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See my DIY in a Magazine!

I am super excited to share this news with all of you.  I have had to keep it secret for so long!


I wrote a DIY article for the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Ottawa at Home magazine!!  This is only the second time a DIY of mine has been in print, so I am feeling a little giddy. 

If you aren’t already a regular reader of the magazine, you are missing
out on pages of fabulous inspiration, beautifully appointed homes and, for this issue, my holiday-themed DIY!  Now everyone who reads the magazine has the inside scoop on how to make one-of-a-kind Christmas spiders.  For readers who don’t celebrate Christmas, these spiders are still a fun and easy DIY – I turned a few into a sparkly Halloween wreath.

Working with the photographer, Michel Gamache, was a new experience for me but I think we made a great team.  We photographed a few different versions, and more than one was used for the feature.  When I saw the finished piece, I thought that was a great editorial decision because readers can see a few different colour variations.  Having blogged for almost two years, with a bundle of DIY projects under my belt, it was definitely an odd feeling to photograph a DIY project, write up the instructions and then just have the finished tutorial appear in my inbox (if only everything happened that magically)! 

Apologies to anyone with arachnophobia, but I promise spiders aren’t a regular theme here.  Really, I have oodles of fun and fabulous DIY projects that aren’t in any way creepy (take a look here).  Might I suggest some felted wool billy buttons (you can use the tutorial to make cozy Christmas tree garland, too) or perhaps a pretty chain and coin pearl necklace for something sparkly, but not scary.



  1. Owl
    November 6, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    Wow, congratualtions Tanya!! That's so exciting! How did you keep the secret? I would've spilled the beans for sure as I am also a terrible secret keeper 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      Haha, thanks! I think that having distractions helped (being in Hungary, etc). Also, I was afraid to jinx it. If I had spilled the beans, maybe the piece would have been pulled (that sounds logical, right?)

  2. How2home
    November 6, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Amazing! Congrats on your magazine feature! Well deserved 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      Awww, thanks so much! That means a lot to me 🙂

  3. Erika @ Our Cozy Cubbyhole
    November 6, 2012 / 3:30 pm

    Congrats!! How exciting 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks Erika!

  4. Hannah
    November 6, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    Congrats!! So cool!Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks Hannah! It feels surreal!

  5. sandpaperandglue
    November 6, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Congrats to you!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I'm pretty excited, it was such a fun experience and so different than blogging.

  6. Cathy
    November 6, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    Wow… congratulations on being in print again. Does your face hurt from smiling so much. What a thrill. This DIY looks lovely, now I need to make it.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 6, 2012 / 9:28 pm

      Haha! I was grinning like mad for awhile. I needed this boost because my research is driving me up the wall. This was the pick-me-up I needed!

  7. Tamsyn
    November 7, 2012 / 1:08 am

    Congrats, I'm so excited for you Tanya!! The feature looks amazing 🙂 I'm very much looking forward to bringing my spider out again this year for Christmas xx

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 7, 2012 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Tamsyn! I'm so happy your spider has survived for another Christmas (a few of the kiddos in my family like squishing them). Your tree was beautiful last year, can't wait to see it this year.

  8. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    November 7, 2012 / 3:18 am

    Congrats! That's absolutely AMAZING!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 7, 2012 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Ashley, you're so sweet!

  9. cred
    November 7, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    That's so exciting! I just picked up some beautiful beads yesterday to make spiders. A few years ago, I made some as gifts but was inspired by your Halloween versions so I'm making more this year (even a couple for Halloween although it's past). I will follow your lead and keep a few special ones for myself to keep around the house.Congratulations on the article! I'm off to check out Ottawa at Home.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 7, 2012 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I did my Halloween spiders FAR in advance so that when fall was approaching I just had to make the wreath, so I think that's a great idea. I think you'll also enjoy a few around the house. They catch the light and are just so sparkly. And they are great for plants that refuse to flower (like every plant I've had).

  10. Jae
    November 7, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    Congratulations. That's so cool!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 7, 2012 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks 😀

  11. erica | wicked bride
    November 7, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    This is so fantastic, t – congrats!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 7, 2012 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks, E. I appreciate how supportive you were during the process!!

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