DIY Joy Christmas Sign

DIY Joy Christmas Sign

Do you prioritize joy in your life?

Joy feels good.

Sometimes the obvious must be pointed out! On an emotional level, we may feel joy in a variety of ways — tearfully, euphoric, with a deep sense of contentment. Scientifically, we experience joy through our neurotransmitters, and benefit in active physiological ways.

That is, joy:

  • boosts our immune system,

  • fights stress and pain, and

  • supports longevity

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Joy motivates.

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It is a powerful opposition to fear. Joy is a sense of energy, excitement and certainty. It 

embraces and embodies love and peace. It is whole, comforting, and inspiring to do bigger and better, to see what possibilities lie beyond.


Joy creates connection.

People want to be with you and want to know what it is you have or are doing that makes you so wonderful to be around. Joy grounds you and gives you energy and awareness. Look for ways to add joy to your life and share your light of joy with others!

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Choose joy.

One way is to give joy through special, hand-made, love-infused DIY treasures. A hand-made gift – even the smallest and simplest of gestures – brings a smile and makes a moment more meaningful. Any day, not just a holiday or special occasion, is an opportunity to create and give.

Make something. Give it to someone you love.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” 

Norman Vincent Peale

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Join a DIY Workshop at Homeworks Etc or buy DIY kits and Fusion Mineral Paint and Stencils online at www.homeoworksetc.ca

DIY Santa Sacks - Personalize for the kids in your life

DIY Santa Sacks - Paint and Personalize yours.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and we have a wonderful opportunity for you to DIY something special for the FAVE KIDS in your life. A piece that will last for generations. An heirloom that kids will want as adults. Memories that will last for years, and you can say you played your part in creating them (no pun intended).

The true spirit of Christmas

Christmas is all about the spirit of giving to our circle of family and friends.

And specifically – children who are missing out on the comforts of home while under the expert care of staff at BC Children’s Hospital. A donation of $5 for every Santa Sack Purchase will go to BC Children’s Hospital.

Homeworks Etc wants to extend some heartfelt love and joy to children this holiday season. Come join us on Saturday, November 24th, to help paint your Special Delivery Christmas Santa Sack!

Personalized Santa Sack

Come alone or bring a friend. We’ve got plenty of supplies and we’re happy to show you a trick or two with paint. Drop in any time after 10:30am. By registering in advance we can have your custom name stencils printed and waiting for you.

We welcome your generosity!

Together, let’s bring some Christmas magic!
See you on November 24th!

Date:  Saturday, November 24th
Time:   starts at 10:30am – 4pm
Location:  #102 -16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

Register today!

“Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu

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Can’t wait to share this fun experience with you!

Happy DIY’ing,


Jacqueline

Embracing the Danish Way to Live Well – Through Hygge

Embracing the Danish Way to Live Well – Through Hygge

“Hygge is about the now, and how to enjoy it and make the best of it.” Meike Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge

Have you heard about hygge? (pronounced ‘hoogah’)

Perhaps you’ve already savoured the sweet little read by Meike Wiking about this soul-satisfying characteristic of Danish living. Or perhaps you’re a little late to the library – the book was published in 2016 – but sometimes, the book comes to you. At the right time.

Like now.

The art of cozy

What do atmosphere, togetherness, comfort food, hot drinks, wine, woolen socks, blankets, fireplaces and soft lighting have in common?

They can all be components of the experience of hygge – which is a feeling of intimacy, coziness, and pleasure. Hygge has been described as ‘cocoa by candlelight.’ Don’t you love that?! Hygge moments aren’t fancy or expensive, but rather, humble and slow. Hygge can be nestling on the sofa in your pyjamas, watching movies with a loved on a snowy afternoon. It can be playing board games with the aroma of Sunday dinner wafting in through the kitchen door. It’s a glass of wine by a crackling fire, or a cuddle with your dog while reading a favourite book.

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The most important ingredient to happiness

Wiking, who is a bona fide happiness researcher, states that “there is broad agreement among happiness researchers and scientists that social relations are essential for people’s happiness.”

And when togetherness is part of hygge, there’s never any competition. There’s no room for braggarts or one-uppers. Hygge gives space for gentle conversation, good laughs, and liking one another just as we are. There’s no need to impress. Forget the up-do and make-up – it’s big sweaters and leggings and chunky socks.

The physiology of hygge

And there’s science here, too! Our amazing bodies release the neurohormone oxytocin when we are in soothing hygge moments. Oxytocin makes us happy and reduces stress, fear and pain. 

DIY-ing to make your home more hygellig

The hygge wish-list includes creating a hyggekrog in your home – a comfy space, or nook, where you can sit and relax after a long day. Think about the things you can create to make this space special – inviting pillows, gorgeous candle pillars, and a rustic tray to hold a steaming tea pot and mugs. How about a blanket ladder in the corner to hold your favourite throws? Did you know that things made out of wood are on the hygge wish-list? Paint a few wood signs with peaceful words to soothe your soul.

