Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blogmas Day 13: Decorated the Christmas Tree

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Tonight I decorated our Christmas tree. We decided to buy an artificial tree after a couple of years of buying real trees. We thought it would be easier not to have to water it and lug it into the apartment and sweep up the needles. I do miss the real pine tree smell though. So far it has been a lot easier and I really like how it looks. It is not fully decorated yet, but I got a lot of the decorating done tonight. I noticed I have a rustic theme going on with my decor which I am enjoying.

The tree is a 6 1/2" Kawartha lighted tree we bought it at Canadian Tire. There are some great sales on trees there right now if you are also looking. 

The tree we we bought 

 I bought some more things from Michaels last night. I wanted to go there to buy a gift and then I got busy browsing the Christmas decor and gift wrapping section. It is okay right now since everything is half off in price. I might make another trip closer to Christmas to see if there are more sales. I picked up these two bags below that came as a set of two. I will use one for gift I got for the secret Santa gift exchange at work. I also bought a cookie tin to bring cookies to work soon. I will share a photo of the tin in a later post.

I bought the sign below it was only $7 pretty hard to not buy it. I like the style with the rope and tin. It is a bit hard to read but you can make out it says "Have yourself a merry little Christmas".

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? How early do you put it up? Now that we have an artificial tree, I will have it up and decorated before December from now on! haha

Thank you for stopping by for the 13th day of blogmas. Please join me again tomorrow for another blogmas post. Please post a link to your blog if you are also participating in blogmas and I will visit.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Blogmas Day 12: Quick Gift Ideas to Knit or Crochet in Time for Christmas

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. With Christmas quickly approaching and only 13 days away now, many of us knitters or crocheters are wondering if we have the time to fit in one more small handmade gift for our loved ones. I have one gift on the go for my mom, but I realized I have not thought of the rest of the family and maybe some of the ideas will inspire some quick knitting or crocheting for you too. I looked on Pinterest for some cute quick projects that can be made in both knit or crochet and would be a fun addition to put in a stocking or attach to a gift.

1. Knitted or crocheted coasters. These are such a fun knitting or crochet project to do and to give as a set as a gift for the holidays. I love the packaging that Party Inspiration, they used the pattern originally from Purl Soho. I would like to give these a try they look so cute.

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2. Coffee cup cozies or mug hugs. These would make the perfect stocking stuffers and as they suggest on Pinterest, it would be a fun idea to pair them with a gift card to their favourite coffee shop like Starbucks or Tim Hortons. You can find the pattern to make these coffee cup cozies on Ravelry.

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3. Scrunchies. I keep seeing these all over the place, especially on Instagram. They must be THE thing to crochet right now. Not sure if we can knit them, but there are probably also patterns out there to knit these up too. The Snugglery has you covered for a free crochet pattern to make these for a quick fun gift in three different ways.

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4. Cable knit headband is a fast knit and looks amazing. This pattern is by Michelle Greenberg on Ravelry.
5. Pussyhat. Give the activist or feminist you know a pussyhat for their next march. I wanted to make one of these to wear to a march last year but never did. It would be a fun gift to give to those who do get out there and take a stand for women. You can find the pattern here on Ravelry by Kat Coyle.

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6. Fingerless mittens. I have made these mittens twice already this year. They are fun and quick to knit up, so they are perfect to give as gifts. The pattern is on Ravelry by Kathy North. 

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7. Knitted or crochet basket. These baskets are fun and quick to knit up using jumbo weight yarn. You can use this pattern for the Sandhills Basket by Winnie Marie Designs. There are also a lot of patterns for crocheting baskets. 

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8. Washcloth with soap set. These would be nice if you knit up some soft washcloths and added a bar of soap along with it. Pattern posted on In the loop knitting website.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today and reading another post of my 25 days of blogmas posting from December 1st until Christmas Day December 25th! I hope you found an idea in this post to knit or crochet for someone you know and that you will have enough time to knit it up in a hurry. Please join me again tomorrow for another day of blogmas.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Blogmas Day 11: Knitting, Reading, and Big News

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been enjoying blogmas, it has been fun coming up with ideas to share and I am thinking ahead of things I can post about. I have finished the scarf I have been knitting using the Juniper Moon Farms yarn. I made it into an infinity scarf after all. I was on the fence about whether to just leave it as a regular scarf or to connect the ends, then this morning I made the decision because I love the look of infinity scarves and also thought it would look better since it is a short scarf. I am looking forward to wearing it now that it is finished.

