7 Tacky Last-Minute DIYs to Inspire You for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree

Between extended hours baking cookies at the stove, multiple deadlines before the end of the year, and getting crafty to make handmade gifts for my loved ones Christmas is the busiest most wonderful time of year at Do Sask Headquarters. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to get my outfit ready for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree.

Mixing eggnog into my morning coffee almost totally makes up for it!

If your holiday season is anything like mine, you’re probably wondering where to find the time to put together a prize-winning outfit for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree on December 12 and December 19 at the Hose & Hydrant Pub. Well, not to worry. I’ve done the work for you, so you don’t have to!

Here are some of the tackiest last-minute outfits I could find to inspire your look for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree:

1. Use your tinsel to steal the show as an eye-catching tannenbaum.

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You might need a friend to wrap the tinsel around you, or you could tie it around a door knob and spin. Finish the look in 5 minutes or less!

2. Go bow-nanas with a chic take on tacky Christmas DIYs.

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Black shirt, leggings, tape and bows. This basic look may take 30 minutes or less with three of your friends taping and sticking.

3. Pimp your beard! Show off that luscious mane with battery-operated string lights.

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Once you’re finished weaving the lights into your beard hair, top off this colourful look with a flannel jacket and stylish cap.

4. Channel Lil’ Kim circa 1999 with a holiday spin in this sexy Rudolf getup.  

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There’s a NSFW ladies version, but this sweater seems like it’s better suited for adventurous/hilarious dudes.

5. This cold shoulder grumpy cat sweater is something I’d consider wearing regularly.

Photo via Homemade Home

Okay, minus the Santa hat. It’s kind of cute.

6. Paired up? How about this lovely couples’ sweater set…

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Because everyone can relate to Rudolf now and then. Especially at Christmastime.

7. Or this not-so-subtle Frosty the Snowman tribute?

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Props to this spirited couple for going all-in with their innuendo.

7. This mantle-place replica with stockings and fire get a standing ovation from me.

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Not sure if this girl dressed up for an ugly sweater party, or had to stand in as a fireplace at Christmas.

About Do Sask’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Singles Soiree

Do Sask is known for connecting people to new ideas and activities at speed dating events, art classes, and brewery tours in Saskatoon. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at the Hose & Hydrant Pub is the perfect opportunity to come and meet the Do Sask community. Registration is by donation with 50% of all profits donated to the YWCA Turning Points Program.

Friends and the curious welcome, regardless of relationship status.

Optional speed dating will be offered along with hilarious party games, prizes for ugliest sweater, and raffle draws. Do Sask throws out the old rules of speed dating for a more connective experience.

There are two Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirees for different age groups:
  1. December 12 – 38 and under. Click HERE for details and to register.
  1. December 19 – 36 and over. Click HERE for details and to register.

Both start at 7 pm and run ’til late. Please wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you have one! (Santa hats work, too!)

Tickets are by donation with half of all profits going to YWCA Turning Points programThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, December 12 and 19, 2017 starting at 7 pm. Please share your tacky outfit ideas in the comments below.

Make your own alcohol ink coaster at Thursday Night Art Market YXE

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster
Learn how to become an alcohol ink artist!

Back by popular demand, this Thursday Night Art Market I’ll teach you how to make a custom alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for $10. You’ll take home your coaster to show all of your friends what your artistic talents are made of!

*This is not a formal workshop and does not require advance registration. I’ll be taking “students” on a first-come, first served basis.

Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster Mini-Maker

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster

Ceramic tiles are non-porous so alcohol inks won’t permeate the surface.

Supplies you’ll use:

  • 4×4 Ceramic White Tile
  • Ranger Ink Alcohol Ink
  • Isopropanol Alcohol
  • Cotton Pad
  • Q-Tip
  • Drinking Straw

Techniques:

1. Stamp the ink onto the tile with cotton pad,

2. blow the ink before it dries with a straw,

3. drip the ink with a paint brush,

4. sprinkle alcohol on top of the ink to create a star-like galaxy,

5. Remove ink for clean finish with alcohol soaked brush or Q-Tip,

6. Use tape or decal to create precise symbols that you will stamp over.

To protect your finished alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster you’ll need:

  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • EnviroTex Lite Resin Kit
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Disposable Mixing Dish
  • Cork or Felt (protects wood surfaces)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue

If you want to use your alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for everyday coffee and tea you will need to protect it by using the following method:

  1. Paint Modge Podge onto your tile and let it dry for about 60 minutes. (This protects the colour from the resin.)
  2. Mix resin and hardener together in a disposable dish for two minutes.
  3. Once the resin has thickened from stirring drip the mixture onto your tile and spread the mixture evenly across it.
  4. Shake your tile to get bubbles out. There may be some bubbling, but remember this project isn’t perfect!
  5. Put the tile in a safe, relatively dust free area to set for up to 72 hours.
  6. Cut cork or felt to fit 4×4 tile and hot glue to the bottom.

New doers can WIN stuff!

