Christmas Tag | 2020 Edition

Monday, November 30, 2020

December is almost here and what better way to start the Advent season than by doing a Christmas tag! 

I love blog tags, it's such a great way to get to know the blogger and I've done a couple in the last couple of years, so I'm so glad that Katie from Life With Kitness asked me to participate in this year's Christmas Tag Edition, plus I absolutely LOVE Christmas!

Yarn Tassel Christmas Tree Sign | Easy + Festive DIY

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Christmas is night, well a month or so away, and if you're looking for a fun, cute, and easy craft then look no further!

Today I will be sharing with you how you can make this yarn tassel Christmas tree sign that will look good on your walls and is super affordable to make (under $10!)

How To Make a Schedule, Keep It and Still Have Time for Fun | University Tips (+ freebie!)

Saturday, November 7, 2020

How to schedule your time keep it and still have time for fun as a univeristy or college student

The school year is now in full swing and unlike years prior most post-secondary schools (at least here in Canada) have moved their classes online, which has its perks and disadvantages. 

But whether you're having in-person classes or virtual ones, one thing is vital to having an academically good year: making and keeping a schedule. 

Having a schedule that has all of your classes, study times, and free time written down will help you learn to use your time wisely while at the same time help you succeed in university or college. Plus read to the end and you'll receive a free weekly schedule!

Introducing the Entryway | A Simple + Beautiful Transformation

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Cozy Farmhouse Entryway Transformation by Plaid and Sugar Blog

So it has been a while since I've posted anything *whoops*, but I'm back once again. And this time with a new type of post! A DIY and transformation home decor post about my biggest passion project to date.

Ever since I moved to this house over three years ago, this weird corner space has always intrigued and made me wonder what & why the space was for.

Striped French Terry Sweater | Burda 6296 Review

Friday, September 18, 2020

Fall officially starts in less than three days, which means that it's sweater season! And so what better time to post the review of this cute striped sweater than right now.

Since quarantine started I've been wanting to make more of my own clothes and one of the things in my repertoire has been to make a simple sweatshirt. Something that would be easy to make and that would be ideal for cooler temperatures and would be cute for fall.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies | Easy + Delicious

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Delicious and Easy Banana Oatmeal cookie recipe

Today I'll be sharing with you a cookie recipe that I'm obsessed with, banana oatmeal cookies. 

They are absolutely delicious and oh so easy to make that they are perfect if you're in a hurry! The bananas give a flavorful twist to the classic oatmeal cookie.

What I've Been Up to In Quarantine | Sewing, Gardening and More

Saturday, August 29, 2020

It has been almost six months. 

Six months since my world was turned upside down, I say "mine" because for some of you quarantine started in January or February, and for others, it wasn't until April or later.

These past six months have been eventful (good and bad), filled with anxiety, confusion, and stress. 

As of mid-August, my province is mostly opened up, everything is slowly going back to "normal" and I'll be starting school once again in a couple of weeks (online) so life is feeling semi-normal again.

But before I started school again, I wanted to share a post of what I had done during this quarantine period, like a journal of sorts.

During this period of #stayhome, I did more than I've done (craft-wise) in the last three years and so I thought to share what I did during quarantine (mid-March to early July). From gardening to sewing to procrastination and more!

Sewing My Birthday Skirt & Going to a Lavender Field

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sewing A Birthday Skirt | visiting a lavender field by Plaid and Sugar blog

Happy August to all!  July has come and gone and now I'm a year older. 

Last month I decided to sew myself a birthday dress to commemorate my 21st birthday over a week ago and let me tell you, there was such a big hiccup that it ended up becoming a skirt! 

And since last week I finally had the opportunity to go to a lavender field (so so beautiful and calm) I had had the "photoshoot" for the skirt there.  

Although the dress did not go as planned I love the skirt. It's one of my favorite colors and I learned how to use a hemming sewing foot that made my life so much easier!

How I Refurbished an Old Rocking Chair | Quarantine DIY

Monday, July 20, 2020

Easy Tutorial on how to refurbish old furniture

Sometimes an old, ugly item can be made new with some TLC, elbow grease, and lots of determination. 

In today's post, I will be sharing my process on how I turned an old, dilapidated rocking chair found on the street to a cute, modern, and brand new looking piece of furniture perfect for the front porch! It is also a short tutorial for those of you interested in refurbishing old furniture.

No Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream | Guest Recipe by A Spoonful of Vanilla

Sunday, July 5, 2020

No churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Happy July everyone!

The weather has reached its hottest peak in the last couple of days (a whole week of 35℃ weather) and you know what warm temperatures mean: ice cream! Fun fact about me: I LOVE ice cream, can't get enough of it, even if it's -20℃ I'll be eating it. When it's on sale I'll buy multiple containers so I never go without, but unfortunately, I've never fulfilled my goal of making my own ice cream.

So it was a perfect coincidence that Sarah of A Spoonful of Vanilla, a mouthwatering food blog, will be guest posting today and sharing a delicious no-churn cookie dough ice cream recipe!

Canada Day Floral Wreath | DIY

Friday, June 26, 2020

Happy summer everyone! For the last couple of days, it's been 35°C all the time, but thankfully it rained yesterday so that really helped us cool down and feel more alive.

