DIY baby shower decor

DIY

I’m all about reusing things. And they say, fortune favours the bold. But I’d like to add crafty to that. In preparation for one of our baby showers this summer, my friend and I got down with the glue guns and twine.

How do you create a festive look while saving your cash and diverting items from the trash? Reuse and repurpose, craftily.

Our gender neutral shower is going to feature a flora and fauna theme, with lots of personal touches, like the gold and silver animals from our wedding centrepieces – which will find new life as jar toppers for candy, tea and body scrub favours. Or the hundreds of paper flowers made by students for our school’s Arts Banquet, saved from the recycle bin, which we’ve turned into a photo backdrop and some Pom Pom garlands, using a hammock chair bar and some fabric leftover from our wedding.

Other sweet details that aren’t overly fussy, are some more sentimental touches like advice to the ‘mommies to be’ – which we’ll surely need, and a guessing game of bizarre baby items and trivia.

For a backyard, poolside barbecue, the breezy boho decor will be as sweet looking as it was fun to make and the whole thing was eco friendly with all the reusing. I can’t wait to celebrate (and to meet this little guy once he decides to pop!)

For now, we are ready for our closeups.

Wrap Star

DIY

I’m not a traditional person, in many ways, but especially when it comes to holiday decor. Our tree is a multi-colour fiesta, with sweet ornaments that are precious, kitschy, handmaid and mismatched, plus a garland of bright fabrics from India, pom-pom neon elephants from Thailand… macarons, owls, deer, foxes, and even a beaver for good measure. It makes me so happy to see the colours, all interwoven with gold and white lights.

So, it’s no surprise that when it comes to wrapping, I am a huge fan of DIY, reused, recycled and quirky styles. This year the tree, in all its colourful splendour, has an array of bright packages tied up with yarn, ribbon and twine. The main papers are bright cactus-print with gold, hot pink paper with zebras, and some magenta paper with graphic avocados. I reused some pretty patterned boxes, and did colour coordinated (reused) gift wrap inside all the boxes, for an unexpectedly bright and irreverent holiday melee.

Here are some of my favourite inspiration pics to get you in the wrapping mood (all photo credits and links available here: https://www.pinterest.ca/alisonjc/gift-list/)

Although boxes were my vehicle of choice this year, I am always game to think outside the box when it comes to the wrapping! Enjoy!

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Emoji Me

DIY, style

If summer inspires me to dress in … well, dresses and some bright lipstick choices,  winter brings forth a desire to bundle. Inevitably, I tend to wear fewer accessories (since gloves and scarves and layers tend to make rings, earrings and other things that get caught on woollen items pretty annoying), so there is always the question: how do I keep things original and fun, while planning pieces that are warm and layerable?

I like to make things personal. Recently, like the popular, now familiar denim jacket with patches, I've started to sew my brightly coloured patches to anything that has lost its charm.

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I've loved my patch jacket, but now its sweaters' turn to shine. So, there are a few directions you could go:

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I voted a black sweater with drop shoulders and a loose fit out of my closet, plucked a handful of bright appliques (cacti, popsicle, banana, orange slice, ice cream cone, pizza, sunglasses, palm tree and pineapple) focusing the colourful adornments on the shoulders. Then I picked a matte lipstick in dayglo pink to match the cactus flowers, paired it with some grey slacks that fit like sweats with pleats, and some patent leather brogues… I am a happy, comfy camper.

Et voila:

 

For all photo credits, see links at: https://www.pinterest.ca/alisonjc/style-sa-vie/

DIY Rainbow Halloween Pumpkin

DIY, style

For a very pretty, not so spooky Hallowe’en stoop we got local pumpkins and some rainbow marbles. With the trusty drill and some elbow grease we created a glowing rainbow lantern that looks just as pretty with battery operated tea lights. Now we will just wait for the sun to go down.

* drill holes slightly larger than the marbles, make sure they are free of pumpkin guts, then pop them in place!

Easter in the Garden 

DIY

I’m excited for the chill that is absent in the spring air. I can see the grass greening up. I love a good hand-drawn aerial map of the flower beds. It’s time to reinvent, after a long winter. 


This is phase one. After borrowing my sister in law’s spray paint, attacking some old, tired-looking pots and getting a few starter plants to help me see it coming into focus, bright and boho yard transformation is well-underway! 


DIY pots in two-tone jewel tones and gold. Mixing old and weathered with the new. 

What is your yard up to? Patio or balcony? Indoor nook with some indoor gems?

All Patched Up

DIY, style

I did it. Got out an old jean jacket and started sewing. The inspiration:

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Don’t have $1,300 for a D & G version? Grab your sewing kit for a DIY party of 1. I am so thrilled with my final product, and it’ll keep getting better as I find new patches to jazz up my one of a kind beauty.

Check out these, and more images like ’em, with links at my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/alisonjc/style-sa-vie/

One of a Kind Christmas Show

Art

If you can get to the #ooak2016 #ooak_toronto go check out the beautiful jewellery and sleek new booth at @wfdjewellery Breanne is so talented. I thoroughly enjoyed working the show with her and seeing people react to her work with much love. 

Breanne is so down to earth and works so hard as an entrepreneur, artist and a mom. That’s her smiling face, below, just a few days in to a long haul show. The OOAK is open from November 24- December 4. You can see more details here: website


Breanne’s jewellery is so striking. Check it out for yourself at her online store. Stay tuned over the next few days for my pics and picks for favourite artisans from this years 2016 One of a Kind Show. 


Tell me, what are you buying this holiday for the people on your list? Or as a treat for yourself?