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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Snowy Saturday

Ski Trails
 We've had our first snowstorm, just in time to ring in December.
I'm hoping for a good amount of snow this year as I love to cross-country ski.
Happy times on the ski trails.
Last year we barely had any snow at all, it was an unusually mild winter.   FIngers crossed for a white Christmas!

We have a fairly quiet day today which makes me quite happy I have to say.
I found this picture of last year's present wrapping:
 Well I guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I'm using brown paper and ribbon again this year.  I have some wrapping to do this week, the gifts are purchased and just need a bit of organizing.

I'll be tidying up the study and dusting the books today.
Isn't this book cover fetching.
 I have a section of shelves in the study devoted to the childhood favourites of The Rascals.
Can you spot Poppy the blog mascot?
The red canoe was made by Old Rascal at his summer camp, it was a birthday present for MrBP.
 It's my place to keep and display some things they've made over the years.
Clay dragon with some favourite books.
Do you have a system for keeping these types of mementos?
Hope your Saturday is cozy and quiet.
xoDani

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  1. I love your brown paper with ribbons. So old fashioned and beautifully simple looking!

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    1. Hi JCrewJD, I think brown paper is just the ticket!

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  2. Loving the rhythm of your day today.
    I've opted for red paper with white dots and gold twine for our gifts this year. As far as the mementos go we have quite a few Xmas ornaments made by the children when they were in school. At our annual tree decorating event we take them out look at them and I suggest where they should go and the adult offspring hastily put them back in the boxes laughing!
    Hope you have a great snow day!

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    1. Hi Hostess, your wrapping sounds cheery and chic, love that scheme.
      That tree-trim party sounds like a fun tradition!

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  3. Dani - you really did get snow. We have a light dusting not much else!

    So inspired by your wrapping! I hate to wrap! I bribe everyone to wrap. I could shop till the cows come home, but the wrapping - not so much - no patience, and as I have said, I am the Queen of Half-Assed!!!

    I will try and take some pictures in our little library tomorrow. That's what all such things find a home. Too many these days... I love poppy! I would love a dress like hers!

    We have a terrible time getting rid of books - we are terrible packrats! All of the kids' books are still hear, I guess they are now waiting for the next generation!

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    1. WMM too bad you don't live closer I could come over and we could have a wrapping party, with bottles of wine you may find it quite fun! I did that one year with a friend and we had a blast.
      I'd love to see your library!

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    2. WMM, I will come down and wrap for you if I can peruse and borrow from your libarary including the cookbooks? Given we live in a small city space we are almost at the 1 in 1 out necessity for books. (The e ones are handy for commuting and travel but NOT the same.)

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  4. No, no system, just a box filled with their childhood books - I'm hoping to set them up as a library for visiting grandchildren, if we are lucky enough to have them some day. (Looking very far ahead, I hope!) I don't think our boys ever made anything as nice as that canoe and that dragon!
    We are also wrapping gifts this weekend. We have been making enlargements of some of my husband's old family photos and are sending them to the siblings as gifts. The family lived in Italy for several years in the sixties and there's a cool one of his two older brothers in sharp black suits, looking like Mafia Sons!

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    1. Patricia, what a photo, that will be a treasured gift I'm sure! My son went to camp in Algonquin for many years (Camp Pathfinder of the red canoes) and he usually made one craft per summer for MrBP's August birthday, I think they were the only crafts he ever made!

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  5. My favorite memento is a deep olive green glazed ceramic lump, about 7 x 1.5 x 3 inches, thicker at one end than another, thin end may be a long snout or a short tail, depending where you stand, and there are some little lumps that may or may not be feet. Noone will admit to having made it, noone knows what it's supposed to be, noone wants to take the responsibility for throwing it out. One theory is that it was a gift for someone who is notorious for going home without gifts she doesn't like, they turn up months later in the linen closet, in the shoe closet, in the storage cubbies under the bathroom sink.

    I love your wrapping. This year I finally got my hands on a Container Store paper that has always sold out before I could get my weary bottom to the store, and I bought 5 rolls in overexuberant triumph. So I guess whether I meant it or not, it will be my signature wrap.

    I love snow. Probably because we don't get as much of it as you do.

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    1. Fred who is this person who hides unwanted gifts, she sounds like a riot!
      Signature wrap, love that, I guess I've got that going on too.

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  6. Oh I love the snow pics, I really hope we get some, it is freezing today at least, I say at least because that means the Sperry boots are on! Next year you have to guide me right on a pair of La Canadienne boots, the fleece makes such a difference.

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    1. Tabs I love my La Canadienne boots, I was wearing them out yesterday on a big walk, if my feet are warm all is well. Now I just need to find better gloves.

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    2. Penelope Chilvers makes some great fleece lined boots too.

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  7. I love the brown paper and ribbon wrapping!

    We are in the midst of our second snow of the year - the first was in October! I think it will be a "real" winter this year.

