pretty in pink: DIY burlap and ribbon table runner

burlap and ribbon DIY table runner - the sweetest digs

I have been wanting to make a table runner for a while now and thought that leading up to Christmas would be the perfect time. I was feeling totally bored with the usual Christmas, or generally winter, colours though, so I went with my current favourite: sweet pink! Keep reading to see how easy this DIY burlap and ribbon table runner was to make. These are all the materials you need: -Ribbons (all of mine are from May Arts) -Burlap table runner (I bought from Michael's, but you could easily just purchase a piece of burlap elsewhere and trim to size) -Hot glue gun and gun Don't mind the terrible photos here -- I was doing this project at 9pm. Seems to be the only time  these ... CONTINUE READING

pieces of love @ magpie jewellery


This upcoming weekend in my Ottawa hood, one of my absolute favourite jewellery stores - Magpie Jewellery - is hosting the final weekend of their bridal month. I actually had my own engagement ring designed and by the lovely folks at Magpie. It was a great experience from start to finish, and ever since I have bought the occasional bauble (or hinted at Dan to!), to add to my collection. For their grand finale weekend, they asked to use some of the vintage items from my Pieces of Love business, and of course I was only too thrilled to be a part of the event. We setup a little vignette, and dotted a few other pieces around the store. The bridal month events are coming ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: a fabric no-sew bunting


I'm not new to the bunting world - check out this burlap one and this paper one from the DIY archives - but I haven't done a fabric one before. I do have a sewing machine, but am totally afraid of it and haven't quite figured out the whole sewing thing yet. It's on the to-do list. In the meantime, I am very familiar with no-sew options... so here we go with my latest bunting - a no sew fabric one! First step was to gather up my supplies. I cut out a cardboard template so that my flags/triangles would be the same size, fabric-tac (this is super bond fabric glue - bought at Michael's), some wide ribbon (1 inch +), and scissors (I was originally going to use this scalloped scissors, but then ... CONTINUE READING

the DIY files: winter wreath

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After making my little mason jar faux snow globes and throwing up a few decorations, I still felt like I still had a holiday craft or two in me. We haven't ever had a winter wreath, so I figured this was the year. I wanted something that wasn't too colourful (it would be nice if it would match with any year's holiday colour scheme) and something that had a rustic vintage vibe. My favourite. Then I saw this tutorial on Hostess with the Mostess and was totally sold. Materials? A twine wreath I grabbed at the thrift store for $3, some white paper doilies, and one fake stem of berries. I had the doilies and berries already, but both can be found for peanuts at any crafts store. First up ... CONTINUE READING

the inspiration files: bluboho, oakville


So the other weekend when I met sherry & john in Toronto (you can read about that here), I had a great couple of days in Oakville with one of my BFFs, Jenn. We had some fabulous meals and browsed around the little shops on the main street. Jenn (who has known me since high school), casually mentioned that she had to take me into Bluboho -- a boutique jewellery shop. As much as I love jewellery, I was a little stumped as I wasn't really in the market to be buying any new bobbles. But as soon as I took a peek inside the window, I couldn't wait to get inside. Seriously, how cute is this shop? I was totally giddy. Too many sweet things to look at all at once. It was a beautiful ... CONTINUE READING