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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!

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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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

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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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.

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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)