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Friday, October 24, 2014

10 Horrifyingly Fun Halloween Crafts

If you’re looking for some fun ways to entertain your little ones and get them into the Halloween spirit you’ve come to the right place. Sure, you could try putting on Charlie Brown or Jack Skellington, but why not go with something a bit more creative? Get everyone into the spooky season with these clever Halloween crafts. We’ve got a great list of projects for you and your brood to enjoy. And, as an added bonus, these crafts also make for charming Halloween decor! It’s a win-win.

1. Mason jar jack-o-lanterns - How sweet are these little guys?

Image via My Crafty Spot

2. Melted crayon pumpkin - Such an awesome craft and the finished product looks amazing!

Image via Crafty Morning

3. Glow-in-the-dark terrarium - This one requires a bit of planning, but allows for a lot of creativity. What scene will your kids want to make?

Image via Babble Dabble Do

4. Stained glass pumpkin - Perfect for younger crafters and sure to look nice in your home.

Image via Crafts on Sea

5. Mini haunted houses - No birds will want to live in these spooky abodes!

6. Pine cone spiders - These cute crawlers incorporate nature in such a fun way.

Image via Live Craft Eat

7. Masking tape mummy - Another great craft for little hands.

8. Ghosts in a jar - This one is definitely our favorite. It requires a few more supplies, but it's so adorable!

Image via Landeelu

9. Hanging bat craft - We love this craft because it presents a great opportunity to teach your children about bats. Why do they hang upside down? Are they birds or mammals? Find out together!

Image via Buggy and Buddy

10. Cardboard mini monsters - You can make your classic Frankenstein, or try and think up your own monsters!

Image via Crafts By Amanda

Halloween is coming up fast so we've got to ask: what ways have you and your family been getting ready for this fun holiday? Watching monster movies? Baking spooky treats? Carving pumpkins? Let us know below!

Home + Garden Trendsetter Of The Year: Who Will Win?

In July 2014, we announced a new contest: the Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year. Designed to propel a rising home and garden talent to stardom, we encouraged lifestyle bloggers from across America to apply and tell us why they deserved to win our amazing prize package: a 3-month, multi-show contract, opportunities for media appearances, and access to thousands of potential new, online followers. Though we received countless entries, only three could move forward to the next phase of the contest.

Ursula Carmona, Dave Marciniak, and Leanne Lee are heading to the Orlando Home Show for the final portion of the competition: deciding who the true Trendsetter is. Each contestant will present their best home, garden, and DIY tips on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Sunday, October 26th. After hearing the presentations, our celebrity judges will crown the Trendsetter of the Year.

Who do you think will win? The design innovator from Painesville, Ohio? The revolutionary gardening guru from Culpeper, Virginia? Or the DIY Diva from Parkville, Missouri? Check out their presentations and watch the culmination of this exciting contest!

The Orlando Home Show takes over the Orange County Convention Center, October 24-26, 2014. Get tickets to see home and garden celebrities, and watch as a new one is created! To get a sneak peek of the trendsetter presentations, watch the videos each finalist made on our Facebook page.

Did you know that connecting with us on Facebook has perks beyond getting to see these fun videos? Right now when you like us on Facebook you can get two tickets for the price of one to the Orlando Home Show! Treat a friend or family member to the show. We can’t wait to see you there!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Goodbye For Now From The Vancouver Home + Design Show

After four incredible days at last weekend's Vancouver Home + Design Show, we had to say goodbye. We know it's hard, but all good things must come to an end - and what a whirlwind weekend it was!

Missed the show? We've curated our favourite moments to make you feel as though you were there for every important moment.

Our favourite Scots, Colin & Justin, brightened up the Metrie Main Stage with their signature humour and styling tips for bringing Canadian cottage style into any home.

The one and only Bryan Baeumler took to the Metrie Main Stage to share his renovation know-how with his adoring Vancouver fans.

Things heated up on the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage with the Samsung Cooking Challenge: Tag Team Kitchen, hosted by Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. Elaine Vuong and her professional partner, Geoff Rogers of Blacktail Florist, beat out the competition and Elaine walked away with $5,000 worth of Samsung Appliances. What a win!

Urban Barn's Next Top Designer: Reloaded stole the show when three local undiscovered designers and decorators went head-to-head in the ultimate micro-management exercise. Each contestant designed a 150 square-foot space with $5,000 worth of Urban Barn furniture and accessories for display (and public vote). The winner, up-and-coming decorator Dexter Dolores, went home with $1,000 to Urban Barn, a feature in Westcoast Homes & Design magazine, and a 10x10 booth at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, 2015. Congrats, Dexter!

The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge 3: ChairLIFT raised over $600 for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver and their affiliated ReStores. The chair with the top bid? That went to the friendly decorator herself, Christine Friend, for her fun and sporty Canucks chair.

We're also proud to announce the winners of the Best Booth Awards, including:
Congrats to everyone! We're sending loads of gratitude to all of the guests, exhibitors, and presenters that made the Vancouver Home + Design Show 2014 so memorable. Don't miss out on your next chance to exhibit or visit, find details for the BC Home + Garden Show here. Mark your calendars for February 18-22, 2015 at BC Place Stadium.

Autumn Craft Challenge

Here at Marketplace Events we love getting crafty. We’ve done pumpkin paint offs and found lots of eggspiration. We’ve asked you to share your best DIYs and in turn we’ve given you lots of tips and ideas for projects. To celebrate fall we’re following our creative tradition and doing what we love best: an autumn craft challenge. We asked our colleagues to scour the internet and their childhood memories in search of the best autumn crafts for the home. Everyone had a minimal budget and three weeks to create something seasonal. Here’s a taste of what we came up with.

To see all the projects we created visit our Facebook page. Make sure to tell us what you think by voting for your favorite. The winning office will receive bragging rights and a pizza party, so don’t be shy – tell us who you think deserves to win. For more fall project ideas check out our Autumn Craft Challenge board on Pinterest. It has all of the projects we created (and a few others we think would be fun to try).


Did you know that connecting with us on Facebook has perks beyond getting to see fun craft challenges and home decor tips? It also gives you access to exclusive discounts! Right now when you like us on Facebook you can get two tickets for the price of one to the Marketplace Events fall home show of your choice. Happy Fall from Markplace Events!

Holiday Boutique Exhibitor Spotlight: dōTERRA

We're pleased to have dōTERRA joining us at the Holiday Boutique, November 6-9 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Before you see this wholesome exhibitor at the show, enjoy our interview with them below...

Name: Kristen Fuchs

Booth Number: 1235

Describe your products:
dōTERRA Essential Oils has a high quality of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. dōTERRA's products and essential oils support wellness on many levels and healthy lifestyles such as eating right, exercising, rest and stress management, and reducing the body's toxic load. Come and experience pure, effective, and safe essential oils! Feel better inside and out!

Price Range:
$$ - $20-$50

What are your featured items?
Featured items include wooden box with set of oils, unscented lotions to mix with essential oils, and assorted essential oils.

Why would your product make the perfect holiday gift?
Most people want to sleep better, have less stress, and look better. These are products perfect for stocking stuffers and also pampering gifts.

What is your favorite part about the Holiday Boutique?
Empowering others to be independent in their health by teaching them to become a healer in their own home!

Don't miss dōTERRA at the Holiday Boutique. The show is taking over the Overland Park Convention Center from November 6-9. With over 250 exhibitors it's the shopping event of the season! Don't have tickets yet? What are you waiting for? Buy them early to get the best deals - right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook.