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What to Know When Buying a Home

Buying a home is a huge milestone and a huge investment, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be intimidating. As long as you prepare ahead of time and do your due diligence when it comes to researching and understanding the ins and outs of buying a home, the process can be a rewarding one, and you can avoid any of the potential pitfalls standing in the way of you and your future dream home. 

Local farmers markets in Newmarket and Aurora

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Shining Hill Presentation Centre Grand Opening

Our Grand Opening on October 26 could not have gone better. The interest shown in the new community was evident by the large number of people that arrived for the Shining Hill presentation and the Sales Centre was packed with people first thing in the morning with more lining up outside.

Make an easy and beautiful wreath for your home this fall

Many of us are spending more time at home this year, and here at Shining Hill we see that as a wonderful opportunity. Our homes are lovely, and the chance to cozy up and enjoy them as the weather gets colder is even lovelier. And what better way to do it than with a unique and stylish homemade wreath? So if you’re looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your home this fall, look no further. We’ve scoured the internet for the best (and easiest!) advice on wreath making, so you can jump right into this exciting DIY project. 

 

Where to shop for your DIY wreath

Your local craft store is going to be your best friend when it comes to making a homemade wreath. Any craft store worth its weight in fake flowers should have a wide selection of floral stems, bundles and picks, as well as wreath bases for you to start from. We recommend Michael’s if you’re looking to stay home and order your wreath making supplies online. They have a wonderful selection; you can easily spend a whole evening at home browsing through it, and picking out all your favourites. 

We can’t tell you which decorations you should choose for your wreath - that would take all the fun out of making your own! One of the most wonderful parts about making a homemade wreath is how you can add your own unique flair and creativity to the project. But we can help guide you as you choose what would work best for your home. And the first step is the basic supplies you’ll need for any wreath.

 

Wreath making supplies you’ll need

A wreath base

Wreath bases come in many forms. Wire frames, foam and grapevines are the most common ones, and you can even buy a simple finished wreath and spruce it up a bit with your own artistic flair if you want. We suggest a grapevine wreath to begin with. They look lovely on their own, so you can create some wonderful asymmetrical designs with them, and they’re easy to work with, so you won’t struggle to attach your decorations. 

 

Ribbon

A lot of people enjoy creating bows to accent their wreaths. They’re a great way to tie your project together, and to introduce more colour and depth to your design in a fun way. Will you choose a complementary colour so your bow stands out from the arrangement you make? Or will you match your ribbon choices with the flowers and sprigs you selected? The choice is yours, and the options are endless. 

 

Floral stems, bundles and picks

These will make up the body of your wreath, and are where you can really let your imagination go wild. We recommend having a theme or a design in mind, but your options really are endless here. Whether you want to create an elegant design all in silver and white, to select your flowers based on two or three colours that look great together, to focus on a theme like thanksgiving or halloween or autumn in general, or to design everything around that one design or floral bundle you fell in love with while browsing for inspiration, the choice is yours.

 

Tools

Every budding wreath-maker needs the proper tools and equipment, but wreath making doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment - you’ll probably have quite a few of the basic tools already. Zip ties, pipe cleaners and glue guns can all be used to attach your stems to your wreath base, as well as floral wire if you’re feeling fancy. You’ll also be needing scissors and wire cutters to trim down the stems on your decorations, and if you don’t have a dedicated craft space you might need something to protect your table while you work as well. Lastly, you’ll need some way to hang your wreath once it’s finished - a hook and some twine is enough, but you can decide for yourself where you want to display your wreath once it’s finished, and what tools you’ll need to do so. 

 

How to make your wreath

Getting the supplies you need is the hardest part of making a wreath. You’ve already got some idea of what you want to create, you’ve chosen your base and all of the decorative details that will make your wreath special, and you have all the tools you need to get started. Now all you have to do is try out a few designs, laying out your floral stems and fancy extras and bows around your wreath until you find the look you want, and then attach everything to your wreath once you’re happy with your creation. That’s all there is to it! 

 

Finding inspiration

The most difficult part of making a wreath is deciding what you want to create. We know it’s not always easy to find the perfect design, but you’re not alone. There are a ton of galleries and tutorials online, and we’re happy to point you in the right direction as you begin your crafty, DIY journey. Good Housekeeping has a great gallery of wreaths to get you started, and Southern Charm Wreaths has some wonderful tutorials on Youtube teaching you how to make your very own wreath. Good luck, and happy wreath making!

