Fall Home Show 2014 – Tickets Giveaway!

 Good Morning!

In case you didn’t catch it, yesterday on the blog I revealed my Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge project (Vote for me here!).  But today, I wanted to give you the low-down on some of the other great things in store at this year’s Toronto Fall Home Show which runs September 17th to the 21st, 2014 at the Better Living Center.

First up, if you follow design shows, you will know one of the show’s headliner’s VERY well.  It’s TOMMY! Yes, I’m talking about HGTV star, Sarah Richardson’s right hand man, designer extraordinaire and the most insane #hashtager ever (follow him on instagram and you’ll see), Mr. Tommy Smythe!  He will be presenting on the main stage on Saturday, September 19th.

And as a blogger, I certainly know the name Marion Parsons as I have read her DIY/Decor blog Miss Mustard Seed a lot over the years.  Along with her blog, Marion has created her own brand of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint which has been very successful.  She is also a freelance writer, stylist and photographer, an antiques dealer, and the author of the book Inspired You.  She is going to be appearing daily on the main stage talking about the Flipping Furniture!

There are many other presentations from design celebrities like Emmanuel Belliveau and Leigh-Anne Allaire-Perrault, not to mention cheesy goodness presentations from Keven Durkee from Cheesewerks! (you can see the full stage schedule here).  And these presentations are over and above the more than 100 exhibitor booths you can peruse for all your home reno and decor needs.

Also be sure to visit the Habitat for Humanity Restore booth and bid to take home one of the fabulous Upcycle Challenge pieces, with all proceeds going to Habitat!  (And while you are clicked over on that page if you could throw a vote my way for the competition I would be most appreciative!).

And the BEST news is I have 8 pairs of tickets to give away for the Fall Home Show!!!  (1 pair per winner)


1. Leave a comment below telling me how much you would like to attend the show!

For additional entries:

1. “Like” Recreated on Facebook

2. Follow me Instagram

3. Copy and tweet this:   Want to win 1 of 8 pairs of tix to the Toronto Fall Home Show?  will hook you up right here! 

Please provide a separate comment for each entry.  Contest ends Sunday, September 14th, 2104 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be selected randomly using Random.org and will be announced on Monday, September 15th, 2014.   Good Luck!


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My weekend + a Giveaway !

Good Morning!

You know when you are coming up to a weekend and you don’t think it’s going to be busy but then it is? I had one of those weekends.  As some of you math-y types like myself may know, Friday March 14th was Pi Day (3.14….get it?). My friend hosted a little impromptu dinner party for Pi Day where we ate all things Pi (or pie).  There was Sheppard’s pie, tortiere and pizza pie (complete with the Pi Symbol made of pepperoni).  We nerds really know how to let loose…..

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On Sunday I went to a fashion lecture by Danielle Meder at the Drake Hotel called “Silhouettes and Signals”. Danielle Meder is a fashion illustrator specializing in live runway sketching. The lecture was about how various things such as politics, economics, and sex has shaped the fashion silhouette over the years. The cool part was that while she presented she live-sketching on her iPad which was projected on the screen. It was really engaging format and the topic was really interesting.  Not to mentions her sketches are absolutes gorgeous.  You can check out her work on display in the lobby of Drake right now.  Her are some shots I took at the lecture:

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And I also attended the National Home Show and Canada Blooms at the Direct Energy Centre on Saturday.  It was really busy and I didn’t have a lot of time so my focus was on the Canada Blooms side since I am so excited to start my garden this year. I’ve already started some of my seeds.  Canada Blooms is the perfect spot to find inspiration for your garden.  They also have tons of experts presenting throughout the week on the main stage  providing great gardening advice.

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There were lovely walking gardens and a series of runway fashions made from flowers. And I bought some new seeds to try out this year.


On top of it the National Home Show portion has hundreds of exhibitors as well as a ton of design, DIY and renovation experts presenting on the main stage this week/weekend including, Brian Baumler, Glen and Jamie Peloso, Jane Lockhart, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and more.   You can see the whole schedule here. The show is happening all week until March 23rd.

And the good news if you were hoping to go this weekend I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway! All you have to do is submit a comment below to enter!  Contest closes Wednesday, March 19th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be selected at random using Random.org.  Good Luck!


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A Winner, Some Persians and an Affair

Good Morning!

Today I have a just a few random musings, but first I have a winner of the gorgeous earrings from Her Pretty Bird! And the chosen using random.org is….

Result ….Monisa (aka Moshizzle, @enviromo)!  Congrats lady! I will forward your contact info to Lauren so you can arrange delivery!

