Chris and I are celebrating the holiday season with a beer advent calendar. Inspired by Mikeasaurus' beer advent calendar, we picked out 25 different beers to enjoy between now and Christmas.
Our milk crate and paper bag set up isn't terribly pretty but it does the job.
Since the beer selection here is so different from back East, we'll be trying most of the beers for the first time. Day 1's advent beer: Farmhand Saison from Driftwood Brewery.
Chris gave it a 8/10 but I think it's more like a 7.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
This weekend, Chris and I volunteered at Winterval.
We helped put up decorations and then watched the parade down Main Street.
After the parade there was a tree lighting and then performers on Waterfront. We dressed warmly but with the temperature below -20°C we were grateful for the warm up station in the Old Fire Hall.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
It's no secret that we love Spins & Needles in Ottawa. It's hard to beat craft time combined with good beer and music.
But as we're on the other side of the continent, I think we've found the next best thing in Whitehorse.
Tonight we had lots of fun with safety scissors and school glue at the Gold Pan Saloon. There was a lantern making workshop put on by Yukon Educational Theatre for Winterval, and Chris and I each made a glass jar and tissue paper lantern.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Photo by Colleen Johnson. byfieldpitman.com|
Putting together the bouquets for myself and my matron of awesome was one of my favourite wedding projects.
I posted before about ordering the kit from Princess Lasertron, starting the flowers and even bundling them while I was in Whitehorse for job training before the wedding.
|Photo by Ben Welland. byfieldpitman.com|
I used the kit as a starting point and added as many personal touches as I could squeeze in. If you look at the photos closely you might spot
- zippers and studs leftover from my Bebop costume,
- Beau's Beer ribbon,
- mesh from the suitcase that travelled the world with me when I was a teenager,
- buttons from Chris' father's military uniforms and his uncle's fire fighter uniform,
- bits of bicycle inner tube rubber leftover from making armour,
- ribbon collected from all sorts of events and gifts,
- tulle snipped from tutus,
- aluminium roses,
- feathers and bits of jewelry,
- and even an I heart Burning Man button
|Photo by Ben Welland. byfieldpitman.com|
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Our wedding photos are finally online!
Ben and Colleen from byfield~pitman photography did such amazing work! Between the terrible lighting conditions, everything running late and our guests waging nerf warfare while we were supposed to be getting formal portraits taken, it couldn't have been easy for them. They still managed to capture the event beautifully and Chris and I are both so impressed.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
We were so excited to have a house to decorate for Halloween! I actually started working on some of the decorations while we were still living in the motel - I just couldn't wait to work on Halloween crafts!
I haven't been feeling well for the past few days, so we didn't do much beyond decorate the front yard and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.
We weren't sure how many kids to expect, so we bought candy for over 100 (my coworkers told me there would be lots of kids downtown). In the end we only had 13 kids come to the door, so there's lots of leftovers for Chris to enjoy. The children who did come by were super impressed with our decor, especially the fog machine. I think we'll have to step it up next year to draw in more trick-or-treaters. You've got to build a reputation, right?
I've posted the full instructions on instructables for how we made Zero, the ghost dog from the Nightmare Before Christmas, in our motel room.
The Oogie Boogie Man in the window is just a cardboard cut out (inspired by that awesome house that was all the rage on reddit).
Our neighbours have been super nice to us (being extremely nice seems to be norm in the north) so I made some cake ball eyeballs to give them. I used red velvet cake and smarties for the irises and followed Bakerella's instructions.
Friday, October 18, 2013
After years of house hunting, and many false starts and heartbreaks, we've finally bought a place of our own!
We got our keys today and couldn't be more excited. Chris even filmed a cute little house tour.
Chris has started a blog of his own to chronicle his adventures in the Yukon: www.whyoneeh.blogspot.ca "Why one, eh?" is a play on the start of Whitehorse postal codes. Clever, eh?