Category Archives: DIY

DIY Sea Glass Vases

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My new obsession. Sea Glass vases.

A couple of weeks ago, DIY Sea Glass Candlesticks blog post showed up in my Facebook feed. I was curious how to make them. I can honestly say that I absolutely love the look and they were really fun to make.

What you’ll need:

Glass candlestick (thrift stores are the perfect place to snag these for pennies or the Dollar Tree)
¼ cup of white craft glue
2-3 drops of blue food coloring
2-3 drops of green food coloring
Sponge crafting brush, small
Mixing bowl

Directions:

1. In your mixing bowl add the ¼ cup of glue.
2. Add in one drop of each of the food colorings at a time and mix. You want to gradually create the sea glass tint.
3. Continue adding a drop at a time of each of the colors and stirring until you get the hue you wish. You want a sea green color. You can sample the color by simply swiping it on a clear glass surface and seeing what it looks like. It will wipe away clean with soap and water.

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. I love what it did to my clear mason jars and candle sticks.

Give it a try and if you do, tag me in your creations on Instagram.

Nautical, antique and distressed furniture for sale

My husband has a number of items for sale and a bunch more in storage, I’ll post them up as they’re available.

He commutes from Constance Bay to Downtown daily M-F so delivery/meeting up isn’t a problem.

Best bet for a quick reply or if you have questions is to email me at jennywearsglasses at gmail dot com.

Pale yellow table distressed over black with iron legs.

Very sturdy, unique and has very cottage/beach feel to it. Great shape and finished with a semi-gloss seal for protection

L 46 1/2″ W 23 1/2″ H 16 1/2″

$60 obo

Antique teal side table (with basket) nice shape and looks fantastic. Sealed top. (Pending Sale)

W 24″ H 25 1/2″ D 17″

$60 obo

Antiqued light teal 3-drawer dresser works great and solid. Great for a kids room

W 32 1/2″ H 32″ D 16 1/2″

$65 obo

Antiqued light teal small cabinet with shelf inside, deep and great for storage. Sturdy and solid.

W 21″ H 26 1/2″ D 20 1/2″

$55 obo

Antique white oval hanging mirror

H 20 1/2″ W 14″

$25 obo

Distressed nautical rack. Perfect for entrance ways, kitchen and bathrooms. Has two hangy-things on the bottom.

H 23″ W 11″ D 3″

$25 obo

Blue over red sealed distressed shelf — easily hangs on the wall and a great useful decorative piece for anywhere in the house.

L 23″ H 4 1/2″ D 4 1/2″

$25 obo

Antique teal and white mirror with storage well. (Pending Sale)

H 28 1/2″ W 19″

$50 obo

Happy to package pieces (or everything) for a discount

Located in Constance Bay, delivery negotiable.

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Homemade Play-Doh

I found this great homemade play-doh recipe on the Mommy Foot Print blog. I’m not a very good cook in the kitchen, but somehow I managed to do a really good job with this (evidence available on Instagram). Here’s the recipe:

Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”. Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin

Painting #halloween #pumpkins tonight.

#14 on my list of 41 things to do during the Halloween season was to get your toddler to paint a pumpkin. Since she’s still a bit young for real paint, this is what we did.

Supplies:

  • 2 small pumpkins (I got ours at the Superstore for .99 cents each)
  • 1 vanilla pudding
  • 3 small plastic containers
  • Food colouring (red, yellow, blue and green)
  • 2 paint brushes
  • Bench
  • The great outdoors

What we did:

  • Distribute the pudding in three plastic containers
  • Mixed one each one with different colour food colouring
  • Brought our mini pumpkins and art supplies outside
  • Let her go wild!

The finished product:

Finished art #pumpkin painting

It was such a success. Our 14 month old daughter really enjoyed herself. She never put the pudding in her mouth, but she could have if she wanted to.

Have you ever used food as paint before? What have you used in the past?

 

41 Halloween-y things to do in october

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This is my daughter’s year of “firsts”. Last year, she didn’t react much to the holidays. She was a cute, adorable potato. Even though she was still a little person, she didn’t laugh, react or point to things the way she does now. NOW, the holidays are going to get interesting. She’s going to react to things, pull ornaments off trees, get scared, eat some treats, she’s going to really experience  the holidays.

Now, she may or may not remember these days, but hopefully with the magic of photo and video, I can help her remember some of these beautiful moments and start traditions that will continue for years to come.

The first holiday that I’m really excited for it Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do you get to dress up, eat delicious pumpkin spiced food and carve pumpkins, my birthday is in October (not near Halloween, but close enough).

This year, as I want to make a Halloween special. I’ve made a list of great things to do during the Halloween season.

  1. Eat pumpkin poop
  2. Spider ice cubes
  3. Make pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon for breakfast
  4. Make Halloween cookies
  5. Make hot dog mummies for dinner
  6. Make hot apple cider
  7. Make hot mulled wine
  8. Make pumpkin pretzels
  9. Make tin can lanterns
  10. Glowing ghosts
  11. Magnetic spiders
  12. Candy centrepiece: using candy corn, candy pumpkins, add a tree (use a paper towel roll to keep the tree in place)
  13. Make a monster door
  14. Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin
  15. Tissue paper ghosts
  16. Spooky forest craft (black construction paper, branches and googly eyes)
  17. Halloween preschool sensory bag pumpkin
  18. Masking tape mummy
  19. Slimy eyes (sensory bag with cheap hair gel)
  20. Erupting pumpkins
  21. Goggly eye soup
  22. Goblin gut sensory painting (might be fun to do in the water/sand table)
  23. Flying ghosts rockets
  24. Pumpkin bowling
  25. DIY Halloween Hair Dye (with sidewalk chalk)
  26. Watch adult Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus, Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  27. Watch a Halloween movie kids (The Haunted Mansion, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper)
  28. Make a Halloween necklace
  29. Colour a Halloween picture
  30. Rake the leaves and play in them
  31. Make a Halloween garland
  32. Wrap up kids like mummies
  33. Play tic-tac-ghost
  34. Make a wall of bats
  35. Bobbing for apples
  36. Carve a pumpkin (tips)
  37. Bake pumpkin seeds
  38. Visit a pumpkin patch (Ontario)
  39. Tell a spooky campfire story with a flashlight
  40. Eat or make caramel apples
  41. Go trick or treating

Do you have any fun Halloween activities that I could add to my list?

How to clean water shoes

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I’ve searched the internet so you don’t have to. How do you clean a pair of water shoes? It’s actually quiet simple.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty, stinky water shoes

How to clean water shoes:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Let the shoes sit in the water for 30 minutes
  • Rinse
  • Place shoes on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!

 

White Crocs Help!

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I’ve searched the Internet on ways to get the yellow out of these white Crocs. I haven’t had much luck.

So far I’ve tried:

  • Sunlight
  • Mr. Clean White Erasers

Does anyone else have any tips? I might have to let these ones go…

 

How to clean a pair of rain boots

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I am no stranger to used clothing. I LOVE thrift and consignment store shopping. With my daughter growing out of clothing like it’s going out of style, I don’t hesitate when someone wants to sell me 9 pairs of shoes for $4 (especially since the last two pairs I bought for her were $50+ each!).

These next couple of posts are going to be about reviving used kid shoes. Most of the shoes I got are in very good to excellent condition, but some need a bit of love.

My first set of shoes that I worked on are these Winnie the Pooh rubber rain boots. After doing some research online, I found a great way to clean rubber rain boots.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty boots

How to clean rubber boots:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Rinse
  • Place boots on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!

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