Mother’s Day with Hallmark

May. The month of spring flowers, warmer weather and of course Mother’s Day. To show your Mom how special she is give her a gift from the heart. A handwritten note or card. Technology provides a multitude of  options to stay connected to friends and family, but the art of the handwritten note can’t be matched.  The personal touch of the handwritten word has now become a unique treasure that allows people to connect on a more intimate level. Personally speaking, my hubby has written me notes and cards for the past 23 years and I have kept each one. They mean so much to me and each one has provided a history of our relationship that just can’t be captured in a text or email. Recently, I hosted an evening event with Hallmark. They invited people to revisit the art of the handwritten note. Of course, they had many of their gorgeous gifts and cards on display, but I was honestly blown away by the stunning Hallmark Signature greeting cards. The beauty of these greeting cards is almost a gift in itself. The cards are handcrafted and designed with such attention to detail; including premium paper stock, embossing and foil and high impact embellishments like gems, beads, fabrics and more. SO PRETTY! So this Mother’s Day, surprise your Mom with the beauty of a greeting card from Hallmark enclosed with that special, heart felt, handwritten message of what she means to you. Here are some photos from the event! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the special women in our lives- Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins and Friends. ~...

She Shed, Diva Den, Lady Lounge, Chic Shed… whatever you call it, it’s all yours!

Hey ladies, are you dreaming of your own private space? One that you can call your own, to do whatever YOU want to do and decorate it how YOU want it decorated? Check out the “She Shed” I recently highlighted on Cityline. This can be your “Diva Den”, “Lady Lounge”, “Chic Shed” counterpart to your hubby’s or boyfriend’s “Man Cave”. Whatever you call it, it will be all yours! So, take a peek at my recent Cityline segment where tell you how you can enjoy a “She Shed” of your very own. ~Shoana Click on the video below to watch the...

We Moved! Sometimes a house is like an ex boyfriend

If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) then you will know we recently moved. I know some of you are probably thinking didn’t you JUST move? It does kind of feel like that, doesn’t it? Actually, we moved into our house 2 years ago! Boy, time flies! We really loved moving into our house; redoing the backyard, decorating, entertaining was all good stuff. But, the way that I try to explain why we moved is that it’s like an ex-boyfriend; he is really good looking, everyone loves him, you get along just fine. On paper he is perfect. But you then realize that he just isn’t the one for you. So, you either hang on and stay together without moving forward or you call it quits and see what is next for you. That was our house. We really, really missed our old neighbourhood, so we packed up and moved back!  Specifically, back into our old condo. Yep, that means some fierce downsizing, but we were up to the challenge. Actually, we have other plans for our future (nope, you aren’t getting the details on that just yet) so all four stuff went in 4 different directions. To the condo, sell/giveaway, short term storage and long-term storage. I know that I am organized, but this challenge was another level, even for me! Oh, did I mention that I was renovating my office at the same time and had a flood? So, it turned into a major reno. Ya. I’ll share that more in another post. While we lived in our house, I never got a chance...

Wedding Gift Ideas – Think Outside The Toaster

Wedding season is here and for many people it is a time to try and find gifts that will make the newlyweds feel special, but also ones that are useful and a little outside the box. Here is a list of some of my favourite ideas that I recently showed on Cityline: Travel Gift Card If you aren’t comfortable giving cash as a gift, then in my opinion, gift cards are a step up. I absolutely love giving the gift of travel and it is suitable for almost any occasion. Think graduation, birthdays or even for a babymoon. Why not host a themed bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party or wedding where all of the guests give a travel gift card? Most people want to really enjoy a honeymoon after the wedding, but the budget is often spent on the wedding. * Just a tip on this, pick a single company to buy from, so the money isn’t spread out across different businesses. For example  Hotels.com . They offer a huge selection of hotels, worldwide. So, the newlyweds can pick where they want to stay without being restricted to a certain hotel brand. Photo Gift Card Help them get the photos of the big day out of the computer and into albums (or on to frames, canvases, blankets, snow globes, mugs, mouse pads… I can keep going the options seem limitless). Companies like Blacks, Costco, Walmart or another local photo shop that have all sorts of options to help the newlyweds cherish the memories from the “big day”. Etsy is a great website for unique gifts. Etsy is a site where artisans and small businesses can sell...

DIY Easter Eggs with String and Sugar

String eggs You will need: Sugar Water Embroidery string (or any other type of natural fibre string) Balloons of different sizes (I used water balloons) A bowl   Make a stiffener mixture: In a medium pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Quick Tip: You can also boil water with a kettle. Cool the sugar mixture, so you don’t burn your fingers when you dip the thread. Slowly coil a string into the mixture and gently press it into the liquid. Take an inflated balloon and wrap the sticky string around it making sure to wipe off the excess liquid. Let dry for 24 hours. Once it is completely dry pop the balloon. If any of the ballon sticks to the string pull them off with a pin or tweezers.   Paper-mâché Nest Step 1: Tightly cover the outside of a small bowl with plastic wrap then flip it upside down onto wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue. Step 2: Dip handfuls of shredded paper (I used paper lunch bags) into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl; until covered. Step 3: Let dry for 12 hours then carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest. Happy crafting and Happy Easter! ~ Shoana Here is the how to video from my Cityline segment...

Holiday Decorating with Chatelaine Magazine

  There is nothing like putting a personal touch on your holiday decorating!  Chatelaine Magazine’s December issue has all the tips you need to make your own decor from things you’ve probably got at home!! The ‘Fabulously Fake’ look will have you cutting, creasing and glueing craft paper into wreaths, ornaments, even fireplaces and trees! For more ideas on decorating with fresh, foraged and fabulously fake finds, check out the link from Cityline’s Chatelaine Day! Check out the cute video Chatelaine did for a step by step guide on making your own fun folded accordion wreath! Happy Christmas crafting! ~...