The Drake Devonshire – Prince Edward County

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The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com

In July, we took a weekend trip to Prince Edward County with some friends. We had beautiful weather, and loved checking out the wineries, a cider company, and breweries.

Saturday night we went to the Drake Devonshire for  our 5-a-7. The location was beautiful. So great.

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It’s got the same cool, mid-century feel as the Drake Hotel in Toronto, but more Palm Springs inspired with all the outdoor aspects due to it being right on Lake Ontario. I would absolutely love to stay there and wake up with their yoga classes on the waterfront, and a phenomenal brunch.

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com
*cheering emoji*

They had some delicious mixed drinks. I got their Wanderlust (grapefruit, cucumber, mint, raspberry, lemon, seltzer water, and added tequila). We also had their “loaded potatoes” with a delicious spicy sauce.

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the lakeshore

Wouldn’t that be an awesome view for your morning coffee?!

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the patio

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Certainly a boutique hotel and restaurant is a little more expensive than others, but I’d say it was worth it. The Drake was wonderful, and I’m looking  forward to trying it again next time we head out that way!

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

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One of my favourite things to do is to make my own cards. Whenever I run out of my packages of blank cards and envelopes from Michael’s, and have to give someone a card, I feel disappointed. How can I find the exact words I want to say in a store-bought card? It’s impossible. 
I’m just way better of an artist and writer. 
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If you are in a pinch, you can always buy the packages that every store seems to sell, but there are always a bunch of duds in there. What you can do, is take a picture of it, or buy it and scan it, and recreate whichever card you liked most. 
In all seriousness, receiving a handmade card is a lot more heartfelt- even if you’re terrible at drawing, and you just scribbled a heart on a piece of scrap paper and folded it in half, you cared enough to do so. 
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There are many different routes you can go with Valentines, and my favourite is the funny way. Of course, I don’t mind the cheesy ones, but it’s way more fun to be sassy and unexpected, so most of the ideas posted above are humorous (hah, get it? with the skeleton?).

Looking for inspiration? Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board here, and you’ll find some of the sources. Another great source for inspiration (other than wandering the aisles of card stores) is Etsy.

Once you have ideas that you like, practice them- or just free-hand it. I tried doing a cat for one of my friends, but it was her cat, so it actually had to look right. And she has a Persian, which I’d never drawn before. I’m still working on that one.

Michael’s has lots of different options for packages of envelopes and blank cards (sizes, colours etc.) so check them out. If you’re not mailing the card, you can always just use construction paper, or any other paper you find to draw on.

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The cards I drew above are:
-Dinosaurs “I’m horny.” “You always are.”
-Dat Ass Tho
-You are the ketchup to my fries!
I drew the cards, wrote my messages, and popped them in the mail for my 3 bridesmaids because we don’t live in the same city, and they’re my best friends. 

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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This past Wednesday, Nic and I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario for a fun date to celebrate 7 months of marriage. Wednesdays from 6-9 the Gallery is free. (That is something I miss about Ottawa- all museums and galleries are free Thursday evenings, whereas the ROM here is only slightly cheaper on Friday nights.)

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

This was a really cool display: Benjamin Cheverton created this reduction machine to copy larger sculptures into smaller ones.

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca