Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas Happenings…

Wow it’s been a crazy fun week filled with heaps of events and fun!  I started off my Christmas celebrations with a Christmas pot-luck at my neighbour’s house Christmas Eve.  The Turkey with all the trimmings was amazing… my neighbour is an incredible cook! It was a great night with lots of great conversations with friends.   Christmas Eve PotLuckOn Christmas morning I opened up all my packages my family had sent up… wow, I am so blessed!  My family knew what to send the girl living in the arctic: chocolate, books & cherry nib liquorice sticks!  (all my favs…plus a few other things thrown into the mix!) Thank you all so much for sending me up a little something to open up!
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My little tree surrounded by my Christmas gifts… Christmas Morning Blessings 7

I opened up my FMS Gift Exchange gift…. WOW thank you Laura so much!!! Everything was amazing… Loved seeing the photos of the cottage where you live. The Clay pot that your boyfriend made…and camera stamp & pad where all so thoughtful and awesome gifts!!

FMS Gift Exchange

For Christmas Dinner I had a few of the nurses in town over…I made roast lamb with all the trimmings!  (…first time I made a roast and it totally turned out awesome!) Another person brought ham as well…so it was such a full and good meal with friends!

Christmas Eve Dinner...

On Boxing Day I was hit with a migraine…I know I need to take my meds to stop the craziness but missed the window…so was pretty much out for the day!  (but it was a good rest…just wished my head didn’t hurt so that was the reason that I had to stay in bed!)

Friday I headed off to work for the day…and then after work to the Gym at the high school to participate in some of the games! It was great fun with friends… I sat with my friend Eeta and her family!

Christmas Games

One of the best activities ever…these ladies had 10mins to create their partners into a Santa…using just gift wrap & tinsel garland and had to share tape!  Christmas Games-

I couldn’t believe how awesome these “Santas” turned out! Christmas Games

Most of the night was spend chilling with friends…but I did manage to do the Number Dance…but wasn’t the last one standing!  Christmas GamesOn Saturday I had my friend & quilt mentor come over… she’s going on holidays in January.  Our plan was to put together on block for my quilt, this was so I knew what to expect and could do the process again 19 times.

1st quilt block 1Lesson I learned that day… that even a 1/8 of an inch difference in a seam can make a HUGE difference when you are trying to make a 6 inch square block to start!  I got a wee bit frustrated at one time…because the middle square wasn’t square at all.  I might have even said this will be my first and last quilt…but in the end it all turned out.

1st quilt block 2I decided to hang it here above my sink…because it makes me so happy to look at it! I’m pretty excited for what my quilt will finally look like…. only 19 more blocks to go.  (Once I finish sewing all the strips!)

Merry Christmas

Here is a few of photos from 2013 and my travels around Canada!  I was lucky to start off the year with a trip to New Brunswick, then in the summer travelled to the Yukon and Alaska!  Of course I was able to do quite a few trips around Pangnirtung exploring the beauty of my home.     Christmas card 2013This is one of my favourite Christmas Carols…and I LOVE how it is performed!  Take a look at this very cool rendition of ‘Angels We Have Heard on High”…

Sending you heaps of Holiday Cheer from Pang…. love, Sarah

Christmas Eve Lights…

…tonight after a fabulous Turkey Dinner at my neighbours I noticed that the lights were out!  Aaron, Rachelle and I headed out of town to the end of the road to see what we could see… Christmas Eve Lights... The lights were out dancing…
Christmas Eve Lights..

It was so cold…but managed to stay for about 30mins taking photos!  These aren’t the best shots I’ve taken of the lights…but because of the temperature it was hard to hold still because we were freezing, so everyone is a bit blurry! LOL Rachelle & the LightsAaron & the Lights..

Sarah & the Lights..

Well I’m off to bed…because Santa is coming tonight… have a great Christmas Eve.