I started knitting a gift for my mom last night and I am hoping to knit it up fast since Christmas is quickly approaching. I will also be starting to knit the Santa Gnome ornament and work on some other crafty Christmas projects soon that I will share with you. 

I am still reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I will be done reading it very soon and I am looking forward to diving into reading The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben. It looks very interesting and I hope that I learn a lot from it and it makes me think about how animals have their own world and ways in communicating with each other.

So for the big news I was talking about in the title... I wanted to let you all know that I got engaged! It happened a couple of weeks ago and I am so happy that I can share the good news on my blog now that our all of our family and friends know.

 He popped the question one evening when I came home from work on a Monday night. He had music playing, candles lit, and the table was set for dinner. He said some very sweet things that made me teary eyed and then asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! We had shopped for the ring a couple of weeks before at Michael Hill and I chose one I loved. It was good for us because we had been talking about it for quite awhile so we both knew it was coming so shopping for it did not give away any surprise.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On, Small Things for Yarn Along, and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you all for visiting my blog for blogmas day 11 to read about our big news and updates on my knitting and reading. If you have a blogmas post you would like me to read please let me know in the comments below and also please let me know in the comments what you are working on and reading this week!

Have a great day

Monday, December 10, 2018

Blogmas Day 10: Cottage Trip in the Winter

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This weekend I went with Liam and his friends to a cottage for a couple of days. They found a cottage in Gravenhurst, which is a town in the Muskoka Region of Ontario, Canada. It was very spacious and cozy, and it was such a perfect spot for us to hang out for the weekend. There were so many different pieces of art and things to discover in the cottage. In our room for example, there were three different wooden bird houses on the wall and some burlap sack pieces hanging up. In some other rooms there was a secret hiding place made with wood and a loft area to sleep in that you can climb up into. I really like the creativity that was put into the decor of the cottage.

In the living room there were pieces of wooden planks nailed to the wall. Past guests of the cottage had written many messages on the pieces over the years. I forgot to take a photo of it, but I wrote Lisa heart Liam in red. Many of our friends also wrote messages on the wooden pieces.

 I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis while at the cottage on our second day there. We had a lot of time to relax and do what we wanted. I read, worked on a puzzle, played pool, played darts, and air hockey. I also had a nice long nap too.

The view of the frozen lake with the blue skies from the back windows and door was beautiful and so picturesque.

 The evening views were equally lovely to look at. 

The front of the cottage

The back of the cottage, view from the edge of the lake

In the evenings, We spent a lot of time hanging out inside by the fireplace, eating, drinking, and playing games. I had a good time hanging out there with friends. It was especially nice at Christmas and there was a Christmas tree lit up in the corner of the living room area of the cottage.

I loved having the fire lit at all times too it added so much warmth and I loved watching the fire dancing around and sparking when more wood was added to it.

Liam and I hanging out on a chair the first night

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I am having fun posting everyday for blogmas and thank you for coming along for the journey. Please visit again tomorrow for another blogmas post which will be an update on my knitting and reading progress. Please let me know if there is something you want me to talk about or if you are also posting for blogmas on your blog. Also let me know in the comments below if you have gone to a cottage in the Winter and if you prefer or would prefer going to the cottage in the Winter or Summer better.

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Blogmas Day 9: Things I love about Christmas

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I wanted to share my list of things I love about Christmas today. Christmas is such a special time of the year for me. I would go as far to say it is my favourite time of the year. It is filled with happiness, surprise, hope, and joy and giving to my family at this time of the year is so special. Below is a list of what I love Christmas so much.

How everything feels special:
Moo under the tree
This time of the year I am feeling like it is a time when we are all kinder to each other and thing of what we are grateful for. This creates a special feeling and I know I am excited for Christmas and our traditions and I feel in the spirit early in November.

Christmas music:

I LOVE Christmas music. This could be my favorite thing about Christmas is the music, because it is so beautiful. Songs about love, family, and hope. I feel like it is so warm and cozy and it just makes me happy. My new routine is to listen to music in the car on my way to work and back home and also a bit at work and then when I am making dinner. A bit much? Nah...

Spirit of giving to others:

I love that this time of the year we think of others who do not have as much as we do and we give back. We spend time with people who would appreciate it, donate towards causes, spend time with others in our lives. It is all in the spirit of the season and of course all holidays around this time of the year promote to give back around this time of the year.

The colors:

The red and green, the silver and gold. The snowy whites. I love it all at this time of the year and the combinations that we see on Christmas trees.

The smells:

The pine tree smell, the cinnamon ah...


