DIY Sunday: Making “Gourd”geous Succulents

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There’s something about a succulent that just jazzes up a space! You can sneak a few on a kitchen cart, a bathroom shelf, or an office desk. But with fall at our doorstep, how do you make them fit in with the decor? Well, you can always opt for an earthy-toned pot and call it a day.

OR you can choose the unconventional route and use gourds. That’s right –forego the pumpkin pie and start planting instead. It’s a quick way to make a statement centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table, or to celebrate the season. Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials

2 medium-sized gourds
3 succulents (2 small, one large)
Potting soil
Sharp knife
Spoon
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Instructions

  1. Wipe the gourds lean, and rinse off any soil, dust, dirt, etc. Pat them dry with a paper towel
  2. Slice off the tops with a sharp knife
  3. Gut out the gourds with a spoon, making sure to scrape everything off
  4. Scoop in a thin layer of soil on the bottom of each gourd
  5. Place the succulents in the gourds (you can place 1 large on its own, and 2 small ones together) pressing down on them slightly to secure them. Add more soil to the top, and press in
  6. Wipe off any excess soil and place them wherever you wish!

Voila –succulent squashes to celebrate the season! Whether you use them as a centerpiece or as an accent in any room, you’ll fall for . And when the gourds are long gone, just re-pot the succulents in another planter.

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DIY Sunday: Spring Fling Easter Eggs

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Easter is finally here, and if you are scrambling to find the perfect egg design for your upcoming family lunch or dinner, then look no further! These spring fling Easter Eggs take just minutes to make and require no more than 4 supplies. With that in mind, pick up what you need and get crackin’!

Tools:

2 sheets pink or pastel coloured tissue paper, folded in 4
1 flower-shaped paper cutter
1 foam brush
white craft glue, must dry clear
4 eggs, white, hard-boiled

Instructions:

  1. Have your tissue paper folded and ready, then hole-punch it several times.Take all the tissue that has collected in the whole-puncher tray and put it aside.
  2. Take your hard-boiled egg and cover one side with glue using the foam brush. Dab the cut-out flowers on to the surface with your finger, making sure that the layers separate each time you dab. Aim to form a line as you go along.
  3. Let dry and repeat on the other side. Follow these steps one egg at a time.
  4. Once they have all dried, you can add a thing layer of glue over the trail of flowers to smooth them out.
  5. When ready, display them in your favourite basket or tray, and even use them as a centerpiece!

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Petal Power: Buying the Best Blooms in the City!

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It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to that time when we freeze our bottoms off as the temperatures drop lower than your shortest friend does during a round of limbo.

I’m talking about Valentine’s Day –the time of the year when the town is painted pink and hearts flutter. Chocolate, dinners, and candles are all a standard part of everyone’s plans. When it comes to flowers however, there are endless options. And though roses are most coveted, other petals are just as perfect. So whether you’re buying a bouquet for yourself or for someone special, here are some go-to florists in Toronto!

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Admire the Stretch on Avenue Road: Yea, it’ll be a little chilly this weekend to say the least, but for some of the best and most abundant flower options, take a stroll on Avenue Road just south of Davenport Road. This stretch is lined plenty of shops and petals to choose from!

Check out Flower Creations: If venturing outdoors is too much for you, then take refuge in the sheltered warmth of Toronto’s PATH system. There, you’ll come across Flower Creations –ideal if you work in the downtown core (hello lunchtime trip)!

Keep it Chic with Coriander Girl: located in the Roncesvalles/Parkdale neighbourhood, this shop is as pretty as the arrangements it creates! Take one quick look at their website (or get lost for minutes on end admiring each beautifully showcased bouquet), and you’ll be sold.

Make Your Way to WilBe Bloomin: take a trip and head down to the quirky and fun Kensington Market! WilBe Bloomin makes custom bouquets and arrangements –and even delivers. So if you’re in a pinch for time, they’ll play messenger!

There you have it, plenty of options for you to pick your perfect flowers from this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Unwrapped: The Top Spots for Gift-wrapping Supplies!

