When I say “shop local”, what do you think of? Fresh produce from a farmers’ market. Locally-made clothing, accessories, gifts bought in a boutique rather than a big-box store. One-of-a-kind home decor from a flea market or small shop. But there are SO many other ways to shop local, including for flowers! Flower farms are becoming more and more common, and they are slowly moving their way north from warmer climes to Quebec. I had a chance to visit Les Jardins de Frieda Bella, a brand-new flower farm in the small town of Rigaud, to see what shopping locally for flowers really means. I got to sample Frieda’s gorgeous blooms by making a moody, wild bouquet in a palette of purples, blues, and soft pinks.
Les Jardins de Frieda Bella provided the flowers for this bouquet gratis. All opinions and creative designs are my own. For more information, please see my Policies page. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Flourish & Knot!
Let me show you how I created this bouquet, which would be perfect for either gifting or for a wedding, and take you on a tour of Les Jardins Frieda Bella.
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Way back in June when I revealed my Canada Day BBQ set-up, I promised you my Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe. I always like to test out a recipe a few times before I put it on the blog, and I am happy to report that this dip has been a real crowd-pleaser at several gatherings this summer! So, I feel confident sharing it today as part of the Spectacular Summer Blog Hop.
This dip is ridiculously easy to whip up, and it can even be made sans oven on a grill if the weather is too hot! With only a few basic ingredients, it’s great for unexpected guests. 🙂
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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 Mexico, yarn in Scotland, weaving in Newfoundland, hand-died fabric in India… it’s all such fun to work with and admire in our home! I’ve done some sewing projects here on Flourish & Knot over the years (find them here), but I’ve always been curious about the production side of things. How are natural fibres harvested, processed, and then turned into the raw materials for DIY projects? Well, when I was approached by the TWIST Fibre Festival, I jumped at the chance to have exactly these questions answered, and to learn more about the many faces of textile art.
This post was sponsored by the TWIST Fibre Festival. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Policies page.
With four days of programming (two days devoted just to workshops, and two days of the full festival), Twist is the largest fibre and textile art festival in Canada. It takes place in the charming Quebec village of Saint-André-Avellin, which is just about 40 minutes north of Ottawa, two hours from Montreal, and two hours from the US border! The area is home to some of the best outdoor activities around, including Parc Oméga wildlife park and Montebello. Click here to continue reading…