• DIY Valentine's Day gifts we love

    Jan 31, 2019

    It may be a bit of a “Hallmark holiday”, but it’s nice to have Valentine’s Day on the calendar to remind us all to show some love to the people we love. The gifts that tend to make the biggest impact are the ones we make ourselves, by hand. To help you make a lasting impression, Timbercreek Communities has some DIY Valentine’s Day gift tutorials to share with you. We hope your love loves them, too!

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    Valentine Bath Bombs

    Give your love the gift of these soothing and sensual DIY Valentine Bath Bombs. All you need is baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, coconut butter, red food colouring, an essential oil of your choice and a spray bottle of Witch Hazel. Combine the cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add red food colouring, a few drops of essential oil and melted coconut oil. Spray the mixture with Witch Hazel, and continue to spray until the mixture holds its shape when squeezed. Press the mix into a heart-shaped silicone mold. They will need about 36 hours to dry out completely, giving you plenty of time to download a printable label and find a mason jar to put them in. To use simply break the bath bomb under running water.

    DIY Romantic Dinner

    If you want to make a sweet and romantic gift for your sweetheart, but you don’t feel like you have the chops to create a crafty gift, this one is for you. Start by downloading a free printable PDF wine label that you can use to wrap a loving message around your bottle. Pair that wine with one of these easy-to-make romantic recipes, or share the wine while you cook together.

    Melting Heart Love Slime

    Your kids will love giving this Melting Heart Love Slime, and your partner will love that they aren’t bringing home more candy! You’ll need red glitter glue, liquid starch and optional additions like confetti, essential oils and a heart-shaped box. The slime is simply red glitter glue mixed slowly with liquid starch. Add more glitter, confetti or essential oil if desired. Cut it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

    Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet

    A Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet is a cute and cuddly way for you or your kids to give a bouquet of flowers that won’t wilt or die. All you need is scissors, green felt, ribbon, twine, assorted colours of yarn, twigs, white spray paint and glue.

    Sweetheart Vase

    You’ll need somewhere to put those real or Pom Pom flowers. This Sweetheart Vase is a fun, easy and sweet storage solution. Cut heart shapes from red felt, thread them onto twine and wrap it around a mason jar.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Timbercreek!

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  • Unique Winter Date Ideas

    Jan 29, 2019

    It’s easy to want to cozy up and stay home on cold winter days, but there are lots of fun activities to enjoy, too -- especially for couples. If you're ready for winter fun, Timbercreek Communities has some unique winter date ideas to enjoy.

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    Dog Sledding Near Toronto

    Mushing with a team of sled dogs might not be a typical date-night idea, but maybe it should be! Going dog sledding is an exciting and surprisingly comfortable way to enjoy a unique outdoor experience. You can learn to drive your own team of dogs or just ride along and enjoy the scenery. There are tours that provide round trip transportation from Toronto, dog sledding instruction, a trail ride, lunch, marshmallows around the campfire and more. You’ll feel like you’ve conquered the Great White North, together.

    Tour the Ice Castles of Edmonton

    Exploring the spectacular Ice Castles display in Edmonton is like spending the night in a winter wonderland! Bundle up and plan a date night to remember. The giant Ice Castles castle is made by hand using icicles and water and takes up an entire acre. There is a waterfall, throne room and even an ice maze to get (kind of) lost in. Don’t miss out on this romantic, enchanting, and incredibly Instagramable date night. You can explore the castle at Hawrelak Park (9330 Groat Road) from December 31st to March 10th. Don’t let the opportunity melt away!

    Plan A Fun Staycation at Travelodge in Saskatchewan to go water sliding

    You don’t have to get on a plane to experience a resort escape. Plan a fun overnight staycation date night at Travelodge by Wyndham Hotel & Conference Centre in Regina (4177 Albert Street South Regina, Saskatchewan). Make a splash at the Soaked! Waterpark that features two water slides, a pool, a hot tub, a spray pad and even a digital water curtain. In Saskatoon, head to Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West). Take a thrilling ride down their 250-foot water slide into one of two heated pools, then relax in one of the hot tubs.

    Olympic Park Watercourse in Montreal

    You’ll feel like a kid again when you plan a daytime date at Olympic Park Sports Centre in Montréal during Wibit Sundays. The Olympic pool is transformed into an aquatic obstacle course with inflatable tracks!

    Glamping

    If you've never heard of glamping, it's a portmanteau of “glamour” and “camping”. Why rough it when you can glamp it? From luxurious yurts to posh tree houses, spend the day in nature and spend the night in a king sized bed by candlelight.

    Timbercreek hopes these unique winter date night ideas bring a little whimsy and romance into your life this season.

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  • The best things to buy antique or vintage

    Jan 24, 2019

    Shopping for antiques is a bit of an art. It should never be confused with overloading your home with things that are antiquated. The lure of the luxuries from yesteryear can be strong, but just because something is old, doesn’t mean it’s good. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you find the best things to buy antique or vintage.

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    Wooden Furniture

    Back in the day, furniture was made from wood. Real wood. Solid wood. As long as you don’t have your heart set on a Louis XIV armoire, you can find some great solid wood antique furniture that will last another lifetime -- at prices that can rival the cost of buying particle board and lacquer today. You won’t be passing on that IKEA wardrobe to your grandchildren. The furniture you find doesn’t have to be perfect. You can replace knobs and hardware, refinish it, or even repaint it to give it a modern-retro look.

