holiday photo props

As I’m sure many of you do, I love Pinterest. I search for all sorts of things on the image sharing site, and find many things I wasn’t looking for either. This is one of those things. In preparation for the Christmas holidays this year, I put together some fun holiday themed photo props that I found from Oh Happy Day via Pinterest. They were a hit with the family and produced some very comical photos!

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doily dreamcatcher d.i.y.

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My current obsession is dream-catchers. To be more specific, making my own. There are so many beautiful hand-made versions on Pinterest, and here is my first try. Initially created by the Ojibwe people with a willow hoop and woven net, dreamcatcher’s were meant to filter out bad dreams and let only good ones into the minds of children. When sun rises, the bad dreams disappear. I had a dreamcatcher hanging from my bedroom window as a child, and now I do again. I also think these would make great gifts. The strings could be decorated with items that represent your interests, or you could use traditional decorations such as owl or eagle feathers which represent breath or air, wisdom and courage. Continue reading

groomsmen gifting

It’s nice to live with someone who understands my joy of crafting, and enjoys taking on some d.i.y. projects himself. My husband gladly put together these beautiful wooden gift boxes for his groomsmen himself – I am so proud! He stained wooden craft boxes from Michaels and filled them with a unique bottle of their favourite kind of spirit, an engraved cigar holder, and the boutonniere and socks they were to wear as part of our wedding party.

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autumn wreath d.i.y.

I put this wreath together last Fall and I loved it so much I’ve had it on my door for almost the entire year. The thing is, it was so easy to make… I should really be making one for each season.  I took a green foam wreath from the craft store, wrapped a thick ribbon around the entire thing, choose more ribbon in autumn inspired colours and then cut and tied them around the wreath. I love the mix of colours, the simplicity of the design, and the perfect roundness is lovely.

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bridesmaid gifting

My bridesmaids are amazing. They have been uber sweet in planning and organizing an amazing bridal shower and stagette for me this summer, not to mention were amazingly helpful during our entire wedding weekend, so I of course wanted to put something special together for each of them to show my thanks. Instead of going with some of the more obvious choices such as initialed jewelry or clutches, I opted to put together a box of treasures for my best girls. I began with a white modern lacquer storage box from Chapters. These are handy as they can be used for jewelry storage or a number of things afterwards. I think found some items which I thought the girls would like, including a Royal Apothic roll on fragrance, and a funky washi tape from Spruce Collective, a wonderfully scented Voluspa candle from Chapters, and a unique handmade piece of jewelry from Brick & Mortar Living. I placed the items on some vintage fabric napkins, added a vintage plexi initial on top of the lid, and tied it all together with a ribbon. Lastly I inserted a sweet note expressing my love and thanks to them for being so awesome. Each box encapsulated some key elements of my style and personality. I hope they liked their vintage, yet modern and fragrant, hand-assembled treasure box.

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modern/vintage diy wedding invitations

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One of the things I was most looking forward to as part of the planning for our upcoming wedding was definitely the invitations! I love being crafty with paper, colour, textures and fonts and as such this is one of the elements that I put the most work into. Now I’m not a photoshop or Indesign pro (I wish I was) so I ordered a pre-designed, and edited with our info digital download of the invitation and RSVP postcard from Cooper Jane Design on Etsy. I then got them printed and put them each together myself, (with help from my talented fiance of course). I created a simple detail sheet to go with the invitation that provided more information for our guests.

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travel memories

86ff787549a1a8dd2f5c8dd619e6288fI’ve recently been inspired to do some organizing in my life.  Now I like organization, I like being organized, and I like boxes, bins, baskets, labels, and coordination, so when I came across this image on Pinterest of a great D.I.Y. box that you can use to keep all those tidbits that are collected in your pockets, wallets and luggage during a trip, I thought it was genius!  Working in the tourism industry, picking up maps, brochures and keeping ticket stubs has become kind of an addiction of mine.  Needless to say this project was very much needed.

So far I have only made one box for an upcoming trip I’m taking in the fall, but my list of past trips to make these for still includes: Japan, Haida Gwaii, and Hawaii.  The key is to find all the travel mementos that I have saved over the years first, as they are very much -not- organized at the moment.  Once I do I will definitely be making more of these boxes.  Ashley Paige’s recent Wanderlust Wednesdays post includes this and other great ideas for how to savour and display the keepsakes you’ve collected while traveling.  As you can see I also added the month and year that I visited the place (in this case, will visit) on the top of the lid, and obviously I painted it mint – my current most favourite colour!  I’d love to hear about ways you collect and store your travel memories!

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my two cents on pinterest

PinterestIf you don’t know what Pinterest is… you’re living under a rock. For those of you cave dwellers who still haven’t caught on to this popular social media site, Pinterest is an online hub of glorious imagery and ideas. It’s a place to safe-keep ideas in the form of images or videos that you want to remember, including most often recipes, crafts, interior design, wedding inspiration and fashion trends. You can search for basically anything you normally would on Google but in a more visual way. I have a few boards that I regularly pin to including ones for style, home, recipes, wedding, and crafts. Compared to most who utilize Pinterest as much as I do, I really don’t ‘pin’ that often. Continue reading