More fun behind the camera It’s been a very busy month for pictures and I won’t complain. I’ve had to put my crafting aside and make way for some photography fun.  Although I’ve been itching to get some stuff done around the house and share my crafts, I find there isn’t enough time in the day. I guess I’m just not one of those people who can just stay home and craft all day! I had a wonderful opportunity to capture some more family moments with another lovely couple of friends. Not only are they all sweet as can be, but they have the most darling boys! This is why crafts can wait, because these moments are worth it!  Better get back to work, there’s still more editing to do!... read more

The more we get together It seems the more I get behind my camera, the more excited I feel that I am pursuing my passion! There is no better feeling than capturing something your passionate about and watch it come alive.  This month I have been so blessed to have a lot of bookings. I always get a bit nervous, because I want everything to go right and nothing to go wrong. This past week I had the opportunity to capture a wonderful family of three. They have been good friends of my husband and mine for a few years now. Their beautiful daughter happens to be a walking miracle. She is gorgeous, smiley, cute as a button and greatly loved. I am so blessed to do what I do and each time strive to get better. Here are a couple pictures from our shoot at dusk: ... read more

Knitting During Christmas, it seems we have started a new tradition in my family. Each year we unwrap a knitted treasure made especially by my mom. Last year we all received  scarves, but this year we were given a tuque (or beanies if you will). I am amazed at how quickly and beautifully my mom can knit her creations…they are so wonderfully made. I watch her as she knits away while watching a movie or visiting…I can hear the clicking from the needles and it’s so comforting. These are the presents I will cherish forever, because I know it was made especially with love in mind (I don’t care if that sounds cheesy…cause it just happens to be true)!  As I looked at the massive ball of yarn at my mothers feet, I realized that this is something I would like to try…again. Yes, I tried once a LONG time ago and knit my neice a very small scarf. Then, I got bored and moved on (like I do most things I try to get into). But, I’m ready to try again! There are so many things you can knit and have fun with, so we will see how far I get. Here are a few knitted things I love!  Here are the lovely toques we received this Christmas!  A cute little knit cupcake Love this scarf! And this one too! Not sure what this is all about, but it looks fun… Darling brooch These are just too adorable! Someone was hard at work here ... read more

Hello December I can’t believe it’s already the 12th month! This is my favorite time of year. I can finally pull out all my cozy sweaters, cute boots, leggings, fleece pajamas and sip on warm beverages all day long! Of course there is Christmas and all the goodies that come with that! This month I found a few cute calendars for my desktop,   which I will share with you. It has become something that I look forward to doing and it helps me stay on track, especially when I have a lot going on. This is going to be a busy, busy month. I have booked a lot of photo shoots (yes, photography is something I love to do) and am looking forward to sharing some of those pictures with you (I admit, I haven’t been so good at keeping up with that on my blog…so many things going on at the same time)! Then there is the holiday festivities: Christmas, opening presents, over eating, the every day hustle and bustle. Still, it’s my favorite time of year! Here are a few of the calendars I thought were cute… I love the retro feel of this desktop calendar This is the one I chose to put on my computer…I love the different aspects of Christmas they have added in the picture, plus the crafty feel! It’s bright and vibrant which makes me feel happy!  Of course, old school pictures like this remind me of classic Christmas movies like the original 1947, Miracle of 34th Street I love this photo, it reminds me a lot of Canada and the... read more

Handmade Ornaments I’m finally back from my much needed holiday! I had a fantastic time with family and friends in the cold, but amazing country of Canada. There is nothing more beautiful than the white snow and crisp skies. You can see the smoke exiting the chimneys and every detail of the trees as they are covered in frost. I love the crunch your shoes make as you walk through hardened snow and cozying up under a blanket while sipping on a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate. I took in every moment while I was away and tried to release all that stress I had allowed to pile on my shoulders. It was refreshing being away and spending it with positive and loving people. I felt so renewed as I started back into regular routines like work, house chores and grocery shopping.  Today was a good day! On that note, I shall jump right back into my bloggy blog world. My husband joined me in Canada for a few days and brought with him a project he has been working on for the past week. He was given a new scroll saw and has been putting it into good use ever since. In our home, the Christmas tree is an assortment of many lovely things, but mainly it consists of unique snowflakes. Each year we go out and buy a new ornament (snowflake of course) and add it to our growing Christmas tree (this is our fourth Christmas together…wow, time flies!). This year however, we decided to have a handmade ornament added to our collection, which is great... read more

