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diy: simple and thoughful gift idea

I know I’m biased…but I have some pretty crafty friends! Two of my best friends, Laura and Kelly, had lived together for years up until a few weeks ago when Kelly moved in with her boyfriend. Missing her roomie already, Laura made the cutest (and relatively simple) housewarming present for Kelly’s new pad.

Carrots diy: simple and thoughful gift idea Photography by Laura Scadding

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behind the scenes: bench update

At photo shoots we often have to make some quick changes. Usually nothing too major, but the below is a prime example of making a simple swap! Here’s a behind-the-scenes pic I took of Ann Marie, Alex and Virginia updating my faux fur bench at my apartment shoot. As much as I loved the grey faux fur, we wanted to bring in a bit more colour to the space. Luckily we had some bright fabric samples on hand…so it was out with the old and in with the new!

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home library: homemade cleaners

I’m far from an earth goddess, but I do worry about the chemicals I come in contact with – especially in my cleaning products. In the last decade, there’s been a clear shift toward greener horizons in the home-cleaning category. But, for the most part, the price points are still higher than conventional products and, in a world of deceptive ad lingo, I always wonder just how environmentally friendly the products are. Well, in their book Homemade Cleaners, authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford have got the answer: make your own cleaning products from recognizable ingredients, most of which are already in your kitchen cabinets.

Homemade Cleaners OBrien and Ford home library: homemade cleaners

Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford (Ulysses Press, $18)

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cat’s crafts: how to dip-dye curtains

Not sure about you, but I still love the dip-dye trend. I think it’s a great way to spice up basic pieces as well as reinvent secondhand finds. Here, I took inexpensive plain white cotton curtains from IKEA and gave them a splashy pink dye job. Check out how I did it!

dipdye curtains cats crafts: how to dip dye curtains

Photography :: Ryan Brook/TC Media

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new-use tuesdays: bar soap

This week’s new-use spotlight is on bar soap. I’m not a huge fan of bars of soap (I prefer the liquid form) but I get some on occasion as gifts, and, frankly, sometimes pretty packaging or a heavenly scent are just impossible to resist. So, if you’re in search of a useful application for that forgotten soap bar in the back of the medicine cabinet, I’ve got a few ideas.

Barr Co Soap1 new use tuesdays: bar soap

Anthropologie, $8 US

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tips for DIY garden-inspired flower arrangements

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I happily attended a flower arranging workshop hosted by flower shop owner Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl and urban flower farmer Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard. I’d like to share a few tricks of the trade for creating your own garden-inspired flower arrangements at home.

FlowerArranging 4 tips for DIY garden inspired flower arrangements

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3 unique jewellery storage ideas

The One of a Kind Show brings hundreds of talented craftsmen and artisans under one roof for an extensive display of handmade gifts. While it’s difficult to walk out with nothing, the creativity of these people is inspiring, and that is something you can’t put a price tag on.

As I perused everything from textiles to furniture to jewellery, I found myself drawn towards the presentation more than the product. That isn’t to say the product wasn’t beautiful but, in this case, the display itself was a beautiful contrast of rustic and dainty, a combination which I happen to admire.

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wall decals

We’ve posted about Urban Walls‘ decals before (August 2012), but I can’t resisting posting about them again. The ones I’m particularly inspired by are the small wall decals that can be installed to look like patterned wallpaper. And the best thing is you can do it yourself. Unlike regular wallpaper which is more permanent (and difficult to install) these can be removed easily if you want to change your look.

The stars below would look great in a number of rooms – a sophisticated nursery or stylish powder room come to mind…

uw decals stars wall decals

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how-to: make your own fabric bunting

I made this fabric bunting for my niece’s bedroom, but it would also make a great addition to a craft room. I used fabric remnants in corresponding colours to create my bunting – it really is a great way to use all those random scraps of fabric! Follow these easy steps to make your own. You just need to be handy with a sewing machine.

bunting how to: make your own fabric bunting

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hotel spa style: four seasons toronto

In the sort of gloomy weather we’ve been having, it seems little can cheer a girl up. But, then again, little can spoil the bliss that comes from a great manicure.

Recently, I had the pleasure of getting a Vinylux manicure at the Four Seasons Toronto spa. As awe-stricken as I was with my own nails (I usually keep them totally bare, so the trendy almond shape and funky teal nail art was pretty far out of my comfort zone), I couldn’t stop oohing and aahing over the beautiful setting.  

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