Marianne Canada

"I keep my glue gun in a holster."

Marianne is the Special Projects Editor for HGTV.com. She was the girl in college who saved her waitressing tips to buy a Knoll chair and the perfect vintage couch. All these years later, she still has both, and she's ever on the hunt for unique pieces to add to her home. Marianne's style is almost always vintage, rarely ever mass-produced, but still leaves room for the occasional trip to Ikea. She's not afraid to be patient, it took her 7 years to find the right rug for her living room and she's been hunting for a vintage leather chair for longer than that. Her greatest design fear? Her home looking like everyone else’s. Clean but eclectic and always, always livable.

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Easter is this Sunday, and if you celebrate it I would bet you have plans to do some egg decorating this week. Vibrant dyes make quite an impact, but did you know you can get amazing colors with fruit and vegetables? Head to the crisper and put a pot of water on to boil, it’s time to make some natural Easter egg dyes. Watch the video to see our favorite colors:

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I still can’t get over the deep teal color that boiling red cabbage gives you. Who knew that Easter egg dye doesn’t have to come from a bottle or a tablet?

DIY Natural-Dye Easter Eggs

Want even more great egg-decorating ideas? Learn how to make Baker’s Twine-Wrapped Eggs, or check out how your favorite HGTV Stars decorated eggs this year!

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I’m almost scared to say it, but I think Spring is finally here for good (cross your fingers!). Flowers are blooming and Easter is just a few weeks away. So why not get your hands dirty making some lovely and inexpensive concrete planters? These bad boys would make a gorgeous centerpiece for your Easter or other Spring celebrations, then you can use them to dress up your deck or patio straight through to fall. Watch the video to see how to make your own:

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If you don’t have interesting shaped bowls or pans in your cabinets you can always hit up a thrift store to find some inspiration. Who knew that old gelatin molds could make beautiful planters? What would you use as a mold?

How to Make a DIY Concrete Planter

Want more Spring decorating ideas? Check out the HGTV Spring House. And as always, you can find more episodes of HGTV Crafternoon right here.

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“Marianne, you make it all look so easy!”

“Marianne, you’re so good at making things!”

All I’ll say is…watch this, y’all.

Happy April Fool’s Day from all of us here at Design Happens! Playing any pranks today? Dish in the comments below.

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but macrame is back in a big way. To bring this craft out of the 70′s and into the 21st Century (not to mention close out National Craft Month), we’re using a chic neon and metallic color palette and two clean and simple knots. Watch the video to learn how (and see me do a little disco!):

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It’s the perfect size for a small vase or planter–I filled mine with cheery yellow flowers, but it would be a great way to show off succulents or air plants as well.

How To Make A Macrame Hanging Planter

Catch up on all of our National Craft Month projects–these easy felt bowls, festive pom-pom banners, and this gorgeous herringbone tray and box. Check in next week for another great how-to!

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together.

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Modern, graphic herringbone is everywhere right now. It’s like an updated version of overplayed chevron, dressing up everything from tables to bathrooms. I even put a herringbone accent wall in Hugo’s nursery! Today, as part of our ongoing National Craft Month coverage, I join forces with Kathy from Merriment Design to create beautiful customized trays and boxes using humble balsa wood tiles. We had so much fun! Watch the video below:

With a little paint and some simple wooden tiles, you can make a beautiful tray or box to keep, or give away (wouldn’t these make great Mother’s Day gifts?). What would you adorn with this classic-meets-trendy pattern?

Decorative Herringbone Boy and Tray

Catch up on all of our National Craft Month projects–these easy felt bowls and festive pom-pom banners. Check in next week for another great how-to!

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together.

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Last night I noticed something after dinner: it wasn’t quite dark yet. Spring is coming! I have a huge deck and an even bigger group of close neighbors and family, so welcoming spring means welcoming guests. First order of business? Creating the perfect bar cart for outdoor entertaining. Here’s my plan:

When you are entertaining a big crowd a full bar can blow your budget. Keep things in check by offering a signature cocktail in addition to beer and wine. I made refreshing Cucumber-Pomegranate Gin & Tonics (recipe below), and kept a dish of limes on the cart for the purists that prefer a classic G&T.

Cucumber-Pomegranate Gin & Tonics

Muddle a slice of seedless cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail glass and pour 1 oz. of gin over. Add ice, top with tonic water and a splash of pomegranate juice. Garnish with a cucumber spear.

Cucumber-Pomegranate Gin and Tonic

Not everyone is a liquor (or alcohol!) drinker, so I always fill a tub with ice, beer, and a couple of non-alcoholic options for my guests. Don’t forget the bottle opener!

