• 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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  • DIY Christmas decorations to make with your kids

    Dec 05, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to get crafty and spend some quality creative time with your family. Timbercreek Communities has some fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration projects to share with you. We hope you get the chance to make them with your kids this December.

    Kids & Christmas decorated crafts

    Magical Macaroni

    Grab some pasta and create some Christmas magic with these Magical Macaroni decorations. If you don’t have elbow noodles, don’t worry! Pretty much every pasta shape will work for this project -- from penne to farfalle, and everything in between. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. All you need is glue and paint and you can create stars and snowflakes. Click here to learn more.

    Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments

    These Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments are a great way for kids to put their fingerprints on some keepsake ornaments and really make their mark. Choose plain matte coloured ornament balls as the thumbprints will show up better on them than on the shiny ones. Your kids will love that they can do this project almost entirely by themselves. Dip a thumb in brown paint and make your mark -- this will serve as the reindeer face. Add eyes, nose and antlers with a permanent marker. Make sure to do at least one red-nosed reindeer! Click here to learn more.

    Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

    If you over estimated how many cupcakes you’d be baking this season, these Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees can put your materials to good use. Start by making a cone shape out of cardstock, then add ruffled cupcake liners to the cardstock cone base to make brances. You may need to use more than one liner to get all the way around. Before you reach to top of the tree, cover the tip with the centre of a liner and continue to add ruffles all the way to the top. Click here to learn more.

    Candy Cane Christmas Trees

    You and your kids will love making these Candy Cane Christmas Trees. All you need is some green felt, glue and various buttons and beads to use as ornaments. Cut a piece of felt to size (you’ll want the candy cane ‘trunk’ to show). Cut slits in the felt to insert the candy cane. Glue on buttons, beads and whatever other ornaments you like. Click here to learn more.

    Terra Cotta Pot Snowmen

    Turn old terracotta pots in cute Terracotta Pot Snowmen. In addition to the pots you’ll need acrylic paint (white, black, and various other colours), scissors, paper and glue. Paint the pots white, then paint on some snowman faces and decorate them however you like. Click here to learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these simple craft projects help you carve out some quality time with your kids, and leave you with sentimental souvenirs this season.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • The best winter 2018 decor trends

    Dec 03, 2018

    Don’t settle for ordinary, go for extraordinary! If your apartment is in need of a seasonal refresh, Timbercreek Communities wants to help. Here are some of the best winter 2018 decor trends to try.

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    1. Big Florals

    Floral prints are back in a big way this winter, and we mean that literally. Oversized floral prints on blankets and pillows, as well as oversized floral artwork adorning the walls, are in. The bigger and bolder the better.

    If you give the look a try in your home, consider complementing it with a dried flower arrangement on your table. This trend is rising on Pinterest, with searches up 345 percent over last year. It’s a great way to bring a touch of nature home with you, without worrying about having to water anything.

    2. Navy

    Dark colours can definitely feel a bit gloomy, but Navy Blue seems to be the exception to this rule. A rich, dark Navy can make a room feel stable, and at the same time, mysterious. The classic-feeling deep colour is reminiscent of the ocean, so it can create a calm atmosphere in almost any room. And the feeling of staring off into the infinite blue yonder can be great for creativity. Navy Blue is a timeless trend.

    3. Modern Neutrals

    The last few years have seen lots of darker wood tones. This year, the trend is pointing toward modern neutral tones. That means more blonde wood and simple, natural patinas. This look pairs perfectly with Navy Blue as well as soft greys.

    4. Mixed metals

    Luxe is making a comeback this year. Rich and sumptuous materials like velvet, accented with shiny gold and silver metallics are big. This trend includes brass accents, especially in the kitchen. The mixed metallics trend is easy to incorporate with a simple and stunning brass bowl or pitcher.

    5. Statement Rugs

    A bold and bright area rug is an on-trend way to bring some colour, creativity and artistry into your home. Why should walls have all the fun? Depending on what other choices you’ve made, a patterned or solid colour rug can really tie your look together. A rug with gold or metallic elements can check a couple of boxes on the hot winter trends list.

    We hope you incorporate these fabulous winter decor trends into your apartment. Don’t wait too long or they might go out of style!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Top Holiday Events in Canada

    Dec 18, 2017

    The holiday season is here again. It’s time to dust off the decorations, put up the stockings, and whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater.  From hot chocolate to festivals, mall Santas to apple cider, there’s no shortage of seasonal events to tuck into this year. To help you celebrate the holidays, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of events happening in your area this fall.

    Distillery District: Toronto Christmas Market

    Perhaps the best holiday event of the season, The Distillery District has once again transformed into the luminous Toronto Christmas Market. The popular event is on now until December 23rd.  Don’t miss the glowing sights, the merry sounds, and the decadent tastes of this annual holiday market. A monstrous Christmas tree dots the center of the action, while kiosks selling everything from chocolate covered bacon to St. Nick knick knacks, litter the Distillery’s brick streets. The market is free during the week and just $6 on weekends. Get more info here.

