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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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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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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A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make your very own Wood-Burned Cheese Board (you’ve made yours by now, right?), and now, with Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, it’s time to shop for the right things to top it with. After all, you don’t want to end up with a plate full of pre-cubed cheddar on the big day, do you? Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese cubes, but why not treat your dinner guests to a perfectly crafted cheese feast?

Just watching that made me hungry! This cheese plate would be a great appetizer while waiting for the turkey to finish roasting, or you can serve it with dessert for any of your guests who aren’t in the mood for pie. As long as you stick to our formula, you’ll always have a perfectly balanced (and gorgeous!) cheese board for your guests.

The Perfect Cheese Plate

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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Centerpieces are one of my most-requested crafts, and with good reason: they make the biggest impact on your party table, and the wrong choice can seriously impact your good time. After all, there is nothing worse than having a spirited conversation interrupted by a towering flower arrangement, am I right? To add insult to injury, cut flower centerpieces are often expensive and only last for a few days.

With this in mind, I set out to create a lovely, low, and inexpensive centerpiece for our holiday party. I started with a moodboard knowing that I wanted to include velvety dried celosia cockscomb, feathery small ferns for texture, and copper for glamour and warmth. Then it struck me–what better container for a long, low, dramatic centerpiece than a length of gutter? Check out the results in the video below:

The best thing about this centerpiece is that with the proper care it will last from Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas. Here is a total rundown of the materials I used:

  1. aluminum gutter, cut to size with tin snips (be sure to wear work gloves)
  2. gutter end caps
  3. copper metallic spray paint
  4. assorted small succulents
  5. Xerographica air plant
  6. dried celosia cockscomb
  7. flowering kale
  8. lemon button ferns
  9. rabbit foot fern
  10. assorted dried mosses

Be sure to watch this space (as well as our friends at Made + Remade!) this week as we reveal the rest of our holiday table setting ideas. And join me next week for another entertaining Weekday Crafternoon video!

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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I love a party, so when I heard about the Design Happens/Made + Remade holiday party, I jumped at the chance to contribute. And I must say, the projects I made for this party are among some of the favorite things I’ve ever made, ever. To kick things off, my sights were set on the food table. I dusted off a wood burning tool and made this rustic modern cheese board — I don’t think I’ve used one of these tools since summer camp!

This cheese board is a simple afternoon project that you will use for Thanksgiving straight through to New Years Eve, and did I mention it also makes a lovely hostess gift?

Wood-Burned Cheese Board

Stick around, in the coming weeks I’ll show you how to top that board with the perfect cheeses, as well as gift wrap, entertaining, and holiday decorating ideas. It’s gonna be fun, y’all.

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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Let’s see, where did I leave off? Last week I confessed that I’m scared of my sewing machine and all about the no-sew Halloween costumes for my kids. Hugo is all set to blast off in his rocket costume, so this week I’m turning my four-year-old Lulu into a giant pink frosted doughnut. It’s pretty sweet, check it out:

I have to say, I never thought a neon pink pool float and some giant pipe cleaners could turn into something quite so adorable. What do you think? Would you dress your kid (or yourself) up as a giant pastry?

Kids Doughnut Costume

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? You can catch them all on Design Happens.

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When you are a crafty person, people have…expectations. They expect you to be able to whip up a centerpiece out of nothing but pinecones and a glue gun, and if you have kids, they expect you to make them spectacular Halloween costumes. Which is all well and good, except I am terrified of my sewing machine. Suddenly this feels like an episode of Marianne’s Crafting Confessions!

The good news is, I am a wiz at coming up with no-sew costumes, and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be bringing you my two favorites. This week baby Hugo is helping out, modeling this easy, inexpensive, sewing-free baby rocket costume inspired by my friend Emily at Smarty Parties. Check it out:

Pretty cute, right? The best part is you don’t have to grapple with convincing a baby to wear a hat or anything other than some snuggly pajamas.

Baby Rocket Costume

Be sure to check back next week, when I’ll show you a delicious no-sew costume for a toddler or big kid. Until then, you can take a trip down memory lane and watch the very first Weekday Crafternoon ever, Three Easy Pumpkin Projects.

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Hey there D-Happ readers, remember that Giant Paper Dahlia episode of Weekday Crafternoon that debuted a few weeks ago? Well, it was so popular on Pinterest (nearly 800 repins and counting!), that we’ve made it a part of a special Pinterest-inspired YouTube playlist this week. This playlist features some great channels and really fun, dare I say pin-spiring projects and how-tos. Won’t you check it out?

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Like what you see? Make sure you subscribe to the HGTV YouTube channel, where you’ll be seeing more crafty how-to videos in the coming weeks.

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Well friends, I am back from maternity leave and my, hasn’t it been a nice summer? I’m dusting off my work laptop and thought I’d wrap up our little nursery series. When I last left you, we had our big reveal. And now? Well, meet Hugo:

Baby Hugo!
Y’all, this baby! He is really very good. It’s been so fun getting to know him and seeing him in the room I designed. Speaking of, if you’ve been wondering about sources for the nursery, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and take a look.

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Is your kid a collector? Are you constantly turning out pockets full of seashells, rocks, and other treasures? Because I know I am. My four-year-old Lulu loves to gather little bits of shiny sparkly things and I finally figured out a great way to showcase them (and keep them off my floors). This found object stepping stone is the perfect summer kid’s craft:

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Even if your kid doesn’t have a ready supply of treasures to use for this project, you can pick up all of the supplies we used at your local craft store. I especially love how the frosted beach glass marbles look.

Stepping Stone Kids Garden CraftLulu was so proud to bring her stepping stone home and display it in our garden. What garden projects do you like to do with kids?

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? See them all, and more from Marianne, right here.

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Are you hitting the road this summer? As a kid growing up in a big family we always, always piled in my moms VW Vanagon for family trips. Now, with a growing family of my own, we’re planning for our own family trip this summer, and I’m trying to prepare for the choruses of “Are we there yet?” from the backseat. My master plan to occupy my art-obsessed 4-year-old is this handy Road Trip Art Kit.

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With so many options to occupy her time (Chalkboard! Paper! Stickers! Markers!), this should keep us from breaking down and popping in a DVD for at least an hour, don’t you think?

Road Trip Art Kit for Kids

One note–skip the magnets if you have small children who might try and eat them. So tell me, what are your travel plans this summer?

Missed a past episode of Weekday Crafternoon? See them all, and even more from Marianne, right here.

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Summer is well underway and that means the party is headed outside. My family loves the Fourth of July in particular, especially my dad (he can’t buy enough fireworks). This year I’m adding to the festivities with this patriotic and surprisingly fun Ring Toss game. Every holiday is enhanced by a little friendly competition, don’t you think?

With a few inexpensive and easy-to-find materials and an hour of work, you’ll have your own fun lawn game to play on the Fourth of July, and all summer.

Fourth of July Ring Toss

What are your plans for the Fourth?

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? Get them all, and more from Marianne, right here.

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Folks, it’s finally time. If you’ve been following along while I decorate the nursery for my baby boy, you’ve seen me through mood boards high and low, prepping the room for paint, painting a graphic herringbone accent wall, adventures in Craigslisting, and a bunch of crafty projects from monogrammed string art, to custom onesies, and even a cloud mobile. I hung an eclectic gallery wall, and I even made a rocking sheep! All of that, on top of…you know, gestating an actual baby, has me feeling pretty productive. And now, I’m excited to show you the final results. But first, take a moment to look at the before pictures.

Oh my, we’ve come a long way from that sad junk-filled room. Are you ready for the after?

The Nursery Files: After

The Nursery Files: After

The Nursery Files: Art Wall

The Nursery Files: Details

The Nursery Files: Details

It feels great to have the room done, and I just love how it came together. And none too soon, the baby will be here any day now!

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Ah, Father’s Day. That hallowed holiday where we tell the dads in our lives that we love them…by giving them ties? Come on, we can do better than that. This year, why not give dad what he really wants, the gift of rest and relaxation. These adorable lotto-inspired scratch-and-win cards give dad the chance to win everything from a pass on mowing the lawn to a two hour nap.