My #1 tip when setting up a bar cart for outdoor entertaining this spring? Put a tray on it. Or rather, put a tray under it. Having drinks on a tray makes it easy to move the party outside, and filling a second tray with your cocktail essentials means a refill is never far away.

I don’t know about you, but this has me in the mood for spring, and a cocktail! With my bar cart stocked and at the ready, you can be sure I’ll be entertaining soon. Wanna come over? Drinks are on me.

How can you make your next party sizzle? Shop Target‘s newest spring decor and entertaining products (available in store and online now) to bring coastal inspiration and create a summer beach house look with a little French Riviera.

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We are back again with another fun craft in honor of National Craft Month! This week I’ve paired up with Kami from the blog No Biggie to have fun with one of my favorite craft materials, the simple pom-pom. We took these inexpensive puff balls and made a festive party banner and decorative letters just begging to decorate a bookshelf. Watch the video to learn how:

My daughter Lulu is already insisting I make her name in pom-poms for her room. What word would you put on puffy display?

Pom Pom Banner and Letters

In case you missed it, here is our first National Craft Month project–a super easy felt bowl you can whip up in minutes. Stay tuned for another fun craft how-to next week!

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together.

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I kind of love St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a festive harbinger of Spring and a great excuse to throw a party featuring lots of my favorite color, green. Last year I decorated everything within arms reach with these super easy felt shamrocks, so this year I’m headed into the kitchen. What’s cooking? Minty green shamrock marshmallows destined to dress up Irish Coffee and hot cocoa alike. Even better, I made two versions, one no-cook and one that will have you busting out your candy thermometer. Watch the video to learn how:

This classic marshmallow recipe isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day, skip the food coloring and cut them out in whatever shape you like for any occasion–or no occasion at all! Read on for the full recipe.

Homemade Mint St Patricks Day Shamrock Marshmallows

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Yesterday Liz reminded me that it’s Modernism Week, and my timing couldn’t be better. Why is that? Well today I’m showing you how to make this killer geometric pendant light from a $20 roll of copper tubing from the plumbing section of the hardware store. Watch the video to learn how:

This is a great project for those in search of modern lighting without the big price tag. An abstract design means there are no mistakes–so have some fun!

DIY Geometric Light Pendant

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You’ve made your valentines and decorated your cookies, but now that the big day is almost upon us, maybe you’re looking for one more way to make your Valentine’s Day the best yet. Why not put a little heartfelt effort into the most important meal of the day? In today’s HGTV Crafternoon I’ll show you how to put a little extra love into three easy family breakfasts. Click to see what’s cooking:

My daughter Lulu was partial to the heart-shaped pancakes with bacon “arrows”, my husband Chris scarfed down the egg in a heart-shaped hole, and my favorite was the heart-shaped mini breakfast pizza with an egg cracked right on top. Yum! Do you make any special meals for Valentine’s Day? Dish in the comments below.

3 Easy Valentine's Day Breakfasts

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Want to give treats to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Sure, you could pick up some gorgeously decorated cookies from a bakery, but what if I told you that you could make your own impressively decorated cookies with bottles of store-bought icing, sprinkles, and a toothpick? It’s true! Watch the video below to see how:

The best thing about these cookie decorating techniques is you can use them on your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or even pre-made dough from the grocery store (I won’t tell!). My favorite sugar cookie dough doesn’t have baking soda or powder in it, which helps it keep a nice crisp edge. What’s your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe?

Valentines Cookie Decorations

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Can you believe that I used to not like Valentine’s Day? I thought it was a complete waste of a holiday. Now, I don’t know if it’s because of where I work, or if it’s because I have a daughter obsessed with hearts, the color pink, and candy, but I can’t get enough of this holiday. I love it so much that I did not one, not two, but three Valentines Day Crafternoons this year. Starting things off, Lulu and I got together to make some deliciously adorable Valentines for her to give to her classmates. Trust me, you’re going to want to watch this:

Want to make your own Candy Necklace Valentines? Get the free printables right here. These sweet Valentines are so charming that I might have to make them for my coworkers. How about you? Who are you giving Valentines to this year?

Candy Necklace Valentines

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Does this sound familiar? You’re at the grocery store in the dead of winter and spot a big, beautiful bag of citrus on sale. You haul it home and gorge on oranges or grapefruit for a couple of days (yay, vitamin C!) before your delicious fruit starts to turn into a science experiment. Next time this happens, take your flagging citrus fruits and freeze them into a beautiful ice suncatcher to decorate the outside of your home. Watch our video to learn how:

This isn’t my first citrusy project this January (remember these DIY Home Scents?), clearly I have our color of the month on my mind. What are your favorite things to do with citrus fruits? Besides eat them, that is.

