Sunday, 20 November 2011

CMA Commencement

My husband just acquired three extra letters at the end of his name.  CMA.  I am so very proud of him!  His commencement was yesterday afternoon, followed by a "Gala Dinner and Dance"  Of course, true to nature, I obsessed about what to wear  for weeks beforehand.  I bought a tweed houndstooth dress from H&M that fit me perfectly, and suited both events admirably.

Kevin walking in to Scotland the Brave  "Here come the tatty haukers"...er, accountants!


After the ceremony getting ready to leave for the gala.

Bad picture of Kevin removing the mile-long confetti that had just been shot over the crowd.


Shushant, one of Kevin's group members...this man actually convinced Kevin to dance!  Kind of.


It was way too cold for bare legs.  I got hives on the drive home from the cold.


Congratulations Kevin!


Friday, 18 November 2011

DIY Diamond-Paned windows - just in time for Christmas Decorating!

Our house is 3.5 years old.  I try so hard to infuse some old-house-character into it, but it's difficult.  However, today I finally finished a project that I've been working on all summer.  We have a lovely bay window in our kitchen that just looked too modern.  Luckily, Kevin didn't say no to my crazy idea to add faux diamond-panes.


Back in April, I bought two packs of 1/4 inch vinyl pinstriping from an auto parts store.  That was enough to do the two small windows and about a third of the big window.  But the store was out of the vinyl I needed.  I must have gone back a dozen times over the summer, but they never had any.  They told me it was on order.  The one time I resolved to head to the other side of the city on the chance the other store would have some, Juliana decided to get sick so we went home instead.


Eventually, I dashed in one more time, not holding any hope that the vinyl would be in stock yet...ever.  But they had some!  Yay!  It's been sitting on my counter for a week or two waiting for me to finish.


The diamonds are different for each window, but since each window's pattern is straight and symmetrical, it looks perfectly fine.  But the grapevine wreath needs more embellishment.

We've slowly been adding Christmas decorations to the house.  We got our first real snowfall yesterday and now I'm definitely in the Christmas spirit!


I have yet to start shopping.  I'm dreading it.


I hope you're enjoying the season!