Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Keep it festive....

I hope you have a wonderful and fun holiday! I will be taking some days off from the ol' computatora to spend some much needed time with the fam. Looking forward to my first egg nogg of the season! See you after Christmas!

Lucyina Moodie

Wrap It Up and Cut It Out

If you are frantically wrapping gifts such as I am - here is a quick and easy wrapping solution, especially if you have just run out of holiday wrapping paper like me!

via Bugs and Fishes by Lupin find the image here

Monday, December 22, 2008

Danish Christmas

I'm entranced with the Berzant family's organic and minimalistic holiday house. The rooms only get a slight rustic holiday dusting of decor without jeopardizing the original calm and crisp essence of the black and white space.

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!

Is the decoration on the table for the holidays or year round? I love that I don't know....

The Berzant family house was featured in Bo Bedre and I found it via NestledIn

Easy Eco Monday - Watch Planet in Peril

I was just watching CNNs show Planet in Peril and wow is it powerful. Yes I know it is sensationalized, but some images are very powerful on their own... Regardless, it's super entertaining and makes you think... I wish I had someone to give it to for Christmas, they have it on DVD which would be perfect for people like me, who can't seem to make it home regularly enough to watch a show consistently. If you are more organized than I am its on CNN at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday nights you can also check it out some clips here or buy/download the DVD!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snowy Pup

With the winter weather really hitting the country side, I thought I would post a picture of my puppy to remind you that it can be fun playing in the snow! I'm getting bundled up right now!
Let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Keep it cozy....

I hope everyone stays warm this weekend! I can't help but think of those who can't cuddle up inside with a warm blanket and candles, or don't have a cozy hat and scarf.... My hopes and thoughts are with them.

I desire Char

I am in love with this bedroom, black, white, classic, elegant... need I say more?

Styling by Char Hatch Langos via Desire to Inspire

PS. There are some fabulous posts on Desire to Inspire right now - check it out!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

For Every Guy on your list....

Yesterday I posted gifts for all the girls you know, well now I have a list from etsy for the guys in your life... Best of luck if you have to venture to the shops this last weekend before Christmas!

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!
T-Shirt by PasteTshirts
For your brother who always gets marks taken off from his assignments for doodling in the margins, and comes home late at night with spray paint on his index finger.
Moleskine Cahier by shoofly
For your crazy uncle who shows up everywhere with his front tire and helmet in hand, has been in several bike accidents yet still rides when the temperatures drop below zero and there is a foot of snow on the ground...Or for the grandad married to the grandmother who got the queen clock!

Recycled Bike Clock by 1byliz

For your tight guy friend who just moved back to town and into a new apartment after traveling the world for 2 years...
Custom Tree Triptych by EarthArt

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

For your boyfriend who loves new gadgets, but also throws his backpack down like there isn't a new $2000 laptop in it every time he comes home from work...
Laptop Sleeve Customized by Dorydesigns
For your [other] boyfriend, who just recently admitted to making mixed tapes for the girls he liked in elementary school... and who still has a great taste in music!

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!)

A Table Centers From Leftover Decorations

Lately I have written about table settings here and here. And when I was home my mom had me make a center piece for a dinner party. What I had to work with were decorations from years past and random household items....

I didn't have too much instruction, other than it should be simple, allow enough room for serving trays and it shouldn't be too tall. So late Monday night I tackled it and here is what I came up with.

Now if I could only take half decent pictures to better show the centerpiece!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

For Every Girl on Your List.....

Since I can't shop up here at work, and I still have a few presents yet to purchase I have been browsing etsy for some ideas, so that when I return to town, I can make one quick and effective shopping trip and put my present woes to an end!

Here are some of my favorite etsy finds for all the wonderful women in your life....

For your nature lover friend who is calm and serene and always has candles burning, especially while doing downward dog every morning.
Billie Candleholders by jeanpelle

For your mom who can never find anything in her purse and ends up taking all the contents out just to find the right lipstick.

Purse Organizer by emidesigns

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.

Bubble Earings by visionquest

For your friend who stops you mid sentence to write down that 'oh so neat' thing you just said on the back of a receipt that also has her grocery list and the phone number of a guy from the gym. Or for your brother who keeps on getting marks taken off his assignments because of the doodles in the margins.
Moleskin Cahier by shoofly

For the confidant who always orders tea and constantly asks if you feel that chilly draft...

Pemproke Cowl by Yokoo

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

Through the lens of Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark is a Vancouver based photographer with some amazing shots - that evokes such a range of sensations - from being spooked like with the first photograph, to feeling at home with the second, to making my mouth water with the food photographs! He also has a blog...
I just love seeing images where I can recognize where they are!

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

Going Beyond Green with Reusable Bags

I was referred to the blog This Time is Now by Emma's Design Blogg, and what an amazing blog it is! One of the posts Transformed reminded me of a project that Commercial Drive does. Commercial Drive is a vibrant neighbourhood in Vancouver with great initiatives. There are street banners hanging from the lamp posts, which eventually get retired. However instead of throwing them out, they 'transform' them into reusable shopping bags.

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

Baking Bonanza

As I posted before, while I was at home I did some baking... Here are some real - non -studio shots of what I made....
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!

Easy Eco Mondays - Learn to be Green Gifts

Do you still have a few people that you still need to buy Christmas presents for? Why not an inspirational eco book. Pack it up with organic healthy baking, or some home-made cleaning supply and voila, an inexpensive eco present that will hopefully have a ripple effect... If you give this present to multiple friends in the same group, buy them all different books and then you can all share them!
Here are some books that sound good to me...
  1. Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information Products and Service in Canada by Adria Vasil

  2. David Suzuki's Green Guide by David Suzuki ad David R. Boyd

  3. The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones and Ariane Conrad
  4. 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating By Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

  5. True Green: 100 Everyday Ways You can Contribute to a Healthier Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin