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How To | No Carve Pumpkin Round Up

DIY, Round Up, HolidayLesley Pocklington3 Comments
  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.

Holiday, Inspiration, PrintableLesley PocklingtonComment
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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

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  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!

Printable | Holiday Gift Tags

Holiday, PrintableLesley PocklingtonComment
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Here we are, December 14 and I still have a TON to do before Christmas arrives in a matter of days. I'm sure many of you are feeling the pinch too, so here's a little time saver to make your holiday gifting a tiny bit simpler. Keeping things simple is key to getting through December! 

Grab some Kraft paper (or any gift wrap you like) and baker's twine, and print these free gift tags. Voila! You have perfectly simple gifts wrapped with love. 

These sweet minimal tags are a riff of our gold foil Six Letter Sentiments cards, and you can can print them right at home! Think of it as a gift from me to you.

Here's what to do:

  • Just download the PDF here
  • Print on white card stock
  • Trim with an exacto knife and ruler (or scissors)
  • Make a hole with a hole punch
  • Create a loop tie with baker's twine. That's it!
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Happy holidays from Swell Made Co. I hope you find some time to unwind and recharge over the holiday break. We'll be listening to old holiday tunes on the turntable, drinking egg nog and wine and wearing sweat pants for days. All in good company, of course.

It's our first year having family close by for Christmas which is a special time to enjoy traditions. We love an extra chocolatey Bouche de Noel on Christmas Day. What's your favourite holiday tradition? I'd love to hear about it. Comment below, if you like. 

Happy wrapping!

Hot Toddy & PJs Guide to Shopping Local

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This collective of Ontario e-boutiques invites you to throw on that onesie, pour a drink, and turn on a holiday flick while shopping local... online! We have you covered with curated gift ideas, all shopable from the coziness of your couch. Here's the guide in Steller.

This weekend, meet the peeps behind these Ontario online shops - Dec 10th 9am - 5pm at Creeds Coffee Bar, 390 Dupont Ave in Toronto. See you there! There will be coffee, of course. 


Smithery

Smithery is an e-boutique where we curate unique brands, model the pieces on real women, and provide styling tips for every purchase.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Mulled Wine
Fav Holiday Movie: Home Alone

Knock their socks off with:

Graphic Tees - designed in Toronto with a portion of the proceeds going toward mental health awareness
Bralettes - pretty colours, comfy fit, and a fan favourite at $20 bucks a pop
Super Soft Blanket Scarves - they come with styling tips and a box of tea, making a thoughtful gift  

 Smithery

Smithery

Liel and Lentz

With a sleek contemporary aesthetic, Liel and Lentz creates timeless jewels that are sophisticated chic. Designed in Toronto with love.

Favourite cocktail: Negroni
Favourite Christmas movie: Elf

Knock their socks off with: 

Mini Bar studs: A must-have in your jewelry box for everyday
Arc necklace: Our signature L&L piece, this necklace looks amazing on anyone and is loved by everyone
Chain Tassel bracelet: Sometimes a bracelet is all you need. Plus, a tassel never hurt anyone! 

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Liel and Lintz

swell made co. 

Swell Made Co. creates paper goods + gifts that make a statement. They literally make a statement with witty sayings. They visually make a statement with their simple design - and they're gold!

Fav Holiday Cocktail: That's easy, anything made with Champagne!
Fav Holiday Movie: Love Actually

Knock their socks off with:

Oversized tote bags now available in black for the Fall/Winter season
A versatile art print that can be easily framed for any space, from nurseries to living rooms
Little hearts pendant + chain to show a love for books, wine, tacos, sleep and more. Mix and match! 

 Swell Made Co.

Swell Made Co.

da lish cosmetics

These uncomplicated essentials got their start as kitchen-made cosmetics. Today, they're a favourite for women seeking anti-oxidant rich makeup made with as many locally sourced, natural ingredients as possible.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Rum & Eggnog
Fav Holiday Movie: A Christmas Story

Knock their socks off with:

Lip & Cheek Balm Kit: fiveall-time best selling shades of this creamy, versatile fave. 
Legendary Lipgloss: non-sticky, slightly sheer, full pigment shades with a hit of vanilla scent. 

 da lish Cosmetics

da lish Cosmetics

Surfing Ninjas Clothing

Designed by a Toronto mama, inspired by the fearless adventures and playful spirit of her own two little ninjas! These rad threads are comfy, unisex and sweatshop-free!

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Champagne (it’s always a good time for champagne!)
Fav Holiday Movie: The Grinch, especially now that both my kiddos are old enough to watch

Knock their socks off with:

Hot off the presses, our new, custom-knit Ninja Toques for everyone in the family!
Long sleeve “Love Muffin” baby onesie!
Best seller - Our ever classic PLAYGROUND NINJA black sweatshirt!