If you like Do Sask, encourage your friends and family to come down to the Thursday Night Art Market and sign up to become a Doer. When they opt-in to the newsletter they will have a chance to Win a To-Go Terrarium Kit package for 3 – a $90 value!*

Terrarium Kit CompleteTwo draws will be made on July 27th and September 7th, 2017. Our first draw for the Terrarium Kit “Night In” happens this Thursday at 9:00 PM!

*To qualify, winners must be new Doers (you can always ask them nicely to share the prize).

Hope to see you at #ThursdayNightArtMarketYXE!

I’ll be set up at Market Square in front of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market just off Avenue B and 19th street every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM until September 7th. River Landing is only steps away.

DO YOU LIKE supporting local SASKATOON artists? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO find out about more events like the thursday night art market.

Sustainable Style: Recap on Do Sask’s Pop-up Clothing Swap in the Park

How do you look stylish while keeping your wardrobe sustainable? We asked three of Saskatoon's newest stylists to share their advice as part of the Do Sask Clothing Swap.

This week, some of Saskatoon’s most fashionable were invited to share how to make budget- and environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to shopping for our wardrobes.

The folks at Wild About Saskatoon asked me to host an event as part of NatureCity Festival 2017, so I got creative with their request. Do Sask is all about connecting with other people in the community, so I thought what better way to mix the two values of environmental preservation and meaningful connections than with a sustainable style focused clothing swap?

The Pop-up Swap in the Park was a charity fundraiser for the YWCA that also provided folks with insight on increasing the life of their wardrobe. People were invited to register to get the location of the event sent to their inbox two days before the swap.

In the weeks leading up to the pop-up swap, nearly 30 people registered. Unfortunately due to weather warnings only a handful actually showed up.

Here’s what we learned when three amazing stylists agreed to give us their favourite tips on sustainable style.

*This post has been edited as of November 6, 2017 to reflect business closures.

PickNic’s Catering provided a delicious spread while we discussed sustainable style. Here's all the food we enjoyed from our generous sponsor, PickNic's Catering.

We all loved nibbling on this fantastic array of colourful appetizers. The beet hummus went pretty quickly. The raspberry iced tea was divine! No need to gush over the cupcakes –  they were just as good to eat as they are to look at.

Krysta Arsenault from the YWCA gave us some insight on what programs are offered through the Crisis Shelter and how our donations have an impact.

Next up, we heard some great fashion (and let’s face it – life) advice from Je Suis Style, Paramount Day Spa & Boutique, and The Knick Vintage.

Here's a peak at some of the stylists listening to information about YWCA

K-Lyn from Je Suis Style (edit: now closed) brought in models to demonstrate how to upgrade an item from their closet that they haven’t worn, or never wear.

The model Amber chose this vest as something she loves, but can't figure out what to wear it with. K-lyn came in and showed her how to work it.

Model Amber Hoffart chose her chic vest and K-Lyn styled the outfit around it, bringing in the casual joggers with a striking floral heel.

K-Lyn’s top tips for styling a wardrobe with sustainability in mind are:

  • Fashion doesn’t need to be expensive to look good. Brand name clothing isn’t the be all end all of fashion. You can purchase clothing from Walmart, Value Village, Costco, etc. and still be stylish and save money.
  • Throw away those “ratty” pieces that are damaged (holes, stains, rips, etc). If it’s an essential item you always wear, replace it.
  • Wear items you never seem to get rid of during your closets raids. Ask a friend (or hire a stylist 😉 ) for help picking out an outfit to go with that shirt or pants that sit at the back of your closet. A second opinion makes a difference!
  • We all have flaws or parts of us that we don’t like to show. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Nothing is worse than going out and feeling uncomfortable the entire time.
  • Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box with your style. Have fun with your clothes and wear whatever makes you happy.

Chelsey from Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique gave some vivid examples of how accessories can make or break your style.

Recap Do Sask Clothing Swap in the Park - Chelsey Hein Paramount Day Spa talks about using accessories to improve your look.

Chelsey’s keys to being thoughtful about your wardrobe are:

  • Accessorize! Adding stunning accessories can change an outfit dramatically. Go from drab to fab with a simple add-on to any outfit. For example, incorporating jewelry, shoes, hats, purses, belts can flip a basic black dress from workday to weekend in an instant. No need to break the bank on these items to look fabulous.
  • Be Patient. Those great pieces at affordable prices are out there. Stay on the lookout and don’t settle for any item because you feel you need something new.
  • Know what’s in your wardrobe. If you are adding pieces to your closet it’s best to get items that can be paired with what you already have.  Otherwise it will sit in your closet because you have nothing that goes with it.

Sarah Gaudry from The Knick Vintage gave us some tips on choosing quality items and the importance of staying patient throughout the process.

Swap in the Park - Sarah Gaudry from the Knick Vintage talks about paying attention to quality before purchasing and item.

