Pottery Lately

My pottery class came and went in a flash this season!! It's a little sad because I probably won't be able to do it again until next autumn so it will be a long wait now before I get to throw some more pots. I've only gotten a couple of items back so far but I tried to focus more on my glazing and painting this time around. Taking more time to make patterns and use a variety of glazes. Oddly enough my first few creations came out having a very similar colour scheme so they have made a bit of a liar out of me!

One thing I love about pottery is that very rarely does anything turn out perfect so right at the beginning you need to let go of any expectation for creating perfection and embrace mishaps. It's kind of freeing to let go of the pressure and just focus on creating.


Drive By: The Rockies

I may a have a few of my "Drive By's" to share with you on the Rockies. Everywhere you look they are amazing. No angle disappoints. The clouds make the mountains looks like floating objects.

Currently we are covered in a thick layer of snow so I decided to wrap Christmas presents and set up there tree this weekemd. When in Rome right? AND I am also excited to say that we booked a quick trip to Newfoundland in January!! I am so excited for a much needed break but for now, without further ado... the Rockies.


Wedding Thoughts: Theme/Feel


Pinterest is pretty overwhelming when you look at all these beautiful weddings with so many elements you want to recreate. Deciding to give our wedding a theme and a feel, if that makes sense, really helped to narrow down what we actually want our day to look like.

Our theme is simplicity and our feel is nature. Having that theme and feel to fall back on helps me decide what I really want and what is actually doable. Anything we decide on needs to fit those two words. Is it nature-y? Is it simple?

Simplicity is the name of our game since we are far away. We are heading over to Newfoundland maybe a week or a week and a half before the wedding but are limited as to what we can bring with us. We don't want to break the bank once we are there either trying to gather up decor.

A little tip I would give for hitting up Pinterest as your planning source is to pick only one photo of each element you want. Say you find a cake you like but then find another cake that is even better! Delete that first cake. This just helps keep thing from being overwhelming and it seems much less daunting to recreate a single cake rather than bits and pieces from four or five cakes.  Before I started this I looked into my wedding page and it was like "Well nuts...what did I even want!?" I also found that pinning different styles I liked really made for a mish mash of my ideas. Narrowing down to just one pin of each element helps make sure things will stay cohesive.

I've actually been quite enjoying planning our wedding from so far away. As I shop around for ideas and items I have started to see how people can fall into "collecting" things for their wedding. Sometimes even forgetting what they have already collected! I can't really buy anything unless it is absolutely necessary and I have to say my budget is extremely happy about this!


A Hard Working Squirrel

There is a little squirrel who teases the dogs all summer long at the house. Before the snow fell I caught him anxiously collecting all the apples that had fallen off the crap-apple tree that is always overloaded every autumn. He was a brave soul to be scurrying across the ground with four resident cats hanging around. Deperate Albertan winters call for desperate squirrel measure I guess. I paid no attention to where he was storing these until this weekend. I saw him flying down the tree into the back of the doghouse only to return back into the tree with an apple. He munched on the apple for a bit and then found a good fork in a tree branch where he brushed off the snow and wedged the apple in so it wouldn't fall. Then he went back down and grabbed another. He did this over and over again until most tree nooks in his vicinity had an apple crammed in them. 

Sometimes I witter on too much about animals but I always find their survival instincts so interesting!  I watched him go about his routine for far too long and when he disappeared I went to investigate. I found his little apple stash in the rafters of the dog house. I then felt a little bit of snow falling on me and looked up to him staring back at me. I think he was hinting that I should leave his winter food alone!

Photos were taken from my iPhone so they aren't the best!


Knit Slippers

I haven't shared any photos of what I have been knitting lately. I hit up the thrift store for some new yarn a few weeks ago and found a really great haul for $10! Since it's getting all cold and cozy around here I thought I would try my hand at some slippers. These ones turned out to be super easy but since I was using my usual free-style method the toe is a bit strange. I think I could have just made a smaller slipper altogether and it would have removed some of the toe bulk. Oh well. It was my first try! If you want to try just use regular straight needles and use knit stitches until you have a large enough piece to go from one side of your ankle, under your foot, and onto up to the other side of your ankle. You will sew the back of the heel together. After your have a long enough piece to allow your foot to go into the slipper just transfer your stitches to some DPN's and continue knitting in the round, eventually tapering to your toes. I know these aren't the usual knitting pattern instructions but I am a professional at winging it! Also if you don't knit and just want to buy some I got the inspiration from The New Domestic.

I've been making some cute twist style headbands as well in the bottom yarn colour for Christmas presents. Personally, I love to give handmade presents out... I'm not sure anyone wants them but they get them anyway! Mwahaha...


And so it begins...

Compared to last year mother nature managed to get us an extra month of no snow this year! Bare grass bliss couldn't last forever though and this weekend the snow came and will probably stay for good now. My initial reaction to snow is to cover my head with the blanket and refuse to get out of bed but I managed to force myself on a walk and brought along my camera to make snow blowing in my face a little bit more fun. 


The Tipi

The tipi brings me back to my childhood. My closest cousins are half Blackfoot and every summer I spent down with them involved a lot of sleep-overs in their tipi. This particular one has no relation to me but was set up at the botanical gardens to showcase the native species of plants that were found along side these special structures throughout northern North America. I especially like the plane that got caught in one of my photos. I am sure there is some sort of symbolism in there but I don't have the wordsmithing skills to get that out here!

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