Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for Stylish Women (& a GIVEAWAY!)

I’m so thrilled that so many of you took time to comment and share last week’s “nerdy” Gift Guide. Thank you! I hope you had a chance to make a return visit to enter the SURPRISE GIVEAWAY that was added to it!

A Gift Guide for the stylish women on your list | Jewelry GIVEAWAY by Tocara |

In today’s Gift Guide, I have gathered items from Tocara for the stylish woman. “But Sarah!” you cry, “style is so subjective!” And I agree with you. In creating this guide I have tried to touch on some of my favourite pieces in a variety of styles, and at a whole range of price points!

This post was made possible in collaboration with Pina Fulginiti for Tocara. Two pieces from the Tocara line were offered to Flourish & Knot readers. No other remuneration was accepted. All opinions are my own.

Jewelry & Accessories by Tocara

I’m so pleased to be introducing you to Tocara’s gorgeous jewelry and accessories! My dear friend and colleague, Pina Fulginiti, is a consultant for the Quebec-based jewelry line, and is generously SPONSORING a GIVEAWAY for Flourish & Knot readers! Who wouldn’t want to win some new bling for the holiday season??

Tocara’s jewelry line truly has something for everyone. (Even the men in your life: they sell watches.) Classic, bohemian, edge, contemporary, feminine… They’ve got it all!

I know you’re itching to get to the giveaway, but first, my favourite picks from their line…Charlene Hoops by Tocara

Charlene Rose Gold and Cyrstalux Earrings by Tocara ($85.00)

Kelly blue necklace

Kelly Necklace by Tocara ($149.00)

Chantal Scarf

Chantal Black & White Scarf by Tocara ($27.00)

Adelynn Necklace

Adelynn Necklace by Tocara ($149.00)

Danielle teardrop earrings

Danielle Teardrop Earrings by Tocara ($57.00)Lisa Abalone Earrings

Lisa Abalone Shell Earrings by Tocara ($65.00)

Jasmine Bracelet

Jasmine Bracelet by Tocara ($39.00)

I’m so excited to announce that we’re giving away TWO Tocara pieces to Flourish & Knot readers. A HUGE thank-you to Pina for generously sponsoring this giveaway. It is open to residents of Canada and the USA (and Tocara will ship directly to you if you choose to order from them!).

First Prize is the delicate (but slightly edgy) Cynthia ecklace:

Cynthia Necklace

Cynthia Necklace by Tocara ($99.00 value!)

I couldn’t help but try on the necklace… Here’s how I styled it for a day at work. (Parent-teacher interviews, perhaps?)

Cynthia Necklace by Tocara | A Giveaway on

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Second Prize is the bright and cheerful Lynette scarf:Lynette scarf

Lynette Multicolour Scarf by Tocara ($35.00 value!)

When you click on the giveaway link below, you’ll see that there are several ways to enter the contest. I encourage you to visit the Tocara website to check out all of their products. You can also find Pina on Facebook, where you can keep up with the special deals she is offering during the holiday season!

Click HERE to enter the TOCARA GIVEAWAY!

Have a fabulous week! xo


A Scottish Holiday Table | November Create & Share

American Thanksgiving and St Andrew’s Day are just around the corner (November 26th and 30th, respectively), so when the November Create & Share challenge was announced, I jumped at the chance to create a tablescape in honour of these events. Since we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, I was eager to have another excuse to break out some lovely table setting pieces, and allow my imagination free reign.

My parents recently moved to a sweet little red brick Victorian home in a small Ontario town, and they graciously allowed me to use their new (old?) dining room as the setting for this challenge. Using family heirloom pieces, MacLeod tartan accessories (my clan!), and plenty of pine cones, I created a Scottish holiday table.

Scottish Holiday Table Horizontal Click here to continue reading…

Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for the Nerd in All of Us (+ a GIVEAWAY!)

I hate malls.

There, I said it. I hate them the way Harry Potter hates Death Eaters. Or the way Frodo hates Sauron.*

(*See what I did there? I just introduced the theme of this week’s gift guide! Sneaky as a sneakoscope.)

Flourish & Knot's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for the Nerd in All of Us

I hate traipsing around in winter boots in overheated and overcrowded malls at Christmastime. I hate the junky, rage-inducing holiday pop music being piped in. Go ahead: play Mariah One. More. Time. I dare you.

