Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's Christmastime

Quiet gingham corner

Christmas card display table with the branches that fell last week from the big old pine tree in the garden

Look who's hiding in those branches

Of course the paper chain

Vintage Christmas Balls

A wee pine tree growing where it should not have been, plucked into a teacup

Messy dresser, as always

The tree, who can get great pictures of their tree? Not me
Did the shopping. Did the wrapping. Did the decorating. Did the baking. Now doing the cleaning. How do we do it all? And I don't know about you but this is all pretty well done on my own. Hubby just kind of congratulates me on a job well done.
Thanks honey.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chocolate Biscuits (Again)

These Milk Chocolate Rounds were available here at Sobeys and IGA. They were packaged under their label of Our Compliments (I think). I need them. I cannot find them. The sanity of this blogger is at stake. If anyone knows where I can find them please let me know.
Thank you.
Blimey, Marks and Spencer, where are you when I need you the most?
PS How sad and pathetic is it that one blogger has used the title "Chocolate Biscuits" more than once as a post title?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cath Kidston Christmas Catalogue

I know the catalogue has been out for a while and I have been meaning to comment on this since the day mine arrived. On page 10 there is this photo of the girl drawing her bath. At first I thought what a lovely photo! Right? Then I looked really closely at her feet. Is it just me or do they look dirty? And her toenails are, well, how can I put this nicely? They are not clean. I was a little unsure about this and showed it to my husband. His comment? "I don't think she shaved her legs either." Well it is winter right? I guess my legs don't look the best at this time of year either! Well, what do you think? Bad photography or dirty feet?

That being said, I did love so many items and of course do want it all.

And lastly, a handy tip. I always cut out the little fold over shopping list and use it as a bookmark. Do you?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Will Your Christmas be Merry & Bright?

All images are from the beautifully photographed
Merry & Bright
*301 Festive Ideas for Celebrating Christmas
I got it. Sooo lovely.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Knit Hat

I have been totally playing with blogger and flickr, trying to figure out how to easily enlarge my photos without too much html knowledge.

If anyone out there knows how to do this simply please let me know. This is a little baby hat I knit on the weekend. My husband's sister is pregnant and I thought I would knit up something for her for Christmas. The little crochet flower can be taken off if it is a boy. I made the pattern up myself after spotting it on this blog. I just fell in love with that wee hat and could not for the life of me find a pattern on the web so I winged it.

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I am still reeling from the discovery of the horrid conditions at the Toronto Humane Society. Yesterday, it was discovered that the food they have been feeding the animals is over six years old. I just cannot comprehend that there was not any kind of supervision or governing body keeping an eye on this organisation. Who watches the watchers?

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Thanks for popping in and listening to my drivel ;)


Friday, November 27, 2009

I am so sickened by this...

What is going to happen next? I am very confused.
How could things have escalated to this degree?
I am still reading reports.
And the saddest thing? My eldest daughter has asked most of her friends and family to donate to The Toronto Humane Society instead of Christmas gifts. Apparently some of the donated funds are used for useless lawsuits.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jam and Bread

My bedroom is very special to me. I tend to luxuriate in there. I knit in bed. I read in bed. I drink tea in bed. I eat jam and bread in bed. Sometimes, on rainy Saturdays or Sundays, my husband and I just spend salubrious hours, cosied right in beneath the duvets. Right now it is a very soothing green colour. I know it needs to be painted but I loathe the thought of actually doing it. I just lurve this bedroom with the gingham headboard and the ever so lovely wallpaper. Tranquil.

My problem is I love too many styles. And colours. And patterns.

I wish I could pinpoint the look I really want. But, alas, I cannot.

Blues, greens and pinky reds are definitely some of my very favourites.

How sweet is this spot blanket? And the lovely, lovely flowery sheets? Divine!

See how I just love it all? How I cannot make up my mind? Too many choices I tell you!

And just look at that scrummy pale blue pillowslip? And let us not forget that perpetual problem of the husband. Where are the boundaries there?
Photos::Bella Notte, Pineconehill, Google Images

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

I know I should be posting pictures of my trip, and I will but I just had to show you someone special.

This is Pumpkin. He showed up at our door around Thanksgiving. Hence the name Pumpkin. He is very, very handsome. And lovable. He doesn't seem to mind the crazy lady that feeds him in her pajamas during the daytime.

He also does not seem to mind kids going in and out with hockey bags, knapsacks and hockey sticks.

And although he knows they are way beneath him, he tolerates the occasional pug that crosses his path. You just know in his head he is saying "silly bugger".
Soon to update you on my trip with pictures. Did I tell you they won the Gold Medal?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Poppins

Floated in with her umbrella and carpet bag in hand

Many wonderful items were lovingly made

But a special place in my heart

warms to the beauty

of luscious green

Words cannot express my appreciation

Words cannot express my appreciation, Thank you, Mary.

PS Blogger is quite naughty today and will not allow me to link. Please drop by and see Mary at

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Leaving Soon

Hello my Pretties! I can only hope your Hallowe'en was as enjoyable as mine. Today is my birthday and we have been celebrating it all weekend. My middle daughter had to leave today for Vancouver as she has been chosen to play at the Women's Nationals for hockey. We are flying out on Wednesday for six days to watch the games. Which leads me to an important question. If any of my readers come from the Vancouver/Surrey area I would appreciate a little insider information on where to go for our type of stuff. You know what I mean. Vintage, antiques, thrift/charity shops, cheery little shops with that touch of retro? Please let me know if you are in possession of this kind of top secret information. I promise not to tell anyone if it is your little secret.
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Have a great week, my Lovelies!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ahhh, My Personal Favourite...Hallowe'en








except for the first image and the Grimshaw painting, these are all truly haunted homes

Monday, October 26, 2009

Selina Lake

Another girly crush

Friday, October 23, 2009

Congratulations, London!

I know you will love it!