It's pretty amazing... oh and check out Whip Up for an infinite wealth of tutorials and how-to guides for creative gift giving and general goodness. Have I ever led you astray?
Advent Calendars (or other Christmas crafts that I often threaten to make, but then forget about... )
We somehow got on the subject of Advent Calendars last week and I've been struggling to get them out of my head. But how much fun would it be to open, one door every morning and to have one surprise? Here's some inspiration for your guys...
Left-The felt tree is from Green Kitchen and is actually a Solstice Calendar
Far Left- The felt pockets are from our clever girls at the PurlBee
If you don't feel like pumping yourself, or your kids full of chocolate, you can click here for a great Advent write up
and original ideas that avoid 27 grams of sugar and a whole lot of tantrums.
Visiting a new library
Eating the most delicious hazelnut cake
Having that delicious piece of cake intercepted by a baby whose name rhymes with Puca
Watching Mateo and Luca dance to this song
Eating some bacon and patates with B
Playing hopscotch in our hallway
Waking up with neither laundry to do, nor meals to cook, just a full day to enjoy
Prepping a pretty lame week of posts here at Cochonet!
Knowing that the Weekend Recap is irresistible to some...
Maybe I should make real wreaths and sell then for $100. Any takers?
I hate writing. Funny thing, eh? Love blogging and the writing part is what held me back for so long. It's not so intimidating anymore, but it's still a pain.
Anyways, Anna Maria Horner is a fabric designerwho has recently written a lovely book and updates an even more lovely blog. I'm digging her bold blues- the only good blues. She's also launching a homewares collection- aprons, rugs and things.
Perhaps the next Amy Butler?
Slurping soup and dipping grilled cheese sandwiches
Playing with trains on a rainy morning
Getting kisses from Luca
Realizing that I may not have much time to blog this week
This Flickr Group
Planning our weekly meals (any ideas?!)
Knowing that I'm married to a good man, one that I'd want my daughter to marry
Feeling lost in the blogworld and lagging in my correspondance
Eating impromptu breakfast with my parents
Listening to stories from New Mexico
Trying to not be too hard on myself, but also hoping to get some stuff done
To my ladies, I'm really sorry about my MIA status- naps have been unsynchronized and there are two small pterodactyls barking orders at me all.the.time. As soon as this darn moon isn't full anymore, everything will be good again, right?
Walking in my old hood, looking at all the new shops
Spying on the koi fish at the greenhouse
Unwrapping my new Moleskine
Zipping through the Westmount craft fair
Spending an evening with B., sans children
Drooling over this book, this book and finally buying this book
Dreaming of expanding my creative book collection
Getting to the church on time
Looking forward to more lazy days spent here
Enjoying- ok more like loving the new look
Pulling pranks and playing in our family magic show
Watching this movie, popcorn in lap, beer in hand
Wondering why D locked Mateo outside. Alone
Snapping shots of crisp fall mornings
Lusting over late harvest produce here- with my Monkey
Kicking back and watching storytime unfold- papa styles
Laughing my DeeDee Ramone head off
Hiding and seeking with Mateo
Checking things off my list
Sure, I'll read Paste here and there, and will always catch up on the Top Ten Lists of various music critics, but I don't enjoy music in the same way. I think I've even googled "good cool music". So I'm not totally clueless, but still.
I've spent a bit of time by myself and upon this recommendation (and many others) I went to see this film. Well, I almost fell over when, at a the culminating point of the film, this piece of music played. It hit me so hard and so honestly. It reminded me of the power of music.
Now, I barely ever play YouTube videos on other blogs- but I BEG YOU. To sit down, close your eyes and just listen.
Eric Satie Gymnopedie No1.
I read encyclopedias from all different era’s to get a good feeling for how history or stories change over time. I read all kind of magazines or books, from all different eras on subjects ranging from biology to biography to how to throw a party for young children. I take a lot of notes on things that I think would be useful or unusual as a subject matter, a title, or the springboard for another idea. I think that is how a lot of artist refine their experience in the world, they dig and then organize what they find.
Anyways, breaking news: Cochonet turned ONE on the 23rd! Well not exactly, as I had started in November of 2006 with this lame post but sadly, had never looked at it again until a certain someone outted me to B. Well, I got back on that blogging horse and I'm so very happy I did.
Some posts are redundant, others are unoriginal and most are clumsily written... but I like them just the way they are.
So there you have it! One year already.