Sunday, 29 December 2013

Scenes of Christmas

the sweetest of cupcakes
presents (now opened) wrapped beneath the tree
mom sipping coffee in the early morning light 
more festive cupcakes! the eggnog flavor gets my vote
brother's new snowflake bedsheets
and mmm, our annual tradition mincemeat tarts on Christmas morning 
it's a good life. full of food and festivities and flavor. 
thank you God, for your constant supply and love, you are good.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Windy & Wonderful

My friend Shelby and I took these photos back when fall was still in full swing, with orange carpets of fallen leaves and stunning trees. Today, any sign of autumn has been covered by rain, rain, and more rain! The leaves may have been washed away, but looking at these pictures brings me right back to the crisp, windy air of a November morning.
As much as I love Autumn, I couldn't be smiling wider at the fact that Christmas is so very close. ONE WEEK. Wait, didn't I, uh, just start University? Or, uh, turn 18, yesterday? Wowza.

Much love, Vivi

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Gingerbread adventures!

Last night my friend Hannah and I spent hours and hours creating the most unique gingerbread creations we could. Happy, confused, monotone- all sorts of gingerbread men were brought to life. ;)

 ^^this little guy is going for swim and happens to be my personal favorite ( shh... don't tell the others)^^

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 15 December 2013

things to love this winter

lights strung along the fireplace
a messy, vibrant water colour palette
Candy canes! Sugary, festive, what's not to love?
winter melon for a late night snack
taking time to relax and unwind with my sketchbook & most favourite paints
the best way to use said candy canes: white chocolate bark! this stuff is hard to stop at one piece...
my beloved tea pots atop the mini literature section of my room: Jane Austen and the Oxford library of classic poetry.
               What are you loving this winter time?

Much love, Vivi

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas & pumpkins

When thanksgiving celebrations are over and Christmas fills everyone's hearts and minds, I find it hard to part with the mini pumpkins and gourds of autumn. Silly, I know, but I love autumn. Instead of letting the pumpkins and gourds find a new life in the garbage, I thought that a little face lift could help ease them into Christmas time. All it took was a coating of silver spray paint and these guys are Christmas ready. I decided to spray only the mini pumpkins to let the gourds give the display some natural color. On top of a few doilies and with candle sticks and sparkly leaves in between, these almost-tossed pumpkins make a fantastic transition into winter, I'd say. :)

Christmas decorating going on in full force over here! (no complaints here.)

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

december dreams

D E C E M B E R    D R E A M S

invest in quality: relationships, moments, health, what I choose to fill my mind with.
quality music time: work on those guitar skills
do things that make my heart full, happy, overflowing: photography, learning, reading, talking
write: bring pencil and paper together, write & don't stop
love: strangers included. hospitality, openness of heart, freedom of friendship
enjoy: the ordinary, the exciting, the marvellous, the normal 
less material, more eternal