The Perfect Floral Bouquet for Any Occasion!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017







I will forever have a weakness for is a gorgeous flower arrangement.  There is something about the way that a floral arrangement can add a touch of gorgeousness and beauty to a space.  And though I absolutely love fresh blooms, one of my strengths is not flower arranging.  No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to put together an arrangement the way I'd love for it to look.

This post is kindly sponsored by FTD, all opinions are my own

Needless to say, I truly appreciate the talent and eye that goes into creating a breathtaking floral bouquet.  So when FTD approached me for this campaign, I knew immediately that I would love to work together!  Even knowing that the delivery was coming, I couldn't help but to smile when the bouquet arrived at my doorstep.  I can only imagine how happy it would make an unsuspecting recipient!

This is so important to me, knowing that I can easily send something so beautiful to family and friends!  We don't live in the same city as our family members, in fact, they are all spread out across the country.  The ability to send a meaningful gift that will put a smile on their face or let them know that we are thinking of them is absolutely priceless!  To me, there is no better gift to send to those we love to celebrate milestones, achievements, birthdays and just to say hello than a floral arrangement that has been beautifully created and delivered by a local florist!









The selection at FTD is abundant, ensuring that there is a little something for every taste and every occasion.  You not only have the option to choose a floral arrangement from their various categories, but you can also add a personalized note and the size of the arrangement.

The stunning arrangement that I selected is just one example of the gorgeousness that can be created on your behalf by a local florist.  Not only does the arrangement arrive fresh, but it also arrives in a vase, which is absolutely amazing! All you recipient has to do is place the bouquet in a desired location.  I love love love that!  How many times do you get home and wonder which vase to use and how much to trim off of the bottom of your flowers?  Me: all.the.time!

I have no doubt that I will be relying on FTD Flowers in the future to send to family and friends for special occasions, be it a birthday or a simple warm "hello" and of course, the upcoming holidays.  When sending an arrangement to a recipient, I want to take into consideration what their taste is.  Do they love carnations?  Roses?  Perhaps orchids?  Do they prefer pastels or maybe jewel tones?  Ensuring that you're really taking the time to think about the colours and personal taste of the recipient will make the gift even that more touching!

Which floral arrangement do you love the most?  Do you have a favourite flower?  One that you always tend to gravitate towards?




Cheers,

This post has been sponsored by FTD, all opinions are my own
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Life Lately & a Fun Tiffany Pratt Inspired DIY

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

You guys, I find that I've dug myself into a decorating hole and I'm having one heck of a time trying to get out!  Goodness.  So, I've embarked on transforming the family room.  I selected a new paint colour after taping a few swatches on the wall and humming and hawing over which I preferred.  Selected "the one" proudly walked into the store and headed home with a gallon!

Well, go figure, I'm feeling that maybe my love for grey is stronger than I ever wanted to admit as I've once again chosen a "cool" grey.  So now I don't know what to do.  Do I just give it a go and then repaint?  I honestly don't mind the work, but I can't decide if I'm just being hopeful that the colour will work or denying the truth.  Ha!

In other news, did you see my Instagram post in which I shared my heart rug?  It was such a fun DIY, all to celebrate the launch of Tiffany Pratt's new collection of Krylon spray paints!  The collection includes 16 colours in a variety of finishes.  From mattes, to sea glass to metallics and glossy, there's a little something there for everyone.  And the colours, they are absolutely divine!

The challenge was based on a DIY found in Tiffany's book, This Can Be Beautiful (have you read it?!  So inspiring!!!).  The idea: add your own creative flare to a basic wool rug using spray paint!  Honestly, such a brilliant idea!

Here's what I came up with:



I knew I wanted to create a heart pattern and at first I was going to use the rug as, well, as rug!  But then I thought it would make a super cute and fun wall hanging!  So I gave that idea a go and I'm so happy with the results!  Here's how I made it happen:

I added a border by taping off two rectangles around the perimeter of the rug.  After that, I got to work on cutting heart templates in a variety of sizes out of cardboard (cereal boxes for the win!).  I cut as I went focusing on creating an organic look.  I didn't use a template for the heart shape, I cut out each heart on the fold of the cardboard to make it easy (and to ensure that each side was symmetrical to the other).


After the rug was filled with hearts, I secured the templates in place with a small piece of tape.  Again, there was/is no rhyme or reason to the placement of the hearts, I went with what I thought looked good.  The only placement that I chose purposefully was the large heart which I centered.


I covered the hearts with a larger piece of cardboard prior to spray painting the border in "Ultramarine".   Once that was done, I removed the cardboard that was covering the hearts and then covered the border.  I sprayed over the heart templates with "Ballet Slippers" and then "Metallic Plum Purple".


