DIY Washi Tape Advent Calendar

Friday, November 30, 2012

This week has been a bit of a rough one. I won't go into details, since it's not all that interesting, but let's just say I'm glad that this month is almost over. But since things have been so hectic lately, I'm really glad I took the simple/easy route with holiday crafts this year. I know December is going to be busy, as it always is, so I wanted to make our advent calendar for this year with activities for each day so we don't completely miss the season. Most of them are small, like 'make hot chocolate' or 'go for a walk in the woods', so I'm hoping it will be fun and not just another chore to add to our daily to-do lists. The entire calendar was super easy and quick to make using things I had on hand - I just taped a tree shape using washi tape, stamped each day and an activity on a place card and taped those up as well. You could do the same with little treats for each day, or tape up a tree and add some ornaments. I also reused one of my Danish paper stars for the tree top and my God Jul banner and hung up a few honeycomb paper balls to make things feel a bit more festive. I have a few more small holiday crafts to share soon, too. You'll have to excuse the dark, grainy photos. It's impossible to photograph indoors these days. Happy almost December! 

Christmas Inspiration

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's starting to be that time of year when visions of felt garlands, origami stars and sugar plums dance through my head. You guys read that book too, right? Or maybe it's just me that thinks too much about these things as soon as American Thanksgiving (or ok, earlier) is over. It's so dark here though that any brightening up is very welcome. Plus, scrolling through Pinterest with glazed over eyes seems to be a great way to procrastinate studying for my Danish exams. This year I'd like to keep things really simple for Christmas. I got carried away last year and our tiny place looked like a Twin Peaks Christmas shop exploded in it. I'm also finding that every year the commercialism of Christmas gets to me a little more. It's something I struggle with a lot anyway - I look at and make pretty things all day. While I definitely recognize the value of art, it's also far from saving lives. Lately I've been feeling the need to do more good, and I'd really like to start this Christmas. I usually get overwhelmed by all the places/people that need help, but even small steps have to be better than doing nothing. Handmade gifts, recycled decorations, volunteering at local shelters and donating to charities (I know this is a complex one) are the kinds of things on my Christmas list this year. Do you guys have any good ideas for ways to give back a little? 

All pictures from my Pinterest 

Fog & Cedar Winter Collection

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oh man, where did the last couple of weeks go? There's now frost on the ground in the mornings, it's dark by 4 and there are Christmas lights and carols. It's that time of year again. This is one of the things that has been keeping me busy - Nicola and have put together a little winter collection for Fog & Cedar. I've been spending my Saturdays going from studying Danish at the library to curling up on Nicola's sofa armed with pots of tea, our Canadian slippers and craft supplies all over the floor. It's not that hard to figure out that it might be the part of the weekend that I enjoy the most. We are really happy with the way it all turned out, and we hope you are too. There are new styles of the marbled clay beads, a special holiday gold dipped wooden bead necklace and hand dyed Cowichan wool ear warmers among others. There will be some more knitted goods added to the shop in the coming weeks as well. I had big plans of things to make, and things to blog about, but life gets in the way sometimes. And right now life means two more Danish exams (last ones ever - hopefully!) and a lamp to design and make for my final school project and then Christmas vacation. So close! Hope you all are staying cozy and finding ways to cheer up these grey days. 

Kate's Sprinkle

Friday, November 2, 2012

One last post of pictures leftover from the summer. The day before I left to come back here, my friends threw a little baby shower for my dear friend Kate. Kate was pregnant with her second girl, so she wanted something small (a sprinkle!) with just our group of girl friends who have known each other since elementary school. Luckily my stay overlapped with Chloe, who was visiting from Australia with her second baby boy Raff, by a couple of days so we were both about to attend. Mollie, another super mama, hosted the sprinkle in the beautiful backyard of her new house. She did an amazing job, cooking up a delicious brunch and setting the table with vintage china and cute zoo decorations while at the same time juggling sweet Celia. I can't really put into words how much I like these ladies. Even though we are all living such different lives in different places, there is something so special about friends that you have grown up with, that know you so well. It's been amazing to watch them become mothers, and they have made the rest of us the happiest aunties. And I think they get prettier with every baby, which isn't really fair. It makes it a bit tough, being so far away and missing milestones like first birthdays and first steps and the everyday changes that happen so fast with littles. But it also makes me more grateful for the time I get to spend with them. Beautiful Ivy was born about six weeks after these photos were taken, and I can't wait to meet her and see who she becomes. 

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