social saturday

all miscellaneous posts related to the social aspect of the blog

Happy Heart Day

Heart shaped plate with pink hearts on it filled with chocolate truffles sitting on a lace tablecloth

Happy Valentines Day dear Reader! I’ve come down with a cold, so just a quick post today.

Lately I’ve been…

(Re)reading: Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions, which has a lovely chapter about Valentines Day, and turning it into a celebration of family, not just romantic love. I, of course, love that sentiment, as Valentines Day has always been one of my favourite holidays.

two heart garlands, one with red clay and raffia hearts and one made of paper

Loving: I don’t do a lot to celebrate Valentines Day, but each year I send out cards, hang my heart garland and try to make some sort of themed dessert. This year it was raspberry chocolate truffles!

scrapbooking pages and photographs spread out across my desk

Making: My mom and I have been sorting through years worth of family photos, and I’ve started scrapbooking again! I started scrapbooking 20 years ago, but I took a long break from it. I was originally planning to put my photos into regular albums, but then decided to scrapbook them. I won’t necessarily make them as fancy as the pages I used to do, but I like that the 12×12 format will give me a place to put all the documents and keepsakes I’ve gathered over the years alongside the photos.   

Finding: New artists to love on Redbubble. I had a voucher to use, and while browsing came across this lovely Jane Eyre painting by Zuzana Čupová. I love Jane Eyre, and fell in love with this painting the moment I saw it. It fits perfectly into my gallery wall. I also really love the artwork of Oh Jess Marie and purchased some of her adorable tea and book themed greeting cards and stickers. (Ps. the print quality on everything I got from Redbubble was great!)

framed jane eyre watercolour painting artwork hanging in a gallery wall

Thankful for: Videos to watch and podcasts to listen to while I am sick and don’t feel up to reading. A few of my favourites lately are Aly Art, Relatable by Allie Beth Stuckey and Farmhouse on Boone.

And, finally, on this day of love, I will leave you with this verse about the best love!

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8

Social Saturday | January 27

a stack of books to read sitting in front of a wall with a floral picture hanging on it

Hello and happy Saturday Dear Reader! What are your plans for this weekend? Mine are to write this post, do some crafting, tidying and reading and I’m not sure what else.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Reading: All of the books in the stack above. Well, not all at the same time. I’ve finished The Life Giving Home, A Proper Pursuit, and Digital Madness and am now halfway through The Pastor’s Wife. After I finished The Lifegiving Home I was inspired to pull out one of my favourite books, Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions again. So many good books, so little time…

cornflower botanical painting by Jenni Haikonen

Loving: This beautiful cornflower botanical watercolour by one of my favourite artists, Jenni Haikonen. I received it for Christmas from my parents.

Making: So many projects on the go, all the time, but my current sewing project is a wool skirt out of piece of wool that was originally a pleated skirt. I liked the colourway of the plaid so decided to pick it out and make a new skirt that was more my style. I got the idea of unpicking wool skirts from American Duchess years ago. There was just enough fabric I could squeeze a 4 panel 1/2 circle skirt, while still managing to avoid a few stains as well as match the plaid across the seams!

embroidery and crochet crafts and a length of plaid with a skirt pattern on it

Thankful For: Art and Craft night with friends. Yesterday I hosted a creative get together with 9 other ladies. We each brought our current craft project, like a guild or sewing circle, and worked on it in the company of others. We had a wide variety of talent including crochet animals and dishcloths, a knitted doll, sketching, acrylic painting, embroidery, scrapbooking and fabric and bead ornaments. It was fun seeing what everyone was working on, but most of all we enjoyed the company and conversation.

Listening To: Anúna. I don’t know why I didn’t know about this group until now, because I love Riverdance, Celtic Woman and other choral music. I discovered them in December while listening to Christmas music on Youtube (their Christmas playlist is gorgeous) and now I am hooked. I particularly love this one, “Sleepsong“.

Vintage Vogue magazine from 1892 framed in a black and brass frame

In other news, I framed this Vogue cover from 1892 (no, it’s not original! It’s just a copy I cut off of a dust jacket) to add to my gallery wall.

And some of the other crafts I’ve been making are more of these photo cards. I’ve been using photos I had printed and then stamp them and glue them to a card. I made some kraft envelopes for them too, and decided to list them in my shop. I’ve also listed some more baby/girl’s headbands as well.

cards and headbands for sale in my shop

Well, that’s all for now. I’d better finish this post up and get busy with my other projects before the day runs away from me! I hope you have a lovely Saturday, whatever you are up to.

