Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Nowell F.

Nowell F.
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
I am making progress.... Nowell is almost done...
Time is running out though!! Flight out is Monday 7am (goodness!! That's early with a 2.5 month old baby!! YIKES!!) Today I (we) rec'd a WONDERFUL surprise - a parcel from my beloved family on the East Coast - what a nice surprise. I miss them very much, and feel very blessed that they thought of us and our new baby ♥

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

3:00 pm yesterday's post turned into 10:49am today's.

It seriously CANNOT be Tuesday Wednesday!!! I am NOT READY... I am close, but not quite there yet.
I have been working away at editing photos and creating this years Christmas pressies. I am happy to say that very few things are store bought (I might be happy about that, but I'm not sure how the people getting them feel...)
I have really enjoyed doing the handmade this year. Probably because for the most part, while doing the computer work, my boy has either been on my lap, or I was rocking him in his bassinet. I will miss it when he moves into his crib, but that is a little ways off yet.
We managed to get over to Scott & Cindy's place yesterday. Their place was warm and welcoming. And we were treated to a delicious brownie, and a really cool Japanese book - the ISBN number is 'ISBN4 05 402 100 x' - it's a book with instructions for fo9lding paper etc to make wee boxex, envelopes etc - very cool, can't wait to try some out. She also gave us this adorable card - I didn't have the time/patience to even do cards this year (emails for everyone!!)
We had a good time and stayed longer than the hour we were going to - so, the baking suffered as a result.
I only managed to get one batch of cookies done. And if I don't stop eating them, there will be NONE LEFT!
I am just about done this hat for _____'s pressie.
And I'm (we are) just about done with this years balls - they look adorable on our tree, so we're keeping them all ☺ yay!

I finished (for the most part) a big project - just a few minor tweaks left, and another project I finished is the Photographic Alphabet...I am quite happy with the way it turned out, and I don't want to part with it - a sign of a good gift?? I hope so. I spent an unbelievable amount of time on them!
Today the boy and I are enjoying his first real snowfall... gonna head out shortly to take some photos ♥

Saturday, December 13, 2008

10:52 pm

What is with this wind and where did today go?? I must say, I am really enjoying the blustery weather! If I can't get snow in these western parts, at least there is windy weather entertain me.

Today I noticed that my boy looks so different than when we first brought him home. and he's only 2 months old. I am so glad I decided to do the 365 blog. He is just changing so much, so fast, it's exciting and yet heartbreaking at the same time.

I went out for an hour (sans baby) today, the usual places, the library to return (what I think are 1 day late) books - I had a hard time letting go of the cheerful Christmas mags. and then to 2 of my *favorite* 2nd hand stores - one of them has baby clothes for 50 cents a piece ☺

I found (much to my delight!) a half (maybe quarter) size fiddle. $20. Including case, bow and rosin... now, granted the strings are off and it needs a bridge, and the bow could do with being re-haired, but the sounding post is standing and even if it wasn't, $20 is the deal of the century. Now I will be able to teach my boy to play (and I'll have someone to play with ☺)

At the other thrift store I found 2 baby crib sized quilts, one was $3.50 the other was $2.50.
Perfect for snuggling up in, or throwing in the car. They will get excellent use for sure.

Then the rest of the afternoon was spent making Cranberry Marmalade, then cleaning it up. This is where I got the recipe, I did make some changes to suit me ☺
Here's what I did:
Cranberry Marmalade
2 med. orange
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 lb. cranberries (4 cups)
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups apple juice (real juice)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 pkg of pectin *I used Dr. Okter's Jam express*
Zest the oranges,
peel and cut oranges up

Combine cranberries, zest, sugar, pectin and juices in large pot and bring to a boil.
Boil, uncovered, until berries pop, about 8 minutes.
add cinnamon and oranges

Simmer, stirring often, until thick, about 15 minutes.

Ladle into jars.
(Made thirteen 125ml jelly jars).

Friday, December 12, 2008

12:10 am

I should be sleeping... Baby is sleeping, so should I right? I'm tired, yet I am sitting infront of this bloody computer. Why?? A few reasons... Christmas pressies, and editing.
I did a shoot today with my boys ☺
I managed to get 45 min (and almost 200 pics - love digital and the remote) before he started to meltdown. I love shooting babies. I liked the weddings too, but when I start booking them again, I want to gear my shoots more toward capturing natural moments...more photo journalistic less "posie" - I'd like to start shooting more babies and children if you've got em, I want em... - let me know, my prices are reasonable - while I fill my portfolio, then they'll skyrocket! lol.

The baby's room used to be my photo studio, it gets the best light...I miss having all my lighting in there, I find I am still using it for shooting - good thing the little man isn't in there full time yet.
here are a couple. I want to edit them as soon as I am done with the 5 other things I have going on...The boy has been sleeping so sweetly allowing me to craft away ♥

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


After being up since 4:30am yesterday my sweet fella took the baby so I could enjoy this:
A hot bath, cup of hot chocolate and some Christmas crafty magazines - it was awesome. And I managed to stay puke & pee free for a whole hour afterward - I've still managed to keep the puke out of my hair so far :) - not a great photo, but I was eager to take that bath...

as a direct result of my bath (and the Martha mag) I decided I should knit the boy a stocking for his first Christmas, it's on the needles, but I have so many other things to finish - we'll see how it goes...I envision myself leisurely knitting away on the plane - this is where my lack of sleep allows me to think that I will actually be able to do just that on the 4 hour flight with a 3 month old baby (we are crazy, yes... but it's not as crazy as me deciding to drive across Canada at 7 months pregnant, now that was crazy - fun but crazy)

I would be working away right now, but the little man needed some grub and a cuddle (and I needed coffee...) He's finally into his Halloween sleeper (from his Aunite S) it is so cute, I don't care if it's not very Christmassy... He's wearing it! (click pic to see other photos of this little lamby)I am almost done the body of the WeeWonderful doll I am making I am looking forward to going thru my stash for the clothes, the doll is for my niece's Christmas pressie (was that not clear?) she's 2 already! hard to believe...
Ok, the little man is back to sleep, I've read some of my daily read blogs and I'm almost done my coffee (cup #1) so, I'd best get to the arms of this doll...

Monday, December 08, 2008


My day started at around 4:40 this morning...I've already had a cup of hot chocolate, and am now drinking a coffee/hot chocolate/whipping cream concoction - very tasty (and almost like a meal)
Baby boy and I have been listening to Christmas carols since about 5am. He was not interested in sleeping...I even tried the swing, he'd sleep on and off for about 10 min at a time.
Sleep when the baby sleeps, yeah right. at around 5:30 I thought I was going to get to go to sleep, but then he leak through his diaper, pj's onto me, the pillow and the (ugly-on-the-way-out-anyway) couch, so onto the 3rd set of jammies for the night (must remember to point the fire hose DOWN)
I have a pile of unfinished Christmas pressies to complete.
He's been asleep for almost 30 min now (in a row!) He must've puked on me caz I can smell sour milk... what to on pressies, sleep or take a bath... The choices are ENDLESS!!
as tired as I am, I wouldn't trade my milkbaby and the sleepless nights for anything