My first day of grade...

“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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Popsicle Magic - Free Printable + Recipe

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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About 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

Featured Workshop - DIY Kids Club String Art

Featured Workshop - DIY Kids Club String Art

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.

Come Play With Us!

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™.

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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!

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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!

The Perfect Paint for DIY Success with Fusion Mineral Paint

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

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

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!

Home Décor with a Loving Touch

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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!

A Creative Full Day Retreat for You!

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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
    • Wine and appetizers at end of day
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DIY pillow painting with Fusion Mineral Paint

So, gather your friends and register for the DIY Creative Full Day Retreat…and leave the rest to us!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Register before Friday, April 28st to save.

Event Details Time:  9:30am to 5:30pm Date:  Saturday, May 20th Place:  Homeworks Etc., #102-16793 Surrey BC

Tickets available at homeworksetc.ca

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions – we are happy to oblige!

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Social Benefits of Creating with Friends

“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.