On to a couple of other random thoughts I’ve been having of late….

I have become obsessed with persian rugs.  Mostly because I have been looking for a rug (STILL) for my living room and I have now decided that I would like a persian-style rug.  I have been told that auctions are a good place to find ones for a good price so I’m hoping to check some out in the new year.   In the meantime, if I had lots of money I would buy these.




On a completely separate note, I’m not usually a huge black and white movie fan but I caught this holiday movie special on Turner Classic Movies channel on the weekend and it talked about a few old classic Christmas movies which piqued my interest.  And then “The Holiday Affair” happened to be coming on right after so I watched.  I quite enjoyed it!  So, I’m thinking about watching more old black and white Christmas movies this season.

Do you have any fave old holiday movies that you watch this time of year?


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GIVEAWAY! Her Pretty Bird

Good Morning!

I am crazy excited for today’s post!  You see this year I discovered a fabulous new jewelry designer, Ms. Lauren Shostal of Her Pretty Bird.  How did I find her? She also just happens to be my hair colourist (and one of the best…my highlights always look good much longer than they should as I tend to wait way too long between appointments).  But back to her other talent. She has creates amazing jewelry.  Beautiful statement pieces that I know so many of you will be drooling over. I already have a couple of pieces myself and they make great gifts. Here is little sampling of the sheer awesomeness sitting over at the Her Pretty Bird Etsy shop right now….

Vintage snake chain with quartz

pyrite arrows and rose quartz

Crystal quartz and matte silver chain

Asymmetrical spike earrings

chunky jade necklace

I wasn’t making this stuff up.  She is awesome.  I recently went to a Her Pretty Bird trunk show and I took some photos…

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Tell me you aren’t in love with those gold druzi lovelies on the top right. I know, you can’t….because they are awesome. Sadly many of the pieces in the trunk show photos have already sold, but she is making and adding more things to the shop all the time, so visit often!

Now for the BEST news! Lauren has been kind enough to offer these fabulous earrings to give to one lucky-pants Recreated reader.

Yes people, these could be yours!  They would be a gorgeous accessory to rock at a  New Year’s Eve party, don’t you think??  And if you live in the Toronto area you might even get them in time for a last-minute gift for someone.  To enter all you have to do is write a comment below telling me your favourite piece in the Her Pretty Bird Etsy Shop!

For additional entries (please provide a separate comment for each of the ones you do):

1. Fave the Her Pretty Bird Shop on Etsy

2.  Like Her Pretty Bird on Facebook.

3. Like Recreated on Facebook

4. Tweet the following ” I want to win some gorgeous earrings from @herprettybird and @lgrecreated! http://recreated.ca/2013/12/13/giveaway-her-pretty-bird/

This giveaway won’t last long…..it closes Monday, December 16th, 2013 at midnight EST.  The winner will be chosen using Random.com and will be announced on Tuesday December 17th!  So get on it.

Happy Friday!

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Giveaway: Get your holidays on with Minted!

Good Afternoon!

I don’t know about you but I’m starting to rev up my holiday planning.  From events to decor I really need to (quoting my lovely mother) get a wiggle on!  One thing I need to do is my holiday cards.  Last year I fumbled together a mismatched bunch of cards that I bought on sale after the Christmas before and sent them out.  And that totally works but it is so nice to send out something that is a bit more personal.  Luckily there is a place where you can order fabulous custom holiday cards.  Enter Minted.


Not only does Minted have a HUGE selection of card designs, they are created by independent designers from all over the world.  From the Minted website:

“Our mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design.”


This is a great concept.  Not only to we the public get access to designs that we might not see in a regular retail store, but the designers also get a forum to build their careers and get exposure to the public.  That is a WIN-WIN if you ask me.

Now,  back to the lovely selection.  Here are some of the photo card options:

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And for those of you who don’t really want to send out cards with an awkward picture of yourself on it (um, I definitely fall into that category) there are non photo cards as well!

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They have various types of cards types and shapes –  postcard, petite cards, ornament cards, foil-pressed cards, you name it.  And since it’s late-(ish) in the holiday planning season, there are also selected cards that they can do express printing to get them to you sooner.  And you can get pre-addressed envelopes for no extra cost. You just have to upload your addresses when you order!  Kind of awesome.  Head over to their website and see for yourself!

And now for the goooood part….I am giving away a $50 credit to Minted!  To enter, just leave a comment below!

For an additional entry tweet “Win a $50 credit for holiday cards from @minted and @lgrecreated http://recreated.ca/2013/11/17/giveaway-get-your-holidays-on-with-minted” and provide another comment saying that you tweeted. (2 entries max per person).

