Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Friends

Valentine’s Day … totally overrated, right? Even if you are in a relationship, over the years February 14th starts to feel stale. So why not do something different this year and celebrate with your girlfriends instead? Our girlfriends have been there for us for years, and likely even longer than any romantic relationship. Take the day that’s meant to celebrate love by celebrating the love you and your friends share, having an adventure or spending time doing something fun! We have lots of memorable ideas for celebrating valentine’s day with friends, so read on!

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Craft Night In. Gather the supplies to make a craft or two and put those Pinterest boards to good use. Everyone chips in on supplies, and you order some take out and have a crafty night in! Hopefully, it goes a bit better than in the photo below.

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Clothing Swap. Have all your girlfriends bring any great condition clothes or accessories (like purses, costume jewelry, etc.) together and see what kind of outfits appear! Anything that doesn’t go home with a friend can be donated to a local women’s shelter.

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Movie Date. Go out to the movies together and see something fun! Doesn’t have to be a romantic movie, either. Decide which film you’ll see at least a couple weeks in advance, so one of you doesn’t end up seeing it ahead of time.

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A New Workout or Dance Class. Try something fun together! Adult tap, spinning, kickboxing, whatever activity would be a break from your typical exercise routine. Working out with friends is great for getting motivated, and you can laugh about how tough (or ridiculous!) it was afterward.

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Zero-Stress Galentine’s Dinner Party. The secret to this idea is to divide the grocery list in advance. All guests bring their assigned items so that you can cook the meal together. Pick out a menu, make a grocery list, and then give everyone a few items from the list to bring. Chatting, having wine, and cooking as a group will be even more fun than sitting down to the meal.

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Go For Coffee Somewhere New. Obviously, the restaurants will be packed- but there will be some great local cafes that you can visit for a specialty coffee or a dessert. Less busy and still a special treat!

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Old School Slumber Party. Doesn’t dancing in pajamas, watching movies, eating chips and popcorn and snuggling in sleeping bags sound like the best idea ever? You probably haven’t had a slumber party since you were kids, so why not revisit the fun – especially now that you can have all the wine and chocolate you want!

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Volunteer. Contact local food banks, soup kitchens, or a charity that you are passionate about in your area and see how you can help.  Senior citizen care homes often have a shortage of people to come in to chat or play games with the residents. Helping others to feel less lonely is a surefire way to contribute more kindness to the world.

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Don’t Forget Long Distance Friends. Schedule a Skype date, or record them a personal message to let them know how much you miss them. It will be a heartfelt gesture from you to your friend, and they are sure to appreciate it.

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What are you waiting for? Get in touch with your friends today and make plans to have the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Let us know some of your plans in the comments below.

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Jen’s Top 10: Favourite Things About the Holidays

There are so many wonderful things about this time of year, but sometimes it can be hard to appreciate them when we are all rushing around trying to get one more gift or attend one more party! Here’s my top ten things that are bringing me joy this time of year:

1. Peppermint on Everything – hot chocolate, mocha, cookies, crushed candy canes.

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2. Frost-covered wonders. Isn’t nature amazing?

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3. Christmas music – I love classic crooners like Diana Krall, Anne Murray, and Michael Buble. And this underrated gem: Barenaked Ladies “Elf’s Lament” with Michael Buble:

And this utterly Canadian Classic is really my favourite Christmas song of all time.  Here is a wonderfully charming animated version:

4. Sparkle & Glitter are so perfect for the holidays:

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5. Dogs in costumes:

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6. Christmas babies!

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7. Beautiful tea gifts:

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8. Knitted headbands and ear warmers:

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9. Baking! So many wonderful treats and recipes!

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10.  Poinsettias Everywhere:

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So many wonderful things to celebrate this time of year! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, the holidays are filled with peace, cozy moments, and joy for you and those you love.










Caring for Fabric Holiday Decorations

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Pulling out our treasured holiday decorations, many of which are handmade or have been passed down through generations, really brings out the love of family and togetherness this time of year. But sometimes fabric decorations- like stockings, soft ornaments and tabletop decorations – can begin to show their age (or some smears of chocolate)  more than we would like. Here’s how to care for all of your fabric holiday decorations, even if they are very delicate or very old.

Take a close look at all of your holiday decorations.  Sometimes it can be hard to notice water spots or other discolorations until they begin to yellow with age and being shut in a box for most of the year.  Or maybe some little ones got into the holiday treats and then picked up the knitted snowman that was on your coffee table display.  Whatever the reason that your decorations need a clean, read on!

