In honour of this delightfully geeky weekend, I’m sharing some fun projects I recently finished up for my awesome friends/neighbours.
Their house is almost exactly the same as our own, except our friends weren’t really using their basement — and mine is where I spend most of my life, ha!
They had one tiny room crammed with memorabilia from movies, TV shows, video games, comic books, you name it. I couldn’t recognize most of it, but I could tell it was an impressive collection.
The rest of their basement, meanwhile, was pretty much unused. They almost never went downstairs, so their neat collections weren’t really on display and guests never got to see them. We decided to turn the biggest part of the basement into a geeky paradise, full of fun.
The pale beige walls were splashed with colour — green, blue and yellow plucked from the pixels of a Technicolour Super Mario game — and we decided to have fun with custom vinyl wall decals, too.
I’ve always been intrigued by those Cricut machines that slice up vinyl in perfect shapes and letters. It’s so darn crafty! I have not yet pulled the trigger on buying a machine, though, so I turned to a local company called Frozen In Time Designs.
We weren’t ordering something simple, like a word or phrase. Nope, we wanted elaborate, one-of-a-kind designs that required a lot of planning. I sketched out what we wanted for our three decals, mocked them up in a PDF and began painstakingly figuring out how big each piece of vinyl needed to be. So much math!
I have no idea how the Cricut process works, except that I squealed happily when Atasha with Frozen In Time Designs handed over a bag with all of our vinyl pieces. Now it was all on me to apply them … gulp!
… or pin this project and come back to it later …
Halifax-area readers: Be sure to read through to the bottom for information on an amazing FREE workshop I'll be giving in May.
Trays are great for corralling small items on your kitchen or bathroom counter to make everything look tidier, but they’re also useful for, duh, carrying stuff around!
I recently came up with a simple design for a solid wooden tray, since I actually didn’t own a single tray that could actually be used as a mobile tray. It costs about $10 to build but it looks much more expensive. Wouldn’t it be perfect for breakfast-in-bed? (Important reminder: Mother’s Day is May 12.)
OK, tray time! I started by measuring and cutting two 17-inch pieces of 1×2 pine for the sides of the tray. Then I cut two 9-3/4-inch pieces of 1×2 pine for the ends.
If you’re keeping track, that’s two 17-inch pieces and two 9-3/4-inch pieces for a total of 53-and-a-half-inches — a little less than four-and-a -half feet of 1×2, so you’ll be fine buying a six-foot board …
Did I mention I also made a hockey-themed tray that you can actually play a game of hockey on???
2. Sign up for my FREE in-person workshop where we’ll build one together. It’s set for Friday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RONA in Bedford Place Mall. Registration is free, and all materials are included. Visit
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/rona-event/ to reserve your spot!
3. Pin this project and come back to it later when you’re ready to build!
Remember how Shopkins were super popular and parents were always complaining about spending $5 for a rubber avocado the size of a thumbnail? Well, Shopkins were only the beginning of the miniature craze, it seems.
Our daughter is about to turn seven, which feels frighteningly old because she’s our baby. She didn’t want anything in particular for her birthday and said she’d be happy with anything we chose.
Can you imagine?
No, for real, she took my husband to Walmart and proceeded to point to a bunch of toys and asked him to snap photos of it all for “ideas.”
When he showed me the photos, I rolled my eyes. It was all just so … junky. It was like she’d haphazardly pointed to anything with the words “glitter,” “unicorn,” “slime,” “poop” or “cotton candy.” Even my husband, who’d been there in person, agreed she hadn’t put much thought into her ideas.