Cool Shit: Gift Guide

I thought I would squeeze in a last minute holiday gift guide with all things cool shit (and things I would love – hint hint). On my radar lately? Anything quirky, copper and unique.

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Recent Project: Holiday Windows

Wow I definitely didn’t plan on taking a blogging hiatus but when work duty calls, it freaking calls. The last few weeks have probably been the busiest since I’ve started Re:Creative and I couldn’t be more stoked. 2014 sure is ending off with a bang!

Now that I have a little time freed up I plan on doing a few holiday themed DIY and recipe related projects so stay tuned – and better late than never!

Between styling holiday events, I also did a few window displays. Holiday displays are my absolute favourite so I’m excited to share these with you! First up is the Mini Mioche Christmas window with a North Pole/Santa’s Village theme which consists of trees, snow, a north pole (obvi) and a custom hand painted sign.

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Next up is the Shopgirls window complete with a fireplace. That I built. Out of cardboard! A custom decal along with handout snowflakes makes this a cozy winter wonderland!

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Last one is a new one for me and I’m was excited to try out something different to mix things up. This window is for Picnic Foods; a little shop that serves up fresh & healthy eats in the Bay & Bloor Concourse. I designed the decals along with some simple freestanding trees.

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Empire State of Mind

Being an entrepreneur sure has it’s ups and down. When it’s a one woman show one of the downs is being not being able to take vacations as much as I would like. I finally took the plunge and decided a little New York escape with my bestie was much deserved and much needed.

Last Friday we packed up our suitcases and headed to the big apple for the weekend. It had been a good four years since I stepped foot in Manhattan and let me tell you it was visual overload. I’ve changed a whole bunch these last few years so seeing the city with new eyes was pretty magical.

The energy, the displays, the food, the architecture, the people, the design – everything was an inspiration. I feel revived, refreshed and ready to take on the busiest two weeks of the year for me (hence my absence this week). Bring it on holiday windows, events & decorating!

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Holiday: Merry Mag + Gift Wrapping Ideas

Merry Mag

So proud to announce the launch of Merry Mag! This magazine was created with the blood, sweat and tears of the incredibly talented Melissa of The Sweet Escape along with contribution from a  great group of her blogger friends including moi! Full of tips and inspiration for the holiday season including DIY projects, recipes, gift wrapping, gift ideas from Etsy and so much more, this magazine will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.

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I shared my Light Bulb Glitter Wreath project last week and next up is a few gift wrapping ideas I created for the magazine (pages 80-81).  A gift should be just as amazing on the outside as it is on the inside so I like to spend a little time making my gifts look extra special.  I realize my craft closet might not be the norm but I tried using items that most would have kicking around and taking them up a few notches. It’s all about using items in new and fun ways!

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THE GIFT BOX

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The Gift Box:
- a gift box
- bakers twine or yarn
- clothes pins
- spray paint
- glitter
- spray glue
- holiday stamp + ink

1. Spray clothes pins white or colour of your choice and set aside to dry.
2. For the glitter: spray half the clothes pin with the spray glue and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess.
3. For the stamped one: stamp with your favourite holiday stamp.
4. Wrap the box multiple times with the twine. Secure on the bottom with tape.
5. For tags – scroll to the very bottom of this post.
6. Clamp the clothes pins to the gift tag and attach to the twine.

 

THE GIFT TOPPER

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The Gift Topper:
-clothes pins
-white primer spray paint
-gold spray paint
-mini plastic toy
-glue gun

1. Glue the toy to the top of the clothes pin.
2. Using the white primer coat the clothes pin and toy with the paint. Set aside to dry.
3. Repeat step 2 using the gold spray paint. You may want to give it two coats of gold paint.
4. Use your new clothes pin gift topper to attach the gift tag to the ribbon/gift!

THE CUT OUTmerry-mag-gifts-5The Cut Out:
-gold contact paper
-your silhouette or shape to trace
-scissors

1. Print out the deer head or silhouette you are using. I Googled “Deer Head” and printed it out. You may need to resize it to fit your gift.
2. Carefully cut out your shape and trace onto the contact paper. Cut it out.
3. Peel the backing off the contact paper and lay the sticky side down, centred on your gift. Smooth out any wrinkles.

