MAKE SOMETHING: 5 DIY projects to try this weekend

If you’re not lucky enough to live is sunny California (jealous), cold winter days are the perfect time to get your craft on. Here’s some great DIY projects to keep you busy and warm you up this weekend.
5 DIY's to try this weekend/ The Sweet EscapeTUTORIALS : macrame garland / gem garland / wall hanging / marble clock / wire basket side table


TUNES: my favourite Songza playlists right now


I’ve talked about this before but I’m a huge music nerd. And not the snobby kind. I just REALLY love music. The typical boyfriend shopping online dating screening process question “what kind of music are you into?” is such a loaded question so I usually just say “the good kind”. That’s not even the truth because I’m into almost* everything, the good, the bad & the ugly. If it makes happy or want to move or chills me out then I like it. The range of what I like is seriously huge. Working from home means that I listen to music pretty much all day and my go-to source is usually Songza. Are you a fan? I don’t use the suggested playlists much, I like to dig deep and browse.

Here’s what playlists have been on heavy rotation around here lately. I do like some new & popular music, I swear, but you wouldn’t know it by this list. Confession – I love oldies music. Like a lot. I was going to separate these lists into when is a good time to listen to them but it’s not so much about the activity than the mood for me. Sometimes I like to twist’n’shout first thing in the morning and sometimes I’m more in Sunny Patio Vibes mood. *I generally don’t go for sad, depressing, screaming, wordless, synthesized music. Major bonus points if a song has clapping.

At the Hop

Lazy Summer

Motown Dance Party: The 60’s

Soul Food Kitchen

Sunny Patio Vibes

The Ultimate Oldies Party

Today’s Coffee Shop Blend

Twist ‘n’ Shout

Vintage Cocktail Party

Vintage R&B Cocktail Hour

Walking on Sunshine

Celebrate Good Times

What do you like to listen to when you’re working or cutting loose? Feel free to share some of your favourite playlists below, I love sharing music!

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PRETTY TECH: french for lovers free desktop wallpaper & design

Oh hey March. I’m happy to see you because that means that February is over but you’re still a pretty miserable month. You’re like the monthly equivalent of Tuesday. Not as bad as Monday but not that great either. I’m not sure what came over me this weekend but it seems that I was feeling very amour with French. So I went to get a poutine and designed these cheeky prints for you. As you know by this post I did a few weeks back, blush pink is very trendy right now. These are perfect if you’re looking for a that pop of pink to make you blush in your space. These designs are pretty darn cute on some of the great accessories you can get from Society6. BONUS! Use this link and receive FREE international shipping until March 8. And because I love you so much, pun intended, I made desktop wallpapers of each one too. Enjoy Mon Cheri!

je taime print

je taime

BUY JE’TAIME: print / tote bag / pillow / mug / phone case

Je T'aime free desktop wallpaper

Click here to download the free Je T’aime desktop wallpaper.

oh la la print

oh la la merchandise

BUY OH LA LA: print / tote bag / clock / pillow / phone case

oh la la french free desktop wallpaper download

Click here to download the free Oh La La desktop wallpaper.

mon cheri print by The Sweet Escape

mon cheri print by The Sweet EscapeBUY MON CHERI: print / pillow

mon cheri free desktop wallpaper downlaodClick here to download the free Mon Cheri desktop wallpaper.

This is just a small sample of what kind of fun stuff you can get with these designs so be sure to check out The Sweet Escape Society 6 shop to see the full collection and take advantage of the free worldwide shipping using this link.

Merry Mag Summer Issue – Call for Contributors!

Merry Mag call-for-contributors

Fridays are already great but I have an extra Merry announcement for you today. I know it’s hard to think about spring & summer when it’s so freezing out but that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m super pumped to announce that after such a great response to the holiday issue of Merry Magazine that we’ve decided to do a 180° and make it all about Summer! Yup, there’s going to be a Summer issue of Merry Mag coming your way.

Merry magazine was this crazy idea that started as a seed in my brain and came together so quickly that I didn’t really have time to think about its future beyond Christmas. Hence the name. But you know what? I realized that Merry is the perfect name for any season or occasion because the handmade goodness that we share in Merry is what makes it so merry any time of the year.

DIY: Fresh Flower Birthday Hat / The Sweet Escape

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited to see this little online magazine grow. Thank you so much to all the contributors and those who enjoyed it and shared it. In the spirit of sharing the Merry love and starting each season off with a fresh start, we’re going to be shaking things up a bit on the contributor page.


Myself and a small jury of awesome creative folks are going to be looking for new contributors to join some returning contributors for the Summer issue.

If you’re interested in becoming a contributor, please fill out the Merry Mag contributor online application by end of day (midnight) Friday, March 6. 

We’re looking for some fresh new ideas in the area of DIY, Food, Entertaining, Home Decor, Style & Outdoor Living. If you have a fresh & bright summer style, take great photos, like working with other awesome bloggers and have a great attitude, we want to work with you!

flower story by The Sweet Escape

Oh and if you’re a writer and perhaps don’t have a blog of your own, I’ll also be looking for a writer to help with the non-blogger submitted creative copy. If that’s you, please send an email to with a few samples of your work. Editorial experience would be ideal but not mandatory.

I can’t wait to see what you have to share!



Top & Bottom Photos by: Maya Visnyei

Flower crown photo from this DIY post.


GOOD EATS: roasted garlic & onion grilled cheese with creamy tomato soup

Roasted Garlic & caramelized onion grill cheese with Creamy tomato soup / The Sweet EscapeAre you drooling right now? Food posts are my fav because I get to eat all the props after. This one was especially delicious. Can you think of a better meal during this frigid winter? This recipe is a gourmet take on the classic grilled cheese & tomato soup combo. The soup is rich and creamy, topped with salty and delicious bacon bits. The grilled cheese uses fresh artisan sour dough bread and sweet roasted garlic along with your favourite cheese.

Did I mention that it pairs perfectly with some Cabernet Sauvignon? Stop by the Kendall-Jackson Wines blog to see the full recipe. Enjoy!

Roasted Garlic & caramelized onion grill cheese with Creamy tomato soup / The Sweet Escape