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  • Check for any loose threads, beading, sequins, or any parts that might not be fully attached to the decoration. Take the time to reattach any loose bits before cleaning will help ensure that your precious pieces don’t loose their decorative details over the holiday season.

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  • Fill a clean sink with tepid water and a capful of Eucalan in your favourite scent.  Submerge your decorations, being careful not to put too many in at a time- you want the water to have good circulation around each item.  If they have some stubborn spots consider using a Eucalan stain treating towelette to help get the marks out.
  • Hang items to dry somewhere away from sunlight (which can cause yellowing).

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  • Iron any items that need it, such as tree skirts, table linens, and stockings. Make sure that the surface of your iron is very clean. Using a spray bottle to spray the fabric’s surface to ensure a smooth finish.  If your piece has any applique,  beading or sequins; use a light heat setting, in case the applique is made from polyester or other man-made fabrics. We recommend using a white pressing cloth (or clean white tea towel) to protect delicate fibers.
  • Enjoy! And remember,  give your decorations a clean again when the season is over before putting them away, and wrap them in white tissue paper to help prevent moisture and colour transfer from one decoration to another. This can help protect your decorations for many years to come.

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And if you are looking for fresh ideas for celebrating the holidays, we have a great Pinterest board full of stunning crafts, patterns, and great recipes!


How to Wash a Party Dress

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It’s coming – party season! It won’t be long before your evenings start to fill up with gatherings of friends, family,  work parties, and holiday parties. The next eight weeks are going to be some of the busiest all year long – so you don’t want to have your favourite party clothes stuck at the dry cleaner, or giving yourself the extra chore of taking dresses to the cleaners, waiting for them to be ready, and then picking them back up again. Not when you can take care of all your dressy clothes at home with Eucalan.

Eucalan is non-toxic, biodegradable, free of optical brighteners, phosphates, synthetic fragrance and dye – so it’s a perfect choice for taking care of delicate fabrics or items that have some beading or sequins, which seem so appropriate for dressy winter items.   Besides, washing it yourself is easier (and faster) than you’d think! We can walk you through the whole process step by step:

  1.  Add Eucalan to your washing machine or sink with tepid water.
  2. Immerse dress in water and allow to soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Squeeze dress with your hands to incorporate soap and water through the fabric.
  4. Soak dress for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Eucalan does not require rinsing, but if you wish to, give it a gentle rinse under fresh tepid water.
  6. Remove from water and squeeze or spin out excess water.
  7. You may roll in a towel, but go slowly and be careful not to get any beads or sequins stuck on towel fibres.
  8. Hang to dry away from direct sunlight or heat (your shower is probably a good spot).

That’s it!

When it comes to preparing for a night out, it’s worth having a Eucalan stain treating towelette in your bag. It’s brilliant for cleaning up any deodorant marks that can get on sleeveless dresses, or remove any food spots.

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If you are looking for some dressier clothes for the holiday party season, or just looking for some dressing up inspiration, you should check out our Dressing Up Pinterest Board!

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Caring for Vintage Table Linens


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It’s that time of year- the leaves are changing and Thanksgiving is coming, both in Canada and the United States. Soon we will begin thinking about pulling out of storage the precious table linens, those heirloom tablecloths and embroidered linen or cotton napkins. Treasured linens don’t do anyone  any good slumbering away in a cupboard or a closet- use them and enjoy them! If you are fortunate to have some vintage pieces, it can be tricky to know how to care for them.  But here we have a step-by-step guide on caring for your vintage pieces so that your table looks lovely and fresh, even when the linens are decades (or possibly a century!) old.

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  • Pull out the pieces and take a close look at them. Sometimes it can be hard to notice food stains until they begin to yellow with age, and sadly those stains have usually been set in quite firmly when ironed.  Some light colouring on vintage linens is normal, and with some dim, candlelit lighting would hardly be noticeable. If you find the stains are too severe, consider tea dying them – they will still be beautiful, and the stains won’t be nearly as noticeable. But if they just need a refresh, keep reading!

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  • Wash the linens – all the table cloths, placemats, and napkins – that you are planning on using. Fill a clean sink with tepid water and a capful of Eucalan in your favourite scent.  If they have some stubborn spots that have not been set with an iron already, let soak for an hour. If the fabric can handle it, gently scrub with a cloth or a soft bristled toothbrush. If the fabric is more delicate, consider using a Eucalan stain treating towelette to help get the marks out.
  • Hang items to dry somewhere away from sunlight (which can cause yellowing). Once dry, inspect closely to see if there are any other marks that need another wash. Repeat washing if you think that they need a bit more work, and you can add full strength Eucalan to the stains and let soak again. Do not iron until you are comfortable with how they look.

