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4 8 Summery DIYs to Try This Weekend!

 It's a long weekend here in B.C. and what a beautiful one it looks like it's going to be! Perfect for making something outside on the deck! Here's a few outstanding  ideas we found this week!   We'll be taking Monday off here, but will be back Tuesday with a project we've been working on all month to celebrate our 10 years!  Can't wait to share it with you! It's a gift to you our readers! Happy Friday!

1. DIY Straw Hat Wall Clock
by Monsters Circus
So summery!

2. Wood Cake Stand 
by Almost Perfect
Such a great idea!

3. DIY Cedar Bath Mat
by The Merrythought
Perfect for an outdoor shower too!

4. DIY Easy Wood Frame
by The Merrythought
How simple is this?

5. DIY Wall Art Block Prints
via Remodelista
Loving black and white block prints right now!

6. DIY Rope Bag
by HonestlyWTF
So pretty - sew yourself this!

7. Woven Wall Hanging
by For the Makers
Perhaps one of the better tutorials on weaving we've seen online.

And after all that making, must try this!

8. New Mexico PiƱon Coffee, iced.
by Door Sixteen


1 New Works From Clare Elsaesser + New Large Format Prints


One of our favorite Etsy artists, Clare Elsaesser now has her prints for sale in large format. The extra large wall art giclee prints are available in three sizes (22x28 inches), (32x40 inches) and (42x53 inches). Beautiful by themselves or framed like in the example below (imagine in the large format). Also, loving her newer work (bottom) in soft hues, that have a retro feel to them. Gorgeous prints that showcase the oil colours.



Married to the Sea
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Married to the Sea


Days End

Sea Dream
See more of Clare's work on Etsy HERE.


See San Francisco | Through the Lens of SFGirlByBay + Giveaway!

Today we're excited to feature Victoria Smith's new book, See San Francisco, Through the Lens of SFGirlByBay published by Chronicle Books.  We've always admired Victoria's beautiful photography of San Francisco usually through her Sunday in the City series on her blog and on her instagram, so we were excited to see all that colour and light translated into a book.  This gorgeously photographed book is organized by neighborhoods, featuring hidden corners, landmarks and hot spots of San Francisco. The book makes for a lovely keepsake or souvenir of the city for both dwellers of the city, or those just visiting.  Let's take a little look!

We're giving away a copy (along with some cute See San Francisco buttons and postcards) on our instagram feed today courtesy of Chronicle Books - if you'd like to try your hand at winning! Head on over there by clicking HERE!

See San Francisco, Through the Lens of SFGirlByBay is available at bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

3 Kitchen Love | Pastels + A Little Black

Our five year temporary kitchen solution has officially expired and we are so overdue for a makeover. We still can't afford the kitchen of our dreams though, so dreaming it shall be, or a little painting. Loving all the mints and pastel-coloured cabinetry we've been seeing lately.  Whether they are mixed with marble or plywood, there's something really fresh and modern about them. Definitely a European vibe, making it all the more inviting. Here's a few that we're bookmarking (plus one black worth mentioning). Do you have a favourite?

via OHM
dries otten via sfgirlbybay
dries otten via sfgirlbybay

via OHM

via OHM
RUM Magazine via OHM

VIPP Kitchen via Pella Hedeby


0 A Brit and a Broad | Guatemala

Today we're excited to share a video from Vancouver-based blog, A Brit and A Broad, a travel blog featuring Brianna Wiens and her British counterpart, Macca Sherifi, and the brilliant man behind the lens Brian Ceci. This particular video takes them to Guatemala as they show us the sights and sounds of Antigua, Volcano Pacaya and Tikal.  So beautiful there!  As is there entire series in Central America. A little bit more about them below:

About A Brit and A Broad
Brianna Wiens, also known as "The Broad", is a Vancouver based actor, writer, director and producer. She has bounced from stage to screen to behind the scenes and since she can’t seem to sit still, she began traveling the world.

Macca is an author, blogger and photographer currently living in London, the United Kingdom. Using the experiences of his round the world trip and calling upon his knowledge from gapyear.com, Macca has written the successful ebook Your Round the World Trip Planner: How to plan the trip of a lifetime.

Brian is a cinematographer and photographer currently living in Vancouver, BC. He is avid traveler who has traveled to over 25 countries on five continents, and he is often away on foreign lands with nothing more than a camera in his hands.

A Brit and A Broad is the cumulation of a great passion to see the world and the desire to inspire others to do the same. And it all came together quite nicely; an actor, an author and a cinematographer exploring the world and inviting you along for the ride.

Hosts: Macca Sherifi and Brianna Wiens
Cinematographer/Director: Brian Ceci 
Music: Andrew Peebles

The series can also be found on YouTube and on Apple TV.  Visit them online:

Website: abritandabroad.com
YouTube: youtube.com/abritandabroad
Facebook: facebook.com/abritandabroad
Twitter: @abritandabroad
Macca Sherifi: @backpackermacca
Brianna Wiens: @briannawiens
Brian Ceci: @brianceci
Music by Andrew Peebles