Our much loved furbaby Sandy crossed over the rainbow bridge today, once again he is healthy and happy. He was the most devoted, gentle, caring furbaby that ever came into our lives. He was 14 years old and became ours 13 years ago, he gave us the best 13 years anyone could ask for. Our hearts are breaking and we miss him dearly and only time can heal us.
Sandy we love you with all our hearts and thank you for the joy you have given us for so many years, we will miss your pit pattering around the house and dragging a sock to the door when you wanted out, I will even miss hiding the garbage when we go out and I will ecspecially miss you sleeping at my feet or beside my chair and always listening to my ramblings when it was just you and I home. Tears will become less but you will live forever in our hearts.
PICTURES OF THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS HUBBY GAVE ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Wow, how the years seem to fly by so quickly, it seems like you just pack away the christmas decor and its time to pull it out again. I have been a really bad blogger lately, so i figured it was time to make a post. I do try to stop in and read once and while, but always seems i'm on the run and never get back to leave a comment. Our oldest daughter was home from college last weekend to celebrate my birthday and decorate the christmas tree, its been a tradition for years. I would say they did a pretty good job. I remember the days when the girls would decorate the tree and all the ornaments were in clusters and mom would rearrange after they were fast asleep. I haven't been doing much in the way of home decor, but im sure the bug will bite after xmas. I do have a painting project, the cabinet that the christmas display is sitting on in my header is getting painted. I hope everyone is doing well.
We must be frugal these days, but I so desperately want to add just a drop of personality to this very boring builder bathroom. So far I have found this shower curtain, call me crazy, but I LOVE IT!!! the plum purple drumstool was also purchased at the end of the summer clearance. Just thought I would share the beginning of this little mini makeover. Happy Decorating!!! Hugs janet
As i have mentioned before our three girls are teens, ages 16,17 and 18 and they never seem to outgrow the fun of dressing up for halloween, decorating or carving pumpkins and oh of course roasting the pumpkin seeds. This SPOOKTACULAR show is compliments of our three girls and a boyfriend. I would say they have put together a great scene for all the little trick or treaters tomorrow night. I hope you all have a fun, safe happy halloween. hugs janet
I realize that we all have our favorite color, and green happens to be mine. I don't use alot of color in our home but have found my comfort zone with the fresh greens. These pictures are courtesy of Sarah Richardson, whom happens to be one of my favorite designers. Even though the green is used in a subtle way it still makes me feel happy.
Tomorrow us Canadians celebrate our thanksgiving, we certainly have so much to be thankful for. From our home to yours I wish you all a great Thanksgiving Day! It has been forever since I have blogged, but once in a while I stop by for a moment and catch up on a bit of reading on all you wonderful bloggers. I really have'nt had much to share these days, at least not in the decor world. We all know how the economy is these days and with oldest daughter in college, my shopping and home decor just needs to take a back burner for a bit. I had considered closing down my blog, but that would mean not reading all the great blogs I follow and all the wonderful inspiration that I have so enjoyed. Thinking of you all and keep up the great blogging!
I was browsing around the store when my eye was stolen by the COLOR of this HUGH shiney solid glass green apple. Some may question, "why would you want a HUGH faux apple sitting as part of your accessories". For me, it was a few different reasons, one Im normally a color phobic person but this is one color that I have always loved, secondly it adds whimsey to the room which prevents the room from becoming too serious and last but most importantly it makes me feel HAPPY. I am by no means a designer, but I have heard when you want to inject just a bit of your favorite color, do it in threes. I had the blanket already, so i added it to my chair which is soft and cuddley for the cool months ahead, now I will look for a bowl for the shelf on the other side of the room. Please share with me how you use color and what color makes you HAPPY.
Its 1am and for some reason major insomnia has kicked in, darn its frustrating, ecspecially when i need to be up early as we have to leave town for an appointment at the college my daughters going to attend. It has been a crazy busy summer, I have tried to stop in and read some blogs here and visit my favorite forum House and Home, but that is about as far as it gets. We just returned home from a 3 night stay at a rental cabin, it was a great time and the first time we were able to get away this summer, aww it was so relaxing! I miss reading what all my blogger friends are doing, i bet i have missed so many fun and exciting blogs. I would like to thank everyone that has stopped by to visit me while I have been gone, I really love your visits and soon I will get over to visit your blogs. Two of our daughters return to school Tuesday and our oldest moves into her dorm on the 6th of September, so hopefully things will quiet down a bit so I can do some serious blogging. In the mean time, I send out a big HELLO to all and hope everyone is having a safe fun summer.
