Happy New Year!

They spent the old year's last hour quietly around the fire. A few minutes before twelve Captain Jim rose and opened the door.

"We must let the New Year in," he said.

Outside was a fine blue night. A sparking ribbon of moonlight garlanded the gulf. The clock on the little shelf above the fireplace struck twelve.

"Welcome, New Year," said Captain Jim, bowing low as the last stroke died away. "I wish you all the best year of your lives, mates. I reckon that whatever the New Year brings us will be the best the Great Captain has for us - and somehow or other we'll all make port in a good harbour." [Anne's House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery]

[photograph by Sarah Krumm, Etsy shop: a road to find out]

Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year 2012

Feliz año nuevo a todos!

Espero que este año que comienza esté lleno de felicidad, risas y buenos deseos. Cerramos un año del cual yo estoy muy contenta por conseguir todos los logros profesionales que poco a poco han ido viniendo pero sobre todo por estar acompañada de personas tan importantes en mi vida como mi familia y amigos. 

A todos vosotros os dedico este post.

OS QUIERO y DESEO lo mejor para este 2012!

Happy New Year 2012 to everyone!!

I hope that this coming year will be full of happiness, laughs and good wishes. We close a year happy to get all my professional achievements but above all being accompanied by important people in my life as my family and my friends.

I would like to dedicate this post to all of you!

I LOVE YOU and I wish you all the best for 2012!

Dress: H&M
Tights: Calzedonia

Happy New Year

            Fill your life with happiness & bright cheer,
        joy and prosperity for the whole year,
         my New Year wish for you, my bloggers dear,
      is to have a Happy New Year

Looking Back At 2011

Well, it's that time again. I've rounded up a bunch of photos representing some of my best memories of 2011. 

JP and I rang in 2011 with some of our best friends who were visiting from Austrailia. It was also the month before my wedding so there was a lot of celebrating with friends and family including a wedding shower and bachelorette party
JP and I got married!!!! Such an amazing month! We were lucky enough to celebrate with a small group of our closest friends and family for an unforgettable week in Los Cabos, Mexico!
JP and I took a quick trip to San Francisco in March. It was my fourth time visiting California, and mine and JP's second trip to San Francisco together. We had so much fun walking everywhere to explore the city. March is also the month that I attended my first PARK event, PARKshow. PARKshow 2011 was great, but I am really looking forward to PARKshow 2012!!
In April my friend Chelsey and I attended Fabricated. This was such a fun night of meeting and getting to know some of the amazing people involved in Calgary's fashion community. 
May was Alberta Fashion Week, a whirlwind week full off millions of photos, crazy blogging, nightly fashion shows, and meeting many new friends. My favourite part was getting invited by the Smashbox/Bourjois makeup artists to get my makeup done each night! So fun. 
June was my one year blogaversary! I celebrated by wearing my custom dress made my good friend Sheri of notsoseemless and ate cupcakes with JP. June was also the month that some of my best friends had their University Convocation. I took a mini road trip to Lethbridge to join in the celebrations. I seriously have the best friends in the world!
PITW XI - JP's annual birthday camping trip was in July. The weather was perfect! In July some of my best friends and I also took a day trip out to Bragg Creek and Elbow falls for coffee and sun bathing over looking the waterfalls. 
JP and I took our mini road trip to Southern Alberta in August. We travelled to Milk River to see Writing-On-Stone park and to Waterton. My favourite part was definitely exploring the hoodoos in Writing-On-Stone. August was also PARKluxe, which was definitely my favourite fashion event of the year!
Some of my favourite memories of 2011 are from my New York trip, and these photos are from my favourite moment in New York. It was rainy for the first few days of my trip, so at the first sign of a sun one morning, Mikhaila and I headed up to the roof of her sisters place in Brooklyn to relax with our morning coffees and take in the view. September was also my birthday, mine and JP's eight year anniversary and I bought a new car! I was sad to say goodbye to my little red car after 9 years together, but it's so nice to have a new car with AC and a radio!
In October I joined PARK as a Fashion Intern and helped out with my first event, The Art of Fashion. It was so much fun to be behinds the scene of a fashion show and I'm looking forward to being a part of PARK in 2012!
In November I had the opportunity to guest blog for the whole month over at the Bellissima blog. I had no idea that guest blogging would lead to contributing to the Bellissima blog each month! I'm so excited that I'll continue to be blogging over at the Bellissima blog into 2012!! 
My little sister stayed overnight at my place in December while my parents went out to a Christmas party.
My sister loves painting, and so do I so I stocked up on canvas's, and glitter to decorate our paintings. She painted the full moon and I painted a bottle of Chanel No. 5.  

