DIY | Crafts | Sewing

Easy Embroidered Pillow | Ikea Hack | There for the Making

Easy Embroidered Pillow | Ikea Hack | There for the Making

I always admired my grandmother’s beautiful embroidery skills, and wondered how she turned that bag of coloured thread into intricate, charming designs. I’ve attempted a few little quasi-embroidery projects in the past (a few little felt Christmas ornaments and some extraordinarily bad embroidered names on […]
Spinning a Good Yarn: All About the TWIST Fibre Festival!

Spinning a Good Yarn: All About the TWIST Fibre Festival!

You guys know that I love everything to do with fabric and textiles, right? I’ve always been fascinated by artisanal textiles, and one of my favourite things to do on vacation is find some locally-made fabrics or fibres to take home. I’ve bought embroidery in […]
Cottage-Inspired (mini) Deck Makeover | Colourful Vintage Cottage Style

Cottage-Inspired (mini) Deck Makeover | Colourful Vintage Cottage Style

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, glimmering lake surrounded by towering green pines to say “summer”. Throughout most of my childhood, we spent many summer days at a good friend’s cottage in Ontario and they are some of my happiest memories. It’s no wonder, then, […]

Maple Leaf String Art | Canada Day Crafts | Spectacular Summer Blog Hop #8

O Canada! We’re so excited to be celebrating 150 years of you! In honour of our country’s 150th birthday, I thought it would be fun to work on some Canada Day crafts, so off I went to my crafty stash. Just a few minutes later, […]
Canada Day Crafts! | Canada Day Wreath | There for the Making

Canada Day Crafts! | Canada Day Wreath | There for the Making

Who here loves a good craft? *raises own hand* Who here loves a good craft that celebrates your national holiday? *raises both hands* Who here loves a good craft that celebrates your national holiday and costs ZERO DOLLARS? *raises both hands and feet* For the […]
DIY Silk Floral Hair Comb | DIY Hair Accessories

DIY Silk Floral Hair Comb | DIY Hair Accessories

They say that the first step towards progress is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, I’m Sarah and I LOVE flowers. Flowers of all kinds! The more, the brighter, the ruffly-er, the better! But I definitely don’t have any plans to ditch this particular addiction; […]
Painted Geometric DIY Flower Pots | There for the Making: Earth Day!

Painted Geometric DIY Flower Pots | There for the Making: Earth Day!

Today I’m getting up on my soapbox to talk about two things that make me tick: budget-friendly projects and environmentalism! Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and I am so excited to share an eco-friendly project with you. It also happens to be the […]
Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now!

Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now!

I’m honoured (and a tad nervous, if I’m honest) to be speaking at the Yes Women Can! Au feminin pluriel conference this weekend in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Yes Women Can! is a day-long event and trade show celebrating female entrepreneurs, creatives, performers… and all-round fabulous […]
Craft & Sewing Space REVEAL! | DIY Home Decor | $100 Room Challenge

Craft & Sewing Space REVEAL! | DIY Home Decor | $100 Room Challenge

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. Up until about 48 hours ago, I thought I’d be writing a big, sad apology for not completing my craft and sewing space makeover in time. But hey look! Thanks to some major butt-kicking (and a whole […]
$100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | Week 3: Progress!

$100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | Week 3: Progress!

I had every intention of showing you an almost-finished craft & sewing space this week. I really did! The spirit was willing, but the procrastination was stronger. “Sarah: you titled this post ‘Progress’!” Well, the answer is that I actually did make progress in my […]
Craft & Sewing Room Makeover Plans & Progress | $100 Room Challenge | Week 2

Craft & Sewing Room Makeover Plans & Progress | $100 Room Challenge | Week 2

Lists have been written and re-written. Mounds and mounds of paper and ribbon and fabric and paint have been sorted. Bins have been emptied and re-filled. Pinterest has been surfed. Plans have been made! My craft & sewing room makeover has begun in earnest as part […]
Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | The Scary “Before”

Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | The Scary “Before”

So here’s the thing: bloggers generally only photograph the prettied-up versions of their homes. We spend hours and hours making sure that everything is just so before snapping our pics. We then run those perfectly posed pics through a rigorous regime of re-sizing, editing, watermarking, collaging, […]
DIY Sponge-Painted Picture Frames | There for the Making

