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Wednesday, September 11 2013

DIY: Decor without borders


Framing fine photography or artwork yourself is sometimes a major pain in the tool set.

Picking the colour, texture and material of the frame, the amount of ‘white’ space and colour of the mat board, the thickness of the mat board, the thickness of the frame — for some, it can all be a bit much.

The good news is framing isn’t the only option, as seen with this project from Liz Fourez of lovegrowswild.com. Fourez came up with the clipboard idea trying to find a more affordable alternative for displaying her photography.

Using clips and wooden boards, prints can be displayed easily and inexpensively, yet still allow for creativity because the board can be stained or painted in any colour, at any time.

Another obvious bonus is artwork can be effortlessly switched out every season, theme party, or change in mood. Happy clipping!

Note: Do you love the photos featured in this project? You can buy them from Fourez’s online shop here.


  • one-inch boards
  • hinge clips
  • wood stain
  • finishing wax
  • saw (optional)
  • sandpaper or sander

How-to: photo clipboards

For full directions on how to make these hang-tastic clipboards for fine are and photography, head to Fourez’s website here.

Contact Julia with comments, questions, DIY attempts or submissions by email julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.

Thursday, August 29 2013

Protect and serve with DIY Mason jar straw lids


Summer is all about taking that afternoon beverage al fresco. And in the warm sun, as you sit back and relax with your drink in hand, life is pretty fantastic — until the bugs arrive.

The age-old battle between pest and man commences almost immediately. Swipes and blows are exchanged over your drink as it sits defenceless against curious wasps and kamikaze fruit flies.

However, your glass can be outfitted with the necessary armour to protect itself, as demonstrated with this enterprising project from Cheryl Spangenberg of thatswhatchesaid.net.

By altering Mason jar lids and adding a funky straw, the liquid goods are safe and your outdoor glassware is now kind of adorable.

Score two points for the humans!


  • Mason jar with lid
  • 5/16-inch rubber grommets
  • power drill with 3/8-inch drill bit
  • fun straws
  • scrap piece of wood

How-to: Mason jar straw lids

For full directions on how to get these sweet Mason jar straw lids head to Spangenberg’s website: thatswhatchesaid.net.

Do you DIY?

Have you dabbled in DIY and taken photos? Email submissions and attempts to julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or tweet her @JuliaDilworth

Thursday, August 15 2013

DIY: Shorts gone wild

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When life hands you lemons, you make leopard spots

Not every pair of shorts is born beautiful. Sometimes they need a little bleaching or distressing to get them to where you want.

This particular pair of rouge short shorts from BCBGeneration was near perfect, but famed L.A. fashion blogger Geri Hirsch of Becauseimaddicted.net must have sensed there was something missing.

To create the perfect summer concert bottoms, Hirsch enlisted the services of one black fabric pen. And the beauty of this project, (besides its obvious beauty), is that this is something you can easily replicate yourself no matter how bad you were at art class.

Whether you’re transforming an old pair that’s past its Maximus Prime, or like Hirsch, you want to upcycle a fabulous pair so they are even more fabulous — the visual evidence is undeniable — leopard spots are the answer.


  • shorts
  • X-Acto knife
  • leopard print stencil
  • fabric pen
How-to: leopard shorts

Find full directions and more photos of how to recreate these wild shorts on Hirsch’s website here.