Category: Creative Stuff

Spring Ribbon Wreath

For a few years now I've had BINS of ribbon lying around waiting for some brilliant and beautiful reason to use them. They were mostly from my scrapbooking days. Every now and then the kids would get into my stash and do a few things but it's mostly still a BIG HUGE PILE.  Because Easter is later this year I actually had time to make up this cute little wreath. Let me tell you how: First Grab as many things that are seasonal as you can find. This picture shows I didn't use everything I thought I would and I actually needed to add more ribbon as I went along. I liked how the greens and purples went together - you can use this as a spring wreath too if you take the eggs off.    Second The styrofoam wreath I used was flaking all over the place so I ended up putting tape all over it. I cut the ribbon about 14" long and tied 4 of each kind around the wreath. It is pretty small which is why I used only 4 of each colour - plus some of my ribbon is very thick.  I tried to layer them…

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Fairy Dust

It's true that with teens in this house there isn't as big an audience for this amazing craft as there used to be. Now I have to count on nieces, nephews and littles who visit to appreciate these tricks. I don't mind since I consider it part of staying in shape for future grandkids - this kind of craft will blow away their little imaginative minds and they'll be so enthralled!  First you have to realize that it's the simple things that have the most impact on littles. I've always believed that less is more with young kids and if you keep things simple they will appreciate the experience that much better. Kid's work is PLAY. The more they can use their imaginations, the more fun they will have and the better developed their brains will be. I love this craft - I think the possibilities are endless for storytelling, adventures, and creating cause and effect scenarios. I've wanted to share the idea for a long time and luckily I had all the bits and pieces I needed in my stash for this month's craft challenge.  The list of items you need for this: Glue - either glue gun or stick depending on…

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Where the Heart is

This is the first of 12 posts I'm doing with a lovely group of ladies about crafting with stuff you have at home. It's a "Stash Craft Challenge"! Yay! I've got lots of stashes of so much craft stuff! So follow along with us and I'll post everyone's links at the bottom so you can check them out too! Map Craft This craft is a map I made for my son when he went off to university. I wanted to give him something that was significant and would remind him of home. I also wanted to let him know that we were all here rooting for him and that we loved him so much. Home is where the heart is and he would always be welcome back here.  It is the perfect craft for this challenge because I made it using items I had around my house. A box frame I no longer used, stickers, pennies representing each year everyone in the family was born, and of course the glue gun. To be honest, I had to search high and low for a penny from 1970 and after putting the word out, a friend with a huge Rummoli obsession finally found…

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Dale Chihuly Exhibit at the ROM

Prepare to have your mind blown Last year my brother introduced me to the glass artist known as Dale Chihuly. I saw a few pieces of his work in Gantineau in the lobby of Hotel Lac-Leamy. I always wanted to see it up close and personal and I finally got my chance recently at his exhibit in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum. You can see it too! I was like a little fan girl when I first saw this row boat and my daughter laughed at me for having tears in my eyes when we walked in. I've cyber stalked the work of Dale Chihuly and all his videos for the last 18 months and you just can't imagine the size and impact of these beautiful pieces of glass. I love his row boats and water balls. What a spectacular show it is! Best news ever is that you have until January 8th to see it yourself! Take a trip with the family to experience the amazing display the museum has put on for your viewing pleasure. Better yet, get your family an annual pass to the ROM as the family gift this year.  This little house was very interesting. The teams…

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Lacy Angel Wings Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament Blog Hop My daughter received something like this lovely little angel ornament long ago when she was in Junior Kindergarten. Since then, we have modified her to look even more cute. You can use these on your tree, on gifts, or as gifts. I think they'd make lovely placeholders too. To make them you need pipe cleaners, wood beads, lace with a straight edge and a seam on one side. Also a fine tipped marker and something to hang them with. I added faces to the wood beads before I put them together in case I messed it up. You can pick whatever colour of pipe cleaner you want - I have used white with gold flecks before but I couldn't find them this time. White, silver and gold are also nice. Thread the pipe cleaner through the seam. This is tricky. I have found the easiest way to do it is to give it to your husband to figure out. Today, my hubs was not around so I actually used a feather, (which is why they look a bit pink - it was a pink feather,) with a hole at the tip. I put the feather…

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Insta-August

August is a bittersweet time around here - it's the month you have to squeeze in everything you wanted to get done for summer and the countdown is on before my son goes back to Kingston for school. With both kids working full time hours at their jobs we didn't have time to do much this summer except take little trips on their days off. That's ok though - they both need to save. I suspect after all these hard working hours they will want to stay in school as long as they possibly can. Here are some of the images that were most popular on my Instagram Gallery in August. I love this space and convey so many of my feelings here. The first three images received the highest number of likes and the last two are some of my favourites... I took this one standing on the beach nearest to our house. The sun was setting behind me to the east and Lake Ontario looked so lovely and calm.     Tonight's sunset brought to you by Mother Nature. 💙 . . . . #sunset #evening #eclecticsoapbox #nature #blessed #love A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on Aug…

