Geometric Christmas Colouring Sheets (Giveaway!)

3 Free Geometric Holiday Colouring SheetsI’m sorry to my American friends who haven’t had Thanksgiving yet… but us Canadians have not only had Thanksgiving, but a lot of us have even seen snow. So ’tis the season and I’m starting it off with some geometric fun! Ever since I created my BOO! Geometric Ghost printable for Halloween, I’ve been dreaming of some Christmas versions. When Plumb Goods approached me to support their #artbreak campaign to raise money for 826 National (reading/writing centers for underprivileged kids & youth), I thought it would be fun to turn the printables into free colouring sheets for you. So before I share them with you (and a fun giveaway) I thought you should know that for every tweet, Instagram photo, or Facebook post including #artbreak, Plumb Goods will donate $1 to 826 National.

3 Free Geometric Holiday Colouring Sheets

3 Free Geometric Holiday Colouring Sheets [Read more…]

Fizzy Cola Cake Recipe

Cola Cake Recipe with Fizzy Icing! How cool is that!

Can I just say that you’re in for a treat today? You may or may not have noticed that I don’t post much food here… and when I do it’s pretty basic. It’s not that I can’t cook/bake, in fact I really enjoy cooking, but I couldn’t tell you what I do. I like to make it up as I go and hope it turns out (it usually does, thankfully). But there’s other people in this world that can not only create delicious food and tell us exactly how they did it, but they can also make it look so ridiculously tasty that you scour your cupboards to try and make their recipe right then and there. Aimee from Twigg Studios is one of those people. And she’s created a recipe for all you wonderful Lemon Thistle readers!

Now, before we get to the recipe I need to rave about how good this looks! One of the first things that drew me to Aimee’s blog is her wonderful moody photos. I can’t get enough of the eye candy. But as for real candy? My hubby is a candy fiend, so I’m certain when he sees this I will need to try my hand at it. I love that she not only cooks the cola into the cake and decorates with them- but she found a way to make the icing ‘fizz’ too. I want to try it just for the fizzy icing! Alright, I’ll rest my case and give you guys the goods.

Cola Cake Recipe with Fizzy Icing! [Read more…]

Painted Party-Ware

DIY Painted Plastic Party Cutlery! What a fun idea to add a punch of colour

Have you guys seen painted cutlery before? it’s so much fun, I love how it adds a custom punch of colour to a party. Although it’s been on my list to try for a party for quite a while, I just never got around to it. I felt bad ‘wrecking’ cutlery. Sure, I could have hit the thrift stores and scooped up some old cutlery to freshen up for pennies… but then what do I do with it all? But the idea is SO fun.

DIY Painted Plastic Party Cutlery! What a fun idea to add a punch of colour

DIY Painted Plastic Party Cutlery! What a fun idea to add a punch of colour

So then I spotted these plastic utensils that look like real cutlery and it clicked. I’ll paint the fake stuff! So I grabbed a couple boxes and rushed home to test it out. If you haven’t already guessed, I LOVE the way it turned out! I’m for sure keeping this idea in my back pocket for a future party. And I really love how it could dress up a paper plate party. Can paper plates and plastic cutlery be classy? It’s well on it’s way with these guys. [Read more…]

Over Here: Confetti Shadow Box & Wooden Mobile

I wanted to title this post: Over Here. and Here. But then adding the project names after that would have made for one very long title. But it’d be accurate, and that’s something, right? Okay, so number one- earlier this week I was over at the Little Umbrella (I know, surreal!!) sharing this DIY Watercolour Wood Mobile. It’s my first DIY for them, and I don’t know if I could be any more excited. They’re one of the first places I look for baby/maternity/nursery/shower inspiration, the beautiful photos just wont quit. If you haven’t heard of them and have any baby in your life… head on over, really you’ll be so impressed.

DIY Watercolour Wooden Star Mobile for The Little Umbrella

ALSO, I was over at Pretty Providence again this month sharing this super fun Confetti Filled Shadow Box. Notice a trend? My kids’ room is slowly coming together and I couldn’t be happier. There’s something about rooms that are collected and put together over time instead of bought and designed in a hurry.