I AM a big fan of getting holiday shopping done early and painlessly. And I’m willing to bet that you are too. To this end, I have rounded up some of my top gift picks, all conveniently purchasable on the INTERNET! *Cue Hallelujah Chorus*

Today’s gift guide is dedicated to the people on your list who love nothing more than to get into a five-hour fandom conversation. Or the people who can’t help but make science puns. Or the people who are silently correcting my grammar. (Please know that I hesitate every time I start a sentence with “and”. The struggle is real.)

Gifts for the Nerd in All of Us

*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.*


I was approached by the lovely Vanessa of Veelightful, who asked if I might be interested in including some of her… get this… nerdy bath products (yes, you read that correctly)! I asked if she’d be willing to offer one of YOU a free product and she said YES!

I think Veelightful’s products would make perfect stocking stuffers. They are reasonably priced and will definitely make people chuckle. :-)

Death Star Bath Bomb by Veelightful

Death Star Bath Bomb by Veelightful

Felix Felicis Massage Oil by Veelightful

Felix Felicis Massage Oil by Veelightful

Star Trek Foot Fizzies by Veelightful

Star Trek Foot Fizzies by Veelightful

Han Solo Foot Fizzies by Veelightful

Han Solo Foot Fizzies by Veelightful

Be sure to enter the giveaway for $10 of Veelightful bath and styling products (there’s stuff for men, too!), and please stop by her Etsy shop to take a look at her delightful bath fizzies! You’ll find the giveaway at the end of this post, so keep on reading…

Millenium Falcon

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Poster from The Patent Office

The first two choices are both 100% Husband-Approved! Erick loved the idea of the Millennium Falcon post, and we both love the vintage travel poster style of the three Star Wars locations.

Star Wars Travel Posters

Star Wars Travel Posters from MM Paper Co.

Sith Happens

Sith Happens Shirt from T-shirt Bordello

Now we venture into my personal favourite section of this guide: the Harry Potter paraphernalia! First up I chose some Deathly Hallows charms. These come with different finishes and chain options, and are very reasonably priced.

Deathly Hallows Necklace

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace from Fairy Fountain Gifts

I love that this next one looks like a real piece of jewelry… But it’s a snitch!

Snitch Necklace

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace from Tiny Bubbles Crafts

Butterbeer Tea

Butterbeer Tea from Tea and Other Things

These Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks pint glasses are perfect for the adult HP fan on your list. *Hint, hint!*

Leaky Cauldron:Three Broomsticks Glasses

Harry Potter Pint Glasses from Karen’s Custom Glass

I couldn’t resist including this sweet little Lord of the Rings quotation print. Everybody knows the importance of second breakfast!

Second Breakfast

Second Breakfast Print from Pocket Sized Observer

This might be my favourite of all. I love puns and I love Game of Thrones. Perfection.

Dinner is Coming

Dinner is Coming Chopping Board from 2Gether Store

General science-y stuff is always appreciated by the nerd set. I know a couple of people on my list who would love these molecular wine glasses.

Chemistry Wine Glass

Wine Chemistry Stemless Glass by Cognitive Surplus

Start ’em young, I say! This little beaker and atom onesie will get them on the right track.

Science Baby

Science Baby Onesie from Nerdy With Kids

Viking MObile

Viking Ship Mobile by Toy Maker to the Kings

As a music teacher, I receive a lot of music-themed gifts. This infinity scarf is a highly-wearable option for the musical ladies on your list.

Music Lover Scarf

Music Lover Infinity Scarf from Eyerisanne

This Ursa Major pillow actually glows in the dark! Young or old, I think this a perfect gift.

Ursa Major

Ursa Major Pillow by Love California

And now for our fabulous Veelightful GIVEAWAY! Please click the link below and use the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Good luck to you all and thanks so much to Vanessa for hosting this giveaway.

Click HERE to enter the Veelightful GIVEAWAY!!

I know for sure that some of these may end up under my tree. Whether they will be for my loved ones or for ME is a whole other story! :-) There are also plenty of other gift ideas to be found on Etsy’s Holiday Hub.

I’ll be back later this week with the November Create & Share Challenge (click here to catch up on October’s challenge)! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.

Also, be sure to come back next Monday for the next gift guide (and ANOTHER GIVEAWAY)! Until then, have a great week!

2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Welcome back! Thanks so much for all the lovely comments and shares on my One Room Challenge master bathroom reveal post! You are all so kind and I just wanted to say a huge “thank you”.

Yesterday I shared my $10 Fabergé-Inspired Christmas Ornament, which I made for the 2015 Ornament Exchange hosted by My Pinterventures.

