Archives for April 2012

Original Artwork

Since redoing Sophia’s bedroom, her bare walls have been in need of some art. We like to be original, and we’re also pretty thrifty. My initial idea for some art over the dresser was to use scraps of fabric in needlepoint hoops with stencils of butterflies, birds and flowers painted on and put together in an arrangement. This all changed when I made a trip to Michael’s last week and fell in love with some scrapbooking paper and found some pretty accessories to make some homemade art using existing frames that I had around the house that weren’t in use. I spent a total of $14 for this art project and I am so happy with how it turned out!


The finished product

Here is a picture of the finished grouping of art which I hung above Sophia’s dresser. I made them all with the supplies I picked up, except for the painting of flowers on the top right which is a painting that we bought years ago on our honeymoon in Gravenhurst, which was painted by a local artist. The butterflies are my personal favorite!

To hang pictures in a grouping, it is always a good idea to do a layout first. What I did was trace the frames onto tissue paper and cut them out. I then stuck them onto the wall with clear tape into a grouping that I was happy with, and then one by one hung the pictures, taking that piece of tissue paper down as I hung the picture. This gives you a reference point to go from, which means you won’t have lots of holes hiding behind your pictures… And don’t forget to use a level!

We have an old house that has plaster and lathe, so we have to pre-drill absolutely every hole, even just a finishing nail, beforehand or the plaster will crumble all around the nail. For this project I used screws since they will probably be sturdier in the long run anyway.


art above dresser

I would love to hear about thrifty original artwork that you have made!


Easter Fun – a Healthy Way!

What child doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt?! My kids and nieces and nephews sure do. This year we decided to do a healthy version of an Easter egg hunt – this was inspired by my neighbor who does a variation of this with her children. I know that my kids don’t need to be filled up with refined sugar, and that refined sugar negatively affects their immune systems which makes them more susceptible to illness. So instead of the kids searching for eggs filled with chocolate, this year they found eggs filled with dried fruit including apples, pineapple, apricots, and figs; as well as stickers, a bouncy ball, and balloons – they loved it! And after the hunt none of us parents were worried about our kids ingesting lots of unhealthy treats – the kids happily munched on their snacks and couldn’t have been happier!

showing her eggs

searching for eggs

look at those eggs!

Some of the goodies

Here are some of the goodies – most of the dried fruit is already eaten!

enjoying an apple ring

The happy egg hunters with their loot!

I’d love to hear about fun and healthy twists on holiday traditions and activities that you have tried! Check out this great website that I just recently discovered if you want to read more about making healthy choices for your family

Thanks for reading about our healthy Easter fun!