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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

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

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!

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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Creative living - an online resource

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.

https://issuu.com/nurseryandkidsdesign/docs/nurseryandkidsdesign_fall2016_final

 

Hockey Dreams

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My son's crazy obsession with hockey!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How did you learn about Homeworks Etc?

My relationship with Homeworks Etc began when I found the company (online) initially because of the hockey stick wall hanger! We followed each other on Instagram after that and I got to see the other fun sports-related design elements Jacqueline had in her store.

For more information on Erin’s photography services, check out her website at: http://www.efraserphoto.com/

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Grand Opening - Homeworks Etc

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Come celebrate with us!

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

The programme;

*First 15 at the door receive a WELCOME sign and 20% off our DIY workshops *Chance to win door prizes from local companies including LIFEdesigns Fitness Studio, Mally Designs, AHOY SOAP COMPANY, Essential Packaging and more .... *Browse our SHOP Mint and Birch, Locomotive Clothing, LoulouLOLLIPOP, Vancouver Candle Co. and more... *Learn more about our WORKSHOP space *Register for NEW workshops for Adults and Kids at 10% off *Enjoy cookies by Beau Petit Cupcakes *Specialty tea and coffee available by donation (fundraising for BC Children`s Hospital)

5 Storage Solutions for Kids Rooms

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5 Storage Solutions for Kids Rooms

Not up for a DIY Project.  Here are my top 5 storage solutions that are easy and realistic to achieve for your kids room.

Kids Storage Bins at The Land of Nod

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1.  Bins provide great storage for small toys and stuffed animals.

 

Kids Wall Shelf Storage - The Land of Nod

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2.   Don't be afraid to mount a wall shelf to store your favorite kids books.

This storage solution is a great way to add a pop of color. Create your own wall display as small or as large are your storage requires.  Take up the full wall if you need to.

Kids Storage Art Caddy - The Land of Nod

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3.  Metal Buckets are great for organizing art supplies and desk accessories.

Kids Storage Solution | Cubic Bookcase at The Land of Nod

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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."

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5.  Wall Hooks perfect for the bedroom or bathroom.

Wall Hook Storage for kids is perfect for backpacks, towels, and more.

How do you create great storage solutions?  I would love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below.

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!

Top 5 Online Baby Resources

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Online can be so overwhelming with information coming from you from all avenues.  As a Mom, getting to know everything on the baby market is impossible.  Let's narrow it down!  Here are my Top 5 Online Baby Resources - nursery design - baby gear reviews - choosing baby names - baby food recipes & support to know that we are all in this together.

LAY BABY LAY

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Joni provides a fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience.  You are gonna love her style boards - inspiration to get you started on your room.  Be sure to follow Joni on Pinterest.

 

WWW.LAYBABYLAY.COM


PROJECT NURSERY

Project Nursery Decor Resource

The Ultimate Children's Design Resource for decorating as well great ideas for transitioning from nursery to toddler room.  You have to browse the Project Gallery to view real room designs, by real people... and the resources are all there!  Be sure to follow them on Instagram for inspiration.

 

WWW.PROJECTNURSERY.COM


NAME BERRY

Nameberry Baby Name ResourceOver 50,000 baby names are in this registry.  Choosing a baby name can be overwhelming, but this site will help you track the perfect name, it's meaning and origin.  A name is just not a name.  Search your child's name now.

 

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PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN

PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE online resource

I love that they provide reviews on Baby Gear from Bath to Breastfeeding, Strollers to Slings.  A great resource to check out prior to purchasing.  Download their APP on your phone to read the current issue of their magazine for $5.99 - Search: Pregnancy and newborn.

 

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TODAY'S PARENT

Today's Parent Online Resource Parent Approved

Today’s Parent is the most trusted source of parenting information in Canada. Each month, Today’s Parent creates 3 million connections with engaged parents who turn to us for trusted advice, everyday solutions and real-life tips to help them celebrate life as a parent. Through our magazines, websites and social platforms, they provide busy moms and dads with relevant and current articles on a variety of subjects that affect their families from education and health to discipline and nutrition.  Check out their activities for kids.  I'm all about Play time!  You will be sure to find something fun for the entire family.

 

WWW.TODAYSPARENT.COM

Top 5 Online Baby Resources by Nursery and Kids Design

 

6 Father's Day Gift Ideas for a New or Soon-to-be DAD!

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Looking for a unique Father's Day Gifts for a New or Soon-to-be DAD?

Here are 6 of my FATHER'S DAY GIFT PICKS

1.  Make a statement and buy Dad a  Who's Your Daddy?  T-shirt  from Double Blessings.

Who's Your Daddy? Tshirt by Double Blessings

2. My favorite for expecting Dad's! Daddy & Co. has designed DaddyScrubs in the EDGY design will help Dad stay comfy and relaxed in the delivery room so he can be ready to assist at a moment’s notice! After the big day his DaddyScrubs will be his go-to pajamas for some of the sleepless nights ahead.

Perfect Gift for expecting Dads! Daddy Scrubs by Daddy & Co.3.  This is not your regular pair of socks for Dad this Father's Day!   Yah, that's right.  It's  SoapSox this year!  Don’t forget bath toys for Dad too.  SoapSox is a fun, wash cloth alternative for kids.  Each SoapSox is a cute, plush animal with terry outside and an anti-microbial sponge inside.  Your child will love to “feed” his or her SoapSox with liquid or bar soap. And because SoapSox have finger pockets, you never have to worry about the soap slipping from hands.  Getting clean has never been so fun!  Soapsoxkids.com

Dad's are never too grown up for bath toys!  Love their shark design, but there are so many other great characters too!

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4. Finally . . . . something Dads can wear to soothe and entertain babies!  Teething Bling now makes ties look just like ‘regular’ ties but safely tucked inside each one is a surprise: a squeaker and a rattle to delight curious babies.   Babe Magnet Ties that Surprise – now, that’s a Smart DAD!

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5.  Dad should be comfortable when it's baby playtime on the floor.  Baby Mushroom sells The World’s Most Comfortable Play Mat.  Plushly padded and thoroughly inviting, the Snug Square is perfect for safely playing, tumbling, toppling, crawling, rolling, and relaxing… and it’s big enough to join your child! Parents and kids of all ages love it!

6.  "Every Child has a hero, I call mine Daddy" photo frame decal by Homeworks Etc.    Perfect Father's Day gift for a new Dad.  Melt the heart strings  with this photo frame.  Fits a 4x6" photo. Capture those precious moments with photos of newborn baby and Daddy.

Every Child has a hero, I call mine Daddy photo frame by Homeworks Etc

Make this a Father's Day to remember!  Happy Dad's Day!  Enjoy!