Blogiday So, I am taking a little holiday over the Thanksgiving week. I am North bound where I will soon be surrounded by freezing temperatures and lots of snow. I don’t mind, it only comes once a year. I will do my best to post while I am away, but you know how it is with family. You have to enjoy every minute while you’re with them, so some things might have to wait. While I’m at it, I will share how grateful I am to all of you who are out there and find yourselves following my blog and reading about my little life adventures. It means a lot to have people feel moved and inspired by the things I find great joy in. I’ve always said this blog was originally a journal about the things that inspire me and move me toward my dreams, so that will never change. Even if I talk to myself everyday (which I know I have at least a handful of wonderful people that read the things I’m up to), it’s still worth every post, project, craft, thrift find, discovery and ultimately an adventurous life. If you find yourself blog hopping and you stumble on on me and like what you see, here are just a couple things you could do! Don’t worry, it just takes a couple minutes. ::1:: Sign up with Blogger.com and click “Follow”, which is located at the bottom of my page. This will allow me to see that you are there watching, reading, following, boggling and sharing in my crazy blog-life. You can also find me on facebook, which... read more

Pinup Wreath I am slowly starting to put small projects together for Christmas. I came across a wonderful idea the other day and thought I would share it with all of you. I’m sure we all get tons of Christmas cards from friends and family, but where do you put them all? I use to display them on the shelf for all to see, but it took up so much room and didn’t look so good with the rest of my home decor. I love the idea of a holiday-card wreath. You can decorate your wall or door with this super easy project! And once again, like most of my crafts, it’s super cheap!  ::You’ll need:: About 14-inch-diameter embroidery hoop clothespins Ribbon Christmas cards ::Here’s how:: Clip clothespins and cards to embroidery hoop (you can use wood glue to secure clothespins to hoop, but it’s not necessary) Alternate clothespins to point both inward and outward and space them about 1 1/2 inches apart Suspend from a ribbon and display you cards as you receive them! Told ya, it’s that easy! As you can see, I haven’t collected too many cards as of yet, but I hope to have it full by Christmas! Hope you try this craft out, let me know if you find this helpful! ... read more

Golden pastry envelopes with an appetizing combination of cranberry and apple filling The other night we had some friends come over for an early Thanksgiving dinner. We all pitched in to make a wonderful feast: lemon rosemary chicken, corn, cheesy mashed potatoes, mushroom and garlic bean casserole, fresh rolls, and sparkling apple cider. It was more than enough, let’s just say. The desserts were also amazing, which is why I would like to share one of the recipes. It was the perfect size to sip along side a cup of tea or coffee. If you are in a hurry this season and want to make something quick then this recipe is for you. It still even looks like you put a lot of effort into it!  ::Ingredients:: Pie crust Any filling of your choice (jam, pie filling, a homemade filling) 1 egg ::Directions:: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Cut pie crust into decent sized circles Put a dollop of filling into the center of the pie crust Fold sides up until just a little bit of the top remains open Beat one egg and brush egg on the top surface of the pie crust Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is a golden brown We enjoyed this wonderful dessert with a simple cup of coffee, since we were still so full from our dinner. Although, this dessert would taste delicious with a bit of whip cream or vanilla bean ice cream on the side! Enjoy!... read more

Spray Paint and Water Technique My husband and I love to experiment with paint techniques and I especially love this one. Each item appears unique and you never know how it’s going to turn out exactly. Which is daring, but fun! Recently, my husband went on a hunt for some finds and came back with 2 glass owls and a few other items as well. We wanted to try this technique on the owls to see what it would turn out like and the result was beautiful. We wanted something you could display as Christmas decor, but with a modern twist. This way you could also keep it on display once the holidays are over. Here are simple instructions to a beautiful project waiting to happen!  Midnight Owls You’ll need: ::1:: A glass item of your choosing that you want to spray paint ::2:: Spray paint of your color preference (Gold metallic, silver metallic, brown and light blue also look great….we chose silver and black) ::3::Spray bottle filled with water Here’s How ::1:: Cover entire glass object with black paint (or other color of your choosing)  ::2:: When the black paint is dry, spray the glass object with water and then immediately apply the silver spray paint (or other color of your choosing).  ::3:: Repeat steps 1 and 2 with opposite colors (or completely different colors). The result  This is a great project to experiment with! Feel free to comment me if you give this a try, I’d be happy to hear all about it! ... read more

Oh, hello November I know, it’s a bit late. I’ve been so busy I forgot to share my latest desktop calendar with you! Call me crazy, but I really look forward to this part of the month. For November, I picked a rather interesting calendar. Have you ever heard of No Shave Month? It’s usually celebrated in Canada and USA, but in countries like Australia and New Zealand it’s a bit more interesting. They celebrate what’s called Movember…..the official mustache month which was created in order to spread awareness of cancers that affect men. I like this for two reasons. First, although I cannot grow out a mustache, I can at least grow out my leg hair and not worry about shaving for a few weeks. And of course, support this month in some small way. Poor husband. Oh, well…ok, totally kidding. Secondly, everything is funnier with a mustache. There you have it….hope you enjoyed today’s post and this months calendar!  November….or should I say, Everything is funnier with a mustache Threadless.com Here are a few other calendars I also took a liking too! ... read more
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