Check out these super beautiful quilts that my Auntie Hsi made for Scott and I as a wedding gift. They are so pretty!

A few months ago my aunt sent us a couple dozen fabric swatches in our favourite colours (me purple, Scott green) and we got to pick out our favourites and send the results back in a picture. Then a few months later these were ready! Rosemarie picked them up when she went to Toronto over the holidays and brought them back to Vancouver for us.

This is my quilt. Night.

And this one is Scott’s. Day.

They are lovely.

Every family should have a quilt and now we are lucky to have two super nice custom ones handmade with love from my aunt. I like thinking about how we will have them forever. I keep looking at mine and smiling. SO COOL.

My sister-in-law got me this pretty framed elephant print for my Kris Kringle gift. It’s so nice! She oh so cleverly noticed that I had pinned it on Pinterest and surprised me with it for Christmas. It’s really pretty. Thanks Jess!

Cassia got me these awesome pillow covers from Finland, as a belated wedding present. I really need to get larger pillows to put inside them, as the floppy ones I have now are not doing them justice! Anyway they match our couch very nicely and I really like them. Thank you Cassia.

Last night we went over to Brian and Morgan’s for drinks and games. They are going to Hawaii in a few days so we talked a lot about that. Now Scott and I really want to go back to Hawaii again! It was so nice there!!! I want to eat more ahi tuna.

I haven’t done too much today, but it’s ok because I still don’t have that much homework and finished it all yesterday. Scott and I did go skating though, which was fun. Scott was going a bit faster than I remember from last year by the end, so he is improving. I think we will start going skating more regularly.

I’m a bitĀ embarrassedĀ at how long this took me to do, but over the holidays I received a whole bunch of really awesome, thoughtful gifts, and I really need to show them to you. My friends and family are awesome.

I think I’ll just do them one a time, maybe one per day.

This is a name draft, made by my family friend Jac. I think they look pretty cool even without an explanation, but they’re even cooler when you know what’s going on!

Basically he takes our full names and puts them into a computer program he wrote. It spits out a design and then he weaves them on his weaving loom in our favourite colour. The pattern is based on our name going from the outside to the inside, on all sides (mirror image).

Scott’s is the green one on the left. His is bigger because he has two middle names that make his name very long. Mine is on the right in purple.

My favourite part of the weaves is that since Scott and I have the same last name, the very inner part of each of our designs is the same! I haven’t checked, but the inside of Rosemarie’s, and the one Jac made for our mom should also be the same. So cool.

Jac and Laurie made name drafts for us, Rosemarie, and the Monnon kids and their partners, and put them in these nice frames for us to display. This was such a nice gift, something that I will keep forever. Thank you Jac and Laurie!!!!!

OK I’ve got a whole hodge-podge of pictures and stuff to show you from the last couple weeks.

Here is me, trying to figure out how to play Wasabi, after receiving this game for Christmas. Luckily it is not too hard to learn.

After Christmas dinner I made sourdough turkey cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches for our lunch. Mmmmm sourdough bread is so nice. These sandwiches were delicious.

I painted picture frames to bring home for gifts. I got the frames for $1 and painted them with acrylic paint. I also had some varnish left over from something so I got to make them nice and shiny. Here are my bunting frames.

I also made a Settlers frame for Natasha and Richard.

And this is the chevron frame I made to match Cassia and Pablo’s apartment. I am really pleased with how this one turned out.

I forgot to give out the little sticks to put in the back of them to stand them up. I will mail you guys the sticks, ok?! Oops.

Here is the Ace Gang, at Leslie’s house. The first time we were all together in several years.

After New Years we all trekked out to Jac and Laurie’s house. They live 75 km from us!! It had been a long time since I had been to their house. It was lots of fun, we ate yummy tacos and talked and laughed and told old stories. We even Skyped with the Monnon’s in Florida. Laurie showed us some funny pictures of all the animals she took care of, and we even found a bunch of pictures of our parents. Even Natasha and I were in some of the pictures, as little babies.

Here is the painting I did for dad’s Christmas present. You can click on the picture to see it a bit bigger. It has all sorts of elements (past and present) from our cottage. Little funny things from all the years we spent building.

It’s pretty large, 16″x20″ I think? Acrylics on canvas.

I started to hate it a bit when I was painting because I was struggling with painting something that is in a FORREST and also on a huge CLIFF, but dad calls it folk art style and really seems to love it. He’s shown it to everyone that has come over, so that makes me feel pretty good. I’m glad it ended up turning out ok.