Whether it's for Christmas or her birthday, any woman would adore getting one of these homemade gifts.
Tea and coffee lovers can never have too many mugs! You can decorate this mug to suit your friend's personality—stripes, polka dots or bows look adorable. Then fill the mug up with cookies and a few tea bags before wrapping it with cellophane and a ribbon.
Need a quick gift? Then make this pretty bracelet! It's super easy to make—no crafting skills required—and would look perfect as a part of an arm party.
Do you have a friend or family member who loves home decor? Then she will adore these pretty lotion and soap dispensers. They're simple to make and budget-friendly.
Add sparkle to a floral arrangement with this easy project.
The stylish lady in your life will love this homemade clutch! You don't need to be a sewing maven to make this bag. It requires minimal sewing. And you can make it any colour you want! We love grey and black because it goes with everything.
Every woman needs a little sparkle in her life! You don't need to be a crafter to make this cover. You just need a steady hand and a love of glitter!
While a lace dress might not be her style, a necklace made from a piece of lace will be a welcomed addition to her jewelry box.
Canadians know you need a cozy cowl to protect your face from the cold. Knit this cowl in a colour that will match her coat. Then she will be ready to face the snow in style.
Keep her ears warm by knitting her this pretty winter headband.
<p>Canadian Living, April 2016</p>
Looking to give your beauty and style a wee bit of a refresh, but don't know where to start? We want YOU to apply to Canadian Living's winter makeover series.
We're gearing up to shoot a winter series of makeovers in Toronto, which will appear in the magazine over a handful of issues—likely February, March and April—and are looking for four candidates (two women and a couple) to get a transformative makeover.
This makeover includes a wardrobe from Bayview Village (you'll get to keep the outfit you wear for the photo shoot), makeup, skin treatment, hair cut and colour, manicure—the whole deal. It will culminate in a photo shoot that will appear in the pages of our magazine. We're looking for two women and one couple ages 28 to 60.
The process will happen over a few days, firstly the morning of October 21 (clothing at Bayview Village), October 24th (hair cut and colour at a downtown salon) and the shoot day (makeup, hair styling and manicure) on October 26th. *We'll try and pepper in the skin treatments on the 21st and 24th. Otherwise, maybe a few on the 25th—TBD.
If you're keen, we'll need a few things:
• A current snapshot of your face (hair down, wearing your usual makeup)
• Reasons why you feel you need a makeover. What about yourself would you like to refresh?
• A current full-body snapshot that shows off your style (whatever that may be)
• A willingness to participate for about 2 days in total: half day for the salon (salon has not been determined, however it will be downtown Toronto), 1-2 hours for a skin treatment, one hour of wardrobe consultation and 3-4 hours for the photo shoot.
• And most of all, please only apply if you are interested in a big change—you need to be OK with handing over creative control to our very capable hands. We're going to be working with some of the best beauty and fashion talent in Canada. We're not going to give you a pixie cut and dye your hair platinum blonde, promise. We're going to enhance your natural beauty and ever so slightly push you out of your comfort zone.
Applicants can email our Fashion & Beauty director at email@example.com. We're hoping to narrow down our three lucky ladies (and hopefully one guy!) within the next two to three weeks.
Mocha Chocolate Crackles Credits: Ryan Szulc
Looking for a delicious cookie to add to you holiday baking repertoire? We share 16 of our favourite drop cookie recipes for you to pick from.
Crispy sugar-dusted crusts surround perfectly soft, chewy centres in these chocolaty delights. The cookies are so addictive. With plenty of milk on standby, there's no telling how quickly they'll disappear.
Canadian Living has published many chocolate chip cookie recipes, but founding food editor Carol Ferguson's recipe, with a punchy hit of vanilla, is the standout. You can try making these cookies with all butter as well.
Ground chai tea and some additional ground chai spices give these buttery almond cookies a subtle, pleasing flavour. Find loose-leaf chai tea in bulk food stores or specialty tea shops. In a pinch, empty a tea bag or two to get the proper amount.
Tart sour cherries and dark chocolate are a delightful match - especially in this easy drop cookie. It's a guaranteed cookie exchange win.
Just a pinch of cinnamon takes white chocolate to even greater heights of flavour. It also acts as a delicious counterpoint to the gingery spice of these cookies, which are perfectly crispy on the outside and delectably chewy on the inside.
The coarse sugar on these licorice-flavoured drops glistens like snowballs. Split the remaining vanilla bean half and place in airtight container with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. The vanilla will permeate the sugar. Use it to sprinkle on scones or cookies, or in your morning coffee.
These rich morsels have a gorgeous crackle topping.
This twist on the traditional classic is sure to please everyone!
Recipes in early cookbooks, such as the 1915 edition of the Five Roses Cook Book, show that ginger cookies have been a favourite for generations.
These crispy ginger logs got their name because the thin chocolate coating on top makes them look like eclairs when they're lined up on a platter. Play around with other types of chocolate coating if you like – milk, dark and white chocolates are all delicious with the slightly spicy ginger.
Coarse sugar coats these delightful cookies, giving them an icy glow. Baking them just until the edges begin to firm up delivers chewy cookies; for crispier results, bake until the tops are firm too, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Keep in mind that these cookies harden while cooling, so it pays not to bake them until they're overly crisp.
Snowy white cookies, double-rolled in icing sugar, melt in your mouth and, if you don't watch out, will deliciously dust your holiday outfit.
Crystallized ginger adds an extra dose of zippy spice to these super-easy drop cookies. Walnut halves on top add a touch of elegance to your holiday cookie platters.
Made with only four ingredients, these chewy gluten-free drop cookies take just a few minutes to prepare. Walnuts don't keep well for extended periods at room temperature, so taste them before you begin to make sure they're fresh.
Honey-roasted peanuts add a sweet crunch to these favourite drop cookies.
Everyone loves a surprise, especially when it's a holiday favourite, such as the chocolate-covered almonds tucked inside these toasty macaroons. Be sure the coconut covers the almond completely or its chocolate will melt onto the pan and ruin the surprise.
Get the whole family involved in your Thanksgiving craft decorations with these festive pear turkeys. Display them in a row on a mantel or use them as place card holders for your family's feast.
You will need:
- Fake pears
- Fake leaves
- Glue gun
- Glue stick
- Black permanent marker
- Orange and red scrapbook paper
1. Apply glue from the glue gun to the lower front section of one leaf. Hold it in place on the back of the pear.
2. Use a black permanent marker to draw two eyes.
3. Cut a small triangle out of orange scrapbook paper for a beak and a piece of red for the wattle. Glue both in place using the glue stick.
For more smart Thanksgiving crafts and decor, check out how to make this personalized photo table runner.