Sunday, December 23, 2012

Neighbour gifts {FREEBIE}

Now I know that you won't have your new printer before Christmas, but I wanted to share my first free printable with you anyway.

I live in a really great neighbourhood. People are really friendly and helpful around here, and I'm so glad that this is where we ended up buying our first home. With the holidays upon us, I wanted to make some goodies and wrap them up nicely, to share with my neighbours. This year, I made four things and didn't even really have to bake at all (I think the oven was used for a whopping 5 minutes, all told)! As usual, Pinterest and the Internet proved invaluable in making me look like a goddess in the kitchen... or something like that.

Here's what I made, and what you should make too -

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark - The Legume Loyalist

Buckeye Bark - Live Sigma Kappa

Mom's Best Peanut Brittle -

Peppermint Bark - Martha Stewart
So far, these have been extremely well received, and I couldn't be happier! I like that I didn't absolutely kill myself making things, yet people are still pleased to receive them... that's the kind of holiday treats that I can get behind.

Furthermore, when one makes good treats, one is expected to share, share, share. As I said before, I put together tins for my neighbours to say; 'Thanks, for being a cool neighbour!' (Read: mowing our lawn and shoveling our driveway before we can get to it, all the time). I really should have started this a couple years ago, I missed sharing with a previous neighbour who was awesome... I don't even adapt well to change in my own community! Silly girl.

So check these out, cute right?

Are you making your own neighbour gifts? Will you be delivering the on the 25th? Would you like to use the labels too? (Grab them below)

My gift to you!

Don't forget to enter the printer giveaway, either. Time is running out!

Happy Holidays!

Find your own labels here!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brother "Business Smart Series" Printer Review + Giveaway!

 That was a mouthful, wasn't it?

The title says it all though, folks! We're having our very first giveaway here at la vie en fuchsia and it's very exciting!

I was very happy when I was contacted about the new "Business Smart Series" printer from Brother Canada, because the specs sounded exactly like something I'd want out of a printer. This unit is brand-new on the market, as it was released in November of this year and retails for $199.

The Brother website gives this description;

Brother is proud to introduce the Business Smart™ MFC-J4510DW colour inkjet all-in-one. It delivers the Ultimate Combination of fast print speeds, easy-to-use features, low cost printing and 11" x 17" printing in a compact design. This wireless all-in-one has a swipe 3.7" TouchScreen display plus TouchPanel that only shows you the keys you need, plus a new innovative print technology that allows you to store and feed paper in landscape orientation. Nobody said you can't have it all!
  • Fast print speeds - with speeds up to 35ppm black and 27ppm colour. ISO print speeds up to 20ppm black and 18ppm colour (ISO/IEC 24734).
  • Easy to use 3.7" swipe TouchScreen display plus TouchPanel.
  • Smallest in class up to 35% smaller footprint.
  • Low cost printing. Help save more print more with replacement super high yield ink cartridges.
  • 11" x 17" printing. Print high-impact easy-to-read documents up to 11" x 17".
  • Mobile device printing. Wireless printing from your mobile device via: AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace and Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Innovative Landscape Print Technology. Allows paper to be stored and fed in the machine in landscape orientation. This unique technology delivers the ultimate combination of features in a machine with a compact and sleek design.

...and I love it!

In the name of full disclosure, we certainly had some hiccups along the way. Minor hiccups like; saying that it wasn't connected to the network and yet a test print proved that it actually was, having to re-do the software load due to an error (which never really seemed to cause an error), and I also had some issues attempting to load pictures from memory card to a web service - but that's it! All minor really.

The good news is that the print is great! I actually used a brother printer for all the printables in Mini-Mister's nursery and was thrilled with the quality, speed and ink consumption. This printer is no different. I would do it all over again with this one if I had to. I tested this model by printing an assortment of pictures from various sources; directly from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and my memory card - all great! I was able to connect, and modify the sizes/paper right on the touch screen.

*I did not have any actual photo paper in my possession at the time of testing the unit. The pictures printed all looked to be great quality for the type of paper that was used*

Another aspect that I tested was the remote printing function using mobile phones. Now, *I* use a Blackberry and no one (ok, almost no one) likes to work with Blackberries but the Mister has an Android phone and so I made him test out this functionality. I can't count how many times I've said 'I really wish that I could just send this {insert item here - email, coupon, photo...} directly to print from my phone.' Am I the only one? Oh. Ok. Well anyway, you CAN with this printer!! So now you may want to, right? We used the Brother™ iPrint&Scan App which he downloaded from Google Play and it worked seamlessly. So cool!

I'm excited to get this set up, and my 'office/craft space' all prettied up now. I have big plans to work on the Mini-Mister's first birthday party projects there in the new year. This printer is going to make things so much easier!

Now, let's get this giveaway started so that you can win your very own! I just want to add a little fine print, for those of you that won't read the fine print; this giveaway is open to Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence only (void where prohibited). Sorry! For more information, the terms and conditions are below.

 Once you've entered to win this awesome printer, check out my next post for my first free printable! 'Tis the season after all...

**Editor's note: I was sent this printer for review, however all opinions are my own.**

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nursery Details: Vintage maps and the other fine details

In today's intallment of the series, I'll share some sources and details to tie everything together.


In yesterday's post, in addition to breaking down my paper airplane mobile project, I also mentioned the source for the maps that I used for the planes. Given the plethora of printables available from The Graphics Fairy, I was also able to find some really cool vintage maps to use as artwork around the room.



Fantastic, right?!

The above maps, coupled with some cheap Ikea frames, and our budget room was well underway.

