Valentine’s Day DIY

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Published on: February 1, 2018

Whether you are a fan or not, Valentine’s Day is a great way to show your nearest and dearest how much you care about them. We want to help you make this Valentine’s Day even more special with 5 homemade gifts. These DIYs are simple and quick to make, so even if you aren’t the craftiest you can still make something that will impress that special someone!

Valentines Glitter Candles

These sparkly glitter candles will give your romantic dinner the extra dazzle that it needs. They look tricky but they are easy to make so you won’t have a Pinterest fail on your hands!

Valentine's Glitter Candle

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Half-pint mason jars
  • Foam heart stickers
  • White acrylic paint
  • Pink acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge/white glue
  • White Glitter
  • Pink Glitter
  • Painters Tape

Steps

  1. Use the foam heart to trace and cut out the heart from painter’s tape. Tape the heart to the mason jar.
  2. Paint one jar with white paint and one with pink paint. Once completely dry use mod podge (around heart shape) then coat with glitter (white glitter on white mason jar and pink glitter on pink mason jar).
  3. Wait for the glitter to dry then remove the tape to reveal the heart shaped glitter votive.
  4. Add ribbon as a finishing touch and place a tea light candle inside.   

 

Scratch Off Secret Message Cards

Want to write a message that only your crush can see? Make your very own scratch card with a secret message for them to discover!

Scratch Off Secret Message Cards

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Measuring spoons
  • Dish soap
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Heavy cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • White crayon
  • Plastic cup
  • Popsicle stick

Steps

  1. Draw 3 hearts for where you will write your secret message on the card.
  2. Write your secret message in the hearts on the card. You could do a message or secret gift options (ie, free back rub, week of no dishes, free hug, etc).
  3. Fill in your heart with white crayon, coloring heavily over your writing.
  4. Thoroughly mix 2 tsp. acrylic paint with 1 tsp. dish soap.
  5. Fill in the hearts with your paint mixture using a small paintbrush and let it dry.
  6. When you gift it, don’t forget to include the nickel — or quarter, if you’re feeling extra generous!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Tree

This delicate Valentine’s day tree is the perfect decoration to give your home a cheery lift this February!

Valentine's Day Tree

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Vase
  • Paper (whichever colors you prefer)
  • Small tree branches
  • White paint
  • White glue
  • Fishing line

Steps

  1. Paint tree branches white (or you can keep them natural depending on which look you prefer).
  2. Cut paper into small hearts, fold hearts in half and glue hearts together on the fold line to create a 3D effect.
  3. Glue hearts onto fishing line then hang them on the branches.

 

 

Stenciled Valentines frames

There’s no better way to show someone that you care by giving them a photo of one of your favourite moments in a homemade frame.

Stenciled Valentines frames

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Picture Frames
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Stencils

Steps

  1. Paint Your frames white and wait for them to dry.
  2. Choose your stencils. You can get a wide variety of stencils from art stores so choose a few different ones to have a variety of patterns.
  3. Transfer your stencil to the frame and lightly dab each frame with a foam brush to make sure the paint is applied evenly. Then let the paint dry for 10 minutes.
  4. Be sure they are fully dry and remove the stencils carefully.
  5. Put your favourite photo in the frame once all the paint is dry.

 

 

Love Letter Boxes

This is a cute gift for your daughter or your friends. Most of the materials are things that you already have which makes this craft not only inexpensive and environmentally friendly!

Love Letter Boxes

Here’s how to do it:

Materials

  • Old chocolate boxes or jewelry boxes
  • Scraps of fabric, wrapping paper or pages from old books
  • White glue
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. ind an old chocolate or jewelry box, works well if it is small and even cuter if it’s heart shaped!
  2. Choose what style you would like (for a vintage look use pages from old books).
  3. Apply glue to the box and cover the box with the desired paper or fabric that you choose.
  4. Wait for the glue to dry and put in any little gifts that you would like to give!

 

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5 ways to stretch your decorating budget

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Published on: February 1, 2018

It is important to be realistic when creating your decorating budget. Think about what needs to be done first, then you can move onto what you want to be done. This year we are all about saving money and fostering a “don’t buy it, make it” philosophy. For the next five weeks, we will walk you through how you can make big decorating changes that will have a minimal impact on your wallet!

1. Use paint to make a big splash

Paint can drastically change the design of a room depending on how it is used. Instead of repainting an entire room, think of using paint to create an accent wall. This will cut down on the cost of buying paint and primer to cover all four walls. Choose the smallest wall in the room and use that wall as your focal point. 

Thinking of wallpapering? If you’re artsy, consider making your own wallpaper using a stencil and paint. This method is much cheaper and you get more creative freedom than store-bought wallpaper. 

2. Repurpose

Little did you know, your house is full of hidden treasures that just need a little bit of TLC.  Before you replace your old couch or dining room chairs, give them a good look over and see if you can freshen them up. To bring a couch back to life consider upholstering it to give it a fresher look. You can also refill the cushions if they’re getting a little flat.

For dining room furniture that needs a facelift, a good paint job should do the trick. Whether it is wood, plastic or metal, paint will give a second life! The best results do come from sanding and prepping your surfaces properly, so make sure you do research before you get started.  

3. Recycle/ Upcycling

Second-hand stores are full of great finds in need of a new home. While you may cringe at the thought of a used couch, there are plenty of non-fabric pieces that are in excellent condition and cheaper. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being more environmentally friendly.

