O Canada! Celebrating Canada Day

Eucalan is proud to be Canadian owned! Every component of the Eucalan product line is manufactured within an hour and a half of our home office in Paris, Ontario, reinforcing our commitment to the beautiful Canadian environment. Each year we celebrate Canada Day and our hometown pride; here are some of our favourite ways to do both!

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Decorations!

Get in the holiday spirit with these fun crafts, activities and decorations. Set the scene right at your front door with this lovely wreath from The Penny Drawer. Adorn your tables with fresh flowers using these Canada Day centerpieces by Love Create Celebrate. Make a mantle more festive with this simple Canada Day bunting by Simple as That or add a rustic touch to any room with this gorgeous DIY maple leaf decor with driftwood by Sustain my Craft Habit. If you’re looking for an activity to do with the kids, check out these fun windsocks by Happy Hooligans. And if you’re hosting a celebration, take memorable photos by creating a Canada Day photobooth by East Coast Mommy!

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Canada Day Treats!

Nothing says celebration like some red and white treats to enjoy the day! Set the stage with beautiful summer appetizers like The Perfect Simple Tomato Salad by My Kitchen Love or Canadian Red, White & Bacon Skewers by Jo & Sue. Quash everyone’s thirst with these lovely non-alcoholic drinks, Oh Yummy Canada! By Visual Meringue. And don’t forget the desserts! Try these gorgeous Canada Day Fruit Kabobs by Frugal Mom Eh! or these sweet and chilly Canada Day Popsicles by Exploring Healthy Foods. Or let everyone build their own desserts with this gorgeous Canada Day Sundae Bar by Moms & Munchkins!

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Craft your pride!

If you’re itching to pick up your needles and hooks we’ve selected a few of our favourite knit and crochet projects to show your Canadian pride. Keep that head warm with the Canada 2018 Buffalo Plain Hat by STASH Lounge (celebrating the winter Olympics and the Canadian curling team!) or the Chinook Toque by Bethany Dearden. Create a simple cowl to keep you toasty with the Canucklehead Cowl by Jessie McKitrick. Looking for a portable summer project? We love socks! Especially Canada Deh! by Dana Gervais and these great colourwork ones, Oh Canada by Tippy Canoe Handmade. And if you’re looking to settle in for a larger project, check out this gorgeous Canada Flag C2C Blanket by Jessica McLean!

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We hope we’ve added a little fun to your celebration this year. Happy Canada Day from Eucalan!

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Think Spring: Crafting and Celebrations!

This week, we celebrated the Spring Equinox, also known as the official start to spring. Even if it might not feel that way just yet, now is the perfect time to start thinking about fun spring activities and Easter crafts. Did you know that we have a Pinterest board full of spring and Easter ideas?

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No celebration would be complete without some colourful Easter eggs! If you want to up your decorating game, check out How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes from Ingredients in Your Kitchen. If you don’t want to mess with dyes, check out this great Sharpie Easter Egg Decorating Idea. And if you’re up for something completely different, how cute are these Unicorn DIY Eggs?

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Sweet Treats

Whether you’re craving cute sweets or springy treats, we’ve got some great recipes for you to try. Add some flower power to your spring with these salty and sweet Spring Flower Pretzel Bites. Or try these adorably sweet Sparkly Surprise Carrot Cupcakes – ice cream cones give the carrots their shape and hold a cupcake within. And nothing says spring like fresh citrus – this Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze makes our mouth water!

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Hop to it!

The animal of the season is definitely the bunny! We found these adorable bunny crafts that would be fun for you (and the kids!).

With some scrapbook paper and spare yarn, you can create this springy Pom Pom Bunny Tail Easter Garland in a Few Steps! Nothing says spring like fresh plants and flowers. With just a few crafty materials you can make these adorable Tin Can Bunny Planters and add some fresh flowers to brighten up any room. And if you’ve got some single socks without mates, check out these cute No Sew Sock Bunnies!

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Spring Ahead

Bring a breath of spring indoors with a touch of flowers! We love this this DIY Spring Planter Box, but if your flowers aren’t blooming yet, try these Pretty Peonies Made of Cupcake Wrappers. Or, add the smell of spring to your home with these 7 Amazing DIY Scents!

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Jen’s Top 10 Holiday Décor ideas

Christmas is almost here! Today I share some of my favourite decorating tips to add a warm touch to your home during the holiday season. I hope these festive ideas inspire you to make merry – and if you need some great baking ideas, check out last year’s Top 10 list, found here!

1. Choose a theme / colour scheme. Start by looking for inspiration in your local stores, magazines or online. My inspiration for softer muted colours hit me a few years ago when I saw a set of ornaments I loved. Everything else fell into place after that. Yes, I try to make sure my gift wrap coordinates in some way, too!

2. I’m a sucker for little lights whether they are from candlelight, the fireplace, the Christmas tree…or all three! In particular, I’m inspired by French Country Cottage.

3. A simple and elegant table setting looks inviting during the bright daylight or in the evening. I love this one from Shabbyfufu. You can also check out our last blog post, 4 Tips for Setting a Beautiful Table, for more ideas.

4. If you’re inclined to decorate with food…sugar cookies fit any theme or décor! I tried my hand at them for the first time last year with all the supplies and instructions from Sweet Sugar Belle. I came across and old aluminum serving tray which fit them just perfectly.

