Monday, 24 April 2017

Canadian Tire Canvas Spring/Summer 2017 Preview

Now that it's starting to warm up here (and the six inches of snow that fell a couple of weeks ago has melted), we're all thinking about the backyard and patio.  I was recently invited to a Canadian Tire event, showcasing their 2017 CANVAS Spring/Summer collection #mycanvasstyle.  The venue was set up using all their CANVAS merchandise including interior and exterior items. I must say, I was very impressed with the outdoor lanterns & chandeliers...and here's a bonus, some are even solar!  
Here's a little peek at what I saw.

See what I mean by their outdoor lighting?  The  Cassara Lantern is one of my favourite.  As a gardener, I'm always looking for new planters and sometimes it's hard to find great style at an affordable price. I'm loving this & this...from CANVAS.

How cute are these inflatables for the pool?   

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Hippest Co-op Office Space in Toronto

For over a year now my husband has been officing out of the coolest creative space in Toronto... East Room.  This place is an eclectic industrial mix that is done to perfection!  When you combine black steel doors & windows, exposed beams & pipes, 20 foot ceilings and white brick walls & then you add a mix of mid century, modern & industrial antiques... you get an absolutely spectacular space!    
(I want to move in....really, I could live here!)

This old factory was stripped back to its bones by the owners--brothers Derreck Martin (the owner of 507 Antiques) & Sam Martin, to make it feel like New York. It is set up more like a lounge in the common spaces and then as you venture down the hallways, there are offices & boardrooms...well equipped to accommodate all your office needs.   If you are a creative in Toronto & looking for a space to office out of without the huge overhead, I strongly recommend this place.  

(All photos are mine taken with my iPhone.)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Floral Workshop at Wild North Flowers

A few weeks ago I did something I've always wanted to do...I had a quick lesson in flower arranging!  As most of you know, I. LOVE. FLOWERS., & take frequent pics of them like here, here & here.   (It's also been five very long months since I've seen my garden, & I'm having major withdrawals.)  A  dream of mine has been to do this & it's definitely on my bucket list, but until then, I have to start small.  When I saw that a local flower shop, Wild North Flowers, was offering a workshop I thought...sign me up!   This was such a fun night, &  it happened to be just before Valentine's day so this was a gift from my hubby.  

We were all given an urn that was filled with a ball of chicken wire & water & also was taped at the top with a grid for easier arranging.  You might be asking, like I did, where the heck do you get chicken wire?  Apparently it's at....Canadian Tire!   (You can learn so much from this blog. haha)  The first thing we did was choose our greens.

One thing I learned was that the arrangement should look good with just the greens...before any flowers have been added.  I actually love this look.  Apparently with green being the Pantone colour of the year, the trend for many brides is to just do the greenery in their bouquets & arrangements.  I think this is stunning & very dramatic especially with the backdrop of white in a winter wedding.

After we were finished with the greenery we chose our flowers.  So for whatever reason, my fave colours in the garden & in a bouquet are purples, pinks & whites,  (I do not do reds, oranges or yellows...I know, interesting psychology...there are people out there that only do the reds, oranges & yellows...I've met them at the garden centres.  Hey, we are all different, right?)  Most of the flowers hadn't opened up yet because you want them to open up gradually & to last longer.   

The tricky thing about doing a vessel floral arrangement is that it has to look good from all pressure...hence the turn table.  Just when it started to look good from one side I would turn it & it wasn't happening on the other side.  Fortunately, there was an instructor there to help at all times & to guide us through the process.


Another very cool thing that happened at this workshop was that I got to meet another blogger, sweet Kaylee from The Blondielocks .  These workshops are open to individuals or groups if you like...perfect for wedding parties, mother & daughter(s), birthday parties or just friends wanting a creative night out.  I had such a fun time & highly recommend this!

So here's the finished bouquet...I'm a little embarrassed to show it cuz it is my first attempt but here it is.  

Have a great weekend, & please let me know if any of you sign up for this!

(All photos are mine taken with my iPhone.)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Dominican Republic Part II: Gardens & Excursion #exploretransat

As promised in my previous post, here's Part II of my trip to Dominican.  If I wasn't by the pool or at the beach, you could find me wandering the winding pathways & exploring the beautifully kept gardens.

We also did a one-day excursion from La Romana to Altos de Chavon which is a replica of a 16th century village.  Our day happened to be a rainy one (yes we had one day of rain) so not the best pics...but still quite a beautiful place to visit.  (Apparently, Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley were married here...who knew?)

And of course I had to take  a pic of the door...clearly I have a thing for doors

I also tried snorkeling on our excursion for the first time was a little scary...but I did it!  I got to see the coral reef & a black & white striped fish...very cool!

Here's a little peek into my room...I had a room to myself for a whoooole week...every mom's dream. haha

And that's my trip in a nutshell.  Had such an amazing time &  would highly recommend a trip to Dominican Republic!   Transat really made everything easy...with friendly staff...always willing to assist.

And now that I've been home for almost two weeks in the cold & the snow
 it all just seems like a dream...but a beautiful dream!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

My Transat Trip to Dominican Republic #experiencetransat

So the most amazing thing happened to mom decided to take all her kids (& their spouses but my spouse couldn't go) :)  to Dominican Republic for a week!!!  YES PLEASE!!!   We had never really been on a vacation with all of us in like 30 was absolutely beautiful!!!  A few years ago my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's so this was a chance to make beautiful memories for all of us and what I call, "moment memories" for him.  It was also a chance to give my mom a much-needed break from the constant care for my dad, and let us all share in taking care of his needs.

We flew Air Transat to La Romana, Dominican Republic and stayed at the beautiful Grand Bahia Principe which is a visual feast...

Every day I had to make decisions like... what should I eat first: French toast or eggs, & should I sit by the pool first or go to the beach & then the pool... & then there's the decision about what I should drink by the pool...It was a very tough week...haha.

This is a shot of the pier on the beach & below is the inside ...just breathtaking!  We also went down to the beach to watch the sun go down & I was able to capture the sunset...again, absolutely beautiful!

Hello chandelier and rafters...who doesn't love this combo?

The gardens were immaculate & if you know me, I kinda have a thing for gardens & flowers...I did post some pics on Instagram but took over 200 photos so I'll have to do another post showing the gardens & sharing more about our little excursion. 

(All photos are mine, taken with my iPhone.)

After a week of being away, I left the beautiful sunshine & palm trees & came back to the reality of snow &'s been a little hard adjusting (like really hard) but I'm so grateful for the week escape.

Thank you so much Mom for your great generosity & for allowing me to share in these beautiful memories!!!

Part II to follow...