Happy 2016! - Imaginary Sails Blog

Happy New Year!

Whew! Where has the time gone?, I have so many great plans and amazing things lined up this year and I can’t wait to tell all of you all about them but I thought today I would just hop on and give a quick update!

First of all I can’t believe this blog is already almost 4 months old, and I am finding it even more unbelievable that it is 2016, so Happy New Year to all of you & thanks to each and every one of you who takes a minute to hop on and check it out, it means so much!!!!

We have had a crazy and great last few weeks, lots of visiting, lots of eating, lots of family and friends! It was busy! It always is, and I always plan a lot more in my head than I accomplish and this year was no different. It has been a little quiet on the blog and next year I will definitely know better & will have at least a few posts done and ready to go for December. Time flies and although I didn’t do everything I wanted to, it felt kinda good to just let it go and enjoy the moment I was in (for the most part). It was refreshing, and also gave me a chance to reflect a bit and perhaps recharge, and I am excited about the direction I am aiming for in 2016.

We’ve also burst into the year with a totally new experience, an emergency room visit with our little guy. He had a little cold when he was a few months old but other than that we have been super lucky to have a healthy little kiddo aside from some snotty noses. The poor little bean has croup and we rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night because he was having trouble calming down enough to breathe properly. Luckily I had it a lot when I was little (maybe luckily isn’t the right word but it has come in handy now) so I recognized the sound of that seal bark cough and although it was scary I did have a bit of a sense of knowing what to do.

We’ve just had a little insight into having a sick kid and I cannot imagine what I would be like to be constantly be dealing with illness, a big hug to all of the parents out there who have that on their plate! He’s doing a bit better today and slept much better last night once we finally got him to go down, (thank you baby carriers and cool night air!)… I had some fun trying to get a picture with him this morning, all he wants to do is play with the toilet flusher, the heat control on the wall or demand a bath, another reason bathroom selfies are a bad idea ;)

Imaginary Sails Blog - bathroom selfies

Anyway that is about all I have for you today, hope you have all had a great start to the year and, if you are a resolution person I hope you are still going strong and staying focused on why you made the resolutions you did! I have not been a resolution person in the past but I am trying it on for size this year in a bit of a different way that I will share with you all soon! I have a fun post coming up soon for the DIY up-cycled bedside table play kitchen & also a post with me pouring my heart and dreams out, because this year I am turning 30, eeek!


xo Tanitha

Mason jar glasses: Buffalo Plaid Christmas

A Very Buffalo Plaid Christmas

Table Scapes: A Very Buffalo Plaid Christmas

If you know me, or have been following along for a while you know how much I love these sorts of things but also that I don’t ever execute them myself! This year my brilliantly creative Sister in Law hatched a plan for a Buffalo plaid themed Christmas dinner and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

If you are like us and Christmas itself is only the beginning of many family meals in many different places you might still be looking for some ideas to break away from the traditional festive feast decor & this is a great one! With Buffalo plaid being so in right now you can actually find quite a few different things to add to your decor just at your local craft or dollar store!

As we are in Pemberton this year there was no shortage of firewood and trees to add to the effect, but you could always use whatever branches, berries or boughs you can forage wherever you are at!

Here’s quick run down, but you could do as much or as little as you want and add your own touches too!

  • Wrapping paper table runner! Inexpensive as well as easy to clean up, just toss it in the fire (or recycling).
  • Paper straws – can be found at most dollar stores and craft stores these days and add a great touch!
  • Mason jars for glasses, I had just bought a pack of 12 for freezing smoothies in but hadn’t put that plan in motion yet. You can buy them at most grocery stores this time of year, or in the canning aisle at your hardware store.
  • Place cards – plain white with plaid ribbon detail and little bear shaped paper notes with names written on them.
  • Black or brown plain wrapping paper in the centre of the table – you can write on it easily with chalk however you want to add some detail!
  • Red and white votive candles to add that nice glowy light.
  • Tree boughs, a wreath, pine cones and firewood to keep on the lumberjack theme!
  • You can even ask everyone to wear plaid too, it added an extra element of fun!

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: napkins

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: table scapes

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: firewood centre pieces