suc-CUTE-lents

If you're the type of person who cant keep an indoor plant alive to save your own life... make these!! I never thought I would get around to making Terrariums but I've always wanted to and have heard not only how easy they are to make but also keep alive.

Succulents are a pretty low maintenance plant from what I've read. They need in-direct light and minimal water. Thus why they are perfect for someone like myself! They also come in lots of shapes, sizes and textures as you can see!

I grabbed my succulents from a local nursery, along with all the fixings to keep them alive and well. I got my glassware at the dollar store because I knew I wanted to make a few so I tried to cut costs somewhere along the way.

Charcoal
Orchid Mix
Cactus/Terrarium Soil
Stones (optional)
Moss (optional)
Decorative Nic-nacs (optional)

Add charcoal to cover the base. This is a pretty important step. The charcoal adds natural filtration and helps purify the water in your terrarium.

Add charcoal to cover the base. This is a pretty important step. The charcoal adds natural filtration and helps purify the water in your terrarium.

Add a layer of orchid mix. This is perfect for optimal drainage and aeration.

Add a layer of orchid mix. This is perfect for optimal drainage and aeration.

Add the terrarium soil. This soil is formulated to supply a nutrient-rich base for your succulents.

Add the terrarium soil. This soil is formulated to supply a nutrient-rich base for your succulents.

Make a mess and plant your succulents. After the base of your plants are level with the soil its time to add some rocks.

Make a mess and plant your succulents. After the base of your plants are level with the soil its time to add some rocks.

Time to water your terrariums. Spray water down the sides of the glass to clean any dirt off. The water retained in the charcoal base is all it needs to sustain its own ecosystem. Keep the water level within the charcoal base and be careful to not over water.

Time to water your terrariums. Spray water down the sides of the glass to clean any dirt off. The water retained in the charcoal base is all it needs to sustain its own ecosystem. Keep the water level within the charcoal base and be careful to not over water.

I hope you get your green thumb on and enjoy these cute little babes!

xo - Michelle

I SAID A HIP HOP

Easter couldn't be a more perfect time to combine soft colours with glitter...this is probably why Char & I can't part with this combo every year while decorating our eggs. This year, in my stock pile of craft supplies, I found the prettiest glitter trio... it screamed easter eggs. After hard boiling our eggs, we spray painted a few with pastel colours & glittered three.

We also couldn't colour a few just because the natural colouring & freckles on the eggs were way too perfect. So we added some cute sayings & tiny sleeping lady faces.

Seriously.... so adorable!

The natural eggs always turn out to be our faves.

Also, I thought I would share a tune that was on my playlist as I was putting this post together. Enjoy :)

Happy Easter everyone!
xoxo
- Miche

LOVE NOTES

Valentine's Day is almost here! Don't forget to pick up a card for that special someone. I truly believe in personable cards. It just adds an extra touch of thoughtfulness. 

Here's the round-up of my faves this heart day.

1. Pizza - ktcrawford
2. Flamingos - BerinMade
3. Let's Stay In - SugarPaper
4. Hearts - Molly Covert 
5. Buffy - The Good Twin Co. 
6. Crunk - Ashkahn
7. V-Day - IntheDaylightShop
8. Fish - 1canoe2

Which is your favourite?

- Char xo.

 

GIMME SOME SUGAR

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you know what that means... hearts everywhere! Haha. Most people hate this day, but I have to say, even in my single days, I loved Valentine's Day. It is such a feminine day, with sweets, heart shaped anything & lots of pink! No matter if you have someone to celebrate with or you just have a fun girls night planned, make the most of the Hallmark holiday & have some fun!

We created the sweetest (no pun intended) little goodie bags for our friends & family. We came up with some cute sayings & designed some packaging labels to close the bags. With the help of some yummy sweets, a printer, clear small bags, staples & some cute ribbon we were all set! 

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Brika had a pop-up shop at Yorkdale mall & I swooned over everything in it! This was one of a few cards I had picked up. Ian if you're looking at this, spoiler alert, that's for you. ;) 

You can download our labels right here & print them for your loved ones! If you use them, we want to see! Tag us on Instagram @prettypaperlove. 

Hubba Hubba - download here

You'll Always Be My Sweet Thing - option 1 option 2

Give Me Some Sugar - download here

Enjoy!

- Char xo.

Love at First Fizz

Now if you've tried LUSH's bath bombs, obviously you fell in love at first fizz. The explosion of colour, bursting scent & rolling fizzy ball are all amazing theatrics to the bath experience. Turning your plain old bath into something special. Who doesn't like the sound of that?

Well... we did it! We made our own bath bombs & succeeded! It was a lot less challenging than we thought. We actually laughed because what took up the most time was traveling around getting all the materials. You don't really need to be a DIY expert to make these, as long as you can measure ingredients and mix well... you'll do just fine.

This recipe makes two bombs, but you can easily double or triple the recipe:
• 4 oz. baking soda
• 2 oz. corn starch
• 2 oz. citric acid
• 2 oz. Epsom salt
• 1 teaspoons water
• 1 teaspoon essential oil
• 1 1/4 teaspoon melted coconut oil
• 3-5 drops food colouring (optional)

You'll also need a mold of some sort. Charlotte & I thought since it's close to Valentines Day, why not make cute heart bombs? Our mold was just a silicone baking sheet.

