Chunky baskets Source: All About Ami
Crochet has made a comeback, with a colourful modern twist! Here's a round up of our favourite free projects on the web.
Create this simple bright bunting for your next party. The best part? It's reusable!
These colourful donuts are pretty sweet, don't you think?
This cozy striped blanket will be perfect for cuddling up with a great book.
Scrub your pots and pans in style with these patterned dishcloths.
This small bag is the perfect gift for the photography buffs in your life.
Store everything from toys to bathroom essentials in these cozy-looking baskets
String these mini houses together to create a garland for your child's room.
These cloths simple to make, they do a great job washing dishes and they're reusable.
We love this delicate crocheted necklace from All About Ami.
Colourful mini madalas are perfect for using up the yarn you have leftover from other projects.
This doily rug is totally on trend.
Bright fruit-themed potholders are the perfect addition to your kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Stacey Brandford Credits: Photo courtesy of Stacey Brandford
You asked: Once you’ve chosen a bed, how do you pick complementary pieces of furniture?
Sarah says: Bedroom furniture should all work together to project a uniform statement. Is your room classic, contemporary, country or bohemian? Try to choose furnishings that are the right size and scale for the room and for your bed. As a rule, your bedside tables should be at least as high as the top of your mattress, and the top of your lampshades should be roughly in line with the top of your headboard.
You asked: How do you choose a paint colour?
Sarah says: Choosing a patterned fabric will help you establish the colour palette. Simply match paint colours to the array of hues that appears in your key fabric and you’ll be amazed at the options you have. Try to go two shades lighter and two shades “muddier” than the colour you think you want in order to create the perfect tone for a restful environment.
You asked: How many pillows does a bed need?
Sarah says: My personal preference is a pair of 26- by 26-inch Euro pillows in front of the sleeping pillows, along with a long rectangle (or a pair of smaller 24- by 16-inch cushions) in front. The Euro pillows allow you to prop yourself up while reading in bed, while the smaller ones are placed in front as a decorative accent and an additional hit of colour.
You asked: What small change has the biggest impact?
Sarah says: Get in the habit of making your bed every day! I’ve always liked to pretend that I am coming back to a hotel room at the end of a long day, so a tailored, neat bed has always been a must. The bed doesn’t have to be fussy to be fabulous: A comfy mattress, crisp cotton sheets, a decorative blanket or a coverlet for cooler nights and a few beautiful pillows will make any bed look luxurious.
You asked: What’s the easiest way to refresh your bedroom?
Sarah says: Commit to a good weekend purge. Empty out the contents of every closet and drawer and decide if you really need each item. Recycle stacks of old magazines and pare down everything in your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn a garment in a year or more, donate it to a local women’s shelter. Try to live a “less is more” existence. I guarantee your room will feel fresh and new when you’re done.
What style of bedroom best suits you? Sarah Richardson teaches us how to decorate the perfect bedroom.
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.