Journal Notes


28th Oct 2014

BOO-tiful Halloween Decor


Over the weekend I added some Halloween decorations around our apartment and decided to make a quick and easy BOO BOO BOO to go over our fireplace. This DIY was dead simple, I grabbed some black, orange and white paper and created a B and O letter template by hand on some sketch paper and after figuring out the size I wanted for the letters, I cut them out and played around with the layout until I was happy.

Don’t have time to carve your pumpkins, just grab some masks and hats to turn your pumpkins into instant fun characters.

 I find adding some natural elements like pinecones helps bring that autumn feeling into my decorating. Do you have any tricks or treats up your Halloween decorating sleeves?




22nd Oct 2014

Joining Bloglovin


I’ve decided it’s time to DARE and put my blog out in the blogging community, so I’ve just joined Bloglovin an online forum to follow other blogs and hopefully shed some light onto mine. Please add me if you are on Bloglovin and follow my blog too if you like it.

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22nd Oct 2014

DIY: Golden Chestnuts

I like to collect natural decorations, like beach stones, sticks and right now bright coloured leaves and chestnuts. I put them into bowls or candle holders to bring the outdoors inside and to help create a cozy space. So my next craft project came to me when I was looking at my chestnuts and thought, hey those would look so pretty with a touch of gold.

This is a super easy project, all you need to do is collect some chestnuts or perhaps there is another nut falling off the trees in your neighbourhood that inspires you. Next it’s a good idea to roast them in the oven to prevent mold, just throw them on a baking sheet and toss them in the oven on a low heat (200 degrees fahrenheit) for a couple of hours. Then find a small paint brush, I bought some great craft brushes at Michaels from the Martha Stewart collection and some metallic gold paint also from Michaels. With my supplies, I sat myself in front of the TV and started painting all the white spots on the chestnuts and voila a fun rainy day craft and lovely addition to my collection.



20th Oct 2014

Condo Living: Style Your Patio for Fall

14-10-20 Style Your Patio Fall

Growing up I always loved decorating the big front sun porch with my Mom, we’d drag out all the old decorations and buy a few new ones to get into the spirit of the changing season together.

Since moving to Vancouver I’ve had to get a bit creative because we live in a condo and there are rules about having anything in the common hallway. So last fall I decided to take matters into my own hands and instead of putting all my summer furniture away, I left a couple chairs out and created a little seating area under the overhang on my patio. Bonus is, when I’m sitting inside I can enjoy the pleasant looking autumn decorations from my couch.

All I did to create my cozy seating area was buy a bunch of different sized pumpkins and a few fall plants like hardy colourful grasses and bright fall coloured mums. Then I grabbed a wool blanket to cuddle underneath with a good book and hot drink.

This is a great way to extend your patio season while keeping your patio looking nice because it’s usually in a very visible location when you live in a small condo. Have fun decorating and enjoy your new seating area!


14th Oct 2014

Gratitude: DIY Heartshaped Photo Collage

Being a parent isn’t always easy, it can challenge you and drive you bananas BUT I have learnt to try and take it in stride by reminding myself in those challenging moments how amazing being a parent can be too. Which brought me to my next crafting project, creating a photo collage with a Instagram inspired theme. Just think about how many photos you have of your loved ones, probably so many that it would surprise you if you went through them all, so I took those moments captured over the last year and half since our Sweet Pea was born and made a huge collage to remind us how great we have it.

I wanted a place to reflect and feel gratitude when things feel tough or when I needed a lift, and to be able to just look up at all those moments that fill my heart with so much joy and I can focus on what’s important – the little moments in my daily life. Sometimes the moments are big and celebratory and others are just moments we captured when Sweet Pea was learning something new, being silly, showing her personality or just smiling and laughing. I love it and I hope you do too because being grateful can be an amazing daily practice.

Want to create your own Gratitude Heart Collage? Here is how I did it:

  1. Dig up all the photos you want to use and create a New Folder on your computer for easy access. If you post on Instagram, great collect those photos because they are already square and you’ve added fun filters to them and you can download them off your phone to use.
  2. Send the photos out to order for print using companies like huggleup - Sticky 9 -  PRINTSTAGRAM or the many other online companies that provide an Instagram printing service. 
  3. When you have all the photos printed find a large space to lay them all out, I used our queen sized bed because I didn’t have the free floor space with a toddler running around.
  4. Now you are ready to begin creating the heart shape with all the photos. I liked having them all laid out first so I could see what I had and what I wanted to use. For example I put a lot of the sentimental photos in the heart center.
  5. My photos measured 3″ x 3″ in size. I started laying my photos out from the middle strip of the heart. It will be the longest strip of photos and I used 11 photos.
  6. The next 8 strips have 10 photos and I placed 4 strips on either side of the long middle strip. When placing all of the strips, use a ruler and measure  1 1/4″ up to start creating the heart shape.
  7. The next 2 strips have 9 photos and they are placed 1 strip each on either side of your heart. They will be placed 1 1/4″ down from the adjacent strip.
  8. Then the next 2 strips are placed the same, have 8 photos and they will be placed 1 1/4″ down from the adjacent strip.
  9. The last 2 strips have 6 photos, will finish the heart sides off and be placed from the top 1 1/4″ down.
  10. Once you are happy with your layout you can start taping the photos together vertically using a strong clear tape.
  11. Last step is to measure the place on the wall where you want to mount the photo collage. Again I started from the center and worked it out like I had on my layout space. Keep in mind when you are mounting that the center of your heart is the lowest point, if you want to be centered on your wall. I used a strong double sided tape to mount the photos and put a piece of tape on either end of the strip but smooth down the strip before adding the bottom piece of tape to avoid bubbles and to keep the strip straight.

*This DIY does not include the steps for laying out the Photos in Photoshop to print at home yourself, if people would like to see that I can do another blog post outlining how I created the Photoshop Template. Please leave a comment below if that’s something you would be interested in.