The simple act of DIY-ing is considered a hyggelig activity! Come join us for a DIY workshop where you can find hygge in a togetherness experience and create beautiful home décor for your cozy corner – your hyggekrog! Bring your friends!

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BOOK a DIY Night with friends

Are you interested in booking a DIY Night with friends? Have you ever tried DIY’ing with your bestie? Or your office colleagues?

Crafting and conversation. What a lovely combination. Keeping your hands in creation mode while you share space with others doing the same activity is such a wonderfully bonding experience! The focus may be on the craft at hand but creating in company brings that activity to new heights. It’s an amazing feeling to do something you love with a group of people you love!

Find your DIY project

As we hunker down for fall and winter, we spend more time indoors socializing. Outdoor events are put on hold, and it’s time to make use of our indoor space - for dinner dates and board games and…DIYing with friends! 

Homeworks Etc can help customize a DIY workshop with your friends, work team, or fellow volunteers.  Whether it’s a fun night out with friends or a team-building activity with colleagues, we can bring your special DIY event to light. And by the way, you don’t have to be an experienced DIYer – we have terrific workshop leaders who will take the most novice DIYer through the step-by-step process of creating beautiful handmade décor that they will feel proud to showcase in their home. 

For starters, have a peek at our Look Book for DIY project ideas. What catches your eye? We love to work with wood and paint.

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Location, location, location

While we can’t come to your home, we can go to your business location or you can come to our Homeworks Etc shop in Cloverdale (Surrey, Langley, Fraser Valley Area). And if you’re adventurous (and perhaps wanting a tipple!), we are happy to arrange a special DIY workshop event at one of our off-site partner establishments: Township 7 Vineyards and Winery in Langley, or Clayton Public House in Cloverdale. 

Find out more

Have a peek at our Q + As for more information on Private DIY Workshops. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 778-571-2400. We are happy to help set you up for your special DIY workshop!

Are you ready to DIY With Friends?!

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DIY Halloween Crafts

DIY Halloween Crafts are a ton of fun to make with kids.
Who doesn’t love a good ole pumpkin parked on the front stoop at Halloween?

Jack-o’-lantern History

Did you know that there are all kinds of theories out there regarding the origin of the jack-o’-lantern? Some folks believe the term jack-o’-lantern originated in 17th century Britain, when it was used to refer to a man (the common name for unknown/unfamiliar men was ‘Jack’) with a lantern, or a night watchman.

Another theory purports that the custom of making jack-o’-lanterns goes back to 19th century Ireland. It is said that at this time, the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits – especially vampires!

Pumpkin crafting

Today, carving pumpkins for Halloween has become a fun family activity. We can make our pumpkin faces cheerful, scary or comical. Or go all artsy with figures, logos, and symbols.

A printed stencil can be used as a guide for you and your child to carve out the family pumpkin. Why not try your hand at our free printable stencil:

10 Crafts to make with our FREE Printable

1.  pumpkins of course!  Miniature pumpkins are cute to decorate, easy for kids to manage and great for decorating indoors.

2.  brown paper bags – use for loot bags,  treats, or to illuminate steps.  I like the idea of adding stickers to the paper bag and add an LED light inside but here’s how Martha does it…  Halloween Lanterns

3. soap dispenser – buy a plastic soap dispenser (Dollars & Cents for $1.25), add refillable white liquid hand soap, and choose a ribbon for fun. Tie a knot and done!

4.  windows and mirrors- can’t go wrong!

5.  glass candy jars or candles

6. gift tags or cards

7. milk containers – recycle your milk jugs, cut a hole in the back and add orange lights. Perfect for the front porch!

8.  photo frames

9.  wood – Have extra wood from left over projects.  Paint them orange, sand to distress  and add add a pumpkin face!  A rustic touch to any mantel.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest

10. Last but not least – a bat wreath!  All Made out of paper.  Add glitter to the FREE Printable cut outs and voila!

Print your FREE Printable 

Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

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Here’s a little pumpkin trivia to get you in the carving mood:

In 2005, the world’s largest pumpkin weighed in at 1469 pounds – from Pennsylvania!

In 2013, Keene, New Hampshire reclaimed the world record for most lit jack-o’-lanterns on display: 30, 581!

 “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.” Unknown

Benefits of Play

Benefits of Play

Play at home and in a work environment can be experiences in various forms.

Do you like to hang out and have fun with family or friends? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? Are you spontaneous – finding little moments to dance with wild abandon, or calling up friends for a last-minute games night?  Do you chase your dog around the living room and gleefully snap the dish towel at your husband’s legs?

