Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I adore how the original open and airy feel isn't lost, and the decorating effortlessly blends into the base decor, while still adding holiday warmth. I feel like I have been exposed to a new form of holiday decorating and I love it! The idea of decorating using the same principals already in use throughout your house is genius! I can't believe I have never thought if it before. Now it would just seem wrong to have an elaborate and intricate holiday decoration scheme in a modern, minimal setting, wouldn't it?
The Christmas tree is my favourite element in the house. Why must we kill trees just to have them in our house for a few weeks? It would be great to be able to pull in a potted tree from the yard every year (until it gets too big!) I think next year I will decorate one of my larger tropical plants for a lighter twist on the holiday tree!
I love this cloth advent calender. I was never a big fan of them, they all seem cheap and cheesy but this one is super cute! (and so is the little blond boy!) I also love the basket of antlers and greens, so unusually festive!
Its amazing how the one star in the window can add the holiday touch for the whole room. Talk about minimal decorations! I love it!
The home-made organic approach to the decor elements gives the feel that you are in a cabin outside the city. Just the thought of escaping the hustle and bustle increases my relaxation 10 folds!
You know that I like to decorate tables (as mentioned here and here) and this one has left me in awe. Simple, natural, rustic, and inviting.... perfect!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
For your cousin who looks very unhappy at family gatherings unless he is listening to his Ipod, but comes from the forgetful side of the family...
Minty Boost Portable iPod/USB charger from Moses410
For your boyfriend who always gets more comments about his t-shirts are parties than you do your outfits!
For your tight guy friend who just moved back to town and into a new apartment after traveling the world for 2 years...
For your dad, who exclusively makes meals on the BBQ, and wants all the guys to come out and watch him grill when your parents entertain...
Howling Wolf Original BBQ Sauce by HowlingWolfSauces
Mixtape Wall Art in Moss green by teaforbini
For your geeky structural engineer friend who will calculate if this truss structure is actually viable.
Truss Bridge Shirt by Slowshirts
For your over the top gay friend who can contort his body into more elaborate yoga poses then you can!
(just joking!! - this was an April fools joke from LuLu Lemon!)
Now if I could only take half decent pictures to better show the centerpiece!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For your said mother who doesn't want a big purse because she can never find anything (see above solution) but walks out the door with a purse so full she can't close it and an old shopping bag full of 'other stuff'.
Sunset Leafy Tote by Mareri
For your hipster cousin, who claims that she can't pull off the plaid or the scarf look....
Cotton Scarf by cipolla
For your best friend who always rallies and comes out with you on Friday nights, even though it is pouring out and she has worked a 60 hour week. And she still manages to look fabulous!
Aliexis Clutch By ao3designs
For your grandmother who has a great sense of humor...
Wall clock from nakeddecor
For your cousin's wife who always shows up at family events, with fresh baking, hand made gifts, and a beautiful handbag that she 'just stitched' together the night before!
Amy Butler Fabrics from fabriccloset
For your best friend, who has a few too many nicknacks, and who wants to travel the world to evoke change...
Recycled Map Treasure Box by HocusFocus
For your sister who landed her first great job, and has rapidly made the transition from university bum to stylish professional.
For the confidant who always orders tea and constantly asks if you feel that chilly draft...
For your crazy friend, who meets you to go shopping wearing 1970s sweatpants (stylishly rolled up), 2-3 different coloured layers, an 80s purse....she makes comments about how expensive buying new is, and how much better fabricated items from 'back in the day' are, but still encourages you to buy those flats, because they look so good on you!
Vintage Leggings by stephaniebracciano
Lions Gate Bridge
Just near my apartment!
I love how he captures the light. This size of image really doesn't do it justice. Check out his website for a better view.
I just adore his food photos - everything looks so flavourful and rich!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Because the banners are always colourful and festive, the bags inevitably are bright and cheery. And if the colour doesn't cheer you up, then the thought that you are saving 1.77 tons of CO2 emissions a year, or that all the proceeds from the sale of these bags are re-invested into the community to build new green spaces might!
Monday, December 15, 2008
The back piece is that Ginger Almond Biscotti. On top of that are the Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios. In the front are Peanut Butter Balls.
From the feedback from family and friends I here are my comments: The Ginger Almond Biscotti was easy to make and had a great aroma, however next time I would make sure to not bake them too long and probably make them for myself or some fall gathering - not Christmas.
The Holiday Biscotti with the Cranberries and Pistachios was a huge hit. I tried some before dipping them in the white chocolate and I thought they were pretty good, but after the white chocolate they were dynamite! They do take quite a while to make and a day between baking and dipping so they are a lot of work. I would also increase the pistachios and slightly decrease the cranberries.
The Peanut Butter Balls were the big winner. Tasty, easy to make and very holiday! I will probably double the recipe next year!
- Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information Products and Service in Canada by Adria Vasil
- David Suzuki's Green Guide by David Suzuki ad David R. Boyd
- The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones and Ariane Conrad
- 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating By Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon
- True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You can Contribute to a Healthier Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin