Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Monday, October 31, 2011



From Something From Nothing

Super easy to make a vampire Jack O Lantern.

All you need to do is cut out eyes and nose (if you want one) and then cut a square big enough to fit vampire teeth. That's it very cute if i do say so myself!

If you are wondering what the pumpkin in the back says; "I'm the best ever" All I have to say is I didn't carve that one!

Button Letter

I made this letter K for my niece.  I  thought this would be an amazing thing to put on the wall. Its super easy, here's how to do it!

This is all my materials needed to make this baby wall art.

A canvas- Dollar store $2.00

Fabric- Free


Glue Gun

Glue Sticks

Cover the canvas with fabric.

 Pull the fabric tight and glue with the glue gun

 Now that your canvas is glued, put your letter on top of the fabric. Center it and then trace the outline of the letter.

Now you can start adding your buttons with your glue gun.

I started on one side then worked my way down. I did plan where to put the big buttons beforehand.

Now you have a beautiful baby gift that any little girl or boy would love.  I didn't want it to look too young. I think she will be able to use this stuff for many years in her bedroom.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Baby Gift

So I am now a proud Aunt of a lovely little girl. So happy the baby is healthy and happy. It was hard not being there when she was born. They live in a different country and we never get too see them as much as we like. So I knew that I had to get them an amazing gift because I wont be able to help out at all with the baby

 ( I can remember when i was a child and had a homemade quilt from my grandmother. I still have that very same quilt 25 years later). So I thought I should make something special, meaningful, and home made. SO I started to make a quilt. I wasn't sure what colour their baby's room was and I also didn't know how girlie they wanted it to be. So i decided to go for the reversible quilt. One side very girly bright pink and the other blue with flowers. Very cute if Ido say so myself!

The material I had was not big enough to do the size of quilt I wanted, so I needed to add a border. I know white isn't the best choice for a newborn baby but its all I had. So first thing I needed to do was add the border. Just iron, pin, and sew your border.

Quilting frame before

Quilting frame after

Now that my border is added on both side its time for the frame. Just put the quilt in the frame. I decided to do one side and work my way around. 

Okay so here is how to quilt a tie-knot quilt. First figure out what you are going to use. I decided on yarn (you could use almost any type of thick string or embroidery string. From the top of your quilt put the needle through making sure one end of the yarn is still on the top. Then pull your yarn through (making sure not to pull both sides of the string through the top of the quilt) Then come up the other side.

Now you have both ends of the yarn on the top side of the quilt.

Take both ends and knot them. Right over left then left over right.

I measured my quilt and found out how many knots i could get across. That's how i determined how far apart my knots would be from one another.

Once your knots are finished then trim the yarn. I did mine by pinching the yarn where it meets the quilt then trimming the extra off. Now it is time to finish the sides of your quilt.

Take one side of the quilt and hem it. See above.

Once one of the two sides of the quilt is hemmed then you can finish the quilt. Take the non hemmed side and fold over making both sides even. Then sew the sides into one. I did this by hand because I can trust myself more than my sewing machine.

This is the finished product. A beautiful reversible quilt fit for a little princess.

Stay tuned to see what you can do with your left over material. Amazing idea!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hoosier Cabinet Breathes New Life

Hoosier Cabinet 2002
Revitalized once, oh, and once again.  This diamond in the rough housed oil in my inlaw's garage for years.  One day I said "that it would make a great tv cabinet!," but my father in law refused to let me have something so "ugly" in my house.  A few years later when cleaning out the garage I insisted that I still wanted this piece.  It did need some TLC.  The upper doors were not original, and the flour sifter had long ago been taken out, but the enamel counter was "perfect" with its banged up edge. 

Hoosier Cabinet 2002
At the time we lived in a new home with white kitchen cabinets and the hoosier fit perfectly beside the pantry cabinet.  Handy husband added crown moulding on  2 sides, and fancy corner pieces as we left the doors off and it looked like it had always been there.
4 years ago we moved, and the hoosier came with us ( It is part of the family now, and my mother in law remembers it being the only counter space her mother had in her kitchen.  Could you imagine?) and took up residence in our kitchen and then our renovated laundry room, but still only had 2  sides of crown moulding and had become a catchall of clutter.

Well now that fall is here, and we have moved indoors the indoor list can start getting worked on, and I am happy to say that the laundry room is almost complete.  (Watch for future postings of our cupboard and tile project).  Saturday morning I cleared all the clutter and got to painting the hoosier yet again to give it new life.  It now matches the kitchen and laundry room cabinets, has spray painted handles and hinges, some great new decorative pieces found at Cookstown Wing Ding and the finished crown moulding.  I love this "ugly" old piece.

Hoosier Cabinet 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars....WOW

It is another dull rainy day in Ontario.  This is the kind of weather that makes you want to bake something chocolatey good!

So I found this sinfully delicious recipe on Brandy`s Baking Blog and I thought I should try it out myself. Well it is very amazing. There were a couple of steps, but it was do-able.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
You can get the printable version here.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.) Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a 8inch square baking dish with parchment or foil allowing a little overhang, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside
2.) Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Move pan to cooling rack.
3.) Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix  in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. *Note: This dough was pretty dry so I would suggest some more butter maybe a tablespoon or two.* Set aside.
4.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps, distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all the dough.
5.) Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in fridge overnight or for at least a couple of hours.
6.) Lift the bars out by the overhang and cut into squares for serving.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Maple Bacon Brussel Sprout Heaven

This is my go to veggie dish. I didn`t even know that I liked brussel sprouts until I tried this recipe. It is so easy and so scrumptious!

Get some brussel sprouts, cut the big ones in half and snip any extra leaves and bottoms off of  them.

   Then cut  6 strips of bacon in little bite size bits.

Yep all you need is brussel sprouts, bacon, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, and salt and pepper.

 What you need:
1-2 lbs of Brussel Sprouts or enough to fill a baking sheet
6 Strips of bacon
1-2 Tablespoons of organic maple syrup
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
and salt and pepper

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2.) Cut and prepare all of  your brussel sprouts, trim, half, wash.
3.) Put the brussel sprouts òn the baking sheet then break up the bacon and sprinkle over the sprouts. Drizzle maple syrup and olive oil. Hit it with a little salt and pepper.
4.) Bake in the oven for 25-30 min turning every 10 minutes.
4.) Mix and enjoy!