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Home Décor with a Loving Touch

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s your castle. It’s a special place of comfort and safety, and filled with love, joy, and laughter. It’s at times a haven in which to cuddle up and close off the world, and in other moments, it shines as an integral part of the neighbourhood – opening its doors to receive friends and family. And of course, we all want our home to look and feel beautiful, warm and welcoming. But shopping for charming embellishments to take your décor up a notch can get very expensive. Imagine using your own loving touch to transform your home into an exquisite place that garners ooohs and ahhhs when visitors cross the threshold. Even before they cross...

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A Creative Full Day Retreat for You!

It was a long, long winter: unusually cold and snowy, and downright wintry. For far too long, we nestled indoors with blankets, nursing hot cocoa, and binge-watching Netflix series ad nauseum. But finally, Spring is springing. As we emerge from the proverbial cocoon, spring fever is casting its spell. Fresh air and open windows, Spring cleaning, and a critical eye scouring the inside and outside of our homes…it’s time to get moving! But wait. Are you ready for a bit of a Spring Fling? How about combining a self-loving ‘me’ day with the opportunity to produce not one, not two, but three spectacular DIY projects to ramp up the charm in your home? Imagine spending a full day with friends...

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The Surrey Girl Project

“Bringing a positive new meaning to the term ‘Surrey Girl’ and showing what it really means to be a female from Surrey.” (ourhappyplace.ca) There’s some affirmative action afoot in Surrey these days…and it’s all about boosting the cache around the decades-long mistreatment of the term, ‘Surrey Girl.’ A new project has been launched by Kat Petrunia – simply dubbed ‘The Surrey Girl Project’ – to remove the absurdly derogatory and tired connotation associated with Surrey Girl. Kat hosts a wonderfully uplifting lifestyle blog, Our Happy Place, where she outlines in detail her wish to effect positive change in a small but meaningful way in her community. She wants to highlight how being a female in Surrey is a great thing...

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Social Benefits of Creating with Friends

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” Henry David Thoreau There’s DIY at home…and then, there’s DIY in the company of others! And while it’s wonderful to find time and space alone for crafting, designing, and inventing, there are enormous benefits to spending time in a group setting while digging our hands in a creative project. Firstly, let’s acknowledge that spending time on creative projects is a type of play for adults. Play brings joy, and can facilitate deep connections with both friends and strangers. In creative play, we can find surprise, pleasure, understanding, and strength of mind, body and spirit. Secondly, rolling up our sleeves and working on DIY projects in a roomful of friends – and...

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Creativity for the Soul

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein Just because you can’t paint a portrait or pen a novel doesn’t mean you’re not creative. Au contraire! Creativity is what makes us HUMAN. It exists within every aspect of our lives, and is not just reserved for the artistic elite. You can – and should – reclaim your creative passion in tangible ways. Making room for creativity in our adult lives, and activating our creative muscle, can be transformative. Creative activity offers: An opportunity to get ‘lost’ and release control of your logical mind An outlet for emotions A release for stagnant energy A deeper connection to the soul The creative process is heart-driven, allowing for freedom of self-expression and providing...

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