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


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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DIY :: Wedding Terrarium Favors

DIY Wedding Terrarium Favors Place Card Holder 5

There are a lot of expenses when it comes to planning a wedding. I can tell you no matter how diligent you are with your budget, extra costs and expense will always creep up. There were some things I absolutely planned to splurge on from day one and left it to the experts, i.e. photography and florals. Meanwhile there were other items, i.e. my wedding veil and wedding favors, I knew I wanted to DIY – I guess I’d consider myself as the expert in this scenario!

I wanted our wedding favors to be simple, easy to assemble, matched our table setting, and at the end of the day, a keepsake our guests can take which blend nicely with the rest of their home. These DIY mini Wedding Terrariums were inspired by a few extra IKEA spice jars I had laying around at home. I kid you not when I say that inspiration can be found anywhere… in my case, even within the dark corners of my kitchen!

These DIY Wedding Terrariums doubles as favors and place card holders, keep reading on to see how to create them!

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DIY :: Attend our Workshops at Yorkdale Mall with BRIKA

BRIKA Christmas Holiday DIY Workshop

For those of you who appreciate crafting, spending time with friends, and the Christmas holidays, I’ve got great news for you! I am so excited to announce my collaboration with BRIKA and Delight Floral Design, to host two Holiday DIY Workshop at BRIKA’s new Yorkdale Mall location!

Last year, Delight Floral Design and I hosted a DIY Holiday Wreath workshop and it was a major success. We are so thrilled to work together again in bringing you two more DIY workshops this year, this time partnering with the amazing people behind BRIKA. BRIKA’s newest space will be a DIYer’s DREAM! A dedicated DIY Workshop area has been set-up, sponsored by the new “maker” channel, and supported by partners such as The Kit and Crate & Barrel. Trust me, our curated workshops will NOT disappoint.

Read further for full pricing details and how to purchase tickets to our workshops, as well as BRIKA’s entire workshop series.

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DIY :: Gold Leaf Painted Pumpkins

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Pumpkin Behr Paint

Happy Halloweekend! Whether you’re frantically getting ready for Halloween or looking for fresh Fall decorating ideas, these DIY Gold Leaf Painted Pumpkins are the perfect way to add an extra flare to your doorstep or window sill. When the BEHR 2016 Color Trends were released, I fell in love with pretty much every single colour which led me to order a sample of each, literally! With miniature pumpkins in hand, I was determined to showcase a few of my most favourite from the Color Trends list.

Read further to learn how to create your own Gold Leaf Painted Pumpkins in just a few simple steps! Read the full article →

DIY :: Bright Office Update {Behr Paint}

Behr Paint Project Home Office -t Sept Blog Hop

I was totally surprised when Kyle said yes to letting me update our office space with a fresh coat of BRIGHT paint. Let’s just say I may not have exactly disclosed to him that I was thinking pink! I instantly fell in love with Pagoda, the fuschia pink colour featured as part of BEHR 2016 Color Trends. I had to get my hands on it and was willing to make any paint project work with this. The office was the perfect opportunity!

Since Pagoda (T16-02) is quite dramatic, I really didn’t want to use too much of it, but rather as a happy accent. I decided to paint two side panels behind our custom DIY shelving unit and really thrilled with the final result! To be honest, I am the one who primarily occupy our home office space, therefore I was ecstatic that Kyle agreed to let me put my own stamp on it. A little pink never hurts a creative soul, right?!

Today, I’m excited to share not only my September BEHR DIY Expert Paint project with you but privileged to also share the projects from my fellow BEHR paint ambassadors AND a fabulous BEHR Paint Giveaway! Be sure to check them all out and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Four lucky winners will receive three gallons of BEHR 2016 Color Trends Paint! Yay! Best of luck!

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DIY :: Abstract Painted Denim {Joe Fresh}

Joe Fresh Abstract Painted Denim

This post originally appeared on the Joe Fresh Post.

Fall is the best time to stock up on denim! They pair fantastic with cozy sweaters, basic buttons ups, and ankle booties, all of which are my favourite fall wardrobe items. I’ve recently been smitten by a more relaxed fit and absolutely adore the Boyfriend Cut.