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  • Once you feel that they are looking their best, iron them. Make sure the surface of your iron is clean, and use a spray bottle to spray the fabric’s surface to ensure a smooth finish. Adjust heat settings as necessary for moving between cotton, linen, and lace. Be extra careful with lace sections and embroidery. If your piece has any applique, use a light heat setting, in case the applique is made from polyester or other man-made fabrics. We recommend using a white pressing cloth to protect delicate fibers.

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  • Set out your table and enjoy! And remember, once your meal is finished, don’t let the linens sit too long with fresh marks on them before washing them again. Keep some Eucalan stain treating towelettes on hand to spot treat any fresh marks during or immediately after the meal, and wash them as soon as you can to prevent further stains on your vintage linens.

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Looking for inspiration on how dress your table beautifully for Thanksgiving? We have a great Pinterest board full of stunning ideas!


Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Did Cupid sneak up on you this year? Here are some last-minute gifts to give & get for Valentine’s Day 2016, plus a few sweet DIY ideas we’ve spotted on Pinterest, too!


Marlies Dekkers’ Le Train Blue Wire Padded Plunge Balcony and matching bottom are a romantic choice, featuring superior shaping and craftsmanship in a delicate powder pink hue that makes us think of the 2016 Pantone Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz.

Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a travel-friendly moisturizer featuring the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine, a natural aphrodisiac. This balm is great for moisturizing rough skin (especially during the dry winter months) and does double duty as a perfume, too.

Slip on a pair of Vienne Milano thigh highs to add a romantic flair to your Valentine’s night out. Shown here is the Elisabetta style which features an exquisite Italian lace band at the top that is not only beautiful, but ensures a no-slip fit.

For the hard-to-shop for man in your life, treat them to the ultra-comfortable Saxx Ultra Boxer Fly in a bright red stripe pattern (trust us, they’ll much prefer stripes over a more overt Valentine-themed print)!

If you’re feeling crafty, whip up this knit Valentine Pouch or crochet Valentine Treat Bag, both of which are available as free patterns on Ravelry. They’re perfect for packaging sweet treats, small treasures, or even a tin of our Wrapture Fragrant Balm!

Make some sweet treats such as these chocolate-covered peanut butter hearts (click here for recipe on the Baker by Nature blog).

Finally, include a Eucalan Gift Pack with your gift to ensure that they care for specialty items properly. Each pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our five scents, making this a great choice for virtually everyone on your list.

Winners & Holiday Gift Guide: Babies & New Parents

GiveawayFirst off, we’d like to reveal the winners for our holiday giveaway announced earlier this week:

We’ll get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prizes. Thanks for entering our contest!

Chances are, you know someone who’s welcomed someone new into their family this year. Eucalan is gentle enough to use on baby items, and it’s especially great for washing nursing bras, diaper covers, and other baby items (click here for more info on our website). In our final installment of the Holiday Gift Guide series, we share some of our top picks for new parents. Enjoy!



This sweet Cuddle Bear is made from 100% Australian sheepskin, which helps calm and nurture babies. It’s sure to delight your little one!

Lulujo Muslin Security Blankets feature adorable animal prints on breathable muslin cotton with a smooth satin edge.

A Eucalan Gift Pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our 5 scents, and it’s a great way to make sure that you always have a bottle of Eucalan at the ready. Eucalan is wonderful for treating wool diapers covers, and it’s also great for spot treating stains, spills, and other messes that invariably pop up.

This stylish necklace also gives teething babies relief! Made from 100% silicone, the Chewbeads Jane Necklace is soft on baby’s gums and emerging teeth. It’s easy to keep clean, and contains no No BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, metals.

Keep track of every magical moment with these Milestone™ Baby Cards, which are great for snapping shots for your baby book as well as your Instagram feed.

Every little one needs Sofie the Giraffe, an adorable toy designed specifically to cultivate and nurture baby’s senses (and it never hurts to have a back-up Sofie, we’re told).

Eucalan Stain Treating Towelettes are a great add-on for any gift, and they’re essential for any diaper bag. These pre-moistened wipes will take care of stains while out and about.

Choose a diaper cover with a cute, colourful print for a thoughtful gift you know they’ll use. The clever design of the Omaïki Ö Sleep shown here will keep baby dry all night – even newborns!