Or do you view playtime as a guilty pleasure and simply impossible to fit into a day filled with Adult Responsibilities?

Play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids

It really is!

We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up. Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem-solving, creativity and relationships.

Psychiatrist, author and Play Expert Stuart Brown, MD, compares play to oxygen. He says, “It’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” Many experiences constitute play. Play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting, daydreaming, dancing, laughing, jumping in puddles, doing jigsaw puzzles.

(And DIYing with friends. Just sayin’.)

Play is empowering

Play can even facilitate deep connections between strangers and cultivate healing. Have you heard of Patch Adams? He is a renowned physician and a clown! who helps people heal through humour. Now that’s an inspiring use of play!

Play is a moving target, and so rather difficult to nail down with an exact definition. That said, it should begin in anticipation and hopefully end with some degree of fulfillment.  And in between, you find treasures like surprise, pleasure, understanding, skill, empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit.

Play boosts our productivity and happiness

It’s important to add play to your life – give yourself permission to play every day! Find what brings you joy. Surround yourself with playful people. Your play is a state of being – it can be whatever you want it to be.

Will you make time for play today?

Want to experience playing with paint in one of our DIY Workshops? Call to book your own Private Party with friends! It’s time we make play a priority.

It’s a happy talent to know how to play - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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DIY Trick or Treat Bag Ideas

DIY Trick or Treat Bag?

"Sticky fingers, tired feet; one last house, trick or treat!"

Rusty Fischer

Boo!

Did you know that the word Halloween literally means ‘hallowed evening,’ and was known to early European celebrators as All Hallows' Eve? All Hallows' Eve (October 31) and All Saints' Day (November 1) both paid homage to saints (hallows = saints). The name was eventually shortened to Halloween.

Halloween falls on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but more importantly, observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead.

Ooooh! Spooky!

Modern-day Halloween

Fast forward to today. Halloween almost didn’t make it across the Atlantic. The Puritans were disapproving of the holiday's pagan roots, so they didn't take part in the celebrations. But once Irish and Scottish immigrants began to arrive in North America in greater numbers, the holiday made its way into our culture. By the early 20th century, Halloween was celebrated across North America by candy-loving, costume-wearing people in all kinds of neighbourhoods.

The best treat bag ever!

On October 31, we'll all be enjoying our favorite treats and admiring decorated homes on our streets. Pumpkins – check. Treats to hand out – check. Costumes for the kids – check. Tote bag to carry treats – coming right up!

We’ve got you covered with a DIY project that takes Halloween treat carryalls to another level. This tote bag is durable and will hold up well for the next few years. Pick your stencils and paint your canvas.

Come join in on the fun and create a Halloween tote bag your child will treasure! Register now for this drop-in workshop:

Date:  Saturday, October 27th
Time:   10:30am
Location:  #102 -16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

Cost: $25
Register: https://homeworksetc.ca/products/diy-canvas-trick-or-treat-bag

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Free {Hello Fall} Printable DIY Project + Recipe

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
Emily Bronte

Ah, October.

There’s a chill in the air, the days are noticeably shorter, the trees are nearly bare, and tantalizing aromas of simmering soups and stews escape kitchen windows cracked open. And brisk morning or evening walks sometimes call for – gasp – scarves and gloves!

It’s happening. The Change of Seasons. Are you ready for it?

There’s so much to love about October!

There’s Thanksgiving – a welcome start to the rounds of holiday merry-making. We gather with family and friends and heaps of food, like turkey, ham, roasts and all the sides. We take a moment to express our gratitude for lives will-lived…and food and drink well-shared.

And of course, October goes out on a high note for all kids, big and small – Hallowe’en! Goblins and witches and black cats abound! Candies and pumpkins and Boos! are all around.

Fall also means a Homeworks Etc freebie printable!

 We want you to launch into October with a fun printable that welcomes the new season – Hello Fall! Use your creativity to make these words shine as a new addition of Fall décor in your home!

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How about a little toast to celebrate Fall? A pumpkin spice latte is just the hot elixir to warm the soul!

Try out this delicious, homemade and healthy version of the much-loved pumpkin spice latte. It’s way lower in calories than store-bought varieties, has little sugar, zero artificial flavourings, and offers up heart- and gut-healthy fiber. It is divine!

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

(courtesy www.eatingbirdfood.com)

 Ingredients

8 oz hot brewed coffee

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or preferred milk of choice)

3 T canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp vanilla

2 tsp maple syrup

Sprinkle of cinnamon

 Preparation

In saucepan over medium heat, add milk and pumpkin puree, whisking to combine until comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple syrup (to taste). Place in blender or use hand-held frother to bring to a foamy consistency. Pour into a large mug of steaming, freshly-brewed coffee. Dust with cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

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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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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.

 

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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)

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