Bountiful Blooms | A harvest arrangement tutorial

My dahlias are the pride and joy of my garden. I’ve waited all season for them to bloom and now here they are! They are the most gorgeous flowers for arranging, and today I’m going to share with you a loose, harvest arrangement: perfect for your Thanksgiving table. This arrangement requires very few materials: just some lovely autumnal blooms, greenery, and a short vase.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

This type of arrangement can easily be re-created with many different types of flowers. Depending on the time of year, you could use peonies, roses, or even hydrangeas. You will need:

  • 1 large bloom (I used a “Holly Houston” dahlia)
  • 5-6 medium blooms (I used the burgundy pom and “Blended Beauty” dahlias)
  • 4-6 stems of filler flowers (I used lavender)
  • A variety of greenery of different sizes and textures.
  • A short vase (clear is fine, as you will not be using any floral foam)

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One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 1

It’s here! It’s finally HERE!

No, not Christmas.

The #OneRoomChallenge from Calling it Home!!!


What’s the ORC you ask? Why, only one of the most awesome decor challenges in Blogland! Linda, over at Calling it Home created the event as a way of motivating herself and other bloggers to completely re-vamp a room in six weeks. Yes, you read that correctly: SIX WEEKS!

Now, six weeks may seem like a lot of time. And I guess it would be, if ALL YOU DID was work on the room. But we all have lives and jobs and families, so six weeks is going to fly by!
ORC Guest Blue

For the ORC, I’ve chosen to completely makeover our master bathroom. *WARNING: pictures of toilets and showers ahead.*

Our master bathroom is… well… trapped in 1981. Brown and café au lait tub and tile. GIANT unframed mirror. Curlicue vanity hardware. Pseudo-Victorian “oil lamp” lighting.

Our master bathroom

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Día de Muertos Luminaries | #HomeForTheFallidays Halloween Craft Hop

These past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of co-hosting an autumnal Instagram game called #HomeForTheFallidays, along with fifteen other lovely bloggers. I’ve really been enjoying seeing their creativity and ingenuity shine during each week’s fall-themed challenge. (And I admit that it makes me want to up my decor game!)

The great thing about #HomeForTheFallidays is that you don’t have to be a hostess to participate. Anyone with an Instagram account can get in on the fun!

Our theme for this week is Halloween crafts, so we thought we’d go one step further and make it a blog hop!

I was actually walking through the dollar store when I began thinking about what craft I’d make for the hop. Standing there, surrounded by bright, plastic pumpkin paraphernalia, I was struck by just how wasteful Halloween can be. So I decided to make my craft “green”: I bought nothing for it and I re-cycled materials I already had on hand!

The result is stylishly spooky, if I do say so myself!

How to make Day of the Dead (Halloween) luminaries out of tin cans |

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My Home Style Blog Hop | Classic + Evolving + Artistic

Thanks for stopping by Flourish & Knot today! I am really pleased to be participating in the My Home Style Blog Hop, hosted by Casa Watkins. The hop, which began yesterday, features 20 bloggers’ homes! You’re invited to “hop” around by following the links from one blog to the next. It’s a fantastic way to find new, inspiring bloggers to follow. I know I have some serious house-envy for some of these ladies’ homes! If you’re arriving from the previous “destination”, Blue I Style, welcome!

If you had to sum up your home’s style in three words, what would they be? (If I were totally honest, right now they’d be “messy”, “neglected”, and “unfinished”! HA!) But in the spirit of this blog hop (with its oh-so-pulled-together participants), my husband and I put our heads together and came up with the three words we feel encompass the overall decor vibe of our home:
My Home Style Blog Hop | Classic + Evolving + Artistic |

We settled on “Classic + Evolving + Artistic”  to sum up the look and feel of our home. Let’s a take a little peek and see why.