Since going outside was unbearable, one of the things I did was be crafty (I know so hard!) and since Canada Day is a week from now, I thought why not do a Canada Day craft? As it was simple enough make why not make a tutorial of it.

And here it is, a simple and beautiful Canada Day Floral Wreath.

Mid-Year Update | 2020 Edition

Friday, June 12, 2020

We're now halfway done through the year which means: mid-year update! Can you believe that we are now halfway through the year!?! It seems spending a quarter of it in quarantine makes one lose track of time.

This one focuses more on what has been going on behind the scenes with Plaid + Sugar than my personal life, although I do share the exciting things!

Linen Summer Shorts | Pattern Review

Saturday, June 6, 2020

It's now June, which means two things a) summer is almost here and b) we're halfway through the year!

Today I'm going to focus on the first thing, summer. In the last couple of weeks, the weather has been all over the place one day it's sunny the other wet, but otherwise, most of the days are warm which means my summer garments have come out of storage. While doing so I realized that I did not have any cute summer shorts and remembered that I had a pattern and so I made some!

My Plans For When Quarantine Is Over.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May has come to an end, and it seems like the quarantine orders are slowly being lifted in my province.

Staying at home for three months was not easy, nor fun, but knowing that a) there's less chance of contamination and b) planning for the future to come has kept me sane these last couple of months. For a while, everything seemed so bleak and uncertain and planning helped me feel less overwhelmed and gave me something positive to focus on.

Since my province is slowly opening-up and it seems quarantine might end by early July, I thought why not write a post the plans I have after quarantine ends.

8 Crafts and DIYs To Do During Quarantine

Saturday, May 23, 2020

papers beside shears and paper cutter
Credit: Jazmin Quaynor/ Unsplash

One of the positive things about being in quarantine is all the "free" time we have. Time that we usually do not have, which means that we know have the time to be crafty, to learn a language, or to just relax.

During this time I've done some sewing, crafting, and used part of my time productively, but one of my issues as a craft person is that I'll often feel overwhelmed with all the craft possibilities out there (looking at you Pinterest). Obviously, I'm not the only person who will feel stressed out or overwhelmed when faced with many options, and so I thought to make compilation/roundup post of some simple DIYs to do during this quarantine period.

How to Stay (Physically) Healthy at Home | Tips + Advice

Friday, May 15, 2020

These last couple of months have certainly been strange and unexpected, and life has not been the same since the virus broke out and we've been pushed in. Time has been really strange lately, we have lots of "free" time but it also feels like time does not exist anymore as all the days no mix into each other.

But one of the things that I have encountered is that is pretty easy to not do anything during this time, which is both good and bad.

Home Office Design Plans + Inspo

Friday, May 8, 2020

Happy May everyone!

Flowers and trees have started to blossom, the weather has warmed up (although as I'm writing this it is lightly snowing!) and we are still in quarantine, but making the best of it. Which in my case is planning the design for my office (well the desk corner in my room).  In this post, I will be sharing the inspiration that I've seen on how to decorate the office and how I used it to design the plan.

Spring Skincare Loves | Review

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Today I wanted to share some of the skincare products I have been using (and loving) these last couple of months and share my thoughts with you. These are great quality products that will make your skin look fantastic this spring.

On another note, spring has arrived and the snow (finally) melted, but it has been replaced with rain but you know how it goes "April's showers bring May flowers"! Can't wait for all the flowers and trees bloom that it stops raining. Is it raining where you are?

How To Be Mentally Healthy in A Time of Crisis

Monday, March 30, 2020

These past couple of weeks have not been easy and as someone who deals with anxiety, it has been extremely hard. Unless you live on Mars (in which case, congrats on getting away from earth), you've heard of the coronavirus and its effects that have, essentially, put the world on pause. This has caused panic, terror, and anxiety in most of us. It has led to us over-reacting which is not good for our health, physically but mainly in this case mentally.

Blue Striped Cocktail Dress | Sabrina Dress Pattern

Monday, March 9, 2020

For those who do not know, I turned twenty this past July I had planned on making myself a dress for this celebration, but unfortunately didn't finish it until January *whoops!*
To celebrate the beginning of my third decade I had decided to make myself a dress. I had no idea as to what I had in mind but I did know I wanted a poofy-ish skirt with a gathered skirt. Something simple that could be worn to special events.

I found a pattern and set to work. The dress pattern was a bit of a challenge but I loved the end result even though because of procrastination, busyness, and forgetfulness it took me six months to finish!

Why I was Gone for February | life update

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Hi everyone. It feels as if I haven't been here in forever, which is kinda true since the last post was published in mid-January. Little did I know then that I would be taking a break, this is the first time since fall 2018 that I have gone off-grid (ie off my blog) for such a long time.

The truth is...

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara | Honest Review

Friday, January 17, 2020

Hi everyone!
It's the first review post of the year and it's about Fenty Beauty's newest product: the Full Frontal Mascara. This mascara came out about two days ago and I'm so glad I had the chance to review it as soon as it came out (well the day before) and here is what I think.

New Year New Goal | Plans for 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and hope everyone fulfilled their year's goals.
Not only is it a new year, but it is also a new decade! I can't believe the 2010s are now over, and that it's now 2020s, which means new goals and resolutions to make this the best year yet. There are many things I want to achieve this year both in my life and on the blog and so here is my annual "goals for x year" post!

*FYI, this post is a tad long

Plaid and Sugar