Posts about DIY projects, renovations and crafts.

Poetry Artwork with text from The Lorax

July 18, 2017

Poetry Art by Of Houses and Trees | Love literature as much as you love making creative things? Then this poetry art project - featuring a poem using text from The Lorax - is for you!If you love literature as much as you love making creative things for you home then this poetry art project will tickle you pink green. (This is a blog about green living after all!) When I was in university I took a few poetry courses as part of my combined English and creative writing honours degree. One of the assignments - called erasure poetry - really stuck with me and I thought it would be a cool way to create some simple DIY artwork for my newly arranged shelf library.

This project actually combines two different poetry techniques - erasure and cut-up, which may seem similar but have an important distinction.

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Yellow and Grey Toddler Bedroom

April 19, 2017

Yellow Toddler Bedroom by Of Houses and Trees | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!Here it is friends. The moment I've alluded to on several occasions - my eldest daughter's bedroom reveal. This room is like a vortex that continuously sucks me in. I mean, it's a super happy fun place that I never have to drag my three year old to as she flails about wildly. Nor visit on numerous occasions during what I refer to as "not so quiet time" because she needs help dressing ponies in their Grand Galloping Gala regalia or requires me to find a teeny doll shoe in the explosive mess of toys.

The thing is, this yellow toddler bedroom truly is a super happy fun place. Yet, much like the ups and downs of teaching a tiny human not to be an asshole, the process of creating this room was also filled with ups and downs.

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Yellow Tree Dresser

September 6, 2016

Yellow Tree Dresser by Of Houses and Trees | I have a thing for trees. And also tree dressers. Here's another tree dresser project I tackled. I think it looks pretty good if I say so myself!Yes, I have a thing for trees. Obviously. And apparently I also have a thing for painting them on dressers, because this is my second tree dresser project. This is going to be more of a "teaser" post than a full-fledged one. (Meaning a few hundred words long and not a novella.) A much bigger and more detailed post that will feature the entire room this tree dresser resides in.

I wanted to share the before and after, but somehow the before photos that I am absolutely certain I took have vanished without a trace. I easily found the before photos of a cradle I also repainted with the dresser lurking in the background. But as for the photos of the dresser that I took on the exact same day? Nada.

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5 Pinterest Projects I Actually Plan on Doing

June 26, 2016

5 Pinterest Projects I Actually Plan On DoingWe all do it... well, those of us who use Pinterest at least. I'm talking about pinning projects we know we will never actually attempt. You know what I'm talking about. An entire wall covered in paint sample chips. A legless chair hung and used as a plant shelf. Sometimes we just pin things we think are cool or beautiful. But other times, we (and by we I mean me, but also maybe you) pin things that we absolutely plan on re-creating. This post is about those things. Here are five projects for the home that inspire me to create/re-create: a book chandelier, a farmhouse table, a painted clawfoot tub, an entrance bench and a built-in reading nook. And the best thing about re-creating a project, in my opinion, is that you can stay true to the original or completely diverge from it. It's all about putting your own unique spin on the things that inspire you.

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Baby Superhero Onesie

June 6, 2016

Baby Superhero Onesie by Of Houses and Trees | One-of-a-kind baby superhero onesie featuring baby Batman – hand drawn by the extremely talented Devin Patterson. Next up? A baby Catwoman toddler t-shirt!

Devin and I are nerds. If you know us, then you know this. We adore fantasy and sci-fi movies and have been known on occasion to pretend we are ninjas. We geek out over superheroes, routinely discussing them. Mostly it's me asking him extremely detailed questions about lesser-known characters and seeing what he can recall from his comic book collecting youth. We have both avoided ever playing Dungeons & Dragons for fear of falling into an obsessive vortex and never being able to climb back into the real world. So yeah... nerds.

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Love Arrow Sign

May 26, 2016

Love Arrow Sign by Of Houses and Trees | This love arrow sign was handpainted while I was in labour with my second child. Here's how you can make one too! Contractions not required...All you need is love – or so the song goes. But in the case of this handpainted love arrow sign all I needed was 23 hours of slow labour and nothing to do with my time other than distract myself with online yoga and crafts.

I had started this DIY a couple of weeks before I had my second daughter (who is three weeks old today). I first had to paint the 1x4 with several coats of white paint before I could stencil on the letters. Once that task was completed all that was left was the actual painting of the letters, which I did by hand with an artist's brush whilst listening to my iTunes playlist "Relax" and trying to dance off contractions. There's nothing like the imminent arrival of an infant to get the creative – and motivational – juices flowing.

