As soon as I saw this print, I knew it was the perfect item to share with you today… and I’m not just saying that because its main subject is a basset hound The print features a handsome fella looking out the window, presumably waiting for Santa. The artwork is sweet, cozy, and festive. I love it!
This pretty Christmas stocking is made from Liberty of London fabric that is both festive and feminine. The gold ribbon adds a nice sparkly accent to a stocking that I would happily hang in front of my fireplace.
This sweet Christmas card features an original illustration of two adorable dachshunds celebrating the holidays under a wreath. I love the three-dimensional details like the bow on the wreath and the dogs’ ears. The Etsy shop also has cute Christmas cards featuring other dog breeds, such as English bulldog, French bulldog, and Welsh corgi.
Etsy Seller: Cuore
This reindeer dog snood is too cute and hilarious! “What in the world is a snood?” you ask. Well, a snood is a funny little dog hat that keeps the dog’s ears tucked away so that long ears stay clean while eating or prior to a dog show. If you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and are in a festive mood, then this is the snood for you!
After Raymond and I visited my friend in Tokyo, Japan, we popped over to South Korea to visit another friend of mine. Neither of us had been to Korea before, so we were excited to experience a new culture and country!
It was really hot while we were in Korea—especially compared to the North Pole—but we just ignored the heat and ventured out to explore. The Korean Peninsula is so full of history, so we made sure to take in plenty of historical sites. The first of which was the Jongmyo Shrine, a Confucian shrine located in Seoul. This shrine is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and houses memorial tablets for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty.
At the entrance to Jongmyo Shrine
Outside Yeongnyeongjeon [Hall of Eternal Comfort] where the memorial tablets are stored
Checking out the different architecture in Jongmyo Shrine
While walking around another afternoon, Raymond & I happened upon Jogyesa Temple, the headquarters for the Jogye Buddhist Order. With its vibrant lanterns and colourful architecture, this temple really caught our eye.
Raymond about to enter Jogyesa Temple
Raymond especially loved the colourful lanterns
Another afternoon, Raymond and I emerged from the subway in Seoul to see a martial arts performance happening right in Gwanghwamun Square—how neat! After watching the amazing performance, we saw a statue of Sejong the Great, one of the most important kings in Korean history.
“Annyeonghaseyo, King Sejong!”
The statue of King Sejong is located near Gwanghwamun Gate, the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit this palace, but we at least took a photo near the gate
Raymond smiling, despite how hot it was. We shared a Mango Fruit Pudding Blended Juice at Starbucks [mmm!] to cool down.
While we didn’t have time to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace during this trip, we did make it to Changgyeonggung Palace where we enjoyed looking at the architecture and learning about the history of the palace.
Raymond taking a gander at Myeongjeongjeon [main hall]
Before Raymond & I went to Korea, I was a little concerned about finding vegetarian dishes for us to eat since most Korean food isn’t veg-friendly, but we were pleasantly surprised! From time to time, it was still a little difficult to find vegetarian food, but when we would find something, it was usually pretty darn yummy.
One of my favourite new dishes is bibimbap, which is white rice topped with julienned vegetables, sprouts, tofu, greens, sesame seeds, and an egg. Mix all that together with gochujang [hot pepper paste], and you have a super tasty meal! Bibimbap can also be served with meat, but of course Raymond & I would never want that
Raymond eyeing my bibimbap in the 63 Building in Seoul
Another yummy treat we had was patbingsu, a shaved ice dessert that was perfect for the hot and humid summer weather. It definitely helped us cool down!
“Yummm!” says Raymond.
Raymond and I had a lot of fun on our adventures this year! Where do you think Raymond should go next year? Let us know in the comments!
These lovely heart ornaments combine felt, lace, and buttons for a very sweet—and very Scandinavian—decoration. Give one to a special someone to wish them “Hyvää Joulua!”
This peppy Christmas tassel garland caught my eye because it combines classic red and green with soft mint and pink, plus some gold for sparkle. String one to liven up your wall or hang several for a fun photo booth backdrop during a party.
Oh. My. Goodness. Is Neva the Christmas Hippo not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Hippos are my second favourite animals, so I melted a little when I saw this cutie-pie. Made of red fleece with green cotton ears and tootsies, Neva would make a fun, whimsical addition to anyone’s holiday decor, especially those of us who really do want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Raymond has been such a good little reindeer this year that I planned a fun surprise for him during the autumn before we started getting really busy preparing for Christmas. Remember Raymond’s dream from the springtime when he was obsessing about baseball? Well, I took Raymond down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend an Atlanta Braves game! We had a fabulous time watching the Braves take on the San Diego Padres, and Raymond had an absolute blast taking everything in—the organ music, the lights, the grass, the wave, the nachos, and of course the game!
Raymond rooting for the home team
One happy reindeer
Scoping out the outfield
This felted acorn garland has a cozy, homemade, yet rustic feel. I love the fact that the designer combined super soft merino wool with actual acorn caps! This would look charming strung on your tree or simply hung on the wall. Felted acorn ornaments are also available.
Etsy Seller: Delica