Quick & Easy DIY Wall Art

This could be the easiest and most clever wall art idea yet! One of my crafty and creative friends made this for her dining room, and I think it is absolutely brilliant. So naturally, I must share.

Wood shims Art 1

What you’ll need:

Wood Shims – found at any hardware store

Various Paint Colours – she used shades of blue, yellow and white to create the colours she needed

Foam Brushes – Art store or Dollar store will carry these

LePage Wood Glue

Wood Board cut to size

Steps:

1. Paint the shims and let dry overnight

2. Glue the shims to wooden board in a pattern or randomly if you please

Annnnnd done!

GORGEOUS!!!

Wood shims Art 2

Snack Time – Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a rainy day….

I felt like cheering things up around here with some fresh baked cookies.

Rainy Day Choc Cookie Collage

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter Soft

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup White Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

2.5 Cups Flour

3/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/3 Tsp Salt

Chocolate Chips

Mix wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients separately. Add two mixtures together. Once mixed thoroughly, form ball or log and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or more hours. Take out and roll into a log, cut with a wet knife and lay cookie rounds on parchment lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet with cookie rounds into an oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.

Voila! Easy Rainy Day Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Downtime = Nailtime

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Had a few moments to myself, my 2 year old decided it was a good day for a nap. In order to get a bit of creativity into the day I whipped out my new nail polish. It has been extremely slow to warm up outside, so I figured I needed a bit of Spring on my nails.

Nail art is once again HUGE, so here we go on a very easy nail art tutorial. I chose two shades, Jaded and Barracuda from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line. I love this line because it is long wearing and the colours are always current.

Steps

1. Brush on two coats of Jaded, let it dry

2. Pour small amount of Barracuda into a water bottle cap or drop a small amount onto a piece of cling wrap

3. Cut off the fuzzy end of a Q-tip and dip into Barracuda

4. Use Q-tip to create a straight line of dots, I placed the dots on a diagonal

Let dry then you are done!

Tips Q-tips, lollipop sticks, chop sticks, tooth picks are all good tools for creating designs

Keep old water bottle caps, beer caps, jam lids etc. to use as paint vessels (those would then make a pretty display…but that craft is for another day)

Experiment with what you have and look for striking colour combos

Check out my Pinterest, I have pulled together a few images from the Pinterest universe for inspiration

Have fun! Be creative!

 

 

 

Snack Time – Something Sweet

My craft pursuits that require good weather have been put on hold until the end of the week. I needed a bit of DIY to keep my spirits up, so what better way to put a smile on your face then to make something sweet?

I hunted around the kitchen and found a bag of Wilton Candy Melts (great to keep these on hand and they come in a million different colours. I went with the Colour Burst variety), candy mold and Golden Oreos, which are so delicious. I know some of you are purists, but honestly give the Golden Oreos a try.

So off we go on a candy/chocolate coated adventure…I was able to make about 24 while the little guy was napping.

  1. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and nuke at 50% power for 3o second intervals, stirring in between
  2. Pour into candy molds
  3. Place Oreos (or similar sized cookies) into molds
  4. Use a spatula or small spoon to cover the top of the cookie with melted candy/chocolate
  5. Place mold into the fridge for a few minutes to harden
  6. Remove from fridge, turn over mold and gently tap out the covered cookie….AND DONE!

If you don’t have a candy mold, you could just dip the cookies and place on parchment paper to cool.

Happy snacking crafty friends!

Covered Oreos Collage

Snack Time – Chickpeas

The day can get pretty hectic, especially when running around and picking up after two little people. I tend to get pretty snacky throughout the day. When I’m busy I get lazy (who doesn’t?) I look to the 3 C’s to get me through Chips, Crackers and Chocolate, highly addictive, yet a poor nutritional choice to say the least. So, my girlfriend gave me a great chickpea snack recipe, which I tried and LOVE!!!! So here you go my DIY friends:

Ingredients – everything is to taste, and plus who likes to measure ingredients anyhow?

  • Can of chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon Juice (fresh or otherwise)
  • Curry Powder or Cumin or any spice of your choice
  • Salt
  • Bragg’s Nutrional Yeast Seasoning
  1. Set your oven to 350F
  2. Rinse chickpeas
  3. Dry chickpeas with paper towel (kitchen paper as those of you UK’ers like to call it, I watch British Television, and if it’s on TV it has to be true!)
  4. Mix remaining ingredients
  5. Spread mixture on chickpeas
  6. Put chickpea concoction in the oven for 40-45 mins, and as Ron Popeil says, “set it & forget it!”
  7. DONE!

Happy snacking!

Chickpeas Collage

Easy DIY Sweet & Salty Dessert Table

In my house, we generally make a big deal about the kids’ birthdays, balloons, games, arts & crafts etc. etc. My spring/summer party post is in the works, but in the meantime enjoy the more ‘grown-up’ party I hosted for the hubbie’s birthday below.

Straw Holder Collage

I gathered up all my white and silver serving dishes, but realized I needed to DIY a few accessories to pull everything together. I purchased a set of grey zig-zag patterned drinking straws, really because they match the curtains in the dinning room (that’s a whole other DIY project which we can discuss another day) . So, first up, a straw holder. I took a small glass vase and cut a rectangle out of burlap. I then cut a length of sparkly silver trim to create a “belt” for the vase. I used my trusty mini glue gun to glue the seam on the burlap to the jar, then a few small dots of hot glue on the trim.

When I arranged everything on the table, the straw holder wasn’t really standing out, so I flipped a silver candle holder upside down and placed the jar on top. You could also a pillar candle stand or mini cake/cupcake stand to add height to your display. 

I also wrapped a small Mason jar to keep them theme moving across the table. I used the Mason jar to hold utensils for the dessert shooters. The photo shows the Mason jar and the vase as straw holders.

Mini Desserts CollageDessert shooters are a great way to introduce a variety of items to the table without having too many leftovers. It is far easier to justify one tiny dessert…Or two…or three…and plus who is really watching and counting how many you just stuffed in your face?

The first is an apple crumble shooter. Take any apple/fruit crumble recipe, mix all ingredients and bake the crumble separate from the apples/fruit. (If you don’t have a recipe, PM me on Downtime DIY on Facebook and I’ll be happy to share). Let the baked items cool, then layer in a shooter…so easy!

The other shooter is a chocolate brownie covered with vanilla pudding and raspberries. If you don’t have time to bake brownies, just pick some up and get to layering! On this side of the table I placed individual popcorn boxes and mini tarts stacked on two cupcake stands.

I arranged fresh fruit, dried fruit and a veggie platter to the left of the table. Easy, easy, easy. The Salty items were placed around the back of the display, chips, more popcorn, pita and dips etc. 

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Topped it all off with a cute little polka-dot cake…and voila! The quick and easy DIY Salty & Sweet Dessert Table. The DIY’ing, baking and arranging took a total of two hours. Not bad for a night of fun!

Hope you had a crafty month!