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D.I.Y FRESH FLORAL HOLDAY TREE ORNAMENTS

 

Being German means Christmas is almost sacred. It’s a rule that no work is to be done until the tree comes down in January and if we could be in Europe this time every year - we would. The markets, food, and atmosphere are like nothing you’ve ever likely experienced. So to compensate, our Euro-Canadian festivities are almost ritualistic, right down to the tree only being decorated the week before Christmas Eve. In fact, when we were kids the tree was only decorated on the eve, with real lit candles. There’s a very specific way I like to decorate the tree. First, I like to hog the experience all to myself. No co-decorating allowed. But this year when my sister asked me to guest blog for the holidays, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share a D.I.Y of the cute fresh floral ornaments I make for my tree. And because I love my sister :)

FRESH FLORAL TREE ORNAMENTS

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Materials:

12 Water Picks

1 Box of Dark Green Reindeer Moss

Green Craft Wire 

12 Roses (any colour) 

1 Bunch of Seeded Eucalyptus

Pruners

Glue Gun

 

Before you begin the project it’s always important that you re-cut and hydrate your roses in warm water, removing any bruised petals. I find Eucalyptus also dries out fast so be sure to make sure they're also in a nice vase of water.

 

 

Step 1:

Fill your water picks with water. Make sure their dried off and the cap is nice and snug so you don't have any leakage 

 

Step 2: 

With your glue gun, use bits of Mood Moss and adhere it to the water pick. Essentially this will help camouflage the water pick when you add your blooms to the tree. Feel free to use a bit of wire to secure the moss further

DIY Ornaments toast events
DIY Ornaments toast events

 

Step 3:

Take your rose bloom and re-cut the stem. Make sure you keep the stems long. I do this for a few reasons. It distributes the weight of the bloom over a larger area so that your branches don’t bend with weight. It also allows the water pick to be further inside the tree so that you don’t see it. 

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Step 4:

Cut a few sprigs of Eucalyptus and wire it together with the rose bloom. 

DIY Ornaments toast events

 

Step 5:

Insert the tip of the Rose stem into the water pick making sure the tip goes right down to the base of the capsule. 

DIY Ornaments toast events

 

Step 6:

Once your tree is fully decorated, insert the bloom into the tree with the water pick closest to the main stem of the tree. And voila! You’re done! 

DIY Ornaments toast events
DIY Ornaments toast events

 

Once the Rose is finished blooming you can pop a new one in. Just make sure you add more water to the capsule ;) Flowers normally last about 3 days

It’s the perfect D.I.Y to wow your guests making your tree just a tad extra!

xoxox 

Elise & Hugo

 

PROPS

Galvanized tree collar, Canadian Tire $39.99

White Herrnhuter Sterne Stars, Artistic Landscape Designs Boutique $134.95 (they're currently on sale!) 

Wicker Basket, Home Sense $34.95

Fur Stockings, Home Sense $12.95

Fur Throw Pillow, Home Sense $26.95

Moroccan Pillow, Artistic Landscape Designs $165.95

Hugo, Chocolate Lab $ priceless

All ornaments are either form Germany or Artistic Landscape Designs Boutique

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GBD HOLIDAY GUEST BLOG - ADVENTURE COCKTAILS

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GBD HOLIDAY GUEST BLOG - ADVENTURE COCKTAILS

Engelina Schmitz Gardening by Design Guest Blog Post

I love having guest bloggers, especially when it's my sister because she has such great taste and her posts are super cute! She's a landscape designer with a super cool Scandinavian design style (runs in the family) that's all about bringing the indoors, outdoors. Essentially the concept of extending your living space outside.

In the new year you'll be seeing a bit more of her, me, my other sister, lot's of Hugo etc as I ramp up my blogging to include a bit more of a lifestyle component. 

Enjoy! 


GBD'S HOLIDAY COCKTAIL MIX


As we all gear towards the holidays and are hosting parties for family and friends, it’s always nice to stumble upon a unique cocktail recipe. Going hand in hand with our belief in encouraging people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, we wanted to create a fun and dual-purpose holiday punch that could play a part. 
  
