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2 Orange Glazed Baked Funfetti Donuts

For Hallo-week we baked up some very orangey spooky treats with a few friends! Check out the funfetti baked donut goodness (with recipe) here!


2 Things on the Radar | Making it Cozy

The rain has really kicked in this past week in these parts making one want to curl up with a good book, a blanket and a hot bowl of soup.  Things on the radar this week: Making it cozy.

1. Japanese Clay Rice Cooker
2. Stay True Linen Banner
3. Our Q & A a Day Five Year Journal
4. Fringed Herringbone Throw
5. Copabu Arrow Bowl
6. Hand Broom with Cedar Dustpan


6 Sneak Peek | IKEA's Holiday Collection

This year, IKEA is celebrating creativity and togetherness by letting children decorate their homes for the holidays. They tell us, "The smallest ones are in charge – supported by the collection, which includes decorations, candleholders, and warm textiles for the bedroom and living room. All of the pieces are intended to create an inviting space filled with holiday warmth and loved ones". The new holiday collection will be available in IKEA stores across Canada this week. Let's take a look!

STRÅLA LED lantern, snowflake, battery-operated $6.99/3 pack.

STRÅLA LED lantern, snowflake $6.99/3 pack
STRÅLA pendant lamp, star $14.99  and VINTERMYS hanging decoration, set of 8 $3.99


9 IKEA Hack Idea | Hanging Pendant Lightbulb

Photo by Borgsmidt | Styling Mette Helena Rasmussen for Real Living

What goes around comes around and what seems to keep popping up on Pinterest and in magazines everywhere (as we were reminded in last month's Real Living Australia), is the single hanging pendant lightbulb.  In the image above, we loved the version students, Cecille Seremet and Asger Vester made using fabric cord and large wooden beads in the Real Living November issue.  The light is one of those home accessories that just fits in (in so many nooks and corners) in a space.

Although you can pick up a simple black or white pendant light at IKEA (and now red, grey and green);  adding a bit of creativity to it, adds that bit of extra interest and updates the look just a bit.  A super easy hack idea we thought: 

Suggested Supplies:
• one hanging pendant light (like this SEKOND version below from IKEA).
• a utility knife (for slicing and splitting the cord)
• newspaper or a garbage bag (to spray paint on)
• painters tape
• copper spray paint
• two or three large wooden beads (like these)
• a shelf bracket or accessory (to hang pendant from)

Step 1: To begin, get ready to spray paint the light socket case using a metallic copper spray.  First, tape off the cord using painters tape, near the light socket portion and then also at the bottom of the socket (to protect it). Lie down newspaper (or garbage bag) to lay the cord down onto to spray against. Spray the socket copper and let dry. 

Step 2: With this project, you'll need to cut the cord (to fit the beads through) and then rewire it (a DIY task that shouldn't be taken lightly.  If you have a friend who is an electrician, perhaps ask them to help).  But if you feel confident in doing this part yourself, here is a link is a good how-to.  Once the plug has been cut off, slip the large wooden beads over and down the cord to the light socket.  Add two or three beads, or if you want more, add more.  Feel free to get creative here.  Then rewire the electrical plug.

Step 3:  To hang, find an interesting accessory to hang it from (like this wooden hand from Hay) but even a budget-friendly EKBY VALTER will do.

Photo by Borgsmidt | Styling Mette Helena Rasmussen for Real Living


2 Sunday Reading | Make It Mighty Ugly

Photo | kpwerker
We've always been fans of local writer and freelance editor, Kim Piper Werker and so when we heard she had a new book out supporting her Mighty Ugly idea, we had to get ourselves a copy! Make It Mighty Ugly, Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty is a book unlike any other crafting book in that rather advising on making crafting visually appealing; Werker suggests making something "mighty ugly" with the premise of getting failure out of the way, making room for one's creative juices to flow, with only one way to go, which is up!

A great book for anyone who creates or wants to (from writers, crafters, painters, etc.); with a step-by-step approach using exercises that gently instruct readers to push their boundaries identifying strengths and weaknesses and encouraging readers to get their hands dirty, working though creative blocks, procrastination and finally sharing one's work. There are also plenty of tips and interviews with other creative types like Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation, The Sign Painter) and Kate Bingaman Burt to name a few, alongside stories from Werker's life which round out this inspirational guide illustrated by Kate Bingaman Burt.

A great book to give to anyone who inspires to make. 

Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty is available at most booksellers or order it online at IndieBound, Powells, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Chapters.