With my wedding less than a month away, life has been extra busy the past couple of months. With a guestlist of about 120, my parents and I have decided to tackle this in true DIY fashion. I’m talking handmade custom centrepieces, decor and invitations. I can’t wait to share with you all the fun projects we’ve been working on lately but first, here’s a peek of the beautiful bridal shower my Mom and girls threw for me a couple of weekends ago.
The scene: A beautiful rooftop venue decorated with flowers straight from my Mom’s garden. A signature pink Mojito as well as delicious food from one of my favourite caterers. A pretty sweet table created by one of my bridesmaids, cute giveaways, prizes and games and of course a room filled with my most favourite ladies.
A big thank you to everyone who came out, as well as my Mom and bridal party.
Photo credits: Beverly Zabawskyj Photography
As a blogger, I get to take part in some pretty cool projects and events but my collaboration with Spun Studio has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far. On June 10, Spun Studio hosted their first-ever Spun Goods event and as part of the design team, I had the opportunity to create a product of my choice and have it made by the talented women at the studio. All of our products were original, handmade and up for silent auction at the event.
And just a little background on Spun Studio: it’s a social enterprise of Sistering, a drop-in centre that supports women in extraordinary circumstances. Some of these women are homeless, suffer from mental issues or cannot find employment to support their families. The studio offers these women a sense of community and also teaches them new skills like how to weave and sew. All the women at the studio were instrumental in bringing our designs to life. None of this would have been possible without all of their hard work. All the profit from the event went directly back to the women at the studio.
The design team consisted of myself, Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness, Renee Elliot of Re:Creative, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Robin Grant and Shannon Fizpatrick of Hoopla Events. What an honour to be in such great company!
For my project, I decided to design some throw pillows because well, I’m pretty much obsessed with them. I have way too many on my couch but hey, too many throw pillows never hurt anyone. My excuse is back and neck support…I need lots of it.
(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)
I love black and white so I knew my design was definitely going to reflect that. I decided to go with a textural, herringbone design for one and another was black linen fabric with white stitching. And yes, each of those stitches were done by hand! A big thanks to Tonic Living for donating their black linen fabric for my pillows.
Brittany designed a beautiful set of tea towels made of linen. And I’m telling you – they are fantastic. I have many store bought tea towels that repel water instead of absorbing it. Apparently linen is the way to go for tea towels. Who knew?!
(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)
Renee designed these cute clutches that were made of vegetable dyed canvas and leather. She dyed the fabric herself and the leather was generously donated by Brave. So cool and so very Renee.
Jennifer’s rugs were gorgeous. Scandinavian-inspired, black and white goodness…that’s my kind of rug. My pillows and her rug should totally go on a date. They would be so happy together.
Shannon and Robin decided to create a wall hanging. I just love all the colours and textures going on here. Isn’t it lovely?
It was great to see everyone’s finished product and interesting that each piece was so reflective of our different styles.
And of course, no event would be complete without some delicious food and wine:
(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)
The Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita was a perfect match for the delicious hors d’oeuvres that were being served. Santa Margherita is a sustainable organization that supports Canadian environmental projects year round. Also, their Pinot is Carbonzero Certified which means the greenhouse gases created while producing the wine have been removed and/or offset by environmental initiatives. So not only does their wine taste great, they are also finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. I love that.
(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and purchased our products. I’m happy to say that all the product was sold. Every single one! That means all the women at the studio were able to get paid for their hard work so THANK YOU. Also, a big thanks to Lindsey who spearheaded this entire project and organized the event. Thank you for letting me be part of the design team!
I promise you’ll hear a lot more about Spun Studio in the next coming months. And if you see anything that tickles your fancy above, please don’t be shy to reach out to me, or the studio directly. They are taking orders and all the money goes towards a great cause. So go ahead and order yourself some throw pillows!
Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. It’s beautiful in Toronto today; can’t wait to get outside!
Earlier this week, I was invited to take part in a Thrift Store Showdown on the Marilyn Denis Show. Myself and Natalie from My Little Secrets were each given a budget of $250 at Value Village and $200 for DIY supplies. We were each tasked to create a vignette with our thrifted items and DIY projects.
Today, I wanted to share a little bit more about my vignette because it was such a fun process with so many different projects. Every single item was found at Value Village (with the exception of the polka dot pillow. The Marilyn team said I could add one personal accessory to a thrifted piece). But from the furniture to the desk accessories to the little wicker basket (which I painted a neon pink) everything was completely thrifted!
During my first trip to Value Village I spotted this wooden, industrial desk. I love Midcentury so this had my name written all over it. It’s reminiscent of the 60′s, a similar style to what you would see on the hit show Mad Men (which, I’m obsessed with by the way). So it didn’t take me long to decide that this would be my main piece for the show. Nothing but some walnut oil would fix this baby up. I wouldn’t dare paint that wood, everything was in great condition!
I then stumbled upon this wooden side table. I opted for some white spray paint since the desk was a darker and heavier piece. I taped the legs off while leaving the bottom section exposed and also taped the top to create a graphic pattern. I love how it turned out. What do you think?
This red chair was a $5 find. I used a Matte black spray paint on the seat and gold spray paint for the legs.
And here’s how it turned out. I think it looks great with the desk, what do you think? The little carpet was $2.99 and I thought the colours complemented the other accessories so well.
The lamp was found for $9.99 and the shade for $1.99. In order to bring in that graphic element again, I simply used some black washi tape to create a fun pattern.
Every office needs an inspirational art wall so I found a bunch of different frames at Value Village and modified them to make them my own. I decided to paint the first frame black and replace the artwork with something more abstract. The tiger was a illustration on fabric canvas, mounted on a wood frame. I thought the tiger was pretty cool so I decided to pull of the fabric and keep a piece of it for my art wall. The third frame was a framed canvas so I simply painted over the portrait in black and wrote an inspirational message with white paint.
Have you ever transformed frames or canvases from Value Village? It’s such an easy way to customize the art in your home.
A big thank you to the Marilyn Denis team for inviting me to take part in the show, I had so much fun putting this vignette together. I also want to thank everyone who watched the segment and supported me by voting on the website and via Twitter. It truly means a lot to have all of your support. You guys are awesome.
This project is proof that you don’t need a lot of money to update your home. Go hunt for pieces you love and update your space with thrifted items and simple DIY projects that reflect your personality.
Congrats to Natalie of My Little Secrets who created a beautiful outdoor oasis and won the first ever Thrift Store Showdown. You can check out her winning vignette here!
Hi friends, I hope everyone had a great weekend. Over the last week, I’ve been busy prepping for for my first-ever TV appearance. And by prepping I mean thrifting and DIYing my little heart out.
The Marilyn Denis Show contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I would be interested in taking part in their Thrift Store Showdown! The segment will be airing tomorrow morning in front of a live studio audience (eeeeeek!), and will feature myself and another blogger showcasing our different finds and DIY’s. Each of us were given a budget of $250 Value Village dollars to complete our vignette. So if you happen to be sitting at home bored tomorrow morning, tune in and see what’s good.
I promise to share more about my finds after the show. In the meantime, I’ve put together a project gallery to share with you my favourite before and afters. You can click here or click on the project gallery link in the sidebar.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!
A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Lindsey Thomsen from Sistering. She wanted to know if I would be interested in joining a design team that would focus on creating handmade products for a special fundraiser.
A fun project in support of a worthwhile organization? Yes please. I knew it would be a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Sistering provides services for homeless, low-income and marginalized women. They have created an environment where women can gain job skills and be part of a welcoming and supportive community. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do what I love and also give back to the community. I’ve always had a love for handmade goods so I felt this was right up my alley.
Inside the walls of Sistering you can find Spun Studio – an room filled with 2 weaving looms, tons of fabric and uber talented women. The studio teaches women how to sew, knit and develop business skills. I will never forget how I felt when I walked into that studio. Like a kid in a candy store. To see a loom in action is so fascinating to me.
Below is a sneak peek of my design that will be sold at the upcoming fundraiser. Any guesses?
I can’t give it away, so make sure you come to the event to check out the goods. Also, below are the other talented ladies who will be showcasing and selling their designs. Come see us on Tuesday June 10 from 6pm – 9pm at Artscape Youngplace.
A big thanks to Lindsey and the ladies at Spun Studio for inviting me to be part of this special event and helping me bring my ideas to life. Also, a big shout out to Tonic Living for your generous fabric donation that will be used for my products.
You can purchase your tickets here or win 2 tickets by simply leaving a comment below, stating your favourite handmade product. Super easy. Contest closes on Saturday May 31st.
Thanks and hope to see you there!
Oh, the entryway. It’s the first impression you make when someone steps into your home and we felt this space did not reflect us at all. So we decided to take it from dark and dreary grey to bright white. Here’s somewhat of a before photo which was taken by David right before he started painting. Not great before shots but hopefully you get the idea:
So blah and so boring. That vertical wall mirror is to the left upon entering, tucked into a space about 12″ deep and 54″ wide. Just a mirror smack dab in the middle of a wall, oh and some branches in a white vase. Not very exciting or functional.
So I had the idea of creating a console table deep and wide enough to fit this space. Then I remembered I had scored this reclaimed wood shelf last summer and it just so happened to fit perfectly! All I wanted was something simple and preferably metal/industrial legs.
I’m pretty sure these are Ikea legs but to change it up a bit, we (meaning my Dad) took a torch to the metal legs which peeled off the paint and gave it a more industrial look. Because the more beat up it looks, the better right? The legs were found at a thrift store for $10.
I kind of love the look of paint peeling off metal, it’s such an interesting texture. I found the octagon mirror in my parents basement, and we hung our antlers over top which I LOVE. We’ve had them sitting on our dining table but I think it looks even better over the mirror.
And my thrifted kilim rug was an amazing $10 find! It adds some much needed colour to the space. And I just love the pattern.
I love picking up art from all the places I’ve been to. This colourful mask was from our trip to Costa Rica.
And this beautiful white jar was was a special gift from some co-workers. It’s from West Elm…they know me so well
A custom console table for less than $20…I’d say that’s pretty good, don’t you think?
First off, I just want to thank everyone who commented on my last post. Whether you left a comment on here or via Instagram or Twitter, your kinds words mean a lot. So thank you!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have seen this beauty. My Mom, the serial thrifted did it AGAIN. She’s on another level with this thrifting gig. All I have to do is mention what I’m looking for and miraculously she finds it. Awesome.
And when I say gig, I don’t mean she works at a Thrift Store. She just shops at them like it’s her job. I mentioned I was looking for a runner to put in our entryway. We recently re-painted and added a console table (photos coming soon) and I wanted to add some colour via a bright rug. What I really wanted was a kilim rug but could not find one within budget. She found this for $10 at the thrift store.
Now it looks to be handmade because the fringe doesn’t appear to be sewn onto the rug and the patterns aren’t exactly symmetrical which makes me think someone did this by hand. It also feels like wool which is super durable so very happy about that. It definitely feels like high quality but my knowledge of rugs is very limited. I did a little google search and some reading to see where these types of patterns originate from but no luck. If you have ANY CLUE whatsoever, please let me know.
I mean, check out the patterns…so in love. And here’s how it looks in our entry way:
Have you made any rug purchases lately?
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have some exciting news to share, something I’ve been pretty stoked about for weeks – I started a new job!
But first, here’s some background so you can get a better feel of my excitement: my previous job had minimal creative work and to be honest, the work I was creating didn’t really excite me. I absolutely loved the people there but I didn’t feel challenged or fulfilled. I needed a change. This had been my feeling for quite some time. I’ve been taking freelance jobs for over a decade, trying to expand my portfolio in order to help land my dream job or something that was a huge step in the right direction for me. I worked my butt off & spent countless hours behind the computer.
Now I feel like my hard work has finally paid off because yesterday was the first day of my new job as Designer for Joe Fresh, e-commerce! It’s a great Canadian company and there will definitely be challenges and so much to learn from this growing team! Also, I’m now commuting to work via GO train, something I’ve never done before. My office is a gorgeous old building with tons of natural light & since it’s in the heart of downtown, I’ll finally get to explore a little more (the restos might be dangerous though).
So please excuse my grammar/spelling mistakes as I will probably be posting via cellphone…on the train…like right now.
And I’m off to work now, have a great day everyone!
As some of you might know, I work as a full-time graphic designer. In addition to writing this blog (which admittedly, I’ve neglected over the past couple of weeks…for a good reason, though), I take on a select number of freelance projects which range anywhere from logos to web design to product packaging. Working full-time allows me to have a stable income to pay the bills and taking on a few freelance projects obviously means extra moula but more importantly, it means working with some amazing people and challenging myself in new and exciting ways. For me, it has always been about the creative process and the joy in creating something beautiful, meaningful and valuable. That really excites me.
I’ve moonlighted for many years. Probably almost a decade on and off. 8 hours at my full-time job and another 8 hours in front of my computer at home. It can wreak havoc on your body and mind, even ruin some of your relationships. BUT, if you work your butt off and learn how to manage your time correctly, it can be so rewarding. Myself and anyone else who has 2 jobs out there will tell you – this shit is hard work. You are constantly making sacrifices in order to do what you love.
And this led me to think of you, my readers and fellow bloggers who dedicate a lot of time creating amazing DIY’s and/or original content all while carrying a full-time job or being a full-time stay at home Mom. Even though I don’t have any little ones, I know that can be more like a 24hr job so props to all you ladies.
As bloggers, there can definitely be a lot of pressure to constantly create and stay relevant. We are continuously pushing ourselves to think outside the box, acquire new skills and create something truly original but consistent with our own style. And this is the same approach I take with my graphic design business. The industry is so competitive and I am constantly trying to update my skills. Also, much like bloggers who are selective with the brands they align with, I too am selective with the clients I work for. I enjoy the creative process so much more when clients share the same aesthetic and appreciation for simple and clean design. So with all this pressure, can’t it be difficult to find inspiration sometimes?
So my question to all the creative peeps and bloggers out there: how and where do YOU find inspiration? Other than time management, this seems to be a big challenge for me. What is your number one source for inspiration? Pinterest? Instagram? Magazines? Going for a walk downtown?
And speaking of inspiration, have you checked out my latest colour crush? I’m obsessed with this colour right now.