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.
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.
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.
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
While Homeworks Etc offers amazing DIY workshops for adults wanting to try their hand at creating hand-made décor for their homes, our space is designed to welcome kids, too! We are happy to provide opportunities for your children to also learn a new craft, and to leave our shop with a cool, personal, ‘made-by-me’ addition for their room at home.
Are you feeling like it’s time for a little self-care, a little me time?
‘Drop-In Saturdays’ may be just the ticket! Grab a friend (or two or three), pack a snack, and head on over to Homeworks Etc for the chance to try your hand with our all-new preferred mineral paint of choice: Fusion™.
You don’t need a reason. Just because is good enough impetus to bring you to our table. Roll up your sleeves and we will guide you through your next DIY project.
We are so excited to introduce you to our wildly popular palette of mineral paints! (And by the way, you may have difficulty deciding amongst the gorgeous colours!) With ease of application, a zero VOC formulation, high hiding coverage, and a built-in top coat, it’s easy to PAINT BEAUTIFUL with Fusion™.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful display of paint jars and pots lining our shelves. The human touch – paint poured into jars and labels attached, all by hand – adds to the homey feel of these pretty potables. You will find yourself mulling over which pots of inspiration to bring home…to paint up a DIY storm!
Come visit our warm and inviting gathering space – we are waiting to teach you…and play with you! Creativity has no limits at Homeworks Etc, where every DIY project is a success. Enjoy your experience and your gift of creativity. You, too, can be a maker and artisan of home décor!
Check out the Homeworks Etcschedule for the next Drop-In Saturday. We are waiting for you!
There’s a new paint on the Homeworks Etc. shelves. It’s called Fusion™ Mineral Paint.
We are thrilled to bring this new product to our shelves and workshops! Not only is Fusion™ Mineral Paint a high-quality product available in practical sizes and a fantastic array of colours, but it also has a low environmental impact – specifically, this paint has zero VOCs! They are non-toxic, odourless, and have no ammonia or formaldehyde. And the bottom line is sweet, too – the prices are fair-market reasonable. What a find!
Fusion™ is an acrylic, water-based paint (not chalk-like) that delivers an exceptional matte finish. It is the perfect choice for the DIY projects offered at Homeworks Etc., and for the many décor projects you have awaiting at home. Once cured, this paint is highly durable, washable, water- and stain-resistant, and has an almost zero reflectance value (most desirable for the smoothest of finishes). You can also easily work with Fusion™ for distressing, another beautiful technique to complete a treasured home décor project. Its special formulation allows it to adhere to almost any surface, from wood to metal to glass – even to lacquered surfaces!
Buttermilk Cream Fusion Mineral Paint
Fusion™ Mineral Paint company can proudly boast that their raw materials are sourced locally, and are all packaged and labelled by hand. The human touch!
Little Lamb Fusion Mineral Paint
Homeworks Etc. is delighted to stock, sell, and use the paints in our DIY workshops. The colours are stunning – there is a magnificent collection of over 50 hues! We are proud to not only showcase an exemplary, one-of-a-kind product of the highest calibre, but to partner with a family-run Canadian business intent on supporting both the local economy and honouring the planet.Well done!
Drop by Homeworks Etc. for a peek at these wonderful Fusion™ mineral paints, and check out our upcoming DIY workshops for an opportunity to give them a try!
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s your castle. It’s a special place of comfort and safety, and filled with love, joy, and laughter. It’s at times a haven in which to cuddle up and close off the world, and in other moments, it shines as an integral part of the neighbourhood - opening its doors to receive friends and family.
And of course, we all want our home to look and feel beautiful, warm and welcoming. But shopping for charming embellishments to take your décor up a notch can get very expensive. Imagine using your own loving touch to transform your home into an exquisite place that garners ooohs and ahhhs when visitors cross the threshold. Even before they cross the threshold – you can stop them in their tracks by a bit of decorative flair on the front stoop!
DIY home décor is fun, exciting, and a wonderful low-budget option. It allows you the opportunity to infuse your (and your family’s) personality into your rooms. You have control over shaping your space into whatever you want it to be. You can let your imagination run wild…right onto your walls! And your family can contribute – by coming up with unique ideas (for example, children can contribute to fantastic makeover ideas for their bedrooms) or by rolling up their sleeves and working on projects with you.
