Some DIY | Some Lessons

Firstly, I must give credit where credit is due:  

The Proper Pinwheel

image credit belongs to The Proper Pinwheel more below:

The above photo is NOT mine but used as reference to the idea behind the project. This idea was not mine but, is my own version of the ever popular DIY creative, Lexy Ward via The Proper Pinwheel. Please follow all of Lexy’s social media networks to see more of her genuinely unique creations Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr; but most important Subscribe! The inspiration for my post here was her Potato Stamp Neon Napkins DIY. If this project doesn’t interest you, Lexy B Ward projects can also be seen on the best DIY community on!


OK, Now its time to talk about ME lol! As promised, I have much new fruitful learnings to share with my fellows here, from the many adventures  throughout our “lovely” Summer experiences! Like I say, “Onward and Upward”


As you all know I am convinced in some delirious part of my brain, that I can complete a DIY! In fact, I have semi-completed 1 so far. The painting and gluing will be the last steps to the (DIY towel rack) completion. In the meantime, I have also added to the mix a few more pieces of DIY inspiration for our new white walls/blank canvas, in our (rental) apartment we have at our decor disposal now. I myself am almost frightened of what I will do or think of next. 


And, that fact, has got me thinking alot more lately…I have always had a fear of completion. I dont know where it stems from. When I was a full blown alcoholic/addict, I had never completed any thing in my life, from start to finish. Not Once. Besides grades 1 through 11. Even my University career has been shortlived or started and not finished; ever. Tried twice already, and I am soon on my third; so I’d better figure this out FAST! TEEN’s own University career is up for discussion as of late and I’m feeling inadequate for advice or inspiration, never having completed my own. Of course, its for one reason or another. It’s never that I’d set out to start something and not finish–it’s just seemed to always turn out that way.

I even remember giving birth to TEEN, saying to my Mother “hey, thats the first thing I have ever done full circle, from start to finish Mom!” The second thing I ever completed once the one thing that saved my life. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (with a Sponsor). The memory of finishing the 12th Step is clear as yesterday. It was 8 years plus ago. We sat on a bench outside our meeting space, under a low-rise condominium. The second we completed the reading portion a splash of fresh fallen rain water fell beside us with a loud noise that made us startle! The water represented for me the baptism of joining my new life. FYI – I also promised a post regarding my addiction experiences. I will get around to finishing it … soon ;) 

Told you I learned alot from our experiences this summer. About me, my children, my family, friends, neighbours and beliefs. There’s a few things I am working on inside. I have much more to share but, lets talk swag decor now (lol! swag).


My Photos:  

Presenting the first to be completed actually, my Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp Art

Dollarama | Crinkle-Cut Potato Slicer

Our potatoe slices made with the Dollarama six year old ‘crinkle-cut potato slicer’

I chose this crinkle-cut slicer to create a unique characteristic in our DIY (to be different from the original idea as well); hopingto give a wavy sort of look on the paint. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp

OH! Cut potato in opposite directions again for uniqueness in our interpretation

Grabbed LOs small already cut-off black shorts, knowing the next day was to be a hot one here. The black helps boast the bright neons chosen for paint. Age and condition of the shorts only assisted me in being ok with messing up, which is always a great possibility when I set out to do, anything;)

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamped clothing choice

TIP:  Slip cardboard between fabric to prevent sticking, bleeding of paint colour, & preventing ‘bunched up’ paint stamp

YES, I thought of that TIPall on my own ;D  

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamper

just a cool shot


Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - first stamp

aww … our first stamp – nail biting!


Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - LO

LO is now an experienced fashion designer

LO was so excited to wear her shorts I don’t know how I managed to get her to sleep. Next day we both decided to show off our home DIY ‘fashion designs’ together! I love watching LOs posture just rise three-feet higher as she prances into school, announcing her creation to impressed teachers and classmates. With her developmental delays LO doesn’t have many other children understand or approach her for play. I encourage her creativity to offer her a way to introduce herself and add more verbal communication between her and her fellows (at daycare/”school”). 

The sweet reveal images:  


Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - tank top reveal

here she is! my tank top reveal

Unfortunately, LO wouldn’t stay still for a photo of her shorts. They all appear too blurry to post. Now, remember I am no photo genius or no DIY genius! The next shots were fun in the moment try-ons and non-professional. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - opps

Oppsie! NO I am NOT pregnant, although this photo makes it look like I am from a distance!

