Recipe Adventure: Poached Pears

By Nicole & Andrew Holiday season is here and i’ve found the most beautifiul and delicious recipe that will wow your family and your guests. These look amazing on the plate with their deep red colour. The twist to this recipe is to use beets to achieve that deep red glow. Ingredients: 4 firm, medium-size pears, such as Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc 2 medium beets, peeled and sliced 1 bottle robust (and cheap) red wine 1/2 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 2 whole cinnamon sticks 1 orange peel 1 lemon peel 2 whole cloves 1 star anise Vanilla […]

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Vancouver in October

The other day I went downtown and made sure to snap a few photos of the progress along Granville Street. Luckily the street is still closed, so I could stand in the middle and get a good view. I really hope they bring back the trees, it’s sure looking concrete and bare. Just about every other block in Vancouver is being redeveloped, but at Richards near Yaletown, where they’ve demolished Richards on Richards to make room for a new condo developement, there’s a few heritage houses that have been put up on blocks to either be moved or sent to […]

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Fabric to Faces

Do you love how magical origami can be? Well, i’ve just discovered something that takes it to the next level! Using clothing and textiles, Bela Borsodi creates animals, creatures and faces that seems to almost come to life. You may also know Bela Borsodi for her magical Alphabet creation.

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Toy Collection Display

toy display shadow box

I have a pretty good small toy collection from my childhood and I just don’t want to throw them out. They still make me happy and the colours and shapes are so fun. I didn’t want them to take up shelf space and clutter areas around the apartment, so I found a shadow box at Michaels on sale, but can also find great deals on Amazon. It was the perfect size to just place all of them in and create a 3D collage with all the toys. You can hang it on a wall like the photos I’ve shown here: I […]

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500 Pencils

I will always have fond memories from my childhood of reaching into my shoebox full of coloured pencils to create amazing works of art, or colour outside of the lines. I’d draw for hours on end. It’s really amazing how something so simple can be so entertaining for so long when you’re a child. The point of this memory is that the other day I came across this beautiful collection of 500 pencils and it blew me away. Check out more from 500 Pencils: http://500pencils.socialdesigner.com/about

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Find Finds for Fall

Here’s just a few things I think are awesome for Fall this year. Since it’s really creeping up on us fast in Vancouver, there’s nothing like a solid pair of boots that might end up lasting you a lifetime if you take good care of them. I’ve been eyeing Frye Boots lately. I’m really into vintage/retro, specifically hats and jewllery, i’ve discovered some amazing hat designs from Louise Green, you may have spotted one of her designs on Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, in the season premiere. If you’re wondering where the vintage cocktail floral ring comes from, it’s an Etsy […]

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Feather Headband: Green & Blue

So it looks like it’s working out, i’ve purchased several plain headbands and plenty of feathers, but i’m still on a hunt for some brown ones! Here’s the second headband i’ve made. Vintage brooch and braided headband holds these soft black, blue and green feathers. And don’t forget the peacock feather too!

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Recipe Adventure: Mini turkey & veggie loaf

By Nicole & Andrew Fall is approaching us and this means we’ll all be wanting some good old fashioned comfort food. We’ve created a very simple and easy recipe that’s amazingly healthy too! Ingredients: 1-2 packages of lean ground turkey breast 1 grated zucchini 1-2 grated carrots 1 head of garlic chopped 1 onion chopped herbs and ground pepper worchestire sauce to taste 5-6 mushrooms finely chopped 1-2 eggs 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped 1/2 cup grated cheese (whatever you choose), we used parmesan and swiss Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F and set aside your muffin […]

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Mechanical Faces

Ever since I was a kid, i’ve had the creativity to look at one object and see something totally different in it. I guess it has something to do with being an Aquarius…? Swiss photographer Francois Robert, who is known for his whimsical book Faces has now transformed his images into a rug by FLOR, it’s called Find A Face and is available for $179.99

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Vancouver Flea Market

Looking for a unique gift? Something one of a kind and amazing? You should check out the Flea Market at The Croatian Cultural Centre. I’ve been there a few time and you can find anything from vinyl (records), vintage jewllery, home decor, furniture and more. Below, i’ve featured a few vintage items you might spot at this market, I hope it sparks some creative ideas for you. 21st Century Flea Market Sunday, 20 September 2009, 7:00am – 3:00pm General Admission $3 at door 7am-3pm Children Under 13 free with adult Snack Bar, ATM, Free Parking Got Questions? Contact Them: Renée Lafontaine 21st Century […]

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