Time for mixing. First combine the dry ingredients (top 4 listed above) in a bowl. Make sure to use a whisk to help get all the lumps & clumps out. Next combine the wet ingredients (bottom 4 listed above) in a cup. Whisking as you go, slowly pour the wet ingredients with the dry. It is very important to whisk as you go to stop the reaction of the ingredients. If you experience fizzing or foaming, you're pouring too fast.

Once all the ingredients are combined, squeeze a small amount in your hand. If it clumps together in one or two large chunks, you're ready to press in the molds. If the mixture is still very crumbly, slowly add 1/8 teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture holds together.

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Now press the mixture into your molds & set aside for 10-15 minutes to slightly harden. This makes it easier to remove from the molds. If you're using a ball mold, make sure both sides of your mold are overflowing with the mixture then press the two together to adhere the halves. After your timer buzzes, gently remove them from the molds. We had to flip ours upside down on a baking sheet to push the bombs out.

Be very gentle with moving the bombs because they are still drying & are very fragile. If you were like us & had a few not mold well, place the mixture back into a bowl, mix in a little bit of water & start the molding process again. Once all your bombs are done, set them aside for at least 8hrs or overnight.

We've been enjoying these homemade pretty fizzies & how unreal our skin smells after our baths! I hope you get to try this out! After we burn through this pile of bath bombs we are excited to start experimenting with different scents, shapes & adding some glitter or pedals! Oh my!

Enjoy! xoxo
– Miche

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We cannot believe the holidays are here & we have no snow. It doesn't seem real? Christmas always needs snow, just a childhood wish that will never get old.

To make it feel like Christmas is tomorrow you have to start baking these amazing cookies, NOW! Seriously they're the best cookies we've ever had & cannot get enough of them.  

White Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

Ingredients
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or real vanilla if you have it on hand)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 small package vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup crushed peppermints or candy canes (Bulk Barn carries crushed peppermints)

Instructions
1.  Cream together butter & sugar
2. Beat in dry instant pudding mix
3. Add eggs & vanilla, mix well
4. Add baking soda & flour, mix well
5. Stir in peppermints & white chocolate chips
6. Roll into 1" balls & place on a lined baking sheet (or a greased baking sheet)
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

These cookies do not disappoint & they're perfect for last minute gifts if you are lucky to have extra!

Happy a great holiday everyone & Merry Christmas! (We're still dreaming up snow)

 
 


Tinsel & Twinkle

I spent this past weekend prepping my house inside & out for Christmas. Adding sparkle, tinsel & twinkle lights sure do get you in the holiday spirit. This post is inspired by my festive prepping weekend & my love for well styled homes. Now how cozy is this living room? The cottage feel of the fire place & wooden accents have me swooning over every little detail.

Adding lights to a cute painted canvas is such a great idea to brighten the room up & add some festive feelings. This looks like it would be an easy DIY if you're crafty. Hmmm... I may have to try this.

I am a sucker for twinkle lights so I found this idea to be so romantic looking for the holidays. It reminds me of stargazing, but inside. Super cute idea!

Adding cheerful pillows to your couches/bed is an easy & simple way to bring the holidays into a room without going to town on the decorations. Another great DIY idea.

Natural garland & earthy tones is a great alternative to the traditional cherry red & sparkly look to the holidays. I love how soft & organic this look is.

It's all in the details. I love this place setting idea. Such a simple project, but adds so much to a holiday table.

White, white & more white! I believe you can never have enough white while decorating for the holidays. I love the snow so why not mimic that inside with white trees & white decorations? Such a clean, elegant look.

Adding props or even ornaments to your outdoor decorations can really be inviting.

Having a theme around your house not only make decorating easier, but it ties every room together. I love this theme of using the deer.

If you're more of a simple straight forward decorator, adding pillows & a wreath to your bedroom may be just enough to get you into the spirit & keep that cozy feel.

Happy decorating :)
– Miche

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2015 HOLIDAY CARD ROUND UP

As we all know, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. The lights, the sparkle, the family time, the REAL Christmas trees, I just love it all! I've seen so many great holiday cards & wanted to share. See below my fave this season.

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7. Kate Spade 8. 1canoe2 9. Sugar Paper 10. Oh Heiday 11. Smock Paper 12. Rifle Paper 13. GoodSouth

Which is your favourite? I think mine is 7 by Kate Spade. 

- Char. xo.

 

STUCK ON THE STOCKINGS?

Some of you may think it's a bit early to think of stocking stuffers, but I'm telling you, YOU'RE WRONG! Guys, Christmas is 36 days away. 36 DAYS AWAY! Time to get your butts to the mall & start those shopping lists. The malls get crazy this time of year, you really want to get all that fun stuff outta the way. 

Below you will find some fun, easy ideas for stocking stuffers for the his & hers in your life.

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TODAY WE REMEMBER

Today we pay tribute to all the fallen soldiers & those who fought for our country. We will always remember. 

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."

John McCrae