DIY Sponge-Painted Picture Frames | There for the Making

When I blogged about my 2017 goals, I alluded to a special series I was starting here on Flourish & Knot. Well, today I am so excited to be bringing you the very first instalment of There for the Making: the Zero $$ DIY Challenge! […]
“Warm Heart” DIY Hand Warmers | Valentine’s Day Hop

“Warm Heart” DIY Hand Warmers | Valentine’s Day Hop

Who else feels that Valentine’s Day has become too commercial? Hands? Anyone? Well, I do, which is why my hubby and I often go handmade for our Valentine’s Day gifts. Today I’m joining some of my fellow Canadian bloggers to bring you DIY inspiration for […]
DIY Fabric-Covered Storage Box | Destash Challenge

DIY Fabric-Covered Storage Box | Destash Challenge

First DIY of 2017! Woohoo! In the spirit of getting the year off on the right foot, I committed to creating more with what I already own; so, when Megan of C’mon Get Crafty invited a bunch of bloggers to participate in a “de-stash” crafting challenge, I […]
Handmade Living in 2017 | Goals for the New Year!

Handmade Living in 2017 | Goals for the New Year!

Welcome back, friends! I know that 2017 is already a few weeks old, but I took some time to enjoy a little blogging break. It felt good to have a few no-pressure weeks, but I am full of creative ideas for the new year and eager to […]
15 Quick (Last-Minute!) DIY Gift Ideas

15 Quick (Last-Minute!) DIY Gift Ideas

If you’re anything like me, you may still have a few… okay, okay, a LOT of gifts to finalize before next weekend. In our family, we’re big on handmade and DIY gifts, so I am always looking for some great ideas that I can make […]
10-Minute Scandinavian Snowflakes | Create & Share

10-Minute Scandinavian Snowflakes | Create & Share

Spending weeks and weeks on your holiday decor is all fine and well, but sometimes you just need a quick and easy Christmas craft! (On Monday I talked about some other simple Christmas decor ideas.) These Scandinavian-inspired popsicle stick snowflakes use just a few basic materials […]
Berries & Birds Holiday Wreath

Berries & Birds Holiday Wreath

Just like that, October is over and giving way to cold and blustery November.  I like to decorate my home for the holidays in fits and starts, so that my anticipation of the season has time to build. Christmas always seems to come and go so quickly (maybe because I […]
DIY Glittered Candles | Create & Share Challenge

DIY Glittered Candles | Create & Share Challenge

The title of this post really should be “Easiest DIY EVER”. Or maybe “Prettiest, easiest DIY EVER”. Who knew that a little glitter could add such style and charm to plain-Jane taper candles? For this month’s Create & Share Challenge, Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living and Cat […]
A DIY painted pumpkin for Día de Muertos & Halloween

A DIY painted pumpkin for Día de Muertos & Halloween

Family traditions are so important! Here on Flourish & Knot, I’ve talked a lot about our family traditions. From the Scottish quaich ceremony at our wedding to the ornaments we put on our Christmas tree year after year, these rituals are at the heart of […]
Easy DIY Block-Printed Napkins

Easy DIY Block-Printed Napkins

If you’ve been reading Flourish & Knot for a while, you may remember that I’ve visited India twice as part of the James Connection. You can read about my experiences here and here. Since travelling in that part of the world, I’ve had a fascination […]
Jellyfish Tag Toy | Handmade Baby Shower Gift

Jellyfish Tag Toy | Handmade Baby Shower Gift

I am thrilled to be participating in this baby shower-themed blog hop, organized by Sydney of Tastefully Frugal. If you’re joining me here at Flourish & Knot for the first time: welcome! Each of us interpreted the theme in a slightly different way, so there […]
DIY Infinity Scarf (+ Nursing Cover!)

DIY Infinity Scarf (+ Nursing Cover!)

I’ve been so busy sewing ALL THE BABY CLOTHES that I sort of forgot that I could use a few new things myself! Way back when, I saw a few infinity scarf/nursing cover patterns on Pinterest, and thought they’d be really useful once the baby […]
5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for Baby

5 Ways I’m Getting Ready for Baby

Long time no see! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I feel like I’m just coming up for air. Between some pretty hefty family stuff and getting ready for Baby K’s arrival in six weeks, I feel like my to-do list has become […]
Once Upon a Time | Storybook Baby Shower

Once Upon a Time | Storybook Baby Shower

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away… I had the pleasure of hosting a storybook baby shower! One of my two best friends, Alana, is expecting her first child (a little boy!) in September. Since we don’t see each other very […]
Harry Potter Nursery REVEAL! | One Room Challenge

Harry Potter Nursery REVEAL! | One Room Challenge

Today’s post opens at the close of the One Room Challenge.  As part of the six-week ORC, my husband and I have taken our guest room and transformed it into the perfect, star-filled, Harry Potter nursery for our baby girl. We could not be more thrilled to […]
19 One Room Challenge Reveals to Watch!

