Nov 11 2011

wintery mood inspirations…

As I have been thinking about decorating for Christmas, I’ve been looking through photographs of mine from winters past. I have an idea of what I want to do with these images (and more), but I’ll save that for another post. :)
I’m digging the aged black and white for the wintery images–I feel like it brings out a certain mood in the pictures that I really like.
I keep seeing little hints of snow in the far off weather forecast and it’s difficult to not get excited and imagine a white Christmas. Although…
Anyone who lives here in the Fraser Valley knows that white Christmases are few and far between. More like “White-End-Of-Februarys”…

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Nov 9 2011

it’s beginning to look a lot like…

I have a little magnet countdown to Christmas on my fridge right now. And it tells me that we’ve got 46 days left.
Good grief, where has this year gone??

Anyway.

This year, I have decided to be proactive. I love Christmas, but it seems that every year I’ve put off making Christmas pretties (er, decorations) and our house just looks a little blah. But not this year. I have a bit more time on my hands right now, and I have decided to use it, along with my thrift store super powers to make my house look fabulously festive. I have a long list. And I will be sharing it with you as I go! My inspiration for the decor is West Coast festive.

(side note: This was supposed to be a DIY post, but I got so into the project that I forgot to take pictures as I went)

My first project was throw pillow covers. Christmas throw pillows can be dorky. It’s something I almost didn’t do, because it can be the one thing that pushes you over that fine line of cute festive decor to crazy christmas bomb decor.

I went to the thrift store in search of any fabric item in my colour scheme (greens, browns, greys, creams) and after not finding anything in cotton…I had a brainwave–cozy sweaters! I can’t even describe how happy I am with how this turned out. The sweaters really made them unique. I also bought a big bag of mismatched buttons that I used, and will also be using for other projects.

I decided to do some festive silhouettes on a few pillows using these templates that I made (reindeer head + tree branch).

Et, voila!

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Nov 3 2011

impressions of a vacation.

We’ve done it.
Booked our vacation for 2011.
It only took us the entire year to decide…
And of course, it will be at the very end of the year.
I haven’t had a real non-work related trip for some time now, so as you can imagine, I’m fairly stoked. We decided to go to Banff over New Years. The original thing that drew us to Banff was the Banff Springs Hotel, but after looking at their prices (minimum $400 a night, up to $1400! Phew!) we decided that we’d go the cheaper route at a different hotel (and then loiter in the Banff Springs Hotel lobby when we could)
I’ve never been on a wintery vacation such as this. We have a cabin up north by 100 Mile House that for years and years I tried to convince my family to spend Christmas up there, but to no avail. In my mind, wintery vacations are lovely and perfect and cozy and all those things you think of when you imagine the perfect winter.
I seem to have this problem, however, of setting myself up for failure with vacations. I imagine everything happening just as it should. No traffic on the way. The hotel rocks. The weather is perfect. Everything is reasonably priced. The food is amazing. In a sense, I’ve already experienced the vacation in my mind before I’ve even arrived at the location. When any one of those things don’t happen…well…
Perhaps, however, I should take a different approach to vacationing.

Perhaps I should imagine everything going wrong. Arriving late at night, barely finding the hotel (and when we do, there’s no parking). The bed will be too small, and it will be uncomfortable (hmm…so far, this sounds like our San Francisco experience). The weather will be unseasonably awful, and when we try to escape from the weather–everything will be closed. We will prepare to spend way too much on food. And it could taste really bad. We will have not packed things we need.
And so in this case if I imagine all these things as true, I can prepare for the worst. I’ll think – “Hmm, spending time stuck in the hotel room playing board games isn’t so bad.” Then if anything in the aforementioned list fails to happen I’ll be exceedingly happy.
Yay for vacations!

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