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You can download our free Father’s Day printables right here. Don’t you kind of want to make scratch-and-win cards for every occasion now?

Father's Day Scratch and Win Card

What are your plans for dad this June 16th? Maybe a special meal? Dish in the comments–I promise I’m very good at keeping secrets.

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? Catch them all–and more from Marianne–right here.

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Now that we’re closing in on my due date, I’m ready to finish this nursery. The last big project I’m tackling is hanging the eclectic assortment of art I’ve been collecting (and in the case of this monogrammed string art, making) with this space in mind. Hanging a gallery art wall can look overwhelming, but it’s really a snap. Sherry and John over at Young House Love have some great tips for using newspaper templates when hanging a lot of art in a space. In the end, I laid out the artwork on the floor first and then eyeballed it on the wall. I think it turned out pretty great.

How to Hang a Gallery Style Art Wall

I was able to check one more project off my list this week, recovering the glider cushions. If you remember from this post, this glider had great lines but the dingy white cushions had to go. I knew that as soon as I spotted this modern fish-printed fabric that I had found the perfect pattern. My friend Emily’s mom (thank you Teresa!) made slipcovers for the existing cushions and boom! The glider looks brand new for just $30 in fabric costs.

Recovered Nursery Glider

Only a few more last-minute details and then I’m ready to unveil the finished room, not to mention ready to have a baby.

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I don’t know how the weather has been in your part of the country, but here at HGTV Headquarters we had a long winter and unseasonably cool spring. The chilly temperatures have just made summer more tantalizing, and with Memorial Day only a couple of weeks away, I’m ready to kick off summer and head out on the lake. On my arm? This adorable stenciled boat bag.

Didn’t I say I was excited about freezer paper stencils? Ever since I heard about them on Alison’s blog, I’ve been hooked. They are easy to use and the results are amazingly crisp and professional. Download our free “Boat Bag” and anchor stencils, and you’re all set to make your own nautical-themed tote bag.

How to Stencil a Boat Bag for Memorial Day

Are you gearing up for a fun Memorial Day weekend? Do your plans involve heading out to the pool or lake, or will you stick closer to home? I’m counting down the days until that long weekend…

Missed an episode of Weekday Crafternoon? Catch them all, and more from Marianne, right here.

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Yep, it’s time for another project for ye olde nursery. I’ve been plugging away, making art for the walls and even a Rocking Sheep, but this week my energy was focused on making an inexpensive-yet-adorable mobile for Baby Boy’s abode.

Armed with our free printable template, card stock, fishing line, and an embroidery hoop, you are less that $5 away from making this show stopping mobile.

DIY Paper Cloud Mobile

Dreamy, isn’t it? For more episodes of Weekday Crafternoon, head over here. See you next time!

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With the rocking sheep and paint treatment complete, the biggest projects for my nursery decor are complete. And it’s a good thing, we are closing in on my early June due date. This week, I’m waiting on a few things to be delivered, so I’m keeping busy washing teeny baby clothes and filling up my new dresser. I have some really cute stuff, but you can’t have too many onesies, so this week I’m printing off these adorable freezer paper stencils from The Alison Show to make a few myself (congrats to Alison on her newest arrival!).

DIY Freezer Paper Stenciled Onesies

I am so enamored with freezer paper, my mind is already spinning with a dozen ideas to use it (hello, Weekday Crafternoon!). What do you think of these homemade onesies?

Got baby fever? Catch up on all of The Nursery Files!

 

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Mother’s Day is a big day in the Canada household this year. No, not because I’m getting bigger (though I certainly am), but rather because this year both my birthday and my daughter Lulu’s falls on Mother’s Day. You’d better believe my husband is feeling some pressure on the gift-giving front. But really, all I want for Mother’s Day is time with my family, so this year Lu and I made gifts together. She’s about to turn 4 and loves to stamp things, so we’re making block-printed napkins to give the moms in our family.

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This is a great project for kids and adults of all ages. All you need are some fabric paint, buttons, and other found objects and you are ready to stamp everything from napkins to tablecloths and more.

Kid Crafted Block Print Napkins for Mother's Day

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