M2C1 Kraftwerks Gift

If you haven’t noticed yet, I like making and receiving homemade gifts. There is something special about someone spending time creating something for you that fills your heart with warmth and joy. I love any gift that someone has chosen specifically for me, but I especially love a homemade piece. I went a little crazy…

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas

Thank you to everyone who has followed along on our adventure in landscaping, woodworking, baking, jam-making and whatever other fun things we decide to post about on this blog. We wish everyone a happy holiday, in whatever form or holiday you observe. Our Christmas this year has been quiet but festive with lots of FaceTime…

Howl-idays

This year Christmas will be a little bit different but no less special. I will miss spending it in a house full of the hubbub of family, but it is going to be its own kind of special with just Kurt, Ellie, Basil and I spending it together. It will be fun, the four of…

Food You Knead – Spiced Challah Bread

Last year for Christmas, our family rented a cabin for a winter wonderland holiday. There were cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails, tobogganing hills, an outdoor firepit and a hot tub to soak in after all the fun. It was a perfect getaway. My parents gift to all of us was the rental for the week…

Baubles

I was prepared for Christmas this year…or so I thought. I was lucky enough to get most of my shopping done by the end of November, visiting local shops before COVID came roaring back and made it uncomfortable to be in busy places again. I was feeling good about the gift plans I had. Suddenly,…

You Serious Clark?

When we were young, a family moved in next door to us who also had children the same age as my sister and I. Those neighbours are now family, and although we have all moved to new homes and even cities, we have a holiday tradition together, which is to get together to eat lots…

Howl-idays Shadow Box

I have been looking at new projects to do in my shop, with a long list of ideas I have curated. Before I could get into those, I had one more advent calendar I had to make (I promise this post is not about another advent calendar!). It is an advent calendar for dogs, and…

Shop the Halls

I recently shared about my dad and I starting an Etsy shop and all the fun we were having building items. Advent calendars seem to be the item that I have spent most of the last couple months making. I believe I am now up to 11 calendars, with a 12th in mind. I am…

Doing a Table Jig

I have treated myself to another shop tool, a table saw. It’s something that I have been wanting but making due without. I had planned to wait until Christmas because I had a sneaking suspicion that K was going to get me the saw as a gift…but I couldn’t wait. I was right, K now…

Personal Damages

Landscaping, gardening and building are all fun hobbies that keep K and I busy and happy, but there is a flip-side that can be a little painful. Over the years we have had minor scratches, cuts, abrasions, etc which can be expected from the type of work we have been doing. But we have had…