DIY :: Sharpie Watercolour Journals and Desk Accessories

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I love using Sharpie markers in my DIY projects. They are so versatile and come in so many different colours, felt tip sizes, and can be drawn on countless materials and surfaces. With the fresh start of 2017, I’ve got my mind on setting goals and planning out the projects and accomplishments I want to tackle this year. My home office is where I get a lot of head-down work done but it’s also where I’m most inspired.

To kick off the year, I thought it’d be the perfect time customize some new notepads and desk accessories with the help of the limited-edition Sharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers. I used a simple watercolour technique with the Sharpie markers and the results were fabulous!

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DIY :: Spreading Joy with Giant Christmas Crackers

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Do the kids in your family love unwrapping presents as much as the ones in mine? My nephews LOVE ripping wrapping paper apart. It’s been a family tradition that on Christmas Eve, we all gather at my sister’s place and bring our gifts over to unwrap. The kids are always volunteering to open up ours even though they’ve got plenty of their own to tackle!! It’s incredible how much joy they get from tearing paper and boxes apart with all their might!

This year, I thought I’d spread some extra joy to them and greet them with a couple of Giant Christmas Crackers filled with Cadbury Dairy Milk goodies! Did you know there are Christmas themed Cadbury Mini Eggs?!

Read further to see how to make giant Christmas crackers! They’re also great for adults of all ages!

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Gifting :: Budget Friendly (and Cutest) Hostess Gifts

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If you’ve thrown a party or entertained before, you know just about how much work it goes into party planning and prepping. There is so much work involved in hosting family and friends often times, as a guest, you take for granted all the hard work the hostess has put in not only the day of, but likely weeks before the actual get together.

This holiday season, I promised myself that I’m going to be a great guest, and show the hostess my share of appreciation! I love finding unique gifts at DIXIE Outlet Mall because not only can you find great items at discounted prices but there are a variety of stores offer suitable gifts for all.

I handpicked the cutest and on trend items for a gift basket that will sure help the hostess put on the perfect bash.

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DIY :: Hand Painted Holiday Plates and Mugs Gift Set

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I love using permanent markers in my DIY projects. They are so versatile and come in so many different colours, felt tip sizes, and can be drawn on countless materials and surfaces. I’ve worked on many marker projects in the past, but I must say, what I am about to show is by far my best DIY work!

Since I had holidays on my mind, I thought it would be super fun to inject the colour of rainbow on some ordinary dishware using the a variety of Permanent Markers. The results were amazing!!

These colorful, customized holiday inspired plates and mugs will be the best gift for family and friends!

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DIY :: Glitter Tape Tic Tac Toe Glass Gift Set

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I’m always looking for unique gift ideas for the hostess. In my opinion, nothing speaks more unique than a handmade gift! And if the gift can also provide hours of fun at a party, well, I’d say that’s pretty awesome!

Seal-It challenged me to think of fabulous ways to use their revolutionary Glitter Tape for holiday gifts this season. Revolutionary, you ask?! Not lie other glitter tapes, Seal-It’s glitter does not flake off and can easily be torn by hand with no scissors which makes them the ideal companion for any holiday crafting or gifting project.

The little light bulb in my head lit up when I thought of creating this super cute Tic Tac Toe game gift set!

Read further to learn how to make this in time for the holidays!

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DIY :: {Gucci Inspired} Embroidered Denim

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I love love love everything about Gucci’s embroidered collection of items. From their bags, dresses, denim, and shoes, I am totally smitten! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that I pulled the trigger late in the Summer and purchased the Gucci Princetown leather slipper because ever since the first time I laid my eyes on the rose embroidery, I knew we were meant to be! I’ve been seeing more and more embroidery patchwork pop up all over stores and online and since I couldn’t justify spending more on another statement piece (at least not for another couple of months!) I did what any DIY enthusiast would do, I recreated my own pieces!

It’s been awhile since I worked on a fashion DIY project and I’m SO excited to share these Gucci inspired denim with you! I posted up a short DIY video tutorial below, it’s my first one would love to see what you think.

Keep reading below to see how you can create your own pair of Gucci Inspired Embroidered Denim!

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DIY :: Make Your Mark with Monograms

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I partnered with Joe Fresh, to come up with stylish takes on the classic monogram. Come try them out at the  Queen + Portland store in Toronto during the month of September, where you can custom monogram your Joe Fresh purchase for $5.

I love stocking up on basics for Fall. I gravitate towards solids and richer colours and look for transitional pieces that match the changing weather. Layering a classic denim jacket over a T-shirt, or sporting a midi shirtdress paired with a wide brim fedora, are two of my go-to looks for the season.

As a DIY enthusiast, I’ve always enjoyed adding personalized details to my wardrobe, especially when it comes to basics. It’s my way of exercising my inner creative flare—such as with monograms.

Read further to see my custom monogram designs from Joe Fresh!

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DIY :: Tasselled Gladiator Sandals

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I’ve always been a fan of Gladiator style sandals. I remember when I visited Greece last year, I saw a huge variety of styles. Athens and Santorini offered styles that reminded me of ancient Greece meanwhile, on the swanky island of Mykonos, boutiques were carrying sandals that were embellished with colour beading, fringes, pom pom trims, and tassels.

I’ve been seeing a variety of embellished styles pop up all over Instagram, most of them, designed and decorated by talented artists and fashionistas. So naturally, I had to attempt a pair myself. I picked up these gold Gladiator Sandals from LE CHATEAU last month and finally had the chance to embellish them!

Read further to see what items I used to make these DIY Tasseled Gladiator Sandals..

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DIY :: Indoor Potted Flower Centerpiece

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I’ve been having so much fun this Summer season with my growing adventures! I’ve been making strides with some of the projects I set forth at the beginning of my Scotts® Gro Crew journey, and guess what, I’ve not yet to kill any or my plants!

Last month, I shared my tips on how to create a lush potted herb garden and to go one extra step, how to freeze and preserve them. I’ve been adding my herbs to so many great recipes since.

As for this month, my goal was to beautify the interior of my home, and thought it would only be appropriate to tackle an indoor project with the help of a premium Scotts® Miracle-Gro product. I debated between a few ideas such as an indoor terrarium or a simple potted succulent, but I wanted to go an extra step and add some extra colour with this indoor potted flower centerpiece.

Find out how to you create your own potted flower centerpiece, they can be a great wedding centerpiece alternative (it cost less than $25)!

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DIY :: BBQ Backyard (Pool) Party Hostess Gift Box

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The best part about summer is by far getting together with friends and spending some quality time over great food and bevvies while soaking in some sun. I love throwing outdoor BBQ parties but I honestly love attending them more!

I know just about how much work and preparation goes into hosting an impressive BBQ (Pool) Party, and often times as the host, you are so busy worrying about your guests having a good time, that you often miss your own party! To say thanks, I like to surprise the host/hostess with fun gifts for their hospitality, that’s the least we can do as guests, right?!

I partnered with DIXIE Outlet Mall to show you how inexpensive and simple it is to curate the ultimate BBQ Backyard (Pool) Party Hostess Gift Box!

I guarantee that the hostess will be so grateful and you will be the best guest on the guest list!

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