Happy Hallowe’en… Vintage Style!


Modern day Hallowe’en greeting cards have nothing on the vintage ones! I love this one for the lovely sentiment it sends the receiver…. good luck and riches! Wouldn’t that be nice!

Do you remember receiving Hallowe’en cards when you were younger? Do you send Hallowe’en cards today? I’d love to hear!

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Etiquette Tips to Get You Through the Holiday Season

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Well, that time is almost upon us again. The time where we are invited to countless holiday functions! Whether it’s an office party, a friend’s house party or you are the hostess of the party, there are some rules of etiquette to follow. Here you will find some tips, some are old fashioned but always important, and some are new additions… hint, hint… no cell phones please! I hope you find these helpful as we enter the busiest time of the year.


1. MAKE THE INVITE CLEAR. Have all necessary information right on the invitation. Let your guests know if this is a casual party or a more formal affair. Nothing is worse than coming under dressed. Over dressed is okay though!

2. PLAN WELL. Don’t try a new recipe on your guests. Plan the menu using dishes that are tried and true and you know your guests will love. Get everything ready before your guests arrive so you can relax and socialize a bit.

3. REMAIN CALM. Making sure the atmosphere is relaxed is essential in making sure your guests are having a good time. You never want them to feel like they are putting you out and making your stress levels rise. If someone offers help and you truly need it, accept!

4. MAKE YOUR GUESTS FEEL WELCOME. Welcome your guests as soon as they arrive but don’t stop there. Make sure they have drinks and no one is standing alone throughout the party.

5. BE FLEXIBLE AND GRACIOUS. Make sure you have a backup if your dessert or any other important dish fails. If a guest brings someone you weren’t expecting, be gracious and welcome them to your party.

6. BE APPRECIATIVE. Always, always, always say thank you to each and every guest as they are leaving. And if someone brought you a gift, don’t forget to thank them for that as well.


1. RSVP. Let the host(ess) know right away if you will be attending their party. Even if no RSVP was indicated it is always polite to let them know. Do it promptly so it doesn’t seem like you are waiting for something better to come along.

2. BE PROMPT. There is nothing more rude than being late. Arrive on time or no more than 15 minutes after the specified time however, do not arrive early, unless you are going to help!

3. BE A WILLING PARTICIPANT. If you are asked to join a party game or look at family photos, do so graciously. When dinner is announced go straight to the table.

4. OFFER TO HELP. If you’re visiting the host(ess) in the kitchen offer to help by doing something specific. “May I help you put that salad together?” If you just ask, “Can I help?” the host(ess) is more than likely going to say “Oh, no, that’s okay!” It’s always thoughtful to help tidy up towards the end of the party, even if it’s just bringing in the dishes from the dining room to the kitchen area.

5. DON’T OVERINDULGE. You don’t want to look like you haven’t eaten in a week and you also don’t want to be known as the one who got drunk either! Keep eating and drinking to a moderate level.

6. GIVE YOUR THANKS… TWICE. Obviously, you will always say thank you when you leave a party but it is always thoughtful to send a hand written note along to your host(ess) telling them what a lovely time you had.

There are many more ways to be a wonderful host(ess) and guest but a very important one and one that I hope goes without saying…. LEAVE THE CELL PHONE IN THE CAR!

If you have any other ideas I’d love to hear them so leave a comment! Enjoy the 2014 holiday season!

Soup’s On!


If you love soup, then you’ll love all of these soup related gift ideas. And I’m proud to say that my hand stamped SOUP’S ON spoon is among all of these great Canadian made items!

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So… it is cold out.  The weather is all over the place – hot, hot, hot like summer last week – then blistery cold winter temperatures this week.  Where did fall go?  I am all too happy to snuggle up on the sofa, throw a blanket over me and marathon my latest obsession on Netflix.  Add a cup of soup in there for good measure and I have my ideal evening.  Lee and I have been discussing getting some new soup bowls – thought I’d check out Etsy (as usual).  Below are 10 cool soup related things (made in / sourced from Canada) I came across… dreaming of cheddar biscuits and creamy soups all day long ;) Stay warm friends!

Ben and Lily – Scandinavian Design Soup Bowls- Toronto, ON

The warm brown accented with the pop of turquoise is right up my ally!  Think of all the yummy french onion…

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Giveaway Time!

Join my newsletter today for your chance to win one of 12 $10 gift certificates to purchase a modern vintage keepsake. Just in time for Christmas! The draw will be held on Sunday, October 26 and the winners will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Good luck!

Just some of the gorgeous hand stamped vintage silverware that is available at the Dazzling Dezignz Etsy shop.

Just some of the gorgeous hand stamped vintage silverware that is available at the Dazzling Dezignz Etsy shop.

A Month in the Life of Dazzling Dezignz – Day 13

Today’s photo challenge was to take a picture of our post office. Well, my post office isn’t very pretty as it’s at the back of a store called Shopper’s Drug Mart. I do have to say that everyone at the post office is extremely helpful and friendly and I love going there every day to hear about what’s been going on.

So instead of the post office I decided to take a photograph of what the Canada Post mailboxes look like and I thought it would be cute to use my son’s piggy bank.

Isn't this miniature replica of the Canada Post mailbox cute?

Isn’t this miniature replica of the Canada Post mailbox cute?

A Month in the Life of Dazzling Dezignz – Day 12

Today’s photo challenge was “favourite”. The favourite thing I like about my home based creative business is the packages of silverware I receive. I love opening up the boxes and unwrapping all the goodies. It’s like Christmas! Then I sit and look at all the gorgeous patterns and decide what saying to put on each one. It’s so fun!

Join me tomorrow when I will be posting a photo for the theme “post office”. You can also follow some other great crafters photo journey by searching the hashtag #CTMonthInTheLife on Instagram.

I love unwrapping all my goodies and deciding what pattern will have what saying.

I love unwrapping all my goodies and deciding what pattern will have what saying.

A Month in the Life of Dazzling Dezignz – Day 11

If you have been following my posts than you know the drill… today is day 11 and the photo challenge is “assistant”. For those of you seeing this for the first time here’s a bit of an explanation. I am participating in Create and Thrive’s Month in the Life photo challenge on Instagram and today’s theme is to show my assistant.

Well, here she is! Queen Elsa herself, aka Lana! This is my 5 year old daughter and she just loves to put the return address labels on the envelopes. So if someone sends you a gift from my shop and your label is crooked then you know who did it! :) My husband also assists me but unfortunately, he was at work today and not available for the photo shoot! He helps me with the “muscle” stuff like bending and flattening silverware. My son also helps a bit but he’s more interested in Star Wars and Mine Craft right now.

Join me tomorrow to see what I come up with for the theme “favourite”. Not sure it that means my favourite item in my shop or just something in general.

Also, be sure to search the hashtag #CTMonthInTheLife on Instagram to see photos of other creative businesses. See you tomorrow!

Queen Elsa, aka Lana, is helping me put return address labels on all of my envelopes.

Queen Elsa, aka Lana, is helping me put return address labels on all of my envelopes.