stewart.

Below is the picture, and I found it at this link: 

I thought it was such a creative and different idea for a wall without a lot of room for anything else. So, away I went gathering frames and painting them white with good ol' spray paint.

September 22, 2011

DIY Pomander Balls

Hello again!

Thought I would do another quick and easy post of a DIY imitation craft I did. These are Pomander Balls or Kissing Balls. This one I saw posted by Courtney at Pizzazzerie a while back. The link to her tutorial is here. And wow, are hers ever gorgeous!

I followed her steps, added my own tweaks and ended up with these babies (excuse the bad pictures):

September 21, 2011

First Post & First Imitation - DIY Cloche

Hi there!

Well it's my first post here at Craft Wannabe, and I guess I need to tell you a little about myself (but not much, don't wanna bore you!) My name is K. and I love reading the DIY and craft blogs, enough that I decided to start my own!

I am a full-time worker and a wife to a wonderful husband. I have too many animals, and I am sure they will make appearances on here.

Okay, so to the first crafty/DIY thing I tried after reading so many awesome blogs out there - DIY Cloche.

I know! I know! Overdone right? But it was one of the first things I tried to do myself, and it gave me the inspiration to keep going. I first saw it on a post by Allison @ House of Hepworth's. I didn't do a tutorial because there is already so many great one's floating around. Here is Allison's.

Instead of painting my black, I chose white. Most of the furniture in my house is already dark, so I needed a few things to lighten things up.

You just need a cheese dome for your local Goodwill store (or thrift store), a candle stick, some spray paint and glue.

I added some grapevine and twine baubles from Wal-Mart.

Well, that's it for my first post.

Hope you come back soon!!