My favourites in botanical style + A giveaway!

There are plenty of ways to bring botanical style into your home without spending a lot of green. Here are some of my favourite fresh and affordable takes on the trend, including Valerie McKeehan’s new Chalk-Style Botanicals Deluxe Coloring Book and a chance to win a copy of your own.  Continue reading My favourites in botanical style + A giveaway!

Five things

How were your first few days of Fall, everybody? Do you welcome the season in your decor? I spend most of my time in the kitchen, so I love to pile a bunch of gourds on a cake plate and admire them throughout the day.

gourds square

Aren’t they gourd-geous? If you hop on over to So Fawned, you’ll see what I did with these babies.

gourd soup

Here’s a little peek. (I couldn’t resist!)

you are nice dad

You know I love a good kitchen gadget. This week we made some special personalized cookies using these cool cookie cutters. (On clearance at Winners for $5! Woot!)

cactus at market

Cactus at the farmer’s market yesterday morning. Maybe my favourite thing all season!

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Do you crush on pretty stationary too? I am loving my Kate Spade planner and notecards from Chapters. Almost too pretty to use!

And only three more days ’til Blissdom! Woot! What are you up to this week?

Five things

Okay so it’s weird to give you the week’s highlights on a Tuesday (even Monday feels strange; maybe I’ll change this feature to Sundays), but my tablet has been crashing so I put it off. Enough already! I have a couple of cute photos and some news I’m excited to share, so let’s get ‘er done!

doggie 1

How adorable is this little girl? I saw her when I was out and about this week and stopped to say hello. If we had space for a dog, a sheltie would be in my top three. Friendly, gentle and sharp as a tack. And that face! Those ears! That lovely long nose!

doggie 3

Oh, I just want to take you home!

cactus

I haven’t killed my cactus yet but it’s probably just a matter of time. Any tips to share? I can use all the help I can get.

lemon jellow

A cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. What could be more refreshing?  Only that’s not lemonade, it’s jello! I tricked both of my kids into thinking this was a drink and smiled when they sucked on the straws and nothing came up. Will you try it at your house?

benny in the shot

I was trying to photograph one of my favourite books on the weekend but somebody kept getting in the shot. It’s our beloved (and very nosey!) cat, Benny.

sweet paul eat & make

I would be delighted to spend the next couple of months cooking and crafting from Sweet Paul Eat & Make, the first book from the creator of one of my favourite digital magazines. With dozens of delicious recipes, unique and simple crafts, and simply gorgeous photography, I’m inspired every time I pick it up. What books inspire you?

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And exciting news! A project I mentioned I was working on for So Fawned a few weeks ago is up on the site! Hop on over to the blog and check out my DIY puzzle piece drawer pulls. My second DIY should be posted in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week, everybody!