We also added a few pictures (A picture of the Mister, the pups, and I, two newborn picture of the Mini-Mister, a maternity picture, and a few ultrasound prints), a 'travel advice' frame from the guests of my baby shower - with a picture from the shower itself, and a gorgeous name print that we received as a gift after the Mini-Mister was born.


We used two paint colours for the entire room. The two short walls were done in solid grey and the two long walls were done with white and grey thick stripes.

The colours used were;

  • Para Paints, P2112-01 mennonite grey tint 2

  • Para Paints, P2118-00 crysler hall white

(both images from Para Paints)


I've already told you all about the RAST hack, but what about the rest of the furniture?

It's all Ikea!! Well, basically. Everything purchased was from Ikea + one vintage family rocking chair and one custom built-in.

The single bed and dresser are from the Hemnes series in antique stain (which is no longer available). I also used the same brass pulls from Lee Valley as the RAST on the HEMNES dresser as well.

The crib is the GULLIVER series, from Ikea as well.

Those are the fine details that stand out the most in the space and I think that should help pull everything together to cap off the series. If there are any other questions about something you noticed in the reveal that you'd like to know about, please feel free to drop me a line!

Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of love for this room! We still adore it, and are completely floored and equally as flattered by the positive response, so THANK YOU so much!!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nursery Details: Paper airplane mobile (made from vintage maps)

Next up in the nursery details series is the paper airplane mobile.

I was inspired by Pinterest (again!), which just proves how invaluable it really was during the whole process; from design to execution.



Of course, the one that totally sold me (read:pushed me over the edge) -


I'm just going to ask; 'Is that not the coolest thing EVER?'

I love the vintage-y feeling bike rim, the comic book pages... really, it's just awesome! Furthermore, it really got my creative juices flowing. Planes, paper or otherwise, very much fit the theme of our room and what if, instead of comic book pages I used vintage atlas pages? Pure gold!

Off I went in search of a vintage atlas that I could maim, but found nothing that I was happy with. Luckily, I follow a blog called;

...where you can find many different printables, for any variety of projects. Vintage clip art, ephemera, maps, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

To that end, look what I found on there that would be perfect for my project -


I printed a bunch of the above maps and sat down to get to work. It was around that time that I realized I had no idea how to make a paper plane! If you also need instructions I used these;

An embroidery hoop with various lengths of string placed equally around it and a little hot glue in the gravitational centre of the planes, and a paper plane mobile was born!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Featured: Union Jack RAST Hack

Anyone heard of -


You're about to.

Yesterday, Barbara from Hodge : Podge by Markova Design, featured my Ikea RAST hack on her amazing blog. You'll probably remember that one of my inspirations for the project was originally featured by her, so we've now really come full circle!

I hope that my project can now do the same for some of her other readers.

I think that it would be great if I could send her some readers for all her trouble. She has a great series called; so Canadian, eh? Which is a wealth of Canadian bloggers, designers, etc. that has really captivated me for the last few days. I've certainly added to my reader after it all. Now I officially have NO free time. Maybe all the bloggers could stop being so captivating?

Anyhow, please go check out my work at Barbara's - ttp://, and leave her some love while you're there?

In other news, I am working on a facebook page for my blog because I'm told that it won't be in vain. I guess it's time to seperate blog from real life in an effort to allow those that actually want updates to seek them out and not pollute other friend's feeds. I'll keep you posted. :)

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nursery Details: Ikea RAST Hack - Union Jack Nightstand

It's time to share the specifics of some of the diy projects in our nursery. First up is my first Ikea RAST hack, which I turned into a travel-themed piece of furniture by painting a Union Jack on the front.

I was inspired by the many RAST hacks floating around the blogsphere and Pinterest. Some of the main ones were -

I loved the way they stained the surrounding dresser and the pulls they chose, so that's where those elements came from.

This Union Jack done on an actual vintage dresser was sublime! In fact, this was the second one she did... so talented! (Umm, did I mention that it's freehand?)

and finally...

Hello? A RAST (well, two) decorated with a Union Jack? Be still my heart!

Which brings me to my project.

I assembled the RAST dresser except for the drawer fronts. I set them up as they would be once they were on the actual drawers, and taped for paint. I wanted everything to look a bit rustic, though in retrospect, very clean would have been good too.

Step one - Before taping, since the RAST is untreated wood, I primed the drawer front with Kilz spray primer. During this time, I also stained the rest of the dresser with Minwax #230 - Early American (which was rumoured to be the stain that would match the other furniture in the room).

Step two - Spray Krylon gloss white all over the drawers concentrating mostly on the areas that were going to be white. Since the entire background was being painted but only certain small areas were going to be visable, those needed the most attention.

Next, I taped out my lines-

I followed some images of Union Jacks that I found online. It seemed that each portion was not to be uniform, so I used various thicknesses of tape accordingly.

Step three - I folded pieces of newspaper to fit in the areas that would be painted blue, and sprayed my red portions with Krylon Banner Red.

Step four - Finally, when the red portions were dry enough, I covered and taped them however I could to protect them as much as possible and sprayed the blue portions with Krylon Navy Blue (which I don't see on the website anymore and that makes me sad).

Keeping in mind that I was going for the rustic look, I both expected and wanted some paint bleed. If this is not the look you are going for, you'll want to meticulously tape... because I did have paint runs.

Here is what she looked like, after I peeled all the tape off -

Before assembling everything, I just gave the fronts a quick sand with a fine grit sandpaper, to rough it up ever so slightly. Once assembled, I added these ring pulls that we purchased from Lee Valley to update all of the drawers in the room and tie them together.

Finally, a reminder of what Mini-Mister's nightstand looks like, all assembled and put to use in his nursery -

Good luck to any that try it!

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