    Art

    Art is subjective. You like what you like and hate what you hate. When you shop for antique art, don’t expect to pick up any paintings from famous artists at rock bottom prices. If you look carefully, you can expect to find real, hand painted works from talented nobodies, where you can see and feel the brush strokes, for about the same price as a poster or print of a famous work.

    Silverware

    You may not be able to find a complete set in one spot, but with a bit of digging you can pull together a charming assortment of real silverware pieces. Think of them less like a matching set, and more like individual pieces of art. You may have to spend some time removing the tarnish, so be sure to use a non-toxic polish.

    Glass

    It’s easy to find cheap glass, today. But it can be a bit bland. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, it’s time to go antique! You may even discover a new hobby, as the antique glass rabbit hole goes pretty deep.

    China

    Whether you’re looking for beautiful pieces to display in your china cabinet, or you just want to be prepared in case the Queen drops by for tea, antique china never goes out of fashion and its value only tends to increase.

    If antiques are what you’re after, Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you hunt down some fabulous finds for your home.

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  • How to shop for your shape

    Jan 21, 2019

    Ah, the frustration of the fitting room. If you’re like most women, you’ve probably experienced the confusion of finally finding something in your size, only to find that it doesn’t fit very well. Is the size wrong? Not exactly. It’s more like size doesn’t matter. Shopping for your shape is the key to finding clothes that fit your body well, and not just the store mannequin. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you look and feel your best this year. Here’s how to shop for your shape.

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    Accentuate the Positive

    Every body has its positive assets. Shopping for your shape is all about learning what those are and making the most of them. No matter what your shape, there are clothes to flatter it. So, we suggest starting by finding out what shape you are:

    Pear

    If you are a pear shape, it’s most likely that when you gain weight, it shows mostly on your bottom and legs. Your waist is defined, and your shoulders and bust line are narrower than your hips. Look for A-line shapes to accentuate your waist and flow with your natural shape.

    Inverted Pear

    An inverted pear is defined by wider, athletic shoulders, a fuller bust line, straight waist and smaller hips. To find a balanced look you’ll want to keep it more simple up top. V-necklines will look great on you! Look for skirts, as well as dresses and pleated pants with belts that give the illusion of a waist.

    Apple

    You have long legs, a round bottom, little waist definition and a full bust line. Look for drapey shapes that lengthen your torso and gloss over the midsection. Showcase your legs with shorter skirts, dresses and leggings.

    Hourglass

    Your hips and shoulders are of equal width,and your waist is defined. You gain weight in your bottom and bust line. Skip the flowing fabrics and look for clothes that follow your natural curves, accentuating the waist.

    Rectangle

    You’ve got long legs and a shapely bottom. Your hips, waist and shoulders are approximately the same width. You’re going to look great in clothes that show off your bottom half and help define your waistline. Dresses and blouses are a good bet and the right belt can bring it all together.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you look and feel your best, whatever shape you are. If you struggle to find clothes you love, just remember that your body is perfect just the way it is, you just need to get to know it a little better.

     

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  • 2019 winter decor trends to try

    Jan 17, 2019

    With the arrival of the new year and the winter season comes the arrival of new decor trends for your home. If you feel like your space is in need of a seasonal refresh, Timbercreek Communities wants to help with these 2019 winter decor trends to try.

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    Natural Wood and Handmade Pieces

    This season seems to be all about the return of natural pieces and details. Styles and colour schemes that evoke the forest and the sea are what’s trending. Reclaimed wood, especially stripped down, or natural light-coloured wood, is what to look for. This style is perfect for winter, as natural wood brings warmth to any space and goes with practically any colour. The Nordic or Scandinavian style of light wood furniture combined with lacquered white is a winning combination. If feels both comfortable and fresh, and is the perfect way to warm up a room this winter. Look for handmade pieces made with natural wood, with an artisanal feel.

    Edgy Jewel Tones

    A little splash of colour can go a long way. When choosing fabrics and accessories, look for jewel tones like ruby red and emerald green. These bold colours create contrast against white and natural wood elements for a whimsical and elegant look.

    Copper Accents

    The mixed metal accent pieces that were big last fall will continue into this year, particularly copper. Brass is being left behind. Copper brings vivid warmth and elegance to any room and its illuminating sheen is a welcome sight during a dark Canadian winter. Look for copper when choosing lamps, vases, decorative bowls and more.

    Rich Textures

    This year is all about the rich, luxurious feel of things. Rich velvet in bold colours will be seen everywhere from throw pillows to statement sofas. This trend toward the unapologetically bold, rich and sumptuous is called Maximalism. It's in stark contrast to Minimalism. This year, more is more.

    Industrial Pieces

    Industrial pieces, made mainly of iron and steel, can lend themselves to a minimalist or maximalist look. Minimalist industrial may feel a little cold for winter, but when you combine it with rich and luxurious textures and natural wood it can work very well.

    Timbercreek hopes these 2019 winter decor trends help you create the perfect look for your home this season.

     

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