I’m SO honored to announce that I am now a featured writer for Curbly! Can you believe it? Curbly is one of those blogs that inspired me from the very beginning of my blogging ventures and is still one I check out daily. Pinch me please – I am feeling so grateful!
My first post went up yesterday: a DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art! This project was inspired by my teeny-tiny obsession with Mad Men. I just love some good mid-century design. So, if you are anything like me, be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!!!
I’m thrilled to be hosting two DIY workshops at Market Collective May 2nd at the Chinese Cultural Center in Calgary!
The first workshop is at 12:30PM – 2:00PM. It will be a pre-Mother’s Day DIY for some quality time spent with your favorite lady! You’ll learn how to hand paint a flower pot to give it your own personal touch and some fresh plants for your home! This workshop registration fee is good for TWO (you and mom!) and will include drinks and light snacks! Guests will take home two pots, two plants, two MC limited edition tote bags and two MC weekend admissions! You can register HERE!
The second workshop is at 2:30PM – 4:00PM, same location! This woodblock stamping workshop is all about making this technique simple and fun! It can be a super easy process, where you can create gorgeous textiles in your own home using basic materials. From fun patterns to vibrant colors, you’ll learn a minimal technique of woodblock stamping with craft store supplies! Guests will take home one pillow (with pillowcase), MC limited tote bag, MC weekend admission! You can register HERE!
Tickets are limited, so be sure to sign up right away. If you are in the Calgary area, I hope to see you there! Can’t wait to see what amazing creations you come up with!
Hey friends! I’ve teamed up with Porch to share what inspires me to be a maker. Which is tough to define, since I find inspiration everywhere! But really, I don’t have to venture any further than my front door to find those things that really trigger creativity in my home.
With my fancy Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 polaroid from Glazers, I was able to capture ten moments and things around my home that I think inspire my need to create projects you might see throughout the weeks and months on the blog. Things such as:
1. Plants! They make things feel fresh and remind me to enjoy the little things!
2. Music. A great stimulater and always a good motivator to dance and let loose when you’re working a lot and forgetting to kick back and relax!
3. Books and Magazines. These can really inspire new ideas and motivate me to start projects I’ve been putting off!
4. Painting! Exploring new mediums and techniques can be fun and rewarding!
5. A clean bedroom. Something as simple as making your bed helps start my day on the right foot!
6. Family. Need I say more!
7. Scandinavian-inspired design. This by far, motivates me to keep my life simple, and minimal! Less is more, right?!
8. Texture and color. Every time I design a space, I keep texture and color in mind because it can really alter how I work and function during the day. If a room is dark and drab, I feel really lazy. If it’s bright and light, I feel rejuvenated and motivated!
9. Fresh flowers! Getting spoiled once in a while can really boost your confidence. Fresh flowers are inexpensive and effective!
10. Home Sweet Home. Above all, I always remember that my life doesn’t have to look or be a specific way. It can be perfectly ordinary and that’s totally ok!
So now that you know what inspires me within my home, I created a super easy DIY to display these fun photo-reminders!
What you will need:
Simply tie your twine from one end of the branch to the other so you can hang your branch once you’re done. Then, cut various lengths of twine to hang from the branch. I cut four.
Simply tape your photos to the hanging twine pieces, in any pattern. Optional: You can tie wooden beads to the ends if you desire and paint the ends of your branch too! Then, hang and enjoy!
It’s one of the simplest projects around! I think bohemian design comes down to just being laid back and being creative with an array of pieces across the board! Which can be quite quirky and unusual at times.
I love how minimal, clean and simple this DIY is! It’s sure a fun way to display photos in your home! What do you think?
It’s been really quiet around here this week, I’m sure you’ve noticed. I can’t tell you how busy things have been lately! It’s a good busy, but boy am I feeling it these past few days. I have so many really exciting things going on and so I decided I would share a few of them with you so you know why I’ve been so absent lately! Hope you don’t mind…
1. I’ve had a lot of fun opportunities working on television lately! You can see them here and here. Although, I was TOTALLY freaked out both times – being on live TV is so much harder than it looks. I designed the last Glamping show and another one coming up in the next month. It’s like a dream job!
2. I have TWO workshops coming up the first weekend in May with Market Collective! I am SO excited and cannot wait to meet and mingle with other creative folks. I’ll share more information soon and if you’re local, you should totally come!
3. I’m working on another design project with Dote Magazine for Issue Three! It’s going to be a fun one, which I can’t share until it’s in print of course. I am learning to be very patient these days!