    Blue Mountain: Christmas Gift Show

    Blue mountain comes alive this season with a Christmas Gift Show. This vibrant, fun marketplace celebrates the holiday season in style. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with over 100 vendors including artisans, crafters, jewelry makers, décor vendors, body and wellness brands, tasty treat makers and more. Learn all about it here.

    Edmonton: Singing Christmas Tree

    Running from December 14th through 17th, don’t miss the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder. With dancing Santas, stunning ballerinas, amazing acrobats, and 150 phenomenal singers accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance is a seasonal sensation.  Get more info here.

    Quebec: German Christmas Market

    Celebrating 10 years of magic, Quebec’s German Christmas Market is “Exquisitely European” and “Exquisitely FREE”!  On now until December 23rd, 2017, this magical holiday wonderland never ceases to amaze. Featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights.

    Ottawa: Vintage Christmas Village of Lights

    Come out to the Cumberland Heritage Museum for some holiday celebration this Christmas. Make an ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, or take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village (lit by 5pm every evening). None other than Santa Claus himself will be there! Find out more here.

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    Timbercreek hopes this list of the best holiday events in Canada inspires you to get out there and celebrate the holiday season in style this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Most-Pinned Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Holiday season is here! Show the people you love that you care, and avoid the stress of holiday shopping, by creating a few thoughtful DIY gifts. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you light up someone’s holiday with these most-pinned homemade holiday gifts.

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    Body Scrub

    This thoughtful and simple to make Body Scrub requires only 4 ingredients to prepare. Mix together Epsom salts (or organic cane sugar) and your chosen carrier oil. Add one drop at a time of essential oil, and a drop of food colouring. Stir until the colour is uniform and spoon the contents into your canning jar. You can even download clip art labels to give your gift a professional look.

    Fleece Blankets

    This easy tutorial will walk you through how to make beautiful Fleece Blankets for your loved ones. A cozy blanket is the perfect DIY gift for friends and family members, and hard-to-buy-for folks on your list. It’s also perfect for a first time sewing project. You’ll need a large piece of fleece (about 2 yards), decorative trim to protect and decorate the edges, a needle and thread or a sewing machine -- which is ideal so that you can complete this project quickly and seamlessly.  If you can do a basic straight stitch, you can do this DIY!

    Microwaveable Heat Packs

    Give the gift of soothing comfort this season with these Microwaveable Heat Packs. All you’ll need is some fabric, sewing supplies and corn kernels or grains of rice to fill the packs. Cut your fabric to size. Sew the pieces together inside out (the outsides facing each other). Leave enough of an opening to turn the bag right-side out. Fill the bag ¾ full with corn or rice. Sew the final seam closed. To use it, heat the bag in the microwave and apply to achey areas of the body.

    DIY Lip Balm

    Don't let your loved ones endure dry, cracked lips this season. This DIY Lip Balm requires only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. In a glass measuring cup in the microwave, melt together coconut oil and beeswax. Stir in the essential oil and pour into decorative containers.

    Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap

    This DIY couldn't be more simple. This Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap can be made in less than 10 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. Coffee is a great scent loved equally by men and women, so this is a great gift for anyone on your list. It's also incredibly affordable to make at home.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! We hope you love these most-pinned homemad holiday gifts as much as we do! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 Apartment Decorating Ideas for Summer

    Jul 06, 2017

    Summer is finally here and it’s time to get your apartment into shape for the season. Timbercreek Communities has some simple and beautiful apartment decorating ideas for summer. Let’s let the sun shine in!

    Lighten Up

    Think of your apartment as a summer rental and see it in a whole new light. Pull back the curtains and let the light in. Replace heavy curtains with something light, sheer and breezy.  In fact, stow away anything that makes your space feel heavy or dark. This includes thick throw rugs that may be cozy in winter but feel hot and oppressive during the summer months. It’s summer - let your floors go naked!

    Bring the Beach Home

    You may not be able to spend every summer day at the beach, but you can give your Timbercreek home a beachy feel by displaying sea shells in a small pail or by planting small succulents in a larger shell.

    DSC_6083_4_5_6_7Set a Summer Table

    Add a splash of summer colour to your table by setting out some colourful flatware. Mix and match bright tropical, floral or nautical-themed dishes and towels with your everyday plates and bowls for a fun and seasonal setting. For a simple summer centrepiece, fill a bowl with fresh, bright fruits - like oranges and lemons.

    Flower Power

    One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some colour and elevate the mood of any room in your home is with flowers. Fresh cut or potted flowers add a simple summertime feeling and have been proven to enhance positive emotions!