19 One Room Challenge Reveals to Watch!

It’s the sixth and final week of the One Room Challenge, and all the participants are busily completing the finishing touches on their made-over spaces. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the ORC is a six-week decor challenge hosted by Calling it Home. […]
Harry Potter Nursery | One Room Challenge | Week 4

Harry Potter Nursery | One Room Challenge | Week 4

Week four of the One Room Challenge has come and gone, and I can honestly say that it was not as harrowing as I thought it would be! In case you’ve missed the first three weeks of this home decor adventure, the ORC is an event […]
Harry Potter Nursery | One Room Challenge | Week 3

Harry Potter Nursery | One Room Challenge | Week 3

The One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling it Home, is now in full swing, with participating bloggers making fabulous progress on their rooms! If you’re tuning into my Harry Potter nursery ORC makeover for the first time, be sure to catch up on my week one […]
Monogrammed Cheese Board with Walnut Hollow

Monogrammed Cheese Board with Walnut Hollow

Every so often, a challenge comes along that really makes your DIY genes tingle in anticipation. This month’s Create & Share, was just such a challenge! Using products generously provide by Walnut Hollow, myself and 30 other DIY bloggers were tasked with creating a unique piece for our […]
Whimsical Owl Art: Create & Share Challenge

Whimsical Owl Art: Create & Share Challenge

I love a good challenge, and this month’s Create & Share presented that and more! We were partnered with Graphic Stock, a great online resource for stock images, and tasked with creating a home decor project using one of their images. I decided that since […]
Stencilled Birch Tree Runner | Create & Share with Cutting Edge Stencils

Stencilled Birch Tree Runner | Create & Share with Cutting Edge Stencils

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you a project that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks: a rustic, elegant stencilled birch tree table runner! I was so pleased to be asked by Cutting Edge Stencils to feature their Winter Cardinals stencil in […]
Ombré Pinecones | Home for Christmas Hop

Ombré Pinecones | Home for Christmas Hop

Happy weekend! I hope you’ve enjoyed some relaxing time off. Maybe you’ve been working on your holiday decor? (In case you missed it, my Christmas Home Tour has lots of inspiration!) Perhaps you’re still looking for some simple and inexpensive ways to inject colour into […]
Fabergé-Inspired Ornament (for $10!) | Ornament Exchange

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.) […]
Master Bathroom REVEAL! | One Room Challenge

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 […]
One Room Challenge | 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Weeks

One Room Challenge | 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Weeks

We're on the home stretch of the #OneRoomChallenge, and today I'm sharing 5 Things I've Learned in 5 Weeks (of making over my bathroom)!
One Room Challenge | Week 4 | Vanity Fair?

One Room Challenge | Week 4 | Vanity Fair?

Progress for progress’s sake happened around here*. And the jury is most definitely OUT. (*Yes, that was a Harry Potter reference. Yes, I am a 27-year-old who still reads HP. What is your point?) For those of you who are joining me for the first […]
One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 3

One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 3

My One Room Challenge master bath makeover progress has been slow this week, but things are being crossed off the to-do list! This week's conundrum? Lighting!
A Poe-etic Pillow | Create & Share with Cutting Edge Stencils

A Poe-etic Pillow | Create & Share with Cutting Edge Stencils

For the October Create & Share Challenge, I teamed up with Cutting Edge Stencils to create a Poe-etically inspired raven pillow. Perfect for a spooky literary soirée! (And a giveaway!)
Saying Goodbye to 115

Saying Goodbye to 115

Today, my parents are moving to a new house. Today, our home becomes someone else’s home. It’s hard to imagine another family living at 115 Pleasant Creek, but I know my parents have been waiting for this day for a very long time! As happy […]
One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week Two

One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week Two

Welcome! If you’re new to Flourish & Knot: thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll take some time to explore my posts and projects. I love sharing my adventures (and sometimes my misadventures) in the land of DIY! It was a pretty exciting week here […]
One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 1

