31 December 2011

Portable Easel and Sketchbox

I had this idea, of Spud owning his own portable easel that housed a sketch box, for a couple of months. I searched high and low for one locally, that wasn't too big, too plastic-y, or too expensive. I found all kinds of things online but they were in the US which meant too expensive to ship or they wouldn't ship at all.


Finally, at good old Opus, I found the Sooke Mini Table Easel for $25! I filled it with 3 Niji waterbrushes (these are genius for al fresco watercolour painting! They hold the water in the brush handle, simply squeeze), 25 Sharpies (so many colours! and they don't run when you paint over them), 2 bamboo mechanical pencils, kneaded eraserwatercolour pencils, all of which were chosen for their portability. And a sketchbook with heavy paper that can withstand a lot of water without getting wrinkled. 


I love it because he can use it at home, but we can take on adventures and document what we see. Our first adventure was on Christmas Day. It was a wee chilly. Next time we will bring gloves.

Here is Hubs practicing the new ukelele that Santa brought, at the same time! Art and music on Christmas Day. Wouldn't have it any other way.


25 December 2011

Santa Ornament 2011

I recently posted about Santa's habit of adding an ornament to our tree. Look! He did it again ... that's one cute Robo-Santa!


 Thanks Santa.


Santa's Cookies 2011: Toblerone Shortbread


OK, I'm not really a "Kraft" kind of girl but this recipe just looked so darn easy AND delicious, I couldn't resist. And they are both those things: easy to make and so delish! Santa only left crumbs behind. They must have been good.

The recipe we used, unchanged, is here.

Cookies for Santa of Christmas's past posted about here, here and here.

Happy Holidays!


More cards, from our Christmas's past, here and here.

24 December 2011

Living Room Sleep Over By the Tree

Spud: "This is the best morning, ever!"


Wish this could be a Christmas tradition: a family sleepover on the living room floor, dozing off to the Christmas tree lights, waking up with a movie and breaky in "bed". Maybe when Christmas Eve lands on a weekend, and we aren't travelling, and we aren't entertaining the next day ... so once every 14 years? You're on!

23 December 2011

Makes Me Happy: Holiday Lights


This year we did 2 light tours! Just can't get enough of driving around, as a family, with cocoa, Christmas tunes, and of course a pre-mapped out route on our gps. This house was a highlight with 50,000 lights! But they are all wonderful. Some of my favourites are when a string of houses in a row does it up tastefully and together they just make the whole street so pretty. It's hard to capture that on camera.


We also took in the winter solstice labyrinth this year. It's not a particularly spiritual event for us but I LOVE it. It's so warm and pretty and always takes way longer to walk through the whole thing than I think is even possible — it's just set up in a standard sized gym and it took us about 15 minutes to complete. And there's something sort of cool about participating in a ritual so old — it makes me happy to think of ancient people finding warmth and comfort on the longest night of the year in this way.

09 December 2011

Classic Paper Chain Garland



This is such a classic decorating project and very well suited to little hands, I can't believe I've waited this long to do this with Spud!






I repurposed some card stock I had leftover from a work project and we made patterns and textures using metallic silver pens and red felts. Add one eager child, a cutter for making paper strips, some glue, and voila!




08 December 2011

Friday Night Short: Back to the Start Stop-Motion

Well, it's not actually a short, it's an ad. But it's an ad worthy of movie night for sure.



We will also be watching the "Making of" video which you can find on Colossal: Art & Design. Thanks to Julie for this one!


>>Friday night is movie night in our house and we like to start with a good short or two. To see others we recommend check out some previous posts here.

07 December 2011

Santa Ornaments

The halls are decked! We had a busy weekend re-organizing our apartment to make room for some serious decking! More to come on that later. But the best part is always trimming the tree. For me it's about rediscovering each ornament, each one with a memory attached to it. And me telling the stories behind them and Spud saying "I know Mom, you told me that last year" and me saying "And I'm going to tell you again next year too so get used to it." Ha!

Santa hangs an ornament on the tree each year, always of himself, because he knows how much Spud loves him. This is a welcome addition to what was a rather adult looking tree before our Spud came along.





The Airstream-esque trailer is an absolute favourite as campers and trailers are a current obsession of our dear Spud's.

This one, another favorite, which could easily be mistaken as coming from the big guy himself actually came from a dear friend Wendy-bee during Spud's obsession with trains ... she always knows the perfect gift.


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