The love for all things Canada continues today on OHP! Canadian- themed decor is pretty trendy right now, but the cabin/ woodsy/ lumberjack themes have been classic style trends for home and style for as long as I can remember. Whether you like to incorporate it into your home or your wardrobe (or both!) there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Have some fun with your style and decor with this selection of 10 items that celebrate Canada (with everything costing $75 or less!).
No matter where in Canada you live, there’s no place like home and I’ve rounded up 10 favourites for home and style as part of my #Canada150 celebrations here on the blog. Living in Canada is fantastic and there is plenty for rent arlington toronto if you’re thinking of making the move.
Being from BC, the woods, ocean, and outdoors play a big part in my life and I couldn’t resist including a few provincial items too. Whether you just like them for the Summer, or use year- round, I hope you like these ideas for adding some ‘Eh’ into your life!
HOW are we at the end of another year??? 2016 seemed to fly by and now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about NYE & welcoming in the new year. I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I feel like we get so caught up with Christmas (and rightfully so, it’s a special time of year), we don’t think about new years until after the turkey has been packed up in Tupperware and we recover from our eggnog hangovers. In the space of a week you have to pull something together, and whether you like to go all out and hire an event hall, out or keep it simple and have a shindig at home, there isn’t much time to get things organized. If you’re looking at getting a large group of people engaged in activities over the holiday season, you may want to consider organizing something like these Holiday Events Dallas for something fun, memorable, and ultimately unifying!
I got together with some party partners in crime to share ideas to help you pull off the perfect NYE celebration, complete with some simple food & cocktail ideas that will have your guests excited to ring in the new year without leaving you stressed out with the prep. Just pick up some fun decor like balloons, a banner, maybe some photo props and you’ve got it made. Full details below along with links to the food & cocktail recipes we included.
While planning this, my friend Janette from Ave to Zoe mentioned she had a great appie idea: ravioli pops topped with cherry tomatoes. Done! I think with parties like this finger food is a great idea, and there are plenty of quick/ simple recipes plus pre-made options if you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen before the party. I also picked up some spring rolls from the grocery store for another easy savoury option, plating them with cocktail skewars for easy party noshing. You just have to pop in the oven for a few minutes and they’re party- ready (if only our outfits were that easy to organize! 😉 ).
For drinks we whipped up a tasty white wine sangria and poured pretty pink bubbly from Evolve Cellars into DIY gold glitter flutes (sangria recipe & how- to to come later this week!). As a fun finishing touch we popped in gold star swizzle sticks and topped the bubbly with some cotton candy from Cloud Nine (tip: if you do this, try to place the cotton candy on the rim of the glasses instead of touching the champagne, as it’ll dissolve really quick once it touches liquid). As another pretty detail we tied some little black tassels to the wine glasses- if you get different colours this would be a great idea so guests know which glass is theirs.
For sweet treats- because you can’t ring in the new year without treating yourself!- we had jars of cotton candy in a variety of flavours and mini doughnuts from Cloud Nine, whiskey flavoured gourmet marshmallows from Marsh&Mallow, and champagne cupcakes baked & decorated by Janette (link for that recipe coming soon!). We topped them with pretty gold ‘2017’ & ‘cheers’ toppers from Paper + Parties and arranged them on a tray for a pretty display.
And what party would be complete without decorations? Michelle from Paper + Parties had all the details covered, from the ‘It’s About To Go Down’ banner, new years party balloons, and finishing touches like the swizzle sticks and cupcake toppers. She also makes a variety of photo props, which are perfect to have fun with as you count down to midnight. I had these left over from my ugly sweater Christmas party and they’re perfect for pretty much any occasion when you want to goof around.
Ringing in the new year is supposed to be fun, and I hope these ideas help you plan the perfect NYE party without the stress/ panic that often goes with the territory. Everything we included is quick and simple to track down, whether for NYE or any other special occasion/ party throughout the year. I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of 2016 and that 2017 is an AMAZING year for you!
See the recipe for the ravioli bites & champagne cupcakes over on Ava to Zoe:
Who else agrees- Pinterest is a dangerous place?! I’m always coming across project ideas I want to try and today’s post is 100% inspired by some pins I’ve come across of faux fur stools. Call me a girly girl but I think these fluffy accents are a cute/ fun addition to a room. I’d love to pair mine with a pretty vintage chair or vanity- what do you think??? I found a set of vintage stool legs and knew they’d be perfect for this project and I opted to not sand/ re- stain them but I updated the metal details and hardware with some gold spray paint for a touch of glam. This project did take a little while, so I’d give yourself and hour or two, but the results are worth the effort! Also be warned- working with faux fur can be a little messy, so be prepared to find bits of it everywhere after you’re finished! 😉 Now who’s ready for some crafty fun?!
– faux fur
– upholstery foam (available at fabric/ craft stores)
– wood cut to size for seat base (I made mine 1′ * 1′)
– legs (great for a repurposing project or find new)
– spray paint
– scrap fabric to line the underside (optional)
Additional supplies/ tools:
– glue gun
– nail gun
– painter’s tape
– measuring tape
1. If you’re like me and are repurposing pieces or just want to add some metallic detail, tape off the part you don’t want painted and spray paint everything- I also painted the hardware to match. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut your piece of wood to the size you want- I cut mine 1′ * 1′, followed by cutting the upholstery foam to size. I used 3 layers of 1″ foam to get the size of cushion I wanted; you can make yours larger/ smaller based on preference, just make sure you have enough faux fur to wrap around it.
3. This step is optional, but I glued the first layer of foam to the wood base to help hold it in place while I secured the faux fur. This is up to you, but I found it really helped.
