DIY Candy Christmas Wreath Video Tutorial

DIY Candy Christmas Wreath (VIDEO)

Craft supplies - lollipop, cupcake, unicorn, donut

Aren’t these candy and cupcake supplies amazing! When I saw them I fell in love with them and had to find a project to use them. They are sparkly, cute and just plain fun! Unfortunately last year’s Christmas wreath was wrecked in a snowstorm. Thus I needed a new wreath to adorn my door. So this was the perfect excuse to make something non-traditional and glittery. And did I mention I sneaked a unicorn onto the wreath – it’s subtle, but she’s there. Really, why wouldn’t you put this classic unicorn on a Christmas wreath. 

I bought all the supplies at Michael’s and probably spent way too much on this DIY lol! Sometimes when you buy craft supplies it gets expensive and you think, “hey, maybe I should just buy it?” It probably would have cost the same amount to buy it – but I do it for the process. And the candy details were so pretty, I couldn’t resist a DIY. 

Follow the video or step-by-step below to make your own. 

Supplies

Christmas Wreath supplies - cupcakes, unicorn, donut
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Sparkly silver branch wreath form
  • Polka dot ribbon (two types and sizes)
  • Cupcake, lollipop and donut elements
  • Sparkly sticks (for floral arrangements)
  • Unicorn
Sparkly Unicorn on wreath

Instructions

  1. Glue ribbon #1 in a zigzag pattern across the wreath
  2. Glue ribbon #2 in a zigzag pattern in the opposite way on the wreath in the places the first ribbon didn’t touch.
  3. Separate your sparkly branch elements
  4. Glue branches sporadically across the wreath evenly
  5. The fun part! Glue all your candy elements throughout your wreath (unicorn included)
  6. Hang your wreath and admire it.

I’m so happy with how this wreath turned out, I smile at the whimsy and sparkle every time I leave the house. Also, adding the unicorn is the sprinkles on the cupcake!

Candy themed Christmas wreath

What do you think? Don’t you love the candy elements?

If you like this wreath, see last year’s DIY Christmas Ball Wreath.

Nut-Free New York (VIDEO)

Travelling with allergies always brings on a bit of anxiety, even if you aren’t travelling far. I was so excited to go to New York for the first time, I can’t believe I’d never been. The flight is barely one and a half hours, and I wasn’t going to let my nut allergy interfere. Let me take you on my NY food journey, see the vlog and descriptions below!

Day 1

I always bring my own snacks on flights to ensure I have something I can eat – you never know if the airport will have safe snacks. When travelling you’re sometimes not sure when you’ll get to eat again so having emergency bites is a must for me. The early morning meal consisted of: Made Good apple cinnamon granola bites, Joseph’s Nutless Clusters (they are chocolate coconut bites), Bear Paw cookies and tea. I also had chips and juice on the plane – I admit not the most balanced meal.

Nutfree snacks

I made the long trip from Newark to New York and was starving by the time I arrived – I expected traffic, but was shocked by the extent of it. Luckily we had all our meals planned that day – my friend made reservations for lunch and dinner and was sweet enough to call and ask about allergies for me – so the restaurants were prepared for my requests. For lunch we went to Fig and Olive (808 Lexington Ave), which was nut-friendly, not nut-free. I shared flatbreads and had a burger and green salad for my main. I was so hungry anything would have tasted amazing – but the burger was juicy and salad had a great dressing.

My must-do in NY was to visit Candytopia (145 W 32nd St) an amazing candy playground/art experience. This isn’t exactly the healthiest meal, but they of course had candy samples throughout and the allergy information was stellar! Each sweet had pictures and very clear labels on everything, and since it was almost all sugar I didn’t have an issue eating anything. I ran around like a kid taking pictures, rolling around in confetti and getting high on sugar. This was one of my highlights – it was so much fun!