Contest ends Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10 pm EST and I will announce the winner on Friday, November 22nd!

Enjoy your Sunday!


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2013 Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged – Before & After + Giveaway!

Good Morning!

I’m still reeling from the fun I had at Blogpodium on the weekend.  I’ll be posting about it soon but today I’m excited to share with you my before and after of my Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged project.  As part of the Toronto Fall Home Show, I’m was asked to take part in the 2nd annual Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged along with 13 other emerging style, décor, DIY bloggers and celebrity experts.  We were asked to source and repurpose a door from Habitat for Humanity Toronto ReStore into functional upcycled items or hand painted pieces of art.  The pieces are voted on to decide the winner and then auctioned off with all the proceeds from the auction going to Habitat for Humanity.

I had so much fun participating in this challenge last year and I managed come out a winner with my movie theatre chairs. So needless to say I was pretty excited for this event again this year.  However this year there was a twist –  we had to use doors.  So, I headed over to the Habitat Restore in Etobicoke and found these 2 doors.


And I turned them into an upholstered tri-fold room screen.

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I used fabric that I already had, bought some two-way hinges (which are hard to find as it turns out, thank goodness for Lee Valley) and some foam and this is what I got.


And on the back I added some hooks for hanging things.

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Much better than how they started, that is for sure!  I’m a big fan of the fabric.  I might just bid on my own project so I can keep it. Or would that be weird.  OK, maybe a bit weird.

But if you wouldn’t mind taking the time to vote for my piece, it would be much appreciated!  How, you ask?  Just go to this page and vote! You can vote once every 24 hours.  So if you love some o the other fabulous upcycled items (and they are FABULOUS) you can vote for those too! The prize is a $500 VISA gift card, but I will donate $250 back to Habitat for Humanity if I am the winner.

And as a thank-you for your vote, I’m also giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the Fall Home Show taking place in Toronto at the Better Living Centre October 3rd to 6th.  The Property Brothers and Annie Sloan (of the chalk paint!) will be there as well as many great exhibitors. To enter just leave a comment below that says you would like to win tickets!  Entry deadline is Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 pm and I will announce the winners on Monday September 30th, 2013.   Best of luck!



A Holiday Limited Time Offer from Blurb!

Good Morning Everyone!

The crazy holiday busyness is upon us and we are all rushing to get the decorating, cooking, and shopping complete.  In all the chaos, its hard to find time to think of unique gift ideas for your loved ones.  Well, have you heard of Blurb books?   Using their creative publishing platform you can design, publish and share professional-quality books of your personal photos.  The results are high quality hardcover books that look like they came from a bookstore.  But they are filled with things unique to you!

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Some example of things you can create:

1) Whether it’s photos from of a major occasion, big trip you took, a collection of your favourite instagram photos, or the photo of your prized garden gnome collection (to each their own….) a photo book is a great way to showcase your photos.

2) Do you have a collection of family recipes you want preserved for future generations? You can create a Cookbook with the instructions and photos of all your best dishes.

3) Do you still use a handwritten calender/agenda? I do. What better way to make you smile many times a day than to have your calender peppered with pictures of your favourite people, places and things.

And there are so many more great book ideas on the Blurb Site, these are just a few!

The good news?  Blurb is offering Recreated readers a promo code for 25% off your total book order*.  Just enter the Promo code :  GIFTIDEA at checkout!

However, the not so good news is that this is a very limited time offer.  It is only valid until Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 a 11:59 p.m. local time. Also, if you want to guarantee you get your book delivered by Christmas Eve, it has be ordered by Monday, December 10th.  I know it’s a time crunch but if you can find the time, I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed. Even if you can’t make the Christmas delivery cut-off, it would make a great gift for someone (or yourself) any time of the year.

So…on your marks….get set….GO! Find your fave photos and create something awesome!!!


* The fine print: The 25% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of 1 unit or more. Maximum discount is CAD $150 off product total. Valid for printed books only. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.


A Lucky Winner and Some Tables for Nesting

Good Morning!

Well hello there….what’s going on with you lovely peeps this Friday morning? Me? I have a giveaway winner to announce!  So without further ado, the lucky winner of a pair of One of a Kind Show tickets is…

My friend JEN! Congrats! I’ll be in touch with on how to get your tickets!

Now, back to my regularly schedule programing…and today’s program is about nesting tables.  I need some in my living room.  Do I have side tables?  Yes.  2 lovely marble-top brass bottom pieces that I got at a garage sale for next to nothing a couple of years ago. But they are low and I have to prop them up on other things, so they aren’t functional. And I need one more.

