Flowers for Friday

Today’s post is all about beautiful flowers!  The Magnolia is one of the oldest genus of plants, it even existed before before the appearance of bees!

Magnolia Stem

 

The peony.  Highly fragrant and greatly varies in colour, shape and size, this is one of the longest used flowers in Eastern culture.

Heirloom peony.

 

Flowering Plum.  One of the first plants in my yard to bloom in the spring.

 

Flowering Plum

 

The Tulip, another early bloomer! So many kinds to choose from.

Tulips

All photos were found on Pinterest and more flowers and gardening tips can be found here on flowers and on backyard garden.  Plant info was from wikipedia.

Have a beautiful weekend,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for Spring

It’s time to start transitioning into patio living, long walks in the park, driving with the top down and feeling the sun on your face.  So what are the latest trends?

Plant an instant garden on your favourite window ledge or sunny spot.

 

Mini Planters from Wind and Willow Home

 

String together driftwood and shells from a beach walk:

Shell Garland from West Elm

 

 

Create an Easter Display for your coffee table or  mantle:

Natural Easter Egg Display, photo from Pinterest

 

Bring Nature indoors with a display of  Pussy Willow branches:

Pussywillows, via Pinterest

Go Barefoot:

Crochet Barefoot Sandals from Accessory Gallery by Lasunka

 

Cheers,

Kathy

 

Spring Break

Hello!  Hopefully the weather is warming up where you are and there is a feeling of spring in the air.  Mother nature decided to snow here over night but warmer days are just around the corner.  Time to think about a Spring Break vacation perhaps??  Over at the new Rue magazine they are gearing up for spring, love this casual look with a pop of pink!

Love the pop of pink!

Shop the items here:

Top,  Overnight bag, Hair Serum, Sunglasses, Sandals, Shorts, Watch.

We were so fortunate to have an amazing Spring Break holiday this year.  I can’t wait to share some of our adventures with you.  Here is a sneak peek:

Cheers,

Kathy

 

 

 

Anthropologie Love

There is something about an Anthropologie store that begs you to wander about and dream.  It has a bohemian funky, exotic vibe about it.  From kitchen,  bed & bath, clothes, accessories, funky  little journals, candles, etc… there is something to please everyone including yourself.  For instance, just the other day  I spied this adorable grasshopper stapler.

Here are my fav picks this month:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Prints

Digital printed fabric is one ultra chic trend.   From fashion to home decor there are no limits.  Here are some great finds:

 

 

An ocean getaway! Pillow from Long Forgotten

 

 

Aquarium Skirt from Fabitoria

 

 

 

 

Look who’s hiding! Cat pillow from Mosmea.

 

Venice Skirt, from Purple Fish Bowl.

 

Love them all!!

Cheers,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolour Sharpie Gift Bags

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One of my favourite blogs is Burlap and Blue.  Linda creates the most adorable cake stands and personalized gifts.   Last week she announced she was hosting a Sharpie Craft giveaway for today and I knew I had to enter.  Who doesn’t love to doodle with Sharpies?  I had so many ideas it was hard to narrow it down to one or two.  I created two gift bags which could be used for jewelry, gift cards, teacher gifts and Easter gifts.

I love water colour and so I experimented with my red and pink sharpie and some rubbing alcohol.  You can see that as the sharpie bleeds into the fabric it creates a water colour effect.

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To make this bag you will need the following supplies:

Cloth bag, Sharpie pens, eye dropper, rubbing alcohol, rubber band, plastic cup.

To create a water-colour effect:

Using a plastic cup (I used an empty pop bottle), stretch  the bag over the top and secure with a rubber band.  Draw a circle or desired shape and colour in with the Sharpie pen.   I drew a circle.

Using an eyedropper squeeze a few drops of rubbing alcohol directly onto the colour.  Repeat with drops until you have your desired effect.  The more drops the further the colour will spread.

Tip:  I placed the drops in a clockwise circle around the edge of my colour to try and spread the colour evenly.

Let dry and then colour on top with any details.  I sketched in some petals and some leaves.

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Bonus craft:  Basket Weave Bag

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I made this basket weave bag using my new Gold Sharpie.  It was super easy and really achieves a basket weave appearance.  I  measured out the rows and columns and lightly outlined with a pencil so they would be the same size and fit evenly across the bag.  Then  I drew  lines with the gold sharpie alternating horizontal and vertical rows and columns.

These were easy to make, so grab a Sharpie in your favourite colour and have some fun.

Cheers,

Kathy

Oscar Party Recipes

I just couldn’t resist this Tini recipe!  Red Carpet Tini

Super Easy Black tie snack, for a grown up version you could use Brie.  For snack instructions click here.

Dress up your Popcorn! Great recipe from Hoosier Handmade.

Print your Oscar Ballot over here at Minted

Hope you have a Glamorous Weekend!

The Oscars

An Party for the Oscars

Are you having an Oscar viewing party?  Are you making any winning predictions?   You can find a complete prediction list over here at THE OSCARS website.  I made an Oscar dessert buffet in classic black tie and gold.  For the cupcake picks I hand drew an Oscar shape onto gold card stock and cut them out.  I  also made mini chalkboard picks and wrote, Act 1, Scene 2 and Movie on them.  You could also write  out the names of the movies and actors and put them on the mini chalkboards.   You can find Chalkboard toppers in my shop as well as the black and white polka dot bags.

I think one of my favourite parts of watching the Oscars is the Red Carpet!  You can check out the styles here, People Style Watch

Oscar Cupcakes

So who do you think will win?

Best Actress:

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • August: Osage County

Best Actor:

  • American Hustle
  • Nebraska
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • in 12 Years a Slave
  • Dallas Buyers Club

Oscar Mini Bags with Gold Glitter Pins

Best Movie:

Oscar Cake Topper

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See you at the Oscars!

Cheers, Kathy

Virtual Magazine: Rue

I have always loved magazines!  I have a stack of them that are outdated but contain some favourite articles and styles.  One of my new obsessions is the online magazine Rue.  It has beautiful images of home decor, latest trends and styles, editor’s picks and entertaining.  If you have 20 minutes this weekend you can browse Rue.

 

 

I am loving these white accents, lamps and vases:

 

Have a great weekend,

Kathy

Fresh Yellow

Some fresh ideas to brighten your day!

Bare bulb lighting is a current trend and you can have some fun with it by adding a neon colour cord! There are lots of colours to choose from at Urban Mode.

 

Modern wall hooks, available in an array of colours from Chocolate Creative.

 

Geometric faceted wooden Bangle from Una Odd.

 

Yellow Eames Chair  Base  from Cast and Crew.  This yellow base will fit onto any  wide mount  Eames chair.  Cast and Crew is trying to keep these chairs out of the landfills.

 

Hope  you have a Sunny Day!!

~Kathy