February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 9:04 am

Gilles is in Moose Jaw today of course, but all the same. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day next weekend (bad in that it will be all Easter stuff out for him to buy, good in that he will actually have some money. I bought tickets for us to go to the monster trucks again this year as his Valentine’s Day gift.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have something here anyway. Gilles, if you’re reading this, I put a favorite poem below for you:

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And in Life’s noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within ;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat ;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


January 10, 2011

Christmas in Plural

Filed under: Events,Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 3:06 pm

Gilles and I spent our last Christmas as a ‘two entities’ this year, and in doing so spent the actual Christmas apart.

On the 23rd, I left for Gravelbourg where I celebrated Christmas with my relatives from my Dad’s side of the family. Dad grew up with six siblings, five of which went on to marry and have a minimum of one child, so this was quite an affair. On this side of the family we draw names for the exchange, in order to allow the gift we give to be both personal and to keep Christmas as inexpensive as possible. I had my cousin Brigitte this year, and I bought her three etched glass Christmas ornaments from a local craft fair. The ornaments were diamond in shape, with a “chipped look” etched edge. On of the ornaments was a horse in the sun, one was a horse head, and one was musical notes. I also made Memere (my dad’s mom) a scrapbook-style ‘Brag book’. I wasn’t able to find rings big enough (know where I can find 5″ rings anyone?) so it ended up being two rings. The book itself is about six inches square, and designed so that it has pieces sticking out all over the place. I did take a picture of this… but Sasktel is being mean to me and won’t let me access my phone pictures online right now.

We also exchanged gifts among my immediate family. For my mom I bought a handmade pottery butter dish, in a nice deep green. (She didn’t know what it was at first, and it was very amusing). I bought my brother a squash raquet and a pair of winter gloves, and my sister a sweater (which was too small so I exchanged it for an in-store credit for her later on). Gilles and I went together and bought my dad a 1 TB external hard-drive. Ironically, he had just bought the exact same one two weeks prior, so I ended up returning the hard drive later on and topping up the amount so I could give him a $100 gift card for Futureshop.

And what did I get? Well I forgot to mention in my last post that we got spoiled by Elsie and Nolan for Christmas this year. We got a cookbook, a Habs travel mug, some Habs Christmas balls, a stuffed Christmas cat, some tea, a mug, and a Chapters (Indigo) gift card for sure… Hoo boy, I’m sure I’m forgetting at least one thing too.

From my brother I got Glee Season 1 part 2 (he wanted to get me both part 1 and 2, but couldn’t find part 1 anywhere). He also got me a travel mug that plugs into the cigarette jack in my car to stay warm, which is really cool.

From my sister I got an amazing teal and black scarf, and the board game Yatzee! The scarf below looks very similar to the one she got me, except mine has a bit more of a rich look (softer, thicker, shinier?) and is flowered instead of checkered.

I got a black Black and Decker coffee machine with a timer from my parents for Christmas (+ love!), a Kobo e-reader, (++ love!) and a Reitman’s gift card!

From Gilles I got seasons 6 and 7 of Gilmore Girls, to complete my set 🙂

From my cousin Christa, I got a wool “mohawk” hat. It looks like the one below, but in cream with dark brown on it.

Memere also gave a gift for both Gilles and I – $50 and a two decks of Coca-Cola cards!

On December 27 I met Gilles in Regina, where he had been for his mom’s sides’ Christmas. They did a Christmas exchange there, and Gilles got a Saskatchewan Roughrider duffel bag, and a set of four hurricane glasses. I absolutely love the glasses, they look like this:

Gilles’ Memere surprised me with a gift when I got there as well (the same as she had given Gilles) – A few pairs of socks, a lotto ticket, and $50!

We had only an hour in Regina, and then Gilles joined me as we headed on to Tisdale for my Mom’s side of the family’s Christmas.

We had a Chinese gift exchange there as well. I gave a desktop picture holder, that held 4 albums. It is wooden, about three inches deep by six wide, by four high. Gilles gave the  2011 ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ book (see below). It is sort of like the Guiness book of World Records books, except instead of records, it just holds really weird things.

Gilles recieved a $20 Sport Chek gift card (Michael’s gift), and I got three ‘country-style’ winter pictures and a package of assorted teas. I also got $10, a tube of Pringles (which I gave to Gilles), and a pair of hand-knitted socks from my grandmother.

On the 29th, we left Tisdale and went down to Riverhurst, where we celebrated Christmas and new years with Gilles’ dad’s side of the family. We spent our days playing many, many games, including hockey, sledding, and a lot of Magic the Gathering and Settlers of Catan. We had a Christmas exchange on the 30th. Gilles gave a ‘Polly the Insulting Talking Parrot’ (seen below), which says things like “Polly wants a cracker. Polly wants a cracker. Give Polly a fucking cracker!” and “Who’s the pretty Polly… Who’s the pretty Polly… … … Not you lardass!”, and a book of “sex positions for old people”. As you can tell, this Christmas is a very different one from the others that we attended! The gift that I brought was two pairs of boxers, (one pair had the Koolaid man on drugs, and the other had the words “My fucking boxers” written all over them), a tie that says “Kiss me, it’s Christmas!” and a sticker that says “There is no life without coffee”. From the exchange, Gilles got a wooden incense holder complete with incense, and I got a bag with: 2 bags of popcorn, a container of After 8 sticks, the movie ‘The BlindSide’, and a neat water bottle.

We returned home on January 2nd. First we went to Lindsay and Kahleigh’s and dropped off their Christmas presents (they had left for Christmas already when we dropped off the others).

I made Kahleigh a green and silver necklace, with a little heart at the end of a silver chain and a couple green beads further up. I gave Lindsay some “Fred” items: Tipsy Toes icecubes, Gin and Titonic ice cube maker, and Chimpsticks. (see below).

Gilles bought Kahleigh some chocolates, a hot chocolate maker, and some fuzzy socks, and Lindsay some shot classes and rocks glasses.

 Then, we had a date night, as it was Gilles’ last night with me before school. We went for supper at Kelsey’s, and then went out to the movie ‘The Tourist’. (Loved it!)

All in all it was a very busy, very fun Holiday season, during which we both got very spoiled!

The map in ‘girl colours’ below shows my routing for the holidays, and the ‘boy colours’ one shows Gilles’!

City Santa

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 12:53 pm

The next day was a flurry and a nightmare all wrapped up into one.

We began visiting all of our friends right after work, starting with Cory and Mel who each recieved Tim Horton’s gift sets, including a container of coffee and a mug. Cory wasn’t home and Mel was on her way out the door, so it was quick – we basically dumped both gifts in her arms and said bye.

We then went over to Elsie and Nolan’s. I made Elsie a necklace (although I forgot to take a picture). It has a silver, oval shaped pendant at the end with swirls going everywhere, and a black bead within a silver ring about two thirds of the way up a silver chain on each side. It is a long necklace, resting about 3″ below collar bone.

For Nolan I made some computer key coasters out of tiles. I forgot to take a picture of these as well, but they were modelled after these ones by lterrill9:

My tiles actually look very similar to hers – my parents had redone their backsplash in the kitchen last year and had a bunch of extra, so they gave me 10 to work with. (Two disposables :P) I unfortunately didn’t find any corkboard for the backing in time, so I used black felt. It is okay, but it pulled a bit at the edges and gave it a bit less of a finished look.

All in all it was a really easy project. Paint your words/letters, seal with furniture clear-coat, cut and glue felt to back. I’ll probably do this again sometime.

Gilles gave Elsie a Fred ice cube tray for Christmas:

and he gave Nolan a pack Magic: The Gathering playing cards. As nerdy (in a Dungeons and Dragons kind of way) as this game is, Gilles got me playing over Christmas and I must admit – I’m hooked! (Although I cringe at the kind of money people pay for these games…)

After some kerfluffle about where people were, we then moved on to give Tynika and Josh their Christmas gift (from both of us). We got them the ‘Dirty Minds’ boardgame. We then moved on to Lisa and Jared, whom we got a set of jars for the counter. They were thrilled!

Despite a relatively short list, it was already 9:00 by the time Gilles and I finished. We grabbed a quick supper at Subway, and then went back to the house to wrap the rest of our gifts. We finished this at 2:00AM. Another late night.

