Posts in MAKE/DO
Beet Hummus

I've had a fascination with food and prop styling for awhile now, but haven't had much of a chance to play around it. I love to cook but I'm definitely a recipe follower, so creating food-related content has never really felt like a fit for me, and since this is new territory for me, it also comes with a little fear.

Until I decided to look at it a little differently — to focus more on the styling side of things and let the pros handle the recipes (for now).

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A Modern and Minimal Wreath DIY

It all started with an inspiration board and a little walk through my visual strategy process, and now here we are with my take on a modern, minimal wreath for the holidays. Perhaps a slightly different take on tackling holiday decor, but I've never claimed to do things the way that everyone else does, especially when it comes to exploring my creative process.

As you saw in that original post, I had seen a few themes start to emerge on the visual strategy canvas, and knew I wanted to create something that was modern and minimal, with gold and feathery details and a mix of sleek and natural textures. You can see a lot of the details from the original inspiration images I pulled start to show up in various ways in these wreaths, and I love this non-traditional take on such a classic holiday decor item. 

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Nectarine and Thyme Jam Cocktail

I tend to think of myself as more of a summer cocktail gal, opting for light and fresh flavours whenever possible, and tending towards creations that aren’t too sweet and ideally include a note of floral or a hint of the bubbly. But when the temperatures drop, my palate shifts along with my craving for cozy fall sweaters, and I find myself drawn to new flavour combinations that mimic the changing fall colours and my desire for something a little on the spicier side.

So when I found myself in Kitten and the Bear a couple weeks ago with an array of delicious looking fall flavours in front of me, I decided that there was only one thing to do — challenge myself to craft a seasonal cocktail that would not only feel seasonally appropriate, but to tie in with our recent fall tablescape as our final detail, thus concluding this styling series.

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Making Our Own Wedding Bands at The Devil's Workshop

I’ve always been the curious type, jumping at opportunities to take a peek behind the scenes at how things are made and the creative process, and if there’s a chance to try my own hand at something? Sign me up! Couple that with my love of storytelling, and you’ve got a recipe for one happy girl, so when Jason and I came across the wedding band workshop at The Devil’s Workshop and were presented with the opportunity to make our own bands, we jumped at the chance, loving the idea that not only would we gain firsthand access into how a ring is made, but we’d have a part in crafting each other’s, weaving that into our story and attaching even more significance to these pieces of jewellery that already stand for so much. 

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Vinho Verde Summer Sangria

Truth be told, I had no idea there was such a thing as vinho verde before I started dating Jason, who's half Portugese. But a few family lunch gatherings later, I had been introduced to the lovely wine that has a slight green tinge and just the perfect amount of subtle fizz, and it's since become one of my favourite summer sippers. Light enough that you don't feel guilty pouring  glass with lunch, and bubbly enough that it still feels like you have something to celebrate. And because summer, Sundays and sangria go hand in hand, it was only natural that I would eventually start playing around with a vinho verde sangria recipe. 

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DIY Embellished Sunglasses

Since summer offers so many opportunities for a little extra accessorizing and indulging in fancy cocktails, Breeyn and I have decided to tackle a few of the DIY projects and recipes that have been accumulating on our to-do lists recently. Not only does it give us an excuse to hang out and create pretty things, but we also end up with something that we get to enjoy afterwards, and nothing quite beats the feeling of "I made this!". We're talking serious bragging rights and lots of compliments. 

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DIY Silver Geometric Shapes

I’ve always found that creativity thrives most when limitations are set, and this has proven true when it comes to the wedding as well. For example, with a relatively tight budget and a location that requires us to have a tented wedding, it’s forced us to prioritize what the most important elements of the big day are and where we choose to spend our money, and also to think outside the box a little when it comes to transforming a standard tent into a setting that feels as though it’s a part of the forested grounds and captures that enchanted feeling we’ve identified as being part of our theme.

Which is where the DIYs come in.

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Pastel Craft Club // Embellished Denim with Breeyn McCarney

There aren’t many things out there that can’t be improved with a little bit of embellishment. Over the years Alyssa and I have experimented with adding sparkling details to just about everything, from socksand tights to jackets, and in this department we truly believe more is more.

Though we may have had a lot of experience messing around with glue and thread, our glittery finished product didn’t always have the lasting result we had hoped for. In an effort to hone our skills and master the art of embellishment, we turned to local designer Breeyn McCarney.

