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Check out our fall issue of “Quarters” magazine

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

image_17439Check it out! Color Company’s fall issue of  Quarters  magazine!

If you’ve got that itch to upgrade your “Quarters” before the holidays, or you’re just in the mood to decorate and want some great colour inspiration, and decorating ideas- this is the magazine you want to read! There’s even some great Benjamin Moore savings coupons inside that can help make the job a littlelarge_happy-thanksgiving-title bit easier. Check it out on-line OR pick up a copy at one of our Color Company Benjamin Moore or Para Paints locations. Another Color Company exclusive, created for you our valued friends and clients. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

 

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It’s that time of year… Christmas is in the air.

Monday, December 24th, 2012

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house…. every creature was stirring and we were all running around and getting ready for the big day.

We thought we’d take a minute today to give you some last minute recipes, wrapping tips and gift ideas for charity.

Let’s start with some last minute wrapping tips; lets remember, it’s the thought that counts- so a little effort goes a long way! We found 10 Christmas gift-wrapping tips courtesy of Ezine @rticles to help you to produce stunningly wrapped Christmas presents we ease and give you relatively no stress.

1) Get a box to keep all your Christmas present wrapping gear in. Scissors, labels, selotape, pens, ribbons and all your other bits and bobs need to be kept all together. This saves time and energy, as you won’t have to go looking for all the tools that you need for the job.

2) Always use a selotape dispenser that can be used with just one hand.
Wrapping Christmas presents can be fiddly and a selotape dispenser males Life easier. Also selotape loses it’s stickiness when it has been previously been stuck on the back of your hand, and the table or on your arm.

3) Prepare your labels well in advance. Making labels from last years old
Christmas cards is environmentally friendly and cost-effective. Cut the card into any shape or size. Use a hole-punch to create a neat hole to thread ribbon on to attach to your gift.

4) Whenever possible, use boxes. Uniform box shapes are easier to wrap than unusual shapes. Traditional box shape presents are also more pleasing to the eye.

5) If you are wrapping an unusual shaped present, don’t try to wrap it with paper because it will be frustrating and will end up looking like one of those ill wrapped disasters that we mentioned earlier. Either buy one of those beautiful metallic gift boxes as they come in assorted shapes and sizes and can be as much appreciated as the gift inside. Alternatively, you can use a gift bag. This is especially great for bottled gifts. Place your gift into the gift bag but before taping the bag closed, cover the top of the gift in streamers. Streamers make your gift fun.

6) Only use enough paper to wrap your Christmas gift. This sounds obvious, however when you get to the end of the roll and the paper is 2 inches too long and too wide don’t cut corners by not trimming off the surplus paper. When you come to folding the ends, if your triangle flaps are so long that they cover the sides and fold onto the base of the present they will give an unloved finish to your present. It’s crisp edges and flat sides will be lost and rounded under a wad of paper, and you will have created an eyesore.

7) Using ribbons can really trim up presents to make them look special.
Ribbons come in selections of colours and widths. When wrapping ribbon around the present use a colour that contrasts and compliments the paper colour and design. Don’t use up leftovers for the sake of it if it doesn’t compliment the package.

The general rule when wrapping the ribbon around the gift is – narrow ribbon can be tied into a knot on the underside of a present, before returning the ribbon round to come back to the top. Wider ribbon on the other hand needs to have a neat 45-degree fold put into it to turn the direction of the ribbon that can be held in place with a small piece of selotape. The fold to turn the ribbon reduces the bulk of a knot would make and it enables you to maintain the top side of ribbon showing, which is especially useful when using metallic ribbon.

8) Ribbon bows, cheaply obtainable form any shop, and as I’m sure you will agree, not very impressive or stylish. Less out dated bows are now available and of course you can curl the ends of the ribbon you wrapped across the blade of a pair of scissors. However, for a more designer look, using twisted stick cut to length from the dried flowers section or sprigs of golly or pieces of ivy. Slip them under the ribbon in the top of the present.

For extra glamour, why not try spray painting with festive metallic paint a couple of days before you need to use them. Copper paint looks particularly festive. You could also sprinkle on a little glitter whilst the paint is still wet to give it a frosty look. If you must use bows, use bows intended for Christmas trees. They have more style than the old tired retro gift bow.

9) Don’t buy cheap poor quality paper. It’s false economy because you have to use more of it. It is so thin you can see the gifts through it, or it rips, not to mention the poor quality designs. It’s much better to buy good quality gift-wrap with a stylish print. You may think that it doesn’t matter because it only ends up in the bin, but remember it sits under someone’s Christmas tree for two weeks first. You don’t want the embarrassment of blighting someone’s Christmas tree with your eyesore!

10) The most important tip of all, Don’t leave the Christmas wrapping until the last minute and don’t try to do it all on the same day. Falling into these traps will be stressful and will leave you with the Christmas wrapping blues. Pace yourself. If you wrap three gifts each day starting on the 1st December, by the 20th of December you will have wrapped 60 Christmas presents, and you will have only taken 45 minutes or so a day. You could even fit it in whilst doing other jobs – running a bath or cooking a meal.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/282254

We talked about a quick and easy recipe, here’s one for the kids to help with courtesy of bbcgoodfood.com

Reindeer Cupcakes 

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the holes of a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time. Add half the sifted flours and half the buttermilk, and mix on low speed until just combined. Mix in the remaining flours and buttermilk.
  4. Divide the mix evenly among the paper cases. Gently smooth the tops (this will help the cupcakes to rise evenly).
  5. Bake for 25-30 mins or until lightly golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to stand for 5 mins in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  6. To make the ganache, put the chocolate in a bowl, bring the cream to a simmer and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Cool until firm.
  7. Ice the cupcakes with ganache, then with brown fondant icing. Use the rest of the colours for the ears, eye and nose. Attach ears to the head by pushing a 3cm piece of spaghetti a little way into the ear, then pushing the other end into the head. See below to download more detailed instructions. Remember to warn people that not every element of the decoration is edible!