Candytopia Allergen Info

Candytopia Candy

Then we headed to Chinatown to eat at Nom Wah Tea Parlour, although this place looked like a hole in the wall it was the best meal I had on the trip. It was up a slight hill in a dark alleyway which was littered with people, there was a line outside for the restaurant – thank goodness for reservations. We we sat down they already knew about my nut allergy – we shared everything family-style without an issue. I don’t remember everything we ate, but I’m still thinking about their pork-stuffed buns and soup dumplings.

Nom Wah Tea Parlour New York

Long Distance Friends meeting in NY

Day 2

I could have wandered around the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) by myself for hours and been completely happy. I ate my own snacks and a banana from Starbucks in the morning. Unfortunately the first cafe we went to inside the MET did not have ingredients for anything, so I could only eat an apple and potato chips – not a great experience. After the first snack I needed a real meal desperately and we found the cafeteria in the basement. I ordered the kids meal (the first thing I could see that I could eat). Vegetable pasta with garlic and olive oil (which was actually pretty good) banana, juice and chocolate chip nut-free/gluten-free cookies.

Lunch at the MET - nutfree

After the MET we wandered around some stores and looked for  a place to eat. To my joy we passed Alice’s Teacup – which has always been on my NY to-do list. It is an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea shop. If you know me, you know I live for afternoon tea. The place was nut-friendly and didn’t use nuts in their scones – such bliss. They provided the classic three-tiered afternoon tea experience: mini sandwiches (BLT and salmon), cookies and cake and of course scones and clotted cream. We had tea for three and I was thrilled to take the leftovers home.

Alice's Teacup - Afternoon Tea

Teacups and Teapots - Alice's Teacup

The tea experience was pretty filling, so after that I walked to Times Square, had a glass of prosecco and a few more bites of scone.

Day 3

For breakfast and snacks throughout the day I ate my leftovers from Alice’s Teacup (thankfully they were generous). On the last day we went to the Statue of Liberty and healthy food was not to be found. I ate one of the only things they said I could eat: chicken fingers and fries. It’s so annoying that the US doesn’t seem to use plum sauce; I had to use BBQ.  I also found a nut-free cookie. I wasn’t allowed to bring the cookie up the statue so I had to leave it on the security desk – thinking it wouldn’t be there when I came back. But when I got down it was still there and I was so happy! After the heavy food and walking around I ate my snacks from home until the off-broadway play I arranged. In the evening I met a friend for a drink and had mini-sliders.

Looking at the water at the Statue of Liberty

Chicken Fingers and Fries - Statue of Liberty meal

I am now itching to go back to New York and explore the city more. Do you have any nut-free New York recommendations?

Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!

New York Fall Outfits

I finally visited New York City! My short trip was just a taste of this exciting city and I am now itching to go back and explore more.  The weather was strange – one day it felt like summer, the next was windy and I was sure winter was coming. Below are the outfits I wore for my October visit and I still managed to wear floral in the fall!

Floral Track Suit

Love Fire Floral Track Suit

Track suits are usually not my thing, but I found this gem at Nordstorm Rack and I bought it immediately. I have never  felt so comfortable and stylish in an outfit – it was perfect for the plane ride. I paired it with a white tank top and I actually wore basic white tennis shoes – I never wear running shoes! For accessories I wore coral tassel earrings I made (available on Etsy) which bring out the flower pattern. I was shocked at how warm it was in the middle of October; I had to carry my fall coat.

Tracksuit: Love Fire (from Nordstrom Rack)
Purse: Ted Baker

Pink Pant Jumpsuit

Pink Pantsuit in New York

Candytopia heart wall

Candytopia New York Outfit

For our evening at Candytopia (an interactive candy and art experience) walking around the city and dinner I wore a bright pink pant jumpsuit. Given Candytopia, was colour-overload, I needed to match the decor. I rolled up the pant legs to show off the studded boots to give the outfit some edge. For jewelry I wore neon earrings and bracelets I made. I never get sick of wearing this jumpsuit, see how I wore it while in Jamaica.

