What I Learned This Christmas...

Christmas 2010, what I learned...
It takes a minimum 6 tries to get a good self-timer family photo. (note, missing brother represented by photo held by mom).

Nerf toys make great $10 gifts. The boys (young and old) loved them. But consider yourself warned: don't get your arse anywhere near these boys while they're at it.


It's not Alex, it's Superman.


I love my beautiful new 50mm f1.8 lens. The depth of field on this lens is blurry heaven.
My mom-in-law has some serious painting skills - check out the beautiful mug she painted for me.


It's not a party till someone is wearing a moustache.


And now onto 2011... Happy New Year to you!!

Eat, drink and wear something sparkly!
xo, Christine

Heading South Y'all

We ate, we drank, we were merry... and now onto some sunshine!!

We're off this January to laze on a beach in Cuba, pit stopping in Toronto and then way back down south to New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi to visit my brother.

Any recommendations where to stay, eat, or do in New Orleans?? Hook me up, y'all.

Anthropologie: Sales make me happy

Guess who was left alone on sale day at Anthropologie?


A ton of great home stuff on sale PLUS an additional 25% off all clothes, bags and accessories. 
Pfft. Who needs to wait till Boxing Day?

Merry Christmas to me!  Am I the only who can't avoid shopping for myself while Christmas shopping??

Ladies Who Lunch: Edmonton Rutherford House

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is date day with my bestie, Taryn. Years ago we decided to forgo gifts for each other and instead schedule a day just the two of us. We've done everything from the Nutcracker ballet to a slumber party style night in with Christmas movies and matching pj's. Just us girls.

This year we trekked out into the blizzardy day to the Rutherford House for High Tea.  It was a delicious afternoon of cucumber sandwiches, turkey pot pies and a three-tiered dessert tray.  Oh, that dessert tray.  Scones and raspberry butter is the. best.  Raspberry and butter - together at last.  mmmmm....


It almost feels like a time warp sipping tea and eating off of dainty little dishes. I wish everyday could be that leisurely... plus it's fun to say we're "ladies who lunch".

Christmas Date Day 2008
Hope you're enjoying your the holiday season so far!

Guest Blogging: Perfectly Imperfect

There is some pretty, pretty stuff out there on the internet. It's one of the big reasons why I blog - all the amazing inspiration! But we all know in real life that's not always how it goes down.

My bloggy friend, Kerry from First Time Fancy asked me to share one of my perfectly imperfect spaces. I always love peeking inside people's homes to see how they really live, so hop on over to her blog to check out the "flowery beast". Okay, we don't actually call it that, but I think we should ;)


Ugly Christmas Sweater Tee Shirts

It's a blizzardy disaster outside today.  I wish I was at home curled up on the couch wearing one of these awesome 'Ugly Christmas Sweater Shirts'.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy cause they're so cute, I mean ugly, no definitely cute.

from the lovely, Lynn at Hearted Girl : )

Hope you're staying warm out there!! Drive safe, Edmonton.

P.S. A big happy birthday to probably my most loyal blog reader, my mom!! Love you!

DON'T Do It Yourself, Christine

I read a ton of blogs.  Some really great do-it-yourself ones that show you how easy it is to do this and that around the house.  Replace the floors - no problem.   Knock down a wall - sure.  Well, dear friends, I'm sorry but you are not going to find much of that around here.  If you do, it's because I had help.

I confess: I AM NOT HANDY.
Nope, just not one of my skills.  I'm creative, even crafty, but handy I am not.

My handyman husband was out of town this weekend so I thought I'd take it upon my impatient self to hang the curtains in the guestroom.  Let's just say it didn't go so well.  You know those plastic thingys you put in the wall before the screw... ya, forgot those.

DIY window coverings: FAIL.

Don't worry the husband comes home today... and I like to think I have other great qualities.

: ) Christine

It's Beginning...

Yep, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. Enjoying a quiet night in just me, the Christmas tree and this playlist.

Jason at 'These Roving Eyes' doesn't know it yet, but he's my official music pimp. I'm what they call a lazy music person, but almost everything he puts together I LOVE and this winter playlist is no exception. I can't get enough of "Winter Song" and one of my faves "Baby, It's Cold Outside" the Glee version. (side note: I think I have a crush on Kurt's glee boyfriend ;)

Thanks for the download, Jason.
Go check out his beautiful blog for more candy of the eye, music and writing variety. www.jasonhudson.com


Have a great weekend, peeps.

My House: Guest Room, DIY Pillow

I don't know where the time goes on my weekends (and weeks too apparently, considering it's already Wednesday!) Okay, an hour or two may have been spent in Anthropologie but amongst the Christmas parties, tree decorating (my parents - not mine yet), my weekends are just flying by.   'Tis the season, I suppose.

It does mean my hopeful plans to finish decorating my guest room are being put to the side.  I've given myself a deadline of December 17 when my sister and her hubs come to visit... pleeenty of time.  Right?

I did make some fun progress though.  I MADE A PILLOW COVER! Yes siree, that deserves ALL CAPS.  Let's just say my sewing skills are... limited.  All I've ever made are baby blankets and, quite frankly, that's just sewing two pieces of fabric together.  So is making a pillow cover, but this one can come off!

Check it out!


The fabric is Amy Butler's 'Ritzy Stripe in Nickel' from the Nigella line.  I've found a new fabric store in Edmonton called Earthly Goods that has a great sale section.  They've got a ton of great fabrics, I'm like a kid in a candy store there!


I'm pretty excited how easy this was and how it turned out.  And now he just needs a mate...

Holiday Wishes

One of my bloggy friends, Shannon asked me to share one of my items on my Holiday Wish List this year. She is featuring almost 80 blogs this month so she is plum full of ideas and inspiration!

Head on over to What's Up Whimsy for some gift giving goodness! 

Thanks, Shannon for having me :)