You know when people say they wouldn't want a cat because cats creep them out? Well I
totally get that.
Marshall is known for staring at things that don't exist. As in, staring with such intensity
that you end up getting down on the ground and trying to see things from his perspective.
Once or twice, he's sat facing a corner just staring at the wall. What a weirdo, right?
But creepiness is one of the many things I love about kitties.
Here's some stuff I found on the internet this week:
This gorgeous embroidery
makes me what to get my needle and thread out!
Give your photos an ombre effect.
Ever want to make cookies but don't want to end up eating the whole batch yourself?
No, me neither. But in case you did, here's how to make 3 little cookies.
A Beautiful Mess will show you how to get these lovely
flat iron curls.
I just came from the One of a Kind spring show
here in Toronto. If you're not already planning on it, you should definitely check it out
this weekend. The Direct Energy Centre was absolutely packed with 450 Canada artisans and
designers. It's so fun to be able to chat with the person who actually made what you're about
to buy! It makes that piece all the more special.
It was really hard to chose, but here are my favorite booths from the show. This is just a
sampling though, there were so many amazing and beautiful artists, you should really go
check it out yourself!
She Smiled and Ran
In a sea of jewellery designers, She Smiled and Ran managed to stand out with clean and
contemporary pieces. By combining traditional materials like pearls with something more
unexpected like acrylic, the designs strike the perfect balance between classic and modern.
This booth has a small collection of beautifully simple tote bags, purses, and textiles for
sale. It doesn't matter that the booth is small because each and every piece is a winner.
All of the designs are handprinted with natural dyes and the care that is put into each
piece is evident. I loved everything so much, I bought myself a new purse!
Bright colors and modern geometric patterns will lure you in this booth, and the
quality of each piece with have you reaching for your wallet! The Watercolor Pillow is
one of my favourites (obviously), as well as the Paint Chip Table Runners. What a unique
take on the paint chip trend!
tealish fine teas
I'm always on the hunt for yummy new teas, so I was excited to come across this booth. There
are a wide variety of unique flavours with great packaging to boot. I think I need
to pick up a tin of Stress Buster.
I love a good silkscreened tee, and the ones at the Paste booth are really interesting. The
shirts are enzyme-washed to give them a soft feel and to reduce shrinkage. I'm sure any of
these could feel like your favourite comfy tee in minutes. My favourite, for obvious reasons,
is Band Cat. But seriously, add a kitty to anything and I'll love it.
Have you ever wanted to paint something for your own house, but got intimidated by the
canvas? Do you look at that big expanse of white and wonder how you'll fill that thing?
Well, if you're a wannabe artist like me, all you need to do is scale down to get great
results. Mini paintings
are quick and easy to tackle and they let you practice your skills with a certain medium.
Watercolors are one of my favorite mediums to work with
because they're so easy to use, they're affordable and you can get some great effects.
I guess this isn't really a step-by-step DIY, I just want to encourage you to experiment
with the paints. I'll show you what I did to get you started! Here are the supplies you'll
- watercolor paints (just a cheap palette will do)
- big fat watercolor paint brush
- watercolor paper cut into small rectangles
- lots of paper towels
Here, I used a wet-in-wet techinique, which means exactly what you think it means. Another
color is dropped into an already wet surface. I started with some watered down red, and before
it dried I dropped some purple right into the centre.
Next I took a pretty strong blue, with just a bit of water added, and basically slapped
the brush onto the paper to get the splatter effect. Yep, slapping the paper with your
brush... that's a pro tip for sure. Is this a real technique? Probably not. Do I care? No.
Got a little slap-happy with this one too, but I really started to like the splattery look
I was getting.
Here, I added a little purple paint that I added a good amount of water to. Then, I used
my fingers to flick paint at the paper. The more water you add, the easier it will be to
flick the paint around. More pro tips... are you writing this down??
I used the same wet-on-wet technique with this one, but with different colors.
The point of this project is just to have fun and play around with the paint. Since
they're just mini paintings, if you make something terrible just toss it and move on!
And believe me, they won't all be keepers. I made about 10 mini paintings and only ended up
keeping 4 of them.
Display your tiny works of art using mini clothes pins like me, or frame them all and hang
them together. I hope this project took some of the intimidation out of making your own art.
It can be really satisfying to hang your own art in your home.
Tell me, are there any DIY art projects in your home that you're particularly proud of?
Wow March is going by crazy fast, which is awesome! This past week has been a lot of planning
and waiting. I have some big plans for this blog next month and it's taking some work to
get everything ready. I'm going to be accepting sponsors soon and I'm working on a more
detailed About page so you can get to know me a little better. In other exciting news:
I'm dying my hair pink and purple this week! Eeeek! Well just the underside, but I'm very
Well, enjoy what's left of the weekend everyone and don't forget to
say hello to your