    I am not up to much today, just recovering from an unintentionally big night out last night.

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    1. Abby yes and they are predicting a real winter! I like it, as long as I'm dressed properly I enjoy being outside in winter.
      Sounds like you had a fun night, oh I've been there! I hope it was a blast and as far today my best advice is tea and fruit!!

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  8. Dani, you can have all of our snow, we had two blizzards here in November! Biggest snowfall on record.

    Most of my gifts are bought and wrapped (I opted for red & white wrapping paper from Winners). I'm shocked I have most of my shopping done this early!

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    1. LR, two blizzards my goodness. Our snow yesterday afternoon was the first big one here and we were on the highways at the time, we saw so many accidents it was quite scary. My friend was driving and she did a great job, she got us home safe!
      Isn't it great to have shopping done, now you can focus on having fun. :)

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  9. No snow here-actually it never snows here, but we have had a lot of rain.
    I keep kid's trinkets in their own special boxes in the attic and we gift a lot of their books to younger cousins and to charity. Some have been kept but most have moved on to other young readers. Many art project ornaments will be on the tree-which DH wants to put up today - the perfect stormy weekend activity.

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    1. Julie have fun putting up your tree! I wish we could get ours but our living room is full of drywall sheets just now, we may be putting up our tree quite late this year.

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  10. I badly need a system for the books, it is a work in progress. It's funny you posted this, I have been working on the bookshelves today and before Thanksgiving. No snow for us, it is almost 65 here today, very unseasonal for December. It was a great day to cut a Christmas tree, even though I like doing it in bad weather too. I hope this is a snowier winter than last. I don't cross country ski much any more, but I like to downhill ski. Speaking of childrens' books, we had one called Cross Country Cat, about (you guessed it) a cat who is left behind and has to fashion cross country skis to get back to his family. It's kind of cute!

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  11. I love your little library. I have all my books in a closed cabinet to keep out the dust. It has glass panels and it's deep so I've got framed photographs and a few mementos sitting in front of the books. I have never been into knick knacky things but I will probably make a shrine for my children's artwork.

    November has been cold and snowy in Calgary and we've got loads of snow out in the country. Husband has been out with the snowshoes a few times already, we plan to get the XC skis ready this weekend, if time permits.

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  12. I love the photo of you in the snow, Dani, a snowy day brings out such joy, I miss it!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder not to get grinchy about it Sue!

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  13. Dani, your snow is so pretty compared to our remains of urban grit. I must try to get up to High Park this weekend. Adore eldest rascal's birthday craft. And must add ribbon to my signature wrap next year. I was thinking about Sharpie cartoon sketches and a bit of calligraphy (initials?) but that might get too messy or time-consuming.
    My fave paper wizard from 2012 OOAKS
    http://flakespaperie.typepad.com/blog/2012/04/pretty-paper-things.html

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  14. I had always used brown paper, but now wrap our kid's gifts in Whole Foods shopping bags, so they can use them, and they don't like me to use paper anymore (rolling my eyes.) But, they're colorful and fun, so it's fine.
    I wish it snowed in LA, I miss the seasons of the east coast. I also use our bookcases to keep some of the things they made when they were young, especially clay pieces. I have a box for all the cards made over the years too. Even in their 30's they love to see these things in our home. It's very sweet.

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  15. I'm living a winter wonderland vicariously through you, Dani. The joy on your face makes me smile. I'd love to try cross-country skiing.

    Years ago, something got sent to me with yards and yards and yards of brown paper as packing filler. I couldn't bear to throw it away and decided that would be wrapping paper for a lifetime.

    No snow at all where I am. No system and I badly need one.

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  16. I'm also doing the brown paper thing with ribbons. I found some at our dollar store, which is lovely, along with brown kraft bags. So easy, and the extra can be used year-round. Love that snowy picture of you! When we move up to Wisconsin, I'll hopefully be able to take up some cross-country skiing -- great trails there!

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  17. I love that pic of you rejoicing in the snow, Dani. I keep all mementoes in a box, so that I can look at them whenever I need to. I'm with you on cold feet - if mine are warm and toasty all is well and I can forge ahead.

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  18. You look so happy in the snow! We had a dusting yesterday, so pretty, but not enough. We Northerners do have to be careful what we wish for, though.

    I must decide about the wrappings this week-- I have time! I recall one year when I spread out a roll of brown paper on the kitchen floor and let the girls paint swirls, circles leaves and such in gold,copper and red. They still remember this. Usually it's what was on sale after prior holiday.

    I put out favorite Christmas books on all the little tables throughout the house this month--"Merry Christmas, Strega Nona", Jan Brett, Shirley Hughes for English holidays, and the biggest tear jerker of all, "R. Goddden's " Story of Holly and Ivy". Best convergence of snow, FROCKS and brave girls-- Steig's "Brave Irene". I'll try to stop now.

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