With the many emerging rich fall hues, I couldn’t help but to add a punch of colour to my own pair of Boyfriend Cut denim from Joe Fresh with the ever so popular burgundy colour. My abstract painted denim was inspired by garden roses, what a great piece of summer I can take alongside with me into Fall!

Whatever you may be inspired by, follow my simple steps to create your own pair of abstract painted denim.

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DIY :: Lace Converse Sneakers

DIY Lace Converse Sneakers

Greetings from Boston! I’m spending the week in Boston attending a digital marketing conference. I love visiting this city, it holds such a special place in my heart as we got engaged here last Summer. Just because I’m out of town doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you!

I know many of you recently either started a new school year or perhaps sent your little ones back to school, therefore, I wanted to share this super, simple DIY project with you that’s perfect for the BTS and Fall season. I’ve once again teamed up with SoftMoc to see just how amazing a pair of basic shoes could be transformed with a little bit of creative. Earlier in the Summer, I tackled a pair of Gold Leaf Birkenstock Sandals, this time, I added an extra girly detail to these black Converse Sneakers!

These DIY Lace Converse Sneakers were modified with some extra lace crochet fabric I had in my closet (actually from an old dress) alongside with some fabric glue. The result? Chic!

Read further for the full tutorial and don’t forget to check back next week to WIN a $100 SoftMoc gift card to shop your favourite pair Converse!

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DIY :: Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

BEHR Paint Project - DIY Painted Outdoor Patio Bench

Hello! So hard to believe that September is just around the corner! With Summer drawing to an end, I’ve been spending time enjoying these last warm days and also frantically trying to complete the list of “to-dos’ I had set out long before. Glad to say I had a successful weekend accomplishing both!

We have two outdoor balconies in our townhome, one on the main level where we do most of our lounging and BBQ-ing and the second is set outside our bedroom suite, which we don’t occupy too often, but it’s a great private outdoor space for cozy nights. When we moved in two years ago, we placed our old patio set from our condo terrace onto the top floor balcony. After suffering from two winters, the patio set endured some harsh weather and it was time to get it some TLC again. With the cooler weather ahead, I thought it’d be a great time to transform our top floor balcony into a Fall oasis by first giving our patio bench and table a new fresh coat of paint and dressing the rest of the space with comfy cushions and snuggly blankets.

Alas! I’m thrilled to reveal my first paint project as one of BEHR Paint’s DIY Experts with this newly upgraded outdoor patio bench!

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DIY Varathane Challenge :: Marquee Sign Charcuterie Board (on wheels!)

DIY Charcuterie Board Marquee Sign Varathane

It’s been sometime since I worked on a home DIY project. I’m extra excited about the reveal of today’s project! I hope you guys really like it! I was asked to participate in an fun Varathane #LoveYourWood challenge alongside 9 other talented bloggers to show just exactly how creative a can of Varathane wood stain can get.

We were tasked to create an original wood project using a surprise box of items and a can of wood stain. I obviously couldn’t turn down the challenge! After racking my brain for days, I finally came up with the idea of creating an oversized, moveable charcuterie board! Charcuterie boards and tables are fabulous, but sometimes, those things can be so elaborate and hard to move around from one end to the table to the other. Therefore, I added an element of function but securing small caster wheels to the bottom of my creation! In addition to amping up the functionality, I also wanted to add an extra element of design. Inspired by lit up marquee signs, I drilled holes through the board to create the illusion of a lit up marquee sign – thoughts!?

I hope you like this DIY oversized moveable marquee sign charcuterie board!

I’d really appreciate if you can cast a vote for me on the Helping You Finish Facebook Page to help me win a grand prize of $2500 and you can win Varathane prizes too! I promise I will share bigger and even better DIY projects in the future!

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DIY Inspiration :: Paint Projects with BEHR

BEHR DIY Expert Paint Projects

I must admit, leading up to our wedding, planning occupied most of my time and I put several DIY projects on hold. Now that the wedding has been perfectly squared away, I’m totally ready to get back on track with the list of home decor projects on my list! I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve been invited by BEHR to join an elite team of 18 other BEHR DIY Experts! What does this mean? Means I’ll be sharing monthly DIY paint projects, inspirations, and latest paint trends sure to get you geared up for your own paint and home renovation plans. Feel free to suggest some future paint projects for me, I’d love to work on a few that you’d like to see!

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