Saturday, August 20, 2016

Flowers on Fridays

Fridays are pretty special around here!
As a nurse in my previous life Fridays were usually a work day or night for me and while most people were kicking off their shoes, sharing a bottle of wine or whatever else, I was on my way to work! After twenty five years of working weekends and holidays my hubby can usually get weekends off now too, so we truly do look forward to Fridays and celebrate!
However, my celebration consists of sitting back and enjoying my home! Possibly opening that bottle of wine and visiting the odd thrift store...not all that exciting and not necessarily in that order!

One of the things I love to do to help usher in the weekend and to make this day a little different form the rest is to buy flowers. Nothing fancy, just your average bunch from the grocery store. 
I usually buy the three bunches for $20 You can pick and choose from an assortment and  I usually pick my favourites: hydrangeas and roses.
You have to get there early Friday mornings to get the best selection though! I was only able to get 1 bunch of hydrangeas yesterday. I spotted a lady in the line in front of me with hydrangeas and roses and wanted to wrestle her for them but restrained myself ;) You snooze your lose as the saying goes.

Some day I'll have a dedicated space to do my flower arranging ;) but for now I place them in my kitchen sink full of water until I'm able to get around to them. Sometimes just seeing them sitting in the sink is beauty enough for me!
This is where I'll prepare them and its a fairly quick and easy clean up.

I use lots of containers but love the look of mason jars, they have a real laid back country aesthetic  that suits me and my home. I love these little frogs that fit right onto the lids of mason jars, they especially come in handy for long stemmed flowers like daisies, queen anne's lace etc. 
I use the little  powder packets that come with the flowers to help feed them.

Because I wanted to photograph the process, I  arranged these flowers at my desk, placing them in a large vase of water to keep them hydrated. You don't want to start out with wilted flowers!

I start by mixing in my packet of food in some cool tap water. These packets basically contain sugar and bacteriacide. If you just give them sugar, that can cause bacteria growth and the stems can't take up the water. Bleach can cut down bacterial growth.
Here is a quick recipe for some Homemade flower preserver:
1 teaspoon sugar
1teaspoon household bleach
2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
1 quart of lukewarm water

clean your vases and rinse out with bleach
change the water daily
trim the ends of the stems daily... a 45 degree angle is best for water uptake. Also, make sure there are no leaves below the water line!

This will keep your flowers looking their best and lasting longer.

I can usually get a few bouquets from my bunches and display
 them around the house. 
This little bouquet is in my office and I was able to place two more on my bedside tables, with a larger one kept in the living room where everyone can enjoy it all day!

There is nothing like nature to bring joy to your surroundings!

Fridays are for flowers, lighting some candles and unwinding with friends and family!

I hope you have a great weekend too! and thanks for stopping by for a visit.


P.S. Thanks for baring with my while I go through the process of updating and redesigning my blog. I'm hoping to have the new design up and running in the next couple of weeks!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hello again and sharing my summer home

Well It's been a long time I know. 
If there is still anybody out there and you can hear me...
I'm coming back!
I've decided to start blogging again.
I'll share more of the sordid details in another post but for now... I'll share a little bit of my summer home with you all.
Better late than never.

There have been so many changes made in my little home over the last while that I can't wait to share with you! If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of them but not all.
In the master bedroom I've changed my floors, headboard and wall colour,  I'll share more of that in some upcoming posts so stayed tuned!

In the summer I love to add blue to go with my neutrals, it reminds me of coastal cottages and living by the water.
In my bedroom I add some blue cotton pillows among the sea of white linen. It's simple and easy to add just a couple of pieces to change the whole feel of a room. 

In the living room I added these beautiful linen/cotton pillows made by me!
 (More on that coming soon too!)
I absolutely adore this pattern and could easily have it everywhere but have stopped with just a couple of pieces. Jack likes them too ;)

In the kitchen nook I've used these gorgeous water coloured indigo patterned curtains from Homesense. They don't come lined so I placed a cheaper pair of white curtains from IKEA underneath to make them more opaque and to add some weight. Thats a good tip for making cheaper curtains look more expensive.

I'm so in love with all the blue I've added that I don't want to let it go!.. but fall is coming and the browns and tans will be calling my name I'm sure..

Thank you for taking a look at my summer home.
I got a new Macbook pro since the last time I posted and I wasn't sure if I'd know how to post using it but so far so good!
I'm in the midst of changing and redesigning this blog so please bare with me as I navigate through the process. I'll be sharing more about this new season in the coming days.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour 2015

Down Home Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody!
I'm so excited to be a part of The Canadian BloggersChristmas Home Tour 2015 along with eleven other talented ladies, Hosted by Christina from the thediymommy and Shannon from AKAdesign You can scroll to the bottom of this post for the entire lineup of these talented ladies.
For those of you who've come from The Creek Line House tour welcome to my home!

Generations of my family come from "The Island" also known as PEI. Whenever we think or talk about the Island we refer to it as "down home"
My decorating reflects what I envision when I think of down home at Christmas. 

Keeping it  simple and natural suits me and my little home perfectly!
I had so many decorations to add but kept removing them as I felt that simpler was better for my small cozy space. 

I've used my go- to sugar pinecones which I love for their colour and texture, birch logs and seeded eucalyptus. I've kept my cotton stems out because it reminds me of snow on branches. Adding some plaid in the cushions brings in a bit of colour and pattern as well as that down home winter lodge feel.

The pom-pom garland I made last year was placed on my ladder and the pom-pom wreath moved to the mantel.

