Can't sit still.

Merry Christmas!!
Hope you're all having a lovely holiday season. 

I have 2 weeks of holidays at Christmas. Sounds nice, right? 

But as a single mom working full-time I have a really hard time taking a break and sitting still for too long. It seems like there's always something that needs doing around here and my "to-do" list never seems to have an end. 

This Christmas though I've been really trying to enjoy my time off. I've slept in several days, had coffee with some friends,  eaten lots of chocolate, had long leisurely mornings of devotions and coffee snuggled in a quilt with a cat (or 2) and watched some movies with the kids. So much fun!! 

Oh... And because I really can't sit still, I've also bought a "new" van and I've got my kitchen cabinets prepped for their first paint job. 

I'll be back in a week or so with an update on the cabinets and hopefully some great "after" pictures. 

Have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year. 

A little Christmas decorating

I always have TONS (I'm Canadian... guess I should use TONNES there instead) of ideas for decorating for the holidays. If you don't believe me just as'll tell you. What I don't have tons (or tonnes) of, is time to actually implement all the ideas I have. That's why I was particularly proud of myself for actually putting something together this year that resembled artistic decorating :)

I bought a few of these vintage light fixture glass globes on a local buy-and-sell sight and then I happened to find a few more at a thrift store having a 1/2-price lighting sale (woohoo!). The garland has been up on my upper kitchen cabinets for the past year and the middle section's lights burned out so instead of unravelling the whole thing, I cut out that section of garland and just pulled out the dead lights. Now, the shortened garland was perfect for my buffet light display. 

I'm not entirely happy with the wall display behind it's a work in progress still...but the window frame, home sign and birdcage are staying when the Christmas parts come down. Then I'll have to decide what to add to the collage. 

Inside each light fixture I have a little battery-operated tea light. It irks me a little that they glow different colours of yellow and orange so sometimes I just use the display with the garland Christmas lights. 

It makes for a cleaner white light while still reflecting off the glass globes. 

I think these might get packed away with the decorations and the tree this year an I'll try to expand on this for next year....

...OR...maybe I should put them into year-round service up on top of my kitchen cabinets now that they're garland-less. 


Who knows what might happen around here. The moments I am both feeling creative and also have time to BE creative don't line up very often but you never know. 

Merry Christmas! 

Sick Day

Today's the day.  I've been putting off taking a sick day for awhile....pushing through being way overtired....but today's the day.  Sick day.  Woke up dizzy and with a nasty headache.  I have visions of these sick days ahead of time - that I'll get better instantly after calling in sick and have these long days alone to catch up on housework and chores.  Yeah....not so much.  Went back to bed after sending the kids out the door to school and only woke up at 11:30 when my phone rang (wrong number - Grrr).  
And now I'm on my way back to bed.  Spent a little time watching old Storage Wars episodes and checking out some Christmas inspiration.  I have high hopes of getting some crafting done during my Christmas holidays in 1 1/2 weeks.....guess we'll see.  I'm pinning some ideas and  saving them for later.

But for now....back to bed :)

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