Here are Sarah’s tips on becoming your own curator of vintage fashion:

  • Get a feel for quality items. While shopping second hand, touch the fabric of your item and bunch it up in your hand. If it hold its shape and feels good give it a second look. On the other hand, if it feels itchy or like it will fall apart then put it back on the rack. Some styles and fabrics were meant to stay in the 70’s. Natural fibers always look best over time.
  • Browse fast-fashion stores to see what’s on trend. You don’t have to buy the latest design brand new to look cutting-edge. If you see a pattern like leopard print or staple item like overalls that’s back in style go to the thrift shop and try to find it there first. When you do find it check the tag. Was it made in the 1940’s? Even better!
  • If you find an item you love, but needs TLC put it back. We like to think we can fix things, but ultimately an item that’s damaged will only sit on your floor waiting to be fixed rather than being worn.
  • Make a list. Come shopping with a list of things you are looking for, but don’t live and die by it.
  • Stick to pieces with clean lines and classic shapes if you don’t want to look dated. 
  • Know your own personal size. Do not get caught up in the number on the tag. You may need to try on three different sizes to find yours since modern sizing has gotten smaller over time.
  • And above anything: BE PATIENT! If it doesn’t feel right today just put it back for someone else to enjoy.

Bonus: Consider a tailor if you’re getting a deal on the item. Spending $20 on a $5 dress may just be the best money you’ve ever spent. If you have a pair of pants that you love, but are out of style Sarah can tailor the design to give them new life.

Lastly, we started sorting through the piles to find our new gems.

This slinky top complements the mermaid hair perfectly.

The stylists themselves even got in on the swapping pile action!

A heap of clothing to browse and donate back to YWCA

So much appreciation to these three fashionistas for taking the opportunity to talk about keeping style sustainable.

From left: Amy Rederburg, Chelsey Hein, K-Lyn Bonogofski, Sarah from The Knick Vintage
From Left: Amy Rederburg (DoSask.com), Chelsey Hein (Paramount Day Spa & Boutique), K-Lyn Bonogofski (Je Suis Style), Sarah Gaudry (The Knick Vintage).

P.S. This is my ‘shit happens’ when registered guests don’t show up look.

What happens when none of your guests show up your clothing swap? You say "fuck it" and party!

Thanks to my amazing volunteers Jacinda Johnston, Janelle Kowalchuk, and Linda Wood who provided much needed backup on picture-taking, set up and tear down.

wish you would have known about the Sustainable Style clothing swap in the park? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP to get updates on events like this and more.
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How to Create a Wine Glass Succulent Terrarium Like a Pro

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Last weekend at the Modern Woman Show, I led a sold-out crowd of ladies in a workshop on how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. Today, I’m using their photos to show you how they did it.

Succulents are the most popular plants around lately. From hipster weddings to trendy restaurant decor, everyone is going gaga over the resilient plant. And the Modern Woman Show provided the perfect spot to get our hands dirty with the little buds. This post will tell you how we did it.

When you think about it, a succulent is kind of an awesome metaphor for a woman’s life. It can be put through a lot of abuse and still survive. It can even thrive!

So whether you have a green thumb, or you kill every plant you touch – succulents terrariums are good for you.  They’re easy and decorative, incredibly stress-free to maintain, love an abundance of sun and are drought tolerant.

How to create a wine glass succulent terrarium.

First, you have to gather your materials.

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Photo via Instagram @mortaliciousmoo.
  • Vessel (Wine Glass)
  • Sand/Gravel
  • River Stones
  • Clay Balls
  • Potting Soil with Perlite
  • Plants (Succulent & Moss)

Next, fill your wine glass with a false drainage system and a layer of soil.

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Photo via Instagram @morecowbell73.

Cover the bottom with an inch-thick layer of pebbles or rocks to create a false drainage system for the plant roots. You never want too much water settling in the soil, otherwise mold and fungus will grow in the roots.

Add a layer of potting soil. Do not use all of the soil for the first layer. Our soil mix has added perlite to keep it dry.

Shake off the excess dirt from your succulent’s roots, as they will cling better to the new soil. Carefully place it in the terrarium.

Cover the roots with your remaining soil and press until your plant is secure.

Then, get creative with your top layer.

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Photo via Instagram @morecowbell73.

Add pebbles, rocks, sand and sparkles in whatever pattern you choose. Then place your moss on top.

Plant Care

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Photo via Instagram @sloancm.

Clean up your wine glass with a paint brush, paper towel, and Windex.

Lightly water the succulents. You should plan on having to water them (again, very lightly) once a week for the first month until they’ve become established. After that, they should only need watering every 3-4 weeks.

Place your new planters on display, preferably in a sunny spot and enjoy!

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Photo via Facebook from Jacinda Johnston.

Thanks to all the ladies that came out to learn how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. And an extra high-five to those who shared your beautiful finished products with me on Facebook and Instagram.

Special hugs to my good friend, Elle, and my mom, Linda, for taking time out of their #SundayFunday to help me make this workshop happen.

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Photo via Instagram @scufflelover. From left: My friend Elle and me.
Have you ever made a succulent terrarium? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE DISCUSSION.

 

Do Sask hosts out-of-town art workshops with all supplies included in the cost. I would love to show your group how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium, fancy string art, alcohol ink ceramic tile coasters, and more. All I need is a minimum of 9 people confirmed and I will come to you! Plus, if you have a birthday, family reunion or celebration I’m happy to work with kids.

Email me, or call 306-241-3462 to book your hometown Do Sask Art Workshop today.