DIY Report

340 Days To Wedding Day: DIY Projects

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Still many many many days away! But that’s okay because all of this time is giving me the opportunity to plan for as much DIY as possible for the Wedding Day. One of the reasons Corey and I are putting the wedding off until 2018 is monetary (we’re trying to buy a house) and because of that I’d love to save as much cost as possible for the big day! So why not try to do as much as I can on my own?! So, on a regular basis, I turn to Pinterest. Follow along with my wedding boards here.

One of the most exciting things that I’m trying to learn will be a huge help for so many DIY projects when the time comes! Calligraphy and/or Modern Script. From invitations, save the date cards, place cards, signs, etc, Calligraphy is an elegant feature that could become quite a hefty cost if you were to commission it. So why not learn how to do it yourself? Truthfully…I thought this was going to be a lot easier. (more…)


Do A Full Beauty Treatment On A Dime

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Do you want to look stunning, truly stunning? Then you probably have your sights set on a lot of expensive beauty treatments that promise all fantastic results. The good news is that in most cases the luxury products will deliver. If you spend money on advanced anti ageing moisturiser, don’t believe the naysayers. It is going to make you look ten years younger. But is there another option for people who don’t have the money to spend on these beauty products. As it turns out there are a few ways you can improve your look without expert treatment.

Natural Oils

If you want thicker, fuller hair that looks radiant and glistens in the morning sun, you need to start using bamboo oil. Natural bamboo oil can be found on the market at low prices and it will do wonders for your hair. Research shows that the oils present in bamboo actually strengthens hair cuticles. This can make your hair healthier and even fix damaged hair that has been affected by either heat or dye. As such, it’s a great way to get your hair looking beautiful once more for a cost anyone can afford.

Those Pearly Whites

Are your teeth looking a little dull and maybe a shade too yellow? If they are, you might be thinking about using an expensive teeth whitening treatment. But why bother when there are home treatments that work just as well. If you want brighter whiter teeth check out Teeth Whitening At Home Tips or a similar help website. They have some great advice on the affordable DIY teeth whitening kits that you can use at home. Or alternatively, you can create a treatment yourself. You can add lemon juice to baking soda to form a paste. Once put over your teeth, it removes the plaque that has built up over them. After a few ‘treatments’ you will see noticeable differences with the shade of your teeth.


Do you have blotchy or greasy skin? If that’s the case, you might be considering going to a sauna. Many people are aware that the minerals in saunas cleanse and clear the skin leading to a more beautiful complexion. Of course, if you don’t have money to go to a sauna, you can get the same type of effect by using boiling water. With boiling water, it is possible to create the same effect as a sauna by putting a towel over your head to catch the hot air. You should spend ten minutes doing this and again within a few days, you’ll see a change. It can work wonders for people with skin problems like acne.

Make Your Own Face Mask

Rather than buy an expensive face mask you can make your own, using ingredients that are easy to find online. You can use oatmeal as a base and then add useful minerals and nutrients for the skin. Again, this can clear up the skin beautifully or make you look younger. The best part is that most of the ingredients that you need are probably already in the cupboards of your home.

I hope you see now that looking great doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can do it on a dime!


Learning Calligraphy

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I’ve always been a crafty, DIY kind of person. You know I love my knitting and all them good ol’ colouring books. But I’ve never actually been very good at any of it. I try my best to pass the time with these hobbies, but have never excelled. Until I recently found a hobby that I quite like. So I decided it was time to get serious and take some lessons to truly excel.

I bought tickets for lessons with The Calligraphy Workshop from Eventbrite, held at the Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. It was an amazing three hour class where we diligently and carefully learned and went through the entire alphabet in modern calligraphy, both lower case and upper case. It sounds tedious, but it was awesome!! I’ve been trying on my own for a few months and was so incredibly pleased to really get a hang of it.  Calligraphy is a skill that can be self-taught, but there are certain flourishes that I could never seem to get on my own. Nadeena at the Calligraphy Workshop truly helped with that and I’m so happy to finally see some progress in my daily practicing!

I wanted to learn to address the envelopes for my upcoming wedding invitations (#corleen2018 on instagram), but hopefully with more practice I can also turn it into a skill that I can do for others too! I’d love to be able to bring beautiful lettering to other peoples lives as well!

Practice, practice, practice!! What do you think?