I made Christmas Cake on the weekend. In our family it's not Christmas without Christmas Cake.
Not the wimpy store bought kind ... the kind with tons of cherries, raisins, dates, gum drops ... made with love by me!
All done but for the basting with copious amounts of booze!!!!
Saturday was my "Greenery Day" with the girls. We go to Nancy's cottage and cut greenery for our holiday pots. .... well really we stop all along the way at shops ... and especially at "Butter Tarts and More" in Little Britain! It's more about getting together with the girls, shopping, eating, drinking, talking and laughing.
This year we stopped at a store to get some pine. We can cut cedar, spruce and dogwood at the cottage, but I love the look of soft pine. In order to get a group shot, we had the cashier take our picture. She had to shut down her cash ... Everyone in the store thought we were nuts!
The first thing we did on arrival at the cottage was set the table (with our coats on while the furnace kicked in). It's all about the tablescape. We all brought something for the table this year.
We went out in the bitter cold, cut our branches then returned to the cottage for hors d'ouvres, gift exchange and lunch. It was hard to leave at the end of the day after all that fresh air and relaxing in front of a roaring fire.
And here is all my greenery:
Isn't he cute? ..... got him at the bazaar two weeks ago.
I love my office/craft room. I work from home at least a day a week, and can set up my TP and work looking out onto the yard. My 'desk' is a large table. This room is also my craft room and I need a large surface to cut/sew on. The opposite wall has tons of shelves for craft supplies/books.
But I'm always looking for inspiration.
A craft room/office needs a great work surface, tons of storage, comforable seating and effective lighting.
Traditionally, the first holiday event we have is the Port Nelson United Church bazaar. I leave home at 7:00 in order to get to my brother's home, spend an hour getting my neice Allison going, and we're there for the 9:00 start.
My favourite booth is the "Whimsical Folk Art" ... always good for a couple gifts:
Then we hit the book sale:
We passed up the bake sale this year. Nothing could be as good as Allison's treats ... my neice is taking baking and pastry arts at George Brown ... and really, whose baking could compare?
Then we ran off to check out a Cooking store, but returned for the Chili lunch. I love traditions.
Sorry you weren't able to make it Donna. My sister-in-law was at a Relay for Life conference all weekend. You missed a good time.
I love books ... on shelves, on coffee tables, stacked on the floor.
Here's a new use ... as a headboard! Image from Houzz
I think this would be really cute in a kid's room, or a little reading nook.
It could also be used as a bulletin board. You could easily stick pins in the book covers.
Hi. I live just outside Toronto, Ontario, and am interested in home design and DIY on a budget. I am in my 5th house since becoming single again ... my 10th home since leaving my childhood home - I obviously love the moving process. I also quilt, scrapbook, and love to cook, and spend time with my family.