Citrus Ice Suncatcher

Missed an episode of HGTV Crafternoon? Catch them all right here.

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As a crafty person, the holidays are like my Olympics. By the time everything is done, my workspace looks like I hosted some kind of very wholesome rave. Glitter, bits of paper, and other supplies are strewn about and I can’t find a dang thing. Clearly I’m in need of some organizational help, but if you know me you know it still has to be pretty. So today I spruced up some boring black office supplies with a little paint and colorful embroidery thread. Check out the video below:

With office supplies like these I almost look forward to tidying up! Do you have any organizing projects on deck for the new year?

Office Supply Spruce Up

In the mood for more projects like this one? Catch up with Marianne on the HGTV Crafternoon page.

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First we survived the excesses of the holiday season. Then the weather turned and much of the country has seen epic low temperatures and snow over the past week. Are you feeling a little cooped up? Is your home maybe smelling a touch on the stale side? Well I have just the thing: three recipes for natural home scents you can make in a slow cooker or on your stove top. Watch the video below for details:

These three scents will leave your home smelling fresh and are sure to clear your mind. Our scent suggestions are:

  • grapefruit, rosemary, bay leaves (my personal favorite!)
  • lemon, nutmeg, almond extract
  • lime, fresh ginger, coconut flavoring

DIY Home Scents

The possibilities are endless! I have oranges and a cinnamon stick simmering away right now and I’m invigorated by all of the citrusy goodness. Best of all, it’s all natural.

Missed an episode of HGTV Crafternoon? You can catch them all here.

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You guys, I have some very exciting news! HGTV has partnered with some of the top YouTube taste-makers to launch a new channel dedicated to all things crafty: HGTV Handmade. HGTV Handmade is a new crafting and DIY collaboration channel featuring some of the best DIYers on YouTube. New videos are posted almost every day! Check out the first video below:

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HGTV Handmade launches today and the weekly schedule looks like this:

HGTV Handmade

So, head over to HGTV Handmade and subscribe to get amazing, inspirational DIY videos delivered straight to your inbox! You won’t regret it.

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Well folks, we made it through Christmas but the entertaining train hasn’t stopped yet. After all, we need to kick 2014 off in style. If you’re throwing a dinner party to welcome in the new year, why not customize some inexpensive flatware to match your table setting? Watch my video and see how a little paint goes a long way.

This isn’t the first time I’ve used Plasti-Dip, and I’m still totally carried away with it. It’s just so fun! What would you like to dunk in this magical stuff?

Paint Dipped Silverware

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? Catch them all right here.

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If you’re planning a sweet treat for your upcoming holiday festivities, cotton candy may not be the first dessert that comes to mind, but why not? When you infuse white sugar with spices inspired by chai tea and dust with edible glitter (yes, edible glitter!), your guests will be charmed by these nostalgic-turned-chic puffy white clouds of spun sugar. Wouldn’t this be amazing alongside a glass of champagne on New Years Eve? I’m on a bit of a cotton candy kick, it seems.

Not a fan of chai? Feel free to customize your spice combinations. I might have to try grapefruit zest + vanilla + rosemary next time I bust out the cotton candy maker, or perhaps bring a little heat with smoked paprika and lime zest? Who knew cotton candy could be so creative?

Chai Spice Cotton Candy

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Well guys, the countdown to Christmas is on, have you started wrapping your gifts yet? If not, I have a suggestion: skip the pricey gift wrap and grab an inexpensive roll of brown kraft paper. With this as your base, I have three simple ideas to dress it up on the cheap. Check out our video:

 

What do you think? My personal favorite is the copper Mylar tape, but the polka dots and craft paint are a close second.

Kraft Paper Gift Wrap

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Contest is now closed, congratulations Wendy!

Have you finished your holiday decorating yet? Or are you just getting started? Me, I fall somewhere in the middle. The tree is up and trimmed, the mantel is mostly done (I think it just needs some greenery), and I have a few finishing touches to add to the rest of the house. One thing I can’t wait to hang is this Light-Up Holiday Star. It’s kind of amazing. Watch the video below to see how to make this project for yourself, and then read on to win some Pottery Barn stockings!

This show stopper of a star looks great indoors but since it’s made of foam and LED lights you can use it outdoors as well! It would look great next to your front door, don’t you think?

Hanging Light-Up Holiday Star

Faux Fur Stockings courtesy of Pottery Barn

Now on to our giveaway! Here is your chance to deck your halls in style, thanks to our friends at Pottery Barn. Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win two Faux Fur Stockings and two Faux Sheepskin Stockings, each trimmed in gorgeous ivory velvet.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 11:00 a.m. ET on December 3, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 9, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $98.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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