Best solar lights for Christmas, or any time!

Solar powered LED Christmas lights

Hi there! Hope your summer’s been beautiful. When we went from suburban life to country living, it was something of a learning curve. Well water? Coyotes hunting across the street in the bush at night? Spiders the size of your big toe? Lots of adapting. We also had challenges that could befuddle anyone without any electrical expertise whether they rent or own their home in the city or the country. One unique issue we had was in figuring how we would string up the Christmas … Continue reading

If I don’t see you, Merry Christmas!

JOY to the WORLD

Well hello! I’m quiet lately, but it isn’t because I don’t like you very much. In fact, if you visit me, I like you a lot. Thank you for your website patronage. It has been a very busy year for our family. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things as my baby doesn’t need to hang off of me 24/7. That should be soon. I will be baby-gating all doorways and tethering him to a wall without electrical outlets and then … Continue reading

5 great practical Christmas gifts (that they will actually love!)

5 practical Christmas gift ideas they'll actually love!

Do you have someone in your life who’s tough to buy for because they seem to buy exactly what they want, when they want it? These people often have no idea what to say when you ask them what they’re hoping for this Christmas. I know. I have a few people like this to buy for on my list and it can be a challenge to shop for them. Here are a few things I use that I think would make great Christmas gifts — why? They’re the … Continue reading

Merry Christmas Eve! Be safe!

I have two very nice DIY projects finished. One saved me around $40 (although I maintain what was gained in money may have been lost permanently in sanity.) Unfortunately their reveal will have to wait until after Santa’s big day to be posted because they are a couple of his gifts. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Christmas! And don’t drink and drive, or you’ll end up on the Naughty List — that is to say the police media release with the list … Continue reading

DIY: Christmas wreath in less than 10 minutes

Things are — very gradually — getting festive in the Comma House. Christmas, as you might have heard, is expensive. I’d rather do something myself than spend $60 on a decoration we’ll have up for a month or two, tops. Therefore, this weekend’s super quick and happy project was… Materials: 1 plain, cheap wreath with no adornments from Michaels  — $9.99 + 50% off = $4.99 for 11″ diameter All purpose burlap — we used a 12 foot length but you can use more/less Pine cones, … Continue reading

Christmas Pinterest DIY Inspiration

I’ve been pinning my little heart out lately. By the way, if you don’t follow me yet, my boards can be found here. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve got a hankering to try this Christmas season. I could see the above being a bit of a fail. Have you ever filled a balloon with water to have it come out exactly round? Maybe using some cheap dollar store bowls and cracking the coloured ice out to make half-globes to line the walkway with … Continue reading

Christmas is OVER!

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!  The past two days have been wonderfully packed with family, food, Christmas music and my gent,  which kind of ruled.  And it’s nice to enjoy a full day off once a year without a trip to Walmart. Now everything can slow back down and sweet reality can set on in once more.  A few more days and 2011’s over.  I found myself so ahead of the game this year with everything (excluding wedding planning, yeek).  Did you? … Continue reading

Music Heals Your Soul, the Universe and a Waterfall with a Rainbow

With regards to my post the other day, I got my friggin’ wedding dress.  Unsure of why exactly, but I’ve been feeling like a rotten old bag of throw-up ever since.  Maybe because this signifies that we are in PLAN IT ALL NOW OR SUICIDE YOURSELF mode.  I am the worst planner of all things.  I am actually better on my feet than if I rehearse 100x.  I hate taking control and I like when everyone plans things for me.  Unfortunately, we are BrokeBank Mountain … Continue reading