And that's the 2011 round up, click here if you want to check out my 2010 recap! I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store!


And the winner of the Shabby Apple Giveaway is.... #12 Alex!!!!

Old and New Lace

I was glad to get a new order to cover a
pram with French Lace and Silk,
layers and layers of lace.
It is such a pleasure to work with
these lovely materials.

I'm half way done and once finished 
I'll make more pictures.

In an antique shop in Strasbourg I found this 
beautiful table runner and it had to be mine!

The handwork that went into making this 
runner is amazing, so many different knots and stitches.

There are tiny rusty coloured stains 
on it, but I can live with that.

My daughter with her perfect command 
of French got the price down to 30 Euro,
lucky me!


Almost time

Time to ring in the New Year..


Today I'll be joining in with Cindy at

New Fabric

I love my new fabric with birds, flowers and prints.
It's a very busy pattern and shouldn't be used on it's own,
it would look nicer mixed in with plain cottons...

or placed far from each other, one on the bed and one on the chair.

I would like to wish all my blog friends a

Happy, Healthy and Inspired
 New Year

Today I'll be joining in with Show and Tell Friday

well hello there stranger

i don't really like blogging about not blogging but i just have to say that i'm so disappointed in my lack of posting lately.  even with the hustle and bustle of the holidays i have had some free time and plenty of photo-worthy opportunities & i've just slacked off.  it makes me sad that i won't have record of all those great memories to look back on - my mind alone isn't the best at 'recording'.

we had such a blessed season with our families celebrating the birth of our savior.  i wish i would have taken more time to be with Him too. 

for the past two years i've had ben read me the christmas story first thing when we wake up on christmas morning and it may just be one of my favorite traditions.  twice = tradition right?  i hope we do this every year, always.  everything is quiet and we're just laying in bed [basically my favorite place, its restful and free of distractions, unlike the rest of our lives].  this christmas we were snuggled on an air mattress in the middle of grandma ada's living room but it was still it was perfect.  and i got to hear about God's plan to rescue His people.  who would herald the way, the women who would bring john the baptist and Jesus into the world.  it is absolutely the most perfect way to begin Christmas morning.  i obviously could read it myself but it's sweeter when ben does it.  your husband reading scripture to you [or your family if you have babes] must just be one of the best things in the whole world.

we ate and visited, ate and visited, did presents [too much...we have way too much] and traveled all over the place.  i did do some crafting this year - sadly i didn't take too many pictures because i was in such a frenzy to get things done.  but i would like to share!  maybe i'll replicate some of my projects again just for kicks.

i hope that you had such a sweet holiday with the people you love, worshipping our Lord & celebrating Life!  i'll be back soon with a girl christmas update, new years that is right around the corner & some of my holiday treats!

20. Try sushi

I did it! I tried sushi!

And I didn't even mean to!

Well, let me rephrase that. I didn't accidentally eat sushi. I don't think that's probably possible. But on Christmas day, we were at my in-law's home working on a Christmas puzzle and my mother-in-law went in the kitchen to get some appetizers. Well, I'm used to appetizers like little smokies and hot bean dip, so imagine my suprise when she brings out a plate of sushi!

And also let me clarify that I haven't been scared of sushi, or even avoiding it, really. It's just that I grew up rural Iowa and sushi is... well... scarce around there. At least compared to how common it seems to be in big cities. So I've just never been in the right place at the right time. But on Sunday the sushi gods were shining on down on me.

