31 December 2006
29 December 2006
photos of houses in our neighbourhood. The first one is fuzzy but I like it anyway. The last one is our house.
One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is looking at all the pretty lights on houses and trees. Steve wanted to use the new blue LED lights and we got two different shades of blue. It's a nice effect I think. I saw greenish turquoise lights that I would like to get to put around the windows for next year.
27 December 2006
Even though we have a real fireplace we like to play this fireplace DVD cos it has a nice soundtrack.
Me and Mama - Christmas dinner. I look exhausted from cooking and from very little sleep on Christmas Eve.
Unwrapping the gifts
mixing the dough for fruitcake hermit cookies
ready for the oven
the finished product ready to eat!
our festive diningroom window
24 December 2006
This santa is very old and has been hung on the Roberts Christmas tree for many years
I do hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and lots of good food, nice presents and holiday cheer. I'm going to make gluuheim tonight - a german mulled spice wine and we'll have a nice selection of cheeses and dips. It will just be Steve and me for Christmas eve, since our guests won't be arriving until Christmas Day.
Looking forward to watching The Christmas Story - the boy who wants the Red Rider bb gun, and my favorite movie A Christmas Carol with Alistar Sim.
22 December 2006
my antique tray from Goodwill, all cleaned up
my beaded napkin rings
Rain today! Yuk! Drat! Ick!
I want some snow in southern ontario, now, please!!
I wish they could send all the excess snow from Colarado here so we can have a white Christmas. (I do hope all the Christmas travellers make it to their destinations.)
We had to go to the dreaded mall yesterday to snag a few more gifts. Unfortunately Whitby does'nt have much in the way of small cute shops like Toronto does. So we found parking, 2 miles from the mall it seemed, and went in like brave soldiers to join the swarm of people in a mall that never ends, trying to find the music store, Old Navy and a few others. Man, what chaos.
It's no fun trying to weave your way through a sea of people who don't really look where they're going. GRR!
It's not enjoyable to line up with 8 people already ahead of you, each holding 3-4 items, and then have the check out clerk ask for a price check. ARG!
It's certainly not entertaining to have to search for your car for 15 minutes, then line up for another 15 minutes just to exit the mall parking lot. AHH!
My sister was smart. She used her head and bought everything online, and had everything waiting on her doorstop. Stress-free, hassle-free, and easy peasy.
I've learned my lesson, and how! Next year will be the beginning of a new shopping tradition. Thanks sis!
This will likely be my last blog until the 27th or so.
I wish everyone the merriest, happiest Christmas!
the decoration at the park near us
19 December 2006
I got the last 4 cards mailed out this morning, I baked a batch of brandy molasses lace cookies last night (very sweet - whoa!) and I've purchased a couple more gifts, and treated myself to some beautiful crystal wineglasses for Christmas dinner - they're so fab! I just love a beautifully set table with nice linen napkins and tablecloth.
Now I'm going to work on my napkin rings and then start another batch of cookies. Maybe wrap a few gifts tonight while watching tv. I feel a little less stressed now. I just want to enjoy the process of making and baking and not feel like I'm watching the clock or calendar. Tis the season to have fun! Think I'll go make myself a hot cup of cocoa now.
18 December 2006
St. Lawrence Mk. Front St. Toronto
Front St. Toronto CN tower on left (click on photo to enhance)
Christmas is in one week people! Nooooo! Not ready yet?!, Have'nt made all the cookies, or finished shopping, or made Eddie's stocking, still need to mail 4 cards, wrap presents, then plan for Christmas dinner. How could I let this happen?
Okay, I'm not going to beat myself up about it, I'll just pace myself and try to get some things done. I know I can't do everything. So busy trying to clean and organize a very messy house in preparation for guests this weekend. Dinner party on Saturday. It's overwhelming, so I'm just going to say to heck with it, and just go with the flow now. If if it does'nt get done, tough! Christmas won't be ruined if I don't get that stocking made or I don't finish my beaded napking rings or if I only have 2 kinds of cookies, instead of 5 kinds. Why should we work ourselves into a anxious frenzy and be too stressed to enjoy the season. We need to give ourselves a break. We need copious amounts of dark chocolate and a few glasses of good cheer (I'm talkin booze, friends). So put on some Bing Crosby Christmas tunes or a Christmas movie, and put your feet up.