THE BAG

merry-mag-gifts-6The Bag:
-glitter clothes pin from “The Gift Box”
-plain bag
-metallic ink marker

1. Carefully press the tip of the marker on the bag. Repeat in a row to create a line of dots. Continue until the bag is full and set aside to dry.
2. Fold the top of the bag over once and then again.
3. Secure the bag with the clothes pin and gift tag.

THE GOLD LEAF BOX
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The Gold Leaf Box:
-a box or cardboard container
-gold leaf
-gold leaf adhesive
-2 foam brushes

1. Using the foam brush apply the gold leaf adhesive sparodically onto the box. Messy is totally ok here! Set aside to dry following the time allowance on the bottle.
2. Apply the gold leaf sheet by sheet and brush off the loose bits using the dry foam brush. Repeat until you are happy with the design.

GIFT TAGS:
For the gift tags I used card stock and cut out different shapes using a punch or freehand with scissors. I finished them off with a sharpie and glitter tape – easy peasy!

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DIY: Light Bulb Glitter Wreath

You may have noticed a few of my recent sneak peeks on Instagram using #MerryMag. I’m super stoked to be part of an incredible holiday magazine launching on Monday November 17th. Headed up by Melissa of The Sweet Escape, Merry Mag will be full of holiday themed DIY projects, gift wrapping inspiration, gift ideas, recipes and more!

To give you a little taste at what’s to come here’s a DIY project I created that will be featured in the magazine. Lightbulbs + glitter = one badass wreath! I mean seriously who doesn’t love a little (pink) glitter?

UPDATE: Check out Merry Mag!!

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What you’ll need:
12″ wreath frame (I sprayed my white)
spray glue
tinsel glitter
glue gun
ribbon
27 white or frosted chandelier lightbulbs

1. Use a well ventilated area and cover your work space well or you’ll be getting spray glue and glitter everywhere.
2. Hold a lightbulb by the gold cap and spray the top 2/3′s of the bulb with the glue.
3. Sprinkle on the glitter and shake off the excess. Place a piece of paper under the bulb while you sprinkle on the glitter so you are easily able to put the excess back in the container. Set aside and repeat with the rest of the light bulbs.
4. Use the glue gun and dab some glue on the thickest part of the light bulb. Attached to the wreath frame. Repeat with the rest of the bulbs.
5. Cut 40″ of ribbon and make a giant bow (pretend you are tying your shoelaces).
6. Use the glue gun to attach the bow to the bottom of the wreath.

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I know pink isn’t a traditional Christmas colour, but it’s my fave and totally matches my apartment which is important no? I’m a no rules kinda gal so pink is so ok in my books for the holidays!

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This project taught me that I have a love/hate relationship with glitter. It’s has seriously made it’s way around my entire apartment but it’s definitely looking festive in here!

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I live in a condo and my suite is at the end of a hallway so there was no way I was wasting this beauty on my front door….it’s hanging right in my condo where I can see it every day!

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Recent Project: Happy Bums Window

Shopgirls hit a milestone recently when they sold their 10,000th pair of Yoga Jeans so to celebrate they are giving away 10 pairs through a contest on Instagram (see contest details below)! I created this cheeky window display last week to showcase both the contest and this huge milestone.

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To say thanks for these #10000happybumsShopgirls and Yoga Jeans want to give you a chance to win 1 of 10 free pairs! Find the image below on the @Shopgirlsgb Instagram account and just follow the easy-peasy instructions to be entered – contest ends November 24th!

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Recipes: Fall Entertaining

Now that I’ve reached my 30s, I realized how much I enjoy cooking and entertaining. There’s nothing like making yummy food for friends. When a few fall recipes popped into my inbox I knew I had to share some of the ones I added straight to my recipe book! Hello apple cider cocktail, bruschetta bar and mini caramel apples!

As the official spokesperson for the LG Door-In- Door Refrigerator, Jillian Harris shares her top no- cook, little-prep hand-made picks for Fall:

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LIFE’S GOOD APPLE SPRITZER

Ingredients
2 cups chilled club soda
1 1/2 cups chilled apple juice or cider

Directions
In a pitcher, combine club soda and apple juice or cider. Serve over ice, garnished with mint sprigs if desired.