Pantsuit: Banana Repulic
Boots: Sam Edelman

Floral Blazer and Leggings

Looking over balcony at the MET, NY

Floral Blazer and leggings

Day two was the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) so I knew there would be lots of walking again. The navy floral blazer I tend to wear to art galleries a lot, see how I wore it to the AGO in Toronto. I paired in with liquid black leggings, tennis shoes, and a basic cream top.

Floral Suit

Times Square at night

For the evening I headed off to see Times Square and have a drink. To dress the outfit up with minimal effort I changed to the matching suit pants and the same black boots.

Suit: H&M
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Leggings: America Apparel

Orange Pants and Leather Jacket

Statue of Liberty

Standing with the Fearless Girl at the NY stock exchange

I regretted this outfit as soon as I walked our the door, but I didn’t have enough time to run up to get my fall coat. The wind going to the Statue of Liberty was fierce and painful. The days before were unusually warm so I was expecting the same thing. This was a long day of waiting in lines and climbing steps (Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking around Wall Street) and I was cold for most of it.

Pants: J.Crew
Leather jacket: Danier Leather
Scarf: The Bay
Embroidered top

I was exhausted from all my walking on the trip and was thankful I wore running shoes for the majority of the time. Exploring more of New York is on my list – hopefully in the summer.

Where do you suggest I visit in the city?

 

 

Queen Shirt and Cat Graffiti

Queen Bodysuit Outfit

Orange and Neon Necklace Etsy

Cherry Blossoms Toronto

I’m not sure if I look super stylish in this outfit or like a lunatic. But, I do feel awesome in it. I saw this QUEEN bodysuit online and knew I needed to have it. The suit has snaps at the bottom and is cut very low on the sides with a razorback. Since it is pretty naked wearing a cardigan makes sense. But the neck is high so there is coverage there if I decide to go bare. Also the cotton is so soft! I was really surprised given how cheap it was!

I admit it, there is a lot going on in this outfit. There is the statement shirt, neon orange and gold necklace, leopard cardigan and red lace pants – not to mention the lilac that is washing out of my hair. But I think all the craziness goes. But it may be too out there for some people, what do you think?

I’ve been obsessed with these red lace pants lately- they are elastic and have pockets (everything is better with pockets).  I wear them far too much because they are comfy and professional. I thought the bodysuit was hilarious and I’m envisioning wearing it with a tutu (still looking for the tutu). As mentioned, the bodysuit is pretty bare at the sides and I wanted to cover up and thought “Hey, red and leopard go!”

Bright pink and red layered fall look

Queen Razorback shirt

It did get chilly this day so I layered my white bell sleeved coat and neon pink scarf. So it looks like two different outfits.

Queen bodysuit: Shein
Cardigan: Mexx (now closed)
Pants: J.Crew
Boots: The Bay
Necklace: made by me
White coat: Zara
Scarf: Suzy Shier

Ali Express Frozen Costume Review

Cheap Frozen Costume (AliExpress Review)

Elsa Frozen Cosplace

As a favour to a friend I agreed to dress up like Elsa from Frozen for her three year old’s birthday party. But let’s be honest, being a Disney princess for a day is more of my dream than the child’s. I did my best to whip up a cheap costume that I didn’t have to DIY too much- as much as I love to make my own costumes, I just didn’t have the time.

The entire costume cost under $20 as I used things I already owned (besides the dress). I must admit my tickle trunk of supplies may be more than the average person – so hopefully you have similar items at home. The main part of the costume is the princess dress which I bought from AliExpress for around $17 with shipping.  So it was likely cheaper to buy the dress than DIY my own. But it was sooo see-through. I needed to wear a few layers underneath that made me look bigger than I am and ruined the line. If you buy this dress get a good slip so it doesn’t look bulky like mine did. Although the quality was poor the fabric had stretch so it fit fine, which is always a risk when buying online.  As dresses go, it will make you look close enough to Elsa, so for the price I’d recommend it.

I used an old blonde wig I had from previous costumes and braided it to the side. I had rhinestone snowflake clips that I put in the braid and beside my ear to add sparkle and keep the wig in place.

