2 Gorgeous Valentine Craft Ideas {Valentine Banners}

Garland Valentine Banner

Two beautiful Valentine craft ideas for your Valentines Day decor. These Valentine Banners are simple to make and cute. You’ll need doilies, scrapbook paper, little hearts and string to complete this Valentine Tutorial. Valentine crafts are always fun to create because they radiate love. Valentine Craft Ideas {Valentine Banners} Valentine Tutorial (Step by Step) on how to create each of these valentine doily banners for your valentine decor. Valentine Garland Banner #1: Supplies: Heart-shaped paper doilies Round paper doilies Little hearts String Glue Instructions: Step 1: Glue the circle doily unto the heart-shaped doily. Step 2: Glue a little heart on the … {continue reading}

February = BIG MONTH!!!

February is going to be a big month here!!  I’m really excited! There’s going to be product reviews, giveaways, a group giveaway, the introduction of my very own Linky Party and a big collaboration with One Tough Mother…. oh and LOTS of new DIY projects :) ***I’m currently still in need of 2 more vendors for the group giveaway (which also gives you one month of free advertising), if you’re interested… please email me at christine(at)thediydreamer(dot)com.***

Christmas Shopping – After Christmas!!!

Do any of you shop for Christmas stuff AFTER Christmas?? I actually did this year, not on purpose though. I went to Wal-Mart with my Mom and came across some good sales, like Christmas cards for almost nothing… I figured Hey.. I’ll need some for sure next year.  Oh and then I noticed that all Christmas lights were half off… which turned out great because my Hubby and I have a big outdoor Christmas project we want to do next year (oh well this year I guess hehe we are now in 2012) and we need lots of lights.  So … {continue reading}

The Jewellery Box-Stand!!!

Do you remember my post on Jewellery Storage back in september?  I mentioned that we were going to make a jewellery box-stand for my daughter. Here it is…… the jewelry box we made for Gabrielle: What do you think???  I absolutely ADORE it!!!  I actually want to make one for myself and probably one for my youngest. hehe This is what it looks likes without jewellery on it: Measurements: 13.5” high x 8” deep x 12” wide The feet are actually little wooden door knobs.  This idea came from my Dad.  : ) Let me know if you try to … {continue reading}

How to clean your Washing Machine & your Dishwasher!!!

Last week I came across Ask Anna‘s blog post on how to clean your washing machine and then a few days later I came across Somewhere in the Middle‘s blog post on how to clean your dishwasher. The thing is… I’ve never cleaned neither of them… I thought the fact that I fell upon both those post was probably a sign that I should. First I started with the Washing Machine: Yes yes I know…. YUCK!!!  Why didn’t I clean it before??!!  Just because.. well… I don’t know! hehe I followed Ask Anna’s instructions along with the eHow instructions and … {continue reading}

Wooden Clementine Crates to Chalk Serving Trays

Wooden Clementine Crates can easily be transformed into serving trays.  Not only that, you can also paint them to make them wooden chalk serving trays. Great way to save the clementine wooden boxes you get when you purchase clementines. We have been throwing ours in recycling for years, I’m so happy I found a way to re-use them in a useful way. We now have a Coffee Corner, all out coffee supplies in a gorgeous crate box.  We also use the wooden crates for serving wine at parties.  Also makes a great neighbor gift too, if you bake cookies and place them … {continue reading}

Headboard Inspiration!!

Headboard Inspiration ~ I need some inspiration… and decided to share them all with you. Why you ask?? Oh.. simply because my 2 year old has been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for almost a year. I just can’t seem to find the bed I want… so decided that a metal frame with a custom DIY headboard would be the perfect solution!! Headboard Inspiration time!!   DIY Headboard and Bed Frame By Amy   Fabric Upholstered   Tufted   Ruffled   Painted   Window Shutters    30 Duo Apartment Therapy   Upcycled   What do you think??  Aren’t they all … {continue reading}

Organization – Wrapping Supplies

Are your wrapping supplies organized or at least put away neatly?? Mine are in bags, boxes, loose, mixed up.. basically a total mess!! However, with a little work my mess is now organized!!!  I’m soooo proud of myself. Not too bad now is it?? This is what I started with: What do you think?  I told you it was a mess… How I got organized: Step 1:I started by taking out everything and started two piles.  One pile was a toss pile and the other was a keep pile. Step 2:Took out bins for the following:- Bin for Bows- Bin for … {continue reading}

DIY Bread Bag Fastener!!

Have you ever lost your bread bag fastener?? Just use a flower hair clip instead!! That’s just what my 6 year old did when she couldn’t find it. hehehehe I all but peed myself when I took out the loaf of bread and found the flower clip on it.   She’s a genius!!! hehehe If you do find your bread bag fasteners (clips) and you are looking for ways to use them…. Here are some greats ideas: Recycled Bread Tag Snowmen Cable Organizers Wine Glass Charms End of Roll Recycled Bread Tag Monsters P.S. Because I think this is cute… I’m … {continue reading}


In my post ”Goals for 2012!!!”, I mentioned that one of my goals is to have online mentoring from Crave Photography…. well guess what??? Check this out:  25,000 FANS { GIVEAWAY }  OVER $3,000 in prizes Crave Photography is doing an AMAZING giveaway that ends tonight!!! You have to check it out and enter!! The D.I.Y. Dreamer

Goals for 2012!!!

My goals for 2012 (in no particular order)  Increase the success of the blog.          – Get More Sponsors         – Do More Giveaways         – Host Link Parties         – Host Facebook Page Exchange  Get a Nikon D7000.            I’ve been DYING to get a new camera for about 3 years.  Go on a family trip.            We went to Cuba last year with the kids and my parents.  I would love to go to down south again this year.   However it all depends on finances, we have windows that need to be replaced and a roof to fix…   Have … {continue reading}