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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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!

minted - no photo holiday cards

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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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! 🙂



Autumn Weekend Musings + Giveaway!

 Good Morning!

So it’s almost officially Autumn…how the heck did that happen. I’m not complaining really, I kinda love the fall.  The temperature is comfortable, I don’t sweat profusely and everything is just a little bit cozier. It’s good. I might even venture to say the fall is my favorite season….





via (Chloe Fall ’09 Fashion Campaign)


AHH, Fall…

And what better way to start of your fall than with a visit to the Toronto Fall Home Show!


I don’t know if you have seen the lineup of talent who will be presenting at this show, but it’s pretty freakin’ sweet.

 Colin & Justin

Who doesn’t love this crazy fun pair. Um, nobody.  They will be on the main stage on both Friday and Saturday talking about how to shop smart at discount stores. It’s bound to be informative and definitely amusing.

The Property Brothers

Ladies, I know you all love them.  And they will be on the main stage on Saturday and Sunday talking about Champagne Dreams on a Beer Budget.  But let’s be honest, some of you ladies would come to watch them talk about algebra.

Also taking to the stage will be Frankie Flowers, Lisa Canning, Dee Brun (Cocktail Deeva), Sarah Gunn, Glen Peloso, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and more! You can see the entire schedule here.  And don’t forget all the exhibitors which you can find here. The Fall Home Show is September 20th to the 23rd at the Better Living Center in Toronto.

Also, while you are there you can see, in person, the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge pieces! They will be on display at the Habitat for Humanity booth! There is still lots of time to vote!  Even if you have already voted, you can vote once a day until the contest closes on September 23rd. Do it here.  And more importantly, if you loved one of the items and wish you could take it home, you can!  There is an online auction and all the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.  Click here!


1. Leave a comment below telling me your favourite thing about Fall.

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to Recreated

2. “Like” Home and Garden Events on Facebook

3. Copy and tweet this Love an #UltimateUpcycleChallenge item? They’re up 4 auction 2 support @HabitatToronto! Bid here: http://www.torontohabitat.ca/auction cc:@lgrecreated #FHS

Please provide a separate comment for each entry.  Contest ends Monday, September 17th at midnight. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 18th.   Good Luck!


A Chocolat & Cherries Winning Monday!

Happy Family Day to those in (some parts) of Canada and Happy President’s Day to those in the US.  Today is a great day because I’m announcing the winners of the art print by Chocolat and Cherries! Before I make the big announcement, a special thanks to Beatrice over at the Crafty Bee who made this giveaway possible!

And without further ado, the 2 winners of a 12 x 16 art print are….drum roll please…


Katy and Cathy!


Please send me an email (lgrecreated@gmail.com) with your print choice and contact details and we will get them sent off to you!

Have a great day everyone!


Giveaway Time!

Good Morning!

It’s an exciting day here at Recreated, for you AND for me…I am hosting my first giveaway!  YEA! And it’s coming to you thanks to the talents of Beatrice over at

Her blog is a fantastic read and it features some excellent DIY projects she has completed…like this fab headboard

(yes, I know, soooo predictable for me to choose to feature her upholstery DIY…)

But back to the giveaway – you see, Miss Crafty Bee is not just a talented blogger, she also has a lovely Etsy shop called

where she sells her own art prints. If you haven’t already checked out this gem of a shop, you should!  Here are some of my personal favourites….

Awesome, right? I especially love the last one….that Dr. Seuss really has a way with words.

And Chocolat & Cherries is giving away TWO 12 x 16 prints to Recreated readers! And yes, my friends, that means TWO winners!  Let’s start big on this giveaway thing, right?

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below about the giveaway

For extra entries:

(In order for your additional entries to count, PLEASE leave a separate comment for each of the things you do below)

1. Go to Chocolat & Cherries and then leave a comment saying which print is your favourite

2. Make Chocolat & Cherries one of your Etsy favourites

3. Follow The Crafty Bee on Twitter

4. Become a follower of The Crafty Bee

5. Tweet the giveaway  “{Enter to win a Chocolat & Cherries art print from @becadoblogspot and @lgrecreated http://recreated.ca/2012/02/13/giveaway-time/ }”

That means you could have up to 6 chances to win!

Giveaway will close at 9 pm on February 19th, 2012 and winners will be announced on Monday February 20th! Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.


All photos via The Crafty Bee or Chocolat & Cherries except “Good Luck” found here

Weekend Win!

Hello all!

Between doing a lot of work around my place, running errands and spending most of Sunday in the office (booo!), my weekend didn’t have too many majorly high points, EXCEPT……


I was the lucky winner of the $100 gift card for InVu Drapery from the lovely blog show casing all things beautiful in white, White Cabana!  If you haven’t been over to visit definitely do so right away!  And this is my first time winning a blog giveaway!!! And it certainly tops some of my other first times….first time driving standard (disaster), first time riding a bike (crashed), and well, the real “first time”, which let’s be honest, can’t have been good for anyone…..but I digress…..  Thanks so much to Jordana at White Cabana and InVu for this great prize!

Now on to another little something I found this weekend…thru pinterest, of course…..

HOW PRETTY ARE THOSE????….for a cottage window or farmhouse window? The lace makes these screens look so pretty and original.

That’s all I have for today….. too much office time last week, and my brain is still a bit mushy.