I’m not big on gifts, as I’m not much of a stuff person. But when it comes to Christmas I do enjoy baking and creating gifts for family and friends. Last year I made an apron, some fabric picture frames and some other crafty things for family members. So this Christmas I’m continuing my handmade gift tradition. I promise you, it’s so much more fun than shopping and it’s way more cost effective. Join me in taking the handmade pledge!
Archive for November, 2009
I cannot believe how much there is to do in the coming week, so I’m hiding away this weekend to try and accomplish everything in time. I’m stressed but also very excited, because this is the last week of my last academic semester. Only four short months and I’m finished the degree that nearly robbed me of my sanity and faith in human-kind. It has not been an easy four years.
I hope that next year will bring all the good things that I’ve been waiting for like graduation, a well-paying job, a new apartment, and most of all TRAVEL. It’s been far too long since I’ve been out of the country and if I thought I had the travel urge before, my cabin fever now knows no limits. I’m certain that if someone gave me a free plane ticket to Mogadishu at this point I’d take it. But I digress, I plan to hide away this weekend finishing off the last few projects of the semester and then I’m going to take a long bath and drink some tea. Enjoy your weekend as well!
Sometimes encouragement comes from unlikely places.
Like when I opened my teabag and looked at the little tag. Instead of a brand label it had my favourite inspirational quote written on it. Sometimes little things like this remind us that we’re on the right track, that the things we fight for are worth it. Bolstering your self-reserve can be as easy as reading an inspirational quote on a teabag tag, or telling someone that you are proud of them for something good they’ve done. But so often good deeds get overlooked or dismissed, and it’s easy to become discouraged. This week, pass along a little bit of inspirational support to someone you know. Tell them you’re proud of them. Everyone needs to hear that now and again.
Things have been crazy around here lately, so much to do to wrap up this last semester. Papers and presentations are the bane of my existence at the moment but it shall soon be over. Two more weeks and I’ll be finished the last of my academic semesters, and I’ll be in the home stretch for graduation. Ahhhh, how beautiful is that?
We’re also planning a big holiday dinner for our close and much-loved friends, so that’s going to be keeping me busy once school is finished. I can’t wait! Dinners are the best way to celebrate the holidays. All of the food, drink and company that I love without any of the shopping and stressing. As for the actual holiday, I’m doing the usual and either forgoing gifts this year or making things (like baking or crafts) like I did last year. It’s so much more fun to make something than to head out to the mall and fight the crowds. Another idea I’m fond of is making donations in someone’s name, such as through World Vision or another local charity (Women’s Transition House and the BCSPCA come to mind). I think that donations and baking are the way I’m going to go this year, I just find that I feel so much happier about giving people something they can enjoy that won’t take up space on a shelf or in a closet. But that’s just me, it’s no secret that I have an anti-stuff agenda. 😉
Either way I’ll try to keep posting as I wrap up these last two crazy weeks, and then I’m sure I’ll keep busy with all kinds of projects and adventures. I’d like to do a couple projects with some other people as well, so I may have to recruit a few of you to join in (Marie, I’m looking at you….).
This is my favourite thing in our home, my little owl cookie jar (which is happily living life as a tea container). I found him on Etsy and it was love at first sight. No one should ever pay that much for a cookie jar (but I love him all the same).
My favourite little guy.
Favourite way to spend time.
I was inspired and impressed this past weekend by a speech by Afghanistan activist Malalai Joya, who was ousted from the “democratic” parliament in Afghanistan because she spoke out against the corruption of fellow politicians and warlords. She gave an inspiring speech and encouraged the audience to speak out against war, to support womens rights and human rights and to take action against injustice.
Her talk reminded me that although there are countless worthy causes in the world to fight for, it is difficult to tackle them all at once. It is easier to pick something that you’re passionate about, and commit to it in one way or another. It may be with financial donations, or with time as a volunteer. It can be as simple as writing to your member of parliament to speak your mind. Either way, this fall find something you are passionate about and take it up! Write a letter, make a donation or take some time to help a worthy cause. I’ll do the same, and maybe we can share stories.
Malalai said, “the silence of good people is worse than the actions of bad people”. I tend to agree, and I know that there are a lot of wonderful people in the world that have great capacity to help others. You are one of them, so let’s see what we can do together to break out of complacency and make some change happen.
For more information on Malalai and her causes, see her website.
We recently painted the bedroom that we’ve been staying in (the guest room at my parent’s house) and now that it’s finished I’m happy with the results, but the colour turned out a bit….beige. I’m wishing I had painted one wall an accent colour to make things more dramatic, something like the bedrooms in these photos.
I used Chocolate Froth by Behr (similar to the beige walls in the photo above) and expected a slightly darker colour. It needs a bit more. The only problem is that the room is a funny shape and there isn’t a way to position the bed so that you face it head on when you enter the room. So there can be no real accent wall.
I suppose it doesn’t have to be the wall behind the bed, like in this shot from Domino. Even a dark bit of colour on another wall would give it some interest.
I love this colour so much. I can’t wait to paint something dark gray.
I love this charcoal room. It’s just so beautiful, especially with all-white bedding (which we already have). I’m counting down the months until this degree is finished (4.5 months to go!) and we can move into a place of our again. Preferably one that we can paint…