Sunday, December 23, 2012

Anthro inspired pom pom wreath

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas!
Just had to share with you my anthropology inspired wreath!
I'm sure many of you have seen different versions of this anthro inspired pom pom wreath
making it's way around blogland.
I was smitten as soon as I saw it and had to try out my own version.

Never made a pom pom in my life, but it looked so easy, just wrapped some yarn around my fingers,
tied a knot, cut the ends and voila.
I just did that about sixty more times, bahaha!
I wrapped an old foam wreath base I had with some white ribbon to hide
the green base and used floral pins to place each pom pom.
There are many different ways to make these wreaths, but this way worked well for me.
It really was easy!

I placed a bow on it using some scrap red toile fabric I had.
It's the fabric left over from making the curtains you see here
in the breakfast nook.
I've used some red accents to liven up my Christmas decor this year and
I'm loving festive!

The wreath looks great without the bow too and goes so well with the birch.
I'll be able to keep this wreath up well into the winter season!

Jennifer Rizzo has done a great post on how to make mini pom pom wreaths
that are adorable, you can find it here.

Thanks for dropping by,
be blessed!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas 2012

Hi everyone,
I'm hoping all your Christmas preparations are going well!
I've been waiting on some good lighting to be able to shoot some pics but it's
been so grey around here and then it's almost dark at 4! are some shots I took today.

Hubby went a little crazy with the saw this year and I had a lot of space under the tree
so I used an old red toile curtain panel as a tree skirt and placed all my lanterns around it.

I placed my buckets that usually flank the fireplace in each of the bookcases. They look great there
and save some floorspace around the fireplace.

The Buckets with the branch lights on/off.

In the breakfast nook I put up some garland on the botttom shelf again. I found some lovely old tarnished spoons at the GW
and tied them with some brown satin ribbon.

I have these little mercury glass containers that I filled with foam oasis and stuck
in some winter greens. The watered oasis foam keeps them fresh.

I have a brown theme going on in the breakfast nook but couldn't restrain myself from
putting in a little red,  It's so bright and festive!

I've just added some sugar pinecones and mercury glass ornaments to the shelves.
The candle holders are all from PB that my daughters got me a couple of years ago.
They go with everything
I've placed birch poles all around and added some more green with the paperwhites.

Hopefully it will be brighter tomorrow and I'll be able to show you
the mantels.

Thanks for dropping by,
blessings to you!
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Trying out the blogger app!

Hi everyone!
Just giving this blogger app a try on my phone,not sure how it will work out. Already can see that you can't center your content.
So here goes, please forgive if it looks all wonky!
I Wanted to show you my Christmas "bucket" in the bookcase. I usually have these flanking my fireplace but thought I'd mix it up!
Blessings my friends!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Urn...and life

Hello everyone!
I know it's been a while...lots of life transition stuff going on over here
and blogging had to go down on the priority list.
With so many external and internal changes  I've wondered whether to keep this blog
going or not.
It's been such a great creative outlet for me and I've really enjoyed it,
so I've decided to keep doing what I enjoy and will share when I can, no pressure!
I may add some new content but nothing too drastic!
Now on to my Christmas Urn...

It cost me all of $13 this year!
It' so easy to do.

I simply used  what I already had from previous years such as the birch logs,
giant sugar pinecones and my twig lights.
The magnolia leaves were $8 for the bunch and the cedar was $5.

 This is the first time I've used magnolia leaves and I love the texture and colour it brings.
It's hard to see the twig lights here but at night you can see them from across the street, it really lights up the porch!

Thanks for dropping by and blessings to you!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Mantel

Hi everyone,
hope you're all enjoying the beautiful summertime!


I know it's the middle of summer and I'm just getting around to showing you my summer mantel,
better late than never I always say!

I kept the beautiful blue chinese ginger jars from my spring mantel because they were so prettty and matched
all the beautiful blue summery cushions I have out.

I'm loving this white washed wooden lantern I got at Bowrings.
The look of rustic wood against shine and sparkle is my favourite thing to play around with.

I find the whole look soft and simple with lots of texture so it's not boring, while
keeping that wonderful beachy feel that I love.

Thanks for dropping by,

Blessings to you from RH!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welcome Penney & Co.!

Hi everyone,
I hope you're all having a great week.
I'm  so excited to introduce you to a new shop that's opened up here in Whitby.
It's called Penney & Co. and is owned and operated by the one and only
Michael Penney!

