Last year I partnered with Canadian Tire and created festive DIY projects to help launch the CANVAS line of holiday
ornaments and décor. It was such a fun challenge, so I was thrilled to be invited to
In January I spent a whirlwind weekend with Jen, Christine, and Vanessa – and the awesome folks at Canadian Tire. The four of us got an early look at the CANVAS line of patio furniture and outdoor accessories, showed off our DIY prowess, and were totally spoiled thanks to on-set hair and makeup provisions (hello, curls!)
The CANVAS line is about expressing your personal style and making
your home and outdoor spaces feel undeniably “you”. Jen, Vanessa, Christine and I were invited to give the CANVAS products our own spin. We each devised a
theme for a backyard party, chose pieces we liked
from the new CANVAS line, and paired them with some easy DIY projects (small enough to fit in carry-on luggage!)
It was such a treat to spend a weekend in a studio that felt totally
springy – especially in the middle of a blustery snowstorm – but it made
it that much more difficult to return to winter. I had to keep reminding myself, “it’s still winter, this isn’t real, you’ll have to put your boots back on”.
Here’s a closer look
at my table setting:
Because Hubby and I are spending money on renovations this year and travel is likely out of
the question, I wanted to create a backyard oasis. I was really inspired by our 2008 honeymoon to Greece (specifically, Athens, Santorini, and Crete). It was December, so we didn’t have the typical beachy
holiday, but Greece was no less beautiful. Two of my degrees are in
philosophy, and I took many Greek philosophy and mythology courses,
so I was just excited to set foot in the places I’d read about – no
bikini required. Our trip was full of the nutty, can’t-believe-we-didn’t-end-up-on-the-news kind of adventures that make
the best stories. And our photo albums are packed with beautiful photos showcasing saturated colours and rich history.
The CANVAS line has great pieces, like a blue and white outdoor rug, a turquoise solar lantern
(swoon), and bright white melamine plates that made it easy to recreate
the feeling of my honeymoon. I also created dipped dyed napkins in
rich cobalt hues and made napkin rings out of shimmering turquoise
shell beads. I was adamant about getting some sliced lemons or oranges
to line clear glass flower vases because citrus fruit was everywhere in
My CANVAS table setting transports me back to that holiday. The mix of saturated blues and yellows, bright white plates, and rustic modern furniture make me want to reminisce.
You can have a better look at my styled table by visiting the Canadian Tire website, where you can also check out the backyard festivities dreamed up by Vanessa, Jen, and Christine.
Tomorrow I’ll share the tutorial for the dip dyed napkins (along with some useful Do’s and Don’t, learned the hard way as always) and then Thursday I’ll share the tutorial for the beaded napkin ring. For now, enjoy two videos – including a painfully embarrassing video shot with a selfie stick. My gift to you…(although maybe you owe me – for not showing you all 1268 photos from the trip).