Category Archives: Project 365 – 2012
From The Devil tarot, I moved on to a little more positivity with Strength. I love the Strength tarot. It reminds me of being the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ of the tarot deck, traditionally including a lion with a beautiful woman its side. At the very beginning of planning out this tarot, I wondered if I should change the lion and have a different animal for this card instead. Well, I thought that for like a second. And then I came to my senses because for this deck, I really felt like the two belonged together once more. If a lion was going to be in this deck, it naturally belonged with Strength.
Perched next to my big cat, I painted a tiny Carmine bee-eater, a beautiful little bird with enough brightness and richness to be my counterpart to the lion. The Strength tarot isn’t necessarily about physical strength, but perhaps inner strength. It’s about knowing how to keep it all in check and the peace that comes with that power. I can see the gentle love in this tarot.
Our Christmas tree is incredibly nostalgic. Lots of ornaments that we’ve had forever and homemade pieces that we made when we were kids. Over the years, we’ve had the more delicate pieces break; so when it was getting a touch sparse, I decided that every year I would get at least one new ornament for the tree. This year (or rather, 2012) we got these cute sparkly Christmas light-esque ornaments. Super cute! I think next time, I’ll have to include some tinsel on the shopping list because our tinsel went MIA somewhere. Christmas is not the same when you can’t throw handfuls of tinsel everywhere and make a huge mess. Can’t wait for next Christmas already!
Back tracking a bit to December as I’m inching closer to that finish line for Project 365. My brother and I are huge Tegan and Sara fans and had the chance to see them not only at a last minute-ish concert in Toronto, but also at another concert the day after in Montreal – which included a meet and greet with the girls! Talk about being fortunate!
The trip to Montreal was so incredibly worth it, and holy crap it was so surreal to actually meet them! They were really friendly and hugs went all around. Is it weird to say that Tegan totally smelled nice? Because she totally smelled nice. Not to say that Sara didn’t smell nice. I’m sure she smelled lovely, haha. Both concerts were amazing. I definitely won’t forget this experience.
Long distance relationships are no easy feat, but hey, this is it, and it is all worth it. My trip was fantastic – we’re engaged. That’s some crazy stuff right there – and I can not wait to see him again. But for now, I am home and that’s okay. I came home to my wonderful family, a large stack of mail, and a back log of wonderful orders. I think I’ll be okay (:
boyfriend’s fiancé’s mother loves to make tasty chocolates, and I had the chance to help and learn with her on my last few days of my trip. I’ve never made fillings or done much with actually making chocolates before. I mean, sure, I’ve made chocolate covered strawberries once or twice. Does that count? Oh, I made tasty peppermint patties a few years back one time. But never chocolate with pretty molds and nummy fillings. So this was a blast. Maybe one day I’ll try this all myself. She told me I was a very quick learner, and I think I did pretty gosh darn well, if I do say so myself! I even had a box of chocolates to bring home at the end. Mmm chocolate.