Friday, December 23, 2011

a geek's approach to holidays.
Jane @ urbanejane.9:23 PM 1 comments

Hello there!

I never thought in a million years that I would bring learning into the holidays (I can just hear my middle school self groaning for mercy), but I managed to find a way to suck the fun out of the season! ;)

Every year my class learns about 3-dimensional figures before the holiday season (have I lost you to boredom already?) and a couple of years back I thought of a neat way to not only make Christmas fun, but also educational.

Ladies & gents, I present to you... the Geome-tree!

Students decorated and personalized their figures, then excitedly decorated the tree with their 3-D shapes (and one of the really excited ones placed their secret santa gift under the tree!). The silver ornaments are a la Ikea. :)

I think it's a teacher thing, but I just love it when kids get excited about something as weird as a mathematical Christmas tree!

two more sleeps!

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

the ABCs of welcoming a baby.
Jane @ urbanejane.9:40 PM 8 comments

I know this isn't very Christmassy of me to blog about, but I thought I would share about something I made awhile back for a friend who had a baby (maybe this could be a last minute gift idea.. but that's just me justifying the post) ;)

It all started with an IKEA frame & these amazing diddies I stumbled upon in Michaels.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

a market & a scary pepparkaka
Jane @ urbanejane.8:05 PM 1 comments


Today was a fun-filled holiday-tastic Sunday. We started the day attending church where good ol' Christmas tunes were sung by a choir, then had a wonderful meal with my parents, hubby & in-laws where we ordered festive meals, then my hubby & I went to the Toronto Christmas Market where we found an amazing spot where the lady pulling out of the spot waved her still-valid parking pass and gave it to us saying, 'Merry Christmas!'

It was a great start to an already wonderful day.

Here are some pictures from the market (today was their last day, so we were excited to go)

Friday, December 16, 2011

5 things that make me happy...
Jane @ urbanejane.10:54 PM 2 comments

here are 5 things that are worth mentioning (in no particular order):

1. smoked salmon & avocado:

Why? they just make everything taste better. everything. I'll take them in a sushi roll, solo or together in one glorious concoction.
Seriously, if I could live on these two things without exploding, I would be one happy camper.

Jane @ urbanejane.3:49 PM 1 comments

like the new look? I can't take any credit for it. 

My husband finished his exams yesterday & volunteered to make breakfast & pretty up my blog on his first day of freedom. :)


Happy friday & 9 days until Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Retracing our steps: home edition (kitchen)
Jane @ urbanejane.7:38 PM 14 comments

meet lady ga-ghastly.
(previous owners, if you are reading this, that was my opinion, but thank you for inspiring us toward change...). ;)

yes, the kitchen. the room where the family experience love and grow closer in unity...
the kitchen, the heart of the home.

in our home, the heart needed a transplant. badly.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

oh, Christmas tree.
Jane @ urbanejane.8:44 PM 4 comments

holidays just aren't the same without you...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Retracing our steps: home edition (basement).
Jane @ urbanejane.7:57 PM 3 comments

As the year draws to a close and we marvel at how quickly life seems to be passing by with every approaching holiday, my hubby and I had a chance to sift through some old pictures of what's been keeping us busy since we said, "We do".

one of our biggest projects has been the house we're living in (and my husband's flipped property, but I'll share about that later). With a new chapter of our lives beginning with my husband beginning school full-time we realized that this was the time to try something we've been talking about for awhile: having a rental apartment in our basement.

Here is what the basement looked like when we first saw it (with the previous owners' furniture... is that weird to post?)

 cutesy artifacts, and a nice electric fireplace... has potential... 
but that ghastly green carpet has us floored (pun intended).

Monday, December 12, 2011

thoughts (served alongside amazing corn & bean salsa)
Jane @ urbanejane.8:31 PM 2 comments

Today i overheard a student shrug and say to a peer, "I'm not going to get an A on this assignment...".
He is not a student known for his academics or his ability to sit still, or quietly at that.

His friend, not knowing how to respond, just looked away and pretended not to hear.

Maybe he was used to getting that response.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm dreaming of a...
Jane @ urbanejane.9:57 PM 2 comments

Jane @ urbanejane.10:23 AM 1 comments

For the past year and a half that we've lived in our house, we hadn't put up any pictures on our walls or even had framed pictures up. I knew that I wanted to display my photos in a unique way, but needed a lot of inspiration.

I found some great ideas on various websites and just loved to look of the gallery wall.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jane @ urbanejane.3:30 PM 5 comments

As Christmas approaches and decorating is in full swing, I had a chance to (finally) finish some of my projects (and surprisingly it hasn't taken a year to post about it!)

I was looking for some owls awhile back and managed to find these scary guys off Craigslist.

there's a new meaning to Angry Birds.