Once the rug was dry, I cut a dowel to length (approximately 1.5-2" longer than the width of the rug), folded the rug over the dowel and hand-stitched it into place.  A piece of twine was tied to either end of the dowel and voila!  A beautiful rug hanging!


I also used Metallic Gold spray paint on the hook from which the rug is hanging.  Decorative pinecones were sprayed with Ultramarine, Ballet Slippers and Seaside Green for an extra touch and to create a cohesive feel in the decor!

You can follow along on Instagram to see the other participants rugs and to see other beautiful ways to put the #TiffanyPrattxKrylon Collection to use!



In other news, each time I post about the cinnamon buns, someone asks for the recipe.  So incase you missed it previously, this is the recipe I use, so yummy!


Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Cheers,

Krylon generously gifted me the Tiffany Pratt x Krylon Collection to use for this project
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My Signature Style

Wednesday, October 11, 2017












You may have already guessed my signature style, but incase you haven't, it's most definitely jeans paired with a pretty top and comfy heels or flats (depending on the occasion).  It's how I'm most comfortable and for that reason I chose to wear this outfit to BlogPodium.  I didn't get any photos that day, and since it's totally an outfit that I'll be wearing again and again, I decided to share the look on the blog.  This Shimmer Stripe Swing top from Gap is fabulous!  I may have squeezed when it arrived, it's that beautiful and may have plans to buy it in black!  Of note, it's quite sheer even with the lining, but I found wearing this tank worked well.  Love love love the wide sleeves and the gold threading.

What's your signature style?

Cheers,

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Around Here Update & Favourite Links

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I kind of feel like I'm all over the place right now, I have all of these ideas running through my head and I'm not quite sure where I should start.  From wanting to purge more items from our home to wanting to paint the entire house and add some more trim detail and wallpaper to wanting to bake up a storm.  I sometimes feel like it's never-ending, but I suppose that's the mind of a creative!  Where some people find it to be exhausting, I find it to be exciting and fulfilling!  Okay and sometimes exhausting! lol!



Speaking of painting, incase you missed it, I recently painted the living room and dining room the most gorgeous grey green from Canadian Tire's Paint with Premiere collection.  It's a tricky space in that the two rooms are joined, but the front of the room gets much more of the southern light than the back of the room.  Trying to find a colour that is bright enough for the dining room but not washed out in the living room took some time.  I originally thought I'd go with a white (or a variation of) and in fact, I actually used the same beige that we used in the family room makeover.  Because the room is south facing vs north, the beige did exactly what you'd expect, it looked extremely beige! So I immediately went back to Canadian Tire and chose this new colour that I just love.

My eyes are now set on the family room, the upper portion of the wall.  I'm just ready to say goodbye to the grey.  I want the space to still feel cozy, but with more warmth.  I have yet to decide which direction I want to go, but have narrowed down my colour selection, so I'll throw up some samples in the coming weeks.

A few months back I received the most wonderful care package from Globe Electric.  Since then, I've seen quite a few stores carrying their beautiful products.  One of the items that was in the care package was this amazing Morion plug-pendant.  I took some time this past weekend to install it in our eldest son's bedroom.


Though I don't typically go all out with our halloween decor, I picked up these cute bats last year and decided to hang them in the living room. The kids reactions when they first saw the decor was priceless!  They loved it!


A few links that I wanted to share:

Okay, time to tackle this Monday, errrr Tuesday!  Long weekend brain here!


Cheers,

Simple Fall & Thanksgiving Tablescape and Decor

Friday, October 6, 2017

I'm taking a very low-key approach to our Thanksgiving tablescape and decor this year.  After battling a brutal cold (that is still lingering) for over a week, I just felt the need for warm colours, texture and simplicity. I found this stunning tablecloth at HomeSense today.  I love the weave, the colour and the white band on the edge.  

After perusing the aisles at HomeSense I headed to Micheal's to look for some fall flowers and candles.  These pre-made bunches couldn't have been anymore perfect and the fact that they were 60% off was an added bonus!  ha!  Gotta love a good sale.

I bought enough to fill three milk glass vases on the dining table and then another bunch for the coffee table in the adjoining living room (see below).  It's an inexpensive way to decorate and you just have to love the fact that faux blooms just never wilt away on you!



Carrying the theme between the dining room and living room is so important as it creates a cohesive feel.  A hammered gold-lined bowl filled with scented pinecones provides a great amount of texture.

I can not get over the gorgeous colour of these candles and kind of wonder why I never thought of buying some for the fall months before!



fake flowers for the win!




I do have plans to add some Halloween decor to the house later in the month, but for now, these little touches of fall are absolutely perfect!

Wishing all of my fellow Canadians a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

Cheers,

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