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Did It Myself #10: Green and Beige Baby Bedroom

April 30, 2016

Did It Myself #10: Green and Beige Baby Bedroom
Crib from Toys R Us. Floral storage bin from Winners. Curtains and rod from Jysk.

Even though I finished this room going on three years ago, I've never posted photos of it in its entirety. But this particular space in my house has certainly been on my mind again as of late since bambino numero dos is only days away. I spent a lot of time in this room with my first baby – I slept the first six months of her life on a cot next to the crib. I've always said that's exactly why I designed it with myself in mind. Because I'm selfish like that. Which is totally fine with me.

As you can see, I definitely didn't go the pink versus blue route, which is pretty common nowadays I'd say. I think most people tend to lean towards a more neutral palate when it comes to decorating their "nursery." (I have such a hard time using that word – I don't know why, but for some reason it rubs me the wrong way... like "panties" and "mancave"... le barf.)

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Did It Myself #9: Vintage-Inspired Mounted Key

April 17, 2016

Did It Myself #9: Vintage-Inspired Mounted KeyI love when random items come into your life and inspire you to make something crafty. This white porcelain key was attached to a Christmas card my lovely sister-in-law made for my family. It had a piece of sisal twine on it and was meant to be a tree ornament, but I had another idea.

I thought it would be a nice addition to a gallery wall I'm currently working on (more on that project later) so I grabbed a few supplies from around the house and threw this doodad together. (I've taken liberties with the word "threw" as it actually took me a few days to make this. Not that it was difficult by any means, but work, toddler, cleaning, cooking, procrastination, blah, blah, blah.)

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Did It Myself #8: Refurbished Chair

December 3, 2015

Did It Myself #8: Refurbished ChairThose of you who were my Facebook friends back in March 2014 may remember a little fabric survey I put up for an old chair that I had acquired and planned to refurbish. I had ordered the winning print promptly after the votes were tallied and then... nothing. Well, not nothing exactly as there has been child rearing, writing, teaching, dancing and many other around the home and yard projects tackled in the two years and nine months since.

But, alas, the chair is complete! And, as with many of my DIY projects of late, I cannot take all the credit because the lovely – albeit manly – Devin Patterson was of great assistance on this one.

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Tree Branch Mobile

January 13, 2015

Tree Branch Mobile by Of Houses and Trees | Super charming and whimsical DIY tree branch mobile made with a spray-painted poplar branch, stuffed birds and fishing line.Along with catching up on blogging in general, I need to catch up on blogging about all the DIY projects I did before my daughter was born. True, I've done a few homey things since she came into my life that blessed September day, but for the most part it's been 16 months of laundry, dishes and more laundry (and of course playing!). The laundry sitch has been particularly hairy of late because our washing machine is on its way out (and BTW, this is our second laundry machine to futz out on us this year).

The first one was nearing that magical ten year mark that somehow in appliance years equals 90 human years, so that was that. Then, we got a replacement free of charge thanks to some lovely family members. Unfortunately, that one didn't belong to said members originally and thus we don't know how old it actually was. And now it's dying too. Sob.

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Handpainted Tree Dresser

July 28, 2013

Handpainted Tree Dresser by Of Houses and Trees | Before and after of a DIY furniture refinishing project featuring a dresser with a handpainted tree.

My most recent excuse from being away so long is I was cheating on this blog with another. But, we've patched it up and I've promised it will never happen again. (Though, we all know, once a cheater always a cheater...) Onwards!

I love old furniture. The lines. The detail. The character (and by character I mean, of course, sticky drawers). But sometimes it just looks, well... old. It's scratched. It's dented. Someone wrote on it with a black sharpie. The colour is all wrong. Good thing there's this newfangled invention called paint! Sure, there's the sanding, the priming, the first coat, the second coat, the roughing it up in just the right places so it once again looks old. To me, a DIY furniture refinishing project is all worth it in the end, because you get a 100% unique piece for your home that you don't look at and think "remember how I bought that dresser from Ikea and set it up?"

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Of House and Trees Blogger Archive

Of Houses and Trees Blogger Archive
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If you're looking for my older posts (or just trying to navigate away from this site and over to Pinterest... you know, where the real magic happens) they are currently still hanging out on my old Blogger site. After much trial and error, it turns out the best way to import my previous posts to my new site is to do so manually. As in reconstructing them one at a time. Good thing I wasn't a very prolific poster in those days as it is time consuming work! So the old posts will be gradually moseying their way over to their new home on the new and improved Of Houses and Trees site, but in the meantime try and drop by to say hello – even blog posts get lonely in their old age.

And while you're there don't forget to comment as your lovely and thoughtful words will be imported with each post...

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