One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 1

It’s here! It’s finally HERE! No, not Christmas. The #OneRoomChallenge from Calling it Home!!! *crickets* 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 […]
Día de Muertos Luminaries | Halloween Craft Hop

Día de Muertos Luminaries | 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 […]
Friday Faves: Etsy Fait Au Québec Edition

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 […]
Five Tips for the New Photographer

Five Tips for the New Photographer

For the past twelve weeks I’ve been participating in the Earnest Challenge, created by Erin at the Earnest Home Company. The challenge comprised working on a particular skills over twelve weeks and documenting it on my blog. Waaayyy back in June, I decided that I […]
Blogger Brags No. 94 | The last one

Blogger Brags No. 94 | The last one

Well, as you may have read last week, Tammy from Creative K Kids (and the marvellous hostess of the Blogger Brags link party) is moving on to new personal and blogging projects. So, this is the last week of the Blogger Brags party. 🙁 I’m […]
How to create a cascade bouquet

How to create a cascade bouquet

It’s time to unleash the cascade bouquet from the captivity of the beauty pageant! Cascade bouquets can be so much more! So today I’m going to show you how you can create your own. Wedding, concert, lounging in your bathrobe… Nothing quite (delicately) shouts “I’m both classy and whimsical” […]
Blogger Brags No. 93

Blogger Brags No. 93

So last week was a pretty big one for me as a blogger: I had TWO guest posts published, which was a first!     My zesty lemon pesto recipe was featured on Old House to New Home, and my Waldorf-inspired chicken salad was featured on Home […]
Blogger Brags No. 92 | Happy Monday!

Blogger Brags No. 92 | Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful, sunny weekend. We had great, if VERY hot weather while we were visiting my parents in Ottawa. It was great to see them because we (finally) celebrated the sale of their house!! We managed to escape to […]
Blogger Brags No. 91

Blogger Brags No. 91

Hiya, gang! Happy Monday! With just a few weeks left of my summer vacation, I’m trying to kick my DIYing into high gear. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in the coming days: I’ve got a couple of guest posts that I’m working on for […]
A rockin’ chair reveal!

A rockin’ chair reveal!

If you read the post about my 2015 Reader Survey, you know that I also gave a little peek at the rocking chair makeover I was working on. Don’t remember? (Well maybe you should go have and have a look at that… And take the survey while […]
Blogger Brags No. 90

Blogger Brags No. 90

Better late than never! We had a little mix-up with the code for this week’s #BloggerBrags link party, but here it is! In case you missed last week’s Prince Edward Island re-caps, here they are again. We had the most fabulous trip! From our accommodations […]
2015 Reader Survey + a Sneak Peek!

2015 Reader Survey + a Sneak Peek!

Hi there! I’m so glad you stopped by! Now, normally, Flourish & Knot is where I talk about my latest DIY projects; but today, I’m reaching out to you for YOUR help! I would love it if you’d take a few minutes to complete my 2015 Reader Survey. […]
Blogger Brags No. 88 | Mystery Vacation!

Blogger Brags No. 88 | Mystery Vacation!

Sorry to anyone who thought I was giving away a vacation or something. Not that kind of post, sorry. In other news: Happy Monday, all! It was a great but busy weekend, filled with pre-vacation preparations. We’re heading off soon on our summer vacation, but […]
How to arrange a floral centrepiece | My 100th post!

How to arrange a floral centrepiece | My 100th post!

Champagne all around! We celebrated my mother’s milestone birthday this weekend with family and friends at a wine-tasting-themed dinner party. On my List of Party Essentials, it hit every number! Great people – we were so lucky to be surrounded by a group of extraordinary family (and […]
Blogger Brags No. 87

Blogger Brags No. 87

What a weekend that was! On Saturday afternoon we hosted my mother’s 60th birthday party, and it was a fabulous gathering of friends and family. Croquet, sangria, a wine-tasting, a delicious dinner, music on the deck… Perfect. Happy Birthday, mom! And to give you a […]
Blogger Brags No. 86

Blogger Brags No. 86

Happy Monday, gang! I had the MOST fabulous weekend at WordCamp Montreal: I learned so, so much about using, designing, and marketing with WordPress, and met a whole bunch of fantastic people within the Montreal WordPress community. I can’t wait to share more with you […]
How to sew a table runner

How to sew a table runner

One night a few weeks ago, in the midst of preparing school concerts, I decided that I needed to do something, anything, unrelated to music. I love music. It’s kinda my life and all. But I just needed an escape from beginner-violin-meets-beginner-trombone. You know what I mean? […]
Together on Tuesdays Link Party