For the makeup I wore gobs of purple eyeshadow with shimmer over it and added false lashes that had silver tinsel in them. I also paired it with a pop of pink lips. For the earrings I wore shiny crystal studs.

For a cheap princess costume I’d recommend going this route- but shipping takes awhile.

Bought

  • Dress: Ali Express

Already Owned

  • Blonde wig (my hair was too short to go natural)
  • Shiny snowflake hair clips
  • Slip to go under the see through dress
  • Shiny purple makeup

Roller Disco Outfit

I found this old photo (2016?) from a friend’s birthday party and realized I’d never posted it. Now that I look back at it I think it would make a good roller derby or roller disco Halloween outfit. It is an easy last minute costume!

Recalling the night – now that my circle and I are thirtiy-ish there is a mad dash to be a kid again. Trying things that we haven’t done before is essential and a birthday party at a club is a rarity now. So the choice for a girlfriend’s birthday was a Christian roller disco rink in Mississauga…any excuse for a good theme party.

When I got there around 8:00 p.m. there was a line of 12 year olds outside the door waiting to get in. Seeing that I was confused and fully regretted my risqué outfit. But at least the photos can give inspiration for a lazy and easy Halloween costume.

Roller Skates and Rainbow Knee highs

I went for a dark more gothic roller disco look. I paired the statement gold sequinned shorts with a black off the shoulder shirt, wide black fishnets and knee highs. The knee highs were thick in case I fell (it only happened once). I had never used old style skates like this before but it was a challenge My Bff pictured fell at least three times in an hour; but he made me proud by getting up every single time! Persistence!

Shirt: black off the shoulder (from a cheap store I don’t recall where)
Fishnets
Thick Black knee highs
Gold Sequin Shorts

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - DIY a tutu, crown, deck of cards collar and scepter! Off with their heads!

DIY Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume (VIDEO)

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume-Step by step video tutorial to make the tutu, crown, scepter and deck of cards collar.

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume -

If you know anything about me you know Halloween is my Christmas. As October approaches I’m really getting into the spirit. Making costumes from scratch is one of my essential things to do for Halloween. Last year I did my own version of the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland. Some pieces were bought, but the main parts were DIY’d. I forced my partner to be the Mad Hatter and by fluke my bestie and friends of friends also dressed up as the characters – so I had an entire crew to match my costume.

Couples costume - Alice in Wonderland

Click below to watch the full DIY costume video.

Full disclosure the costume is comprised of bought and handmade items.

Bought

  • Corset
  • Black and white tights (dollar store)
  • Flamingo Purse

DIY

Queen of Hearts accessories - DIY

  • Card Collar
  • Tutu
  • Crown
  • Pleated Cuffs
  • Scepter
  • Earrings

CARD COLLAR

Supplies

  • Deck of cards
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Fishing line/invisible thread (to tie ends together)

Instructions

  1. Spread the cards out. I used a memory wire to gauge the size of my neck as I added cards
  2. Glue the cards together on an angle ensuring the number at the top shows
  3. Keep gluing the cards on an angle and bend into shape as you do
  4. Once it is long enough bend it again and turn over
    Glue spaces on the back
  5. Glue cards flat on the back to secure it more (this is optional)
  6. Poke tiny holes in the bottom corner of the outside cards. You will put a fishing line through this and lie together to secure it

TUTU

This tutu is no sew, except for sewing the elastic together. However you could tie the elastic, but that is lazy and poor craftsmanship! Lol

Supplies

  • Tulle (black and red)
  • Elastic

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Cut a wide (at least an inch) piece of elastic around half an inch smaller than you waist
  • Sew ends together with machine or by hand
  • Cut strips of tulle that are around 1-2 inches in width. The length of the strip is doubled the length of the skirt. I wanted mine shorter in the front and longer in the back so I gradually cut longer and longer lengths from the short length in the front.
  • Fold strip in half
  • Fold the loop over the elastic waistband and pull the two ends through the loop and pull tight
  • Repeat in the colour and length pattern you desire