Cheerfully Made

This e-boutique and retail shop is a handmade hub for local area makers and the people who love them. Owner Emily curates delightful gifts with a focus on the Ottawa valley.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: The Split Tree Hudson Bay

1.5 oz bourbon
1/2 oz of Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz of Fernet Branca
3/4oz of Split Tree Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial
3-4 dashes of Rhubarb bitters
Add ice to mixing glass, add all ingredients and stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Fav Holiday Movie: Prancer

Knock their socks off with:

At the Office: “World’s Okayest Boss” Mug or Reindeer Farts lip balm and "Enjoy your job" breath spray for your secret santa
For the coffee lover: Black Coffee Apparel baseball tee + toque
For your best friend: “Emotional Baggage” duffel
For your mum: Literary Tea Co tea, Hatchet Made shibori handbag

 Surfing Ninjas Clothing

Surfing Ninjas Clothing

Gold apothecary

Gold Apothecary revives the traditional apothecary experience for a modern audience with high quality ingredients, exquisite scents, and gorgeously nostalgic packaging.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Ginger Ale and Spiced Rum
Fav Holiday Movie: Little Women

Knock their socks off with: 

The bath salt of the month club - a beautiful jar ofhandmade bath salts delivered to their door Jan thru March. 
Handmade Soap Set: Seasonal scents of orange spice, earl grey tea, and rosemary peppermint tea.

 Gold Apothecary

Gold Apothecary

mai lin jewelry

This dainty silk reminder bracelet echoes the 'string around your finger sentiment' it ties on the wrist and stays fastened through life's beautiful adventures. 

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Ginger Spiced Negroni
Fav Holiday Movie: Jingle All The Way

Knock their socks off with:

Original Friendship Bracelet - The perfect gift for your long distance bestie. Include a personalized, hand-painted watercolour card at no extra cost and have it sent straight to her.
Black Spinel Reminder Bracelet - This one has all of the holiday glitter in the most perfectly neutral way.
Traditional Holiday - It's the holidays so why not echo the gifts of the season - Peace, Love and Joy! 

 Mai Lin Jewelry

Mai Lin Jewelry

present day gifts

Present Day Gifts is an online gift box boutique in Toronto with a focus on local, artisan goods. Every box is curated with a keen eye for design and quality in both the packaging and the products with full customization available. All items can be delivered within the city, or shipped across Canada & the US.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: As the weather turns cooler, I love to make a classic Old Fashioned cocktail with Dillons DSB bitters and local maraschino-style cherries.
Fav Holiday Movie: My best friend and I try to watch Little Women (with Winona Ryder) every year around the holidays. We’ve been doing that since we were in Grade 8! The movie starts with a Victorian Christmas scene and it always makes me feel like Christmas is finally here when I watch it.

Knock their socks off with:

Our Shareable Sweets box filled with local, artisan foods as a great holiday client gift or hostess gift. 
Men’s Grooming Kit with local products for any guy in your life. Includes useful items like a shoe kit, sea salt soap, beard and hair oil, etc, all wrapped in a modern gift box. 

 Province of Canada and Present Day Gifts

Province of Canada and Present Day Gifts

province of canada

A 100% made in Canada lifestyle brand blending quintessential Canadian style with modern sensibilities. From lake to city life, these cozy men’s and women’s pieces are a new classic.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Does Chocolate Fudge Crackle Peppermint Chocolate Ice Cream count as a cocktail?
Fav Holiday Movie: Every Christmas Eve we watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation – it never gets old.

Knock their socks off with:

Best Seller Unisex Sweatshirt, crafted with the coziest fleece fabric this will be their new go-to
Skinny Unisex Sweats, slim enough to grab a coffee in and comfy enough to catch a flight. 
Socks they actually want to get for Christmas! 


refluff

Made in small batches in Toronto, these sustainable products for the family have style and longevity in mind. ReFluff transforms earth-friendly textiles into modern, imaginative pieces.

Fav Holiday Cocktail: Mulled Cider
Fav Holiday Movie: It’s a tie between Home Alone and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Knock their socks off with: 

The super cool, super soft Harem Pant in your pick of premium cotton prints.
Reversible Bandanas to keep little ones dry in style
Our family fave, the mason jar travel mug

On Saturday Dec 10th, we invite you to change out of your PJs and join us for a Holiday Market at Creeds Coffee Bar 390 Dupont Avenue from 9am - 5pm. See you there!

 

Spooky Swell Made Co.

Inspiration, Holiday, DecorLesley PocklingtonComment

With October's full moon and Halloween approaching, we've rounded up a collection of Swell Made Co. art prints that bring the solitude of the night sky (or spookiness, in this case) into your home all year-round. Perfect for bedrooms, kids rooms and nurseries, these art prints are finished with luxe gold foil on rich black paper. All fit standard 11x14 frames.

Last year around this time, Swell Made Co. celebrated Halloween with a black and gold pumpkin. Read that post for a fun and easy how to with a FREE printable. Maybe these art prints will inspire you to create a starry pumpkin in black and gold.