Together on Tuesdays Link Party

Well, folks, this is my third (and final) week of co-hosting the Together on Tuesdays link party. I want to say a big thank-you to Lisa at Chronically Content for inviting me to co-host. It’s been a great experience and it allowed me to dip my […]
Together on Tuesdays Link Party

Together on Tuesdays Link Party

Happy Tuesday, all! Thanks for stopping by today. I’m thrilled to be co-hosting my second Together on Tuesdays link party with Lisa over at Chronically Content. Last week was a particularly busy week for me in Blogland! On Monday, I entered my recent music room […]
Joining in on the #EarnestChallenge!

Joining in on the #EarnestChallenge!

I’ve been wanting to work on my photography skills ever since I saved… and saved… and saved… and came home from the camera store with my brand-spanking-new Nikon D3300. I’ve been having a ball trying it out since then, but I don’t feel like I’ve […]
Together on Tuesdays – my first link party!

Together on Tuesdays – my first link party!

I feel just like Gretl in The Sound of Music: “It’ll be my first party!” Lisa, of Chronically Content invited me to co-host the next THREE Together on Tuesdays link parties – yahoo! If you’re a fellow blogger, be sure to link up your recent post (or […]
DIY Spring Flowers | Arrange a DIY Centrepiece

DIY Spring Flowers | Arrange a DIY Centrepiece

Imperfectly pretty posies... Sometimes, things don't turn out the way you had planned. But the results can be beautiful if you allow yourself to go along for the ride! This is the story of a DIY project that did not go exactly as planned...
Springing up all over!

Springing up all over!

Here's how I decorated my living room for Spring, for less than $20. Yes, it is possible!
An eggs-quisite Easter craft!

An eggs-quisite Easter craft!

I think you'll agree that the results of my eggs-quisite Easter craft are egg-cellent and most el-egg-ant. Here's the tutorial for my egg-dyeing eggs-perience!
Easy, wreath-y, beautiful

Easy, wreath-y, beautiful

Despite the cold weather (it's still barely 1 degree here), my door is just about ready for spring thanks to this easy to make wreath!
On the fence about the bench

On the fence about the bench

I mentioned in last weekend’s big music room reveal that I’m still working on this little piano bench that I picked up several years ago at a garage sale. It started life looking like this (after being hastily reupholstered): Here it is, primed… Painted… And now […]
Feeling sunny | My music room makeover

Feeling sunny | My music room makeover

Here comes the sun and I say... Time for a music room reveal! Check out the sunny and bright "after" of my music room makeover.
Happy First Blogiversary!

Happy First Blogiversary!

Break out the bubbly! Flourish & Knot is one year old today. I never thought that I'd actually stick with this project for more than a few weeks, let alone a year! Here's a little round-up of my first year of blogging, plus a tasty infographic for you numbers people.
Wing it Wednesday: simple Valentine’s Day cards

Wing it Wednesday: simple Valentine’s Day cards

As anyone who works in an elementary school can tell you, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. The kids are all wired up on sugar and anticipation! It’s like Halloween, only A LOT colder. This year, I thought it would be fun to get back to my […]
Wing it Wednesday No. 2: Snow Blossoms

Wing it Wednesday No. 2: Snow Blossoms

I’ve been feeling pretty low this week. No particular reason, but it’s just been cold and snowy and blah. Well, today was a different story! It warmed up enough for me to enjoy my outdoor yard duty at recess (gently falling snow, kindergarteners making snow […]
Music room progress!

Music room progress!

What a difference a day week makes. I’ve almost finished painting the music room! As you can see in today’s photo, I have some touch-ups to do on the ceiling (damn those salmony ceilings!) and the walls definitely need another coat. And I have to […]
Off and running!

Off and running!

Happy Sunday, all! Even though the temperature here has dipped down again (-20 last time I checked), the crisp winter light flooding through my windows has put me in a makeover kind of mood! My music room has been crying out for attention since we […]
Knit one, hurl one

Knit one, hurl one

I went into Wal-mart looking for a picture frame (I know, I know: Wal-mart is horrible, but I was just scoping out options). I came out clutching knitting needles and three skeins of soft grey wool. To be honest, I’m not even sure how that […]
One year in: our starter story

One year in: our starter story

Sometimes I look around at our house and think “This looks nothing like other bloggers’ houses. Nothing feels pulled together. I have no artwork. I have two hand-me-down sofas. I am failing at this home-decor-blog-thing.” And then I look around at our house and think “Holy […]

Here’s to the new year!