I like to rap! Err…make that wrap. That’s right, I may not be able to throw rhymes like I’m straight outta Compton, but I can certainly wrap up a gift. I like it so much in fact, that I have an entire box of paper, cards, and colorful ribbons –hey, you never know when the occasion arises.

But finding the right materials isn’t always easy. The secret to great wrapping is to make it fun. Receiving a gift is nice. Having intricate packaging? Even better. With that in mind, always look for patterns, texture, and shades that go beyond the basic.

Dollarama: the dollar store is a great resource for many reasons –especially the low prices. It has a wide selection of great ribbons, including patterned, striped, and brightly coloured. Make this your go-to for all your gifting supplies.

Michaels: Michaels is known for catering to all things craft-related. From wallpaper to  yarn, you can find it all here (and spend hours doing so). This is a top spot in my books for wrapping paper and ribbons. Keep your eyes on their 2-for-$3 section, you can snag some great finds for so little!

Marshalls/Winners: when you think of these two, the first thing that comes to mind is fashionable finds for less! But on your way to cashing out that fabulous cashmere cardigan for fall, keep your eye on the aisles. Both stores often have boxes of wrapping paper right by the register, and for no more than $4.

Chapters-Indigo: books are not the only items you can buy from this store! Their selection includes gorgeous gift tags, Kate Spade wrapping papers and an array of other brands in eye-catching colours and prints.

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DIY Sunday: Make Easter Glam with Glittered Eggs

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Easter is just a week away and with that holiday on the horizon, it’s time to get crafty. Of course, food, family, and the feast that usually ensues is the focus, but decorating the eggs is often what makes all of it fun. Traditionally, they are to be painted a deep shade of red –the hisotry of which you can read all about by clicking here!

You don’t have to stick to tradition because in certain cases, rules are made to be broken. So rather than putting all of your eggs in one colour basket, try a new look and glam them up with glitter!

Materials:

Hard boiled eggs, white

Egg dyes or acrylic craft paint

Large glitter flakes (not the fine, dust kind)

White glue, dries clear

Egg holder

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Instructions:

1. Colour your eggs with the dye shades you have selected, according to packet instructions. Let them dry. If you are using craft paint, apply it to one side using a sponge brush and let dry, then pain the other side and rest it on dry side.

2. Take your freshly coloured, but dried eggs and place them in an egg holder. With a crafts sponge brush, apply the glue to the top half of the egg I’m a downward motion, sweeping less as you reach the bottom in order to create an ombr√© effect.

3. Before it dries, sprinkle generous amounts of glitter onto the glue-covered end of the egg. Make sure to place a napkin or paper underneath to catch the flakes that didn’t stick, and re-use them!

4. Place it in the egg holder to dry for at least 30 minutes, with the glittered end facing up.

What are your favourite Easter traditions? Do you have any twists to the classic foods and customs?

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DIY Sunday: Crafting Tape Gift Tags

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It’s time for another installment of DIY Sunday: one of the more fun blog posts to write and make because it means it’s time to get creative! This week, you’ll be learning how to make craft tape gift tags. They can be used at any time of the year, for any event, and with any item. Clip it on to a box, or a paper bag, and watch your wrapping rise to the occasion.

What’s great about these, is that they can be personalized. Depending on the stamp you choose to use, they can spell out the recipient’s name or just say thank you (loot bag tags, right?). Not to mention, there are so many options of tape! So take out your sharpest scissors and ink pad, and start making yours. Here are all the secrets:

Tools:

Patterned Crafting/Scrapbooking Tape

Stock paper, beige or ivory

Mini coloured clothespins

Stamp

Ink pad, black

Scissors

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Instructions:

1. Find the template of a tag you like online, and print it. Cut it out, and trace its outline onto the stock paper that you have chosen.

2. Cut that out as well using your scissors.

3.Measure a piece of tape that covers the bottom of the tag from end to end, and rip it so that it is a little longer. Line it up perfectly parallel to the edge of the tag and stick it on, wrapping the edges around to the back.

4. Attach the mini clothespin to the tag, and you can clip it on to bags, ribbons, boxes, and cards!

With those four steps, you’re set to start gifting! What was the nicest wrapping you’ve ever received? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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