Sign Painting…and a Beer at Clayton Public House!

A DIY Wood Sign…and a Beer!

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
William Cullent Bryant

Are you excited about Fall?

Yes, the days are shorter and cooler, and the leaves are falling fast, but it’s not all doom and gloom! In fact, many of us feel a very positive energetic shift. We welcome the newness of a changing season with open arms, adapting to it in our tried-and-true ways that bring us the most comfort.

Fall is a familiar friend, reminding us to ready our nests for the next, oft-less-appreciated seasonal visitor – Old Man Winter. We shake out our boots and blankets and toss on our sweaters.

And of course, we pull out the crockpots and soup tureens. Fall brings us back to the magic of slow food – the stuff of comfort that cooks long and fills our hearts (and bellies) with joy. Stews, soups, chilis, and pies! Thanksgiving feasts and Hallowe’en treats!

Let’s usher in Fall with a cozy DIY sign painting project

Join us for a home décor leg-up on Fall with a new addition to your nest – a rustic wood sign that embraces autumn! We’ve made this DIY workshop extra-special by partnering with one of Cloverdale’s favourite pubs, Clayton Public House. Bring a friend, grab a beverage (a craft beer on tap, perhaps?), and put your hands to work with a guided, step-by-step workshop that will leave you delighted with your handmade take-away farmhouse sign.

We’ve got some new designs to choose from – each bringing a cheery welcome to this awesome season. Pick one, and we will lead you through the process, an easy-to-follow combination of paint and wood.

Register now for this signature workshop at Clayton Public House in Cloverdale!

When: Wednesday, October 10
Time:
6:45-8:45pm
Where: Clayton Public House - 5640 188 St, Surrey, BC V3S 7Y1
Cost: $45

 
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sign painting Cloverdale with Homeworks Etc

3 Benefits of Unleashing Your Creativity

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” Elizabeth Gilbert

We are all creative souls. Really. You may think to yourself, “Oh no – I don’t have a speck of creativity in me!” But wait a second. You surely do have capacities, aspirations, longings, and well, secret talents. You may think you aren’t creative.

But you are.

And having a creative outlet may, in fact, be an essential ingredient to a happy and healthy life. According to clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay: “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating—whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, cake decorating—is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

Here’s what science has to say about having a creative outlet. Creativity:

1.       Improves mental health – when you engage in an enjoyable pastime, the reward centre in your brain releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant. Here’s to improved mood and self-esteem!

2.       Boosts cognitive health – creative expression improves connectivity between the 2 hemispheres of your brain, which improves problem-solving, reasoning and the brain’s overall processing speed. That is, crafting, for example, can help slow down aging!

3.       Enhances physical health – getting creative lowers overall stress levels: your immune system is boosted, while blood pressure and the stress hormone called cortisol are lowered. Taking up a hobby can make your body feel better!

You can be creative on your own.  Or you can join a creative community – take a DIY workshop, for example – where you find kinship and support. And laughter. Lots of it!

So, if we can bring some balance to our mental and physical health by indulging our creativity, why not take advantage and welcome it into our lives? Grab a friend – or come solo – and join us at Homeworks Etc for a DIY workshop. Let your paint brush and creative flag fly!

DIY Fall Decor Workshops (Seasonal Bundle)

"I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers." L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

While we are still enjoying the last vestiges of summer, subtle hints of Fall are everywhere. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, and gold, brown and orange hues have made their annual return – on trees and in store windows. Without a doubt, we are on the cusp of pumpkin lattes!

For many, Fall is an inspiring time...

Crisper air lends a bounce to our step and means more comfortable sleeps. Sweaters and jeans and a pair of boots are welcome wardrobe swaps. Gourds, leaves, pumpkins and nuts abound!

Did you know the end of scorching summer temperatures may benefit your brain?

Studies show that your memory, temper, and ability to problem-solve all take a hit when the thermostat shoots above 80. Why? As the body works to cool itself, it draws energy away from the brain, thus undercutting its ability to operate optimally. Well, then. We’re all for a seasonal brain health boost, right?!

Let’s welcome this change of season!

Let’s face it: who doesn’t love a cup of hot apple cider, a turn in the corn maze, a slice of pumpkin pie, and a pair of cozy socks?

And how about a change of scenery at home? Better yet – how about creating some festive, seasonal décor to lift the mood on those darker days of Fall? And even better, how about joining a group (and bringing a friend or two) to DIY and spend time with each month this Fall?

We have 3 autumn DIY projects for you!