For furniture that no longer fits the style of your house there are countless ways you can repurpose it to get the style you desire. Some simple ways are to distress furniture to make it look vintage. Old, wooden ladders work perfectly as a hanging unit for blankets/ scarves.  And a dated mirror frame can be used as a picture frame—spray painting it is optional!

4. Reassign/ Add some touches

Take yourself on your very own home tour and see if you can reassign any furniture to different parts of your house. Something that is not quite working in one room might be perfect in another room. Here are some other easy fixes:

  • Add a mirror to make a room appear bigger
  • Switch out your old welcome mat for a cute/funny one that will make you smile every time you come home. Switch out lampshades- they collect a lot of dust and dirt so you should change or clean them every few months to keep them looking new. If you can find one in a store, swap out plain white for patterned.
  • Replace heavy patterned rugs with light colors to make the room look bigger and brighter. 

5. Host a furniture swap 

Chances are your friends and family are also wanting to redecorate so why not organize a furniture swap? We recommend inviting 8 friends and each can bring smaller items that are in good condition to the exchange (pillows, lamps, artwork, etc). For larger items, they can bring photos of furniture they would like to exchange. This is an eco-friendly way to get new things without having to buy new products. 

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CENTURY 21 In-Studio Realty Inc. opens in Owen Sound

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Published on: January 26, 2018

Owen Sound, Ontario (January 16, 2018) – CENTURY 21 In-Studio Realty Inc. is expanding the CENTURY 21 footprint into the Owen Sound market. New owner and broker Mike Seiler was initially drawn to the industry as a photographer, but quickly found he enjoyed the real estate side more and worked as a realtor in Owen Sound for four years.

“What drew me to the brand is that CENTURY 21 is able to serve a wide range of properties,” says Seiler. Owen Sound is an average market but also includes some high-end properties. That, combined with the direction the company is going, makes me excited about 2018.”

 

Seiler started doing renovations late last year and the office is a modern, open concept, café style space. So far, he has two agents and is expecting to add more people to his team in coming months.

“Owen Sound is a new and exciting opportunity for Century 21, says Executive Vice President of CENTURY 21 Canada, Brian Rushton. “Our global brand will be well-received in the Owen Sound community and we are confident that Mike will establish a solid business presence there.”

Prior to working in real estate, Seiler owned a Wonder Bread franchise for nine years. Combining his expertise in both real estate and franchise ownership Seiler says he has “hopes to grow the business and focus on the brand and the tools Century 21 provides. I want to lead by example and to implement all the systems offered by Century 21. I want to be known as a broker who pours his energy into training and his agents.”

Drop by the new CENTURY 21 Owen Sound office at 927 2nd Ave E or visit their website.

 

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Leigh Kjekstad

PR Communications Specialist

CENTURY 21 Canada

Leigh.kjekstad@century21.ca 

604-606-2139

 

About CENTURY 21 Canada™

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership (century21.ca) is a real estate master franchisor with complete rights to the CENTURY 21® brand in Canada

The CENTURY 21 System is one of the world’s largest and most recognized residential real estate sales organizations with approximately 7,700 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices worldwide and over 117,000 sales professionals. CENTURY 21 provides comprehensive technology, marketing, training, management, and administrative support for its members in 78 countries and territories worldwide.

Independently Owned and Operated. ®/™ trademarks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC used under license or authorized sub-license. ©2018 Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership.

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

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CENTURY 21 Amos Realty opens new office in Penticton, BC

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Published on: January 25, 2018

 

Penticton, British Columbia (January 18th, 2018) – CENTURY 21 Amos Realty is now open in Penticton, British Columbia. Owner Karen Amos opened the new office because her REALTORS® typically travel to Penticton to serve clients from Oliver and this gives them an office where they can work.

“The Okanagan is a busy real estate region,” says Amos. “This location allows REALTORS to work out of their home and have a flexible career, but also provides a professional and inviting atmosphere and meeting place when they need to work directly with clients.”

Amos has been serving the Oliver market for 32 years and has a reputation as an industry leader. The team is growing and Amos is currently bringing on new REALTORS to be based in the Penticton office. With one office in Oliver and another in Penticton, they have room for agents—either experienced or new to the industry. The Amos Realty team are active members of the community, contributing to local charities such as Easter Seals.

“What makes us stand out is that we provide home buyers and sellers with industry leading insights, marketing tools, and exposure for their properties. That is our focus, day in and day out,” says Amos.

Drop by the new CENTURY 21at 104 383 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC or https://www.century21.ca/CA/BC/Penticton to discover the CENTURY 21 difference. 

 

 

 

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Media contact

Leigh Kjekstad

PR Communications Specialist

CENTURY 21 Canada

leigh.kjekstad@century21.ca 

604-606-2139

 

About CENTURY 21 Canada™

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership (century21.ca) is a real estate master franchisor with complete rights to the CENTURY 21® brand in Canada.

 

The CENTURY 21 System is one of the world’s largest and most recognized residential real estate sales organizations with approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices worldwide and over 115,000 sales professionals. CENTURY 21 provides comprehensive technology, marketing, training, management, and administrative support for its members in 79 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Independently Owned and Operated. ®/™ trademarks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC used under license or authorized sub-license. ©2017 Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership.

 

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

 

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