DIY Step ‘n Wash

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I’m not a professional woodworker but I do have fun with a few small tools.

I was able to make this stool for 1/4 of  the  price it would cost to buy one and it was pretty easy to make so I thought I would share.

Using a jigsaw cut 2 pieces out of your choice of wood into an “L” shape.  I used 2 pieces of pine shelving – 16″ x 36″ each


Drill holes big enough to get your jigsaw blade through to cut out the handles.

Use the extra pieces from the sides for the steps. The 1st step is 7 1/2″ high and the top step is 15″ high.

Measure and drill 4 pilot holes for the screws on each step side and drill a bigger hole to countersink the screws and add wooden plugs to cover the screws.

how to countersink a wood screw here


Sand all the edges and handles, then paint it or stain it.

To personalize it trace your pattern onto tracing paper then transfer it onto the stool using white or black graphite paper.






Once the 1st side was painted I retraced it onto tracing paper and flipped it to do the other side.

I kept a picture on my phone and my computer to refer to while I painted the second side.

You could do your personalizing before you put it together which would make it easier to maneuver while you’re painting


Lay the stool down on a piece of mdf , trace it and cut out for a back piece. Glue and nail it on.  I measured and added 2 front pieces under each step for extra support (optional).

I finished it off with a coat of outdoor water based varnish that will protect it from all the water splashes from little people climbing up to wash their hands, brush their teeth or help with the dishes etc 🙂


❤❤❤ little miss independent ❤❤❤

Anyway 😉


Draw Something


Today is the day we will shower my daughter with gifts for my grandson.  I’m pretty excited.  We’ve rented the town hall and are expecting 40 people.  Should be fun.

I’ve been busy making some decorations, games and prizes and painting him a little suitcase so he can pack up and come hang out with gramma whenever he wants!!!

Are you familiar with the game Draw Something?  It’s a mobile drawing and guessing game.  For a while my family was hooked on it.  We were constantly sending pictures back and forth.  On May 4th we were all together celebrating my husbands birthday. Dinner, cake and ice cream was over with and we were all sitting in the same room  playing  Draw Something on our iphones and ipads.  Everyone was doing their own thing, drawing their pictures and not really paying attention to each other.  My husband who was drawing a picture for my daughter got the word pregnant so he drew his picture and sent it to her while the rest of us were busy with our own drawings.    Then…  this picture pops up on all our phones with a message that says “so we have some exciting news”

My daughter had just found out she was a pregnant. They didn’t plan on telling anyone so soon but when she got this picture to guess from her dad she whispered to her husband, showed him the picture and they figured the timing couldn’t be more perfect so they shared their news with us on grampa’s birthday.  Best present ever!!!

I guess it’s a sign of the times when you find out you’re going to be grandparents via social networking.  Needless to say, the room went crazy!!!   This work of art grampa drew is gonna be in this kids life forever.  Good thing it’s a beauty 😉

I figured I’d keep our Draw Something theme going to announce our good news to my family and friends.

And so the fun begins.

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the shower decorations…

I picked up these frames from the dollar store and painted the white mat with my acrylic paint.

Can’t have a baby shower without a diaper cake.

Have you seen what people are making out of diapers these days?  There’s some amazing creations.

I chose to try a diaper tricycle because I knew I wanted a bear with a fishing rod on it.

Check out that adorable fishing rod.  My plan was to use a stick and a string so I was pretty excited when I found this real one.

Now for our little secret … I discovered when I got home that this adorable little fishing rod is actually a limited edition bbq lighter.  Oops … way to go gramma!!!  O well, my son in law, who loves to fish also loves to bbq so it’s a win win.   eek 😉

This is the smallest blanket I’ve ever crocheted. Good thing it’s for a baby!!!

Had to make these tissue pompoms because they’re so pretty. I’m not sure where we’re going to hang them. The ceiling in the hall is a tad high.

These are some game prizes…

And these are a few things I made for my nieces new baby girl, Frankie Lee, who I am hoping to meet for the first time at the shower.  A tutu with a matching headband and some fancy shoes,

a little collage with her name in it.  Such a cute name!!! Her grampa’s middle name is Frank and her gramma’s middle name is Lee
and a stool.

And this is what I’m capable of when I get busy.  iyiyi!!!  It’s all cleaned up now ready for my Christmas madness.

