Thursday, December 27, 2012

Carebear Countdown

Now that it's all said & done, I can finally show you what I crafted for the 4 sweet children for Christmas:

I found the pattern (for free!) on a blog via Pinterest. (I am unable to find the link anymore...sorry!)

From left to right: Cheer Bear (for Helen), Funshine Bear (for Henry), Good Luck Bear (for Johnny), and Goodnight Bear (for Owen).

I do not know why the green bear turned out so much larger than the others. In any case, it's size suits it's new owner :) 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Party Season

So, December is flying by. How did that happen? I am enjoying the first day of my two week holiday today. Baking & making & blogging & getting ready to go to a family Christmas gathering later this afternoon.

Dan & I hosted our annual Christmas party earlier in December. We had 19 or 20 guests I think, and we had a great time. Luckily, our kitchen island adjustment was done just in the nick of time! I think I meant to blog about that but just never got around to's still a giant rectangle, but now we have seating on two sides instead of just the short end....oh look, here are some photos WITH Christmas party food included!

Changes in progress.

With granite & party food!

We changed around the bases a bit to accommodate more seating, and got a new granite top. Love it!

Last night we all donned our holiday best and enjoyed the Farm Christmas Party. Here's what we (I) wore;

Dress: Banana Republic Black & White Printed Wrap Dress
Heels: same ones from last year!
Necklace: cheap-o one from Suzy Shier

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Gift Guide!

Dan & I are taking it easy on Christmas this year. As in, we have exactly 4 gifts to buy. (Plus something for the littles, but you know me & crafts - it's in the works already! If you follow me on Instagram you'd have seen a sneak peak of THE cutest thing I've ever made. I know I say that a lot, (it's my catch phrase??), but I keep outdoing myself, so, it fits!)

I am weirdly excited about the small gift list. I feel like this Christmas is going to be no stress at all! Since my fam is going to Belize later on in lieu of holidaying in Lethbridge over the technical Festive season, we are calling off gift giving this year. I couldn't be happier about it! (And, I think Michael is too). (Ha). Also, Dan & I have decided to get a new TV as our Christmas gift for each other.

Anyway, if I were getting Christmas presents this year, here are some things I'd want, and also some things I just like, and a few things that I might buy for other people!

1) First up, these earrings made by my friend Cheryl! I myself am not an earring wearer, but I can't help but love these. Cheryl is discontinuing her earring line, so what you see on that page is what there is. (I may have already snapped up a pair for someone!) I love the "Autumn Leaves Chevron" ones, pictured below.

 2) I've signed this book out of the library several times, and would love to actually own it! I want to get on the "stacked books as display" bandwagon (I just do, ok?) and while the content is home decor eye candy, the teal cover is really what I love!

3) Kobo E-Reader for the win! Do most people have these already? I totally want one....before I am flying all around south of the 49th parallel (hint hint birthday gift Dan hint hint)! The price point seems pretty reasonable, and I like how with the Kobo you can sign out library books. Our library also just got Zinio, so I wonder if you can read magzines on a Kobo too? Anyone? Regardless, I think this would make a great gift!

4) Charity gifts. Perfect for the people who have everything! This also makes a great corporate gift, I think. (As in, yes, I give this to my bosses). My favorite charities are the World Vision Gift Catalog, and BC Children's Hospital. (Since my nephews spent so much time there, it's become closer to home). Alternatively, (shameless plug ahead), you could click over to that "OCC Fund Page" at the top of the page and donate to my fundraising efforts to go to Costa Rica!

5) For someone small, it doesn't get cuter than these little delights! I have some seriously talented friends - this is Rachel's shop. What kid wouldn't love those Wee Mouse Tin House things? So cute. 

6) Coffee Card. I am sorry, but this is one of my go-to gifts, and EVERYBODY loves to get some free coffees, or lattes, or ice caps or passion tea lemonades or whatever! Can't go wrong with a gift card to a favorite coffee place.

I think that covers what I personally would love to get & give! What about you? What are your favorite things to give & get at Christmas? Love to hear! (I need some ideas for 3 out of those 4 gifts we need to buy!)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

(Almost) 2 Years later...

I has been a long time coming, but I FINALLY finished recovering this chair! Anyone remember when I mentioned in passing that I got a wingback chair off of Craigslist? It was 18 months ago, so I really would doubt that you'd remember. Anyway, I finally started working on it this past spring and just finished (this afternoon!)

Here's the before:

 And here's the after:

I'm liking it a lot, and am pretty proud of myself for getting it to look as good as it does. By no means professional grade, but still pretty good :) I couldn't get the arm end things to go on properly, so I cut some foamy stuff I had to the right shape, covered them in fabric and glue gunned them on. Works for me.

I am mostly just glad that I can move on to the next project! There is never a shortage around here!