Quilting 101

Since coming back to Pang in November I’ve joined some friends for a sewing group on Saturday afternoons. For the first weeks I worked on knitting projects…which was awesome! One of the other ladies is an amazing quilter…I’ve wanted to make a quilt for a long time. So I asked her if she’d help me with pointers along the way. She agreed…so I started searching through some of her quilting magazines…I found this “candy store” pattern and LOVED it…so decided that would be my quilt. It’s a going to be a ‘scrappy’ style quilt and as each step is completed I’m getting more and more excited to see what the completed squares are going to look like!

A few summers ago when I was at my Gramma’s cottage she was getting rid of material as she wasn’t doing any sewing projects anymore. I looked at the stacks of material and thought I’d love to use it to make a quilt…since a lot of the material I remember having pjs or doll clothes made out of it. So after washing and ironing all of the material…I started the crazy task of cutting strips. Quilting 101 5

Two weekends ago I learned how to ‘square’ fabric and then cut out 300+ strips of material 18inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide! It took some time, but was worth it in the end.
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Yesterday…I started sewing my strips together. I’ve just started my sewing. I will have to make at least 8 sets that have 6 strips sewn together…then I will cut them into 5 1/2 inch blocks to fit into the square. Then I will have to make at least 8 sets by sewing 16 strips together for the other stripes in the main blocks! It’s going to take some time…but it should be awesome! Quilting 101 1

…I’m loving all the colours and patterns coming together! I can’t wait until I have the quilt top together! Quilting 101 2

Here’s two shots of my progress I posted on Instagram & Facebook….so excited! Quilting 101-1

I’ll keep you posted on the progress…but I still have a long ways to go before I have a completed quilt!

December News…

It’s such a busy time of year…I’ve been meaning up sit down and update the blog to catch up on all the awesomeness of what I’ve been up to, but there just hasn’t been time!  So here’s a quick catch up of the events from the last 2 weeks!

I wanted to post the awesome birthday gift I got from my secret elf…from the FMSGiftExchange!  I got this cute card…and awesome camera necklace.  It’s PERFECT, so ME and something I’d never think to buy myself!  I love it…I can’t wait to open the other goodies under my Christmas tree in a few more days.

Birthday Gift from Ireland

My office had their Christmas party on December 13th…( my Birthday) so it was fun to go to a HUGE pot-luck dinner and not have to cook.  I had prepared earlier a lasagne…maybe not so “Christmas” Dinner appropriate, but it’s my favourite meal and usually have it on my Birthday!  It was a fantastic night with my co-workers…with a secret Santa exchange!  I got this amazing Ansel Adams calendar…another perfect gift for me. Christmas work Party 7Christmas work Party 1

The night finished off with some awesome dice games…I was close but didn’t win any of the prizes! This was at the end of the “phone-book” ripping game… Christmas work Party 6

 

This past Tuesday and Wednesday the schools had their Christmas concerts.  I wasn’t able to go to the Elementary school’s concert…but did attend the High School’s concert.  My friend’s son was in one of the numbers because he goes to the high school daycare.  The kids were so cute…and did such a great job! Christmas Concert in Pang 2

There were many different numbers from the various classes…drum dancing & throat singing! Plus lots of funny skits…I remember doing the “feeding” skit from when I was a teen in youth group…nice to see it’s still a hit with kids today! Christmas Concert in Pang 7

Yesterday, Santa came to town for a quick visit and a parade around town.  Afterwards he met children at the community centre and gave out yo-yos!!  I suppose that’s the luck when you live so close to the North Pole…Santa can come visit just days before Christmas!  Santa & Pizza party...  1 Santa & Pizza party...  2

Saturday night I had some friends over…and we made PIZZA!  Making pizza (dough from scratch) has become a favourite dinner for me, it’s been awhile since I’ve done this…so it was time to it up!  Santa & Pizza party...  3 Santa & Pizza party...  6 Santa & Pizza party...  7

Later that night, after dinner I had some gals over to watch “Love Actually” one of my ALL-TIME favourite Christmas videos!  It was nice to have some friends over for a girls movie night!  It’s nice to fill the darkest day of the year with friends and fun activities!  I enjoyed my 2 hours and 40mins (approximately) of daylight…and looking forward to the return of the sun in February and longer days of light!

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