But the biggest reason I need nesting tables is because TV tables are ugly.  Let me back up and explain. I don’t eat at my kitchen table. Why?  Well, I eat on my own many nights.  The only thing more depressing than eating alone, is setting a solo place for myself at my table and then eating alone. I eat in my living room, most of the time with a plate on on my lap which is annoying.  The first solution would be TV tables, but like I said, mostly ugly.  So my parents, who are pretty smart, decided on their recent visit, that a good Christmas present for me from them would be nesting tables. It would solve my problem of being short a side table AND when they come to visit they won’t have to eat on their lap (and nor will I). Two birds, one stone.

I’ve started to look around and found very few that that I both love and that are affordable.  This little roundup mostly includes ones that are out of my budget but that are purrrrty.


I will keep you updated on my progress!  Anyone have any suggestion for places to look? (Keeping in mind that I’ve already done a ton of online searching.)

Have a great weekend!


A Giveaway that is One of a Kind!

Good Morning Lovelies,

It’s giveaway time! I don’t know about you but I go to the One of Kind Show every year at this time.  It’s a great place to pick up unique, handmade holiday gifts for all the people on your list.  And what’s ever better about this year’s show?  Well, I’ll tell you….

You know the amazing Re:style Studio that I keep talking about? The studio where I do all my upholstery work and help teach the upholstery courses? Weeellll, Re:style has a booth at the One of a Kind Show this year!!  And I’ll tell you, Miss Andrea Ford (the owner and creative mind behind the studio) has designed some gorgeous upholstered pieces for the show including chairs, settees, headboards, and ottomans.  Here is a peek at some of the great stuff…

Awesome right?

And Re:style is helping me give away a pair of tickets to the One of Kind Show to Recreated readers!  The show runs from November 22nd to December 2nd at the Direct Energy Center in Toronto.  Contest is open to anyone who can attend the show.

Here is how you enter:

1) Leave a comment below

For additional entries:

1) “Like”  Re:Style Studio on Facebook and provide a comment saying you did.

2) Tweet “Hey @LGrecreated, pleae send me to the OOAK Christmas Show to see @andrearestyle of Restyle Studio! http://recreated.ca/2012/11/20/a-giveaway-that-is-one-of-a-kind/ ” and provide a comment saying you did.

Contest ends Thursday, November 22 at 10 pm EST and I will announce the winner on Friday, November 23rd.

If you come to the show, the Re:style booth is Z19 so come by and visit.  Oh, did I mention she will be offering 10% off custom upholstery AND 10% workshops at the show?  Booya.  The workshops are really fun, I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good DIY project. Also, if you go to the show on Sunday, I’ll be rocking the booth between 11 and 3 pm so come say Hi! 🙂



Quest for Shoes & Giveaway Winner!

Good Morning!


Congrats to Leah Leitch and Christy Dukitsch!  You each have a pair of tickets to the Fall Home Show! I will be in contact about getting them to you!

One thing I love about the weather getting cooler is the requirement to wear shoes again.  Don’t get me wrong, I will miss sliding my feel into some flip-flops to head out the door, and I’m not anxiously anticipating pulling on a pair of Sorels to traipse through the snow, but fall is perfect “shoe” weather.  And hell’s bells, I need some new shoes.  Now, I don’t mean “need” in the same way I “need” air to breathe or “need” fruits and veggies to get nutrients to live (and fend of scurvy. But I also am not saying “need” and it’s really “want”.

  I need various shoes, but plain black heels are first on this quest. The ones I had I threw out recently. They literally no longer supported my feet because they were so stretched out.  I need them for work so they can’t be tooo crazy and fun.  And finding plain black shoes should be simple right?  You think so? Clearly you are as delusional as I am.

Now, if money were no object, here are some black heels I would buy:

1. Hello lover….


2. Your shiny red bottom and python print are making me weak…


3. A little bit of classic preppy + little bit of sass = awesome


But since all of the above retail for $800 and up, I’ll just have to dream about them.  However, I did find a few that are more reasonable for my budget that just might work….

1. Adore these because of the shape. Simple, elegant.


2. Simple with some added fun on the toe.


3. Love the patent and the ankle strap.


I’ll have to look into these and maybe, just maybe, order them online?  Not sure about ordering shoes online but I haven’t found anything I like in the stores so I might have to.

Next up: black flats.  I’ve worn my black flats for so long that they kinda smell like zesty cheese Doritos (only at reeeeally close range). It’s time. But I’ll leave that quest for another day.