Peppermint, Eggnog, mint chocolate... so good!

The traditions:
A Christmas tradition to go down to the Distillery District for the market

Christmas markets, decorating the tree, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Opening gifts and giving gifts, and Christmas dinner.

Lots of gifts for everyone!

Christmas Movies: 

Of course Christmas movies add a lot to the holiday celebrations. They get me into the Christmas spirit and I get excited for Christmas day. I love watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.

Spending time with family and friends 

My dad and I last year Christmas Eve
This is a time of year we spend a lot of time with family and friends. We have dinners and spend time with them for traditions and gift exchanges. It is a good time to set aside time in our busy schedules to see people close to us who we might not see as much during our weekly routines.

What are reasons you love Christmas or the holiday you celebrate? Please let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Let me know if you are also posting for blogmas and I will stop by your blog.

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Blogmas Day 8: Bucket List for December

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today I am sharing my bucket list of things I would like to do during December. It is the last month before the New Year! I always get excited this time of the year for Christmas and then I also start thinking about the New Year and things I want to do before the year ends and how to make it a great year.

Christmas Bucket list:

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  • Go to the Christmas market 
  • Put up the Christmas Tree 
  • bake cookies 
  • Make a Christmas dish to bring to family dinners 
  • Watch all of my favourite holiday movies 
  • Knit the Santa ornament
  • Knit Christmas gifts
  • Make a Christmas DIY
  • Buy bins to put away my Christmas decor properly (they are in paper bags right now)
  • Finish my Christmas shopping for family and friends 

New Year Prep Bucket list:

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  • Clean and organize the apartment
  • Create list of resolutions 
  • Finish books I am reading for 2018 
  • Focus on self-care and relaxing
  • Develop my face care routine and use new products
  • Get a hair cut 

What are some things you would like to do for Christmas or to get ready for the New Year? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope that you are enjoying the blogmas posts so far. Let me know if you are also participating in blogmas and I will visit your blog too!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Blogmas Day 7: Decorating for Christmas

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today I will share how I have decorated (so far) for Christmas! I say so far because I never know if there will be something else that I might want to buy and also we haven't put up our tree in the living room yet. Earlier this week, I decorated our apartment with the decorations we had already, and then today I added the decor I bought from Michaels yesterday.

The first of the decor is the top of a dark brown shelf we have in the living room. I bought this white tree this year at a farm nearby called Springridge farm. I went with my family close to Halloween and they had mostly Christmas items. I guess they know that there are a lot of people also buying Christmas things there at that time of the year. I love the tree it is so pretty and works perfectly to bring this snowy scene together. I have a reindeer I got at Dollarama last year and a snowy fox I bought at Target when it was still here. I have had the polar bear that is sitting under the tree for many years.

On the shelf below the winter themed display, is a simple Christmas tree, a toy box I bought at a craft show, and a Santa. 

On the shelf in our living room has these two love polar bears, a purple ornament I painted when I was in elementary school, obviously with a little help! and my favorite picture with a good reminder to always be thankful, a nativity scene I bought many years ago, and a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer themed box my sister made me many years ago.

The elf (not the one on the shelf) but maybe his cousin and a little festive teddy bear always sit right on the windowsill behind our couch.

The knitted stockings I made last year and I have Rudolph and Clarice into the stockings. You can read the post on the pattern I used and how I made them here

I have my Christmas pillow I got from Michaels last year. I love it! As I mentioned yesterday I was looking for some other pillows just as cute from Michaels this year but was out of luck.

Here is the picture I bought from Michaels this week that says Merry and Bright. I love the rustic style and the details on the sign. The aluminum pieces at the top and bottom are also a nice touch.

This is how the decorative vase turned out once I put it all together. The piece with the holly is one I had already and the vase. I added the candy cane piece and the joy piece and added the glitter filler and I am loving how it all turned out.  The little dish beside it with the bears on front is one I have had for many years now. I will fill it with candies or chocolates soon for Christmas.

The tree below is in our office on my desk. I bought the pine cone style ornaments this year at Springridge farm and used the hooks I bought from Michaels to hang them up. It is always so special putting this tree on my desk in November and I love to look at it while I am on my laptop or planning.

Thank you so much for stopping by today for the 7th day of blogmas. We are moving right along now with December. I feel like it will go by quick because it has gone by fast already and has been so busy. I will try to savor every moment and I feel like blogmas has been a good thing for me to make plans for the month to make sure I do all of the celebrating, decorating, knitting, and baking I want to do for the season.

Have a great day! Happy Friday

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