I tried sushi!

It was ok.

I wouldn't mind having it again, but I'm certainly not going to be craving it either. I don't know, maybe it's one of those acquired tastes. I think the part that turned me off a bit was the fact that it is cold. I don't know... I rather like my food to be hot or at least warm in most cases (case in point: little smokies would never be served cold!).

That's about all I have to say about it. Certainly not as life-changing as I had hoped. But I did knock off one more of my goals.


Me gusta el nombre de este patrón: "Inspira".

Me recuerda a inspiración, y la verdad es que de eso, en este cuello ha sobrado. Me encantó cuando lo vi con "colorines" en el patrón original, me gustaron casi todas las versiones que vi, y hacía tiempo que me venía "llamando".

También me inspiró la lana: Katia Darling. En cuanto la descubrí en la base de datos, supe que sería la lana perfecta para este proyecto: con colores, muy suave y, sobre todo, muy abrigadita. Todo un lujo.

Y no sólo me inspiró la lana y el patrón, sino que me obligó a pensar: sumar, restar, volver a sumar, y así unas cuantas veces me hicieron reconciliarme con las matemáticas (mi asignatura odiada de toda la vida). Y todo porque no quería que mi cuello fuera demasiado ajustado.

Y me inspiró a seguir probando técnicas casi-nuevas: todo un cuello hecho en "fair isle" con dos colores suponía un reto. El primer intento que hice a principios de año no salió todo lo bien que yo habría querido, pero este, la verdad es que ha sido una gozada tejerlo. Tanto, que casi no se nota los cambios de lana por el revés.

Lo único que no me han inspirado han sido las fotos. El azul me resulta difícil de fotografiar... y hoy la verdad es que no he estado demasiado animada para hacerlo. 

One last Christmas idea...

Christmas blog fail.

Yes, I've neglected my blog and all my readers since December 17. That's ten full days. Plus, I had a ton of fun Christmas-y ideas to write about... most of which will just have to wait until next year.

So did you all have a good Christmas? I did. It's been great to have some time off work, spend time with my husband's family and get stuff done around the house. Christmas isn't quite as nice as it was when I was a little girl, but I'm still trying to find the place where holiday enjoyment/excitement/wonder and adult responsibilities cross paths.


I did have one teensy little project that I really want to share. You can file it away and use it next Christmas. You're welcome, and thank you for obliging my lateness. :)

My husband and I both wanted to give out small gifts to our co-workers, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I had pinned an idea on Pinterest many months ago and I remembered it as I was trying to think of something to make... fudge in Christmas cookie cutters! These would also be a perfect gift for friends, neighbors, mail carriers, teachers... anybody!

This was so easy. The hardest part was finding pretty metal cookie cutters that weren't too expensive. I ended up buying a 25-pack of Wilton cookie cutters on sale that ended up being only about 50 cents each. This would be a good time to watch for them on clearance!

fudge cookie cutter co-worker or neighbor gift

I set the cookie cutters on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Then I mixed up a batch of Christmas fudge and carefully poured it into each shape. If you spill a little over the edged you can tidy it up a bit after it cools, but try to keep it as neat as possible.

This step was a little bit stressful because the fudge hardens so quickly. I was able to get about 7 or so cookie cutters filled before it would get too thick and stop pouring. If you have a fudge recipe that takes longer to harden, that might work better. I did scoop out the remaining fudge and press it into the cutters with a spoon, but those didn't look quite as nice as the ones that were poured. I was able to fill 10 medium-sized cookie cutters with each batch of fudge.

Then, while the fudge is still soft, decorate it by pressing in mini m&ms or sprinkles. This is what really makes them cute!

fudge cookie cutter co-worker or neighbor gift

I printed little tags for each one and then put them in a mylar goodie bag tied with ribbon. I thought they were adorable (and super yummy!) and I sure hope our co-workers thought so too!
fudge cookie cutter co-worker or neighbor gift