Category: Creative Stuff

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DIY Fire Pit Oven

The Fire Pit/Oven Thingy Here, in Ontario, we are sometimes graced by warm days for swimming and cooler nights for snuggling in the same day. These tend to occur, although rarely, during the season previously known as SPRING. It's been a pretty good year for this phenomena. This weekend in Keswick we celebrated a birthday with some awesome family peeps. As the day wound down, Uncle Mike surprised us all by declaring we would be able to sit around a fire that night. Mike's Dad had given him an old cast iron stove, or fire pit/oven thingy, that had been sitting around in his garage. Mike,…

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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…

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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…

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Where the Heart is

This is the first of several 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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