Holiday downloads at Martha Stewart

In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living there is a whimsical article on making old-fashioned holiday candy (peppermint sticks, candied citrus peels, toffee, chocolate bark, almond nougat and pecan clusters) with the long, complicated recipes printed at the back of the magazine so that they don't interfere with the food-porn photos. To accompany the recipes, the genius designers at the magazine and the masterful webmasters who run marthastewart.com have created the pretty packaging for anyone to download and use to wrap these classic confections. Simply visit http://www.marthastewart.com/december-crafts to download the clip-art wrapping and labels and to read full instructions on how to make the containers or affix the paper labels to store-bought boxes.

Penuche fudge and chocolate-dipped marshmallow cookies (all homemade, of course!) look even more appealing in homemade packaging. Download the wrapping below, in either red or blue, and print with a laser-jet colour printer.
You'll find full instructions at marthastewart.com along with step-by-step photos, a materials list and printing instructions. Pecan clusters look cunning and harmless in this pretty DIY box.
The December issue of Martha Stewart Living is always a delight, so I suggest everyone buy a copy.

A Holt Renfrew holiday

Holt Renfrew unveiled their holiday windows this past Wednesday, so I stopped by today to get a few pics of their fabulousness. Unfortunately, there was a bad glare on the glass, so these don't really do them justice.


Dreaming of a red (& blue! & green!) Christmas

Now that Halloween is out of the way, it's time to start prepping for the most wonderful time of year...and nothing gets me in a holiday mood like The Bay's Christmas Street. I stopped in today to get a few pics before everyone started shopping off the displays. Each year, part of the 5th floor of The Bay on Queen Street in Toronto is transformed into a twinkly winter wonderland of colour-blocked vignettes and white lights. I have many photos to share, but here are a few of my favourites: