Valentine’s Day


Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day/ Singles Awareness Day/ National Cake Bingeing Day or whatever it is you feel like celebrating on this wonderful Friday. 

I am celebrating a combination of all of these days- and I thought I would share with you two ways that I am celebrating today:

Firstly-and most importantly- the bats have dropped their hats and antlers and are now decked out with love bows & arrows, and carrying conversation hearts!

As you may notice, I could not print out regular conversation hearts with love-y messages, because that would not be as ironically hilarious as the ones that say ‘bite me’ and ‘eat dirt’.

With so many typing shortcuts you can really get some long messages onto hearts now! I was particularly impressed by ‘tbh ur not gr8’- as this is a lot to say on a small heart!

But the message that will always have a place in my heart is this one:

(no conversation heart has ever captured my feelings more clearly lol)
Besides my ironic Valentine’s bats I also gave myself a very Valentine’s manicure:

This was my way of giving myself some love on this day dedicated to love <3. Also this was the most simple way to do a heart manicure- you paint the background colour (the hearts) first, and then using a fine tip nail polish you draw on the little v shapes at the top and bottom afterwards- BAM simple hearts!
I hope you are all having a wonderful 14th of February, and that you are showing yourself a little bit of love on this day!
xo erin

DIY: Starry Ceilings


ROOM DECOR!

So I have been waking up in the morning to this:

And I love it, it makes me smile- as it was on my list of 33 things that make me happy!.

This was really simple- just a little time consuming but I absolutely love the effect 🙂

To make these stars- I bought these strips of paper that were designed just for this purpose (although you could just make your own out of any paper)

I actually bought these a few years ago in chinatown and they sat on my shelf collecting dust until I found them again when I was moving.

They are SO CUTE- Hello Kitty patterns, which instantly got me hooked- This is my favourite pattern, purple with princess Hello Kitty riding a giant swan. 🙂

Anyways they are so simple to do you just tie one end like you would a simple knot and then flaten it out

Then you fold that little tail piece in- so that you have a pentagon shape with the rest of the strip sticking out one side, then you just keep wrapping the strip around, following the angle of the sides of your pentagon.

When you run out at the end you simply tuck your little end bit under the other folds of paper (in the little v)

Then using your finger nail- I like to use my thumbnail because it is the most firm- you press into the edges of the pentagon, pushing them out- once you push in all the sides you have a puffed out 3D star!

So I ended up with a bowl of 131 of these while I was watching a movie one day…

 and I wasn’t sure what to do with them- so I looked up at the ceiling above my bed and inspiration hit!

To string them up it was very easy, just cut a bunch of different length threads, tie a bead to the end.

Then using a needle, thread the thread through the star.

Then tape it all over your ceiling however you want. I concentrated them all over my bed, and tried to make sure that they varied in colour and length all over.

When the light is on at night it makes the strings more visible and it almost looks like they are shooting starts that are all pelting towards my bed leaving behind a trail of star dust 🙂

They have definitely been making my dreams that much sweeter- and now I can look up and count the stars above even in the daylight, although I can only make it to 131…

Hope you are having a star-filled day!!

xo erin

Reflecting on Christmas


I feel like there are so many little Christmas things that I didn’t get to share on this blog, partly because it is such a busy time of year, but also because they all seemed a little small and insignificant for posting. So before it is altogether TOO late- I am going to reflect over a few little things from this Christmas.

Firstly- my minimal apartment decor- which was simple and fleeting- as I generally go home for the weeks surrounding Christmas- but none-the-less I feel like I did a good job at creatively adding some festivity to the apartment. My favourite decoration had to be the bats- a leftover decoration from Halloween that I decided to Christmas-ify with some little hats and antlers.

Before:

After (aka- instant Christmas)

Then I had my little tinsel tree, that I decorate in full girly style with all my bling:

And then, what had to be the BEST part of all my Christmas holiday: A crafty visit from my best friend Claire! – It was three days of bliss- all day crafting, wine-drinking & delicious food eating in our pjs!
She brought her very impressive collection of card making supplies:

 And showed me how to make the most beautiful and festive cards- I ended up with these five most beautiful cards!

She had so many nice stamps and an amazing organization system they were all sorted in binders with a page of them stamped beside so you could see what they would look like- such a smart crafter!

We also did quite a bit of cooking, making up a batch of my vegetable beef soup & cheddar biscuits. Along with some deluxe hummus/guacamole/chicken/sprout sandwiches with spiced black beans on the side.

 SO GOOD- and I can proudly say that we were very healthy during our 3 day crafting marathon! Especially being so close to Christmas!!

She also got me an amazing book for Christmas:

which I have been pouring over during my free time this holiday!

Also- more about my Christmas at home–> my mom got me some gorgeous estate earrings:

and we put up our crazy- overloaded fake tree!

All the Christmas things!

Hope you all had wonderful Christmases with friends and family- and most importantly stuffed yourself with delicious food! 

xo erin

Felt Ornaments


This weekend I got into the Christmas spirit!- and I started off with some felt ornaments- aren’t homemade decorations just the best!

I love making these, sitting watching a favourite movie and doing all the little stitches- placing the beads and laying it all out! 
You can get so creative with them too- it is such an easy fabric to work with because it lays flat and doesn’t slide, and there are so many different stitches that you can do. This snow man has lovely little french knot eyes and smile and has a blanket stitch around the edge!
This one might be my fav – with the gold studs and the pink tassel! Festive with flare! – I feel a little nerdy being so into these embroidery stitches, but they do really look nice, and it is so cool how many different stitches you can do so easily! Crafty enthusiasm!! 
These would also be a great gift idea if you personalized them with the name of the person you were gifting them to! just saying…. 
I always like to put the year on the back too- just so I can remember when I made it! I hope this is getting everyone in the Christmas spirit! I know that it got me in the Christmas spirit, and now I’m off to plan more gift ideas, do some decorating and possibly pop a batch of gingerbread into the oven! 
There will definitely be more Christmas themed posts coming soon! 
Happy Holidays- and I hope that everyone is doing their favourite Christmasy things right now! 🙂
xo erin