This was a hard one. I knew I wanted something different from your typical ‘write your name and where you came from on this line’ white
ugly frilly thing that I would never look at again.
So I scoured Pinterest again and again. And I was uninspired. I saw the usual, the unusual, the complicated and the expensive. I pinned the following hoping to gather some inspiration from them. It didn’t work.
After a few months, I still wasn’t in love.
So I came up with this:
I bought a book on flowers. For everyday of the year, it presents a flower with stunning photography. I asked our guests to choose their favourite flower and write us a warm wish.
No we have a lovely coffee table book that is not only gorgeous to look at but also lovely to read. The words that our friends and family wrote were so thoughtful and warm, my heart is filled every time I open it up.
I love that not all the pages are filled, so its a nice surprise when you stumble upon a note. I keep it out all the time, and its a nice reminder of our day.
In the field of Tastiest Treat Ever Found on Pinterest… The Oscar goes to… This treat – Birthday Cake Popcorn!
Recipe (originally found here):
1.5 bags natural flavour popcorn
1/2 pound white chocolate to melt (I used Callebaut – Hello!)
4 Tbls yellow cake mix
Treats that you want inside (I used sprinkles and mini eggs)
Pop your popcorn and carefully remove any burnt, half-popped or non-popped kernels. Over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate, continuously stirring until fully melted. Add yellow cake mix to melted chocolate and stir until mixed in. Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn and combine so that every piece of popcorn is coated (I used two soup spoons, but you can use your hands once its cooled enough). Once combined, pour popcorn onto parchment paper in a thin layer, and let it cool. Once its cooled enough not to melt your candies, sprinkle your treats on top. Once cooled completely, break pieces and serve!
This could possibly be the ultimate Oscar party treat.
I bought a jewelry box a while back with full intentions on making it over. In fact, I bought it in the same trip to Value Village as when I bought this. It was a while ago. BUT I knew when I bought it, it could be cute!
Look at what I was starting with:
Not so hot. But after a little bit of pink paint and a cut out of craft paper – VOILA!
I am really happy with the outcome of this mini makeover. I am a firm believer in The Nesters theory of ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’ and I think that this jewelry box exemplifies that. And I love that I can change out the picture in the top whenever I feel some inspiration.
I am so ready for spring. Short days, cold nights, snowstorms… I’m over it. So when I saw this pin, I knew I had to give it a try. I love blueberries, and they always make me think of spring and summer. The original recipe is from The Girl Who Ate Everything, and I am so glad I stumbled across it. This treat is light and fresh with a little cheesy zing.
Look at those beautiful blueberries!
Recipe – Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding
3-4 large croissants (I used 4)
1 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut croissant into bite sized pieces and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with blueberries. In a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually add milk beating after each addition to ensure well combined. Pour mixture over croissant pieces and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until golden brown – if they top is browning too much you can cover with tin foil near the end – I didn’t cover, I like a few crispy pieces. Serve warm and enjoy!
You could easily substitute any fruit for the blueberries, but I like how blueberries make me think of spring. It will come, It will come…
This was a tough one for me. I knew that I wanted beautiful fresh flowers for our wedding, but I also knew that they came with a hefty cost. Being budget conscious, I was kind of afraid. I gathered some inspiration from Pinterest, and it was clear – I had expensive taste in flowers.
I learned a few things from this. I loved bright colours, garden roses and peonies. After searching a few florists, and getting a few quotes, I decided to use Laurels on Whyte and I had a great experience with them. I got to deal directly with the owner who was both detailed and creative. This is what they came up with:
We had light pink peonies, bright pink garden roses, yellow scented stock and hydrangeas – some of my absolute favourite flowers. My bouquets was extra special for me because I tied my dad’s blue bow tie to it – the bow tie was my something borrowed and my something blue, and because had he passed away a few years before, it was his presence as well.
My girls had smaller versions of my bouquet but without the yellow stock and more hydrangea. My little flower girl got a little posy of bright pink garden roses.
The boys’ boutonnieres were yellow roses – the trophy husband’s was bright pink.
At the tables, we chose hydrangea, bright pink roses and light green carnations to save some coin. And they turned out lovely.
I couldn’t have been more in love with our flowers, and I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the amazing team at Laurels on Whyte.
PS. All photographs are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission (unless otherwise cited).
The first day that I met this man, I said to myself – ‘That was the funniest guy I have ever met’
And he hasn’t let me down since.
Happy Valentines Day from me and my Funny Valentine to you and yours <3
PS. All photographs are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission.
Happy Valentines Week!
To celebrate the holiday of love, I made a super easy, super cute garland to hang in my living room!
It just consisted of some yarn I had left over from a scarf and some lovely card stock. I simply folded the paper in half, cut out a heart, and used the first heart as a template for the next. Then I just taped the hearts to the yarn – no sewing and no weird technical stuff required.
Then I simply attached it to the wall using the 3M Command small hooks for no holes and TAH-DAH!
I just tied a simple knot at the ends to make it look ‘finished’.
Easy peasy lemon squeezey.