Homeworks Etc presents a 3-month series starting in September – DIY Seasonal Bundle Monthly Workshops - where you can join fellow DIYers to craft some beautifully festive décor for your home. Each third Wednesday in September, October, and November, we will gather to make gorgeous decorations for your home and holiday table. You will make it all yourself, with our guidance!

The 3 projects are:

Wednesday, September 19th
                       Monogrammed Table Runner and Tea Towel set

Wednesday, October 17th
                       Pallet Sign

Wednesday, November 21st
                     Centre Piece Trough and 3 Wood Candle Pillars

Come join us! Register here now:

DIY Seasonal Bundle Monthly Workshops - $225/3 workshops

TIME:  6:45pm-8:45pm
DATES: September 19th, October 17th & November 21st
Location:  102 - 16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

We want you to be ready this season! Let’s have some fun!

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DIY Furniture Painting - The Painted Bench

“A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.” Napoleon Bonapart

Can you visualize a wooden bench in your foyer? At the end of your bed? As a coffee table? Or maybe on your front verandah as outdoor seating or a setting for vibrant flower pots?

The versatile, multi-functional wooden bench can work for your home in so many ways.

Let us count the ways!

  • A simple bench tucked against the wall in your front foyer is a warm welcome to family and friends. It’s a quick seat to slip off (or on!) a boot, wait for slowpokes or set down a package. You can arrange footwear below and hang jackets, hats and leashes above – great ideas for space savers.

  • Take your bench to the other side of the door – outside! Your covered front porch is the perfect setting for a decorative wooden bench. Display seasonal potted flowers or pumpkins or wreaths. Take advantage of its practicality and have a sit-down while you pull off mucky boots before entering the house.

  • Positioned at the end of your bed, a rustic bench gives you a place to prop a leg while tying a shoe or pulling on tights. It’s a lovely - and practical – backdrop for a favourite blanket and pillows, and acts as a visual anchor for your bedroom.

Create a breakfast nook banquette, a pit-stop in the upstairs hallway, a dreamy window seat. With a bench in your décor cache, you’ve got so many stylish options!

A wooden bench can last a lifetime – and become a loving feature in your home. Memories of family and friends welcomed into your home and seated on your handsome throne will live on forever!

Put your creativity to work and come join us to paint your very own wooden bench!

DIY Furniture 101 Bench Workshop

Date: Friday, September 14th

Time: 6:45 – 9:30pm

Location: #102 – 16793 60th Avenue

Cost: $225

 

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Social Connection and DIY Workshops

“Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”  Brene Brown

Social support is about connection

Your social network is about the number of people you interact with. You can count your social media friends in this group. But a social network is not the same as social support. Social support has to do with cultivating relationships that go deeper than just a simple Hi and Hello.

While we are more connected now than ever before via social media, the quality of our connections is deteriorating. But we can create meaningful, supportive connections in many ways – emotionally (e.g. loving, trustworthy friends and family), tangibly (e.g. baby sitters), and informationally (e.g. therapists and dentists), for example.

Thriving through social support

Did you know that social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity? Studies show that social connection strengthens our immune system and helps us recover from disease faster. When we feel more connected to others, we are more trusting, cooperative and empathic to others.

DIY workshops can help us live longer!

Another valuable way to connect is through companionship support. This includes our ‘activity’ friends who help us feel socially accepted. They could be your reading group or church group or any other group of people you interact with socially. Your DIY workshop group, for example!

The sense of community and social good that comes from these kinds of groups can deliver on deeper levels like purpose and self-esteem. And at least one study shows that having a sense of purpose can extend your lifespan!

Fellow DIYers can become your TRIBE! We share tips and tricks, techniques we’ve mastered along the way – interspersed with laughter and plenty of life musings. Crafting together fosters community – a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, to feel a part of something special, to unleash creativity, and to share a common passion.

This. Is. Connection.

Join us in one of our DIY Workshops or call to book your own Private Party with friends!

 

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3 Easy DIY Projects with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

3 Easy DIY Projects with
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Infusing your home with your special touch – the charm and beauty of handmade creations - is what magically transforms your family space to home sweet home. And creating stylish home décor can be so easy with just 2 simple ingredients: wood and paint.

Have you tried Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint?

Did you know that powdered milk paint has been around for thousands of years? It was used in the Egyptian Pyramids and on ancient cave paintings! Today, we apply this versatile paint to our furniture, walls and barns to achieve a variety of looks, from chippy and distressed to smooth and sleek.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is easy-to-mix (just add water!), environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs. It’s made of 5 natural ingredients and comes in a gorgeous array of swoon-worthy colours. Who isn’t drawn to sumptuous names like French Enamel, Marzipan and Bergere? Or tempted by the likes of Typewriter, Grainsack and Tricycle?