Homemade décor is very personal, and can be the tipping point for transforming your house into your family home. It’s like baptizing your home with a river of personality and love!
If you’re interested in trying your hand at bringing handmade décor into your home, check out Homeworks Etc. for an array of DIY projects. Be prepared – once you start, you may find it hard to stop!
It was a long, long winter: unusually cold and snowy, and downright wintry. For far too long, we nestled indoors with blankets, nursing hot cocoa, and binge-watching Netflix series ad nauseum. But finally, Spring is springing.
As we emerge from the proverbial cocoon, spring fever is casting its spell. Fresh air and open windows, Spring cleaning, and a critical eye scouring the inside and outside of our homes…it’s time to get moving!
But wait. Are you ready for a bit of a Spring Fling?
How about combining a self-loving ‘me’ day with the opportunity to produce not one, not two, but three spectacular DIY projects to ramp up the charm in your home? Imagine spending a full day with friends – noshing, chatting, learning, laughing, and creating splendid home décor gems…and capping the day with a glass of wine to toast your beautiful new home finery!
All of this is possible and at your fingertips: Homeworks Etc. is offering a full-day creative retreat…a staycation! On Saturday, May 20th, you and your friends can spend the day creating beautiful accoutrements for your home while enjoying some delicious eats and a splash of wine. Specifically, you can expect:
3 décor projects + 2 meals (breakfast and lunch)
Projects include: large wood tray, wood sign with quote, pillow with quote
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” Henry David Thoreau
There’s DIY at home…and then, there’s DIY in the company of others!
And while it’s wonderful to find time and space alone for crafting, designing, and inventing, there are enormous benefits to spending time in a group setting while digging our hands in a creative project.
Firstly, let’s acknowledge that spending time on creative projects is a type of play for adults. Play brings joy, and can facilitate deep connections with both friends and strangers. In creative play, we can find surprise, pleasure, understanding, and strength of mind, body and spirit.
Secondly, rolling up our sleeves and working on DIY projects in a roomful of friends – and friends of friends - are like BIG KID sessions. We showcase our personalities as we push our creative buttons, and we have an opportunity to expand our social circle with new comrades-in-creativity who share similar interests. These sessions can become therapeutic and life-affirming experiences, as we share and learn from one another.
While we concentrate on crafting, we exchange vital life skills, like empathy. We are in a safe space to share points of view and support one another. There is a kind of intimacy and emotional awareness, and a great connection to those in the room. In this relaxed environment, while elbow-deep in bringing imagination to life, we become more open, engaged, and expressive.
Everyone laughs a little more and becomes a little less lonely.
And who knows? We might solve some of the world’s problems! Or at the least, effect a bit of social change – fight for a cause, decide to raise money for a charity, or make a small improvement to the community. Anything is possible in a roomful of like-minded friends letting their creative juices flow!
Check here for details on YOUR next DIY workshop with friends – at Homeworks Etc.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein
Just because you can’t paint a portrait or pen a novel doesn’t mean you’re not creative. Au contraire! Creativity is what makes us HUMAN. It exists within every aspect of our lives, and is not just reserved for the artistic elite.
You can – and should – reclaim your creative passion in tangible ways. Making room for creativity in our adult lives, and activating our creative muscle, can be transformative. Creative activity offers:
An opportunity to get ‘lost’ and release control of your logical mind
An outlet for emotions
A release for stagnant energy
A deeper connection to the soul
The creative process is heart-driven, allowing for freedom of self-expression and providing a sense of accomplishment. And for the typical adult consumed by the everyday busy-ness of life, a time set aside for fun, joy, and play is like reconnecting to happier, care-free, long-lost childhood memories. Imagine immersing yourself in an activity that is about more than just passing the time – it’s a chance to be authentic. The more you create, the more familiar you become with your likes and dislikes, and the more you develop you own unique style and technique. How cool is that?
The benefits of carving out time for creativity are plentiful. That life ‘busy-ness’ cries out for balance. Creative activity is a marvelous stress release, relieving built-up tension, and bringing on improved emotional and mental health. Not to mention that imaginative and inventive play beneficially exercises both the right and left sides of the brain. Creative endeavours allow you to think and process things in new ways, building layers of resourcefulness, and ultimately leading to better decision-making skills.