This drink is also great with a dash of whiskey, bourbon, or rye!!!

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FRESH BRUSCHETTA BAR

Ingredients
1 yellow heirloom tomato
1 orange heirloom tomato
1 can of diced tomatoes
5-6 large leaves of chiffonade basil 2 garlic cloves, crushed
å_ cup of onion, finely diced 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
å_ cup olive oil
Focaccia bread, grilled
Salt Pepper

Directions
1. Finely chop heirloom tomatoes and combine chopped heirloom tomatoes and can of diced tomatoes.
2. Place all tomatoes in a strainer and strain juices and place strained tomatoes in a bowl.
3. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and onion
4. Toss mixture with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
5. Serve on grilled focaccia bread (sliced, brushed with olive oil and grilled until brown)

Mini Caramel Apples

CRISP MINI CARAMEL APPLES

Ingredients
3 Extra-large apples Caramels
2 Tbsp milk
 Lollipop sticks
A metal Tbsp coffee scoop

Directions
1. Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Peel the apples, then scoop balls out of them with the metal coffee scoop.
3.Push a lollipop stick into the middle of each ball. Pat them dry with a paper towel and put them in the fridge or freezer while you make the caramel.
4. Unwrap the caramels and melt them in a pot over medium-low heat, with 2 Tbsp of milk. (You can buy bags of caramel bits too if you don’t want to go through the trouble of unwrapping them).
5. Once the caramel is smooth and melted, remove it from heat and dip the apple pops one by one.
6. Place the dipped apples back onto the cookie sheet, and repeat. Put them back in the freezer right after dipping to let the caramel set. Otherwise, it will just slide off.
7. Leave them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then transfer to the fridge for another 30 minutes or until the caramel is hardened.
Optional: dip them in chocolate, nuts, pretzels, salt etc. for fun


 

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Recent Projects: Popcorn Bar

As you probably know by now, I sure do love myself a cute popcorn bar! Maybe it’s the sweet & salty combo or perhaps I just love any kind of self serve station – either way a popcorn bar totally works for any event. Below are a couple that I did over the last few months at Shopgirls!

I’m installing a super fun window at Shopgirls on Friday which kicks off a big Instagram contest so stay tuned!

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Style Ideas: Unstructured Denim

Although I’ve been gravitating toward clean lines and structured cuts in clothing more than ever lately, I still have a special soft spot for a little grunge. Unstructured denim (or a boyfriend jean as they’re called but I’m over hearing this term) rolled up with booties, paired with a chunky knit or tailored coat and oversized scarf is pretty much my ideal fall look.  There is something effortless about unstructured denim and when worn with the right pieces, it can look so put together.

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DIY: Party in a Box

A few weeks ago Blush celebrated their 10 year anniversary and I couldn’t be happier for the owner and creative master Michele, a muse to many including myself.

I wasn’t able to attend the celebration due to a prior commitment but I sent along a little party in a box and left this message on my Facebook page:

Many hugs and a big congratulations to Blush in celebrating their 10 year anniversary today! I wish I could be there tonight to pop some bubbly and throw a little confetti with you. 10 years is a huge accomplishment in this crazy retail industry and you did it with class, style and set the bar high for other retailers. Michele has been a huge creative inspiration to me….cheers to another 10! xoxo

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What you’ll need:
- a pretty box
- tissue paper
- gold foil paper
- balloon
- clear mini bag
- patterned paper
- stapler
- small bottle of bubbly
- glue gun
- dollar store party hat (to trace as a template)

1. Cut the tissue paper and gold foil into long skinny strips to fill your box with.

2. To make the confetti, cut little pieces from the tissue paper and gold foil (I cheated and had pre made confetti on hand). Fill the clear mini bag with the confetti and follow the instructions I did here on a previous post to learn how to do the packaging part.

3. To make the party hat, head over to this previous post where I made one for Harper!

4. Blow up a balloon small enough that it fits into your box.

4. Fill up your box with all the above goodies and send away!

 

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