Are you ready for an easy-peasy trilogy of DIY home décor projects?

We invite you to join us in creating 3 beautiful decorative treasures for your home, featuring two beloved basics: wood and (milk) paint. Come try your hand at these simple projects:

1.       DIY Blanket Ladder

Add some vertical flair with a leaning 3-rung blanket ladder - showcase a cherished blanket, towels or magazines!  So simple to paint with this forgiving paint.  I love seeing the wood grain through this paint. 
BLANKET LADDER: painted Shutterstock Gray with WHITE WAX.

2.       DIY Sign

Go farmhouse-style with framed rustic wood signs displaying your favourite words or phrases!  Join a Workshop to play and create with this fun paint.  
FRAMED SIGN: background painted Ironstone with frame in Trophy with clear wax finish.
LETTERING:  painted in Fusion Mineral Paint Ash

3.      DIY Coffee Tray

Create a beautiful coffee table/serving wood tray that is both functional and decorative! Buy the wood round, paint and add handles.  Voila! 
COFFEE TRAY: painted Bergere with hemp oil finish.

Homeworks Etc. is proud to showcase Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – a unique product that elevates your DIY project to home run status. Shop online or visit us at our Cloverdale, BC location where you will find an enticing selection of colours stocking our shelves.

What colours will you choose?

Shop Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in store.  

Register now for these in-store DIY workshops:

DIY Coffee Table Tray Workshop

Thursday, September 6 | 6:45pm
Cost: $85

REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

DIY Sign Making Workshop

Tuesday, September 25 | 6:45pm
Cost: $45

REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

DIY Blanket Ladder Workshop

Thursday, September 27 | 6:45pm
Cost: $85

REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

My First Day of School Chalkboard

My first day of school Chalkboard

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer are still in full swing – but alas, September is fast-approaching. The start of the school year is around the corner and stocking up on supplies and clothes and lunch boxes is REAL!

But practical to-do lists aside, your child’s transition to the next grade, with a new teacher and a shiny blackboard and lots of cool stuff to learn…is really an extraordinary time. It’s a new beginning. It’s the next step of personal growth and inching their way closer to – dare I say it? - adulthood.

Capturing these special life moments is a must! Why not start a new tradition? Homeworks Etc has a great way to capture that first day of school, year after year. Our Back to School Chalkboard is a sweet way for you and your child to mark the ‘first day back’ each year.

And it’s so easy to use.  Pop by the shop to buy yours or SHOP ONLINE.  

Order your ready-made chalkboard here at Homeworks Etc!

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We want you to create memories.  We also have a FREE Printable for you to download.

 

If you enjoyed this printable, like and share this post with your friends.

Finding Your Word + DIY Sign-Making Workshop

“Words have a magical power.” Sigmund Freud

Do you have a favourite word? A much-loved phrase that makes you smile? The perfect expression that describes YOU to a tee?

One word

Did you know that many people ritually choose a Word of the Year? Some folks believe that choosing one word to guide them through the year is much more effective than making a New Year’s resolution. The word can be chosen at any time of the year and can carry such tremendous possibility.

Others choose a Life Word. A life word defines you – forever - and guides you to be your best and create the journey you’ve dared to dream of. It’s deeply meaningful and transformative.

Sometimes we just need a good giggle

And then there’s the happy turn-of-phrase or cluster of words that simply gives you and your guests basic, life-boosting pleasure. Hilarity is always a winner and a saying that makes you laugh can’t be beat!

Keep your word(s) front and centre

Put your words where you can see them every day! Create a piece of art that brings your word or funny phrase to life! Grab a friend and come join us in a DIY Workshop where you can choose from a wide selection of words and phrases, and paint 3 rustic, farmhouse-style signs to add charm to your home décor.

What’s your special word or phrase?

DIY Workshop | Sign Making                                                                                                             Monday, August 20 6:45 – 8:45pm                                                                                                    #102-16793 60th Avenue, Cloverdale, BC                                                                                          Cost: $59

REGISTER TODAY! 

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Sugar Free Popsicle Recipe + Craft Printable

Who doesn't love a cold, dripping popsicle on a hot day? 

Homeworks Etc is sharing a fun, summery DIY workshop...that you can whip up in the comfort of your own home! It's quick, easy and requires very few materials (e.g. paper and string; scissors; printer) – no paint required! Rustle up the kids, fire up your printer, and embrace the warm weather with a festive ‘garland’ of colourful paper popsicles.

