Getting my DIY & upcycling mojo in gear

Way back in the spring of 2015, I was crafting like a fiend to get my 40+ DIYs done for 'Raw Crafts'. I had to ship them off before heading to Havana to get married at the end of April. In the midst of all this DIYing, I not only made samples for each project but also extra projects to give RotoVision Books some options for photography, etc. This was one of the extra projects using burlap. It wasn't used in the book but I thought it had potential for my place.

Unfortunately it got a bit damaged due to mailing it from Vancouver to the UK and then back to Vancouver.

I had embroidered a print my BFF Rhonda sent me for the frame. But upon reflection there was too much white going on so I switched out the framed item.

First step was to repair the frame. For this DIY, I restyled a $1 frame from my local thrift store using craft paint, mini tiles and old hardware from the North Vancouver Habitat for Humanity ReStore and upcycled burlap from Agro Cafe.

I then printed a photo of my husband Roly to be featured in the frame. The burst of navy blue and turquoise balanced out with the off-white paint and beige burlap.

I love these mini tiles! I glued them to the frame then painted them. I also got out some sandpaper to give the finish a teeny tiny bit of shabby chic-ing.

I glued burlap to cardboard as the background. I also then used rusty hardware to hang the photo from. Not sure why but I like the affect!

I then used screws and a bit of wire to hang the frame.

For the photo I printed a photo then glued it to cardboard to give it some weight - this way it would hang better. I then punched holes into the top corners and used jute to hang the photo from the rusty hardware.

Here's the back showing the cardboard and holes.

I then hung the photo from the rusty hardware.

And now I have two swanky DIYs to add to my place... Featuring cutie patootie husbands and inspiring quotes in your home are all the rage, aren't they?! I also love the pops of vibrant colour to go with my super duper joyful vibes. Yup 2016 you are pretty darn FAB so far!

And now to finish up some other DIYs in process, clean up my crafty supplies and prep for Crafternoons, a book launch and an author presentation. I'm definitely feeling inspired!


A quick and dirty clipboard refresh

The time has come to revisit old projects and get them done... Finish the old, prep for the new, clean up the present. Well that's the plan anyways! I worked on a thrift store frame this week plus this half done clipboard update. My lovely $0.50 find from the North Vancouver Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Awhile ago I started on this then lost steam. I decided to use a stencil plus some Sharpies to add some colour and flair to the clipboard.

For some reason I decided against the Sharpies and used a gel pen to add the design.

I traced the design...

Then filled it in.

It was off to an interesting start I thought.

But then I left it until this weekend. I found this card (I'm a sucker for swanky stationery, kewl quotes, etc) and knew it was perfect for my clipboard update.

I then went over the design with the gel pen and also added Sharpies to the motif. I used turquoise for the design then purple for the background.

This is where I got stumped before - I even added some coats of wood varnish to see what would happen. So many times crafting for me is some weird concoction or witches brew of steps and experimentation!

I sealed the gel pen and Sharpie design with a spray plus added a silver outline to the motif.

And here it is! I'll hang this on my living room wall maybe by my craft area. Love this quote!

And that was it - a zen-ful afternoon of getting crafty on one of those grey Raincouver days. Coffee + crafting + a rainy day = tons of fun!

Next up is a craft project from the book that didn't make the cut. I fixed it up this weekend - it involves a thrift store frame, tiles from the North Vancouver Habitat for Humanity ReStore and upcycled burlap. Turns out they make for a lovely combo!


2016 Crafternoons at NVCL

Crafternoons are back at the North Vancouver City Library! Yay! We've set dates for upcycling workshops with my super duper awesome NVCL peeps.

Here are the days and times of this year's upcycling workshops:
Easter Crafternoon, Saturday, March 19th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Mother's Day Crafternoon, Saturday, April 30th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Halloween Crafternoon, Saturday, October 22nd from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Christmas Crafternoon, Saturday, December 10th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Find my full listing of TBD events and happenings at www.thriftybydesign.ca.

I'm missing my crafty peeps!

We rock making kewl stuff out of 'junk'!

We craft, we laugh, we rock - we definitely have the upcycling joie de vivre going on.

So pumped to get crafty...

And maybe even a teeny tiny bit goofy! Why not?!

Cause upcycling with my peeps is da bomb!

Hope to see you at one, two or all four Crafternoons!