Life is wild!

I spent a couple of hours outside every day this summer to get away from the craziness of inside life. I loved running or walking to nowhere in particular and watching the sunrises, animals, or just finding places I never knew existed and just really learning to appreciate every single second of it!

Winter here in Winnipeg, Canada is LONG. Like 6-7 months long (and it’s not uncommon to get snow in early MAY!) Most of which is below -20 celsius with many days where you can tolerate spending the time to run to the car COLD.

So as soon as you can get, out you do! I remember this day (May 16th) was one of the first days when Spring was really starting to come out and I actually bawled my eyes out as I went down this path! It was amazing.

I love heading down by the river to watch the sunrise and the occasional duck!

Sometimes I’d just sit on a bench or in the grass and watch the little birds and bugs go by. I felt my body being charged up once again.

Or stare at the sky and realize how small we really are!

I loved hearing the tweety birds in the early morning, or the grasshoppers in the evening. There is SO much more out there than our silly human made stresses!

Nature is incredible. I’m going to appreciate every second. Let’s get out there!!

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Things I’m LOVING this September!

Pretty sunrises, fawns, Nescafe Rich instant coffee, knitting, watching Superstore on Amazon Prime, the smell of fresh baked bread, wearing cozy sweaters, cuddling with Sugar on chilly nights, the long weekend ahead, pretty face masks, and of course good health!

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Summertime catchup! Let’s find rainbows again!

Happy September! This year has felt like 15 minutes and 15 years at the same time. Some days, I feel like I’ve just been sitting in my little pink house watching time tick by. But I just looked at my pictures over the past 3 months, and wow I accomplished more than I thought!

We start off with some not-so-great COVID haircuts! Hey, it was the thing to do :O.

Like pretty much everyone else, I got on the bread baking bandwagon!

I’ve become OBSESSED with this recipe from Bread with a Side of Butter! I’ve probably made it at least 30 times (not an exaggeration!) The roughest month was in June when I couldn’t find yeast ANYWHERE and I had to do without (wasn’t about to spend $40 on Amazon – ahh!) This recipe is incredibly easy and you can whip up the best bread you’ve ever had in just a couple of hours.

The lockdown was great for my creative pursuits… until you couldn’t find yarn anywhere either! Amazon kept running out of my colours for my Mood Blanket! I made it to about 130 days, and unfortunately it’s a bit stuck right now. Probably something to pick up in 2021… Or maybe just stick under the bed never to think of this year ever again!

Did a splash of painting!

Sugar has got very comfy with me being here 24/7. I think that she is the one that needs the break and I don’t see her for hours sometimes!

Not sure I would be getting through this thing without her! I said previously I was going to talk about my mental health a bit (something I’ve never opened up to about to anyone).

My work has been even more crazy than usual. I’m trying not to complain, as I’m VERY grateful for still having a job as many, many people are unfortunate to have lost theirs. But 10+ hours a day of working alone for 6 months has been HARD. Then on top of that, I decided to take a few classes (including MATH – which I’ve somehow fallen a bit in love with shhh!) and the combination of everything completely fried me. July and August were ROUGH for me. Probably not a day that I didn’t bawl my eyes out at the littlest thing. I was going through the motions of work, but didn’t really care about anything. I completely lost interest in my hobbies as well, like all of the colour had been sucked out of me.

Fortunately the classes are done now, and I ended up dropping a couple I had registered for in the fall because I don’t think I can handle it at this point (maybe in the future!) AND THAT’S OKAY. My boss and I ranted about a bunch of stuff, and that helped a ton! I’ve learned to not take everything so seriously and I’m in a really good place once again.

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside to escape the day to day grind and just see people (from a distance, of course!) I’ve learned to watch the sunrise and try not to worry so much!

I’m absolutely one of ~those people~ who gets blown away and fills up my phone space with sunrise pics. Looking back on a calm happy morning fills me with joy. Everything is going to be okay. I feel like I’m becoming my happy fun colourful self again and see the colour in everything!

This has definitely been a year to remember and forget in many ways. Continue to stay safe everyone!

xoxo Erika

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A brand new year to fill with all sorts of happiness!!!

Well we did it!!! 2019 is HERE!

I spent New Years Eve enjoying a bunch of leftover Christmas treats, making a quick colourful 2019 headband, and chasing after my cat who kept stealing the pompoms!

My headband! Full of my favourite materials: glitter, stickers, pompoms (also Sugar’s favourite!), and rhinestones!

I had so much fun, but ended up falling asleep at 9 – oops!!! I was trying to stay up, and I was even going to set an alarm just in case I fell asleep but then fell asleep before I could do THAT! Hahaha!

I ended up watching fireworks this morning (on Youtube ;))!

My one big goal for this year is to CREATE EVERY SINGLE DAY! Even if it’s just a little bit of something. I dream of having a magical house full to the brim with colour, fabrics, knitted things, craft projects, and the constant smell of fresh baked goodies ~ my own enchanted little paradise!! And then post my creations every day (or so) here on this blog! I hope this challenge will allow me to be productive and constantly learn new skills!

I also just want to be HAPPY this year, fight through my anxiety, be healthy, and as bright and unique as can possibly be!

The first sunrise of 2019! The colours were already cooperating with me!!

2018 was my absolutely best year ever, and 2019 is guaranteed to be EVEN BETTER! Can’t wait to enjoy it with you all! xoxo

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