It’s this easy:

1.  Print the FREE PRINTABLE below on paper or card stock (use your colour setting…or pull out the coloured pencils if this isn’t an option for you)

2.  Cut out the popsicles

3. Hole Punch at the top of popsicles

4.  Glue popsicle sticker to each cut out (glue sticks work best)

4.  Loop together with string

And find the perfect spot to showcase this burst of summer colour in your home!  Popsicle Stand perhaps?

And let's take this DIY to another level! To celebrate your creative success, why not try your hand at this refreshing, delicious, and healthy popsicle recipe that the whole family (and neighbourhood kids) will love:

Watermelon-Strawberry-Lime Popsicles

3 heaping cups of cubed watermelon

1 heaping cup of strawberries, hulled (fresh or frozen)

zest and juice of 1 lime

Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl until smooth. Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze 3-4 hours until solid. Yum!

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Glass of wine, anyone?

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Plautus

Breaking bread together. Clinking wine glasses. Appreciating friends.

Spending time with others is social nourishment. Food and drink tastes better when shared in good company. And finding ourselves in beautiful backdrops with a delicious pick-me-up is a sublime soul soother.

Happily, Homeworks Etc has partnered with Township 7 Vineyard & Winery to offer you a wonderful ‘taste and create’ opportunity – to taste award-winning wines and create a wine bag and a fancy glass!

This workshop offers the perfect opportunity to take a break from the bustle of life and relax into lush surroundings while sipping a premium wine. All in your own backyard! Township 7 Vineyard & Winery is a gem amidst the Lower Mainland, where grape-growing abounds.

Come join us in a step-by-step guided workshop to create a gorgeous, stencilled wine bag and embellish a wine glass! You will learn how to use FusionTM mineral paint, an acrylic, water-based paint (not chalk-like) that delivers an exceptional matte finish. Homeworks Etc. is proud to showcase this exemplary, one-of-a-kind product and you will find a fantastic array of colours stocking our shelves. And you will try your hand at paint stencils.

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Grab a friend and register now!

DIY Wine Bag & Wine Tasting at Township 7 Vineyard + Winery

Date & Time: August 1st, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $75

Location: Township 7 Vineyards & Winery - 21152 16 Ave, Langley

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DIY Workshops at Homeworks Etc

Homeworks Etc. prides itself on creating a safe and fun environment for women to create. We were built on the belief that everyone has the ability to create something beautiful. Our workshops are for people who love to create, but may not have the time, the know-how, or the confidence to do so on their own.

Don't worry -- we've got you!

When you come to our workshops, we have the materials and instructors ready to teach and help you go home with a brand new creation. You can start and finish a new project within the span of a couple of hours. How amazing is that?

You can come with your friends or just come and make some new ones! We are building a community of like-minded individuals who are creative, inquisitive, and ready to tackle a variety of new projects.

We have a range of workshops including: signs, pillows, growth charts, wine glasses, and much more! We are also constantly coming up with new projects and workshops as we continue to grow and expand.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out our calendar at www.homeworksetc.ca to see what workshops we have coming up next.

See you there!

 

How to Make Wood Signs with Sayings (EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT CREATIVE)

How to make wood signs with Sayings...

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you know exactly how to make wood signs with sayings, what about making these yourself at home. I’ve written HOW TO instructions to make wood signs including a list of all the supplies and step by step instructions to make wood signs. GET YOUR FREE DIY WOOD SIGN with Sayings INSTRUCTIONS (printable sheet) by clicking the link below: https://mailchi.mp/447a3b101102/how-t...

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Spring Sale at Homeworks Etc

Join us for our Spring Sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to shop our store located in Cloverdale, BC.  
Sale Hours:
Friday, March 16th  10 - 5pm
Saturday, March 17th  10 - 5pm
Sunday, March 18th   11 - 4pm

Located:
102 - 16793 60th Ave, Surrey

 Parking is available in the back or along the road.  We are at the 7-11 corner in this complex at 5 corners.

SHOP

Sample decor at 50% off
Locomotive Clothing at 50% off
Vancouver Candle Company at 50% off
Fusion Mineral Paint is BUY 3 get 1 FREE tester samples
Seasonal Decor 50% off

DIY Sign & Stencil Workshop at Fusion Mineral Paint Retreat 2018

What a great experience in Toronto.  I had the opportunity to lead a DIY Workshop with Jennylyn, President of Fusion Mineral Paint.  

What make this fantastic?
Making connections with other retailers, learning paint techniques and talking the language with other merchants that know a thing about wood, paint and workshops.  

Check out the video below to see what it was like.

The Versatile Coffee Table Tray

Coffee, anyone?

Breakfast in bed, my dear?

A steaming carafe and coffee cups or tea, toast, jam and a rose from the garden arranged atop a gorgeous, hand-finished serving tray can transform a simple moment into a sublime experience.

