Back in January I snuck away to Toronto for an experience that was exciting, inspiring and just a little bit nerve wracking. Along with three other fantastic bloggers (Vanessa, Jennifer, and Tanya), I collaborated with Canadian Tire and styled an outdoor room to help launch their Spring CANVAS Patio Collection.
This truly was such an incredible experience for me. The folks at Canadian Tire are so awesome. They treated us like gold and really encouraged us to bring our own style and personal touches to make the outdoor space our own.
I created a 'glamping' inspired backyard party with lots of rustic elements and touches of glitz and glam thrown in for good measure. For me, one of the joys of summer is spending as much time outdoors as possible. As much as I'd like to say I go camping all summer, let's be honest, I don't. This little space brings all the fun without all that work. Plus, I'll take any excuse to break out the s'mores ;)
Let's pretend party in my rustic retreat, shall we?
This project was so up my alley, I had so much fun coming up with a theme (see my pinterest inspiration board), putting my party planning hat on and, of course, getting crafty. We all know I'm no stranger to gold spray paint and this project was no exception.
I added some gold touches to mason jar mugs and created some gold jars for trail mix too. Check out that fancy tag my pal, Justine Ma whipped up for me! Be sure to check out my DIY video on the CANVAS site for more details and for your own jars of snacks you can download this free printable of those beautiful trail mix tags (thanks, Justine!).
I am so impressed with the quality content Canadian Tire produced and am really excited to see them work with bloggers to promote their product in such a personal and innovative way.
This was the first time I've ever been in front of the camera on a shoot like this and, while I don't see any tv shows in my future, they did an awesome job editing probably a million flubs and rambles. It is SO hard to watch myself... I can hear the nerves in my voice. Do I really sound like that??
The weekend was definitely a whirlwind, but I had so much fun partying it up with Vanessa, Jennifer, Tanya and Design Manager, Tracy who hails from Edmonton too (yeg, represent!). Thank you ladies and the whole crew for easing my nerves!
I left this weekend creatively fired up, totally inspired and with a wee bit of a summer shopping list as well. Please pop over to the Canadian Tire website and check out my full feature, the CANVAS line and the fantastic work from the other ladies as well.
Now, who's ready for spring!? I know I need that fire table and a giant tray of s'mores in my life ASAP.