Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

Dyeing baby clothes (not so successfully)

I'm pregnant, and recently discovered that looking for offbeat baby clothes isn't exactly an inexpensive hobby. Since I've been DIYing up a storm lately (did you see this recovered baby jumper?), I decided to try my hand at dying clothing! I contemplated using machine dye, but was worried it might stain our new washing machine… so I went with warm water hand dye. All of the items I dyed came from a consignment sale, so were cheap but not exactly to my style taste.

We spent most of Spring Break tie-dying as a family

This past week was March Break for elementary school kids here in Ontario. This year the weather was not really conducive to playing outside much (especially when one kid is a toddler who is barely walking); at the start of the week it was warm and everything became wet and muddy, and then later in the week temperatures plunged and it was cold and icy. So I endeavored to entertain my girls indoors with trips to local children's hot spots. Most places had extra events and staff for the Break. But you can't run your kids' little legs off all day, so we also broke out some new crafts. The favourite of the week was tie-dying.