Erick and I have both have very distinct and differing views on how our home should be decorated. It has taken us the better part of two years to come to a consensus on how we plan to make this house “ours”. Erick’s style is more traditional: he gravitates towards finely-wrought detail in furniture, and the fact that he is an artist means that he is quite picky about what goes on our walls. My style tends to be a bit more eclectic: I like a mixture of high and low-budget pieces, and I don’t mind if things aren’t match-matchy. We’ve melded our decorating visions together by agreeing on two things:

  1. That a hodgepodge approach is definitely a no-no. Things have to feel cohesive.

and 2. That just because we like a certain piece or style or colour doesn’t mean it will fit in our home.

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Friday Faves: Etsy Fait Au Québec Edition

Happy Friday, gang! We made it to the end of the week. Yahoo! I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive week, actually. I started working on refinishing our front door (the paint was peeling something fierce) and I also started a little sewing project for fall. We’ll see how that one turns out… Quebec teachers are having one heck of a time with our contract negotiations, so it was DIY therapy amidst all the political and professional upheaval. :-)

I can’t wait for this weekend because I’m attending the Etsy Fait au Québec fair in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It’s basically this artisany-loving, DIY-ing blogger’s dream. Tonnes of awesome Canadian Etsy vendors under the same roof… Yup, that’s the dream.

So I thought I’d share a couple of artisans I’ll be on the lookout for this weekend!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and choose to purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. Any personal or banking information provided to Etsy will not be disclosed to me.*

First up is Virginie Martin Studio, who creates lovely silver jewelry. I particularly like this freshwater pearl necklace in the shape of a flower.

Flower Pearl Necklace from Virginie Martin Studios

Flower Pearl Necklace by Virginie Martin Studios

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Yes we CAN! | Homemade Tomato Sauce

I’m back with the second installment of my “Yes we CAN!” preserving recipe series. A week ago I shared my recipe for old-fashioned dill pickles. (As an aside: Erick has now polished off yet ANOTHER jar of them in one sitting. Seriously: they’re tasty.)

Today I’m sharing my recipe for a simple and easy-to-make tomato sauce. This sauce works exceptionally well as the base for a rosé sauce, tomato soup, or pasta sauce. You can use it on its own or in a dish. A few nights ago I made spaghetti with this sauce as the base, along with mushrooms and chorizo. It was splendid! A major hit and a must-repeat recipe. I’ll try to actually write it down the next time I make it. :-)

How to make and can delicious tomato sauce - Great as a base for other recipes! |

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A quick living room update + blog news!

Like any room, our living room is in a constant state of progress. It’s pretty rare to find someone – even a blogger – who will ever declare a room truly “finished”. Well, our living room is FAR from finished but it is definitely coming along nicely!

Not only am I updating you on the progress of my living room decor today, I’m also letting you in on a new step for Flourish & Knot! As of August, I became an affiliate of Etsy Canada. If you’re not already familiar with Etsy, it is an online marketplace that connects people around the world, with a particular focus on unique or handmade items. I’ve had a major crush on Etsy, ever since Erick purchased my perfect wedding jewelry through an artisan in Australia.

As an affiliate, I can link directly to shops and products that I particularly love, and when my readers purchase them via the link on my blog, I make a small commission. It’s a small step towards Flourish & Knot actually generating some income (I have a DIY habit to support, after all) and it’s a great chance to connect you, dear readers, with awesome Canadian artisans.

From now on, if a post contains any affiliate links, I will make sure to include this disclaimer directly in the post:

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and choose to purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. Any personal or banking information provided to Etsy will not be disclosed to me.

If you have any questions regarding my work as an Etsy affiliate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Last time we checked in on the living room, I had done a few things to spruce it up for the spring, but things were still very unfinished.

We painted everywhere and that's about as far as we've gotten!

We still have plenty to do here (and I’ll get to my plans for that in a moment!) but we have managed to cross a few more things off our to-do list:

  • sew some cushion covers in the same fabric as the curtains
  • hem the curtains (only a year later but whatevs)
  • get a new lamp (or two)
  • find a solution for the wireless router and CD player that are on the floor (yes, we still play CDs on occasion – what is your point??)
  • put up some artwork – especially over the GIANT sofa!
  • buy a new sofa, two new armchairs, build/buy side tables… Generally overhaul :-)

Our living room as of September 2015 - still lots of decorating to do! |

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