EDWARDIAN CUFFS

Pleated Queen of Hearts Cuffs

Supplies

  • White cotton fabric
  • White Lace
  • White Ribbon
  • Thread

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Needle/sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut width of cuff you desire
  2. Fold the pleats and press the iron down as you pleat. Keep pleating with the iron until you reach the length of your wrist.
  3. Sew across with a sewing machine (this will be easier than by hand)
  4. Gather lace and pin in place across cuff
  5. Put ribbon on top of line of lace and sew all three layers together
  6. I frayed the edges of the cuffs
  7. Tie together in bow

SCEPTER

DIY Queen of Hearts Scepter, DIY Edwardian Cuffs

Supplies

  • Wooden dowel
  • Cards
  • Ribbon (black and gold)
  • Decoration for top
  • Glue

Tools

  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Heart stencils (or freehand)

Instructions

  1. Glue and wrap black ribbon around dowel. Secure with glue every few wraps.
  2. Glue decoration on top. I used a red Christmas ornament
  3. Cut cards in hearts
  4. Embellish as you like

Lolita Crown

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - makeup, deck of cards collar, lolita crown

Queen of Hearts Jewelry - crown and earrings - DIY

Supplies

  • Rhinestones (on a chain – meaning they are connected)
  • Gold wire
  • Heart crystal beads
  • Red and gold beads

Instructions

This crown is in the gothic lolita style – they are usually made of pearls. I modified this technique and made it with rhinestone, gold wire and beads. I made the form in wire with some beads and wrapped the rhinestones throughout.

Happy Halloween! How would you make the Queen of Hearts your own version?

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume-Step by step video tutorial to make the tutu, crown, scepter and deck of cards collar.

 

DIY Spring Flower Crown Video Tutorial

DIY Spring Flower Crown (VIDEO)

DIY Flower Crown - daisies

I didn’t make this crown for any particular reason other than the fact I got hair extensions and just felt I had flower crown hair. Making one has been on my to-do list for awhile and the hair was the perfect excuse to try it. As Halloween approaches it’s good accessory for for a fairy or woodland creature costume. It’s also a vital addition for festival season and Pride. Basically any time you can dress like a lunatic I would recommend wearing one.

Selfie Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

Here is my spring version of the flower crown, you can make it with or without floral tape. If you don’t have the tape you can work around it, by just gluing the flowers to the wire. Decide on your colour combination and follow the directions below.

Supplies

DIY Flower Crown Supplies and Tools

  • Various fake flowers (different colours and sizes)
  • Wire – medium thickness
  • Glue gun glue
  • Floral tape (optional)

Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

Instructions

1. Pull flowers off stems including leaves

Fake Flowers2. Cut off stems. If they have them, pull plastic backings off big flowers

3. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around your head where you want the crown to sit 2-3 times.

Wire Flower Crown Base4. Take the wire and wrap it under and over itself to secure in place.

5. Start gluing biggest flowers to the crown

6. Take floral tape to make mini bouquets of smaller flowers, glue tape ends to secure (optional). If you don’t want to use floral tape just glue the flowers to the wire or each other.

7. Glue bouquets to wire crown

8. Glue flowers wherever there are spaces

9. Keep gluing until desired fullness is reached

10. Cut extra leaves off including stems

11. Glue leaves on the inside of the crown covering the wire

DIY Flower Crown - pink, peach, daisies

Try it on and admire your flower crown

DIY Coachella Crown

Where would you wear your flower crown?

 

Terre Bleu Sunflower Field

Terre Bleu Lavender and Sunflower Field Outfit

Lavender Field Outfit - White and cream outfit

I’ve been wanting to go to the lavender field since last summer- all the pictures look so pretty and magical. Finally after a spontaneous comment about wanting to see it; my friend and I made it on the holiday Monday in August. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and all the staff were so so nice and perky, so nice that I actually noticed they were nice. As summer jobs go I bet this is a fun one.

