I get so excited for spring and assume I will stay outside all day! The reality (in the prairies) is that it’s really not THAT nice out. So, all my big plans for nurturing seedlings and planting flowers are just a big let down. This is where Pinterest comes in, it just blasts you with great ideas! It easily becomes an obsession (for me anyway). I love Pinterest, it took me awhile, months actually, of listening to friends gloat about the best recipes and crafty creations they discovered on Pinterest. But one rainy afternoon I started looking things up and I was HOOKED. Our Farminista photo shoot was greatly inspired by all of the fantastic vintage collectors and decorators I follow.
I do have a million boards and so many things to cook and make but lately the crafty farminista has been my favourite. There are so many interesting things that I could actually pull off. Here are a few of my favourites I plan to work on before it’s nice enough to spend my days outside.
Last Friday, my heart beat a little, scrap that, alot faster when I opened the door to a freshly fallen layer of “the white stuff”…
Mother Nature at her prima donna best.
For our out of province fashionistas, the “flavours” of spring in Saskatchewan are about as varied as your choice in granite countertops. Ugh. Right? However, warmer weather does seem to be in the air… So here, on Farminista, we’re welcoming summer with a bouquet in hand 🙂
This time of year, feminine florals are the perfect way to spark your inner glow and snag that little “pick me up” that comes with the thought of summer!
From full pieces to accessories, Farminista is stocked with florals and these lil cuties are gold!
However, if you’re a dreamer, like me, and maybe a bit of a rebel as well (just a bit :p) then you might want to be beach shopping in advance. Just sayin. This beach knit is über comfy and can also be worn, as pictured below, on warm days around the town. To add a little intrigue to this relaxed, yet polished, look, try a smokey eye and floral accessories to go with 🙂
So don’t fret about the ever impending chance of snow – smiles are in blossom, for summer is the once in ten month jewel :p
The sun is shining, here in the prairies, and so is the urge to leave work and the kids behind and embrace a summer abroad! Just kidding. I don’t have kids. Seriously though, am I the only one who is having trouble keeping the travel bug at bay as of late? I am finding this especially difficult, this season, as it seems every storefront is beckoning my name with a window display of European inspired trends. This may not be a bad thing, however… As they always say, if you can’t go to Paris, bring Paris to you 🙂
One item that peaked my interest, this week, on Farminista, was this coy looking, tan coloured, wrap trench. Although one can only do so much to make home feel like a romantic European get-away, this piece did not disappoint when searching for that je ne sais quoi to spice up my wardrobe 🙂 This little baby has all the charms. With its sweet pinkish hue and gentle folds, this trench had me feeling like a café sippin Parisienne in minutes. As pictured above, this piece can definitely take on a formal appearance, as well as a more casual feeling, depending on how you choose to accessorize. It can easily be donned as the central focus of your daytime look and shifts seamlessly into the perfect throw over for a summer night out.
So why not jazz things up a little? Whether your plan for the day involves “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” and a stroll down the famous “Montmartre” or simply an evening on Broadway, this chique little item is sure to add some spice to your look 😉
In the prairies we have to dress in layers, the mornings and late afternoons are just not as nice as the day time. So we are always looking for new ways to add that bit of extra warmth without a bulky jacket. We were so impressed and inspired by Becky Kung’s latest blog post on Velvet and Vino, where she paired our favourite striped blazer from Farminista with leather-look pants and loose fitting chambray button up. Here’s a peek…
One of the first play sets I had was a tea party set from my Grandma. As I got older, she had me over often for tea. Grandma spent a lot of time baking for these special afternoons and I’m reminded of her when I see these beautiful hand-stitched tea towels. She loved handmade items and so do I!
Grandma served black tea and many, many different kids of dainties. She would serve mini cucumber sandwiches, cookies, squares and my very favourite, Raisin Squares. These are some of the best uniquely Canadian desserts. It’s a rich cookie base topped with a raisin brown sugar syrup mixture that’s been baked crisp in the over. These freeze well.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups raisins
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, and the white sugar. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly and mixed together.
Press into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and bake the crust for 15 minutes.
While the crust is baking, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins and pour the mixture over the base.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is brown and crispy. Cool completely and cut into squares.
These squares are delicious served with Kusmi Tea. Farminista has super cute tea cups in three different patterns that I’m in love with. I’ll be using them to serve tea at my next party!
Spring is in the air, here in the prairies, but if you’re anything like me, you may still need that little boost of excitement to get you through what’s left of winter’s reign. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, that’s where shopping comes in! Here, at Tonic, Farminista’s sister boutique in the heart of Sk, we’re putting winter behind us by stepping into some of our favourite light fabrics and fun, fresh prints in order to welcome the lightness of spirit that comes in hand with spring. SO it’s time to rebelliously don our favourite pair of loafers and daytime dresses to prepare for the sunny days ahead!
One of my favourite looks from this week, is this soft and versatile maxi dress! This cute little baby’s biggest asset is definitely its ability to be dressed up or down. As pictured in the look above, adding a hat or printed scarf (or both!) is a fun way to give your look a more relaxed vibe while still maintaining the allure behind this lengthy, frame-enhancing piece.
For a more classic look, a pop of colour is the way to go! This clean-cut denim jacket, with carefully chosen accessories, is your best friend when aiming to jazz things up!
This dress’ comfy fit is perfect for evenings spent in the studio, when painting or working on a print, and is easy for me to dress up quick when heading out, afterwards, for a night out on the town! Whether you’re catching your favourite band or spending the evening with friends at a cute local lounge, this little maxi will always have your back 😉
So join in the fun and don’t be shy! Spring is just around the corner…