our tree is up - 2014 edition

i had a hard time deciding what to make for this year's tree. but when i found black mini lights at ikea (thank you ikea for making black mini lights!) i knew i had to draw my favourite real christmas tree. if i was to ever choose a real tree, i want a silver tip fir. i know there's a silver tip farm way out by yosemite national park, a wee bit of a long drive from vancouver to get a christmas tree, not to mention they probably won't let me bring in back across the boarder. so if you know where i can find a silver tip fir in the greater vancouver area please let me know!
for now, i'll just draw one.
 i drew it after the kids went to bed, not to surprise them but because i know it's going to be smudged / destroyed by end of day tomorrow. i've got my eye on the one year old.
the black mini lights are held on there with black masking tape - leftover from my archi-tourture school days. i can't believe it but that roll of tape is over 10 years old!

about a tree

my husband found this in our local grocery store today. sorry for the bad photo, i blame him!
It's pretty much a knock off of our first chalkboard tree from a few years ago:
(look at how small my big boy was!)
Anyway, since it wasn't my design to begin with, I don't think I can do anything about it. But look on the bright side, we started a trend!

this year's three little pigs project, christmas cards, and our very own online store!

it's kind of like christmas day here, because after much hard work, we finally have an 

i have been busy designing Christmas cards, those are up in the store. the gold foil cards are all done by hand by yours truly! everything is made right here! 

but more importantly, we are starting our (now annual) three little pigs fundraiser project!
this year Castle has chosen to provide school supplies to kids who need it in other countries. we are painting driftwood ornaments to raise the money!




happy shopping and happy helping!

drawing on windows

i was back at ella shoes recently to spruce up their windows. this has been such a fun and rewarding project.




LEGOs and Fridays

my new found hobby.
 turning stuff into letters. especially into letters that spell friday.
fridays are better than Saturdays and Sundays sometimes.
because sometimes, the anticipation is better than the real thing.

new chalk

we were challenged this weekend to write down our vision for our family. first item that came to mind is seek first, always, this…
now it's on our wall. not sure how long this will be up before i get the urge to wipe it off. it's definitely a step above the rest that i've done. this was inspired by the amazing works by dangerdust.

the fancy playground

we went to check out that fancy new playground in richmond. it's called the terra nova adventure play environment. yep. that's one long fancy name for one fancy playground. our boys were a little too young for most of the play structures. but i commend them for trying. daddy, of course, got right into it.







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