Posts Tagged ‘fun’

I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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Over my way, kids are more likely to be having a game of backyard cricket after Christmas lunch than building a snowman. So while I can’t speak from experience, I can say that this budget-friendly gift idea by Grace at Sense and Simplicity looks like a whole lot of fun. In fact, it’s rather getting me excited about seeing snow in Europe next week!

Anyone else struggle with thinking of what to give preteens and teenagers for Christmas? I have a slew of nieces and nephews ranging in age from 9 to 15 years and I wanted to give them each a Christmas gift. I needed to think of something that would interest a variety of ages, was gender neutral… and didn’t cost a fortune.

I decided to make them each a snowman lab in a box. I thought it might appeal to their sweet tooth/teeth and their funny bones.

Let’s see all the snowman parts:

I boxed all the snowman parts up, tied the box with some wool (my favourite thing to tie around packages), and added a tag.

Doesn’t that seem like something teens and pre-teens would like? What are you giving to children that age on your Christmas list?

– Grace

P.S. Thanks Alicia for posting my snowman parts on your very stylish and creative blog (and allowing me to say ‘poop’).  It was a complete honour to be included in your guest post line-up.

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About the guest poster:

Grace lives near Toronto and is a speech-language pathologist by day and a design-loving Mom of three by night. In her blog, Sense and Simplicity, she shares her love of decorating, family, photography, food, and travel.

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Show & Tell

Regency it's about time card

Way back when, I shared with you the then new Regency greeting cards. This cheeky engagement card was my favourite of the lot, so when I recently added wedding invitations to the collection, I couldn’t help but making this into an engagement party invitation.

Regency engagement invitation

Regency engagement invitation 2

Find out more here.

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photo booth Ryan & Alicia

I helped my brother organise this fun photo booth for his recent engagement party.

I will be sharing the full shindig soon, but for now, see the rest of this how-to over on Polka Dot Bride.

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Obsess & Inspire - Donna WilsonI’ve long been a fan of Scottish designer Donna Wilson‘s illustrated character Meg (that’s her on the plate). Now I see she has a boyfriend, Beardy Bob, and some furry friends as well as lots of other cheerful products.

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It’s the first day of our school year today, so this morning I waved off my nervous but excited big kid (that would be my husband who is a teacher). My favourite part of the new school and work year is the fresh new stationery.

Pick & Choose - Notebooks

1. Zoe Troper  2. Smiggle  3. Officeworks  4. Cavalinni & Co  5. Kikki-K  6. Emmyproulx  7. Corban & Blair 

I’m picking an apple for the teacher today, with the cute Kikki-K notebook.

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Atypical Type A - Obsess & Inspire: Alessi

It would be remiss of me not to do a feature on Alessi since it’s elicited in me a fair bit of both Obsessing and Inspiring.

Founded in 1921 in Italy, it took until the 1980s to cement its iconic design status after the company began collaborating with talented freelancers such as superstar designer Philippe Starck. Its stylish and playful products are still a feature of kitchens and museums alike.

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Akimbo Laundromat free bubble labels

Who doesn’t love bubbles?! These cuties match the Laundromat wedding invitations I told you about yesterday, but they would go down a treat at a kids’ party too.

Just download the labels, print onto adhesive-backed paper, trim and stick onto store-bought bubble bottles. Good clean fun for everyone!

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Enjoy the urban surroundings with a friend, treat your honey to a romantic afternoon or escape the office with a colleague with one of these fun picnic boxes by Boxsal. With its inventive and eco-friendly packaging, you can re-use them, recycle them or even use them as a cool storage alternative.

It’s the first week of Spring, so what are you waiting for? Head outside and enjoy some sunshine.




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Holy fondant, Batman! Check out these incredible examples of bakers finding inspiration in retro-style fabric.

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A collection of pretty meets practical ideas to inspire a happier home

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