    Seasonal Slipcovers

    It may not be practical to have a separate set of furniture for summer and winter, but you can make if feel like you do. You can instantly change the look and feel of your living room by slipping on some striped or colourful summertime slipcovers.

    Summer can feel short lived. Timbercreek hopes these simple apartment decorating ideas help you make the most of the season and keep the summer feeling going for as long it can. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities please visit our website.

  • All About Lagom

    May 16, 2017

    Some of the best design trends come from Scandinavia. 2016 was the year of Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) a Danish concept which had us hanging string lights and embracing firelight, knit slippers and hot drinks, dip dyed tassels and gold garlands all in the name of feeling cosy. Hygge is really more of a mood than an actual style motif, and it’s easy to love and make your own. While we think hygge is wonderful, as we roll into 2017 this comfort-seeking style is being replaced by another trend known as Lagom. Similarly tongue-twisting (the la is pronounced “bar”, and gom sounds like “prom”), Lagom is all about monochrome and minimalism. The look involves stark contrast, an abundance of white, and elegant simplicity. Already taking over Pinterest and instagram, you’ve probably encountered examples of Lagom online. To help you get on trend, Timbercreek Communities presents Lagom, the philosophy of stylish simplicity taking the design world by storm.

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    A simple Swedish philosophy for everyday life, Lagom means ‘just the right amount’. According to IKEA, “It’s based on the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything. With LAGOM in mind, we think you can live a more sustainable, healthy and cost-conscious life at home, without any dramatic upheaval.” More than an effort to sell, IKEA’s Live LAGOM project is an active community aiming to help save energy and water, reduce waste and promote a healthy lifestyle. Check out more here.

    Lagom Magazine

    A style mag founded in 2014 by Bristol-based husband-and-wife team Elliot and Samantha Stocks, Lagom “is a celebration of innovation and creativity — a lifestyle magazine showcasing those who achieve a sense of balance between work and play.” Exhibiting the Lagom philosophy, the magazine prides itself on a grounded, humble aesthetic, showcasing three distinct areas: Spaces & Places, Craft & Create, and Escape & Recharge. Check out Lagom magazine’s website for more info on Lagom and style inspiration.

    Lagom and Minimalism

    According to Wikipedia, Lagom, “is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality (where) it is still widely considered ideal to be modest and avoid extremes.” Lagom is embodied by the value of "just enough".  It can be compared to the "less is more" western idiom, and stands in contrast to the value of "more is better". It is viewed favorably as a sustainable alternative to the hoarding extremes of consumerism.” If you enjoy the concept and want to bring it into your life and home, minimalism is a good place to start. To create a Lagom inspired space, look for well designed and functional pieces and keep your rooms sparse -- do not overcrowd them with furniture and knick knacks. Less is infinitely more.

    Read more on Hygge here, and Lagom here.

    We could all benefit from embracing a philosophy like Lagom. We hope this guide to Lagom inspires you to redefine your space and embrace simplicity.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Holiday Cat - Proofing For Your Home

    Dec 14, 2016

    The holidays are a busy and exciting time. What’s fun for some can be overwhelming for others. The abundant decorations and lights can be very distracting and enticing for your cat. From tipping over the tree in an attempt to climb to the summit, to sniffing and scratching toxic plants and decorations, there is much that you need to deter you curious cat from exploring this holiday season. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips to help you cat-proof your home for the holidays.

    Hang your mistletoe and holly high (it can be poisonous)

    Hanging mistletoe and holly can be a happy holiday tradition (and a great way to get some free kisses) but did you know that the mistletoe berries contain polysaccharides and alkaloids that can be poisonous to your pets? To keep this tradition a happy one, make sure that these plants are kept well out of your cat’s reach.

    iStock-530405527Use cat-safe tree decorations and avoid tinsel

    You may have noticed that your cat loves your Christmas tree, maybe even more than you do. What cat wouldn’t be happy to have a tree arrive, indoors, and then to have that tree adorned with all sorts of hanging ornaments to bat around?  Knowing this, it’s important to cat-proof your tree. You may want to choose ornaments that are less shiny, less dangly and therefore, less attractive to your kitty. You can also make your own cat-friendly decorations for your tree. There are some decorations out there that simply are not conducive to keeping your cat safe that should be avoided. Tinsel can be a choking hazard and even cause intestinal blockages, as can dangly ribbons. Fake snow can be toxic, and of course, real candles should not go anywhere near your tree.

    Keep orange peels under your tree to repel your cat

    The smell of orange peels and citrus can be delightful during the holidays, but it’s not something cats enjoy. If you are having trouble keeping kitty from climbing the tree, placing some chopped orange peels under there may be enough to keep your cat at bay. Replace the peels about once a week to keep the citrus oil scent strong.

