I went to IKEA today, for one item, which they didn't have, which was annoying, but at least I got to see some of the new(ish) stock in person. With the new catalog only a month away, the stores are already bringing in the new and liquidating the old.

Here's some of what caught my eye:
The ANGENÄM series of decorative bowls, vases and dishes. Matte, hammered finish on the outside, shiny gold on the inside. Surprisingly chic and high-end looking.
TRIPP storage tins. Cute cute cute.
Summery floral textiles and patterned stuff like this BARBRO quilt. So vintage-looking, bright and fun.
And a HUGE selection of new throw pillows, rugs and bedding sets, most of which are not yet listed online as far as I can see. Worth checking out, for sure.
 
 
So in my last Chic post, I talked about my plan to make a DIY bird's nest. I was sure it would be easy. I was sure my opposable thumbs would make quick work of things.

I was wrong.

I've completed the bird's nest I hoped to make and the results are undeniably adorable, but the project was a major pain in the bum. It took me, like, four hours to make one little nest, and I'm still not 100% satisfied with the results! But take a look and tell me what you think.
Cute, right? But SO NOT WORTH IT. First off, collecting the sticks was practically impossible. You need twigs that are flexible, but not too flexible. You also want them to be thin, but not too thin. Grasses are too weak. Many twigs are too thick. It took well over an hour to get enough to begin.

I made an armature with green garden wire from the Dollarama. You can totally see it showing through in the photo above - another annoying problem. I wove and wove and wove, adding more and more and more sticks, but still, the wire shows through in places. In the end, I gave up on weaving and resorted to using a glue gun to speed up the process. 


So anyway - that's where I stand on the DIY bird's nest project. It's okay, but I wouldn't recommend it. You'd be better off taking plenty of hikes and walks and keeping your eyes peeled for a real nest, if you want to replicate the look.  

Here are some more pictures. The last one will give you a better idea of scale. This thing is SMALL. And it took more than FOUR HOURS.
Sheesh.
 
 
Ack. I've been such a terrible blogger lately. I've been so busy with Will & Bequeath (makin' sales, woot woot), so that's my excuse for neglecting this blog. But I'm trying to get back into it.

Most recently, I went about a little craft project that I thought was worth sharing: I made my own little bird's nest.

Why?

WHY NOT?

I got some quail eggs at the Wychwood Barns farmer's market recently, and while most of them went to a delicious snack (mini Scotch Eggs! nomnomnom) I reserved a few for crafting.

(Don't worry,  didn't waste the eggs. I poked holes in the ends of a few with a small nail and blew them out, cooking the eggs into a scramble and leaving three near-perfect empty shells for my craft.)

Quail eggs are so cute and tiny.
Next, I looked online for instructions on how to make the nest. There are a lot of different plans out there, but honestly, you don't really need to follow one. I mean, a nest is just a roughly woven bunch of twigs. Birds make em'. So you, with your opposable thumbs, can probably wing it (pun intended) and end up with something decent. That said, this set of instructions, which includes creating an armature for your nest, will yield sturdy results.
Image via Perpetualplum.
You can buy supplies from a dollar store or just forage for them in a local park. I think if you use natural twigs, the results will look more natural (surprise!).

Why make a bird's nest? I dunno. 'Cause they're cute? And not all of us are lucky enough to come across such things in nature. I like the look of found objects, but don't always find the ones I want, so this is a good solution. I plan to make my own nest tonight and to put the three little quail's eggs inside. Then, I'll find a home for it amid the rest of my useless (but cute) clutter.

And it'll look good. I'm sure of it.
 
 
Friends! Collectors! Lovers of all things chic! 

Can y'all just take a moment to admire my awesome new salt and pepper shakers?
Awesomesauce, right? They were a wedding gift from my friend Daniella. (She's one of my college roommates, or as we say in Canada one of my "undergrad housemates".)

They came from an Etsy store in the States and I'm in LOVE with them. They're a perfect combination of my favourite things: birds, vintage, gold-tone and useful to boot! 

Want something similar? There are plenty of vintage ones of the same ilk available online. And I've heard tell of some in Toronto shops like Angus and Co

If you just like the look, but don't care about the usability, you could go for these babies from Dwell Studio, which I believe are currently available at The Bay:
I love love love these pheasants. (LOVE.)
 
 
Not that I have the space or anything, but I've started a new collection: vintage copper cookware. I'm obsessed. It all started with a few skillets I found at my local Goodwill. The pans were cheap and unmarked, but pretty. I hung them on the wall.

But lately, copper has been popping up at my regular thrifting haunts on a regular basis. And I can't resist! I'm buying it like crazy! I now have the three little pans I started with. Small, medium and large sauce pots/pans, and a big, heavy sauté pan (all with lids, natch).

I heard tell of people finding copper awesomeness at thrift stores in the past, but I never thought I would get so lucky. The stuff I've been finding has been tarnished, but it turns out, cleaning copper is super duper easy. Lemon juice and salt, plus a little patience, gets it shining in no time. Of course, it doesn't look "like new" but a little patina is right up my alley anyway.
So my point? No point! I just want to urge you to consider hunting down some vintage copper cookware. Mine comes from all over the world and most of it is marked. I have a piece of "Paul Revere-ware" from the States, a pot from Portugal, another from Chile and one from France. It's all slightly different, but you would never know it wasn't a real set. Plus, it's beautiful and fun, and great for cooking. Copper is super conductive and I find it very easy to use. Cooks meat perfectly, for example. Responds very quickly to temperature changes on the stove dial.

Yes, the tinning on the insides will wear out over time, but even though my new/old pans have been around for awhile, the tinning in them seems fine. And besides, copper cookware is WILDLY expensive new. (The Mauviel line, carried at Williams Sonoma, costs $2,800 for a 12 piece set. I already have many more pieces in my collection, in practically new condition, and I paid less than $10 per piece.) 

Think about that. You could buy a single pan from Williams Sonoma (or register for one as a wedding gift, putting the burden of purchasing an idiotic $300 piece of metal on your poor friends), or you could keep your eyes peeled at your local Goodwill and get something that will work wonderfully, look amazing, and cost less than $10. No one will know the difference!