Make an easy and beautiful wreath for your home this fall

Many of us are spending more time at home this year, and here at Shining Hill we see that as a wonderful opportunity. Our homes are lovely, and the chance to cozy up and enjoy them as the weather gets colder is even lovelier. And what better way to do it than with a unique and stylish homemade wreath? So if you’re looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your home this fall, look no further. We’ve scoured the internet for the best (and easiest!) advice on wreath making, so you can jump right into this exciting DIY project. 

 

Where to shop for your DIY wreath

Your local craft store is going to be your best friend when it comes to making a homemade wreath. Any craft store worth its weight in fake flowers should have a wide selection of floral stems, bundles and picks, as well as wreath bases for you to start from. We recommend Michael’s if you’re looking to stay home and order your wreath making supplies online. They have a wonderful selection; you can easily spend a whole evening at home browsing through it, and picking out all your favourites. 

We can’t tell you which decorations you should choose for your wreath - that would take all the fun out of making your own! One of the most wonderful parts about making a homemade wreath is how you can add your own unique flair and creativity to the project. But we can help guide you as you choose what would work best for your home. And the first step is the basic supplies you’ll need for any wreath.

 

Wreath making supplies you’ll need

A wreath base

Wreath bases come in many forms. Wire frames, foam and grapevines are the most common ones, and you can even buy a simple finished wreath and spruce it up a bit with your own artistic flair if you want. We suggest a grapevine wreath to begin with. They look lovely on their own, so you can create some wonderful asymmetrical designs with them, and they’re easy to work with, so you won’t struggle to attach your decorations. 

 

Ribbon

A lot of people enjoy creating bows to accent their wreaths. They’re a great way to tie your project together, and to introduce more colour and depth to your design in a fun way. Will you choose a complementary colour so your bow stands out from the arrangement you make? Or will you match your ribbon choices with the flowers and sprigs you selected? The choice is yours, and the options are endless. 

 

Floral stems, bundles and picks

These will make up the body of your wreath, and are where you can really let your imagination go wild. We recommend having a theme or a design in mind, but your options really are endless here. Whether you want to create an elegant design all in silver and white, to select your flowers based on two or three colours that look great together, to focus on a theme like thanksgiving or halloween or autumn in general, or to design everything around that one design or floral bundle you fell in love with while browsing for inspiration, the choice is yours.

 

Tools

Every budding wreath-maker needs the proper tools and equipment, but wreath making doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment - you’ll probably have quite a few of the basic tools already. Zip ties, pipe cleaners and glue guns can all be used to attach your stems to your wreath base, as well as floral wire if you’re feeling fancy. You’ll also be needing scissors and wire cutters to trim down the stems on your decorations, and if you don’t have a dedicated craft space you might need something to protect your table while you work as well. Lastly, you’ll need some way to hang your wreath once it’s finished - a hook and some twine is enough, but you can decide for yourself where you want to display your wreath once it’s finished, and what tools you’ll need to do so. 

 

How to make your wreath

Getting the supplies you need is the hardest part of making a wreath. You’ve already got some idea of what you want to create, you’ve chosen your base and all of the decorative details that will make your wreath special, and you have all the tools you need to get started. Now all you have to do is try out a few designs, laying out your floral stems and fancy extras and bows around your wreath until you find the look you want, and then attach everything to your wreath once you’re happy with your creation. That’s all there is to it! 

 

Finding inspiration

The most difficult part of making a wreath is deciding what you want to create. We know it’s not always easy to find the perfect design, but you’re not alone. There are a ton of galleries and tutorials online, and we’re happy to point you in the right direction as you begin your crafty, DIY journey. Good Housekeeping has a great gallery of wreaths to get you started, and Southern Charm Wreaths has some wonderful tutorials on Youtube teaching you how to make your very own wreath. Good luck, and happy wreath making!

What to Know When Buying a Home

Buying a home is a huge milestone and a huge investment, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be intimidating. As long as you prepare ahead of time and do your due diligence when it comes to researching and understanding the ins and outs of buying a home, the process can be a rewarding one, and you can avoid any of the potential pitfalls standing in the way of you and your future dream home. 

Local farmers markets in Newmarket and Aurora

The only guide you will ever need to Newmarket farmers’ markets and Aurora farmers’ markets

Shining Hill Presentation Centre Grand Opening

Our Grand Opening on October 26 could not have gone better. The interest shown in the new community was evident by the large number of people that arrived for the Shining Hill presentation and the Sales Centre was packed with people first thing in the morning with more lining up outside.

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