Homeworks Etc offers you the time, place, and guidance to create a wonderful addition to your treasure trove of favourite things. This is the perfect tray. Not only is it functional, it can also serve as a stylish decorative piece on your coffee table or buffet.

Serving trays – in any vintage, shape or size – are wonderfully versatile and provide chic organization and display for any number of objects. Turn yours into a ‘library,’ by stacking your cherished coffee table books, or use it to showcase a collection of beloved objects, like pottery bowls or candlesticks. Your tray can become an instant bar – top with glassware, liquor, wine, and add small dishes of garnishes like lemon slices, olives, and cherries when entertaining. Whether using your serving tray to display potted plants or as an ‘entry organizer’ in your foyer to hold keys, sunglasses and cell phones...you’ve got the perfect, stylin' receptacle!

Come join us in a step-by-step guided workshop to create a beautiful coffee table/serving tray worthy of applause. You will learn how to use FusionTM mineral paint, an acrylic, water-based paint (not chalk-like) that delivers an exceptional matte finish. Homeworks Etc. is proud to showcase this exemplary, one-of-a-kind product and you will find a fantastic array of colours stocking our shelves. And you will try your hand at paint stencils.

Grab a friend and register now!

Workshop: DIY Coffee Table Tray

Date & Time: 

Cost: $85

Place: Homeworks Etc, #102 – 16793 60th Avenue, Cloverdale

Christmas Countdown FREE Printable

Christmas Countdown Free Printable

I'm a sucker for Christmas Tradition.  You and your kids will love this easy to print countdown to mark the days til Christmas.

Enjoy this Free Printable! 

DIY Project

What you will need:  IKEA Ribba Frame and white board marker

1. Frame in an 8x10 IKEA Ribba Frame and

2. Use a white board marker to X the days til Christma on the glass!

 

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Happy Decorating!  
 

Jacqueline

How to DIY a simple Thanksgiving Gift

Aren't these the most adorable white gourds!  I purchased ours from our local garden center at West Coast Gardens in South Surrey, but you have to get these quickly because they sell out fast.

Simple DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting and Gift

We are giving ours as gifts to neighbours and teachers this year.  You can use our printable as gift tags too, or add to a bottle of wine as a hostess gift this Thanksgiving.  Easy, Simple and Quick!  That's how we like our craft projects.

What you need:

What next?

  1. Print this Printable on Kraft Paper (we purchased from our local Scrapbooking Store)
  2. Cut out your favs and whole punch the leaf
  3. Tie Jute through the leaf and around the stem of the gourd (you can get fancy and paint the stem Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics in Pale Gold)
  4. I placed ours on the cutest Farmhouse looking cutting board that I just adore.

Ready to Gift!  Quick, easy and painless.  Who are you thankful for?  Gift them a simple decor piece for their home.

Happy Decorating!  

How to decorate with pumpkins to last a lifetime

DIY your pumpkins this year.  This easy simple yet beautiful pumpkin display will last you a lifetime of memories.  Join us to DIY or make this on your own.  

Start your prep work by gathering all your supplies and tools.
What you will need:

SUPPLIES:
Wood 4x4's (cut 4", 5.5" and 6.5")
1 inch round dowels (cut 2")
Fusion Mineral Paint - Tuscan Orange
Saman Wood Stain - Colonial
1 inch paint brush
Foam Brush
Wood Glue
Mechanical Wire
Tule - black and white
Burlap
Jute and/or ribbon

TOOLS:
1 inch Forstner Drill Bit
Sandpaper
Mouse Sander
Miter Saw

Let's get started:

1. Cut wood to size (4 inch, 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch) with miter saw.
2. Cut dowel 2 inches with miter saw.
3. Drill hole in the center of the top of the block of wood with your drill bit.
3. Sand all your edges with Black and Decker Mouse Sander to ensure wood is smooth without slivers.

Instructions:

1.  Paint wood block Tuscan Orange with Acrylic Brush
2.  Stain dowel (we love Colonial Stain Colour) 
3.  Let stain dry and put a dab of glue in the hole (careful not to add too much).
4.  Decorate your stem with ribbon, jute, wire (I twisted wire around a pencil first to add a curly charm).
 

Voila!  A pumpkin to last a lifetime!  Such a cute rustic charm for the mantel or front door entrance.  

I love to do this project with kids.  Something that they can complete confidently on their own and you can have fun making it too!  

Don't have the tools to do this on your own?  Join us to DIY for our drop in Saturdays or Register online to join us October 28th at 10:30am
 

DIY 4x4 Pillar Pumpkins