12/28/15

After Christmas shopping. Left over ornaments anyone?


I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did. Boxing Day was upon us here in T.O. very quickly. Many went out looking for bargains. Did you? After Christmas shopping is a great time to hit clearance sections at stores. I always like adding new pieces {50% OFF} to our collection of ornaments every year...but this one...was quite different.

In fact it was a challenge trying to find any ornaments at all! Anthropologie carries beautiful ones made by very talented artists. This time around I only found a few left there. Pottery Barn is also a favorite spot where I always look for them but did not find anything interesting left.

What's with the lack of left over ornaments? Although I came home disappointed with just a few in my bag I also came back very inspired to design and make my own line for Christmas 2016. In fact, I already started production!


Getting a new small tree was also on my after Christmas shopping list. We do have a big one but have no space to display it right now. The little one on the image above is cute but way too small to display our ornaments collection. Luckily after searching stores online I did find a Christmas tree {50%OFF} at Lowe's. It is our first battery operated pre-lit tree. Can't wait to set it up and start decorating it!

Did you do any after Christmas shopping this year?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Author, Designer, Maker and Designer that lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
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12/23/15

Happy Holidays and a Great 2016!



Here is my very small Christmas tree and one of my Mini Scenes inside Glass Globes ornament hanging from it. My students went home with their own!
I definitely plan to get a bigger tree as soon as they go on sale! Have a huge collection of ornaments I would like to display next year.

On blogging, I do have plans to start again. Changed the banner to match my website and will keep revamping it slowly.

 Happy Holidays and a Great 2016!

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12/10/15

Holiday Workshops 2015: Mini Scenes inside Glass Globes



It was a fabulous Holiday Workshop! I just taught my Mini Scenes inside Glass Globes Workshop to a very talented group of participants at the Central Eglinton Community Centre. This was in fact a workshop by request. I have been decorating ornaments with miniatures for a long, long time and gave them to friends and family as gifts.


Although participants found the technique a little intimidating at the beginning of the workshop most of them left with a finished globe. In case you are wondering, YES, every single piece is placed inside the glass globes through the opening. There is no trick, just patience!


They look amazing decorating Christmas Tress, hanging from branches, etc.



I am now working on a variety of new classes to fulfill the many requests from participants.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Author, Designer, Maker & Instructor that lives and works in Toronto, Canada. "Tailoring courses for your personal growth and fulfillment".

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8/14/15

Flower Pressing with the Microwave Workshop




Hello! I haven't blogged in such a long...long time. The truth is that I have been totally focused and dedicated to designing and teaching my workshops. It's been very busy with quite a few projects on the go. I have also been spending time gardening, pressing flowers and travelling.

I have been pressing flowers since early Spring. These photos were taken by Erika during my recent Flower Pressing in the Microwave Workshop at the Newcomer Women's Services. It was a fun and very hands on workshop. Participants learned how to press flowers using the Microfleur Press. They created such wonderful stationery with amazing talent. I am so very proud of them.


Participants explored parts of my book Flower and Leaf Press and learned how to use a wooden press, what flowers to pick, when to pick them and how to store them. By the way my book is still available online.


It's been a very tricky season when it comes to gardening. Climate change and unstable weather have altered how things really work in nature. Although it seems to be that blooming season is almost over I am still picking botanicals.

I hope you are too enjoying the beauty of flowers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Instructional Designer & Facilitator that lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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5/19/15

Resin Wicker Planter Boxes with removable inner liners.


After numerous compliments coming from neighbors I decided to post about our Resin Wicker Planter Boxes. I spotted them for the first time last year at the Garden section of Home Depot. I believe that the colour and rustic woven exterior got my attention at first glance.

This year while choosing plants at the store, saw them again and brought home a couple more. These water proof planters are described and marketed as "Planter Deck Box with Hook". They also look beautiful on balcony railings.

These planters have a removable plastic inner liner which prevents leaks. It makes planting much easier for me. I usually place about three medium Geraniums I already have blooming indoors in each planter. See here how I do it.

These planters have hooks coated with plastic. They protect surfaces. See them shown on the photo below. They fit our new balcony railings even better, perfectly! See them on our old balcony railings last year here.


DISCLOSURE: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection with brands, products or services that I mentioned.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth designs, develops and facilitates courses for Continuing Education Programs - Creative Studies. Works and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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