20 one of a kind gift ideas (+ $100 giveaway!!)

20 one of a kind handmade gifts from Canadian makers!!

I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely starting to think about the holidays. I am itching to get out our decorations, make new ones, get baking, and have a running list on my phone of gift ideas. Anytime I hear Dan or anyone say something like "Oh, I need a new ___" , I quietly take out my phone and make a note. Or if I'm inspired by a handmade gift idea, I'll jot that down. Doing that for a few months before the season starts up means that I have this great list of ideas to pull from. Y'all know I adore supporting the maker community and buying beautiful, one of a kind items. If you have ever been to the Toronto One of a Kind (OOAK) Show, you'll know that it's jammed with all ... CONTINUE READING

10 best DIY and design books of 2015

The 10 Best DIY and Design Books that should be on your 2015 Christmas Gift List!

This post could also be called "Gemma's Christmas wish list". Ha. I adore coffee table books. Full of beautiful photography, amazing inspiration, and the story-telling. I can flip through my design books a million times and never get tired of them. Plus, they make great props when you're styling your pad. The usual routine for Saturday and Sunday mornings in our house is to have breakfast and then sit around for about an hour with our coffee's in hand, reading books and magazines, as Maya plays with her toys (or comes and sits on the couch to read her own books). Unless I have a new magazine, those are usually the moments when I crack into my design books and feel super inspired. Here are ... CONTINUE READING