Anyone who reads House and Home magazine or
watches Sarah 101 will recognize Michael.
He's a decorator, stylist, former magazine editor and now a shop owner!

Here is his new shop front, how awesome is this colour and display?

Penney & Co. carries a varity of new and vintage items, large and small.

Love this display of simple milk glass.

Blue and white is one of my favourite colour combos and these ceramic stools
would look great in my family room.

Beautiful vintage piece.

Blue and white again, it looks so rich.

You can buy one of Michael's sofas or update your own with one of these feather-filled cushions.
Anyone who knows my blog knows how much I love cushions and I couldn't walk away without
getting one. I wish I had gotten a couple now!

If you love shells (and who doesn't?) He has a great selection.

So pretty placed in these gorgeous bowls.

Michael hand picks the fabric and has the cushion covers made, they come complete with feather-filled inserts. Such and easy and inexpensive way to change up a room!

There are baskets galore in his shop and he also carries great one of a kind vintage pieces
like these quilts. They'd look great at a cottage or used in your home for a country/beachy
feel layered on your beds or sofas.

I really will have to pace myself and limit my visits to 1-2 times a week! (I'm gonna try!)

You can find Penney & Co. at

124 Brock St. Whitby, On.

See more by Michael Penney at:
House & Home
Sarah 101

Friday, June 1, 2012

Where has the wallpaper gone?...changes in the nook

Hi everyone!
 I thought I would show you some changes I've made in the breakfast nook.

I removed the old wallpaper and painted it a lovely soft green/grey/blue colour
called Chelsea Fog by CIL.
I also moved the "Farmers market" sign and placed it above the shelving.

In this "before" pic you can see the wallpaper that was removed.
Now for those of you who loved that wallpaper, so did I!,
but it was  getting a little dingy and started looking more yellow than green.
I also found it very difficult to find curtains with a pattern that would go with the
pattern of the wallpaper.

I've changed out my white linen curtains for blue/white floral panels that
fit in well with my blue and white beachy theme I use in the summer.

The panels are from IKEA and are called "Emmie Kvist"

I've placed some lovely white peonies cut from the garden in one of
my ironstone pitchers. The scent is heavenly!

I couldn't pass up the chance to show you my big boy Jack!
I know, I know...he's on the table, just don't tell anybody that I
allow this! lol.

Loving this time of year when the peonies come out, my pink ones are just about to bloom.
Thanks for dropping by,
hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Garage sale finds and a peek...

Hey everyone!
I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful spring weather!
It's been lovely here in Southern Ontario and May always jumpstarts the
beginning of the garage sale season for us.
I wanted to share a couple of my recent garage sale finds and show you a peek of some changes
I've made in the breakfast nook.

I really enjoy the Saturday morning ritual of waking early, getting my Tim's coffee and
hitting the road to find those one of a kind bargains!
I'm careful to make sure I only take home things I absolutely love, absolutely need or that
"deal of a lifetime" lol.

I recently found this great white slip-covered bench which cost me all of $5!
It goes great at the bottom of my daughter's bed and she's been using it to store
her extra blankets and pillows.

Another favourite find are these PB look-alike mercury glass balls.
They have holes in the bottoms where you can place little battery operated lights inside.
They're on my mantel right now but I can easily see them on the table in the backyard all lit up for the evenings.
They cost me $1 each which was considerably cheaper than what PB was selling them for!

Here is a peek of a few low-cost changes I've made in the breakfast nook.

I'll be sharing what I did in the breakfast nook in an upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see ya soon!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Mantel

Hi everyone!
I just finished decorating my mantel for spring! I know... I'm a little late ;)
It's simple and has all my loves:
PB clear glass candle holders,
and some lovely ginger jars I got from a garage sale a few years back.

It's very simple and fresh with a touch of blue to echo all the blue accent cushions I brought in for spring.

The blue and white elements with the warm texture of the wooden baskets will flow right into my summer decor when I'll add some beachy/nautical pieces.


I Love these large hydrangea bushes!
I get them for $20 at Cosco every April. I'll leave them to bloom a little longer in their basket and then I'll cut the blossoms off and make little bouquets all over the house!
You can't beat 20 bucks for several large bouquets of beautiful hydrangeas.
The left over plant can then be transplanted into your garden.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today!
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