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Books on Hooks: Simple Storage Solution

Simple Storage Solution! Book Baskets on Hooks

Is anyone else feeling the November pressure? Every time around this year I get so overwhelmed and my to-do list feels out of control. It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m doing or what I’ve taken on, I think it has a lot to do with dear daylight savings. Today is a really simple organization or storage solution to help get at least ONE thing in your life under control. We love books, although we try limit the amount of toys that come into our house, we will never turn down a book. So we have a lot. And they were everywhere! With two cribs in our babes little room there wasn’t space for a book shelf. We’re using a crate in our living room, but had too many books. [Read more…]

In Remembrance

We Remember

I just wanted to drop in and leave a heartfelt thank-you to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our Canadian Forces as well as their families. This year Remembrance Day is heavy on our hearts as two of our soldiers were lost on our own soil this past month. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s deaths were less than a week apart, a sobering reminder of the selflessness and courage the members of our Armed Forces give. Especially today, we remember what you have done to serve our country and to keep us safe and free.

Thank you.

We Remember

DIY Floral Crowns and Leaf Garland

DIY Floral Crowns - So easy anyone can do it!

Today I’m excited to share with you the quickest way to make a leaf garland and floral crowns. This is the last post of DIYs from my birthday dinner party- you can check out the whole party, the Monogrammed Velvet Napkin Rings, and my Naked Cake Cheat too if you like. This one is going to be quick, because the tutorial is, well, easy. But that’s how I like it- quick and easy crafts for parties, save the time consuming DIYs for home decor and things that will stick around a bit longer. And what’s really awesome about these crowns- the greens I chose dry kind of like lavender, meaning they’ll last for pretty near ever. I still have mine and it’s been over a month. [Read more…]

Before and After: DIY Kitchen Renovation

Before and After - DIY Kitchen Renovation

Remember back in March when I shared the ‘Before‘ of our new home? Yeah, neither do I because it was SO long ago! The kitchen has actually be done (well, this much done) for a while, but I’ve been too lazy to share it! Lazy? Yes, cleaning your kitchen day to day is much different than photo clean. Since we’re in the middle of renovations everywhere else the kitchen is the most used room of the house. Our kitchen/dining room doubles as my office until it’s done, laundry folding station (the only surface out of babies reach), and paintbrush washing hub. And those shiny appliances? They don’t stay shiny for long with curious little fingers running around. I took these pictures while the kids were eating breakfast and as soon as I let them out of their seats, Miss A ran to give herself kisses in the reflection of the stove. [Read more…]

DIY Monogrammed Velvet Napkin Rings (and Bunting)

I’m back from Vancouver and am so excited to tell you that our Diploma team won first place in their case competition! So now that I’m back, I’m bringing another DIY from my birthday party a couple weeks back! Today I’m talking about the Monogrammed Velvet Napkin Rings and how to make a simple bunting. Next week I’m sharing how to make the easiest floral crowns and leaf garland (it’s way easier and quicker than I imagined). Should we start with the napkin rings? I love these things and all of them cost me less than $2 total.

So cool! DIY Monogrammed Velvet Napkin Rings [Read more…]

Around Here 06

Can you believe that it’s NOVEMBER? That’s the month before Christmas friends, in case you’d forgotten. But before I get caught up in the holiday hype (I can’t help myself- I just love it), I thought I’d take some time to put together a quick recap on what’s been happening around here. I like to do this every few months and can never believe how much can happen in a short time! Today I’m writing this from a hotel in Vancouver- enjoying a coffee without the usual tugging on my shirt for Aubrey to have a ‘sip’. It’s a novelty for sure, but I’m starting to miss those cuties! I’m here as a coach for a research competition with some students from TRU, it’s such a fantastic opportunity for them, and I can’t wait to see how they do this afternoon! I was hoping to hit the PoppyTalk store while I was down here, but the schedule is much more packed than I expected, so we’ll see if it happens.

101 Dalmations Halloween Costumes- from the babies to Cruella to Jasper, such a fun family costume!

Um- Halloween!? Did you dress up? I’d love if you left a link to your costume in the comments. We were the characters from 101 Dalmations! I have never been so unprepared for Halloween as I was this year. I bought the material and supplies ahead of time, but then forgot about actually making the costumes until the night before. While I was getting my hair cut… at 11pm at night. Ugh. But I’m so happy with how they turned out! I just skipped the puppy collars and I forgot to put my red gloves on for the picture… but you get the idea ;) We took them to visit the grandparents then had friends over to play games all night. It was a very good Halloween.

Rental Decor Ideas- a Hometalk clipboard by Lemon Thistle [Read more…]