A Faberge-Inspired DIY Ornament (for $10!) |

What I didn’t tell you was that all the participating bloggers (yes, over 80 of us!) are also hosting an Ornament Exchange LINK PARTY from today until the end of November! I really hope you’ll take time to add an ornament you’ve made, or click through and find some inspiration for this year’s tree. 
Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared? We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the ExchangeOrnament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

Click HERE to see all the of the ornaments!

Fabergé-Inspired Ornament (for $10!) | Ornament Exchange

My family does hand-made ornaments in a BIG way, so when I heard about the 2015 Ornament Exchange, hosted by Erlene at My Pinterventures, I had to jump on the craft wagon! (That’s like the band wagon only with more glue and fewer wrong notes.)

The Ornament Exchange has over 80 participating bloggers, who have each created or purchased an ornament for $10 or less. Those of us who have made our ornaments have been posting the tutorials over the past ten days, and each day has featured new and interesting ways to create hand-made decorations for your tree.

The 2015 Ornament Exchange |

Once all the tutorials are posted, we will mail our beautiful ornaments to our assigned partners (you have no idea how much organization Erlene has put into this!) and we will proudly display each others’ creations on our trees, or in our holiday decor. My ornament partner hails from my hometown of Ottawa, Canada! Hilary, from Raising Fairies and Knights, created an amazing Outlander-themed ornament for me! I snuck a peek a couple of days ago when she posted her tutorial… And you all know just how much I like love am obsessed with Outlander.

Hilary told me her basic wish list for an ornament: no orange, lots of blue, silver is good, nothing breakable (she has toddlers). That made my job pretty easy, because blue and silver are also staples of MY holiday decorating! I love me some blue…

I was scouring the internet, searching for inspiration, and came across some images of the turn-of-the-century Fabergé ornaments and eggs from Imperial Russia. I was struck by the beauty of some of the designs, such as this gorgeous one:

Mieks Fabergé Egg in blues, silver, and gold

Mieks Fabergé Egg

And with that, I was off and running! Here’s how you can make your own Fabergé-inspired Christmas ornament, for less than $10.

A Faberge-Inspired DIY Ornament (for $10!) |

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Master Bathroom REVEAL! | One Room Challenge

We made it! A month and a half ago, my handy husband and I signed on for a seemingly crazy venture: to make over our master bathroom in six weeks with $300. As part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home, we planned a makeover on a minuscule budget.

ORC Guest Blue

Everyone thought we were nuts. No-one thought we’d do it! (Actually, that’s not true: we had an amazing cheering section of wonderful friends and readers the whole way.) But with plenty of elbow grease and only one particularly horrible meltdown (guess whose?) we did it!

If you are joining me for the first time today: thank you and welcome! I’m so glad you’re here to toast the completion of this seemingly gargantuan project. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result, and I really hope you’ll stay a while.

Come on in and see how things look now…

A $300 coral, brown, and white bathroom makeover | One Room Challenge |

A $300 coral, brown, and white bathroom makeover | One Room Challenge |

To truly appreciate the transformation, you need to journey back to where we started. It wasn’t always so bright and rosy…

Click here to see the BEFORE!

6 One Room Challenge REVEALS to Watch For!

As we feverishly work on our master bathroom One Room Challenge makeover (it’s now WE because, let’s face it: my husband has become SUPER [Handy]MAN), I can’t help but become pretty excited to see all of the reveals! And since the ORC is a SIX-week makeover challenge, I thought I’d share six ORC reveals I’m looking forward to checking out later this week.

6 #OneRoomChallenge makeover reveals I'm watching for! |

Master Bedroom Makeover from White Dog Vintage

Master Bedroom Makeover by White Dog Vintage

Brittany, over at White Dog Vintage, has been working REALLY hard (with the help of HER handy husband!) on their master bedroom and the results are already pretty amazing! I love her light and dark green palette, with poppy red accents. Can’t wait to see the final results. (Oh, and did I mention that they refinished the floors for this makeover? With only SIX weeks?)

Living Room Makeover by Casa Watkins

Living Room Makeover by Casa Watkins

You know Stephanie at Casa Watkins from our Home for the Fallidays Halloween craft hop and from the My Home Style blog hop. Well, she’s doing some pretty lovely work on her living room. (I seem to really be gravitating towards green!) Steph is creating a lush, global-inspired look for her family’s living room and I really can’t wait to see everything come together.

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