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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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

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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.

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