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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Sunset Sets the Trees on Fire

 Looking toward the east the trees took on the look of paint brushes dipped into orange paint.

Cloudy to the west as the sun set. A wee bit of colour peeking through the clouds created a lovely show opposite.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Fuzzy Hello

                                                            A buggy of bears.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Homemade Onions Rings

When stuck at home, you begin to get even more creative in the kitchen. Do you realize how many rings you get when you slice up a decent sized onion, and separate all the rings?  More than your tummy can hold! Or three people's tummies.  They were light and delicate. More like a Tempura batter.

Sunday, March 29, 2020


                                                Someone is petitioning for dinner.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Couch Cuddlers

We said good bye to these two in mid February. Seems so long ago. They sure would have enjoyed having all their people at home all the time during this closed-in period of life.  Gumdrop was 16, Odelia, behind, 13.

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Little Love From the Potato Bin

                                    Heart shaped potato from the garden last fall. Makes me smile.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Partway Into a New Decade and They've Turned the World Upside Down

Welcome, to any who might drop by. I hope that you are well and safe in this time if isolation. I figure that with all that is on the minds of us all, I would try to post a picture each day. No words necessarily. Just something pleasant. This dollhouse was find before Christmas. Love it! It's all about nesting right now.  Have a lovely day.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fun Mail

 This colourful cast of characters arrived in the mail the other day. All hand painted, some have names in writing on their bases and a couple have a typed paper label. They remind me of the Thornton W Burgess characters.

They are all about ten inches tall and made in the 1920s. That was some lucky youngster!  It always amazes me what lasts after all these years.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Found, Fix-Up, and Finished!

 I was excited to find this small suitcase at a local thrift store. I was surprised it was still there. When I opened it, I realised possibly why no one had bought it. There was an oval hole in the bottom. Turns out it was originally a record player.

 The guts were missing which was fine with me. I was going to  add it to my stack of suitcases.

 Hubs cut a piece of wood and glued it inside to cover the hole.

Then I lined it with wrapping paper that looked like old newspaper.  The natural background colour was a perfect match for the case. And, I actually got the little project done in good time as well.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Is This the Last Hurrah?

There were a couple of lovely days this week. Spring was in the air.  Everyone was in a good mood. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

 I saw six robins while driving down a country road and then this wee sparrow. Still puffed up as the weather was a little chilly still. 

 Overhead you could hear the Canada geese flying over, while the snow came down.

Hopefully this is the last of winter before spring moves in for keeps.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It may be Very Cold Outside, But It Was Hot Inside!

 While the bitter chill of winter continues, there are seeds growing inside looking toward the warming of springtime.
 It was a good time to pull some of last year's produce from the freezer and heat up the oven. Jalapeno poppers, made at home. Some spicy, cheesy and bacon-y goodness.

             For the record, the heat of the peppers is not diminished by freezing! Yum!

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Whole Bunch of Thifty Finds

 It's been a while since I posted any thrifty finds. These are gathered here from various places over time.
Printmaking paint tubes, house numbers, a damaged cloisonne egg, small pottery pitcher, a sweet goat, a jaunty red felt bunny, and party umbrellas.

 A few old photographs, a Holly Hobbie mug, leather address book, salvaged bottles in a lovely blue, glass candle rings, and a fabulous convex lens.

 A lovely wooden box with a girl on it, various salt and peppers, glass elephant earrings, souvenir pitcher from the Manchester Zoo, etc.

 Lovely German sugar bowl that looks like a sea shell, souvenir rooster, unusual salt and pepper, two wooden dogs, leather butterfly earrings and a lovely old bracelet.

 Slab of granite, cute wooden egg cups, curtain hardware- you never know when you might need some- a chunk of glass that reminds me of an ice berg and a flower frog.

                          I've not seen a flower frog like this before.

 I just love this assortment of sample sized food and cleaning boxes. The tin is for typewriter tape.

 I've seen a number of plaster/chalk ware ashtrays in similar forms but I love the bear motif and the fact that is says "Canada" on it too.  The plate is a Niagara Falls souvenir. I do love old Niagara Falls souvenirs!

                          Fab assortment of vintage fruit and vegetable labels for tins.

 Wooden blocks, knitting markers, a couple of elephants for Aaron's collection and vintage medical tape tins turned into thread holders. Genius!

                                          Various souvenir "Crestware" pieces.

                                        This stopped me in my tracks. So very familiar!

See the glass bowl beside the pottery piece? Exactly the same. Someone used a bowl just like the one I have as a mold for a newer pottery bowl. I found the glass pear bowl back when I was in high school in Windsor. It came from an estate sale down the road from where we lived. You just never know what you might happen across, or when.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

                                              Spread a little extra love today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Early "Gal"entine's Day

 A friend came over for a visit and to enjoy some early Valentine's treats and crafting. It was a fun excuse to pull out some of my vintage Valentine goodies, collected over many years. I made the heart above a while back by adding antique and vintage lace and making flowers from more vintage trimmings.

                        These are some of the antique Valentine's cards my mom had collected.

 The small wall shelves at the end of the dining room are perfect for seasonal decorations.

 The other shelf and you can see the chip clip holding more vintage and antique Valentine cards.

 These cards are all from a husband to his wife, from an old scrapbook I got long ago.

                                                All ready for crafting, and snacking.

 So, I couldn't decide on what to do exactly so brought out a variety of things to choose from.

Thankfully, in spite of all our fun chatter, we actually made something! Wee shadowboxes featuring vintage Valentine cards and other embellishments. A fine afternoon was enjoyed by all two of us!


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