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nigella lawson christmas cookbook giveaway

The holidays just got sweeter!

We’re giving away three of Nigella Lawson‘s Christmas cookbooks just in time to get it under the tree!

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fab find: holiday cards

Fab find
Snowflake holiday cards, $6.26 (set of 4); Simple Ink on Etsy.

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4 great christmas cookies

If you’re a regular on, then I’m sure you know about our amazing Cookie Swap Contest. If you’re new here, I’ll give you the scoop: Simply submit an original recipe and original photo of your favourite holiday cookie and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a KitchenAid stand mixer. We’ve already started publishing the amazing recipes we’ve received. You can check out all the entries here. But the contest doesn’t close until 5pm EST today so there’s still time to throw your hat into the ring! (Don’t forget to read the full contest rules.)

Ever since we launched this contest, I’ve been itching to get baking! So even though I can’t enter the contest, you’ve all inspired me to get into the kitchen and whip up some holiday treats. Here’s a quick look at what I baked this weekend:

This classic shortbread cookie was easy to make but a bit time consuming; after cutting the cookies out with a cookie cutter, the dough had to be frozen for about an hour. Also, a friend told me that ‘real Scottish shortbread’ is made with rice flour but none of the recipes I found called for rice flour. How do you make your shortbread? With or without rice flour?

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one of a kind christmas show & sale – part four

This Sunday is your last chance to stop by the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale, happening here in Toronto. I’ve shared three parts of this four part series rounding up my top 20 favourite artisans from the show.

Catch part one through three of this series right here! Last, but certainly not least, here comes part four!


1. Coucou Salut

Montreal based illustrator, graphic designer and textile artist, Shannon Adolph, creates playful home wares crafted from silkscreened fabrics. You probably noticed her and her work on the front page of the OOAK website as she’s one of this years Rising Stars! Visit Shannon at booth H-43 to chat with her about her process.

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one of a kind christmas show & sale – part three

Have you checked out the One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale going on right now in Toronto? I’m sharing my top 20 favourite artisans from the show in a four-part series.

Catch part one and two of this series right here! Here comes part three!


1. Denture Thief

Their name is just as quirky as their product. Amanda, the creative force behind Denture Thief, transfers her hand drawn illustrations onto fabric to create unique house wares. I think her pillows would be the perfect hit of colour and playfulness in a nursery or kids room. Stop by booth C-12 to talk with Amanda and learn more about what inspires her designs.

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christmas tree decorating tips at the teatro verde store in bayview village

A couple days ago, I made my way to Bayview Village to get some very timely holiday inspiration. Away from the ever-increasing busyness of Toronto’s downtown core, this chic little mall is filled with beautiful hand-picked stores that are stocked with special holiday finds. During my visit, I was introduced to Shawn Gibson, the talented co-founder of Teatro Verde, a great resource for home decor items. Here are some of his tips to decorate your Christmas tree to perfection this year, as well as a few of the pretty trees in the store.

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more gift guide goodness: black and white edition

If the juicy 65+ gift options in our December issue weren’t enough, then here are some more gift ideas to tickle your fancy!

Better yet, they fall within a palette that can do no wrong in my eyes: black and white!



This classic Pendelton Harding Blanket with its own handy carrying strap is perfect for snuggling on the go, $248, Drake General Store

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advent holiday card holder

With the first of December just days away, mailboxes will be overflowing with holiday cards in no time! Beautiful sentiments from loved ones brighten even the gloomiest of wintery days, but heaps of cards stashed on a front entry console hardly seems fitting of the term deck the halls!


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fab find: holiday decal

Fab find
Holiday decal, $12.17; Stampin’ up!
Damask decal $41.06; Stampin’ up!

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one of a kind christmas show & sale – part two

I’m sharing my top 20 favourite artisans from the Toronto One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale in a four-part series.

Catch part one of this series right here! Are you ready for part two?


1. Lovell Designs

Who can resist bold colours and pretty patterns? Lovell applies each of their original prints to uniquely crafted fabric home wares. From hampers to tea towels and everything in between, there’s something for every room! I especially love the whale pattern. It’s a fun print for kids. Stop by booth F-08 to check them out for yourself!

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