4. Cut your faux fur to size. I also cut a piece of scrap velvet to 1′ * 1′ to line the underside of the wood base so the bottom looked finished as well. For the faux fur, make sure you have enough to wrap all sides with 1- 2″ extra on all sides to secure it to the base. For mine I used a piece that was 14″ * 14″.
5. If you’re going to line the underside of the stool base, use a glue gun to secure it. Make sure it’s glued down well on the edges. Stack your upholstery foam on top of the base and flip it upside down on the backside of the faux fur (make sure it’s centred!). Now for the tricky part: For the corners, trim the corners of the fur away (see photo), so that when you fold the fur down, the edges/ seams overlap by approx 1/4″- 1/2″ (any more and the corners will be bulky). Use the glue gun to glue the pieces together, making sure the raw edges are tucked in (I pinched the seams together for a tight/ clean seam). If you prefer, you can also secure with a needle and thread.
6. When all sides and corners are glued, use a staple gun to secure the fur to the wood base. I put a staple in each corner and in the middle of each side.
7. When your legs and hardware are dry, screw them onto the base. I measured in 1/4″ from the edges based on the hardware I had. If you lined the underside of your base with fabric, make sure it doesn’t wrinkle/ pucker as you drill in the screws.
OK hands up, whose kid’s rooms are better decorated than their own?! Haha I know that’s true in my house!!! And while we’re being honest here, it isn’t hard to get carried away with all the cute everything you can decorate with nowadays. And that goes for everything from furniture to accessories and finishing touches- and now thanks to Playtex, it also applies to your diaper disposal system!
Meet the Diaper Genie Expressions system: all the features you know and love about the #1 selling diaper disposal system in North America along with customizable covers to help it suit your nursery style! You can keep the Diaper Genie Expressions in neutral white or pick from one of the designer sleeves (sold separately) to make it as eye- catching as it is functional. A diaper pail that locks in odour and germs and looks cute while doing it? YES PLEASE! Plus it’s simple to pull the sleeves over the pail in just 3 easy steps (see how easy it is in the video!):
1. Pull down the fabric on the pail with the inner tag towards the bottom
2. Push the fabric into the top slot
3. Pull the fabric down and insert into the bottom
How cool is that?! And guess what??? I’ve got the chance for 10 readers to try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system with all 5 sleeves plus have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Babies R Us! In return all you have to do is publish a review on the Babies R Us website!
Want in? Here’s how:
Send me an email to kpetrunia@hotmail that includes:
— Your name
— Mailing address
— Preferred email address for contact purposes
In return all you have to do is:
– Try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system along with the different sleeves
– Write a review on the Babies R’ Us website and send me the link to your review by October 19, 2016
That’s it! Then you’ll be entered for a 1 in 10 chance to win a $100 gift card from Babies R’ Us!
More about the Diaper Genie Expressions system:
– all the odour control found with all Diaper Genie systems
– easy operation
– Push N’ Lock clamp system to lock in odour
– disposal bags made with 7 layers to lock in germs and odours
– holds up to 50 newborn diapers so you won’t have to change refills often
Retails for $34.99 and individual sleeves for $12.99. Available exclusively at Babies R Us October 1, 2016 and coming to Amazon.ca January 1, 2017.
To see my other post with Diaper Genie, click here.
Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for this blog post. The review and opinions are my own.
Tomorrow is the first day of June (what?!) and soon Summer will be in full swing. So I thought this would be a good time to share a simple project idea that would be the perfect addition to your patio or home and add a pop of colour for the warm days ahead. And what better to do this with than a vibrant Mexican print? I keep seeing beautiful Mexican- inspired rugs and decor on Instagram and Pinterest, and this DIY is a fun way to incorporate it into your home just in time for Summer.
Basic cushion covers are quick and easy to make even if you don’t sew a heck of a lot and are a great beginner sewing project. My Mum recently gave me her old sewing machine and I’ve been enjoying trying it out for some simple sewing projects like this one. I found the fabric I used at one of my favourite thrift stores but you really aren’t limited with the fabric you use, just consider how much wear and tear it will receive and choose a fabric accordingly. While I had my patio in mind while making this, it’s ended up being a fun addition to Liam’s room (see photos at the end of the post). It’s a quick and easy project, and perfect for adding a fun pop of colour. See below for the how- to.
– measuring tape
– fabric chalk
– pinking shears
– seam tape (if you want to make your seams a little more durable and/ or you use fabric that frays easily like the one I used)
– buttons/ zipper
* you will need enough to cover your cushion with 1″ seam allowances on all sides, (my cushion was 15″*15″ so I needed 2 pieces that were 17″*17″ with seam allowances).
1. Measure the cushion you want to cover to make sure you get enough fabric (remember to add 1″ for seam allowances on all sides- increase this if your cushion is really full/ firm).
2. Decide on how you want the pattern on each side (do you want the pattern centred, going in a certain direction, etc) and measure/ mark your fabric accordingly.
3. Snip snip snip! Use pinking shears to cut the fabric.
4. Place the fabric right sides together and pin along the edges. Allowing for 1/4″ seam allowances, sew around each side, reinforcing the corners by backstitching once or twice. Leave a 3- 4″ space un- sewn so you can turn the cushion cover right side out.
5. Flip the cushion cover right side out.
6. And voila! Pop in your cushion and sew up the hole by hand to finish it off.
I love how the cushion cover turned out and think it’ll be a cute addition to Liam’s bed when he’s older. For now it’s hanging out with his favourite stuffies in his room. PS- yay for easy distractions (sunglasses) to snap some photos!
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