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Insta-July

What a month July was! So many things to see and share this summer. Here are the three you guys liked the most followed by a couple of my favs... 1.I took this picture in the spring but reposted it for Canada day. I love how bright and red the leaves look.   One of my favourite pictures from the spring. Have a great night! #Canada #maple #tree #trees #red #sun #sunshine A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on Jul 3, 2016 at 3:38pm PDT 2. I saw these flowers at a local farm store - Price's Market.    New day - better attitude! Happy Wednesday! Saw these at Price's Market on Canada day. Some great deals happening over there now plus they have Betty's Buttertarts. What more could you want? . . . . #flowers #floweroftheday #daily #beautiful #love #instaflower #bloom #instablooms #pretty #cute #colour #color #bright #blessed #loveit #amazing #surprise #plant #fragrant #happy #flowerpower #nice #goodmorning #fresh #blossom #eclecticsoapbox #wednesday #pink #noedits A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on Jul 6, 2016 at 4:13am PDT 3. These flowers are so pretty - and they come in so many different shades and shapes.   It's Saturday Yahoo! Happy weekend…

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Top May IG Shots

May was a great month to have a camera - or in my case, an iPhone 6 camera. Much of the world around me was waking up and bursting out of it's winter sleep.  We had some unseasonably warm weather where I am and I think this is why the trees and flowers were blooming so early. It was a feast for the senses.  Here are the images I took that seemed to be the most popular in May on my Instagram account:  The beach continues to be one of my favourite places:   Found some pretty bits and pieces to take pictures of today. Some more of my time @darlingtonprovpark beach. Wild skies today. . . . #seaglass #beachglass #waves #beach #beachlife #happyday #rare #obsessed #myfav #myfavorite #nature #naturelovers #naturesgift #beachcomber #love #loveit #pretty #colourful #lakeglass #happy #lakeontario #lake #lakeglass #hobby #glass #water #treasure #beachfinds #beachwAlk #treasurehuning #beachtreasure A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on May 15, 2016 at 6:30pm PDT Lilac flowers have a powerful fragrance during the day but these ones were lovely at night also. My neighbour commented she thought the scent was stronger at night drifting in through her bedroom window.   Happy Tuesday! I…

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April Favourites

Favourite posts from April! (As voted by people on Instagram!) I love having a flower picture at least once a day - yellow seems to be a very bright, sunny and well loved colour.     Sunny flowers for a sunny Monday! Happy day everyone! I hope your week is wonderful! ☀️ ?. . . . . . #flowers #floweroftheday #daily #beautiful #love #instaflower #bloom #instablooms #pretty #cute #colour #color #bright #blessed #loveit #amazing #surprise #plant #fragrant #flowerpower #yellow #happy A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on Apr 18, 2016 at 3:43am PDT My favourite hangout is at the beach, listening to the waves, treasure hunting.   Some beautiful beach glass from Lake Ontario. Love finding this stuff!! . . . . . #seaglass #beachglass #waves #beach #beachlife #happy #happyday #rare #gems #obsessed #myfav #myfavorite #nature #naturelovers #naturesgift #beachcomber #love #loveit #seaglass #pretty #colourful #lakeglass #happy #lakeontario #lake #lakeglass #hobby #glass #water #treasure #treasurehuning #beachtreasure A photo posted by Carin Harris (@eclecticsoapbox) on Apr 29, 2016 at 11:26am PDT It's so easy to support local farmer's markets when the produce is this fresh and colourful.   Here's a wonderful sight to see. Farmer's markets are ramping up for the…

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Beach Treasures

Treasures One of my favourite hobbies is treasure hunting. Be it that perfect photo image, the best sunset, a great deal at a charity shop, or the gently buffed piece of beach glass. treasures I love to wander along the tide lines of beaches seeking out hidden treasures. Driftwood rims my gardens and beautiful rounded stones speckle throughout the rich earth and plants. Every beach seems to be different in the stones it offers. Some have nicely rounded stones and glass, others have the jagged stuff. Colours vary too - from bright pinks, oranges, yellows and greens to monotone grey, black, and white.  Up until recently rocks and stones were my thing. I trained the kids from a very young age to wander around the beach looking for pretty stones. They loved it! As a matter of fact our whole family got into it. My husband can spend hours skipping stones and the kids love to do that too.  My sister used to make fun of me then we decided to bring her along with us - instant addict just like that.  I've recently discovered there is a whole world full of beach ( or sea ) glass enthusiasts. Search #beachglass or #seaglass…

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Awesomely Simple 18th Birthday Party