Watch Swell Made Co. over the next few days as a NEW (and sweet) product will be revealed just in time for Halloween and the holidays. It will definitely call for a BOO-yah. 

Happy full moon and Halloween!


Gift It | Mother's Day Brunch

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Gift It - The Brunch Gift Guide by Swell Made Co.

Mother's Day is May 8, 2016! In honour of all the Moms out there this edition of GIFT IT pays tribute to the glorious (and my favourite) meal of brunch. Because, on Mother's Day all I want is to sleep in and eat brunch. That's it! I'm sure a lot of you ladies are with me. Whether you're dining in or out, here is some brunch time inspiration you can use anytime of year, but this lineup definitely gives a nod to Spring. 

  1. Turkish tea/hand towels. They feel, look and function perfectly. A simple accent for any home. 
  2. Brunch side-plates by Fishs Eddy for West Elm. These witty and gilded side-plates are perfect for brunch. My personal favourite is "Brunch is for Winners". 
  3. Stemless, gold rimmed champagne flutes by West Elm are perfect for those morning mimosas. Arrange some fruit juices and Champagne (or Prosecco) and you have a create your own mimosa bar! Top with fruit. 
  4. You thought wreaths were just for holidays? Nope! Have one for your next brunch. Club Botanic (based in San Francisco) creates beautiful and seasonal Adina wreaths all year round. In fact, you can have them delivered seasonally across the United States, and hang them indoor or out. If you're in the Bay area, you can also receive flower subscriptions. The designs are all inspired by influential women from floral designer and owner, Billy Jim Crawford's, life. 
  5. Top off those mimosas with these sweet wooden calligraphic stir sticks by Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Cheers!
  6. The sweet floral smells of Woodlot's Flora candle are a perfect gift and way to set an ambiance for your brunch. You can grab these at Skin to Skin Goods - An online collection of natural and Canadian body goods launching online, April 16.
  7. Light your candle using this sweet matchbox by The Social Type. Smile!
  8. WOW MOM card by Swell Made Co. Because Mom has certianly wowed you over the years. 
  9. Every mother is a Queen, so let her know with this Queen art print (8 x 10) by Swell Made Co.

Happy brunching and Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women out there. I hope you have a few moments to yourself on May 8 to reflect on how important you are. You deserve it!

If you're brunching in, may I suggest:
Here are a few recipes for brunch you can use anytime. Click on the images to find the recipes. Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad by Foodie Crush, and Cinnamon and Pecan French Toast by Crumb de la Crumb via Brit + Co. Mimosa Bar by Design Love Fest. Peach and Avocado Toast by Back to Her Roots. Do you have a favourite brunch recipe? Do tell!

How To | Black + White Easter Eggs

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With Spring officially underway (as of March 20), it's time to think about Easter! Easter is a low-key holiday for us. We celebrate spring by having a family brunch, followed by attending our neighbourhood Easter parade with friends. Of course, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance at our house for the littles. "She" (as it has been determined by our 5 year-old) hides chocolate eggs around the house and yard, weather permitting. 

I love brunch. Whether it's dining out or hosting in, it's the perfect way to celebrate a new season with foods that have been missed over the winter months. Fresh vegetables, greens, breads, carrots, eggs, Mimosas. Coffee, of course. It's the best meal for a lazy day of celebrating. 

 Pattern, HOP HOP - a rift on the Six Letter Sentiments Collection, and dots.

Pattern, HOP HOP - a rift on the Six Letter Sentiments Collection, and dots.

Speaking of lazy, this post is about how to create black + white easter eggs. It's so easy, it's not even really a how to. These sweet and simple eggs are an easy project to give your modern decor a fresh Easter look. Plus, the kids can easily join in with no fuss and minimal mess. So, here it goes:

How To - Black + White Easter Eggs:

  1. Boil a dozen, or more, eggs. If you need tips on how to boil the perfect egg, click here.
  2. Let eggs cool completely. Room temperature is best. Tip: Cold eggs from the fridge will sweat, causing smudges.
  3. Grab a variety of black Sharpie pens with varying tip sizes and styles. If you're up for colour or metallics, go for it.  
  4. Start decorating! Try handwriting, simple dots, straight or wavy lines, abstract patterns, precise patterns. This is glorified doodling and there are no limits. Get creative!
  5. Sharpie ink dries quickly, but be careful to let areas of ink dry before handling to avoid smudging. 
  6. Display your eggs in a simple bowl for an Easter centrepiece. Or, create a modern rope basket like the one seen here by Chelsea Foy.
 Get doodling on those eggs!

Get doodling on those eggs!

I bet you were expecting to see gold foil eggs, right? Maybe next year! With the combination of two littles on March Break, plus the Easter holiday... I just didn't have the time to go for gold. I love neutral palettes just as well. Just like the pieces you'll find in the shop. Many gold, but not all! Here are a few other DIYs that I've collected for Easter on Pinterest. Happy Spring!