Mid-holidays hellos







Time seems to have slowed down to a crawling pace and we are reveling in it. Although my poor husband has to make an appearance at work for a few days, we still enjoyed several days with him and will enjoy several days with him again as the New year approaches.

It was mostly a homemade Christmas and our efforts were very well received. This solidified our resolve to make 2015 a homemade/handmade gift only year for every occasion.

We were also able to spend some quality time with my parents, my sister, brother-in-law and niece that we so rarely get to see. Picking up my niece early in the morning for nature walks has been a wonderful treat. And getting to enjoy slow family dinners and fun outings have been a blessing. The weather so far had been so unseasonably hot (reaching 10’C / 50 ‘F) that we have lost much of our snow. But the spring-like heat on our faces was just so amazingly energizing.

There was a lot of peaceful and productive mommy and daddy time as well : Garden planning for next Spring, Checking seed inventories, preparing seed orders and talking about general projects to be accomplished before the growing season starts. There was wood carving for him, knitting for me. I even got to finish a project and start a new one for myself if you can believe that! Lots of baking, lots of cooking and just generally enjoying being at home together.

So as you can see, our holidays have turned out pretty much how we were hoping and for that I will be eternally grateful. There is no better sign from the Universe that this path we have chosen is the one that is best for us. My head is a buzz with intentions for the new year… I’ve never been more confident ofย myself heading into it.

I hope all of you are having the holidays that you had hoped for.


About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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22 Responses to Mid-holidays hellos

  1. Sounds just lovely. You guys have a lot more snow than we do…we have our fingers crossed for a dumping soon, we have new snowshoes waiting to be broken in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the last bit of this year, and all the best to you guys as you welcome 2015! xo


    • Yanic A. says:

      I can only imagine how unbearable it is to have such fun toys and not be able to use them. My husband is desperately waiting for enough snow to start cross-country skiing. And like you, we don’t ave much snow in the forecasts for the next few days. *fingers crossed indeed*

      All our warmest wishes to you, Justin and Reece in the new year dear Kim. May 2015 bring you nothing but joy. โค


  2. Your little handmade people are just stunning! Love all the photos, and seeing you and your lovely family enjoying the season together. My homemade gifts were well received, too – I was happy to give things that would benefit, inspire, and/or indulge the recipient in some way, and all were pleasantly surprised with what they received ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you continue enjoying the holidays with your family. Wishing you all the very best in the New Year!


    • Yanic A. says:

      I’m so happy your holidays were filled with such contentment and joy. Thank you for the kind words about our homemade gifts. We are determined to go 100% homemade this new year. We’ll just start in January! LOL!

      xox Many wishes to you as well… everything you hope for in the year to come.

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  3. KC says:

    I love those peg people! I find myself thinking about the garden all the time. Our winters are so short that soon it will be time to plant again. By the first of march I can put stuff out there. Anyway, happy snail days! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Yanic A. says:

      There isn’t a waken moment that I don’t think of the gardens I think. LOL! But yes, early season for us means early days of May with season extenders! LOL! That is okay. I want tot start an indoor herb garden in January and we grow sprouts year round so it always feels a bit like summer here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great in-between as well dear KC. xo


  4. Carlin says:

    I love your homemade gifts! ~ the peg people are so adorable and colorful, and the tree house is perfect. Glad you are enjoying these days in between.


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you… We are. The tree house and little people were SO FUN to make. My husband and I felt like big kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hopefully you are having just as wonderful of a holiday season. Thank you for stopping by! xo


  5. It must feel so good to have people appreciate your handmade gifts. I think that is the best kind of gift. There are times when I start planning and making gifts months in advance to make sure it is done for the occasion. The planning is one of the toughest parts of the handmade lifestyle. How have you dealt with it in your handmade gifting?


    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh, this was our first year and the “mostly” part of my post was just that : dealing with getting everything done. I suffered an injury in the summer that slowed me down considerably. But as far as the planning goes (for this year), we have started thinking of things now honestly. We tend to make stuff in batches and spread them around. I rarely have one person in mind (besides my kids and our God Kids) when I make presents. I love making bundles of stuff. This year, our parents got soap, lip balm, knitted dishcloths, handmade ornaments… But come back to me with this question next year after a full year of not buying anything. My planning will have surely changed! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Wonderful!
    How can you not have fun with all that snow?! We haven’t even a tiny flurry lol.
    Those little gnomes and their home are so delightful.

    best wishes for the year ahead.



    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you so much… we had so much fun making all our homemade treats this year. We are planning on starting very early this year!
      Best wishes to you as well. Hoping that 2015 brings you all the peace and joy in the world. xo


  7. appleshoe says:

    There is so much beauty in this post. Those peg people are darling and the acorn flag is just to sweet. I love the board and all those lights, the walks in the woods. Panda could never sit still long enough to be a human bird feeder (maybe when he is older). Just lovely. We also are resolving to do more handmade. It’s requested every year and I do the best I can, but sometimes I just fall short on time. 2015 we start early.


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you for the sweet words.
      Oh, it took 4 years for my daughter to get the concept of “standing still”. But she still hasn’t grasped the “now you have to be quiet” par. LOL! Luckily enough, these birds are very used to people so are very forgiving.

      Good luck with all your homemade/handmade goodness BTW, your dishcloth pattern made my mother-in-law very happy. She is the one that received the ones I made. Such a fun pattern, I really mean to make many more.


  8. I love your peg people and the wee house they are gorgeous. I managed to make all the birthday presents I gifted this year but not quite all the christmas presents but at least one for everyone! I found it was taking up too much of the year trying to make them all.


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you.
      I totally understand… that is why we are starting right now for next year. LOL! I did almost all birthday gifts last year as well. But 2015, we are really doing it! The only thing that will be “bought” is a frame that we purchased last year that we will use as a gift. It will be a challenge for sure, but we will make it happen. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Terri Ann says:

    Those little handmade people are just the cutest things I’ve ever seen. They remind me of the neat little toys I used to see in the Hearthsong catalog that I coveted growing up.


  10. sally says:

    Wow, what gorgeous photos. Your holiday time looks perfect and those homemade presents amazing. So glad you’re doing more next year, looking forward to seeing them.


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