Dollarama craft aisle! 

I’m not always out in the workshop, sometimes my old body needs a break from sanding, painting and moving furniture. But that doesn’t mean that I want to just sit and doing nothing. In fact I honestly don’t watch alot of 📺 tv. I have a few favourite shows and of course the Jay’s game is playing in the background right now… “Go Jays”  (hubby is on the couch watching said game) but lots of times its off when I’m in the house.  

So when I’m not in the workshop, I like to dig out the craft supplies. I’ve been working with alot of wood beads lately. Making different wood garlands to hang around the livingroom as furniture jewelry. I didn’t invent it, I wish I had!  In fact there are ladies all over Instagram who make them and sell them. Some fancy then others! But I of course being a DYIer, had to make my own 😊. 

I move these around probably weekly. (I move all decor weekly).

With a smaller bead I made these napkin ring holders.  I do have something a little fancier to hang on the end, but not all craft supplies make it into the house, and sometimes the 30 steps to the workshop is to far away! 😁 lol

Now adding some beads to some wall hangings. I had bought a few embroidery hoops for a different project, but I couldn’t find that amount I needed (used ones anyway)  and I wasn’t about to spend about a $100 or so on a variety of sizes from the craft store. *if it’s not from Dollarama craft aisle it’s usually expensive unfortunately. And speaking of Dollarama craft aisle, I bought these rolls of material cut them into strips and tied them onto the hoops. 

(yes that is my crafting beer 🍻) 

These hoops I bought off of eBay at an ok price and since original plans changed I decided to mix it up a bit by crafting up some Boho looking wall hanging.  Very much the look a lot of people are mixing with the farmhouse decor.  Flat baskets hung on walls, macromae plant hangers etc,  all very nice but not really my style of decor.  

Although I have to say this piece below is a new little favourite of mine.  I could easily change up the looked by using  an aluminum hoop, white lace and gray strips of threads. (maybe I can bring craft supplies camping… OH I THINK I MIGHT). 

If anyone local Thunder Bay Ontario) is interested in any of  these, or a request for something similar let me know I’d be happy to make some. (price to be determined on supplies used) 

Not a furniture post but something I like to work on. FYI there are 7 pieces of furniture, 3 each about 90% done waiting in the workshop. One I am super excited to share with you all.  And trust me I’ll be blogging about them all soon… Stay tuned! 
Thanks for visiting! 


Our Rustic Bed 

Sometimes you need pieces of furniture specific to a room, or an exact look you’re after. I looked through tons of websites, browsing for a bed frame that would fit our room, not that I needed to worry about space, but I didn’t want a huge headboard (there is a reason for that and that is a future project) or a frame that took over the room.  So a simple nice slat king bed is what I wanted and that isn’t something I was going to find at a price I was willing to pay.  Seriously what they want for afew pieces of wood is crazy! 

So in true Bodnar fashion, we decided to build our bed instead!

With a trip to Home Depot and a quick drawing of some plans… Voila a king bed for a really great price!! 

We started with measurements of just an inch and a half bigger than the mattress itself. I didn’t want to struggling tucking in blankets or sheets. So with a king bed of 78 x 79 we made the frame 79.5 x 80.5 using 2×10 pine. We then grabbed enough slats to have them no less than 2 inches apart, along with some cedar 4×4’s (yes we thought of using the rough 4×4’s from the old house but we wanted perfectly shaped ones for the bed).  We made a support in the middle using a couple of deck hangers and a 2×6. 

We then… Assembled! Actually I came home from work and hubby had already done so using some floor jacks to support one end as he screwed together the other… So smart. 

My job make look pretty. So with some jacobean stain and some hemp oil wax to seal it in. It was done, next we disassembled and moved it into the house. 

We’ve gotten so many compliments on this bed, and requests for more. As soon as some local Bodnar’s Acres landscaping is done, more will be made. One for our spare room bed, probably daughters room, one for the niece and one a friend wants. 

 We love the look and we purposely made it quite high,  as to have a lot of clearance underneath for dog beds (when not in use, or when the dog thinks this is her hiding spot), suitcases or whatever you can think of. 

Very happy with the finished product. It fits perfectly in our room and couldn’t imagine spending money on something not nearly as nice, or made so cheaply its falling apart in 2 years. This isn’t going anywhere and will be lasting a life time.