A wrap or a sling is a wonderful alternative to strollers, and this gorgeous Sakura Bloom Wrap (shown here in Tulum and Sea Glass) is made in Massachusetts from the finest Indian dupioni silk. The unisex, reversible design is machine washable and easy to use.

Giveaway & Holiday Gift Guide: Yarn Lovers

Welcome back for another installment in our holiday gift guide series! We’d like to make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier by sharing some of our favourite products that are sure to delight the knitter or crocheter in your life. We also have three special prizes for our blog readers  – read on for more details!



Wrapture Fragrant Balm comes in a travel-friendly tin that’s perfect for stashing in your knitting bag. The jasmine-scented balm will keeps hard-working hands moisturized in the dry winter months!

Clover’s Amour Crochet Hook Gift Set features colorful, color-coded hooks in ten sizes packed neatly in an attractive zippered case.

Knitters will love the Clover Getaway Knitting Needle Gift Set, which includes 7 useful sizes of highly polished bamboo single point needles in a lovely fabric case that’s perfect for gifting.

The Eucalan Gift Pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our 5 scents, making it a great gift option for prolific crafters.

The Coco Knits Sweater Care Kit includes everything you need to block handmade sweaters with professional results and includes a 100mL bottle of Unscented Eucalan Delicate Wash.

The Sirka Row Counter allows you to keep track of more than one number, which is great for complex patterns which require concurrent sets of instructions such as increases or decreases.

An adorable needle gauge such as this Mitten Gauge from Retromantic Fripperies is a great stocking stuffer you know they’ll use.

Inspire them each day with a Knitting or Crochet page-a-day 2016 Calendar that’s jam packed with great patterns (US customers, shop here).

Holiday giveaway!

We’re pleased to offer these great prizes for 3 lucky blog readers this month!  Comment on this post telling us which of the below prizes you would most like to win:

Be sure to mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prize. We will randomly select our winners to announce on our next blog post this Friday, December 18. Good luck!

Please note: one entry per person, open only to US and Canadian residents.

Holiday Gift Guide: Lingerie

It’s that time of year! We’d like to make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier with our gift guide for virtually everyone on your list! On today’s blog post, we share our top lingerie picks – stay tuned for more holiday gift guides on future posts!


The vintage-inspired silk slips, gowns and robes from the Layneau Collection are a luxurious indulgence for that special someone; shown here is the Alla Silk Gown.

Muchachomalo socks are fun for the whole family; choose from many vibrant, eye-catching designs in sizes for Men, Women, Boys and Girls. More fun prints from Muchachomalo are also available in Women’s & Men’s bottoms here.

Don’t forget the man in your life! Saxx has several fun holiday styles such as the New Holiday Vibe Boxer Modern Fit, shown here in Frost and Teal.

Great for moisturizing dry skin and cuticles, Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a travel-friendly essential featuring the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine that does double-duty as a perfume.

Made in Italy, Vienne Milano thigh highs feature exclusive designs which range from classic to daring; shown here is Elisabetta.

Marlies Dekkers‘ iconic styles are designed for the perfect fit; shown here is the Dame de Paris top and bottom in Black from the Signature collection.

Wrapture Delicate Wash will keep your silks, hosiery, and other lingerie looking their best with its natural no-rinse formula. Enjoy the naturally antiseptic benefits of night-blooming jasmine essential oil, which is also an aphrodisiac.

Give the gift that keeps on giving with a customizable subscription service from The Enclosed: choose from three, six, or twelve months of luxury knickers – size guaranteed!

Remembrance Day

Today here in Canada, we are celebrating Remembrance Day to honor all those who have died in wars since World War I. At 11 am today (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), a two-minute silence will be observed to commemorate the day that WWI ended in 1918. Though originally begun to honour the veterans from only the first World War, we have since used this anniversary to remember all of those who have died in battle since then.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

There are many ways to observe today: attending a local ceremony, decorating the grave of a loved one who served in the armed forces, or by wearing a Red Poppy as a reminder. Red Poppies became the symbol for Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields, and they are also laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier each year.

Our friends due south in the United States are also honouring their service men and women today, which is a little different than our holiday:Veteran’s Day is in honour of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day (celebrated in September) is they day when those who have died in service are honoured.  We noticed an interesting initiative  called Green Light a Vet for this year’s celebration in the US:

Our heartfelt thanks for all those who have served and those who are currently serving.