where i eat

so a little while ago, i posted a stock picture of my dining table, because my dining room really wasn’t in a photographable state. now, we have 4 wonderful chairs (also from ikea, the wide, clear tobias chairs) a few funky placemats with trees on them, and a brand new set of white dishes that fit in my microwave (sadly, my old ones were too big for the microwave…they were also square)!

chair building competition
the finished product!

the house is really coming together, and i think the next step will be to start decorating and stylizing it to fit our taste. we have the main pieces, so it’s time to accessorize =) i get the feeling i will be doing a lot of DIY projects.

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women in the bible

thanks to youversion, i am on a wonderful 21-day plan (which will end on Christmas day!) looking at women in the bible. i’ve explored the actions and consequences of many women (both good and bad) and am really enjoying the act of reading and digesting everything. i have looked at such women as esther – who didn’t back down from God’s calling and whose actions saved many people – and rebekah – whose humble service led her to a godly relationship. each woman’s story has taught me something of great value, and challenges me to apply these principles in my life. today, i read about the unnamed widow who had nothing left but olive oil. i liked her story so much that i created a comic to graphically organize my thoughts.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

i haven’t posted in over a week, but things have been very busy indeed! despite december being a chilly month (though it has been very mild in kingston), the christmas season always warms me up – christmas songs and festivities, love and cheer all around, and the reminder that we celebrate this season to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came into this world to save you and i.

there are still many projects that i have to embark on before the new year, but my christmas card making is well underway! here’s a snippet…

cardmaking means messy desks
a selection...
...or two
handmade by me!

ikea through and through

today, kelvin and i finished assembling a few more of our ikea pieces. it seems that ikea has been our go-to place for furniture because of its price, its look, and its all around goodness :) the house is slowly but surely coming together!

we bought a torsby table to go downstairs in the dining room, because it just looks so sleek. it has these clean lines, and it’s made of glass and chrome. however, i will be honest that right now it looks a little awkward in the space. we still have the 90s wallpaper trim, these interesting pinkish marbled vertical blinds and we have yet to purchase any chairs…so i am using the stools that i used with the last table! once we pull everything together i will post a picture :) for now, you can take a look at this stock one on the side.

another piece we finished a few days ago was our white expedit. in our original plans, we had wanted two birch expedits to go in our study. however, turns out our study was smaller than we thought. so instead we got this cute little 2×2 expedit to put books and other fun things. right now, its main purpose is to give our new wall art a place to rest.

last but not least, we finally have a place to work! we are really proud of our new desk (vika amon top with vika alex drawers, one vika curry leg in the middle, and two vika oleby birch legs on the other end. that’s something i really appreciate about the desk solutions at ikea – they are so customizable for your needs and the look that you want. also, instead of placing the oleby legs the way they are normally positioned, we turned them outwards (mostly for aesthetic purposes). i was assured that the integrity of the table would not be compromised too much. however, i do have a curry leg supporting the desk in the middle, so if your situation is different, test to make sure this would still be safe! we bought an old mikael on kijiji a while back, and it fits perfectly under the table too.

we still have some little things to do (floating shelves, curtains, and the like), but it has definitely been a really good day!