DIY :: Valentine’s Naked Cake

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I adore naked cakes. I love the simplicity and elegance it offers and each and everyone has its own character, they’re perfectly imperfect. My sister and cousin gifted a naked cake to Kyle and I as our wedding cake and I absolutely loved it (see more wedding photos here). I’ve been meaning to recreate one as a side project, but the truth is, I’m no baker. I can’t seem to follow baking instructions correctly and much of my baking attempts typically turn into a disaster.

It was the perfect timing when Therese from ARTIESE Fine Art Photography approached me to collaborate on a creative shoot with her. I thought I’d take this opportunity to help those of you who suffer from the same baking issue as me. Don’t fret, I’ve got just the perfect DIY for you, to transform a store bought iced cake, into a beautiful, personalized, naked cake.

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Valentine’s DIY :: Happy Hearts

JF Heart Print Denim Skirt

I partnered with Joe Fresh to show you how to add a touch of true love to your favourite Joe Fresh designs with this easy DIY project.  This post originally appeared on Joe Fresh Post

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I think it’s a great time to channel the spirit of love into something fun and stylish. I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a great time to celebrate the simple acts of love with the special people in your life. If you’re looking for ways to spread some Valentine’s Day appreciation, try your hand at this effortless heart-print paint technique to embellish those Joe Fresh basics!

These are 100% washable and loveable!

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DIY :: Valentine’s Test Tube Candy Gifts

Valentines Test Tube Candy Gift Favors

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s by far one of my favourite times of the year to cook up some simple DIYs! I’m looking forward to surprising friends with sweets and treats to tell them just how much I love them!

During a stroll through IKEA a couple weeks back, I spotted these RIMFORSA test tubes (comes as a set of 4) and thought they would make the perfect containers for the bags of red and pink candies I picked up at the store. I am such a sucker for IKEA products and absolutely love a good IKEA hack (see my last IKEA hack and what I posted on Instagram). Their items are inexpensive in nature and I can always find a multi-purpose for them.

These glass casings are a great option as elevated Valentines or party favors!

Read further to see how you can assemble your own Valentines Test Tube Candy Gifts.

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DIY Inspiration :: 5 DIY Crafts to Try in 2016

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Whoa! So sorry I’ve been MIA for a week from the blog, it’s been a crazy start of the year – but crazy good! I’ve missed you all and so glad to be back up and running with streams of ideas flowing through my head. Every start of the year, I like to compile a list of DIY projects I hope to tackle and pick up a few more crafting skills along the way. More importantly, I want to be able to share my DIY journey with you and in 2016, I’d love to focus on a few more complex projects. As much as I enjoy a simple yet genius DIY (who doesn’t), I’ve been thirsting to develop some legit crafting expertise.

So today, I’m sharing 5 DIY Crafts to Try in 2016. A couple of these I’ve started to embark on and the others I have slated in for later months.

What DIY/crafting projects would you like to see me share this year?!

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DIY :: New Year’s Eve Party

Nouwee DIY New Year Party

I love hosting a great party at home. Though this year, we’re (finally) hitting the town to celebrate New Year’s Eve with some friends, I thought I’d cook up some inspiration for those of you who will be celebrating with friends at home.

I created a super easy DIY floral backdrop (paper flowers made with love by Paper & Peony leftover from my wedding) and Pinata Balloons hung overtop that’s just perfect as a photo backdrop.

At midnight, puncture the balloons for some celebratory confetti fun! Read further to see more photos!

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Entertaining :: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

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It’s two days before Christmas and I’m officially signing off until next week. I hope you’ll find time to enjoy the company of family and friends! The holiday season is best when paired with great food and drink. If you’re still scrambling for some last minute entertaining ideas, take note from this festive tea party session I had the privilege to host with some of my favourite insta-babes!

It was an afternoon of sipping on decadent loose leaf teas from Sloane Tea (also a great gift idea) and munching on delicious french macarons handmade by the talented Stephanie of Petit Nuage. We were also surprised with handwritten, personalized mugs and plates from Donna, who also designed the typography on my beautiful wedding thank you cards.

This Christmas, try your hand at throwing a modern, yet cozy Christmas Afternoon Tea Party with elements of DIY and the best treats in town as special as your family and friends!

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DIY :: Unique Gift Wrap Ideas

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I partnered with Joe Fresh to show you how to dress up an ordinary gift box that will stand out from the rest. Here are some ideas to inspire you in time for your holiday gift exchange.. Here’s how to make one of your own. This post originally appeared on Joe Fresh Post. 

Whether stacked under the tree or hand delivered to that special someone, these gift wrapping ideas are sure to impress.

You’ve spent ample time searching for the perfect gifts at Joe Fresh, why stop there? A few ordinary items can add a big punch to your holiday gift wrap. These do-it-yourself ideas are sure to impress every member of the family!

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Holiday DIY :: Black & White Ornaments with BEHR Paint {giveaway}

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This post was produced in partnership with Behr. All paint products mentioned in this post was c/o of Behr. However all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. 

As part of the BEHR Holiday Home Challenge, my fellow BEHR DIY Experts and I were tasked to create a holiday DIY project. Today, I’m so thrilled to share not only my own DIY project but 18 other fabulous projects from 18 other fabulous DIY and lifestyle bloggers!

For the past two years, I stuck to traditional Christmas colours such as red and green. This year, I really wanted to create a modern atmosphere and therefore decided to dress my tree and house with shades of minimalistic black and white for the holiday season. These DIY Black and White Ornaments were the first on my list to tackle, they are super easy to make and the possibilities are endless!

Read further to see how you can create your own DIY Black and White Christmas Ornaments and enter to win 4 gallons of BEHR Paint of your choice!

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DIY :: Christmas Advent Calendar with Joe Fresh

DIY Branch Advant Calendar Joe Fresh

I partnered with Joe Fresh for a holiday advent calendar project that’s both seasonal and stylish. Here’s how to make one of your own. This post originally appeared on Joe Fresh Post

Advent calendars have typically been reserved for kids, but who says adults can’t have fun counting down the days to Christmas too? I wanted to take a fresh and modern approach to a traditional advent calendar and decided to create an ultra-cool version that not only includes some great gift items from Joe Fresh but also doubles as a fantastic holiday display for the home!

Be sure to incorporate sweet messages and I.O.U.’s for that special someone!

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DIY Inspiration :: Things to Do with your FUJIfilm Instax Photos {and a special invite}

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With just over a month until Christmas, I’ve started to fill my Pinterest board with Christmas DIY ideas.  I especially love crafting during the holidays, especially with family and friends! My friends at Fujifilm Canada invited me to host a private DIY crafting party on Tuesday, November 24 in Toronto to see just about how creative we can get with our Instax photos. Naturally, I browsed through Pinterest for some inspiration and found a few favourites!

I’d love to invite one read and a friend to come join me, Fujifilm Canada, and Chapters Indigo at our private DIY Instax party tomorrow from 7 – 9 p.m. Simply leave me a comment below and I’ll pick a winner!

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