Archive for the ‘arts & crafts’ Category


with 4 comments

it was my 27th birthday earlier this month, and darling James of Mister Pictures took photos at my Elvis and croquembouche-themed party.

(and a big thank you to Natalie and Nomi for hosting!)


Written by Paige

January 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

ginger bauhaus.

with 2 comments

my friend Jenn and her boyfriend Jack made this incredible ginger bauhaus for the holidays… which is one of those brilliant ideas that we all wish we’d come up with first. modern gingerbread houses? i expect to see a Dwell and Martha Stewart tie-in at the craft shops by Christmas 2011.

Jack is also a very talented illustrator and outlined the entire ginger planning and building process on his blog—including a few pictures of the ginger Mad Men they made with the leftover dough.

(thanks to Jenn for the pictures!)

it’s an ombre wedding…

with 2 comments

can we take a minute to address how perfect this seating list pegboard is? from a wedding in Kakabeka Falls (just outside Thunder Bay) that a friend attended—a sunny gradient of wood samples and paint chips, each labeled with a guest’s name and table.

and of course the colours matched all the other decor elements from the wedding, especially that bright orange and all the mustard yellows. such a crafty idea, and so simple to execute with just a few sneaky trips to various hardware stores.

in other ombre news, i did a little crafting of my own this evening: a purple gradient manicure.

(thanks to Lindsay for sending me her photographs from the wedding!)

stop. breathe. swallow.

with one comment

seriously. trying to compose my thoughts on how i feel about this nail art by the very talented stop it right now has proved futile. let’s just say it’s somewhere between “how soon can i collect the items needed to try this at home?” and “eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!”

just. amazing. i really didn’t think anything could top the Chanel drip nails she crafted earlier in april, but. here we are with Miu Miu. nail art! i’m looking at you in a whole new light now. (and: cursing the lack of a Calgel salon in Toronto even more.)

(all images via stop it right now.)

Written by Paige

May 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

pink elephants.

with 3 comments

how delightful is this pink elephant and martini needlepoint belt? handmade by Smathers & Branson it’s whimsical yet… perfectly practical. you know, for wearing to drinks on the dock after a day of sailing in the Cape. (hah!)

perhaps elephants and alcohol are becoming a bit of a micro-trend. here they are giving cheers in a door hanger (also needlepoint!) by Lilly Pulitzer. next step, obviously, is to create a signature drunken elephant cocktail…

(via the love list.)

Written by Paige

April 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

valentine’s day.

leave a comment »

i made beef wellington, hand-cut heart-shaped purple potatoes and yellow beets with carrots and thyme, and a little bit of arugula and parm. (yes! i know, days late, but…)

Written by Paige

February 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

if i had $450…

with one comment

i tend to get a little vexed when i come across someone with the same name as me, and especially so when she has the same hobbies. but Paige Gamble’s python gardenia headpiece? decadent and delicate and where can i find a snakeskin wholesaler and attempt to make my own?

paige gamble headband

Gamble’s work is also slated to appear in the season premier of Gossip Girl—i wouldn’t expect anything less for darling Blair.

Written by Paige

August 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm