Why I’m Not Talking About DIY This Week | Montreal Flood 2017

You may have noticed that things have been quiet here on the blog for the past week or so. I’ve been struggling to come up with content because talking about DIYing (and just being creative in general) has felt incredibly trivial compared to what’s been going on in my community. 

What’s been going on, you ask?

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Nathalie Constant.

In the past 10 days, parts of the Montreal area (and communities farther afield in Quebec and Ontario) have been devastated by flooding. Only a few kilometers away (and I really mean “a few” – like, 4) people’s homes have sustained major damage or even been lost to floodwaters. We’ve been lucky (we live on a hill and away from the waterfront), but many of my neighbours, work colleagues, students, and friends haven’t been. They are displaced from their homes with only what they could remove quickly, and are so in need. It is heartbreaking. You always think that this sort of thing will happen elsewhere… until it arrives on your doorstep. 

Montreal Flood 2017 | Montreal and surrounding areas that were affected by the spring flooding are in need of HELP! | How to help flood victims | #MtlFlood2017

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Planning a Garden in Colder Climates (AKA Gardening in the Great White North)

If you live in Canada (or anywhere where spring has just arrived), this post is for YOU! Today I’m talking directly to all the gardeners for whom gardening season has only *just* begun. We’re pretty much still looking at bare lawn patches (maybe with a hint of green), eager (and possibly foolhardy) bright-green shoots, and the hardiest of spring-blooming bulbs. But take heart! Because this is the perfect time to be planning a garden and preparing for the growing season.

How to Plan a Garden in Colder Climates | Planning a Garden | Spring Garden Planning | Gardening in Colder Zones

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Painted Geometric DIY Flower Pots | There for the Making: Earth Day!

DIY flower pots | There for the Making | Earth Day Project | Painted Geometric Flower Pots

Today I’m getting up on my soapbox to talk about two things that make me tick: budget-friendly projects and environmentalism! Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and I am so excited to share an eco-friendly project with you. It also happens to be the second edition of There for the Making, my new zero-dollar, no-spend DIY challenge! We can do so much for our planet by reusing what we have, shopping our own closets and storage before driving to the store to buy MORE, and repurposing things that would otherwise end up in a landfill. This month’s challenge was all about getting into the spirit of reducing, reusing, and recycling, so I took three mismatched old pots and gave them a cool new look. Let me show you how I breathed new life into my DIY flower pots!

DIY flower pots | There for the Making | Earth Day Project | Painted Geometric Flower Pots

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