Happy New Year! 2014 was quite a year and I’m looking forward to the challenges and joys 2015 will bring. In the spirit of new beginnings and fond reminisces, here is a look back at the best of 2014. I’ll round it off with my […]
Featuring…

Featuring…

Yours truly! SO excited to share with you that my Christmas centrepiece was featured on Healthy Happy Holy Home by blogger Marie Bungard. It’s amazing to see my work out there in the blogosphere! Thanks so much, Marie! P.S. Happy New Year! I’m working on a […]
Craftvent Calendar #4: A simple Nordic tree skirt

Craftvent Calendar #4: A simple Nordic tree skirt

Merry Christmas! I hope that this post finds you enjoying a beautiful day with friends and family. Inspired by my most recent sewing project, I decided that THIS was the year to finally make myself a beautiful tree skirt. Now, anyone who knows me, knows […]
Craftvent Calendar #3: A Christmas centrepiece

Craftvent Calendar #3: A Christmas centrepiece

Christmas is in three sleeps! Eeeeee! It’s a fantastic week already because my wonderful sister-in-law, Maricarmen, arrived from Mexico this morning! Best. Christmas. Ever. But that’s this week. Last week was a whole other roller coaster of emotions. My beloved school principal retired on Friday and gosh, […]
Pine Cone Decor | Craftvent Calendar | Week 1

Pine Cone Decor | Craftvent Calendar | Week 1

I have a big problem with premature Christmas paraphernalia. When a store cracks out their Christmas stock before Halloween is even over I make a mental note never to shop there again. Ever. (Which I promptly forget until the next year when the cycle of horrified shopping […]
My “Outlandish” Halloween | Claire Fraser Costume

My “Outlandish” Halloween | Claire Fraser Costume

Let me preface this post with a story which I think encapsulates the entire project. Last Monday, I asked one of my students what they planned to be for Hallowen. “A nerd,” they replied happily, “what about you?” I thought for a moment… How to […]
Living room progress!

Living room progress!

It’s by no means finished, but at least we have progress! And it’s only been three months! Good Lord. I feel like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada: “By all means, move at a glacial pace – you know how that thrills me.” In the longest […]
You had me at “Sassenach”

You had me at “Sassenach”

Oh Outlander. How I love thee. Let it be known that I have loved Diana Gabaldon’s books for at least a decade – in other words, my fandom predates the Starz series – and I’ve been following JAMMF* and Claire’s adventures with the sort of fervour […]
The tyranny of luxury laundry rooms

The tyranny of luxury laundry rooms

Luxury laundry rooms. I don’t get them. This is a space where you wash dirty clothes. Dirty. Clothes. Also sheets and towels. Luxury kitchens I get. If I had disposable income to burn I would totally go for one. Luxury bedrooms I get. You spend a […]
In the prime(r) of life

In the prime(r) of life

It’s been radio silence at F&K for a couple of days now. Sorry about that. I’ve been busy doing this: And this: Sorry for the poor-quality photos but the light source is covered by a plastic sheet. As you can see, there is still LOTS to […]
And the nominees are….

And the nominees are….

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster award! It’s like a Grammy or an Oscar, only waaaaayyyy better. The award recognizes new bloggers with a modest following. I was nominated by Roxanne, who writes a lovely design blog called The Honeycomb Home. I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated! And […]
Our hand-made wedding

Our hand-made wedding

I’ve talked about my husband, Erick, many times in this blog but I’ve never told the story of how he became my partner in crime life. We met just over five years ago, only two days after he had arrived in here from Mexico. Knowing that he is a musician, […]
It’s wedding (anniversary) weekend!

It’s wedding (anniversary) weekend!

It’s our first wedding anniversary on Sunday! YEEEEEEEEEEAAAYYYYYY! (That’s pronounced /jiej/ for anyone needing the IPA transcription.) This weekend is a special event on the blog, because I’ll be posting not once, not twice, but THREE times! Since I wasn’t blogging at the time of our […]
Let there be (lamp)light | DIY Lamp Makeover

Let there be (lamp)light | DIY Lamp Makeover

Every side table needs a beautiful lamp on it, right? But lamps can cost well into the hundreds of dollars, so a classy DIY option is always a great way to go! Here’s how I made over a dull, seen-better-days wooden lamp with just some […]
It’s my birthday and I’ll dance if I want to!

