flowers

I love this hilarious take on this meme by illustrator Kris Atomic. Peonies are up there on my list of favourite flowers, although right now, the peach-coloured poppies spotted in my neighbour’s garden have won the top spot. What is your favourite flower this time of year?

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crepe paper source

Crepe paper has been popping up all over the craft blogs I read this year, and while I can find some basic colours at my local DeSerres, I came across a new source this week. Marisa of Omiyage used Carte Fini Italian crepe paper for her crepe paper flowers DIY on oh my! handmade goodness and the results are stunning. The rolls seem hefty, and are not terribly unreasonable at $7 to $8.50 a pop. The quality of the paper is so important when folding, cutting and shaping, as cheap, thin paper just rips and isn’t as pliable. Where is your go-to source for crepe paper?

forget me not

I love these baby blues – perfect for welcoming spring. Happy Friday!

Shoes via Ruche; print via Lisa Rupp on Etsy

perfect paper flowers

Brittany Jepsen wedding

Photos by Ali Degraff

I’ve been a reader of The House That Lars Built for a while, initially drawn to the blog by Brittany Jepsen’s giant paper flower creations she made for her wedding (shown above). Since then, she has created paper flowers of every size, colour and shape, and is kind enough to share the instructions on her blog. (Her paper leaf topiary DIY was featured on Etsy’s blog this week and it is equally amazing).

While I was going through Brittany’s archives, I came across another paper flower artist, Eloise Corr Danch.  I’m in love with Eloise’s floral letters and names that she sells in her shop. I’d take seeing my name in paper flowers over my name in lights any day.

Visit Ali Degraff here, Brittany Jepsen here, and Eloise Corr Danch here.

two projects

Here are two DIYs that use two materials each. Both projects would be really inexpensive, but beautiful once completed. I think I’ll have to try both.

1. Wire flowers can be created with wire, and pliers (optional: spray paint)

2. Rope basket made with clothesline rope and a crochet needle

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goodbye summer

Labour Day weekend is here, and to me, that marks the official end of summer. I love fall, so I’m not terribly sad. In fact, I’m looking forward to cool mornings, changing leaves and stick-to-your-ribs cooking. Is there anything better than a walk in the woods followed by a steaming cup of coffee in a turtleneck sweater…OK, maybe I’m getting a bit carried away. I’m still wearing a sundress. Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

Photo via Free People

oh, hello: paper runway magazine

I found out about Paper Runway online magazine after reading Poppytalk on Monday. After a quick flip through, I was immediately drawn to a few simple crafts that could be done with leftover materials among my supplies, and with less than 30 minutes to spare. Have you read Paper Runway? What caught your eye?

Paper flowers have been everywhere lately, especially on all the wedding blogs I read. I think it’s the variations that keep me coming back for more.

These confetti-dipped bags are right on trend, and although they look messy, caught my eye for their simplicity and impact.

summer centrepiece

In this heat, I’m spending as little time as possible in the kitchen. Meals off the grill, quick salads and lots of dinners out have been the only way to keep my apartment bearable. But just because dinners are becoming more low-key, doesn’t mean the centrepiece has to.

I found this tin at a thrift shop near my cottage in Tobermory for $0.50.I loved the text and colours, and thought it would work perfectly as a casual vase. To keep it leak proof, I first filled a glass with water and lowered it to the bottom of the tin.

Fruit is a must have for summer snacking, and this bowl gifted to me from my grandmother looks great filled with oranges. This centrepiece may not inspire me in the kitchen, but it sure inspires me to snack!

love you like a fat kid loves souffle

Think Valentine’s Day is all about dinner and roses? Adam made a sexy afternoon snack and picked up this wonderful arrangement (with orange roses!) from Stemz. The florists are friends of ours, so it couldn’t be any more perfect.

Check out the vase! A pink, ceramic milkshake glass. I love it! And notice the candle holder in the background? An espresso cup is the perfect size for tapered candles to sit in.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

Photo: Adam Vrankulj, Sensual Eating

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