DIY Sponge-Painted Picture Frames | There for the Making

DIY Sponge-Painted Picture Frames | There for the Making | How to upcycle thrift store picture frames

When I blogged about my 2017 goals, I alluded to a special series I was starting here on Flourish & Knot. Well, today I am so excited to be bringing you the very first instalment of There for the Making: the Zero $$ DIY Challenge! I have corralled an absolutely fantastic group of fellow bloggers to join me in creating something using what we already own. This is the ultimate chance for us to upcycle, repurpose, and generally use up our DIY stashes! I have a feeling our families are all really happy that we are having to purge our supply closets and bins… For this first There for the Making edition, I decided to give some thrift store picture frames I’d had for a few years a major facelift.

DIY Sponge-Painted Picture Frames | There for the Making | How to upcycle thrift store picture frames

I used an incredibly simple, yet effective, painting technique to revamp my blah frames. All you need is two colours of paint, a brush, and a sponge and you are set!

There for the Making | The Zero Dollar DIY Challenge | February Edition | No-spend DIY and craft projects

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Salade d’amour | Love Salad | The perfect potluck dish!

Salade d'amour (love salad) | salad recipe with rice, baby spinach, red peppers, sesame vinaigrette

We can all use a little more love in our lives these days, I think. There is no denying that the past few weeks have been filled with dark moments, and that humanity as a whole is in dire need of common ground. I believe that sharing a meal is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to come together and open the lines of communication. In my circle of family and friends, potluck meals are a popular type of gathering, and one of our stand-by side dishes is a Salade d’amour (or Love Salad, in English). It is choc-a-bloc full of tasty goodies, and has enough substance to stand as starchy and veggie side dish. Of course, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it will work for just about any time of the year!

Salade d'amour (love salad) | salad recipe with rice, baby spinach, red peppers, sesame vinaigrette

There are so many variations on this particular salad: some use cashews or pine nuts, others use raisins instead of cranberries. I like the extra red touches the cranberries add, and I don’t always have the budget for cashews, so I use toasted almonds instead.

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“Warm Heart” DIY Hand Warmers | Valentine’s Day Hop

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Who else feels that Valentine’s Day has become too commercial? Hands? Anyone? Well, I do, which is why my hubby and I often go handmade for our Valentine’s Day gifts. Today I’m joining some of my fellow Canadian bloggers to bring you DIY inspiration for injecting some handmade style into this lovey-dovey holiday. If there’s one thing that we Canucks know, (you know, other than hockey and universal health care) it’s COLD WEATHER, so I thought it would be nice to make a few DIY hand warmers as a little Valentine’s Day gift. These are really easy to make in case you are looking for great beginner sewing projects!

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | Beginner Sewing Projects | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Today’s hop is hosted by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Jo-Anna blogs from Calgary, Alberta, and she has lots of great home decor, recipes, and DIY projects on her site. Stick around to the end of this post to visit all the other lovely participants’ blogs!

These hand warmers are a perfect sewing project for beginners. You can even hand-sew them easily if you don’t have access to a machine! And the stitching on the edge is just a plain blanket stitch. I’ll show you how to assemble them in no time.

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