It’s my birthday and I’ll dance if I want to!

Today is my 26th birthday! Woo-hoo! I plan to celebrate with my friends and family, including my wonderful sister-in-law, Irene, who is here visiting all the way from Mexico City. I could not ask for a better birthday gift than to be surrounded by the […]
Balsamic-drizzled watermelon basil bites

Balsamic-drizzled watermelon basil bites

Stop the presses! Hear ye hear ye! Calling one and all! I’ve found the perfect summer appetizer! Balsamic-drizzled watermelon, feta, and basil bites A couple of months ago, one of the teachers at my school made something super similar to this for our Friday social. When […]
Feeling pretty chair-ful!

Feeling pretty chair-ful!

Because, ladies and gentlemen, the chairs are DONE! I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for this post… About to fall off your chair in anticipation… Well here it is! Actually, you’re probably thinking “Oh look – she finally finished this […]
Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I hope that you had a great weekend and were duly celebrated and lauded by your family. The reason this weekend’s post is so very late is that I was busy enjoying some fantastic down time […]
DIY yarn-wrapped candles

DIY yarn-wrapped candles

* Sung to the tune of “Favourite Things” from The Sound of Music* We had a heat wave and then a big rain storm Chairs are delayed, this seems like my new norm I am a blogger, I must write a post So I fall back […]
My Big Fat Project Update

My Big Fat Project Update

I’ve been terribly lax about posting lately and I apologize sincerely for the delay! The past two weeks have been unbelievably busy ones for me, with two major school concerts, and their obligatory dress rehearsals. Life is now back to normal, though, and the end of concert […]
Clearing the deck(s)

Clearing the deck(s)

When we first looked at this house as potential buyers, it was the deck that sold us. Don’t get me wrong: we loved (almost) everything else about this house, and what we don’t love is pretty much just cosmetic. But oh the deck… it was […]
Take a seat

Take a seat

Actually, don’t, because you’ll probably fall right through. And no, I am not making derogatory remarks about anyone’s weight. I am merely telling the Cinderella-esque story of the four dilapidated chairs that came do live on our deck. My parents hoard collect chairs. To be […]
An Easter-Themed Arrangement

An Easter-Themed Arrangement

This weekend, Erick and I visited my grandmother and aunt, who live in Quebec City. We had a fabulous time catching up and celebrating Easter, but it was bittersweet at times. It will come as no shock to anyone who knows my family to hear […]
Sneak peek: an egg-cellent Easter craft

Sneak peek: an egg-cellent Easter craft

Terrible pun, I know. I am ashamed. But look what I made! Details A.I. (After India).
All Buttoned Up

All Buttoned Up

I’m so sorry for missing the Wednesday post, flourishers! I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off (I always say that in my mother’s voice, for some reason) getting ready for my trip to India. I bet you’re thinking, “Wait! India? […]
Guest Post: DIY ink-blot artwork

Guest Post: DIY ink-blot artwork

Hey fellow flourishers (I think that’s your new name)! I’m thrilled to introduce the first of what I hope will be many wonderful guest posts. This one is by my friend Annie, who you’ll remember from this post. She did some really great DIY artwork […]
Home is where the heart (craft) is

Home is where the heart (craft) is

This project is something I made during one of my “crafternoons” with my best friend, Annie. I was inspired by this pin, though mine was on a smaller scale and in a different palette. I used materials I had lying around the house: – A small […]
One nightstand…

One nightstand…

Four years ago, my best friend/then-roommate and I rescued a little nightstand from the garbage room of our apartment building. I wish I’d taken some true before shots so that you could fully appreciate the pre-makeover ick-factor of this nightstand. Think duct-tape skid marks, strange […]
A ‘Downton Abbey’-inspired arrangement

A ‘Downton Abbey’-inspired arrangement

I created this Downton Abbery-inspired flower arrangement for our Valentine’s Day dinner. It was my first time creating an asymetrical cascade arrangement, and I’m pretty sure that the Dowager Countess would approve! If you don’t know who that is, then you need to get on […]
DIY All-White Floral Centrepiece

DIY All-White Floral Centrepiece

As I said in my previous post, my fiancé and I had a wonderful, romantic New Year’s Eve dinner at home this year. Here is what our table looked like: To really set the ambiance, I created a lush, all-white floral centrepiece for our table. […]