Friday, August 1, 2014

new driving song ...

That is all for this Friday. Just a new beat to drive to this Summer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

world's best icing recipe

Ok, so I got the cake in a cup explained, next, I have to tell you probably the best part of it. The icing. I have to tell you, my icing is da' bomb. No really. It's ridiculously good. And there is one simple trick. Want to know what it is? Read on.

Monday, July 28, 2014

cake in a cup

A few nights before I hosted my garden party I was over at a girlfriends for a little birthday celebration. As I left to walk back to my house, she handed me a cupcake to take home in a red disposable cup (kind of synonymous with a frat party). It was cute, funny, and also - genius. I sat on the couch that night watching TV, eating the cupcake out of the cup. It wasn't messy and the cake was contained.

The next day when I was contemplating the desserts for the party, that cupcake in the cup triggered an idea. No one likes standing at a party holding a cupcake in their hands - it's so messy and, awkward. So, how about a mini cupcake in a cup? So, here is how I did it. It's really easy, and doesn't really need that much explanation but I'll share how I did it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Etsy Road Trip / Canada

Etsy is embarking on its first-ever road trip and they would love to see you along the way. August 1-9, Etsy will be making stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto. You can meet local Etsy sellers, shop their cool items, enjoy live music, and eat good food.  Click here for more information --

Inspired by the whole road trip idea - I put together my favorite items on Etsy that remind me of an old school retro road trip. Because everything is more fun when it's retro inspired. ;)

Ps.,  Share your road trip memory and/or vacation photos on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #etsyroadtrip for a chance to be highlighted on and/or Etsy's social channels.


On this whole road trip topic - have you done one? Aubrey is totally bananas for the idea of renting an RV and going on the road. I, on the other hand am much happier sitting at the cottage, chilling out reading a magazine. But I must admit, it does intrigue me. Have you done an RV trip? Would you do one?

hosting a wine and shopping night #BusinessTips

For the last two Christmas season's I've hosted a neighborhood party for girlfriends - the theme that you come, have some wine, visit, catch up with friends, make new friends and  - shop! The last event was such fun that I decided to host a garden party with the similar theme - but I opened up the guest list a little bit more to a bigger group of friends and not necessarily girlfriends from the area - but some that I've met because of work, the blog, and encouraged those invited to bring a guest. Because it was in my garden, I knew that I could handle more people and I also invited my friend Stacey to take part.  I wanted to share this party on the blog because obviously it was fun, but it's also I think a great idea should you have a business of your own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

roundup of some of the best brass hardware

I'm digging the whole paint + update the old furniture thing right now. It's terribly relaxing, which confuses Aubrey. (He walks in the door after work, I say to him - "Peace out, I need a break. I'm going to go bust out my paint sprayer and paint some furniture". You may think I'm kidding. But I'm not) But part of updating furniture means also, many times, updating hardware. Occasionally you can get away with using the original hardware but I've found that 90% of the time - replacing the hardware is a crucial element to modernizing a piece) So I decided to do a roundup of some of my favourite pieces. I'm right now focusing on brass, because I have always loved the look and also, I think it's pretty much the trendiest / coolest thing ever.