Definitely no chance of pregnancy with this blogger…last photo is my favorite. The back of my tank top turned out much better than the front; probably because I did the back last. Next time I will learn the mistakes that way. 

completed tank top

completed project #1 ;) We actually got compliments all day about our clothes!

Remember, This is just one of the projects I have started around the house. PLEASE, I welcome the push to see me complete and POST my projects! I’d love to hear your colour recommendations, or different ideas and inspirations you’d like to share with me. Consider me your DIY Ginea Pig:  If I have the tools, I will try it! Leave behind a link to ANY DIY projects you’ve posted completed or started LOL around the house; you know, so I know Im not alone in learning how to FINISH things! 

JayNine xo 

As I have said in the past, if you like my photos and wish to use them, just ask or drop me a line of the content it’s been featured in, thanks. Remember, these are my family time photos and I expect them to be shared in the same manner.

In Memory of #RIPAmandaTodd

RIP Amanda Todd

we must speak up #TalkAboutIt Talk about Suicide and horrifying events that happen during our adolescents with our children, more importantly to LISTEN for them.

SERIOUS POST … click link below for details on amanda-todd-suicide-2012

This video, story, situation, happens more than we think.
(I believe our newspapers have a Ban on printing about Suicides)
Just because we don’t hear about them doesn’t mean they don’t happen.
PLEASE, keep in contact with your children because essentially that’s all this girl was, A Child. A month after this video was shot (or so I read) the most TRAGIC Ending occurred…
I wish I could’ve helped.
Suicide Prevention MUST be available to everyone including in our Schools. Period.
LAST Month was: “Suicide Prevention Month”!?!
Watching Amanda Todd video,
my thoughts were LOUD:
“Where Was I? How did Amanda Todd just slip through the cracks?”
Yes theres so many more and this is not the only tragedy but it rang true and too close to home for me…Tears ran all afternoon watching her video.
Emotions were on HIGH:
I could Feel the GUTT-WRENCHING Agony of experiences of my Youth, swelling up my throat and Burning my Eyes….
It Tore at my Heart. The Fear. The realistic Fear that convinced me to my core of nothing EVER getting better, EVER… It overwhelmed me as i watched her word pictures flip one.. By one…and, time stopped when the last was shown…
….”I Have Nobody”….
(still ringing in my ears)
I have been there more times than I can honestly count…

Understandably, I may get disagreements or some backlash for saying this but, I believe we must implement in School Curriculum (possibly in Health Subject, Gym, alike). There Are ways we can make it about “Celebrating A Life and (Sharing) it’s Difficulties”. Along those lines. There are more than just a small handful of Tweens and Teens in our Schools that are suffering secretly with these types of undetectable emotions, where providing more information FREELY (ie in curriculum) MIGHT Encourage students to understand which thoughts are ‘normal’ or developmental at their stage; or if they’re something worth seeking help with… The ‘follow up’ with student that seeks help, is a whole other blog series because its just as detrimental to their security and self worth! Thats one SUGGESTION as to How a Suicide Prevention Message CAN and should be sent across to our young adults/kids.
I had similar experiences to Amanda Todd’s. I felt the loneliness. Ive ran away. Ive switched Schools. Ive been bullied. I’ve been in terrifying threatening situations from Mobs of people my age whom I thought I could trust. Ive felt like theres no way out.
We need to provide a better Way Out for these emotions and children, other than this.
I turned to no one because I thought I was the ONLY PERSON going thru this in the world…
I Firmly believe “NoOne Dies In Vain”.. With just as much Firmness, i Refuse to allow Amanada’s Suicide be in Vain.
I VOW to Stand Up–
for myself and others being Bullied
I VOW to Speak Up–I Admit vulnerably here that Im guilty. In past I overheard terrible comments about a fellow student from a teen in a coffee shop and was afraid; I said nothing–
I REFUSE to Keep Quiet Again!
I VOW to Listen Up–to my daughters and all whom approach me or i hear are sufferring!
I VOW to Amanda and all whom are suffering to DO whatever I can in my power to be the Voice of Bullied everywhere–cyber or real life.

VOW with me.
Leave an experience that you’ve had bully or bullied–
How This Story Changed YOU.
If Amanada Todd only knew me and if I only knew her…20121012-171051.jpg

Thank You Jim Richards at NewsTalk Radio1010AM for posting,sharing and talking about this video on your ShowGram yesterday…

RIP Amanda Todd