pretty pumpkins

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I felt it was only appropriate to do a pumpkin roundup this month as it is (unofficially) the month of the pumpkin! With Fall in full force and Halloween just around the corner pumpkins are popping up everywhere. I’m always in awe when I see what people have done with pumpkins. They turn the oddly shaped orange things into works of art! Also, pumpkins are turned into yummy baked goods. I’ve gathered some recipes I’m hoping to try, as well as some decor inspiration. So, enjoy! Hopefully you get the opportunity to make it out to a pumpkin patch this season because hand picking pumpkins straight from the patch is always the best way to do it!

Blog - 38.pumpkin2cranberry pumpkin scones. brown butter pumpkin streusel muffins. pumpkin cupcakes with maple bacon icing. cinnamon sugar pumpkin soft pretzels.

Blog - 38.pumpkin1pumpkin florals. stack-o-lantern. sequin polka dot. 

 Happy Pumpkin Month!

–rayna marlee

let’s do it october

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Is it Fall already? I can’t believe it, but it is! Fall is here and I have been embracing it through all the wonderful colours of the season. The colours of the leaves changing, the colours of fall fashion, and the colours of fall foods. Even though the weather is getting cooler by the day, there is something very warm and cozy about Fall and I think it really has something to do with the colour palette. Do you feel it?

Explore the season both indoors and out. Here are some of the things I am looking forward to this month! So many fun fall activities.

October Markets:

Parkdale Flea: October 5 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Toronto Lifestyle Market: October 8 – 12 (times vary by day)

Toronto Flower Market: October 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Junction Flea: October 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm ($2)

Fall Made by Hand Show: October 18 and October 19 from 11:00am – 5:00pm ($7)

The Leslieville Flea: October 19  from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Other cool events:

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: October 4 – 6:53pm to sunrise (FREE)

Crafts + Confetti: October 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm ($35)

Project Art “Pop Up Gallery” Benefit: October 9 at 7:30pm ($60)

Vintage Crawl Toronto: October 9 from 7:00pm – midnight

CAFTCAD Fall Movie Wardrobe Sale: October 18 from 9:00am – 5:00pm ($5)

Toronto Chocolate Festival: October 11 – November 2 (various days and times)

 

My Fall Activity Checklist:

-go apple picking

-photo shoot in a pumpkin patch

-jump in a pile of leaves

-eat local homemade butter tarts

-carve a jack-o-lantern

 

Check back because I will continue to update.

Have fun!! Share your pictures! #letsdoitoctober

–rayna marlee

crafts + confetti

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I am very excited to introduce you to Crafts + Confetti!

Adena Leigh and I have been working (crafting) very hard to get the party going. The first party takes place in exactly two weeks today!

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I promise Crafts + Confetti is more than cupcakes and bright coloured confetti (even though that would be awesome!) At Crafts + Confetti, we do fun and we do laughter. We let our imaginations run free. We host unforgettable craft parties and we bring out the maker in you!

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At a Crafts + Confetti event, we provide the beatsthe sweetsthe materials for the DIY project of the evening and a step-by-step demonstration on how to make it. Then, you get to keep the project (well, duh!) and enjoy it for like, ever.

There will be cocktails and loot bags because it is a party and what is a party without the treats?!

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For more information visit Crafts + Confetti or if you are ready to join, you can buy your ticket hereLet’s get the party started! We’re SO excited and hope you are too!

See you there!

–rayna marlee

let’s do it september

Blog - 35.let's do it septemberLabour day marks the end of summer. Everyone is in back to school mode even if you are not going back to school! You can’t help it with all the back to school advertisements and sales. You probably actually do know someone who is going back to school (for me it is my sisters). We are all trying to hold on to the last little bit of warmth and sunshine. My advice to you: stay outdoors as long and as much as you can! Before we know it winter will be back to haunt us.

Here are some great ways to enjoy the outdoors this month.