Enjoy your holiday and enjoy your families and friends and RELAX!
(This blog entry was mainly a message to myself to relieve me of tremendous anxiety about the holidays. Hope it helps you too, if you're feeling the same.)
12 December 2006
11 December 2006
08 December 2006
So, I'm off to Toronto for the weekend to do some shopping and a few appts. I may go into the crazy Eaton Cente Mall just for a few minutes to see the decorations maybe take a few photos, no shopping there though, I'll be hitting some cute little boutiques instead, to keep my sanity, thank you very much. I'd much rather buy unique gifts instead of something mass-produced or run of the mill. It's so much nicer to receive something one-of-a-kind and also help the independent shops. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and hopefully stress free, stay away from the malls people!
06 December 2006
05 December 2006
Scotty the bear
Here is some of my latest work, this teddy bear I created for my little nephew Callum (who is almost a year old on Dec.31) and a few of my cards. For the bear, which I named Scotty, since he has plaid arms and legs, I embroidered his facial features, adding a silly grin. I also appliqued the initial 'C' on his belly,and gave him a french knot for a belly button and a cheery red scarf to keep him from getting a chill (tee hee). It was a real sense of satisfaction making him and seeing the progress day to day, so I very much enjoyed doing this project. I hope little baby Callum loves him and they become good friends, I can just picture him sleeping with him or dragging him around the house.
Now, I'm off to work on some more cards and then later, my friend Scotty is coming over to make cutout sugar Christmas cookies.
02 December 2006
Originally uploaded by little birds.
Love this! Have to make, luckily I have a lot of buttons in my collection.
So, hope everyone had a good weekend. Steve and I went to see 'Casino Royale' with the sexy Daniel Craig, that shot of him on the beach was tres yummy! Wow, what an action-packed, plot-twisting movie. Gorgeous exotic locale shots, smart and witty dialogue, courtesy of Canadian Paul Haggis (co-writer) and an amazing chase scene at the start of the movie. Highly recommended.
We also stopped by the St. Lawrence Antique show and saw alot of neat stuff, including lots of beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations, we bought a few ornaments to add to our growing collection. I've started to decorate the house, A Euclyptus wreath with silver bells and set out our collection of vintage Christmas cards, and were going to put the outside house lights on tonight. Still more to do, of course, in due time.
I love this Christmas Village scene:
Here is a photo of another cat named Ziggy. You may have heard about her in the news recently. She was found in a ships container in Liverpool England after being trapped for 17 days without food or water. Poor Ziggy, who was named for her different colored eyes after David Bowie, was rescued, and they are trying to find her owners (if any) in Israel where the ship came from. If I could, I would adopt her!
01 December 2006
I recently made some lavender sachets
This felted craft is so cute!
I started making Christmas cards yesterday, using fabric applique on the cards, it's easy and fun. I made 3 so far. 11 to go, will photograph and add to the blog soon. These cards are really nice. (not mine)
I feel pretty lousy - got a cold and it's rainy last two days - yuck! Does'nt feel Christmasy yet outside. I finished making my nephews' teddy bear - hope he will like it. It is so cute! So, 24 shopping days left now. I want to make cookies soon, my friend Scotty is coming next week to bake sugar cookies here. I'm watching Martha Stewart lately, with all the Christmas projects, feeling very inspired, but low on energy so I'd better pace myself. Oh yeah, I want to make stockings for Archie and Edie. So many things to do, I always want to do so much stuff, but I know I can't do everything I wish to do. Sigh.
30 November 2006
I snapped this photo in the Beaches area, Queen St. E.
So Steve said I could make a list of stuff I want for Christmas. He said he'll choose what to get, and to list as much as stuff as I like. Of course, I won't get everything on the list but hey, this is gonna be fun.
So, here is my list:
- for the kitchen. I know I'm being very wishful here.
- for my cookbook collection. These desserts made me drool.
- for my interior design book collection. I so love country shabby chic.
- for my hair and this. To conquer my bad hair days and cuz my current dryer sucks.
This is what I came up with, thus far, more to come...
Toronto Eaton Centre, last Christmas
29 November 2006
28 November 2006
Archie wants to get in the basket with Eddie but alas, there is no room. They usually sleep together on the sofa or the ottoman, they love to cosy up to one another. I love to watch them sleeping, they look so sweet and peaceful.