Anyway 😉

It’s A Boy

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We found out this month that our 1st granbaby coming in December is “A BOY”.  We have 3 daughters so you can imagine how happy and excited we are about this news. Grampa is thrilled and already checking out little golf clubs. I’m starting to plan a baby shower in October and have a few projects on the go.  I decorated some water bottles using washi tape and vinyl letters.  I think they’ll work in a bucket of ice.

The coloured glasses below were an Etsy order.

I thought they would make good baby shower favours filled with candy so I’ve been busy making more

and I’ve been snazzin’ up a few onesies and painting up some clothes pegs for some shower decorating.

This baby stuff is FUN!!!  I can’t wait to be a gramma 🙂

These were Etsy orders for some wood letters and door knockers.

and that’s a wrap for August!

Anyway 😉

1/2 way through April … already!!!


So much to do, so little time!!!  Such a true statement.

These are my creations so far this month.

I received an Etsy order from my daughters friend.  She asked if I could make a jewelry box to match the crate I made for her little Avalena.  She has a little girl that comes to visit her  and she apparently loves the crate.  

This is the jewelry box.   I think “Lauren” will like it. Especially when she opens it and sees her name on the inside too.

I made this clay pot bird bath a few years ago and it has been sitting in my craft cave ever since.  It never did make it to the garden.  First because our garden was under construction and then it didn’t match the furniture we bought so I never took it out.

I like the idea of it so I’ve been working on a new one that will match better.   I used my outdoor cushion for my inspiration. 

It’s not done yet but I think I like it so far and as you can see if definitely matches better.  I’m  not sure if the paint will cure to the dish on top because it was sealed with a smooth, glass surface.  I sanded it a little and painted it with patio paint . Now I have to wait to see if  it will stick as this is where the water will sit. I also have a little solar light I’m going to add to the dish and a cute little butterfly to hang on the side of it.

I am also attempting to make these tipsy pots.  They look pretty fun!  I found them on this awesome blog.

I painted the pots red and orange.  I had to stop production though because I bought the wrong size nuts today.  I hate that!

Anyway 😉

Good Bye March

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** Steam A Seam 2 **  I am a big fan!  It’s so easy to use,  you just iron it on.

I appliqued these little onesies to match the pink and purple tutus for the twins 1st birthday.

They ironed on so well I didn’t think it was necessary to sew around the edges but had I wanted too, I could’ve  without gumming up the needle.

 I’m pretty sure I’ll be working on more projects this year with steam a seam. It’s fun!!!


 I crocheted this blanket last year and set it aside waiting for a baby boy to come along.  I figured if I had to, I could get away with adding a pink ribbon that would’ve made it suitable for a baby girl.

As you can see pink was not necessary.

I was able to stick with the blue plan. I finished it off with navy blue ribbon for my new great nephew Sam.

Isn’t he adorable!?!?


This is an Etsy order for some letters done in a light yellow that will sit on the guest sign in table at a wedding.

I love the shade of yellow she chose.


I think I will be adding a section to my Etsy shop this year for glass decorated with vinyl.


and I can’t  forget this … I received an Etsy order for a chef clothes peg.  The customer wanted a female chef with shoulder length dark hair and a side part.  I can’t draw worth beans so it was a bit of a challenge.

She said she liked it so off it went to sit on a counter somewhere in San Diego 🙂


Anyway 😉

February 2012


A friend of my daughters, who has the most adorable twin girls that are turning 1 at the end of march, asked me if I would make them tutus for their birthday.  While I was shopping for the material for the tutus, I not too surprisingly, got distracted by so many beautiful, colourful, fun fabrics. Then while browsing through the pattern rack, a pattern for a diaper cover caught my eye. I was picturing the adorable twins in these little diaper covers and that was it.  I was off track. I went back and picked out some of that fun fabric, got home and started sewing. They were pretty fun to make, so much so that I had to force myself to stop. There is so many options with all the awesome fabrics I could’ve just kept sewing more of them but now March is here and it’s time to focus on the tutus.

One more February project…

We had dinner plans with our neighbours. Their daughter Lauren was joining us and I know from experience how bored kids can get while the adults are talking and everyone is waiting for their food so I thought it would be nice if I made her a chalkboard placemat. I added a tie to it so it can be rolled up for easy travel. Lauren got some good use out of it while we waited for our dinner. We played some x’s & o’s and some hangman and she drew us some pretty nice pictures.