The Love List

Mar 27, 2015 +

Emily's spring printable is just what my walls need

I'd love a soak in this tub

Spotted! Fun DIY Thibault wallpaper

I'm definitely making this salmon for Easter

A dutch door? I'm convinced Chris can DIY anything

Emily has compiled the only list of online fabric stores you'll ever need

Pay attention

I'm over at 4 Mothers blog today weighing in on the debate "Does DIY DYI (Do You In)?"

An alternative to marble?

A fun collection of free floral patterns for download

Mmmm, breakfast

Have a lovely weekend!

Spring Cleaning

Mar 25, 2015

Spring always puts me in the mood to clean up and freshen up my interior spaces. One little area that's aways fun to change up is the display on the dresser in the living room.

I put back the metallic photos of Chloe at the beach that I had printed at BLACKS. I love love love these photos... it makes me excited for beach days ahead! In other exciting news, I'm continuing on as a BLACKS Curator this year. See that nifty new badge over in the sidebar? Click on that and it will take you to the posts I've written for the BLACKS Inspiration blog. More posts coming your way soon!

But back to spring cleaning... I have a huge craving for colour at this time of year so I pulled out some of my colourful cookbooks, added a hint of Easter decor, and of course tulips. I can't resist picking up a bouquet or two these days. They're really great for picking up your spirits while its still a bit cold and rainy outside.

Oh Target, I'm going to miss your faux floral arrangements and affordable lamps. I liked this vignette but now that I see it in photos, the right side is looking a bit dark and fall-ish. I'll have to take another try at this and rework this display a bit more.

The blog got a little bit of a spring cleaning too. I've always had a Source List but it was "hidden" on my Project Gallery page. Now it's right there under the search bar. I'm still updating it. I've lightened up and made the Popular Post buttons more uniform too. Light, bright, and clean... it feels right for Spring!

Hanging Mason Jar Lantern

Mar 24, 2015 + ,

Are you still a fan of mason jars? They're everywhere, aren't they? I'm sure mason jars account for 32% of all projects on Pinterest. Ha!

When I had to come up with a DIY project for my Canadian Tire CANVAS outdoor room, mason jar lanterns came to mind. They're a perfect complement to an outdoor meal: adding candlelight on the table, lining the stairs or pathways, or hang them off the fence or overhead to add a cozy glow. Mason jar lanterns aren't a new idea but I have a few tips that will have your lanterns looking stylish well into the night.

- 500 ml mason jar
- Paper tying twine
- Aquarium substrate
- Votive candle

  1. Remove the mason jar lid. 
  2. Fill the jar with 3/4 cup aquarium substrate. (Tip: a huge bag of substrate will cost <$20 from the pet store and you can use it for a wide variety of projects. It can mimic snow (like this) or sand and it looks great in clear glass containers.)
  3. Place the votive candle in the jar.
  4. Wrap the twine three times around the mouth of the jar. Cut the twine. 
  5. Take the ring part of the lid and tie two strong knots on opposite sides of the ring, leaving enough loose twine in the middle to form the arch which the lantern will hang on. (Note: I used this San Diego jam knot which is both decorative and strong, using 4 turns instead of 6). Cut off any excess twine above the knots. 
  6. Attach the ring lid to the jar, forcefully holding the knots in place so that they remain on opposite sides as you twist down the ring. Light your candle and enjoy. 
Another tip: using paper twine instead of regular twine ensures that the arch stays upright and looks nice even when it's not in use. I can't wait to bring these lanterns out to the porch for warm summer nights.

P.S. Here's another favourite mason jar project!


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