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How To | No Carve Pumpkin Round Up
No carve pumpkin round up by Swell Made Co.

No carve pumpkin round up by Swell Made Co.

Whoah, what?! Halloween is next week. Cue the blood curdling screams because I need to get it together before October 31. Are you a procrastinator, or do you have everything ready to go? To keep things simple (because that’s kind of our thing), I have rounded up my favourite no carve pumpkins. They’re minimalist, so they might appeal more to the adult crowd; but that’s okay. They’re easy and who says big kids can’t have fun too?

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll remember the first pumpkin (shown above) was one we created back in 2015. If you like, head to that post to you’ll find everything you need to create a black and gold six letter sentiment pumpkin. Boo, boo! The following pumpkins come from a few of our favourite blogs and they can be found on Pinterest as well.

DIY Cute Faced Mini Pumpkins by    HomeyOhMy

DIY Cute Faced Mini Pumpkins by HomeyOhMy

This sweet little DIY from HomeyOhMy is perfect for adding some cute Halloween (or fall, Thanksgiving) decor to your home. All you need is a Sharpie and some eucalyptus. You don’t even have to paint the pumpkins! Just buy white ones. Cute faces. Scary faces. You decide!

DIY Brushstroke Pumpkin by    The Merry Thought

DIY Brushstroke Pumpkin by The Merry Thought

This stylish by The Merry Thought DIY just requires craft pumpkins (or real), and some acrylic paint. Start with a flat colour and then add brushstrokes in a contrasting colour. Voila! Simple and beautiful.

DIY Paint Splattered Pumpkins by    HomeyOhMy

DIY Paint Splattered Pumpkins by HomeyOhMy

Another great DIY from HomeyOhMy and one that could be combined with the DIY above (similar steps and complementary styles) are the paint splattered pumpkins. Start with a base coat on craft (or real) pumpkins and then splatter with a contrasting colour. So chic and so simple.

Terrazzo Pumpkin DIY by    JoJoTastic

Terrazzo Pumpkin DIY by JoJoTastic

Finally (any my favourite), is this terrazzo pumpkin by JoJoTastic. Okay! It’s not technically “no carve”, but it can be. If you skip the carving portion of this DIY, it would still be beautiful; but maybe just a less magical than the one shown above. Either way, this pumpkin play with one of our all-time favourite decor trends that’s still going strong.

That’s it! Now that you’re inspired, grab some wine (and candy) and start painting those pumpkins. Happy Halloween, swell friends.

Do Better. Be Better.
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I love the opportunity for a fresh start after ringing in a new year. For 2017, I'm skipping the goals and resolutions and opting for a simple intention for the year. Do better. Be better. 2016 was a tough year for the world. Icons lost, denied victories, cities and lives distinguished. It's easy to feel helpless or think inward as the world shifts, but everyday is a chance to be better and there are 365 of them! 2017 is a good year to simply be better in small, but meaningful ways. 

2016 was kind to me in many ways, which I am extremely grateful for (your support, adventures, family time, business and personal growth, new friends); but there's always room for improvement, right? I want to be better. A better mom. A better wife. A better friend. A better business owner. A better member of my community. A better designer. To be thoughtful in my effort to make small changes that have a positive, collective impact. To be better for myself, and others. 

I don't expect to be better at all of those things at once, or even in 2017; but it's worth creating the foundation for purposeful living that will endure. 

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That's my intention for the year. Whatever your goals, resolutions or intentions are, I hope you have a golden year in 2017. They can be simple. Don't stress. Be kind to yourself too. Good goals are flexible; because, that's life. Being flexible and having an open mind will allow you to seize unexpected opportunities that a new year might hold. 

If you'd like to hang this simple reminder in your space, download a free printable here. You can frame it, washi tape to the wall, or simply pin it on board.  

In 2016/2015, I created a free printable (dateless) calendar. You can still grab it here!

Happy New Year, swell friends!
xo

Gift It | My Fave Holiday Gifts
LOVE IT - My fave holiday gifts with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - My fave holiday gifts with Swell Made Co.

Christmas is only a few days away! What?! It's been a BUSY holiday season over here which I am so grateful for. I've been busy packing orders, popping up at holiday markets, and planning for 2017. Plus, we moved at the start of the month. I'm very much looking forward to a "relaxed" holiday break with my little family as we settle into our new home. I say "relaxed" because anyone with small kids knows that doesn't exist, but we can certainly look forward to unplugging and spending quality time together. That's what it's all about, right?

There is no time left to order online, but if you're still on the hunt for the perfect gift for "her", here are a few of my most favourite things that you can pick up in stores (our stockists) or keep in mind for the rest of the year. I'd love to go all Oprah, and give things things away that's how much I love them! 

  1. Little Heart Keytags by Swell Made Co. These little heart keytags are flying! Watch for more coming to the shop and our stockists soon! 
  2. Kreafunk Ahead Headphones from Drake General Store. Make a statement with these wireless white and gold headphones that are the ultimate accessory. 
  3. Cascadia Candle by Woodlot from Skin to Skin Goods. I can't get enough of this candle. It's so fresh and comforting. I burn it from morning to evening. 
  4. Basil + Grapefruit Soap by Charlotte & Castel from Skin to Skin Goods. A must have for bathing and showering. 
  5. Butterscotch Charge Cord. Stay charged in style with this extra long and extra sweet charge cord. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, and more. 
  6. Gold Mini Bar Earrings by Liel and Lentz. Refined and simple, these earrings take you from day to night. They're perfect for those with sensitive skin. Like me!
  7. Pink Grapefruit Argan Lotion by Leaves of Trees. I CANNOT live without this lotion. I use it all year round to keep my hands soft. During the winter months, I buy the larger tube (150 ml.). Also available in other scents and scent-free. I just love anything grapefruit or citrus. Available at Collected Joy and Scout in Toronto. 
  8. Province of Canada Crewneck. When people ask where I'm from, it's easier to just say "Canada". Having lived across the country, this is the perfect sweatshirt to stay cozy and represent this beautiful country.
  9. Moons Art Print by Swell Made Co. This best-selling art print is perfect for any room. Mine sits bedside.

I hope you love these little gifts as much as I do. Happy Holidays from Swell Made Co. May your break be happy and bright. Enjoy!