you make it - laptop sleeve

diy laptop sleeve If you're like me, I'm sure you have a few sweaters lying in your closet collecting dust. You know, the ones you threw into the dryer by accident but can't seem to part with because it cost you a pretty penny. Or maybe you just love the pattern and have stored it away in the hopes that one day you'll find an amazing project to use it for. Well, I found the perfect reincarnation for this old wool sweater of mine. I found it at a thrift store last year but have never worn it because it was way too big and very unflattering. Honestly, I just loved the pattern. †I spotted it from afar and knew it had to be mine.The tag read Ralph Lauren, 100% lambswool and it was $3.00. †The wool is extremely thick and I knew I could transform it into something fun. It was much too thick to sew into mittens so I thought, why not a laptop sleeve? I would have loved to have used a bright fabric for the inside lining but because the wool was already so thick, it would have been impossible to sew on my machine. Something to keep in mind if you decide to tackle this yourself and want to add more colour! diy laptop sleeve Project by AMY DEL ROSARIO

you make it: feather wreath

I have to admit I always feel a little better when the front of my house is looking its best. It doesn't take much. A seasonal plant in the urn (ferns in the summer, mums in the fall, evergreens in the winter and pussy willows in the spring) and every now and then a little something extra. Maybe it's a few pumpkins or pretty summer flowers. I love the idea of putting a wreath up on my door outside of the holiday season. Something like this... DIY-feather-wreath-for-fall

We (well, actually our lovely former intern Andrea Zadro) made this lush feather wreath for the November issue of Chatelaine. The complete instructions are available here.

A cute way to feather you nest!

Image credit:

Sian Richards

autumn leaf garland-you make it!

I just had to share this pretty leaf garland that my friend and Hello! Neighbor photographer Kristin made the other day. She says she isn't much of a crafter but I beg to differ! marionhousebook-1Isn't it delightful and just seasonally awesome! Kristin has full instructions and links to sites where you can buy the supplies (including that great vintage wallpaper) on her blog, With You Still.

marionhousebook-1-2I'm hoping to get up to a little crafting and cooking goodness this weekend (it's Canadian Thanksgiving).

Anyone else hosting family or friends? Trying out new recipes or decorations? Would love to hear.

Kristin Sjaarda