Making time for pursuing creative passions is, well, like caring for your soul!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Designing and decorating baby’s first sacred space outside the womb can feel daunting…but can be so much fun for the expectant or new mom! If ever there was a reason to pour love, joy, and hope into a room, it’s in anticipation of the arrival of a beautiful new being into this world!
As nursery designer Richard Alvor notes, “Time in the nursery is a different kind of time. This is a gentle time, a quiet time, a one-on-one time; this is the beginning of connecting with your child.”
Think of the purpose of a nursery. It is a place for function, like sleeping and changing diapers. But it is also a special space in which to bond – to feed, to cuddle, to play.
Homeworks Etc. is pleased to offer two introductory DIY Nursery sessions – two opportunities to create some magic for baby’s first room:
And the magic doesn't end there! Homeworks Etc. will be delivering a 4-part DIY Nursery 101 project package. Mothers and mothers-to-be will have the opportunity to make 4 classic nursery pieces guaranteed to last throughout your child's growth and development. Sign up here for our newsletter to be the first to find out about this exclusive series!
Adding personalized touches will help make your baby’s nursery special, for both baby and you!
Spring Break conjures up dreamy visions of longer days, warmer temperatures, and fragrant cherry tree blossoms across the Lower Mainland. Why, before we know it, the dog days of summer will be upon us and the kids will be free from the confines of the school room!
But before we get too preoccupied with blissful images of a carefree summer ahead, let’s focus on the here and now. Spring Break. It’s right around the corner, and the time is now to do a little planning.
Carving out creative time with your kids is a wonderful idea! Not only are creative activities fun, they encourage visual processing and fine motor skills. They instill a sense of accomplishment, and can be tremendously rewarding and self-esteem-boosting.
Think about your child’s skill level, and consider some of these fantastic DIY craft ideas: the Brag Book (nalleshouse.com) and Sidewalk Chalk Pops (projectnursery.com):
And how about these DIY cuties, Monster Key Rings (flikr.com) and String Art Arrows (homeworksetc.ca):
The great news is that the opportunity to engage your child in these fantastic DIY crafting projects lies right at your fingertips! Homeworks Etc. is offering a series of Spring Break Kids Club/Girls Club/DIY Kids Club creative sessions in Cloverdale. Sign up now at: https://homeworksetc.ca/collections/kids-workshops
“Years from now, it won't matter what you created, just that you did it together.” Richard Rende, PhD
Motherhood is arguably one of the most important, challenging and rewarding responsibilities on the planet. Bringing a child into the world - loving, guiding, teaching, and shaping one’s offspring into an empathetic, conscientious, respectful, and hardworking mature being – can surely become a mother’s legacy.
And yet, some moms want to do more. They yearn to have it all. They are harvesting an idea, they boast an innate business savvy, and they possess a strong desire to bring their clever concept to life. They want to be both mother and entrepreneur.
“a multi-tasking woman who can balance both the stresses of running a business as an entrepreneur, and the time-consuming duties of motherhood, all at the same time! Whether it’s a mompreneur who has a bricks-and-mortar business (physical location) or an an online or direct marketing business… we truly feel that any woman who juggles their own business and family at the same time is a mompreneur at heart!”
There are many mothers out there who fit this bill. They proudly wear their assorted hats, including that of entrepreneur. And the amazingly supportive resource, known simply as ‘Mompreneur,’ is a welcoming community of thousands of moms/entrepreneurs who share their stories, their shoulders, and their many business tips and tools.
And they celebrate their successes.
At this time, a number of talented mompreneurs have been announced as Top Finalists for the 2017 Mompreneur® Awards. Get to know each of them and their businesses a little better by checking out the website here.
Women making a difference in the lives of others. Indeed.
Side note: our very own Jacqueline De'Ath, Homeworks Etc. owner/proprietor, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Mompreneur® MomentumAward. Winners will be revealed at the 2017 Mompreneurs Conference in March. Stay tuned.
Jacqueline De'Ath loves her life.
First and foremost a wife and mother, she has recently added business owner to her extensive resume. This past weekend, she launched the successful grand opening of Homeworks Etc., a unique lifestyle and DIY workshops boutique in Cloverdale. Jacqueline has fashioned a unique, warm, and welcoming space to share her passion for helping families to create their own magical rooms at home.