❤︎ Nicole

Social Saturday | January 13 (Winter at Last)

frosted trees arching over a grassy path

I think that Winter is making up for lost time! After such a warm November and December, we finally got a bit of snow last week and then this week a cold snap with temperatures in the low minus 30’s (celsius). While I’m not enjoying the cold as much, I am loving the beautiful frost!

row of pine, poplar and spruce trees coated in frost on a foggy winter day

I know this blog sometimes seems like just a record of frosty trees, but it was so beautiful I had to snap some photos while out for a walk on several days. I don’t usually get photos like this in the Winter because there are snow drifts blocking me from walking anywhere but the road, so it was nice to be able to walk among the trees and enjoy the winter scenery from that vantage point.

fog and frosty trees surrounding a gravel country road

sunrise shining pink against the blue sky through the bare frosted tree branches

frost on a metal shed and gas tank on a cold winter day

frost on a metal shed and trees with the sun shining across it on a winter day

frosty pine and spruce branches with fog surrounding them

frost covering elm branches arching over a grassy path

Merry Christmas

a ten foot christmas tree decorated and lit up at night

Merry Christmas, Dear Reader! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year.

Signing off for now, and I’ll see you again in 2024,

🖤 Nicole

ps. I also would like to to share a newly discovered Christmas hymn which I have been quite enjoying these past few weeks. You can listen to it here, and here are some of the verses below.

O Savior of our fallen race, O Brightness of the Father’s face,

O Son who shared the Father’s might, Before the world knew day or night,

O Jesus, very Light of light, Our constant star in sin’s deep night:

Now hear the prayers Your people pray, Throughout the world this holy day.

 

Remind us Lord of life and grace, How once, to save our fallen race,

You put our human vesture on, And came to us as Mary’s son.

Today, as year by year its light, Brings to our world a promise bright

One precious truth outshines the sun:, Salvation comes from You alone.

Alleluia!

Amen

Social Saturday | December 16 (Christmas Crafting)

mini handmade book ornament with a plaid cover and red ribbon hanging in the christmas tree

Is everyone in the Christmas spirit yet? I wasn’t really feeling like it this year, because we’ve had unusually warm weather and no snow, but when the calendar turned over to December, I decided to start making some Christmas crafts to put me in the mood and it worked! I’m hoping to share my Christmas decorating next week, but today I wanted to share some of the crafts I’ve been making over the past few weeks.

First up, I decided to make my own Christmas crackers for a party my mom and I hosted. All of the crackers at the store had stupid prizes that no one would want (and would honestly just end up getting tossed in the trash) so I decided to craft my own with things that people would actually want! I settled on making ornaments. Originally I was going to do several kinds of ornaments: mini trees, and toques and stockings and some of these books, above. However, after I made a couple of these book ornaments, (each with different fabrics for the covers) I decided I had to make one for each cracker, because they were just so cute. That may have been an error of judgement, because they took soooo long to make (11 books in total!) but I loved how they turned out and they were a big hit at the party.

homemade christmas crackers with stamped kraft paper and red ribbons, and a mini stocking made of green toile with lace at the top

Here are what the aforementioned crackers looked like! I bought the “snaps” from this shop on Etsy. I also was inspired to sew a tiny stocking after seeing the stocking advent calendar Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone put up. I just made one for now, but I might make more later on.

folded paper stars and an embroidered felt gingerbread ornament

We also made some more paper stars! I made a few different kinds this year, and I really like how these turned out. We followed this tutorial, but added another piece to make it a six pointed star. I also made this sweet little felt gingerbread ornament for a friend. I would definitely like to make some more in the future as well.

cardboard quilled paper stars/snowflakes painted gold and hanging in a window at night

Finally, my favourite crafts of the year, are some quilled style cardboard snowflakes or stars. To make them, you simply fold a cardboard tube lengthwise and cut it into strips about 3/8″ wide, like this. With these small pieces you can fold them and arrange them into many different star shapes. I made some of these a few years ago with toilet paper tubes, but painted them each individually white, which took forever to do. I didn’t love the look of the plain cardboard colour, because the colour of the tubes I had wasn’t kraft coloured. However, this year I had the idea to spray paint them gold and I love how they turned out. The look like brass, not cardboard, and using spray paint was so much easier than painting them each with a brush.

So those are the things I have been enjoying over the past few weeks. Next week our plan is to do some Christmas baking, which will really bring on the holiday cheer!

Have you made any Christmas crafts yourself this year? Have you tried any of these ones?