31 December 2009

*some favorite photos of 2009

I've been taking this last day of a decade to go through some photos I've taken the last year...

These are from our NZ trip in March... They are all from the Holga, too. I decided that was the only camera I was going to bring, and it was liberating!

New Zealand 2009

New Zealand 2009

New Zealand 2009

I'm sure I'll have more as the day goes on...

30 December 2009

*yay!! new buttons on Etsy!!

I must say... I had a blast making these. I sat at my desk in my office, decided to blast some good tunes (I was having a Jeremy Enigk/The Fire Theft/Sunny Day Real Estate kind of day.(not long until i get to see them play!!! :) and just went to it. Ahhh liberating!

Anyway. There are still a few more I have to put up in the next day or so. And a few new photographic prints as well... Can you tell I'm loving my holiday???

Go check out Etsy for more buttons and photos... :)


27 December 2009

*finally. on holiday...

I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas! I've chatted with the family back home, and yes, I am jealous they had a white Christmas - Jacob and I had our first Christmas alone... with Timmy of course! It was lovely!

My stay-cation started with a new van Hulst Christmas eve tradition... Tandoori Chicken that Jacob marinated for 2 days and popped on the BBQ. Very nice! We decorated our mini-tree and watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (one of the 2 best Christmas movies ever, only tied with A Christmas Story). We were also visited by the Christmas Huntsman... Bahhh!!!(Apologizes for the iPhone pics on this one... )

And sweet little Timmy fell asleep waiting for Santa....

Christmas morning is for sleeping in. But saw my xmas pressie from Jacob. Yay!!! New big canvases! And some adorable artwork he mastered on the plastic covering. I almost don't want to use them and ruin his artwork!! I crocheted him a neck warmer with some nice merino wool and some sweet old vintage US Navy sailor buttons I had. I'm going to make myself one. I love it!

We had a few soy flat whites, a few mimosas with super freshly squeezed orange juice (thanks to Jenny's xmas gift from about 10 years ago, yes, my fancy 1950's orange juice maker..), a couple crossiants with my homemade cherry plum jam.. and then Jacob went nuts in the kitchen... Eggs with Gravalax and onions and chili. Oh goodness - Yum!!!

They rest of the day we lounged, went for a walk around the park with Timmy. Then came back to make dinner, Bugs!!!! I made some potato salad and peach salsa. Yes, we basically just pigged out all day!


I spent some time later in the day with my camera around the house. The light was perfect and I couldn't resist.

Jacob scored heaps of fruit from a friend... Fruit salad, stewed applesauce, and the cherry plums from the tree in the front yard...

 We played Rummy on Xmas Eve - proof I won!

Timmy's new hobby. Chewing books. Ugh.

And my catching up on the crochet projects. Including Jacob's xmas gift.

Anyway. Back to doing some domesticness that is catching up on laundry and grey-watering the garden.

17 December 2009


I just realised I haven't posted in ages!!! Yikes!!!!

The last couple weeks, our lil Timmy had a few issues. My *lovely* Jacob fed him a rather large lamb bone. Timmy, instead of burying it like he normally does, ate the entire thing in one shot. Yeah. Poor thing couldn't poo for days. I had to take him to the vet on Monday morning... then a couple Xray's and tests later - they saw what was blocking his insides. The bone had compacted in his system and created these massive stones that weren't budging. They were going to have to operate on his if they didn't come out after a couple days. Ugh!!! I was so stressed out. Later that day he was able to push out two of the blockages, but there was still one that evenutally came out 3 days later.

So no operations, thank goodness. Now he's mostly back to normal. Poor lil nugget.

As you can see.. this was taken a few days ago, but he is his happy mischievous self again. :)

I've officially started my vacation countdown... 5 more days until I have a week off! I'm so excited!!! I can't wait to have the time to complete half done projects I have.
On the list :
  • Finished my two Granny Square blankets.
  • Make heaps more buttons for Etsy.
  • Finish my latest painting I've been trying to get to.
  • Replant the chamomile into the garden.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Maybe a little detoxing is in order as well.
  • Draw.
  • Finish my website. 
  • Bake something.
Ok. Yeah. I may not get everything done... but I'm hopeful!

10 December 2009

*gone missing


Missing the hometown heaps lately.
Miss my family and my lovely lovely friends back in the US...
See you soon I hope!!