The boxwood wreaths are placed throughout and bring that lovely shot of green that goes with everything at Christmas.
Here I've placed one on a little vintage chair I found at a local thrift store, that sits beside the fireplace.

On the mantel I used these raw wood lanterns with little twinkle lights inside each one
and some faux greenery. I added this red berry wreath at one point to add a little colour and then removed it and replaced it with the pom-pom wreath.
My brass candleholders add a little old-world charm to the rustic down home feel.

I mixed things up here on the mantel by adding this large silver Christmas ball which was a nice contrast to all the natural elements.

Beautiful scented candles add so much ambiance to a space and this white pumpkin has been one of my favourites.

When friends and family drop by during the holidays, I usually set up one of two tables buffet style, It makes for easy and casual entertaining. With the small  table in the breakfast area I continued with my natural theme throughout by using  wooden candleholders, wood slices and burlap.

This lovely dollar store disco ball adds that little whimsical touch which helps to break up all the natural elements I've got going on. I love the way the light reflects all over the kitchen.

Nothing was immune to the boxwood wreaths including Mr. Moose!

I carried on with my simple, natural down home theme in the dining room...

The same natural theme was carried through with a linen table runner along with more plaid in the table napkins and cushions.
I loved the feel of this room, it really felt like you were in a down home winter lodge!

Thank you so much for the visit,
I hope you've enjoyed my down home Christmas house tour! I love to decorate my home and create an atmosphere where family and friends can gather and feel comfortable, welcomed and where we can all celebrate everything this season is all about..the birth of our saviour!

Now it's time to take a tour of my Canadian blogging friends' gorgeous homes. Come back each day to see a new set of home tours from Monday to Thursday this week.

AKA Design
Northern Style Exposure
The DIY Mommy
The Creek Line House
Restoration House
The Happy Housie
Nalle's House
Clean and Scentsible
Fynes Designs
Rambling Renovators 
A Pop of Pretty"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Canadian Bloggers Fall Home Tour 2015

I'm very excited to be joining a group of 11 bloggers participating in the Canadian bloggers Fall Home Tour, hosted by the lovely and talented Shannon from AKAdesign and Christine from thediymommy!
If you've come by way of Nalle's House  welcome! If you haven't started from the beginning, you can check out the bottom of this page to find the links and  make sure you're able to view all of these talented women and their homes.

Happy Fall everybody!
I'm calling my tour the "Simple Fall Home Tour"
because I added simple natural elements that were easy to decorate with and fit in with the neutral vibe I love. Other than the pumpkins all the natural elements can be used for any seasonal decorating.

We'll start with my dining room which is the first room you see as you walk into our house.
I used soft white baby boos along with birch branches, salal leaves, seeded eucalyptus, some twinkle lights  and these gorgeous wood slices that make any tablescape look earthy and festive. I had some leftover linen fabric that I made a table runner out of along with napkins.

Next stop is the family room, I keep this room very neutral all the time and am able to change up the colour/décor by simply adding different pillows/cushions. In the fall I love to use brown in any shade, I feel it is so homey and in keeping with the season.

I kept my mantel very simple this year. I changed out the regular mirror that was up there and used my favourite twinkle lights, wooden candleholders and some cotton twigs...of course I added some pumpkins!

I love adding candles to the space and this "spiced apple" smells good enough to eat! Throw in a few sugar pinecones and you've a cute little no fuss vignette!

I keep the twinklelights and this pom pom wreath up all year long, they work in every season!

Here's another view of the family room, Bubs decided to make an appearance.

From the family room you can see into the kitchen and breakfast nook. I added a bit of greenery and birch along with a few pumpkins on my shelves with my ironstone collection.

Who doesn't like a trough full of baby boos?

Some of the greenery I used on the tables is faux greenery I got from the dollar store! Everything I decorated my fall home with  are things you can find easily outdoors and/or for not a lot of money!

I'll stop the tour downstairs as the upstairs is currently getting some new plank floors which are almost done and I can't wait to share with you!
I'm so glad you stopped by and allowed me to share my simple fall home with you.
The next stop on the Canadian bloggers fall home tour is Citrine Living.

Now it's time to tour some other Canadian homes all decked out for Fall. This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we're giving you an exclusive tour of our homes with lots of autumn décor inspiration:
   Monday, September 28

   AKA Design

     A Pop of Pretty

     The DIY Mommy
      Tuesday, September 29

     The Happy Housie

     Creekline House

           Wednesday, September 30

    Nalle's House

    Citrine Living

Friday, February 27, 2015

Paint stripping at rhouse..

Just wanting to share a little change I made in the living/family room.
I wanted a little more of the rustic/raw wood in the room so I stripped the paint from my coffee table.
Yep, I think you'll either love it or...wish I'd left it alone.
I'm loving it...
Well I'm loving the finish, just not sure of the shape of the table.
Here is the before...a lovely minty green.
Because I have so many painted surfaces in this room I  felt that I wanted
a little more natural/rustic elements to balance it out.
As previously mentioned, I'm liking the finish, maybe not the shape. Not sure if the oval is for me, could be Im looking for something a little more rectangular.
I have a few designs in my mind of what I would actually like but will have to wait till I'm
able to work in my garage (it's freezing out there right now) to see if I can create my own.

I think this will do for now, I do love the natural elements with the rest of the finishes in the room. Bubs doesnt seem to mind either...Jack on the other hand...
He's not having any of it! Lol.

 Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!

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