DIY Crafts

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:

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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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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!

 

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.

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.

 

Creativity for the Soul

“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.”

 

Baby’s Nursery Design and Décor

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.”

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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:

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Wall Hooks - March 13, 1:15 pm

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Wood Blocks - March 30, 1:15pm

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!

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Spring Break Fever: Cool Crafting with Kids

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):

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And how about these DIY cuties, Monster Key Rings (flikr.com) and String Art Arrows (homeworksetc.ca):

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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

Amazing Baby Brands this Spring

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Spring is here and so is our featured shopping guide for nursery and kids essentials including amazing brands for Mommy & Me, creative learning, baby, fashion and decor.  Browse our catalogue below and click on the photos on these pages to link you to browse their shops.

Spring Gift Guide

Cover photo by Captivate Photography

Visit these brands on our guide guide page to browse through your online shopping experience of brands we stand behind including categories:

Mommy & Me

The Extender, Cover Your Heart, Snugabell, Padalily

Creative Learning

Bobs and Lolo, Easy Daysies, Little Jots, Canary Jane

Baby

Baby Jack & Co, Bamboobino, Bebe de Luxe, Numpfer, Glitter and Spice, Baby Elephant Ears, Mushy Books

Fashion

Mally Designs, Emerson Apparel, Arrow and Lace Designs, Modern Fort, Wee Urban, Rebel and Heart, Swim Zip

Nursery and Kids Decor

Wild Tee pees, Yarning Made, Cici Art Factory, Tiptoe Meadow, Trae Designs, Shenasi Concept, Mitani Designs, Bobee, Little Sapling Toys, Homeworks Etc

 

Comment below if you've shopped these stores or if you see something that you would love for your children!

Halloween Free Printables and 10 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

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Use Homeworks Etc FREE Printables for 10 easy crafts

Simply Cut and glue to decorate the following items:

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

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Here’s how we do it…

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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Print your FREE Printable from Homeworks Etc.  Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

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Happy Decorating!

Happy Decorating!