5. I love how Christmas smells! Placing some simple, fresh ingredients in a pot of boiling water on the stove really sets the mood. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest, but here’s a link to a cute idea with a free printable to make gifts for your loved ones.

6. If lights and food and scents aren’t quite enough, music will surely put the finishing touch on any holiday event. I love classic crooners like Diana Krall, Anne Murray, and Michael Buble. And this underrated gem: Barenaked Ladies “Elf’s Lament” with Michael Buble:

7. Faux greens can really elevate a display (not to mention, they’ll last through the season!). Stone Gable has some tips and ideas on how to use good quality fakes and where to find them.

8. Gingerbread houses really fit into many categories. They’re food. They’re décor. They’re a great craft for adults and kids. The possibilities are endless! I’ve started my own Pinterest board for inspiration.

9. How about getting creative with snowflakes? They can be left up all winter long too!

10. Whether you imbibe or not, a bar cart is a great way to decorate and isn’t just for alcoholic beverages. I just love this one from Setting For Four.

11. One extra tip / idea that I love is to whittle down what you use for your decorations each year. If you don’t put out some of your décor for a couple of years it may be time to get rid of it.  Consider donating those items if no one in your family wants them. Someone else out there will love them as much as you used to.

Happy Decorating!

7 Tips for Creating Cozy Guest Spaces

As previously mentioned, we’re focusing on ways to make your home warm and cozy for fall and winter. With the holidays approaching, odds are good that you’ll be hosting houseguests sometime in the next few months. If you’re worried about the state of your house, we hope this post will give you some great inspiration for creating cozy bedrooms and wonderful spaces that will keep your guests hoping for another invite!

1. The Bed. One of the most important things guests will want while they stay with you is a comfortable place to sleep! So start with the bed to create a fabulous guest space.  Make sure that you launder your sheets and comforters or blankets before guests arrive. Did you know that you can use Eucalan in your washing machine? Be sure to set the temperature to cold or tepid water, and add Eucalan to the machine, then wash as normal! We recommend drying away from heat and direct sunlight, so you can tumble dry on low or air dry. If you have comforters or handmade quilts, you can also wash those in the washer, just make sure you select the delicate cycle and cool water, and you’re all set. If you have wool blankets for your guest bedroom, we have a great tutorial on washing wool blankets with Eucalan. And of course, you have your choice of Eucalan scents so everything will smell amazing and clean! If you’re looking for bedding inspiration, we love everything Stone Gable does to create her guest rooms!

2. The Bathroom. Of course your guests will need a fresh, clean bathroom during their stay. Whether the bathroom is only theirs to use, or shared across the household, make sure you stock it with everything they will need. You can launder towels (bath, hand and washcloths) ahead of time in the washer with Eucalan to make them clean, fluffy and oh so fresh! Make sure you place them somewhere accessible to your guests so they don’t even have to ask. You should also stock the guest bathroom area with plenty of toilet paper, sample shampoos, conditioners and lotions, and spare items they may have forgotten like toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. You can also add a small selection of other items: mending kits, analgesics or other over the counter medications, hair bands, mouthwash, etc. We love this cute tiered basket from Our Home Away from Home.


3. The Light. Make sure your guest bedroom and bathroom are appropriately lit. There’s nothing worse than creating a space that’s either overly dark or too bright. Add bedside lamps with natural light bulbs to allow your guests to set the light levels in the room. If the guest room has windows, make sure there are drapes or window treatments for privacy, but also open them to let light in during the day. We love the simple bedside table setup from Driven by Decor.


4. The Blankets and Pillows. Make sure your guests are cozy and warm and accessorize your guest room space by adding extra blankets and throws to the room. Pile pillows on the bed to make a cozy nest for your guests to retreat to! Here is where you can add your own favorite colors or style to the room. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, why not add a cozy blanket you’ve created? If you’re a quilter, add a quilt you’ve sewn. We love this cozy looking bed from oh.eight.oh.nine.

5. The Storage. When your guests arrive with their suitcases and and bags, they’re going to need a place to store them. Invest in a simple luggage rack which you can place at the end of the bed or in the closet to hold suitcases or bags. And don’t forget about the closet! While most of us use the guest bedroom closet as storage space, try and keep a small area clear for guests to hang their clothes, along with a few free hangers. If you want to up your game, add bathrobes or other cozy items to the closet as an unexpected surprise! If there’s no existing closet in your space (or it’s packed) you can always add a small armoire to create extra storage space.


6. The Flowers. Adding fresh flowers or greenery to a room instantly brightens it up with fresh life. Choose seasonally appropriate flowers and make a small bouquet for the bedside table. A small vase with just a few buds will do and add a nice touch that shows you spent time making the guest room a special place for your guests. We can’t get over how this arrangement of mums in Stone Gable’s fall bedroom makes everything glow!


7. The Final Touches. Once you’ve got the basics of your guest space covered, now it’s time to add the little touches that allow you to share your personal style with your guests. Perhaps you want to add a small welcome tray to the bed, stocked with water, charging cables and other goodies? Or add a small framed sign with the Wi-Fi password to give your guests easy access to the internet. Add books or magazines that might be of interest to your guests for a little light reading before bed. Add picture frames or handmade crafts for a homey touch, or yummy smelling candles to add warm cozy scents and a bit of light.


We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips on creating warm, wonderful spaces for your guests this holiday season!

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