Finally some ideas for charitable giving this season… if you’re in need of any last minute gifts perhaps giving back is just the ticket!

  • Because I Am a Girl (becauseiamagirl.ca) ~buy a goat for a family in a developing world; or rock a fashionable tee that gives proceeds to help Plan Canada’s overseas efforts.
  • Breakfast for Learning (breakfastforlearning.ca) ~Buy a stylish apron to help feed hungry school kids.
  • Children’s Wish Foundation (childrenswish.ca) ~Help fulfil a special wish for a child with a life-threatening illness.
  • Free the Children (freethechildren.com) ~Donate a medicine kit to a family or grant a loan to help a woman in a developing country start her own business.
  • One Drop (onedrop.org) ~Support easier access to water by making a donation or by purchasing swag such as transparent place mats.
  • Humane Society of Canada (humanesociety.com) Make the animal lover on your list an honorary guardian of a creature in need.
  • Red Cross (redcross.ca) ~Aid disaster relief efforts as home and around the world.
  • Ten Thousand Villages (tenthousandvillages.ca) ~Pick up a Fair Trade paperweight, soap or delicious jam and support artisans around the world.
  • The Hospital for Sick Children (sickkids.ca) ~Make a hospitalized child’s Christmas brighter with decorations for their room or a surprise stocking.
  • World Vision Canada (worldvision.ca) ~Help feed a Canadian family, or give text books to a child on the other side of the world.

Home Exterior Updates… 5 Tips to get you started!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Every homeowner knows how important curb appeal is  and there are always all sorts of questions about how to update the exterior of our homes. However sometimes it’s hard to know where to start;  should you put your budget toward new paint or your wilting gardens?  From painting, lawn care & planning we thought we’d go through a few great tips for an exterior update. (Not to mention something for everyone’s budget.)

Easy MaintenanceBasic cleanup can go a long way in changing the curb appeal of your home.  Think about the following points when you go about your curb appeal upgrade:

  • Give your exterior a good power wash
  • Touch up paint trim
  • Mow your lawn
  • Spread fresh mulch over flower and plant beds.

If you’re looking for a one-day fix up, take it down another level. If it’s an afternoon project we’d suggest repainting the front door and adding some potted plants or shrubs. Small items such as flowers, a new bench and a new welcome mat are quick and inexpensive ways to instantly add curb appeal to your home.

Make sure the landscape and the house are connected

Landscaping is often what makes the biggest difference in exterior appeal. Whether you’re aiming for a quick freshening up or a complete front yard overhaul, take the time to come up with a basic plan for your landscape. Aim for a good balance of lawn and plants. Avoid just putting sod down and calling it a day; create a transition from the house to the grade by using species that descend in height from the house. This will give the appearance that the house is married to the landscape rather than plopped on a lot.
Look for the sight lines in your yard. Get a visual from the curb or drive by the space you want to update. Identify the where, the viewpoint that will pull you and your guest outside.  If you don’t have time or a budget to plant anything new, do a big cleanup. Detail trees and shrubs, and edge flower beds. Add topsoil and mulch to even out the grade, and weed and get rid of dead plantings.

Refresh with exterior paint- (#1 on our list)

 

After landscaping, a new paint job is what’s next on the list! For the biggest and most inexpensive way to update an exterior make sure this is on your list! Keep your colour palette simple for the most dramatic effect. (Visit us in store at Color Company so we can help you find just the right colour for your place.) There’s nothing worse than a home with too many elements, textures and colours mixed together. Keep consistency and simplicity in mind to bring out the elegance and charm of your home.

Try and look at what can or what you want to have changed when it comes to colour — such as natural stone or brick that not everyone likes to paint (however it’s up to you on what you want for your space)  It’s been suggest that sticking with two or three colours for your palette; siding, trim and accent is best. If you’d like to use the three colour palette, be sure to balance where you want the accent colour so it doesn’t overwhelm the siding and trim colour.

Many believe that making the accent colour the darkest of the three colour choices is always the best way to go. Use your colour to emphasize the great parts of your house and draw the eye away from any negative features. If you’re in need of a colour consultation to make sure you’re comfortable with the combination of colours and where on the house they’ll be used we can also assist with that. Often we see the shutters, front door and garage highlight for emphasis of the curb appeal. However each home is unique.

When it comes to older homes, do your research

Updating any part of your home’s exterior should be done with care, but older houses can come with their fair share of challenges. Renovating the exterior can be a great way to verify that vapor barriers and insulation are up to date — and inspect window frames, gutters and trim for any damage.

Even painting can cause some problems. Painting on an older home can be difficult, depending on how many layers of paint are on and how well it’s been painted over time, if you’re looking to figure this out don’t hesitate to contact us to assist you. Dealing with past paint projects and various layers can cause more prep work and material cost however doing it right is always the best place to start and we’d be happy to make sure that is taking place.

Architectural details- respect these! Window shutters, molding around windows and doors, trim and other exterior details can all add interest to exterior styles. Energy-efficient windows, new trim, gutters and siding can improve performance as well as aesthetic. Anything that improves the building envelope as well as curb appeal will go a long way, especially if you’re looking at  selling your home.

If you have the budget and the roof could use some upgrades it’s definitely something to consider.  Roofing is often overlooked when it comes to the exterior of the home and the curb appeal. Always a nice plus if you are selling!