Thursday, December 29, 2011

Amazing Christmas Gift: Part One

My boyfriend, Brad, got me the most incredible, and thoughtful gifts for Christmas. The first part is the sweetest little gold necklace, but with a cute hidden message. The beads on the chain spell out "Love" in morse-code ! It is from an online jewellery store called Coatt. I am in love with it ! Brad is officially the best gift giver.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Morning with heart-shaped waffles !

I hope that everyone had a lovely Holiday. I think my favourite part of Christmas, this year, was breakfast. Brad's friends did a Secret Santa (click here if you don't know what that means) and the girl that picked me bought the most fantastic gift possible: a waffle-maker that makes waffles in the shape of little hearts ! I have been having so much fun with it, and all the little icings and sprinkles that she also included in the gift. So, my family had lots of waffles, sausages, bacon, eggs and champagne for breakfast.

My adorable dog, Mollie
I couldn't think of ideas for what my family could get me for Christmas, so I just asked for money. Only, my mom was super awesome and remembered that Brad and I had been complaining about wanting to go snowboarding, only I can't afford to this year. So, she and my dad bought Brad and I each a gift card to cover the cost of 2 days at a ski hill just over the border !
Ben, with the new Thor headphones I bought him

My brother bought me the movie "Troll 2", which has had the long-running title of Worst Movie Ever Made. I bought him these outrageous Thor headphones and this tee-shirt. We always like to give each other strange gifts.

If you get a chance, check out the blog Gazing Away. I noticed a link on facebook recently, and it's a blog by a girl that went to the same highschool as me. Anyways, she posts a million awesome hair&beauty tutorials, so check it out !
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gifts: From a friend

Little birdy teacup
I exchanged gifts with my friend, last weekend, and she really enjoyed the pillows that I made her. I was relieved, because as much as I love gift giving it can be stressful. I couldn't have asked for a more thoughtful and sweet gift, in return ! She got me a soy candle, a teacup, and a tin of Earl Grey tea.

I can't express how much I love this adorably sweet teacup. I have been drinking even more tea than usual, because I feel that it should always be out on display instead of sitting in a cupboard.

Paddywax "Snow" soy candle

I have been burning this candle every time I'm in my room, and I still can't get enough of it. The combination of spruce, holly and cranberry is enough to make any room (even in this mild, snowless winter) feel Christmas. 

Tazo Earl Grey tea (available at Starbucks)

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I drink two things constantly: tea, and Diet Coke (I'm really healthy, right..?). Earl Grey is my absolute favourite.. it's such a classic! I love sitting in front of the fire watching movies with a nice cup of earl grey tea. 

On an unrelated note, I am one person away from having 400 followers ! I would never have thought that to be possible when I started this blog, two years ago. I am so grateful. I have also decided that I am going to open up an Etsy store to sell these pillows and other designs, like it. I should be looking at opening it after Christmas, when all the excitement of the holidays begins to die down. Hope everyone is having a great week, so far ! x

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Gifts: Handmade Pillows

I have this one friend who is just the loveliest, and since I couldn't decide what to buy her for Christmas, I chose to make her gift ! Not to brag, but I am in love with how these pillows turned out, and I will definitely make a couple for myself with the left-over fabric. She (I'm not using names, because I haven't given them to her yet lol) loves little sweet housewares as much as I do, so choosing the design was very easy! Originally, I was going to take two old photo frames and, with the same fabric and design, create wall art for their new house. However, Value Village wanted to charge me $20 for 2 frames, and I thought that was a bit high. 

My question to you all is this: hypothetically speaking, if I were to open an Etsy store and sell pillows like these and other rustic-cute housewares+trinkets, would that be something that you could see yourself buying? I just want some feedback before I spend the last of my money on purchasing some listings !
(fox+deer pillows made by me)

I have had to get creative with gifts, this Christmas. In the summer I had more money than I knew how to spend.. but apparently I found a way to spend it. I have two more gifts to buy and then I'm broke.. what a terrible feeling. But, I am really happy with all of the gifts that I have purchased, so far ! I am beyond excited to give Brad his gift, since I know he'll love it ! Buying for my dad was simple this year: he just asked me to sew suede elbow-patches onto a cardigan that my late grandfather gave to him. I think it's a wonderful idea, and it barely cost anything ! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. x

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Baking: Terry's Chocolate Orange shortbread cookies !

I was in a christmas baking mood again, last night. I saw a recipe for these Terry's Chocolate Orange shortbread cookies, and since orange-flavoured chocolate is both mine and Brad's favourite, I figured these would be perfect ! They were so easy to make, and only took about an hour, including baking time. x
(Recipe originally found here)

Sunday, December 4, 2011