Happy Friday everyone! I’m introducing a new regular feature on my blog called Friday Favorites. I’ll be sharing a small selection of products, diy projects and home decor I discovered in the past week. Here’s what I’ve spotted on Pinterest, Etsy and other sources this week. Basically, the internet is telling me to put some more color and pattern in my life. I’m obsessed with the legging company I’ve shared below, Sweet Legs have so many awesome patterns and colors, I have yet to purchase a pair, but they’re on my list of must haves! I’ve included a couple of DIY […]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve created a simple and super cute way to give a Valentine along with a bar of chocolate. Below you’ll find a free downloadable chocolate bar wrapper file.
Christmas is just around the corner and I thought I’d make your life a little easier by providing free printable Christmas gift tags. They’re the perfect little addition to gifts for friends and family. These will not only save you time, but they’ll also save you money, while making your gifts extra pretty. They’re placed on a standard 8.5″x11″ letter size sheet for easy at home printing. I suggest printing them on card stock to make them a bit thicker. Just cut along the outlines and use a one-hole punch to make holes to attach some string or ribbon.
This past year has been crazy, yes I literally mean crazy. That’s the only way I can sum up the ups and downs I’ve experienced in my work life. I’m about to share details that I haven’t shared with many people, I’ve just been too busy focusing on moving forward with my life to talk about what went on. It all started when I lost my agency job of almost 8 years, it didn’t end in the way I had always imagined in my head it would end. I won’t get into details, but basically I wasn’t getting paid for […]
The beautiful pomegranate is here and very ripe. Get them while you can, they’re so so good for you and full of amazing health benefits. I know what you’re thinking, it’s just such a pain to remove the seeds from the fruit and my kitchen gets super messy, why bother?! Well first of all, Pomegranates contain fibre, antioxidants, vitamin K and C which are all things that can help fight off cold and flu season which is fast approaching. Secondly, it’s really not as hard as you think to remove the seeds. Here’s the quick method I use to remove the […]
Weekends are for relaxing and getting outside, we enjoy an occasional spontaneous trip to the beach to hunt for driftwood. Lately, Andrew has had a good eye for finding pieces suitable for lamps. This time he found a very organic piece that looks different from every angle. We found this one at the same beach I mentioned in my previous driftwood lamp post. The addition of a vintage Edison light bulb really makes the piece. I love a good Edison bulb. The light bulb is only 40 watt, so it gives off a nice low warm glow, perfect to add ambiance to a living […]
I’m doing a little happy dance right now, because I spotted an adorable photo of my painted vintage typewiter cart all dressed up at Poppytalk’s Shop in Vancouver. It looks really awesome with a customized record player and Rifle Paper Co. gift wrap on it. Check out more photos of my typewriter cart and some DIY ideas using gift paper on Poppytalk’s blog. Photo Credit: Poppytalk.com If you’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, be sure to visit Poppytalk’s shop located at 109 East Broadway (at Main).
A while back I refinished a junky white box into a modern mid century style night stand. I ended up keeping it for myself. Ever since then, Andrew has been looking for a vintage night stand to match mine. You could say he had night stand envy. Here’s the piece we were matching it with, you can read more about this before and after over here So we were on the lookout for something that had similar bones. We recently found this little guy: This piece was frumpy, especially with that hardware, super short legs and cream paint. We wanted […]
Another canning recipe, because it’s the season and I got a little addicted to putting food in a jar. This one’s another boozy delight you could serve to guests around Christmas with some chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream. Vanilla Bourbon Pears Ingredients: 8-10 Bosc Pears, firm yet ripe 2 cups brown sugar Vanilla extract Bourbon Lemon juice Water Supplies: 1 waterbath canner pot with rack Canning tongs Magnetic lid lifter (we didn’t bother with this) Canning Jars Large spoon or ladle 1 large pot 1 large bowl Makes about 4 1 Litre Canning Jars It depends on how tightly you pack […]
Sharing another canning recipe, because I couldn’t stop canning every fruit and vegetable in sight. I found this Bourbon Vanilla Soaked Cherries recipe on the lovely Kristy’s food blog, She Eats and it was a no brainer to try it out. Her recipe is small batch canning, but I was looking to go all out, so I doubled her recipe. I love love love cherries and the idea of canning them to put on ice cream or in a cake later in the year sounds delightful! First, lets take a moment to talk about pitting cherries. It can be bit of a […]
I previously blogged about my process behind canning peaches. Along with the canned peaches we also did a peach chutney. This recipe is straight forward and full of flavour. It will go great with chicken or pork or add it to your cheese plate at your next party. Peach Chutney Makes approximately 4 250mL Wide Mouth Mason jars Ingredients: 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes ¼ tsp pepper 1 large onion chopped 8 cups sliced and peeled peaches 2 ½ cups sugar (brown, […]
This Summer I discovered the awesomeness that is canning fruit and vegetables. It’s like making little jars of Summer to open during the grey days of Winter. I do not know how I went through life without doing this before. I seemed to always think it was super hard to do, but honestly, if I can do it, you can do it too! It just takes quite a bit of time, so make sure you’ve got a full afternoon available. Trust me, it’s worth it! The motivation to can our first batch of fruit was from a family member that […]