Start your night with your guests indoors, with a chilled, boozy punch. Later in the night when it’s time for a change of scenery, turn your chilled punch into a hot beverage to take outside! Start a campfire, take a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, or if it’s February in Ottawa –go for a night skate on the Rideau Canal! Which ever you choose, grab a thermos and take your GBD Holiday Adventure Punch with you.

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INGREDIENTS:
2  (200 ml) Ginger Beer
2  (200 ml) Ginger ale
2 1/2  (1L) Perrier Original
1  mickey Jameson Whiskey
4  tbsp. Grenadine
2  lemons
2  oranges
2  cups frozen cranberries
1  bag Ice
6  Cinnamon sticks
Rosemary Sprigs, for garnish
2  cups apple cider 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

CHILLED PUNCH

 

1.    Turn on the song ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ from the Christmas Vacation soundtrack and put on repeat…. It just feels right for some reason 

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2.    Pour all liquids into punch bowl except for Grenadine & Apple cider and stir.

3.    Squeeze 1 full Lemon and 1 full Orange into punch bowl. Slice up remaining Lemon and Orange and add to top of bowl along with frozen cranberries.
4.    Pour in Grenadine and stir

5.    Add ice

Engelina Schmitz Gardening by Design Guest Blog Post
Engelina Schmitz Gardening by Design Guest Blog Post

6.    Ladle into ice filled punch glasses and garnish with Rosemary sprig
 
 

 


HOT PUNCH

1.    Pour contents of punch bowl into pot and place on stove top on medium heat
2.    Add cinnamon sticks and Apple Cider and let simmer for 5-6 mins. 

Engelina Schmitz Gardening by Design Guest Blog Post
Engelina Schmitz Gardening by Design Guest Blog Post


3.    When punch is heated to your liking, pour into mugs or thermoses and head outside!
  
Enjoy!

-The GBD Team


 

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D.I.Y OLIVE BRANCH WEDDING FAVOR PRINTABLE

A few months ago Laura Kelly Photography, myself and Lafabere along with a host of other industry professionals, came together for a creative collab in Montreal which was featured on Ruffled Blog a few weeks back.

Christine from Lafabere hand painted this D.I.Y printable live on canvas as we shot the Ruffled campaign. Needless to say we're thrilled with the outcome and that we're to finally able to share her beautiful printable. 

See below for link

xox

Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography, Free Printable
Free Printable Lafabere

Download it here

Styling and Coordination: TOAST Events
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography 
Invitation Suite and Live Painting: LaFabère
Decor: Makin'It Lovely
Videography: Up North Wedding Films
Models: Savanah and Kyle from Angie's Models 

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DIY Chiavary Chair Ruffles

Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles...I love these ruffles!

Last week I promised a D.I.Y on these cute chiavary accents I made and showcased at the MME Show. I originally made them for my own wedding about a year ago. You'd think I would have remembered how I created them, but I literally spent one full hour cutting and folding strips of fabric with no success. Well let me tell you -there was no folding involved! I'll be honest I had to do some online research to jog my memory and apparently it's all about the "layering" and no folding. So with this being said, follow me closely as I explain this 3 step process.

First thinks first -the fabric is key. I myself used a sheer wrinkle free fabric. I didn't however, check the tightness of the weave itself and so it began to fray at the edges. It's not entirely noticeable, but if your going to reuse these multiple times you're going to want to have a better fabric. In fact you can use any fabric in just about any weight.

Cut 8 squares of fabric 6 inches by 6 inches. Then, layer them one on top of the other. NO folding! Don't make the same mistake I did.

This will give you one finished chiavary ruffle. 1 yard of fabric should cover about 6 to 8 chairs.

Now that you have all 8 square on top of each other, begin cutting in a spiral like pattern as seen in the image on the right. Because you've layered fabric sheets, your essentially cutting the work load in half instead of snipping each individual square. Don't worry about the 90 degree edges. You can either round them off or leave them like I do, seen in the picture below. 

Now that you have all your pieces cut, gather the end tips and sew them together with a needle and thread. If your using your ruffles for a "side" accent then I would suggest sewing in an elastic loop. If your using them on an existing chair cover you can simply use a crystal broach. 

And voila! It's just that simple! If your still having trouble leave us a comment below and we'll be glad to help as best we can! 

Enjoy:)

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