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Pastel Craft Club // Tiki Garnishes with Miss Things

With winter sneaking up on us more and more, we've been craving a taste of the tropics more than ever, so we reached out to Miss Thing’s and asked if they’d share some of their magical boozy wisdom. A few weeks later we found ourselves behind the bar shaking up tiki classics and building banana dolphins! It was the most fun (and slightly tipsy if we’re being honest) Pastel Craft Club yet, and we learned SO much too.

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#PASTELCRAFTCLUB // Tea 101 with Sloane Tea

If you think tea is simply those little squished bags of Red Rose hanging out in your grandmother’s cupboard, you’ve got a lot to learn. Working in the world of tea constantly surprised and enchanted Alyssa, and as she shared her newfound facts with me, I only found myself more and more interested as well. That said, both of our knowledge combined doesn’t even come close to more than the tip of the iceberg. If you want real tea expertise, you have to turn to Hoda Paripoush, founder of Sloane Tea.

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White Chocolate Drizzled Peach Popsicles

Though I'm all for a good styling challenge, I have to admit that every time I make popsicles and decide I want to photograph the recipe, I get a little stressed. For obvious reasons, shooting anything that melts proves to be difficult, as your time is limited before your subject matter isn't looking so pretty anymore. You don't have quite as much time to play around with your styling and rearrange your shot, so planning is key and moving fast is essential. 

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#PASTELCRAFTCLUB // Watercolour 101

Johanna (aka @blousesandhouses on Instagram) has been drawing and painting all her life, and it’s truly a treat to watch the magic come out of her paintbrushes. She’s always working on something new, perfecting a difficult technique, or painting over something old to master something different. She’s so truly talented, but since creating comes so easily to her I always assumed it was something us “normal” people wouldn’t be able to replicate. When Johanna offered to do a watercolour 101 tutorial with us for the #pastelcraftclub I was extremely doubtful that I’d actually learn anything, but decided to give it a shot. 

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Watermelon Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

One of my standard go-to recipes is a classic caprese salad with fresh basil picked from my little patio garden and a drizzle of olive oil, and recently I've been revamping the favourite with watermelon, mint and bocconcini, finished off with a dash of balsamic vinegar, or balsamic cream, which I happened upon in the grocery store by chance. Perfect as a complement to another dish or on its own, it's the perfect mix of sweet and savoury, and it truly is summer on a plate. 

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#PASTELCRAFTCLUB // A Flower Crown DIY with Lady Hayes

Festival season is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for flower crowns to shine! A fresh bouquet of flowers on your kitchen table can bring life to an entire household, but there’s something extra special about donning fresh seasonal florals on your head. The sweet scent that drifts around your head as the summer day drifts lazily into a starry summer night- there’s just nothing quite like it.

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The Perfect Summer Soireé Bar, 3 Ways

They say “April showers bring May flowers” but we think showers, flowers and soirées in general should be in abundance always!

Alyssa and I dreamed up this peachy party bar shoot with the idea that anyone could add one (or all three) of these simple DIY spreads to their bridal shower, baby shower, or summer party setup. They’re the perfect way to add some colour to your party, whatever you’re celebrating! All you need is a lacy tablecloth, fresh flowers, and a few really simple, easy to find props.

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DIY Watercolour Painted Cookies

When Ana and I started planning our Strawberry Full Moon Party, we knew we wanted to incorporate an array of sweets, and decided to take on the challenge ourselves with a few specific ideas in mind. It was important that we tie in the themes - strawberries, moons, crystals and anything that had a mystic element to it - so we got to work brainstorming on how we could incorporate those throughout the shoot. 

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#PASTELCRAFTCLUB // Apricot Rose Jam with Kitten and the Bear

Our dear friend Sophie, aka the jam genius behind Kitten and the Bear, is sharing an Apricot Rose Jam recipe with us featuring all of her top secret tips and tricks for making the perfect confiture. Alyssa and I have both been swooning over Kitten and the Bear since the very day they opened their shop doors, and we can pretty much promise you've never tasted jam quite this good before. Everything Sophie and her marvellous husband Bobby touch truly turns to gold, and we're absolutely thrilled to be able to share a special recipe from their shop of wonders.

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