December 6th, 2013home decor
I’ve been thinking about scarves on ceramic animals since I started thinking about DIY Christmas decorations. Yes I know it’s a little ridiculous. I figured this would be an easy, low commitment place to start. Besides, I don’t want Pingu getting cold.
This is Pingu. He lives in our living room during the cold winter months then heads back up north when the weather gets warmer. When I say up north what I mean is that he gets tucked away in a drawer until fall. Darren put up the Christmas tree on the weekend so I started getting out the few tabletop decorations that we had and brainstormed what we could do to make our house a bit more comfy-cozy for the winter.
Seeing as it was Saturday morning and I wasn’t all too awake I figured sitting under a blanket on the couch knitting was definitely my speed. I dug out the only red yard I could find, Mission Falls 1824 in a burgundy. I got out my fabric ruler and loosely measured how I wanted it to fit, then using the gauge on the wool figured out I’d need to cast on 100 stitches and knit six rows. I decided to knit it long ways because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to be turning the needles every six stitches.
Pingu’s scarf was ready in under an hour but when I tried it on him it turned out that I kinda sucked at measuring.
Between the thickness of the scarf and the lack of a defined neck on a penguin it really wasn’t going to work as well as I’d hoped. I figured what I should have done was cast on 50 stitches and knit four rows. But what was I going to do with a too-large-mini-scarf?
Buddha looked cold too. I mean his clothes are practically falling off. He’ll never survive our Canadian winters.
There we go, all bundled up.
And Pingu is looking much warmer too.
Do you decorate your ceramic animals for the holidays?
December 4th, 2013photography
I was born in Toronto. My family lived there until I was six. In my late teens I flirted with moving there, bored of living in the country. I was back in the city from 2001 to 2005 working with Matthew Plexman, an amazing lifestyle photographer, and it almost seems like a lifetime ago.
Now I’m in London (Canada) but I do find myself in T-dot several times a year photographing and I always marvel at the architecture. Just like everything else in the city, it’s so diverse, ever changing. I had my Dad come into the studio one day when I was still there and as soon as he walked in the door he said “I remember when you used to be able to see the lake from the Lakeshore“. And when I was there in September I found myself saying the same thing.
Edit – Eeeeek! I almost forgot to announce the winner of our 2014 Landscape Calendar giveaway. Congratulations are in order for Joni!
November 27th, 2013downloads
We got our first dumping of snow on the weekend. We left London under blue skies and bare yards on Saturday morning only to return on Sunday afternoon to 14 inches of snow. We couldn’t even get into our driveway, we had to park the car at our neigbours house until Monday morning when we’d finally cleared out a path wide enough for the car to fit through.
So in honour of our first real pile of snow of the season I figured I’d dig out a winter tree photograph from our December calendar. Nice and festive don’t you think? You can download yours here:
December 2013 Calendar - iPad (1024 x 768 pixels) (60)
December 2013 Calendar - Regular Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 pixels) (29)
December 2013 Calendar - Wide Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1366 x 768, 1920 x 1080, and 2560 x 1440 pixels) (41)
You can see our whole archive of calendars here: Downloadable Desktop Calendars.
Complain as I might, it’s oh so beautiful out! Have you had your first snowfall yet? What did you do to celebrate? Make a snowman? Start a snowball fight? Go for a walk to admire the beauty? Or did you dive under a blanket with a good book?
Starting Friday you’ll find special sale prices in our landscape photography shop. From Black Friday through to Cyber Monday (that’s this Friday, November 29 to Monday, December 2, 2013) all peaceful photographs, 2014 calendars, and holiday cards will be available for 20% off. Sale is available only on items purchased directly from us via our website.
Until then, browse our landscape photography shop for great ideas.
Last week we announced our second calendar giveaway of the season, and I’d like to congratulate our winner Jenn Erin! Yippee!
This week we’re offering up a pair of our 2014 Landscape Calendars – like the others so far they’re 5×7 inches with a 5×5 photograph each month that you can trim off and frame because they’re printed on photo paper. Here’s all the giveaway details:
Prize – Set of two 2014 Landscape Calendars – One for you and one for a friend!
Rules – Open to everyone worldwide
Deadline – Thursday, November 28, 2013, winner announced Friday, November 29, 2013
To Enter – Leave a comment on this post telling us which month of our landscape calendar is your favourite photograph of the bunch.
Additional Entries – You can leave additional comments (which are additional entries!) for each of the following:
- to let us know that you’re a fan of us on Facebook
- to share a link that you’ve pinned our giveaway on Pinterest, or a link to the board you pinned it on if that’s easier
- to link to your tweet about this giveaway on Twitter
Good luck! And check back for the winner
next Friday December 4th!
We’ve spent the past few weeks talking with our labs, Canada Post, and FedEx to put together our 2013 holiday shipping schedule! It’s nice to finally see the dates all hashed out, especially after so many emails and conversations with suppliers and shippers.
If you’re planning to send out some of our Christmas Art Cards be sure to tack on a few extra weeks so you can get them all filled out and sent to your friends and family. If you’re in Canada you can pop by Canada Post‘s website, and if you’re in the United States visit the United States Postal Service online to find out when their cut off times are for sending out your holiday cards and packages. So get shopping!
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?
November 20th, 2013personal
Every year I get this idea in my head that it would be really fun to make a bunch of rustic, nature inspired Christmas decorations. There would be wine and sweets, music, pinecones, yarn, and ribbon as far as the eye cold see. The part that I never factor in is that we’re so busy this time of year that I really don’t have time for that. So if I had time to make decorations this year, these would be at the top of my list…
How sweet is this tree? Nestled onto the front porch and garnished with apples. So adorable.
And I do have that wicked birch log hanging around…
Wouldn’t this twig star be super adorable hanging all around the house? On cupboard doorknobs, the Christmas tree, in a window…
Tomato cage trees are totally easy and would be nice to have a cluster of three different sizes in the front yard.
I have a weakness for pinecones…
For lots more ideas head over to my DIY Christmas Decoration Pinterest Board, and if I do actually end up whipping up any festive frivolities you’ll definitely hear about it on our Facebook page.
Will you be making decorations this year? I’d love to hear all about your plans in the comment section below!