Dec 8 2011

christmas lovelies.

Here we go. It’s Christmas decoration time. And this one’s a doozy.
After days and days of saying to myself that I would post–I have finally cleared away some time to clear out all my current project materials from the living room so that I could take pictures of our decor.
I really did intend on posting a lot of these decor items as DIY’s, but…you know how it goes at Christmas. DIY posts take twice as long as just doing the project, and I just didn’t have the spare time to share. Sigh.
But hopefully you can be inspired by some of the images. My goal was to spend as little money as possible, and use materials that I could find in the backyard, or at thrift stores. I’m majorly pleased with the outcome.

These wood decorations are some of my favourites. They were so easy to make and I really think they are adorable. There is a total of 10 different images used. Special thanks to Sarah who let me nab some of her MANY stamps for these. Check out her website here: “Stampinsars

These baubles were amazingly easy (and despite mine being slightly lop-sided, I still like them). There are a million and one tutorials online for them (just search yarn balloon DIY and your bound to find something).

The next decoration (the book bird) I found on Pinterest. Not going to lie–I’m still not totally sold on it–although I have thoroughly enjoyed it for the Christmas inspiration. I found the DIY on the users website, here: “Under the Table & Dreaming
I also glued hooks to some pine cones to hang on the tree. Simple, but lovely.

My twig stars are another Pinterest find, although I have yet to find the original website for them. So easy. And FREE.

I found this stump in my parents back yard. It made for the perfect little candle holder.

For years, Dave and I have been wanting an advent calendar, but have never liked the cheesy ones in stores. I came up with this idea, kind of as I went (the original plan was a lot different from the finished product). The tags are balsa wood with chalkboard paint on one side, and (printed out) victorian christmas cards (with the corresponding number printed on them). Dave came up with a daily advent reading. (I’ll post that up later).

(Picture 1) Yarn Christmas trees – easy-peasy, and so cute! (Picture 2) As we have been finishing off homemade preserves from the fall, I have been using the empties as candle holders.

This little deer was meant for my Etsy shop. But somehow it never got posted. Weird. ;)

And last, but certainly not least – What’s Christmas decor without a wreath on your front door? Here’s my version.


Dec 7 2011

no sparkles.

Inspired by a new blog I just discovered (From Me To You), I learnt how to make one of these this afternoon.
An animated gif.
As the kids are calling them these days: “A Cinemagraph” (makes it sound so much more classy, eh?)
ALthough to be honest, there’s a lot more you can do with animated gifs – er – cinemagraphs these days. Gone are the days of bad cartoonish clip-art images and animated sparkles.
I think I’m going to do some more.


Nov 29 2011

’tis the season to perform…

It’s that time of year again. When everybody goes to Christmas parties and concerts and enjoys lovely Christmas music everywhere they go. And for musicians…it means it’s that time of year to be a performing monkey.
But really, I enjoy it.
This year I’m involved in only a handful of things (a response to last year where I did an overload and didn’t enjoy Christmas time). The first that’s coming up is the ladies Christmas Tea at Ross Road Community Church. I will be performing a couple of songs, as well as accompanying on piano for some carols. It is this Saturday at 11AM. Tickets are available at Ross Road CC.
Another thing that I am involved in is “Song Strings & Steps: A Christmas Tale”. SS&S is a large concert put on twice a year by Calvin Dyck, and has many talented young musicians and performers involved in it. I’m singing in an ensemble with some MEI alumni, which has been lovely. It’s nice to be back in the swing of singing in a group and having to learn music again.
Anyway…I believe that you will thoroughly enjoy this concert. Tickets are available at House of James, or Kings Music.


Nov 22 2011

newest project. top secret.

I just started working a a new project. I’m beyond excited about it. So excited that it’s difficult to not show all my progress as I go. But alas, I think it will be much more exciting to reveal it when it’s finished.

Huzzah for projects!


Nov 18 2011

the first snow.

It’s a rare thing for me to be able to go out the morning after a snowfall and photograph it. Over the last few years, it seemed inevitable that every time it snowed over night, I was working the next morning. Usually by the time I got home from work, it was always too dark to take pictures. And by the time I had a day off…well..the snow usually would be gone, or not nearly as pretty.

Last night when it snowed, I made a point of making sure that I woke up as early as possible to go out first thing to take pictures. I also took my film camera with me (as part of a new project of mine to start using film more often)
Let me just point out as well–I LOVE the snow. So not only was I taking pictures, but being out first thing in the morning in the snowy woods was just glorious. (It was also super foggy at first, which made for some neat photos too.)
Happy day!
Here are some favourites from the morning.