But there's another tag for her resume.
Jacqueline serves as Editor-in-Chief for the online lifestyle e-magazine, Nursery and Kids Design... A Creative Lifestyle with Children. This e-mag gem serves as a resource for connecting mothers with lifestyle choices, and focuses on fashion, decor, food, and hands-on crafting projects. Jacqueline wanted to showcase a community of local businesses and people to inspire moms to take that step beyond simple aesthetics - to create a space of belonging for their child, where they feel loved and connected.
The magazine is aimed at young families that not only take pride in their homes, but want to provide their children with family-oriented learning opportunities. Nursery and Kids Design... A Creative Lifestyle with Children makes it easy for moms to find the tools and resources to make this happen.
Stay tuned here for future issues to be created by Homeworks Etc.
Erin Fraser, Fine Arts Photographer in the Lower Mainland, specializes in creating “edgy, dark but romantic” photos. Sifting through her online portfolio (http://www.efraserphoto.com/), one does indeed perceive an undercurrent of romance…each photo pulls the viewer into the emotion of the setting. And the outdoors plays a big role as a backdrop to human expression.
Along these same lines of capturing feeling in her photographs, Erin has combined her son’s obsession with hockey and her love of art and design – to fashion a room that makes Carden feel absolute joy!
Where did the idea for your son’s room transformation come from?
The design concept came from my son’s crazy obsession with hockey! I wanted to marry his love for hockey with my design tastes, to avoid having too much of a character-driven room. I loved the idea of having a classy/trendy sports theme.
Did Carden have any specific requests?
Carden’s request was to have his dad’s pro jersey hanging on the wall, and he loved the idea of a hockey stick to hold his medals.
What does he love most about his room?
I’d say his favourite part of his room is being able to use the window seat as his display for favourite players. He’s also obsessed with the Patrick Kane doll, since he loves the Blackhawks.
Oh! I should probably mention the random ring. That’s my husband’s card that's autographed with that ring. It’s the Kelly Cup ring that his team won when he was playing in the ECHL. Carden loves it because it’s his dads.
Homeworks Etc, a distinctive DIY workshop boutique located just outside downtown Cloverdale, is officially open and ready to share its new location with YOU! Come join us on Saturday, January 21, between 10am and 5pm, for a peek at our unique shop!
Our beautifully decorated space at Homeworks Etc envelopes you in warmth and comfort as soon as you step across the threshold. Large, custom-built cabinets display local, handmade wares, pillows adorn the window seat, and gorgeous globes hanging from the ceiling provide soft lighting. We want you to feel special!
Our unique and carefully-crafted space is, at its core, a lifestyle store for home and kids. We offer a place where you can create and decorate treasures to adorn your home. We understand the impact that personally decorating a home can have on the growth of a family. As such, we bring you creative opportunities to do just that – fashion your own decorative pieces to enhance your special space.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing my space and upcoming events! Jacqueline De’Ath, owner
Shop. Gather. Create.
Homeworks Etc Grand Opening
Date: January 21st, 10am – 5pm Drop by anytime during these hours! Location: 102 – 16793 60th Avenue, Cloverdale
Interview with Julie Romanowski, child behaviour specialist and Jacqueline De'Ath, owner of Homeworks Etc nursery and kids room decor.
There is more to decor than just creating a pretty space.
A home creates and impact on our children, what we surround them with, the messages we subliminally send with what we put on the walls. I want to help you create a space that reflects your child’s personality and interests. A space that builds connection, encourages a sense of belonging, showcases achievements, a place to sleep securely, play creatively, grow confidently, a place to be loved just for being them!
4. Bookcases fit collapsible storage bins. Pull bins out with ease to play and store toys when you are done.
Messes tend to come in all shapes, sizes and volumes. Luckily, our exclusive Cubic Collection is available in multiple configurations so you can keep things squared away. It's perfect for any playroom, bedroom, living room, or any place in your house that ends in "room."
Wild Teepees can be the hub of any child's imagination- infant to toddler to young girls or boys. It's the place where your kids can gather their toys and become the main character of their own fantasy world, transforming their Wild Teepees into reading nooks, Princess tea houses, dinosaur caves, dragon dens, or rocket ships, right before their little eyes.
What inspired you to start Wild Teepees?
It was during my first maternity leave that I was able to step back and explore what I had thought was long gone many years ago. Watching my little one discover our world and his imagination, allowed me to more profoundly discover mine. These small moments gave way to the beginning of my adventure with Wild Teepees.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
It has always been a dream of mine to own my own business. I guess, freedom is my favourite part: the freedom to work from home and still care for my young children, the freedom to make hard and fun decisions on my own and the freedom to take the business where I want it to go.
What parents are saying:
Parents have been loving our teepees! We've had great feedback not only about the design and aesthetics but that their children really do love playing with their teepees! Customer service has always been our number one, and we strive to go above and beyond for all of our customers. Our teepees are all bespoke which allows us to closely work with our customers to achieve exactly what they want.
Teepees are a must have in your home.
Our teepees are a win-win for any family home. The kids love to play with it and it's a beautiful piece of decor that compliments any design style. It's a true kids item that you would be proud to showcase in your home.
Your Mom Parenting tip or idea to being creative with kids.
Always keep things moving! Keep introducing new ideas, new activities and new information to your kids, it'll keep them intrigued and us as parents a lot more involved. And, it doesn't always have to be big or fancy, kids love and can appreciate the smallest things when you give it a good back story.
"I like nonsense, it was up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
We didn't start our B&L adventures with a real business plan. The whole project evolved from our friendship and a mutual interest in music and working with children. Before we started our musical adventures, Robyn was teaching elementary school prior to which she had completed a degree in linguistics at the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education at UBC. Lorraine previously worked in the fields of environmental education and
non-profit fund development. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Exercise Science) from UBC. Songwriting and live performing honestly started out as a side project. We looked at it as a fun way to create some support materials for our separate jobs working with children. We never dreamed those early days would lead to running our own business, cross-country touring or much less a national television show!
What's the best part about owning your own business?
Seeing something you love and believe in thrive and grow is so incredibly rewarding. When you find something you are truly passionate about, the drive to see it succeed provides the fuel and stamina to get through the long hours and hard work. We’ve found the value of this increase tenfold now that we are mamas and often running on limited sleep and surrounded by a million distractions. On a bright note, another bonus of our industry is that for the most part, we can include our families in the fun – on tour or simply as creative inspiration.
Your Mom parenting tip and/or idea to being creative with kids.
Relax and focus on the fun. We live in a society that thrives on an over-abundance of information, accessible 24/7 via web, mobile and socials. As a parent in a Pinterest-inspired world, trying to be creative with your kids can be overwhelming. Insanely overwhelming! Breathe. Take a step back. Connect with your kids – get messy, be playful, sing, dance and laugh. The resources and support will be there when needed and the rest can usually be figured out with a little common sense and imagination. Music and books are our go to tools for toddler/preschooler creative time. They both provide useful distraction and creative inspiration in the car, bus, plane, boat, stroller, car seat, bed, high chair, baby carrier or simply when we're just dancing circles around each other!
Favorite family activities?
Robyn's neighbourhood is nestled between ocean and mountains. Favourite family activities revolve around both as she loves swimming and hiking! Lorraine is married to a sports junkie so tends to go to a lot of sporting events both in her hometown of Vancouver and when she travels. She also loves family bike rides and play-time at local parks. The climate on the west coast lends itself perfectly to year-round outdoor fun, which is perfect for both of our active broods!
Robyn Hardy (Bobs) is mom to a busy toddler with a new babe on the way. She currently lives in North Vancouver, BC. Lorraine Pond (LoLo) is mom to an active toddler and precocious preschooler. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Robyn and Lorraine have always shared a love of the natural world alongside a passion for working with children. Dedicated to connecting children to the natural world with music, movement and make-believe, Bobs & LoLo aim to inspire their young audiences to care about themselves, their neighbours and the planet.
More About Bobs and Lolo
Bobs & LoLo have written and recorded six award-winning albums, a musical DVD and a new children’s book called Run Salmon Run. Alongside the adoration of the young and the young at heart, Bobs & LoLo have received critical acclaim from the likes of the Parents’ Choice Foundation, Western Canadian Music Alliance, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada and the JUNO Awards.