(Continued: Christmas in Plural)

Christmas Shopping

Filed under: Day-to-Day,Holiday musings,Life's Like That — Chantelle @ 11:59 am
December 21st was a Christmas shopping nightmare. We are not usually the type to leave shopping so late… (Ok cut. I am not the type. Gilles most definitely is.)… but with everything going on, it just sort of… happened.  Somehow Gilles’ friend Mitch got invited, and the Christmas shopping began. Our list looked like this:
– Regina gift exchange gift (his mom’s side of the family)
– Riverhurst gift exchange gift (his dad’s side of the family)
– Tisdale gift exchange gift (my mom’s side of the family)
– Michael (my brother)
– Kelsey (my sister)
– Brenda (my mom)
– Rick (my dad)
– Elsie (friend)
– Nolan (friend)
– Lindsay G. (friend)
– Kahleigh (friend)
– Lisa and Jared (friends – couple)
– Tynika and Josh (friends – couple)
– Cory and Mel (friends – couple)
My list:
– Riverhurst exchange
– Tisdale exchange
– Dad
– Michael
– Kelsey (again – I’ll explain).
– Lindsay
– Tynika and Josh
– Lisa and Jared
– Cory and Mel
It was a long night. I shopped with both Gilles and Mitch until he had to leave for hockey at 9:30. Then I shopped with Mitch until 12:15. After that, I had to wrap all of the gifts that we would be handing out the next day. I finally got to bed at 2:30 (for the second time that week… it makes for an extra early 6:30 morning).
(Continued in my next post: City Santa)

Bad Blogger.

Filed under: Day-to-Day,Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 11:53 am

I fully intended to blog over Christmas and New Years, at least to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. I will offer a full explanation soon, but first:

Thank-you everyone for caring enough to come back here 1000 times! Hopefully this trend will continue and even speed up 🙂 I must say that even though it isn’t anything close to the numbers that many bloggers get, this is solely a place for me to talk and think, not something that I would consider doing for a living, so the fact that anyone cares to read and pay attention is an added bonus.


I haven’t posted for some time, as I have been both A) Incredibly busy, and B) Frustratingly sick. As a result, I have a ton to post about. I will break up the posts, to make it a little bit easier for my wonderful readers.

I managed to get quite a bit of my crafting done for Christmas. Not everything mind you, (my expectations were rather high if you remember), but quite a bit. We had a very busy, and very fun Christmas this year. The first Christmas took place on December 11th, with Gilles’ family (Including his parents, brother (+ spouse), sister (+spouse), and nephew. Little Matthew was absolutely adorable, in a little Santa costume. I’ll have to see if we have a picture somewhere. As you know, the “Brodeur quilt” was not completed in time for Christmas. Instead, I gave a little white light up reindeer, the type that people put on their lawn. This is a similar one below:

I wouldn’t call it the most inspired gift, but it is what I was able to come up with last minute. (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, but Gilles’ family does a Chinese gift exchange for Christmas. It’s not as personal, but it’s a lot cheaper!) Ironically, there ended up being a very ‘light-themed’ Christmas this year, with the only exception to the rule being the gift that Gilles gave (a board game and a bathroom reader). Gifts that were given included lamps, flashlights and motion sensor lights… Once again this year everyone got something that they needed/wanted. I got a touch sensor lamp… unfortunately I am having problems with it, it turns on automatically when you plug it in and doesn’t turn off when you touch it! I’m pretty sure that they bought it at Walmart, so I will go and look to see if the Saskatoon location has it sometime this week, and then try to exchange it if they do.

(cont’d, see the next post: Engagement Photos).

December 17, 2010

Whoever said it would slow down?

Filed under: Day-to-Day,Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 12:57 pm

On one hand, I suppose it is the holiday season which means if I don’t have my days and nights booked solid, something must be wrong – right?

On the other hand, I’m done writing finals, and have been since the seventh. I honestly thought that I would discover that amazingly slippery thing called free time… no luck such as yet though.

To start, I am running at full speed trying to get something homemade done in time for Christmas. You’d think that it would be easy, with all this spare time that I have… but I keep ending up with three or four different people that want to see us every night, what with gift exchanging and all (We will be making a point of handing out gifts next week, I swear).

