Jewelry Box Mini Make-over

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:

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Not so hot.  But after a little bit of pink paint and a cut out of craft paper – VOILA!

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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.

Love it!

Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding

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.

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Look at those beautiful blueberries!

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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!

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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…

Wedding Series – Flowers

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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The boys’ boutonnieres were yellow roses – the trophy husband’s was bright pink.

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At the tables, we chose hydrangea, bright pink roses and light green carnations to save some coin.  And they turned out lovely.

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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).

My Funny Valentine

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.

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Happy Valentines Day from me and my Funny Valentine to you and yours ❤

PS. All photographs are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission.

Easy Valentines Day Garland

Happy Valentines Week!

To celebrate the holiday of love, I made a super easy, super cute garland to hang in my living room!

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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.

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Then I simply attached it to the wall using the 3M Command small hooks for no holes and TAH-DAH!

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I just tied a simple knot at the ends to make it look ‘finished’.

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Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

Valentines Day – Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Valentines Day is fast approaching and to celebrate I made these amazing Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Cooking Classy.  I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest of course, and knew I had to give it a go.

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter

1 1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 tbsp milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon juice

5 tsp red food colouring

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt  until combined.  In the mix master bowl, whip granulated sugar and butter until fluffy, a few minutes.  Mix in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is well combined before adding the next.  Add milk, vanilla, lemon juice and food colouring. Slowly add in the dry mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Add the white chocolate chips.  Cover bowl with plastic and chill for 2 hours until firm.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Put powdered sugar into a bowl.  Butter your hands because this part is messy.  Scoop dough and roll into balls.  Then roll the balls in the powdered sugar – making sure to get a good amount on them.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and squish them down a bit.  Bake for about 12-14 minutes, depending on your oven.  Let cool on the baking sheet then cool completely on a cooling rack.

And enjoy!

These are especially good with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

 
 

How To – Get the Wax out of Used Candle Jars

We’ve all been there.  Spending copious amounts of money on amazing smelling candles only to throw away (or – hopefully – recycle) the jars with about a centimetre of wax left in the bottom.   Don’t do it!

 I discovered an amazing trick to turn this:

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into this:

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Guess what – It’s SO easy!  The answer is boiling hot water. Thats it.

Start with your jar – it doesn’t need any sort of prep.

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Then boil water any which way you would like – I used our super trusty electric kettle.

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Then pour!

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The hot water melts the wax and the wax then floats to the top, where, as the water cools, it firms back up. The key though is to be patient and let it cool completely. I have been excited and tried to pull a disk out before it was fully firm and it just broke and turned into a big mess.  Feel free to refrigerate.

AMAZING!

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Then just pull the cooled disk off the top and discard.  I find that it usually takes a couple of rounds of the hot water to get it all out.  After one round with this candle, this was what was left:

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So I did it again.

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After this round, I was just left with the wicks glued to the bottom of the jar.

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Just dump the water, and pry the glue off with a butter knife.  Works like a charm.

If you let the water sit for a bit the glue absorbs some of it which makes it a bit easier to remove.  Then just give it a wash with hot soapy water and TAH-DAH!

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Its like magic isn’t it?