Play Ball! Recently we celebrated a family birthday with Thing 1. The nice thing about birthdays in the summer in our part of the world is that you can enjoy them outside. On this particular day, the birthday boy opted to have a baseball / pool / bbq party. We served baseball style food, drinks and snacks. I was surprised that 17 & 18 year olds would be happy with this sort of party but they seemed delighted. This beautiful cake struggled in the humidity. It was still very delicious! The day was kind enough to give us perfect weather and we held it at a local park in Orono, Ontario. I've mentioned Orono in another post - it is not too far away from us and offered all the amenities at their park that we needed. Hubs stood in as pitcher and all the kids participated. Even Thing 2 played. We had two full teams in all. The Menu: We had popcorn and freezies during the game, with lots of water. Lunch was ball park style hot dogs, potato/macaroni/coleslaw salads, chips, Doritos, fruit and veggie tray. Jones soda and a huge jug of lemonade to drink. A beautiful birthday cake…

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Painting

Recently Hubs and I were invited to attend a painting event hosted by ArtTonite at Pappa's Grill  in Toronto. We found parking easily and arrived ahead of the crowd to get a look at the layout. We were warmly greeted by one of the company founders Jane and led to the 'painting zone'. After much discussion over the previous days, Hubs decided to join me. He was not really interested in painting a picture. In his own words, "I haven't painted since I was 7." He was definitely prepared to just be my +1 and watch. We met LUC the resident artist and he set to work reassuring us that it would not be as painful an experience as we both feared. In fact, LUC and Jane assured us, we would have a great time. Drinks in hand we ventured into the 'danger zone' and picked out our canvases, paint and aprons. Everything we needed was there for us. Plus there was delicious Greek food circulating all night. A couple of drinks and we were ready to embark on our adventure. There were three artists keeping an eye on things and walking us through the process step by step. One was even recreating…

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Interior Design Adventure IDS2015

Our adventure to IDS2015 Toronto! By Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski All in Place Communications and Creative Design Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest "Whatever your Marketing need, count on us to put it All in Place!" Saturday January 24th, I went to the Interior Design Show 2015 (IDS2015) with a girlfriend. Let me tell you, I was SOOOOO EXCITED to go! Because it was my very first time … and because we were supposed to go last year but there was a huge snow storm that prevented me from doing so. There was so many booths from furniture retailers and distributors to tile and rug suppliers to independent vendors …. so much to see! So I’d like to share with you some of my fave things that captured my attention! We LOVED these unique décor furniture pieces from Quake Furniture – stood out in the crowd for me! This pretty brass lighting fixture caught our eye! This was another unique lighting fixture that spoke to us! How pretty are these sleek modern shelving ideas! Pretty wallpapered pantry at one of IKEA’s tradeshow kitchen booths Reminded me of the pretty tiles from my uncle’s home in Portugal. Creekside Tile Company tradeshow…

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Like a Virgin – Blogging

For the last 26 days I have been dipping my toe in the great sea of blogging. I am participating in a challenge with 14 other people to post one a day. It's a lot like writing a diary but cooler and out where everyone can read it. There have been days when I've been panicking 2 minutes before midnight to post the link (Yummy-numnums) on our shared Facebook group page. Then again, I recently wrote an entire post while waiting for a tire store to open one morning at the butt crack of dawn, (Trapped) I've explored emotions including loss, grief, excitement, fear, nostalgia, and self-discovery. I even experimented with a couple of cooking blogs: Attention Picky Eaters, and Home Made Irish Cream. I've been privileged to host several guest writters this month who have shared their homes and memories with us - 'Twas the Week Before Christmas Old World Traditional Meets Modern Day Decor Amanda on Christmas Tree Traditions Le Maquillage Eyes Open or Shut? Saying Goodbye to Survivor's Guilt The bloggers I have been keeping up with have taught me so much about blogging. I have enjoyed reading their pages about all sorts of topics including: commenting: www.3chickensandaboat.com rescheduling: www.momdadandcuppakids.com humour: www.talesfromthepoopdeck.com tradition: www.freelancemama.ca resolve: www.thebigtodolist.com advice: www.askmamamoe.com rabbit…

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Old World Traditional Meets Modern Christmas Décor

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Rosita at a marketing company this year. We collaborated on content and layout for websites for small businesses. It is was a great opportunity to find out how resourceful, creative and knowledgeable she is in many areas. Rosita runs a company called: All in Place Communications and Creative Design. Thanks for your contribution Rosita. I was excited to have her prepare a post for eclecticSoapbox.com today. "Whatever your marketing needs, count on us to put it All in Place!"   Old World Traditional meets Modern Christmas Décor By: Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski All in Place Communications and Creative Design Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Follow us on Facebook Thank you Carin for having me as a guest on your Blog this month! I love to decorate for a living …. so when it comes to decorating our home for Christmas, this gives me a chance to make it my very own. Christmas is a very special time. Each year, I love un-wrapping my nativity figures passed on from my mother and grandmother. Explaining the significance of each one to my young son. Decorating my fireplace mantel with old world charm and tradition to set the nativity…

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