D.I.Y

The cold cure {Ginger Fireball}

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I know it’s hard to believe and sad to admit, but these cold days are here to stay for a little while longer.  I’ve been lucky so far and I have a strong feeling that it’s all thanks to my homemade flu fighting remedy “The Ginger Fireball”

Ingredients:

Fresh Ginger/ 2 teaspoons of honey/ 3 teaspoons of lemon juice/ water

Peel and blend one large piece of ginger (roughly the size of the bottom piece in the image above) in a blender with lemon juice.

Add honey and boiling water and stir.

Bundle up and Enjoy!

Save your stilettos: Instant tip fix

76736a59d429437bdd21c48ff04fe2af So it’s recently come to my attention that my a few of my favourite heels are starting to wear from nights of dancing in my stilettos.  Some ladies decide that one the heel is worn, it’s time to donate them and buy a fresh new pair.  So let me get this straight… it takes months and sometimes even years to break in a new pair of shoes, only to give them away when they are finally comfortable?  Well, I wont be subject to the madness… not for one more minute.  After a little bit of research, I’ve discovered that most leather and shoe repair shops will simply replace your heel tips for under $10.  Have a look below at these instant heel caps that are perfect to carrying in your purse for a quick heel fix. Heel tips can be ordered bulk online and are available at most department stores as well.  By simply removing the existing tip with a pair of pliers, the new tip will tap right on with a hammer. The next time you want to dance the night away in your favourite stilettos… Go for it ladies! Fix that tip in the morning. 6ad174118fce3a9374986664065b8b8c8bb026035c22c81a443d244d106977e4

Garbage room decor… Before & After

I know I’ve been luckier than most when it comes to garbage finds.  I often get asked what the secret is?  Well, I don’t know that there is a secret… I guess the secret is commitment.  It also helps that I live in a nice condo building and evidently the people in my building like to throw away perfectly good things that they no longer have use for.  That’s where I come in… and my commitment to checking the garbage room on a daily basis.  Ok, I’ll admit it… I have a garbage chute, therefore I really have no business going down to the garbage room unless I have large boxes or an excess amount of glass bottles.  I do like wine… and the glass bottles do tend to add up. So on occasion I actually enter the garbage/recycle room with something to offer.  The remainder of nights, I just can’t resist.  It just so happens that I take my dog out before bed every night, so what’s one more stop along the way?  Mosey knows exactly where we’re going and I’m certain that she likes it.  Really, when you think about it… it’s kind of like a store that’s open 24 hours with no line-ups and an endless return policy.

Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint can completely transform an item that would otherwise be overlooked and left as trash. Have a look at a couple of my before and after transformations.

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Broiled lobster tails with garlic butter

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Ingredients
-½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
-2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
-4 large lobster tails, thawed, if frozen
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Paprika
Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions
Preheat the broiler. Combine the butter and garlic in a small saucepan and over low, melt the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside while you prep the lobsters.

Place the lobster (shell side up with the head end facing you) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using kitchen shears, cut down the center of the shell almost all the way to the base of the tail, being careful to not cut the meat. Pry open the sides of the shell to expose the meat. Gently pull out the meat, leaving only a small connection of meat to the shell at the base of the tail. Squeeze the shell back together and lay the lobster meat on top of it. Brush the lobsters with some of the garlic butter and season with salt, pepper and paprika.

Broil until the lobster is golden and the meat is cooked in the center, about 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining garlic butter and lemon wedges.

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DIY Event decor: Painting bottles

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When planning a special event, things can add up quickly.  It’s easy to have a vision and various Pinterest  boards, but when you actually start putting these ideas to paper… the cost can be frightening.  It’s important to spend your budget wisely and focus on the things that are most important to you and your guests.  When attending a special event I’m always most excited about the food and beverage.  The decor is secondary but it’s important to create that WOW factor and still create a sense of originality.

I’m a bridesmaid in two weddings this summer and I’m very excited to be part of some of the planning process.  One of the weddings is taking place in the evening, in a beautiful backyard that is covered with vines, massive oak trees and endless strings of fairy lights.  I spent the day with the bride and groom a couple of weeks ago and we brainstormed ideas to incorporate more decor without breaking the budget.  After raiding the recycle bin, we started spraying several bottles of various sizes and shapes.  With one paint can spraying at least 30 bottles and costing only $10, we found this is to be a very inexpensive way to add that final touch to the decor.  I used bricks and stumps that were laying around the property to add levels and dimension to the bottle displays.  The bride picked up several bundles of silk roses from the Dollarama, as well as wooden letters and phrases that we sprayed as well.  I have to say that it’s all coming together quite nicely.  Stay tuned for more photos of the big day and keep this idea in mind when planning your next event.

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Tea cup candles

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When I first laid eyes on these adorable little tea cup and saucer candles, my DIY wheels started turning.  What a wonderful way to blend my love for candles and secondhand shopping into one inexpensive, personalized creation.  I’ll admit… I find it hard to walk by the tea cup isle at Value Village and Goodwill stores and not stop to browse.  There is something about those odd, mismatched little patterns and delicate bone china handles that screams BUY ME.  My tea cup collection has grown over the years… and yes, I love drinking tea.  However, I’ve discovered that it’s rare that I’ll call a bunch of girls over to sip earl grey and eat tiny sandwiches.  My ladies nights usually consist of bricks of gourmet cheese, crackers and several glasses of heavy red wine.  Lets be real, after a nights like these… a little tea cup isn’t going to cut it.  I usually need a large bottomless mug with a cheesy saying on it like “I only drink wine in days that end with Y.”  So I guess what I’m saying is… what the heck am I going to do with all of these tea cups and my growing obsession to acquire more?

The answer… Make candles!

Have a look at how fabulous these tea cup candles are.  What a perfect gift to give to your guests if you’re hosting a dinner party, bridal shower, or a tea (or wine) party.

Try this out at home!
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