Friday, February 25, 2011

Afraid of commitment...Not anymore!

Unless you live under a rock, you've heard of Justin Bieber and Bieber fever.  But have you heard of the new fever going around?  The Chalkboard paint fever?  I know it's been around for a while, but I have seen a surge of cases this past few days.

Let me show you....

The talented Stacey from Chic and Penoche has it bad.  I unfortunately cannot show you a picture, so I strongly encourage you all to go and see how spectacular her chalkboard wall is.  I trust you won't be disappointed.

 Jenny from City Cottage also has a high grade l'aime aussi Jenny and J'aime ton blog.

And just the other day, Roeshel from the DIY club caught it.  She even gives you a how cool is that?


And I'm feeling the symptoms. This is my version.

I love how it kinda camouflages the 'mother switch board'

And without knowing, I mimicked the shape of my chandelier when I drew the bird cage.

Some fun for the kiddies...

Our children attend a French school, so I try to practice any chance
I get.  They don't like it very much, but they didn't mind this sign.

Close up of the birdie and the whimsical light bulbs.  Notice the
graffiti on the left side?  Those are my hubby's and my initials.

Can I tell you how many times I've wanted to number all of these switches?

But here is my little secret...this is the picture
I sent my husband when he was at work.

Yes!  It's a decal!  AND this quite possibly the best part...I found it at the dollar store.  If you are familiar with my blog, you know how often I mention the dollar store, here, here, here, and here.  I'm starting to believe they should be sponsoring my blog(?).

It comes in rolls of 4' x 3' (approx) and stick on with such ease.

It's not that I'm afraid of commitment, but I think this is a great way to see how a chalkboard wall would fit into your house and lifestyle as there is a little bit of maintenance required specially if you have little ones.

But I can honestly say that after I was done with this wall, I wanted to go back to the store and buy every single roll.  The more I look at it, the more I think I will commit to the 'real deal'.

There was some left over and let's just say, I got the fever and I got it bad......


Have you ever had a beautiful candle with a not so attractive label?

Not anymore.

OK...maybe that's a little too much.

But if my post wasn't enough to get you there, here are some other images from around the web to get you 'infected' with the fever...

Simon, from The Land of Chalk Drawings....awww

A little peek into my art drawer....
I still love colour...even on a blackboard.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Sending you a warm hug
from Bieber-land (that's right...) Canada!

much love,


Linking  Here

and here, here

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Washi' been up to? Let me tell you......

My sister is in the process of planning my niece's 5th birthday and as she was showing me ideas for the party, she showed me some beautiful masking tape. 

She was so smitten by it and I think I know why.  The tape she showed me is called WASHI TAPE. It's Japanese tape made of paper or fabric, it is indeed beautiful, but a little pricey, especially when you have the DIY mentality like many of us do.

So dear sister this one is for you....

 Delicious, fun colours...

It even makes plain lined paper look pretty
(I love 'just because' gifts)

Tender and sweet for a baby shower...

 You could use it to spruce up a gift tag....

Or make cut outs...I had a little fun and cut out a heart.....

 and tape them together to make a little quilt effect
(Christie, this one is for you)

You can cut the tape into any size you like,
or you can tape the entire strip as a ribbon....

 Would you like to make your own? 
I'm glad you do 'cause I made a little tutorial for you!

 You will need:
Masking tape (any size you like)
White glue or Mode Podge
Sand paper
Wax paper

Tape masking tape onto wax paper and lightly sand
the masking tape.  You are trying to remove the sheen
 and make the surface porous so the fabric adheres.

Brush a light coat of glue or Mod Podge onto tape

Glue fabric on and smooth out with credit card (I used
the roll of tape to press it down).  Make sure to iron
the fabric in advance so there are no wrinkles.

The amount of glue has to be just right because if you put too much, it will show through the fabric even when it dries.  If it's too little, it will lift. You will have to experiment a little.

TIP: you can see from some of the pictures that the fabric is fraying a little.  You can buy a fray stopping liquid or spray (I'm not sure what it's called or in what form it comes in, but I know it exists).

Let it completely dry and cut out the strips.
You now have your own homemade washi tape.

Wasn't that easy?  I am in love with the results. You can use any fabric, an old shirt you have laying around or even an old pair of jeans. I started going through hubby's old shirts last night to make some more.

The kiddies were so curious who the present was for.  I told them it had hugs and kisses inside, and if they wanted some that they could open it...and they did!  And momma smooched them and squeezed them tight! I love those little monkeys! :o)

Now I understand why my sister was so excited about this beautiful Japanese tape.

Here are some more beautiful IDEAS on how you can use washi tape.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a wonderful week!

much love,

Please go here to see some more of my washi fun

Monday, February 21, 2011

Follower Appreciation Gift

I am often humbled by the beautiful and sweet responses I receive from many of you.  Without your words and visits, this little plant of mine would not thrive and while I have said it numerous times and hope that my sincerity comes through, please let me say it once again...Thank You!

The Craftberry Bush has been watered with so much love that it recently achieved a little milestone of 500 followers.  I wish I had a little gift for everyone (Oprah style), but alas, all I have is my love for creating and my eagerness to share my ideas with you.  But as this is a special occasion, I would like to give 1 of you the opportunity to win a...

$25.00 Gift Certificate to...
While only a little gift, it is a gesture of my appreciation to you. 

This follower appreciation giveaway will be open for two weeks and will close on Sunday, March 6th.  Anyone who is a follower at the time of the draw will be eligible and I will annouce the winner on Monday, March 7th. 

I wish each of you the best of luck and once again, Thank you!

much love,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beautiful Weekend...

This is my weekend, I hope you have a beautiful one too......

Much love,



Friday, February 18, 2011


Hi friends, I hope you are having a great week. Aren't you glad it's Friday? I am. 
I am especially looking forward to this weekend as here in Ontario, we will be celebrating Family Day on Monday and therefore we get an extra day off....YAY!
Isn't that a wonderful holiday to celebrate?  We don't have any plans yet, but I'm sure we will do what we do best and that's sleep, eat, play and love!
I want to thank all of you who entered the contest, I wish I could give everyone something in return for helping me cultivate this little Craftberry Bush.
But for now, there is only one winner .............

KELLY from

Till Death Do Us Part

Kelly's blog is full of great DYI cottage ideas, I particularly love her crackle sweet blue bird plaque

 and the cottage wooden sign, which she also sells on her Etsy shop

Drop by and check out all the other great tutorials.

Congratulations Kelly and Thank you for entering.
Send me an e-mail so I can send you the code and you can start shopping !!!

Thanks again to all !

sending you a warm hug,


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Time to Create...

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz.  It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz.  You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!
~ Dr. Seuss

Sometimes things make perfect sense, their purpose is crystal clear....

Sometimes things are not very clear and their purpose makes no sense...

But maybe if we step back and look at things from different angles, and maybe even colour outside the lines...


We might see the whole picture. 
And its purpose will make perfect sense even in its oddity.
Why not colour outside the lines today?

 sending you much love,

I know this clock is a little quirky (ok, a lot), yet it represents a mind which loves to create.  But if this is not your cup of tea (which I realize the odds of that are high), wouldn't this look so lovely in a craft room with just the pins or with little buttons as the hours or minutes like this one?  It's about finding inspiration from your surroundings and making it your own.

Sharing some creativity HERE
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