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Monday, January 7, 2019

Christmas Came and Christmas Went

                    Finally convinced the hubby that a four foot tree is a fine tree to have.

                                    Tucked away in a corner, no dog tails can touch this.

                                    A "new" find this year, an old handmade wooden greeting.

Instead of a "kitchen tree" I made it into a tree full of ornaments from my childhood. some thrifted, some from the yearly Christmas stocking, and some after I got married.

 Most of these boxes are empty but they make for a colorful display from years gone by.
So few Christmas cards are sent now and even few letters.

 This Nativity was a find this season.  It fit right in on the wood stove. Thankfully, we did not need to use the wood stove!

 I found the second half tree a while back and now they fit perfectly on little shelves in the dining room.

Another find this year, a bottle brush Christmas star.   I hope you had a lovely holiday.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Eye Jewelry

 I finally found my own broken rake this past summer and Marty spray painted it black and hung it up for me so I could finally hang many years of thrifted necklaces on it. I do not wear jewelry but I do love the look of some of it. Mostly natural materials, warm colours. Lots of stone, shell, and fruit pit beads here.

 I am always looking for paper bead necklaces as well. This an old craft my mom taught me when I was young. These necklaces turn up occasionally and I am always excited to find one to add to my collection.   Here is a fun tutorial for making them, HERE.

Here are my finds so far, spilling out of an old silver plate bowl like the paper treasure that they are. Have you found any paper bead necklaces?  I love the colours and how each one is so different from the others.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Nothing Like the Scent of a Freshly Printed Book!

 Uppercase magazine has done it again.  I recently received the latest volume of the Uppercase Encyclopedia of Inspiration:  Print/Maker.  Fresh off the press and full of wonderful images and profiles of print makers from all over.  You can read more about it here.

 Previous to this volume, there are three others.  Each chock full of inspiration and information too.

Check out the web site for more info on these as well as Uppercase Magazine:for the creative and curious.  Every issue full to the brim of wonderful articles for, well, the creative and curious. A beautiful magazine of wonderful quality.  Canadian made too!  It's wonderful!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Frosty Morning

 If you are up and outside early enough you may be surprised to find delicate frost covering everything, especially those things closest to some water.

                                                 The hoar frost was beautiful.

                                                  Quite pronounced in some spots.

                                                    Magical, sparkling in the sunlight.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Harvest & Planting

 we got a good harvest of garlic this year. Some huge fists!  We took the best and will tuck it back into the ground for next year's crop.

While the garden was mostly neglected and the heat and local wildlife enjoyed much of what got planted, we did get a nice bunch of squash from it.  Stored neatly in the back entry for easy access and to watch for any that start to fail early.  We have lots of spaghetti squash, delicata, and carnival. YUM!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Great Find, More Storage

I found this at Barnfull of Goodies in Morrisburg. Good price and it only needed a fresh coat of paint. It had been painted but not too well and the original label had been covered up. I wanted to see what had been covered so Marty gently sanded it and revealed the shelf's original purpose. With a fresh coat of super white enamel metal paint it is bright and fresh and already filled up. I am storing my embossing powders here for easy access.  It fit like a glove on a wee spot of wall between the laundry room and studio. Perfect!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Mail......Well, Happy Courier Delivery

With the rotating postal strike is currently slowing down the mail, I was very happy to receive my order from Daybreak Mills in Saskatchewan from a courier.  There is going to be a lot of soaking, sprouting, drying, grinding and flaking going on, just in time for Christmas baking to begin!  As you can see, I just had to check out their cranberries. They are lovely!!! Someone better seal that bag back up- quick!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Changing Seasons

                                    The last flowers of the season, from a friend's garden.

 The colour this year was wonderful and there were many happy days to enjoy the changing leaves.

                                Until the first snowfall of the season. Time to find my gloves.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mini Vacation

 Not a moment too soon, I was able to get away with a friend for a couple of days. To the cottage, of course.

                         The weather was perfect during out time there. The water was lovely.

                                       Nature's collage: twigs gathered near the shore.

                                                           As found, a natural bouquet.

                                          Lovely heat to keep us cosy during a cold night.

                                                              We took a walk.

                                                                       Old cedars.

                                                             On our way out.

                                                           Until next year, I hope.

                                Lunch at the Yellow Canoe on the way home via Merrickville.
                                              A perfect closing to a short break away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Apple Picking

 We got permission to pick apples next door to us as we had a couple years ago. They were small but flavorful.  Aaron, up the ladder.

                         They are very old apple trees and there are a few different varieties.

                                                           They were all very tasty.

Last week we went to Kilmarnok Orchard to get several bags of apples to make cider from. We got a lot of cider this year. Delish!  This was from pressing and letting it sit for a little while. Sparkling apple cider. Pretty too.

We also filled up the fermenting crock to begin the process of making apple cider vinegar.

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Little Kitchen Enamel Lovin'

 I pulled this kitchen table from the back of Marty's dad's barn. He used to fix motors on it. We rescued it and fixed it up as our first table. Thirty-four years later, we are still enjoying it!

 I found this a few years ago at a town wide yard sale.  I love the way "BREAD" is lettered.

 Oh so many years ago, we purchased this Hoosier. The pull out enamel counter has always been very handy.

                     For a long time this has held the cooking utensils close by the stove.

 A more recent fixer upper that makes it home in the kitchen also sports an enamel pull out counter.

 Finds from the past:  smaller enamel jug, timer from and old stove as well as the back from an old stove with it's own mirror.

 A very recent find: and old postal scale.   It weighs a tonne! The enamel is  practically perfect.  It has a voluptuous form.

                                                  The glass plate is perfect too. Lovely!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Crossing the Border

 Marty needed to get some parts from across the border for the tractor so off we went for a short trip to the US.

                                                           Sea gulls hanging about.

             With the parts retrieved, we set out to take in the local Remington Art Museum

                        You are greeted by this stunning fireplace when you enter the building.
                               "Good Friends/ Good Cheer/Good Fire" carved on the front.

                                                     Inside, when you begin.

                        In the meeting room, with the curtains pulled aside. Beautiful windows.

                                                                     Stunning buffalo.

                                                            Inside the main gallery.  You can check out my previous blog post from years ago for more pics of the museum, HERE


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