Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Wonders of Mactac

Busy little bee. That's me. I have been painting our disgusting laundry room. There are not any before pictures because it was too gross to post. It had, get this, dark wood panelling. Yuk. It is now covered in a very soft white. Positively delightful. My little ironing table that I made ages ago, now looks ever so wonderful against the calm white. I am thinking about some cute vintage glass knobs for the drawer.

I have fallen deeply in love with mactac. I lined the shelves with it and it is so sweet. Did you know it comes in a myriad of patterns now? Not just the ugly fruit ones I remember when I was a wee one. The ones I have here are actually Laura Ashley.

DN2's job yesterday was to adhere the paper to the shelves. She does not appreciate the wonders of mactac. Actually, she hates it. And the little bubbles just about sent her over the edge. No worries, with a little creative adjustments they were gone. Love this stuff. Really.

Break's over. Gotta go.


Hope you are having a productive week, too!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ask and You Shall Receive...

Tim Tams are the most delectable cookie ever to pass these lips. I wrote a whole post on them a while back and am ashamed to admit, still very addicted to them and am totally guilty of cleaning out a whole store, without any remorse whatsoever. I am such a pig. For those in the UK they should be available at Tesco's.
Skinny Sticks are usually in the organic section. They are kind of chip/crisp like but better for you. Well that's what I tell myself if I polish off a whole bag. Moving on.

I picked this up today. I got a brain wave at 1:00 am while lying in bed trying to sleep that I have a club chair in the family room that desperately needed a new slipcover and thought jeez doesn't Ikea have a chair like this? Don't they sell a slipcover for it? Wouldn't it look great on that club chair? Bob's your uncle. Did I mention we have three (3) Ikeas here within a 20 minute drive?
I think I'm a lucky puppy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


By KnittingMania

1. What was I doing 10 years ago:

I had a nine year old and a 6 year old. My six year old was just learning how to play hockey, if I knew then what I know now… Stay at home mum, doing the kid things, still gardening and playing house

2. My five favorite snacks:

Tim-Tams, herbed goat cheese on water biscuits, any nut I can find, anything covered in chocolate, and here’s a kicker, Skinny Sticks

3. Five things on my to do list today:

Ironing, trying to find the floor in the laundry room, putting clothes away, figuring out a nutritious dinner people will eat AND enjoy, weed the garden

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Charity, Family, Animals, buy large property

5. Five jobs that I've had:

Sample girl at grocery store, cashier, office manager, supply teacher, and still striving for that perfect housewife thing

6. Five bad habits of mine:

Obsessive bed making and adjusting (ask my husband about this one when he is helping me change the bedding)

untimely sarcasm

5 o’clock pm snacker (I become gluttonous just before the dinner hour after not eating all day and consume an odd mixture yogurt, Tim-Tams, and sometimes, pickles or olives while I am preparing another meal to eat)

I am sometimes just a bit too honest

I tend to whistle while I talk to people on the phone

7. Five places I've lived:

Well, the truth of the matter is, I am like a
Dixie Chick song, I married my high school sweetheart and moved to a home eight doors away from my parents basically the same postal code

8. Five random things people wouldn't know about me:

I pray every night

I fall asleep thinking of THE most random things like whether the dog food I have for Dibbs is fattening, did I leave that load in the washer and should I let my daughter go to university in the US, what if she meets a guy down there and wants to stay…

I think my nose is the only redeeming quality of my whole face and actually thought of a nose ring/stud at one time

I have an irrational fear of driving over water and on bridges

I get inexplicable cravings for peanut butter and at night, right before bed, I will take a tablespoon, scoop and eat right from the jar but would yell at my kids if I caught them doing such a dastardly act

9. Five cd's I would have on a desert island:

U2 “The Joshua Tree”
The Three Tenors
Oasis not sure which one probably “What’s the Story, Morning Glory”
The Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Andrea Bocelli “Romanza”

10. People I want to get to know better:

I will leave this up to anyone that wants to play

Now aren't you sorry you clicked me today?

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Power of the Peony

In the bedroom.

On the kitchen table.

In the livingroom.


Have a spectacular weekend.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

When I'm Not Gardening...

I am reading in the garden. A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this book.
Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll. Sister-in-law to the other famous Jekyll. I haven't really read this one yet but am so looking forward to it.

And lastly, Every Eye by Isobel English.

I am unable to get many of the Persephone Books here. They do not seem to be widely distributed in Canada. So I have to go to the website, get the titles and authors and look in the stores or in the library for them published by other houses.


I hope you are all having a wonderful week. The weather has broken here but the humidity is coming back tomorrow. Nasty.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, June 07, 2008


Sad ~ because it is almost 40 degrees with the humidity and too hot to sit in my favourite spot in the garden
Overwhelmed ~ because my mother picked this up for me at a church sale and only paid 50 cents for it

Happy ~ because the ripple blanket is so beautiful and tranquil to crochet and so very pleased with the yarn

Giddy ~ because things are really starting to bloom, finally

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Canadian Home and Country Magazine ~ A Love Story

I am in love with this magazine. Have you ever come across one that has absolutely everything you are looking for? The colours you love, the designers you follow like celebrity stalkers? Canadian Home and Country is like that for me. The colour combinations really draw me in. Like the chair above and the armoire below. Did you see that gorgeous carpet?
This next one is from the home of Nikki Renshaw.

Don't these colours just soothe you?

I love the footstool. And the lamp. And the cushions. Well, I just love all of it, really.

What a delightful workspace.

Who doesn't love daybeds to drink tea, read and contemplate?

Oooh, eiderdowns, yum.

My dream potting bench.

I love the red and pale green combination.

Well how gorgeous is that table and chandelier?

And they give a source guide in the back so you can purchase all the lovely items.

And wonderful tips on laundry, storage, cookery...

What's not to love?