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The Day After

December 26th, 2009

I hope all of you who celebrate had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! Mr Chiots and I keep Christmas Day for ourselves, just us two, it’s our family day. For the past 8 years we’ve watched vintage James Bond movies all day. We usually get up and have a big breakfast, yesterday we had french toast. We celebrated by having an extra cup of coffee! We decided to play some video games instead of watching Bond. I’m sure most people don’t think of me as a video game player, but I spent the afternoon with Mr Chiots playing Diablo II. My video game self is much different than my real self, I’m currently a level 34 Barbarian, I wield a maul instead of a shovel.

We finished the evening off with dinner and a movie. Dinner was a delicious local meal of venison pot roast, from Mr Chiot’s own deer, with potatoes from the garden, carrots and onions from the farmer’s market. The movie was The Soloist, which was great. We enjoyed a simple day at home and it was lovely.

How did you spend Christmas day?

Merry Christmas From Chiot’s Run

December 25th, 2009

Since I don’t have all your addresses and mailing out cards to everyone that read would cost a fortune, I’m sending out Christmas Wishes to all of you on my blog. Here’s the card we sent out the family & friends this year. I bought a few cookie cutters from Cincinnati Cake & Candy Supplies and baked up a batch of sweetness for our cards. After a few hours of baking (and eating cookies) we snapped a few photos and our Christmas postcard was off to the printers. I would tell you where we got them printed, but since I wasn’t too happy with their service, no blog love for them.

We got our cards finished a little later than usual. We were waiting for snow so we could make a short Christmas movie card (since that’s what we do), but we got no snow. So we had to make up a card late in the season.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Chiot’s Run!

Take a Guess

December 24th, 2009

Our nieces & nephew got into the whole homemade Christmas this year. The oldest one is really starting to understand the concept. She made a special gift for my dad this year and was so excited to give it to him. It’s the first thing she’s made all by herself and she was very proud of herself.

I thought I’d give you all a chance to guess what it is. (Lucy thought it was a rawhide chew and wanted to eat it).

So what kinds of animal do you think it is, take your best shot?

The First Snow of the Season

December 23rd, 2009

We had our first snowfall on Friday night, we woke up Saturday to a bit of a mess outside. Unfortunately, we had to drive to a few rural areas and the roads were less than ideal.

It snowed more throughout the day on Saturday and into Sunday morning. I woke up Sunday to the most beautiful sunny day with the ground coated in a blanket of fluffy white snow. It was beautiful! This is the kind of snow that everyone dreams of having on Christmas day. Since we celebrated Christmas on Sunday with my family we had a white Christmas.

It always helps me get into the holiday spirit when there’s snow on the ground. It lifts my spirits and makes me happy. I think part of the reason I love it so much is because it makes the days so much brighter!

My Christmas decor looks even better now that there’s some snow on the ground!

What helps get you into the holiday spirit?

Handmade Gifts: Doll Bedding

December 22nd, 2009

My sister found this great doll bed at a garage sale this summer. She was planning on giving it to the girls for Christmas and asked if I’d make bedding for it for it. I had a great time at the fabric store picking out the perfect fabric. I picked out some bright colorful fabric that I thought the girls would love.

I found a remnant of black-out fabric that I used for the mattresses (it feels like the plasticky kid mattress fabric). I used an old pillow for filling the mattresses and the pillows.

The sheets were made fitted so they could be taken off and washed easily, as were the pillowcases.

Mr Chiots made afghans to go on the beds, he learned to knit just for this project. I made little tags that said, “Handmade with love by Uncle Brian” with a few photos. The girls were thrilled that he had made them. I almost forgot to get these photos, if you notice he’s on the last row of this blanket finishing it off.

He even made them in a striped pattern to match. I think he did a great job on the pattern! Now they’re dolls can sleep all cozy warm in their new flannel bedding.

My sister told me that on they way home my oldest niece told her that her doll bed was one of her favorite gifts. When I was young my dad & mom made us this big doll house. My dad built the house and my mom made lots of the decor. She even made framed art from magazine photos. It was on wheels so my sister and I wheeled in all over our house and played with it all the time. We loved it!

Do have a specific homemade gift that you remember as a kid?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.