The ‘Brodeur quilt’ didn’t end up getting finished. It was “close”. Unfortunately that meanse ~ 6 hours of work remaining, and I didn’t have that kind of time left. Oh well, it will make a lovely gift next year. I didn’t even bother starting the quilt for my sister – there’s no way I could finish that. I guess that will be a next year gift too. By the way – don’t let anyone tell you that crafting is cheaper than buying. Sometimes it is, especially if the gifts are knitted. But for the most part, it’s expensive. Take these quilts for example – this project will be costing me a grand total of over $100 per quilt. Definitely not the cheapest option, considering I could go to Walmart and buy a comforter of equal size for approximately $60. My hopes though is that my versions will a) work better, and b) have more worth in the eyes of the recipient. I definitely know that one person appreciates my homemade gift. Lucie (Gilles’ mom) was visibly disappointed this year at Christmas when I had nothing homemade to offer into the gift exchange. Instead, I had a little light-up reindeer. (Which was well-appreciated anyway).

My other gifts are all in various stages of completion.

Adding to the mess is the attempt to stay on top of things for my wedding (not easy, let me tell you!), and to clean the house (again) before we leave for holidays, in addition to the constant visitors and events.

At first I thought the new year would be different.

Gilles got his “letter” a few weeks ago, telling him that he would be attending school in Moose Jaw for the months of January and February, meaning that he will be up on the weekends and that it will be just me here during the week. Sounds like I’ll have a lot of time, right?

Well… maybe. I already seem to be doing my darndest to fill it all up and I’m not even trying to. For instance, I’m getting a January membership to Curves gym, where I will attend circuit training after work 5 days/week. I took on a project to make Gilles and Caleb’s Halloween costumes from scratch. I want to start my Christmas presents early this year. I want to get a homemade dish made once a week so Gilles has food to bring back down to Moose Jaw with him… see where I’m going with this?

Looking back on my life I can’t remember a single time that I haven’t been crazily busy, short of the summers between school years where I was too young to work. As soon as I was old enough to work, I got two jobs, let alone the fact that I was in almost every school club and many of the sports.

I’m beginning to think that I don’t know how not to be busy. Is that even possible?

October 23, 2010

What do you think?

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 2:04 pm

Can I pull it off?

(I guess we’ll find out after Halloween…)

October 19, 2010

Leaves of brown they fall to the ground…

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 9:35 am

My credit to Van Morrison 🙂 The title is from his song so aptly named, “Autumn Song.”

I think I’ve already talked some about my sentiments on the fall season … (checks back). Yes, I have.

But that’s okay, my topic today is actually Christmas.

For those of you who know me well… okay, and for those of you who don’t… most of you know that I am a crafter. As in, never not doing something. Actually more like never doing less than five projects.

As a result of all this crafty goodness, I can’t help but want to make homemade Christmas gifts for each and every person in the world. Of course, if I made gifts for each and every person in the world I would have to quit my job and drop out of school and likely have a nervous breakdown from still having too much to get done. 

But this is my list of Christmas gifts for this year – I have blanked out gifts for those who read this blog, and trust that they will not tell others who do not read the blog what their gifts will be.

Gilles – unknown as of yet. Might be homemade, might not.

Elsie – ######### #######

Nolan – Computer-key coasters

Michael – Beer hat

Kelsey – ###############

Memere – ‘Brag’ book

Grandma – Unknown at this point

Grandpa – Unknown at this point

Mom – #############

Lisa – Cross-stitch -if I have enough time

Joanne – Cross-stitch -if I have enough time

Brodeur Chinese gift exchange – immediate family: ###########

Brodeur Chinese gift exchange – Brodeur side: something storebought

Parent family gift exchange – Don’t know the recipient yet, recipient will determine gift

Bergen family gift exchange – Don’t know the recipient yet, recipient will determine gift

… Looks like I have a busy couple of months!

What am I working on now?

Currently I am finishing up the cross-stitch that I am working on for Lise. So far it is five months late. I’ll get it to her at the baptism. 😛 I’ll start on the Christmas gifts as soon as I finish (hopefully by the end of the week!)

I’ll post pictures of what items I can as I finish them. 😀

October 8, 2010

With visions of turkey, dancing in their heads…

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 2:30 pm

See you after the long weekend.

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