    Mist citronella on plastic trees

    A citronella solution may be just the solution you need to keep your cat away from your artificial tree. Since there is no pine smell from a plastic tree, the citronella scent will be a strong deterrent for your cat. It’s important to make your solution strong enough, so be sure to use a ratio of 1 part citronella oil to 4 parts water.

    Avoid poinsettias

    Poinsettias, with their festive red and green colour, are a popular plant to buy and give during the holidays. Many people mistakenly believe they are poisonous for pets. The truth is they are only mildly toxic, so if someone shows up with one as a gift, there is no need to panic, but you should keep them well out of reach of your cat. Even a mildly toxic effect can cause discomfort and distress for your pet for which there is no effective treatment. Keep the plant high up and away from things your cat can climb easily.

    Timbercreek wishes you a happy holiday season! We hope these tips help you cat-proof your holiday decorations this year. For information on Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Don't miss the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

    Nov 04, 2015

    The Santa Claus Parade is coming to Toronto on November 15th and will take over the downtown core of the city and Christie Pits Park. In today’s article we’ll talk about the upcoming Santa Claus Parade and how you can make the TC Toronto Santamost of this event.

    The Santa Claus Parade is a 110-year-old tradition that is made possible by thousands of volunteers and sponsors every year. It is a non-profit organization that aims to bring and keep the spirit of Christmas alive for the Toronto community and beyond. Today the celebration consists of more than 25 themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns, more than 1,500 volunteers and of course the big man himself, Santa Claus.

    Route and Transit

    The Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pits and ends at St. Lawrence Market after going along Bloor Street, down University Avenue and finally along Front Street. We recommend taking public transit to and from this event, as many of Toronto’s streets will be closed and traffic will be slow. GO Transit is selling special priced passes for travel on November 16th, which we recommend checking out. TTC stops along the route include Christie, Bathurst, Spadina/St. George, Museum, Queen's Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen and King Stations. To find public parking lots near the parade route, check the Green P parking site.

    Santa’s ETA

    You and your family can track Santa’s ETA with the new Track Santa App. This app will allow you to know where Santa is and how long it will take him and his reindeer to pull up to your section of the parade. It’s a free app available for iOS and Android.

    New Floats

    This year the Santa Claus parade has partnered with the MLSE Foundation, which has created three new and exciting floats especially for the event. They will be a soccer, hockey and basketball float.

    Be a Part of the Parade

    If you don’t want to just watch from the sidelines, you might be able to take part in the parade. So many volunteers help create the parade annually, with some getting to help out on the actual floats. Children on floats must be between eight and 10 years old and those marching in the six kilometer route must be at least 11 years old.

    Make the most of the Santa Claus Parade in Toronto this year as it’s destined to be the most vibrant and bustling parade yet.

  • Where to celebrate Halloween in Montreal

    Oct 22, 2015

    With Halloween just around the corner, Timbercreek Communities has put together our top selections for spooky local events and activities in the Greater Montreal Area. Our Downtown Montreal apartments are located in the best areas of the city including minutes from McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the historic Old Port of Montreal.

    Fright Fest

    Fright Fest is back for another terrifying year of thrills, chills and excitement. La Ronde Amusement Park will be transformed into a Halloween haven with haunted houses, spooky live creatures and a Little Pumpkin Patch for smaller kids. Every weekend from October 3rd until November 1st, La Ronde will be hosting its terrifying Fright Fest. Fright Fest is a family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy. La Ronde is a ten-minute drive (or 40-minute transit ride) from Timbercreek’s 450 Rue Sherbrooke apartments.

    Montreal Halloween Club Crawl

    For adults looking to have some Halloween fun, be sure to check out the annual Montreal Halloween Club Crawl. This event is one of the city’s bTC Montreal Halloweeniggest and best Halloween parties that hosts thousands of people from across both Montreal and Canada. This event is geared towards students (19+) and provides access to four of the city’s best Halloween parties at various bars and clubs around the downtown Montreal core. The Montreal Halloween Club Crawl starts at Gerts at McGill, which is only a 15-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 105 Rue Milton apartments.

    Zombie Walk

    The Montreal Zombie Walk is back for another year of post-apocalyptic zombie fun. This event started as a grassroots flash mob featuring a handful of people dressed as zombies walking the streets of Montreal and is now a huge annual event. On October 31st be sure to join the Montreal Zombie Walk by showing up at the Place des Festivals in your best zombie attire and makeup.

    The Great Pumpkin Ball

    Every year, Esmerelda the friendly Witch appears at the Montreal Botanical Gardens for the city’s largest pumpkin decorating competition and friendly costume contest. There will be kid-friendly activities running at the Montreal Botanical Gardens from October 2nd until November 1st, the day of the Great Pumpkin Ball.

    Get into the Halloween Spirit this October with fun Halloween events for every age group in Downtown Montreal.

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