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new-use tuesdays: paperclips

It would appear that people can be divided into one of two groups: Paper clipper or stapler. I am the latter (there’s something so satisfyingly final about punching your documents together), but I’ve recently learned a few alternate uses for paperclips that threaten to sway me in the other direction. Here are three applications for the little metal fasteners you may not have considered before.

paper clips new use tuesdays: paperclips


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small space storage solution: raskog kitchen cart from ikea

Keeping a small space organized can sometimes be a difficult task. I’m definitely guilty of having too many items and not enough places to put them. So, I’m always on the hunt for stylish storage solutions to help keep me organized without blowing my budget or taking up too much of the little space I have.

While searching online for creative space saving ideas, I came across the RASKOG kitchen cart from IKEA. With an endless list of uses, this little cart has taken the blogosphere by storm. Thanks to its simple design, large storage compartments and colours (my favourite is the turquoise), I have fallen victim to its charm.

style at home ikea kitchen cart small space storage solution: raskog kitchen cart from ikea {RASKOG kitchen cart, IKEA, $69.99}

Starting to feel the same? Check out a few of my favourite creative uses for this versatile cart. You never know, they might just inspire your next diy project (or trip to IKEA)!
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wedding crafts: bunting cupcake topper

You’ve seen my flag cupcake topper, and you’ve seen the fringe topper I made. It’s time for the piece de resistance, the most challenging cupcake topper I made from my big day, the bunting topper. Isn’t it adorable? The work on this one is highly labour intensive and super delicate (read: frustrating). My best advice is don’t aim to make too many. Even if you have a big batch of cupcakes, you can top off a fraction of them – a sea of toppers can be overwhelming anyway.

topper bunting wedding crafts: bunting cupcake topper



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wedding crafts: fringe cupcake topper

If you liked the blue and white polka-dotted flag cupcake topper I made for my wedding, you’ll love this gold fringe one. As promised, this one is a bit more challenging than the first, but it’s still quite easy to make. Warning: It does get messy!

topper fringe wedding crafts: fringe cupcake topper

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wedding crafts: flag cupcake topper

Welcome to the Week of Cupcake Toppers. It’s a working title, but I think you get my drift. There is no such thing as a cupcake that’s too cute. So, I made three different types of toppers to add that little extra touch to the already adorable – not to mention delicious – cupcakes that Sweet Melissa baked for my wedding. As it turned out, some of these were easier to make than others, so throughout this week I’ll post the DIYs in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest. The first is a flag topper, made with polka-dotted washi tape and a toothpick.

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wedding crafts: glitter-dipped mason jars

It’s official. I’m a Mrs. This past Friday, I got hitched at Belcroft Estates, a tree farm just north of Toronto. Think: Pinterest barn wedding. I wasn’t the type of bride to gush about my big day, but now that it’s all done, I’m excited to share a few of my DIY decor projects. (I use “my” quite liberally since I had a lot of help from my amazing bridesmaids.) Hopefully you get inspired to make a couple of things for your next event, be it a once-in-a-lifetime day or a casual gathering. First up: glitter-dipped mason jars.

mason jars wedding crafts: glitter dipped mason jars

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removable wallpaper from chasing paper

I don’t know about you but I love decorating with wallpaper. There are so many gorgeous patterns out there to choose from. I adore the pattern I finally chose for my front hall and living room (Lumimarja by Marimekko) but when I see other beautiful designs, I sometimes wish that I could more easily switch up the look of my walls.

That’s where New York-based Chasing Paper comes in. Chasing Paper offers dozens of gorgeous designs of removable wallpaper. According to their website, the paper features the kind of high-quality texture you’d find on most traditional wallpapers but it’s really a peel and stick fabric, backed with a low-tack, non-toxic adhesive.

They say it’s super easy to hang yourself and since it’s easily removable, it’s perfect for commitmentphobes. The panels are 2 feet by 4 feet and cost $30. Here’s a closer look:

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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

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summer pizza

Summer is one of the busiest times of year around our house. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes I can throw together last minute. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining, it has a handful of ingredients, and only requires a few minutes on the grill, just make sure you have enough when guests ask for seconds!!!

PIZZA copy 2 summer pizza

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diy: simple glitter art

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I was semi-obsessed with glitter. It was a messy obsession (and I’m pretty sure my roommate hated finding glitter on pretty much everything in our apartment)…but I just loved crafting with it! My favourite creation is my “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” hot pink piece that I hung above my living room sofa (see it here). It is such a simple craft and really quite fun to make. Experiment with fun quotes and coloured glitter! Here’s another example (which was also my first attempt) that is hung above my bed. Keep reading for more pictures and info on how to make!

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