I’m on a horse


This Old Spice commercial is still one of my favourites, I can’t help but smile as I remember the randomness that made it so funny.  This week, we are venturing into the world of stamping!!  I tried on a pair of ‘horse’ jeans a few weeks back at urban outfitters.  I didn’t love the fit, but fell in love with the print and how hipster it made me feel.  You see, I am a wanna-be hipster.  Living in Vancouver has encouraged me in this direction, and I really want to think I can pull it off, but somehow feel slightly awkward as I stroll down the street with my fake glasses and horses.  If people glance over I just know they are giggling inside at my attempt.  But attempt I will, because there is nothing wrong with trying out new styles and looks…right?

So instead of buying the jeans, I found a way to create my own horse pattern, and for really almost no cost!  I ventured to Michael’s to buy stamps.  I wanted a Fleur de Lis stamp for another project, and was excited to find the perfect one at Michaels.  Then my eyes gazed down to the price of this little, simple stamp and I think I yelped, right in the middle of the store.  It was over $20.  For one stamp.  Crazy right?  So I decided to make my own – and I highly recommend you do as well.  It was so easy, and so cheap!  Remember my pantsformation?  Well I have washed and dried these pants and the fabric paint hasn’t budged, which is another inspiration to just stamp it on!!

Here is what you will need:


– fabric paint

– craft foam ($0.99)

– small paint brush

– exacto knife

– plain t-shirt or scarf or really anything you want to jazz up a little (t-shirt is not pictured)


1) I googled the two images that I wanted to turn into stamps and put them into Word and then printed them out.

2)  Next, I traced the horse onto the craft foam.

3)  I then carefully cut using my exacto knife around the horse.

4)  Here is what your stamp should look like (this picture was taken post stamping, hence the black color)


Next, paint on the stamp with your paintbrush, and press down on the fabric.  Here you see me working with the fleur de lis that I stamped onto a scarf.  Be careful as you do this, as you can get paint on your fingers, and it is easy to accidentally touch the fabric.  I kept a wet rag with me and washed my fingers regularly.

And there you have it.  A homemade stamp that just saved you heaps of $$$ and the option of unlimited shapes!  Imagine hearts, or polka dots, or moustaches….



//t-shirt – H&M //pants – H&M // boots – Spring //watch – Fossil //necklace and earrings – gifted //glasses – Charlotte Russe

So as I was stamping and editing last night, my husband was busy watching football.  I glanced up and noticed that the New Orleans Saint’s logo is the Fleur de Lis!  I had no idea as I am not a big football fan (except for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers bought me my dinner at the Olive Garden once – true story), so I just thought, “huh, how random!”  Then I glanced up a few minutes later to see they were playing the Denver Bronco’s, whose logo is a horse!!  C-R-A-Z-Y coincidence or what?!  I felt like I was a REAL football fan without even knowing it!  And then I panicked that I wasn’t even being hipster, rather channelling my sporty side…sigh…


Jillian Marie


Ruffled Up

This last week was a good week – you know why? The mister came out of the office, all red-eyed and brain-burnt from studying, to tell me that I was allowed to spend money on anything worth $50. This doesn’t happen too often, so for me, this is what I call a good week! I’ve been in search of a bright/statement purse. This may come as a surprise for some of you, but I have to admit, I’m just not a purse kinda-girl. I actually despise shopping for them, because let’s face it, I’d much rather be spending my dollars on shoes. But unlike shoes, it’s uncommon for me to come across a bag that I  “have” to have. I think the last time that happened was more than a year ago; tragic – I know.

 I went ahead and bought it. It took everything within me to not return the purse the next day, but I’m so happy with the decision I made. The color frightened me at first, but now that I’ve had it for a couple days, I can’t get enough of it. That’s the best way to buy something. My most cherished pieces are those that I’m too scared to buy or wear because they’re loud, outrageous, and get me out of my comfort zone. I love that.


Sequined collar blouse – Kmart / Blue Ruffled Shorts – Princess Polly / Leopard Pumps – Kensie / Neon Purse – Collette / Leopard Sunnies – H&M

Weather is getting hot hot HOT again and that humidity is creeping back, slowly and unwantingly.
I think it’s time to put my “togs” on (my newly learnt aussie slang for bather) and go for a dip in my pool!

