a christmas tree farm

vsco-cam-7Hey guys! Now that we’re in the month of December, it’s safe to partake in Christmassy things without getting an eye-roll. Last weekend, we threw ourselves into all sorts of festive events. Just like our corn maze, we’re hoping that this year will be the start of many new traditions now that we have a child.

On Saturday we went to an annual craft fair located at an event centre in our city. It’s an absolutely massive space with seating for 7,800 people. I hadn’t been there for over five years, so it was quite fun to return to it. We bought quite a few gifts and ate some really great food. Remy drew in all sorts of attention, of course. She’s such a little stinker.

vsco-cam-9vsco-cam-2She let us sleep in until 8:30 am on Sunday, which is pretty much unheard of. Being well-rested, but with a late start to our day, we went and picked up breakfast and played around all morning. Then we fed her again, packed up, and made the 45 minute trek to the Mason Christmas Tree Farm that is located just outside of the city. Remy slept while we listened to Christmas music. Once we got there, we got directions as to the type of tree that we were after, and then went hunting for the perfect tree to take home.

vsco-cam-8vsco-cam-1I thought that finding a tree would be easier than it was. Given that there were so many different kinds, it was hard to choose just one. Each one also seemed to also have a flaw, from not being tall enough, to not thick enough, not straight enough, or not green enough. After walking the entire distance and not settling on one, we decided to make our way back and be a little less picky. It was hard, but we finally found a tree!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetOur tree is probably the least straightest of all the trees that were there, but it’s kind of endearing. It was a great size and shape, was full all the way around, and pretty green compared to the other trees. Geoffrey sawed it down in about a minute, and we set it aside. After bringing our vehicle around, I nursed Remy in the backseat while Geoff strapped it down to the roof. We were going to stay for some free hot chocolate and cookies, but decided to make our way back instead given that it was getting quite busy. Remy stayed awake on the ride home, and as soon as we got back, passed out. That allowed us to have a late lunch and set up our tree. The entire day couldn’t have gone any better!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSunday also marked the last day of my first semester of schooling, since I handed in my final assignment that day. Now I get an entire month off! I’m so looking forward to spending it with my family, and renovating our bathroom. Hooray!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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Emory

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make these : rustic christmas candles

Rustic Christmas Candle DIYI truly believe in making Christmas gifts. In addition to the tutorials that were featured on the blog last year (here and here), I was inspired to create one that could either work on its own as a holiday craft, or as a thoughtful present for those whose homes embody a rustic feel. 

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 1What you will need:

Several jam jars
Scented candles
Aged book
Pine leaves
Twine
Moss
Scissors
Crazy glue

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 2Steps:

1. Measure the width and circumference of a single jam jar. Take those measurements and trace them onto the number of book pages that equal the number of jars. Cut and remove.

2. Now trace shapes onto the sheets of paper that will cover the jars. Again, cut and remove those shapes.

3. Take a jam jar and wrap it in one of those sheets of paper. Holding the paper with one hand, wrap twine around it once over so that the paper will stay in place. Tie it in a knot, and remove the excess twine.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 34. Place one or more pine leaves on the exterior of the jar. Use the twine to make it stay in place, wrapping around the jar several times.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 45. Once the exterior is complete, place a dab of crazy glue onto the bottom of the candle. Now set the candle in the centre of the jar.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 66. Fill the jar with moss. Then wait until it becomes dark, light the candle, and watch the shapes dance on the wall or surface. It’s quite beautiful!

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 10Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 11

The countdown is on! Only 16 days remaining!

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Emory

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