4. I’ve been working with a lot of really amazing brands on some really fabulous projects that are still on the down low, but soon and very soon, I’ll be able to spill the beans. You’ve probably seen a few sneak peeks on Instragram because, well, I just can’t help myself!
5. I had my first design consultation this week. I’ll be designing a living room and kitchen space…from scratch! I get to see the space next week and get a good feel for what my client is looking for. From there, we get to shop and find pieces that will suit her style and space! I’lll definitely be sharing some before and after pictures. It’s going to be ah-mazing!
6. Lastly, I’ve been trying to keep up with stuff around the house and with the kids. It’s a miracle things haven’t fallen apart in this category. Well, maybe they have just a bit! The kids have been exceptionally busy lately. Just yesterday Violet was “blowing the grass” with a long plastic tube from a t-ball set and managed to lose her balance and stab the back of her throat. It was both gross and horrifying! But after a quick trip to the doctors all is well again. This is my life. But when you’re this busy, you make EVERY moment count when you’re with family. Even if it’s trips to urgent care! They really keep me grounded during those moments I lose focus on what counts at the end of the day.
Well, I feel better just getting that all off my chest! I love all these amazing opportunities that I’ve been given lately, but I do look forward to when it slows down just a bit. Perhaps I can get my groove back and post a little more regularly again. How are you all doing?!
A while ago, I came across this amazing DIY! I was SO inspired and finally had some time to make one of my own. It’s perfect for our new family room – the color and pattern are both bright and playful! Don’t you think?
What you will need:
Foam with sticky backing
What to do:
Make sure your pillow cover is ironed and flattened as much as possible. Create a pattern by first sketching it out on the foam. Then, using scissors, cut out your pattern. Take off the backing of the foam and stick it to your block. Put a nice layer of fabric paint on the foam and press down firmly on your pillow cover. Carefully lift up. Reapply fabric paint and repeat until your cover is completely covered with the pattern!
It’s really so easy and the possibilities are endless. You can stamp curtains, table cloths, napkins, placemats, towels, Tees and so on!!! I can’t wait to try this technique on some other pieces for our home.
If you haven’t guessed, this blue has a lot to do with the direction of the new family room! What do you think?!
This week I’ve been laying a little low as we try to get our basement makeover finished – we’ve been pretty busy! But today I’m back with some pretty fun AMAZING news! I’m thrilled to announce that I am partnering up with Darby Smart! Ahh – can you hear my excitement?!
If you aren’t familiar with Darby Smart, allow me to introduce you! Simply put, Darby Smart teams up with all kinds of creative individuals to bring you some pretty fabulous DIY kits for you to try. And the best part is, all the supplies are available to purchase in one place. No need to leave your home, everything you need is a click away and will be delivered right to your door!
Last summer, I shared this super easy back-to-school DIY Sequin Planter, which will be my first kit that I know you’ll love! It’s the perfect way to bring in some natural green elements into your home with a pop of bling. Perfect combo if you ask me!
It’s this easy:
You’ll need a planter, stretch sequin trim in gold and a hot glue gun.
Simply clean the surface of your planter and hot glue your sequins to the planter.
Wrap tightly around your planter. Secure the end with hot glue.
Adjust and secure with hot glue where needed, although it may not be necessary. Place your plant in your new planter and enjoy!
Voila! You are done – told you it was going to be straight forward. You can purchase the supplies to this DIY here in order to make your very own sequin planter. Be sure to share pics, I’d love to see!
I’m so excited to finally share with you a little project I’ve been working on the last couple weeks. First, let me begin by telling you how AMAZING technology is these days friends – it freaks me out a little! As we are about to begin our basement makeover, I wanted some textiles and decor that were catered to the kids, but something I still loved for myself. I decided to create my own DIY Textiles and Home Decor using my new Sprout in just a matter of minutes!
It all started when I found this super weird faux cactus at a garage sale. Call it an impulse buy, but I knew it would come in handy one day! And here’s where the technology blows my mind! The HP Sprout has a built-in projector, scanner AND a 3D Camera. I simply laid my faux cactus on the touch mat and with a press of the capture button the image was scanned. The computer automatically deletes any background for you, saving me a bit of extra editing and giving me what I really want. My final scanned image!
