Handmade Gifts and My New Fabric Collection

Nov 24, 2014 +

My brother is the artist in the family. From a young age, he would impress us with his hand drawn illustrations, paintings he created for art class, or the portraits he would draw of our nephews. Don't you love seeing the talents of others, especially your family, grow and develop? I've always wanted to collaborate with him on a project and when I created my fabric shop on Spoonflower, I knew this was just the venue.

Rambling Renovators | pinecone fabric illustrated spoon flower

I thought it would be fun for us to create a holiday fabric collection. I always feel nostalgic at this time of year so our  Chalet Holiday 2014 collection features motifs that's I'm drawn to lately: retro skis, polar bears and snow hares, pine cones and classic plaids, with the illustrations rendered by hand.

Rambling Renovators | Chalet 2014 fabric collection spoonflower

How fun is this?? I've always dreamed of having my own "product" and Spoonflower makes that easy. You can print your designs on fabric, gift wrap and even wallpaper. I decided to use our designs to create handmade gifts (because who doesn't love a one of a kind gift made just for them).

I brushed off the sewing machine and made a pair of tea towels...

Rambling Renovators | pinecone fabric illustrated spoonflower

Rambling Renovators | pinecone fabric illustrated spoonflower

Rambling Renovators | pinecone fabric illustrated spoonflower

fun pillow cases...

Rambling Renovators | retro skis polar bear fabric illustrated spoonflowerRambling Renovators | retro skis fabric illustrated spoonflower

and placemats:

Rambling Renovators | window pane fabric spoonflower

Rambling Renovators | window pane fabric spoonflower

I had one of the designs printed on removable wallpaper and gave my tray a holiday makeover. A gift for me! Are you mad about plaid these days too?

Rambling Renovators | buffalo plaid wallpaper spoonflower
Rambling Renovators | buffalo plaid wallpaper spoonflower

I'm so excited to wrap up these gifts. That's the thing about handmade gifts - they're just as much fun to give as they are to receive. What do you think of the new collection? Have you designed anything on Spoonflower? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. If you're looking for more handmade gift inspiration, be sure to follow the #CDNHandmadeHoliday hashtag all this week. Quite a few bloggers will be sharing their ideas (all less than $25!). Maybe you'll be inspired to grab some fabric and sew up your own special gift.

Fabric shown:
Pinecones - Linen-cotton canvas
Skis - Cotton Poplin
Polar bears - Cotton Poplin
Windowpane - Kona Cotton
Buffalo plaid - Woven Wallpaper

handmade holiday gift ideas with fabric and wallpaper

The Love List

Nov 21, 2014 +

A sweet bathroom makeover

A bright and colourful laundry room

Growth is optional

Not one but two pretty house tours

Jane's beautiful bunk room

Fun to see how one room inspired many others

I've seen so many instances of negativity online lately. I'd rather embrace positivity.

Tips for going freelance

A few more tried and true purchases to share with you this week. Only four weeks till Christmas! Eek!:

sarah style ecco boots gimme brow burlap reindeer shawl

1. Do you have a design fan on your shopping list? You'll want to pick up Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson. You'll recognize many of the photos from her shows but Sarah goes really in depth in her writing and provides the How's and Why's of designing rooms. Lots of design lessons to absorb and be inspired by.
2. I played host at an event at Target this week. This stylish reindeer with shawl was the star of the holiday tabletop. I just had to bring one home with me and put him at the front door for a chic way to welcome guests!
3. The snow has arrived and I thought it was time to get a heavy duty pair of boots that will stand up to Canadian winters. I used shop.ca for the first time and bought these Ecco boots. So far, so good; they've kept my toes toasty for walking Chloe to school.
4. I attended a blogger conference last weekend and Benefit Gimme Brow was in the gift bag. I have never quite mastered using brow pencils or powders but this brush-on gel was super easy to use. You can build up your brow in layers and it looks natural and not heavy at all. Makes a great stocking stuffer!

I plan to get the tree up this weekend and finally get our home ready for the holidays. Have a great weekend!

Hot Chocolate and Mini Pancakes

Nov 18, 2014 + ,

With the back porch done, I've been looking for any excuse to spend time outside and enjoy this space before it gets too cold. Luckily, I didn't have to look far for inspiration. It was Sean's birthday this week and Chloe has been asking me to make him a special treat so while the two of them were off at ballet class, I put together this small but fun celebration.

hot chocolate mugs and mini pancakes

I've come to appreciate these types of celebrations more and more... simple pleasures, easy to prepare but special enough to remember. Nothing was overly styled or planned, just a simple menu of hot chocolate and pancakes.

I've been doing some online shopping lately so I broke out my purchases from Indigo. Seriously, I could buy everything in that store. These stoneware mugs (made to look like vintage tinware) were too cute to pass up as were these salt and pepper mason jars, which I filled with cinnamon and cocoa for topping. A-dorable. I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of these over the winter.

mini pancakes on skewers
mini pancakes on skewers

The pumpkin crunch pancakes were delicious. To make them a bit more special, I made them in mini form and placed them on a skewer accompanied by a tiny cup of real maple syrup. So easy for dipping and one-handed eating ;) I added a dash of pumpkin spice latte syrup to the hot chocolate and topped it with raspberry marshmallows I picked up at Bobbette and Belle a few weeks ago. Decadent!

faux fur pillows blankets cable knit plaid
faux fur pillows blankets cable knit plaid

Speaking of decadent, it was a bit chilly outside so I brought out our cozy textiles. I topped the metal table with an old blanket and burlap tablecloth. On the bench, I stored away the summer pillows and piled it high with our warm weather accessories. Faux fur, cable knit, plaid... I can't get enough of these textures at this time of year.  

large mug of hot chocolate with raspberry marshmallow

Chloe was so excited when she got home. That girl loves her hot chocolate. Then we curled up under the blanket, sang Happy Birthday to Sean, and watched the snow start to fall. There's more snow in the forecast so I'm afraid this might be our last outdoor celebration for a while. I'm so not ready for winter yet, are you?

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