My Handmade Home

"My Handmade Home" is my DIY column that appears on Saturdays in The Chronicle Herald Weekend edition (Herald Homes section).

I love writing it, because it gives me a great reason to shop for fabric and craft supplies. My husband loves that I write it, because he gets to buy the occasional tool in order to help me finish a project!

Here's a run-down of what I've covered so far ...

Wall art

Board games as wall art

The gold and white cleaning wall

DIY province art (or DIY state art)

Make a chrysanthemum plastic spoon mirror

DIY paint chip art

Three ways to letter quote canvases

DIY wooden marquee letter

DIY photo canvases

How to preserve baby shoes

DIY quote art

Make a giant paper mache letter

DIY pedestal photo frames from old candlesticks
Easy chalkboard paint projects

Turn your childhood dollhouse into a shadowbox

Letter your own wooden signs

DIY "Cougar Town" EAT letters

Framing out a cheap mirror that's already on the wall

Holiday decor

Easy DIY mesh wreath tutorial

Easy stencilled holiday sign
How to make a holiday banner

How to recycle burnt-out bulbs

Make a snowy township candle holder

Autumn decor
Glittery Halloween centrepiece

Rustic autumn decor jars

Household storage & organization

Rain gutter bookshelves

Turn a coat closet into a mudroom

DIY family command centre
DIY produce stand

DIY dry-erase calendar

Gallery walls
Creating a little girl's gallery wall

Step-by-step gallery wall tutorial
Kids' artwork gallery

Creating a boy's bedroom gallery wall


DIY chevron walls -- the easy way

Easy trick: Transfer lettings WITHOUT stencilling

Why Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter lives up to the hype

DIY upholstered headboard

DIY canopy bed with rainbow curtains + cloud ceiling

Modern console makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint

Turn your crib into a bench

Modern rocking chair makeover

Farmhouse benches for under a coffee table

Build your own L-shaped desk

Brass table makeover with Looking Glass spray paint

Night-stand makeover

Turn one end table into two nightstands

How to paint and distress furniture

Painting Windsor chairs

Recover a chair with fabric and Mod Podge
Pelmet box tutorial + frosting window glass

Quick and easy no-sew curtains
Kid's stuff

DIY wooden seesaw

Spraypainted magnetic letters
DIY dollhouse from wooden shelves
DIY wooden growth chart ruler

Make your own hair accessory storage display

Plastic spray paint desk makeover

DIY LEGO table


Turn your kitchen cabinets into open shelving

Upgrading a plain peninsula with beadboard

DIY kitchen stools finished with milk paint + wax

DIY wooden shopping list

Custom recipe cutting board
Build your own slide-out pantry

Dishwashing kitchen caddy

How to fix yellowing kitchen cabinets

Outdoor projects

Modern picnic table makeover

Spray paint your outdoor lights

The two-toned deck disaster

Plastic playhouse makeover

Add a slide (and a clubhouse) to your back deck

How to re-cover patio furniture cushions

Painting Little Tikes furniture

 Sewing projects
Sew your own pet pillows
Sew a nap mat

Pottery Barn inspired pouf

Beginner's chevron quilt

Stitch your own embroidered artwork

Turn T-shirts into pillows