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This Morning in Ross Bay

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*Reverse chronological order. The sun disappeared :( 

Winter Camping

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Last Saturday was my birthday and rather than have the traditional pub night I decided to camp at French Beach. In March. (I know.) Most places I’ve lived have been far too cold or snowy this time of year for me to even think about camping. Having lived on the island for a few years, I figured it was time I gave it a shot.

Saturday afternoon was wonderful. The sun came out, the wind was low, and the beach was full of crashing waves. A few of us went for a walk down to the beach and threw branches for Fenrir. (No mere sticks for him!)

Photo from Bailey.

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Photo from Bailey

I am so glad I took my fuzzy hat and my stormy shawl. That was a brisk breeze! After getting chilled it was definitely time to head back for the campfire (and perhaps beer). As we settled around the firepit, steam rose off Fenrir, who sat as close as he could without singeing his fur.

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Duff’s coat kept him fairly warm, but the hood kept flipping into his eyes, poor dude. (Speaking of keeping warm, I love that 5 of us were wearing things I knit to keep warm. Wearing knit gifts is an excellent way to get more of them <3)

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It was an awesome evening of hotdogs, cake, marshmallows, beer, and friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate turning 30!

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The night, however, was absolutely freezing. One the plus side, our tent kept us dry! Now it can be put away until it’s much, much warmer at night. The end. 

Summery Drive in February

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Today was the perfect day for a photo drive; warm, not too windy, and so sunny. I found an oldies station to listen to on the twisty highway up the coastline. It wasn’t quite warm enough to have the windows all the way down, but I lowered them all enough to smell the ocean breeze. (Perfect!)

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(I know, beauty garbage cans, eh?)

I drove out to check out campsites for a potential camping trip in March (I love it here!) It was wonderful to get out and sit on the beach for a while and watch the waves.

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I think looking for log swirls is one of my favourite beach activities. I enjoy looking for the details.

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Can I just say how awesome it is that we have so much green on the island. The Okanagan winter & spring is beautiful in its own way, with the browns and subdued sage, but the green growth here just feels so exhuberant!

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What’s your favourite thing about where you live?

The Dark Side is Calling…

There was a sale, I was weak, and now we have another pillow.

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Now Kylo Ren and Phasma are on our couch too! I stayed with the orange accented fabric since Eric’s a fan of it, even though it kind of bothers me that it’s a different shade. Oh well. I also made a set of cushions for some friends. They decided on a more graphic/stylized print.

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One side is the Star Wars print, the other is plain black for versatility. Sometimes you want the nerdy decor, other times not so much. Now that I have these done, I can get back to my other projects!

Sunday walk

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Sundays are for walking with J and Fenrir. Today we (eventually) found our way to Elk & Beaver Lakes. We didn’t go all the way around, but that doesn’t mean it was perfect mud walk weather.

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It rained last night, so there were little water droplets everywhere. Some of the bushes where even producing little buds! In January!

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The sun peeked in and out of the clouds, but the temperature stayed comfortable. I’m thankful it wasn’t blustery and rainy like I thought it would be.

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Fen found his way into every mud puddle. So did I, honestly. I have mud sprinkled up the back of my jeans, but it was totally worth the cleanup to get outside!

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The Force is sleepy

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Yesterday Eric and I were at the fabric store to pick up some supplies for another project when we saw the Star Wars specialty prints. It didn’t take long for for us to decide it was coming home with us, but only half a meter since it’s not as affordable as I’d like. But luckily that’s the perfect amount for a pillow cover!

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I made it nice and simple – some navy blue piping and an orange zipper from my stash. The zipper isn’t really hidden, but the colour works well enough with the fabric it doesn’t stick out too horribly.

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I’m slowly improving my zipper skills! Last year I made a whole bunch of zippered bags, which was a great way to practice installing them, but also get useful storage at the same time.

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Our couch seems to be collecting geek pillows. Maybe we should look for more fabric to add to the collection? What do you think?

December Handmade List

In December I handmade:

Four hats (three gifts, one for me!)

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Two hats look like that ^

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I completed my first stranded project!

The fourth hat is a secret until I mail it out!

Two pairs of fingerless mitts (gifts)

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For my mum

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For Bailey

One scarf (gift)

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For my FiL

Two custom stationery sets (gifts)

Two art prints (gifts)

I think I did alright, eh? Plus January first and second I made another hat as a surprise for a relative. I can’t wait for her to get it!

It’s the most mumble time of the year

Brioche stitch is so squishy I love it :D #gift #knits #knitting

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Sometimes I can’t decide whether I love December or hate the stress that it holds. I am enjoying making gifts for people though. Those projects are islands of happy in between the usual worry. I can’t wait to mail them off to their new homes <3 The most frustrating part is not being able to show them off yet (Arg). Only a few more weeks till I can post some photos!

Weddageddon: Part One

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Hello again! It has been far too long since I’ve written here. So much life has happened, (including a hacked server, oh joy) it’s hard to know where to start. For now, let me begin with the biggest event; we got married <3

Though stormy weather was forecast, it held off beautifully. We had a great photo session in Sidney, and though the pier was covered in people it felt like we were the only ones there. Patricia had us ladies climbing over rocks in dresses and heels, and I’m proud to say no one fell over or got seaweed on a dress! We felt pretty badass. There is so much that happened on the day, but mostly I keep remembering the moments. I’ll share them slowly over the next few weeks so I can savour them all over again.

 

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We stayed the Thursday night at the Sidney Pier Hotel. I woke up to the hum of float planes taking off and a pleasantly overcast day; nice and bright but not too hot. Eric had to run off to get ready with his family, but I was able to spend most of the morning with myself and a cup of coffee. That quiet personal time really helped me breathe and be present. Soon enough, my mum and bridesmaids arrived and we ordered rooms service for lunch and visited until the photographer arrived. I’m so glad we had time to chat and relax (and that I didn’t over schedule myself!)

 

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Chelsy and Bailey were my wedding-week heroes. They took so much of the last-minute pressure off and made sure I felt human. I don’t know what I would have done without them! (Most likely cried more and slept less). I count myself lucky to have them. (Thank you ladies!)

 

Image courtesy of Bailey (@piratespacebee on instagram)

Image courtesy of Bailey (@piratespacebee on instagram)

Next time: onto the celebration!