September Markets:

The Leslieville Flea (Harbourfront): September 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Parkdale Flea: September 7 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Barn Art Market: September 12 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm (FREE)

Toronto Flower Market: September 13 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Junction Flea: September 14 from 10:00am – 5:00pm ($2)

The Leslieville Flea: September 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

ETSY Made in Canada: September 27 (two locations)

 The Post Market: September 28 from 10:00 – 5:00pm

 

Get Out of Town:

Christie Antique Show: September 6 from 8:00am – 5:00pm ($10) – Dundas, ON

Aberfoyle Antique Market: September 20 from 8:00am – 4:00pm ($5) – Guelph, ON

 

Other cool events:

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): September 4 – 14 (various times + locations)

INLAND: September 6 + 7 from 11:00am – 5:00pm or 6:00pm ($10 online or $12 at door)

Word on the Street: September 21 from 11:00am – 6:00pm

 

Check back because I will continue to update.

Have fun!! Share your pictures! #letsdoitseptember

–rayna marlee

surf dreams

Blog - 34.surfdreamsThe first time I surfed was almost five years ago when I lived in Australia. Ever since then I have been hooked! Often I feel I belong on the beach, living the surf dream. Since my first time surfing, I try to surf at least once a year, usually based on where I get the opportunity to travel. I have yet to go surfing in 2014 and as the year is quickly flying by I have been dreaming of surfing. I am definitely no pro but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream of my life as a surfer gal. surf dreams photo credit

surf dreams:Blog - 34.surfdreams1marble. wooden pattern. pink + floral. navy tie dye.

A lot of designers are jumping on the opportunity to design their own beautiful surfboard.

in the home:Blog - 34.surfdreams2yellow. polka-dot. red. navy.

I am dying to get one into my home. Surfboard art would be the perfect reminder of the surreal feeling of riding a wave.

style: Blog - 34.surfdreams3 board + bodysuit. sixties chicks. ready to roll. surfer chic.

… if only …

riding the waveBlog - 34.surfdreams4from below. killing it. aloha. beach bums.

… simply the best …

keep dreaming!

–rayna marlee

let’s do it august

Blog - 33.let's do it augustYes, you read the title correct … it is AUGUST! Already – I know! As a child, that always meant summer was half over (*tear). I’m trying not to think of it that way and have been dreaming of long days and never ending sunshine.

Enjoy a BBQ, lay in the park, chill on the beach, ride a bikeshop the streets, sit on a patio … just make sure to stay outside and enjoy August! Here are some awesome things to do this month.

August Markets:

The Leslieville Flea (Harbourfront): August 3 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Toronto Flower Market: August 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Junction Flea: August 10 from 10:00am – 5:00pm ($2)

Parkdale Flea: August 10 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

The Leslieville Flea: August 17 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Junction Flea: August 17 from 10:00am – 4:00pm ($2)

Toronto Indie Arts Market (Summer Sunset Market): August 21 from 7:00pm -11:00pm (FREE)

Anthropologie Pop-Up Market: August 23 from 10:00am – 2:00pm (FREE)

Annex Flea: August 24 from 11:00am – 6:00pm (FREE)

Twilight Tuesdays at Drake One Fifty: every Tuesday in August from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Other cool events:

Etsy Road Trip: August 8 + 9 from 11:00am – 7:00pm or 6:00pm (FREE)

Fresh Wednesdays: every Wednesday until August 27 from 10:00am – 2:00pm (FREE)

Tasty Thursdays: every Thursday until August 28 from 11:00am – 2:00pm (FREE)

Summer Works (Performance Festival): August 7 -17 – check schedule for details

Aloha Toronto: August 24 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Check back because I will continue to update.

Have fun!! Share your pictures! #letsdoitaugust

–rayna marlee

sweet sweet sangria

Blog - 32.sangriasummer sangria: tropical faux-gria, rose-white peach

I do love a good summer sangria. It is definitely my summer drink of choice. There are so many options and whether you make it or order it, it is ALWAYS different. It is one of those drinks where anything goes. As long as your sangria has wine + fruit, you’re good to go. Try adding some special ingredients and experiment – you will be surprised how hard it is to fail.

Here are some of my choices … Which will you try?
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cucumber sangria. strawberry + peach sangria. mango-peach sangria. pineapple mojito sangria.

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thai-basil sangria. sherry-sangria cocktail. white sangria. white grape sangria.

Conclusion … sangria = always a good idea!

Now go outside and make sure you have a sangria in hand.

–rayna marlee