Once I captured my cactus, I wanted to take it to another level. I still wanted that child-like look I was aiming for. And so I created my very own version of this cactus by tracing and coloring it in using the draw tool on my touch pad. I saved that illustrated cactus and then just dragged and dropped more to create a pattern. Once I got the design I liked, I grouped the image and saved it to make one file and simply created a JPEG. This took me a matter of seconds! It was SO easy and a lot of fun!
I decided to open a little shop with even more inspired patterns, which I ordered my pillow through! Feel free to take a look around and browse! Every piece was created using my Sprout.
It may not be the exact image I scanned originally and I was tempted to just keep it like that. It goes to show that you can be inspired in so many different ways and make it uniquely yours! I love utilizing random pieces I’ve collected here and there – like that crazy weird cactus! The pillow will be perfect for our family room and if you love it as much as we do, you can purchase your very own here!
What do you think? Would you use your HP Sprout to create textiles and decor for your home?
For Spring, I’m really craving some color. Normally, color is a little more subdued in our home. But this is the perfect excuse to have some fun where normally I might not be so brave! This yarn Tassel planter is the perfect way to add something new for Spring!
Yarn (in 4 complimentary colors – I chose blue, coral, pale pink and green)
Hot Glue Gun
Plant or Cactus
What to do
Before you begin, cut about ten 10-inch strands of yarn in two bunches per three remaining colors (I used Coral, Blue and Green). Set aside. Start with the first planter. Begin by dabbing a small drop of hot glue to the bottom of the planter and start wrapping yarn around your planter (I used the pale pink since it was the lightest, most neutral of the four colors). Work your way up about 2-3 inches and dab your hot glue to keep the yarn from slipping around. Loop the first two bunches of yarn to create your first tassels onto the single strand you are wrapping your planter with. Continue another 2-3 inches up and repeat until you have all your tassels attached to your planter!
This is definitely a very unique looking planter! It’s quirky and totally fun! I created a simple yarn plant holder using the same four colors to bring the two together. I love the burst of color they bring to my space!
It feels like a little Fiesta with the cacti and pops of color, don’t you think?
Using the same white eggs from the craft store, I used the kids Crayola markers in assorted colors to create some of those clean designs. This year I am a big believer that less is more, so I stuck with basic shapes – leaving some as outlines and others filled in. I think they turned out great!
They are perfect if you are a lover of color, but they are still minimal and trendy. I was trying to take a step in a new direction by getting away from the black and white and I am so glad I did! They still have that Scandinavian feel, but with pops of pink, purple, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and orange!
What do you think?! Are you more a fan of black and white or color?
I am always looking for interesting ways to make my space look visually stimulating, but also fun pieces for events, parties and birthdays! Our family loves to go on walks around our neighborhood and often there’s all kinds of debris from the trees losing their beautiful branches. It seems like such a waste, but I decided this time to collect a few and bring them home. Yes, I was the crazy mom hauling three toddlers with an arm full of huge tree branches. But it was fun and totally worth it!
I looked for unique shapes and sizes and came home with a few gorgeous branches. The shape creates the illusion of motion against our white walls. They almost frame pieces that surround them and I love the modern look they bring. You could easily spray paint them, but I loved the organic look they had with all the white and black decor in our home.
These branches have already made an appearance in one of my posts and I’m pretty sure they will continue to for a little while. I placed them in a crisp white and geometric vase. I’m sure I’ll be playing around with placement in our house!
So there you go, sometimes decor can be free and you can find them in the most unlikely places! What do you think of bringing this kind of nature indoors as home decor?
I love those simple projects that add color, texture and personality to your home! And this hoop yarn art is just the thing! I’ve always been a fan of fibre art of any kind, so I made this cheap and easy DIY for our walls to add that little pop of pink!
What you will need
Two embroidery hoops – one large and small
Yarn in any color – multi colors or just one
Hot glue gun
What to do
Simply start by popping out the center circle of the smallest hoop. Cut your yarn to the length you want. I wanted the yarn to stop just passed where the largest hoop ended. Then, hang your re-cut yarn over the circle of the smallest hoop until you have the desired amount. Carefully pop the circle back into the smallest hoop and tighten the adjusting screw if needed. Line up the hoops at the top so both screws are lined up. Take your yarn and wrap it tightly around the two tops of the hoops to hide the adjusting screws. Use a tab of hot glue to secure the yarn ends. Tie a small piece of yarn on one end of the hoop to the other to create a hook to hang your new hoop art!
You could create any size or however many you like for a great statement for your home! I love how it adds just the perfect amount of pink to our walls to pull in other pieces in the room. I don’t think this trend is dying just yet! What do you think?