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Christmas Fixins

I’m waiting for my hair to dry a bit before I go to bed, so I have just enough time for a quick update (never mind the fact that I should’ve been in bed an hour ago…). I touched up my roots and put a chunk of red in my hair tonight. Hopefully it looks decent when my hair dries!

A couple weeks ago, I made a super crafty wreath for my apartment door.

photoI also put up a “christmas branch” on my living room wall. I don’t have room or want for a tree, but I wanted to put up something evergreenish that  I could string lights and decorations on. I got this green centrepiece from Michaels and added some holly berries and pine cones (with real!pine smell). It’s the perfect size and has room enough for just a few favourite decorations.

decorationsHello Kitty! Snowmen! Silver Balls!

(by the by, this commercial for Pier 1 is my absolute favourite right now. “My foot’s smooooshed in a cupcake! … where we goin’?” too cute! )

I also got some big purple sparkly snow flakes that I put up at work. I guess now all that’s left is …. buy some presents! I’ve bought a few, but still need to get a couple more and make a couple.

I  also got this awesome TARDIS mug from my RedditGifts Santa today.

IMG_0014It’s SO COOL! I love it! The Reddit gift exchanges are always fun if you like super-sleuthing (re: stalking) your giftee to find them something perfect. I highly recommend doing at least one exchange sometimes.

My hair is nearly dry and the time between Right Now and my alarm’s set time is getting shorter and shorter. If you’ve done any holiday crafting lately, let me know in the comments!

Take care of each other and craft on!

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1 Month to Christmas!

It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was blogging about Hallowe’en.

…Oh wait, it was just a few weeks ago! It feels like the holiday season started the second Hallowe’en was over this year. We got a decent amount of snow here shortly after Hallowe’en, which helped to accelerate things.

Last weekend, I went to see a friend sing with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus’ Christmas concert, “Incantation”. It was a lovely program with some really moving music.

It was quite cold and snowy on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop me from wearing my new outfit to the concert.

IMG_0009Skirt: XL, Ricki’s  //  Top: Ricki’s, 16    // Tights: Joe Fresh

No shoes in this picture as I just wore my winter boots. I threw on my Torrid blazer at the last minute, thinking I might get chilly . It really pulled things together!

IMG_0012I also wore my new TARDIS necklace that I got at the True Knit Art Show from Rapscallion!

Screen shot 2013-11-24 at 11.40.43 PMFor the past few years, I’ve been very not in the Christmas spirit.  I wasn’t interested in celebrating it, I didn’t decorate – I thought the whole thing was just a bunch of overblown pomp and circumstance. I wouldn’t get into the spirit until about the 20th of December, and even then, it was begrudgingly.

I’m happy to report that this year, I’m completely on board with holiday celebrations. I’ve got my lights up in my living room window already and am working on making this wreath.

IMG_0014It’s going to be a crafty wreath; made to look like lots of balls of yarn. I’m also going to add some other little accents to it (bows, maybe pinecones, maybe my set of candy-cane striped knitting needles).

I don’t have a tree, as I don’t have room for a tree. I wanted to have something to put lights and a few decorations on though. I decided to get a piece of green garland and make a bough to put on the wall. I’m going to add some pinecones and holly berries as well as a string of lights and decorations. I think I’ll also rig something up to display any cards I get on it too.

IMG_0013I’m really looking forward to getting this put together! it’s a nice, non-traditional way of having a tree without having a tree. I’ll be sure to post pictures when everything’s done!

I still need to think of actual presents to get/make/buy for people. I have a couple ideas, but nothing solid yet. I should probably get on that!

For now though, it’s time for this ex-grinch to go to bed. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have dreams of sugarplums dance in my head.

Be good to each other and enjoy the snow!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chrismakkzaa…

People of the internet: we really need to get on coming up with a secular catch-all phrase for this time of year! Something that isn’t Festivus. Because, no.

Until this afternoon, my plan for Christmas day was going to be: stay in my jammies all day, watch the Doctor Who marathon on Space, make dinner and probably do a little pity-day-drinking because I’m alone.

Then, a friend came over today to do some baking, watch a holiday movie and visit (re: put a movie on and visit whilst not paying attention to the movie at all! So it goes…)

It always takes me a long time to get into the holiday spirit for me. But when my heart does eventually turn, it’s usually after a visit with this friend. Without ever saying it in so many words, she always makes me realise that there are far worse things in the world than celebrating Christmas.

So as I did some cleaning yesterday in preparation for today’s baking and visit, I stumbled across my 3 favourite decorations, in a box on the top shelf of the storage closet. I don’t put up a tree as space is at a premium in my apartment. At this point, I have to think really hard about getting a new coffee cup or that bigger package of toilet paper for lack of storage options. But these three decorations had to get dusted off and put out while cleaning.

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Love my jingle bell wreath! It’s not so noisy that it’s annoying – just a little tinkle-tinkle as I’m opening the door.

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Santa matryoshka! (Santryoshka?)  Anything in matryoshka-form is good times in my books.

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Fabric trees – the product of last year’s “oh shit, apparently I’m into Christmas now!” moment.

My cat’s pretty awesome in that she leaves them alone for the most part. Now, if a pen, or a barrette or a ball of yarn was on the table, it would be a different story.

So my house is nice and clean, it’s decorated and I have tasty cookies!

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Next November, when I’m beaking and bah-humbugging about how wasteful and pointless this holiday is, just El Kabong me over the head, make me a cup of Starbuck’s Christmas blend coffee, and tell me to get over myself. It’ll save everyone a bunch of energy.

The one holiday thing I did before today was send out a few cards to old friends and people I won’t get to see this year. I also signed up for my first exchange over at RedditGifts! I missed the Secret Santa gift exchange, but managed to sign up in time for the card exchange. I sent mine out last week and am excited to get one back! Going through the gallery of things people received, I’ve been amazed by the generosity that people lavish on virtual strangers!

While setting up my RG profile, I was encouraged to put together a “wish list” for people to check out. Of course it’s too late now, but it’s nice to just have a handy list for other gift-giving times. So often, people ask “so what do you want?” and I’m left answering with something like “uh…. I dunno?” Here’s my wish list!

This evening, I also squared up some plans for the 25th. I’ll be spending it with my 2 favourite family members. A rather large rift was driven between two groups within the family this year and, while there’s a lot of work to be done to repair relationships, I think Christmas is a great time for redemption, no?

I was told just to come and be with family, but given who I’m going to be with, I know there will be presents. Now, I know people don’t give presents to get presents, but I like giving and making things! So I have a week to be That Person and do the last minute shopping. I don’t want to spend a lot, but I do want to give a little something. Luckily, I work a block away from a big shopping mall, so I can spend my lunch breaks searching for ideas!

I’m also in charge of making Christmas dinner, which I’m excited and nervous about! We’ll be sure to keep Dominos on speed-dial, just in case.

This will probably be my last post before Christmas. I suspect this week at work, it will either be frustratingly quiet or maddeningly busy!  In my last post, I gave a sneak peak of the project I’m currently knitting. Well, it’s not done! I screwed up majorly, twice. I’ve since changed yarns and I think it’s working better now. I’m sure they’ll probably be my first post-Christmas update, as I have some visiting and movie watching coming up, and yarn goes great with those activities!

Until then, be good to each other. Tell your loved ones that you love them; give hugs; be nice to strangers and count your blessings! Happy holidays; Merry Christmas; Happy Hanukkah; Joyous Kwanzaa and enjoy the Solstice this weekend!