Purple ribbon on sunhat at a lavender field

I think chose the perfect outfit – pretty and comfortable. I thought the white and cream would stand out against the field; do you think it did? The outfit is actually a mid – length lace dress I got from a children’s store in Italy. The tutu skirt is pretty gauzy so a long top is necessary if I’m not wearing nylons. For me this is a very neutral outfit, but I added some purple in it to keep on theme. On the straw sunhat I added a purple ribbon to it for obvious reasons. The flash of purple tassel earrings were made by me. I also painted my nails lilac because I’m a nerd.

Yellow door at Terre Bleu

My girlfriend and I wore matching sun hats for the look and of course to protect our skin. We walked around the first field took too many photos and just listened to the bees – there were so many it vibrated. Of course, we made it to the iconic yellow door and I walked through to put my worries behind me. By this time it was at least 12:30 in the afternoon and we were starving. Being the planner I am I brought a small picnic of sandwiches, veggies and fruit. Then I was disappointed to learn the lavender ice cream wasn’t safe for my nut allergy. Not surprising, but still disappointing. But the farm’s lemonade was nice.

We bought the extra tickets to the sunflower field as well. Two bucket lists in one day! As we walked across the road and farm to the flower field we watched the sky nervously. It was definitely going to rain. We get to the field and there and there are a few raindrops and quickly take a few pictures. Then the rain starts to explode. We put our hats on for coverage and I just decided to accept the rain – it was actually freeing to get caught in the rain in a sunflower field. The scene felt like it was from a movie where the leading lady just learned something vital about herself that would shape her life. There was no way we could have avoided getting wet. After a few minutes it cleared and we enjoyed the flowers with a few more picture. When we walked back to the parking lot I knew it was going to erupt again, which it did as soon as we got to the car.

It's raining in a sunflower field

Shirt: actually a dress from children’s store in Italy – it had an ugly bow I cut off
Skirt: Zumel and Co
Hat: H & M with a ribbon added
Earrings: made by me
Gladiator sandals: really old and from Hong Kong, I had to toss them afterwards due to the rain

CNE Outfit

Nut-free Canadian National Exhibition Meal “Let’s go to the Ex”

Going to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or “the ex” is a summer tradition. It’s a day for sugary, fried and generally yummy but awful for you food. Every year there is another crazy or disgusting food they introduce. Sometimes it is for the best those food experiments (like a hamburger with two donuts for the bun) are off limits due to allergies.

Having a nut allergy often bars you from carnival fun; but I have found a few staples I always eat at “the ex”. I am also a bit lactose intolerant, but today I’m just going to take pills and deal with the consequences. Below was my “Let’s go to the ex” meal that was allergy-friendly!

Tiny Tom Donuts

Tiny Tom Donuts

Whenever I see a Tiny Tom sign I run for it before there is line. These are tiny, mini sugar donuts that everyone in Toronto is familiar with. It is a CNE and food truck staple. They have various sugar toppings; but I always go with the classic cinnamon sugar. They are best when warm, first you shake all the sugar and eat them from the bag. I always buy extra to bring home and heat up for breakfast, however my partner and I ate them all and there wasn’t enough for the next day!

Hot Bunz

Korean Stuffed Hot Bunz

I needed a ‘real’ meal not just dessert. I used to get these Asian fusion buns at another market and now whenever I see them I’m excited. I got the pair of small ones so that I’d have room for more donuts and could get two flavours. I bought “Seoul City Pulled Beef” which was stuffed with beef and caramelized onions and topped with fried onions and some sort of garlic sauce. The other bun was “Bacon Butter Chicken” which I ate for lunch the next day. It was similar to the beef, but the bacon on top made is extra yummy.  Since they are small they are perfect for snacking.

Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich

CNE-ice-cream-sandwich

I have seen this classic at the ex for years and always thought it was off limits. But when I passed by the stand I saw them cutting Chapman’s ice cream into slices (which is usually nut-free) so I figured I’d ask. To my shock the snack was nut-free. A thick slice of vanilla ice cream was sandwiched between two waffles. It wasn’t a sugary sweet waffle, but still tasted great.

Overall I had a balanced meal, I started with dessert and ended with it! What is your favourite CNE or carnival food?

Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!