Have a happy week!
Rebecca Janelle

DIY circle scarf


Fall is officially here!  In Vancouver we can tell because our gorgeous sunshine has turned to endless rain.  It has been raining here since Friday – straight – well almost without a break.  Fall can be dreary but there are a few things I can’t help but love and welcome with open arms, or hands, like a grande, extra hot, sugar free Pumpkin Spice Latte (with whip of course), shopping for new boots, leg warmers and scarves, and soaking in a hot bath without sweating (TMI?? sorry).  There is just something so cozy about this time of year which makes it easier to transition from summer.  This weeks DIY is an affordable and versatile way to layer your look for fall.  You have probably seen these around, possibly at your local Lulu Lemon store for a ridiculous amount of mula.  I am excited to share how easy and cheap this circle scarf is, and you don’t even need to be crafty!  I promise!!

All you need is:

  • One metre of fabric (check the bargain section…I buy fabric for $3-$4/m)
  • Scissors
  • Thread that matches your fabric
  • Needle

When the lady cuts your fabric at the store, the fabric is doubled, so all you need to do is bring it home, lay it out like I did below, and sew a hem along the hem line like in the picture (if you have a sewing machine this is a breeze, but if you don’t, like me, it takes about 15 minutes to hand sew it).


Once you have sewn the hem, open the fabric up and you will have a long circle scarf like the one on the left, and then double it up for the final look!


Now honestly, wasn’t that easy!?  Think of the endless colors, styles, fabric..and my favorite – patterns!  You might remember my striped one from this post.  I have gotten so much wear out of it!   Image

I hope you all have a fantastic week…happy crafting.


Jillian Marie

Glitz and Glam

Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians!

Much to my dismay, Australia does not celebrate Thanksgiving (at least none of the Australians we know). This was a big disappointment for me as I love everything Thanksgiving has to offer. It’s a time of being with family, eating your face off, PUMPKIN PIE, and turkey-coma. How could a person not love that? Usually I have about 4 Thanksgiving dinner’s each year. My mom usually cooks one, then my mother-in-law, and then both of my grandma’s. Being away from family this year I felt a little left out, so I decided to attempt to bring thanksgiving over here by cooking a big meal. I have never cooked such a massive dinner in my entire life, but it turned out great!

This past weekend, I attended my very first ball! It was for all the dental students, so I went as my husbands date. What a night it was. Here’s what I wore, and a peak at my hubby and I at the ball.



Dress – Asos

Sunglasses – Kensie

Necklace – Diva

Ring – Collette

Heels – Steve Madden

Clutch – H&M

The draw…


I am pleased to announce the winner of our first giveaway!  YAY Carling!

Thank-you to all who participated and if you are interested in purchasing a cell phone cozy…email me at: mariejanelleblog@gmail.com for the details.


Jillian Marie

Giveaway !!


Happy Monday ya’ll !  I am so excited to host the first giveaway on our blog!  Now, most of you who follow other blogs know that either well known companies or up and coming companies team up with bloggers for advertising and host giveaways for their readers.  Well, we are still building our blog, and we are hoping our following does expand to host legit giveaways…but until then…the giveaways will be made by…well…me!!

Call me a grandma, but last Christmas I had some very trendy and fun girlfriends teach me how to crochet.  I have loved creating things like scarves, headbands, and my favourite design yet is the cell phone cozy.  I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from Pinterest and other blogs, but I am pleased to say that this idea is all me.  One evening while watching a show with my hubby I started crocheting away and came up with this slick little pocket to protect my much loved iphone.  I didn’t realize how much I would love this new invention, but now I can’t live without it.  I have dropped my phone so many times only to have it saved by this little cozy, and when I am fishing around in my not-so-neat-purse, all I have to do is feel for my fuzzy cozy and I have quickly found my phone!  I have gotten lots of comments, and compliments, and even some people asking if I sell these.  So I decided to start with a giveaway!!

All you have to do is:

  1. Share our blog on your Facebook. (If you click on the comment bubble, and scroll to the bottom you will see a Facebook share option)
  2. Comment below that you have done so, and which colour you like best.
  3. On Friday I will do a draw, and the lucky winner will have this snazzy little cell phone cozy delivered to their mailbox! (This giveaway is open to ALL of our readers from all over the world)



Good Luck !
Jillian Marie