I am a firm believer that we all need our own little space where no others can invade our bubble. In our home (which is rather small) every inch is occupied, so this corner is my own space, mine, ALL MINE!!! lol I have many ideas for this corner but budget just won't allow those ideas to put into play at this time, so with the inspiration I gained from reading over at Angela's blog called "ImagineCozy" (you can link to her blog from my list at the right hand side) I feel I did a achieve my special corner. As you can see in the before picture the corner lacked coziness and felt so uninviting. Off shopping I went, "yep" shopped in my own house and came up with these items with the exception of the cream drum stool that sits under the old sewing table, I decided to return the blue\green one when I fell in love with this little cream drumstool, the detail on this little baby just told me I had to have it. Even though I wasn't able to do what I had originally planned for this corner, I must say that im pretty happy with how it turned out and rather proud of myself for not spending a dime to do it, actually I came out ahead when I returned the blue/green drum stool as the new one was half the price. My corner is now an inviting cozy spot for me to visit, read, watch tv, blog and just sit and have a quiet moment. HUGS JANET
Taking a moment to stop in and say hi to all you great bloggers, i really miss reading all your blogs. This summer has been ecspecially busy, so many things to get done for our daughter to head off to college in September. We are really looking forward to our family get away, which is when we all rent cabins near the end of August. Im sooooooooooooo looking forward to that break.
The previous post below shows the before of this little freebie stool, which I believe actually belongs to a sewing table. We didn't do anything fancy as you can see. A quick slap of paint (left over from tv cabinet) and some new fabric. (total cost around 3 dollars) Our entrance is long but very narrow, we had no where to put a seating spot so our visitors could sit to put on thier shoes. Its not an obstacle in the entrance as this section of the entry opens to the living room. In between the closet and the garage door was about 20 inches and the stool fits perfect.
IM ON THE HUNT FOR A NICE GREEN APPLE COLORED BASKET TO SLIDE UNDER THE STOOL FOR HATS AND MITTS IN THE WINTER
SHOWING YOU THE FRONT DOOR STRAIGHT AHEAD AND OFF TO THE SIDE IS THE DOOR LEADING TO THE GARAGE. THERE REALLY WASN'T ANY OTHER POSSIBILITIES. YOU WILL SEE A TINY BIT OF A WALL STICKING OUT, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT WALL IS WHERE THE TV STAND IS, GIVES YOU AN IDEA ON HOW CLOSE THE LIVING ROOM IS TO THE ENTRY.
Thanks for stopping by, and if I don't get by to visit you often its because summer can be crazy busy around here, but Im doing my best to keep up on what all you fantastic bloggers are up to, so don't think for one minute I have forgot any of you. P.S. THE MAT AT THE ENTRY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED.
We have a very narrow entrance and I have been trying to find something for our guest to sit on while putting thier shoes on. Being narrow isn't the only challenge, we also have two doors in this entrance, one is a coat closet the other is the door to the garage, so the only available space is a little bit of a wall in between these two doors as you can see in the picture above. So when dh asked if i wanted this old stool that was just going to be tossed in the garbage, I couldn't have been more thrilled. ITS A PERFECT FIT!!! wahooo!! Stay tuned, in a couple more days the makeover should be complete.
A happy belated Canada's Day to my Canadian blogger friends and a happy belated 4th of July to my American blogger friends. I celebrated on the first of July and had a great day that ended with watching the beautiful fireworks.
found the ceramic ball and silver pear at family run shops on our drives
I love my shell balls placed in this beachglass
A girl can never have enough magazines
(my addiction) and the sweet little birds add a summer touch
and the light adds a much needed glow
Im not a hugh fan of lots of ornaments in our home, (call me the lazy duster) but I have a few things that I enjoy in our space, after all I think things personalize a space and add a homey feeling. I removed the end table from the end of the sofa and added this shelf to house these items. I now have an area to play around with on my bored days, im sure it will constantly see changes, the shelf has been in the corner for two weeks and Im still not done. Summer tends to be a busy time, and I may not get here as much, as Im sure many won't, but when time allows i will be checking in to see what everyone is up to. Enjoy each day of our short summer!
Our 13 1/2 year old sheltie, Mr. Sandy! "our sweetie"
Just a quick hello to my fellow bloggers, i hope you all have a fantastic weekend. We are having our daughters family and friend grad gathering saturday night, nothing fancy, just having a BBQ. My girlfriend is also arriving tomorrow evening from New Brunswick, (which is about a 12 hour drive to us) she will only stay one night and head off to spend time with her mom. However we will still have a bit of time for chit chat. Im hoping things will slow down a bit after this weekend so i can catch up on all your blogs, i really miss you all and i don't like missing what you are up to. Thank you all for taking time to stop by my blog, i really enjoy your beautiful comments and each and every visit. I will be around real soon, have a safe fun weekend!
When life gets crazy and we (dh and I) just need to get away from all the craziness, this is the spot we retreat to, its only a few minutes from our home. We just sit in the car staring out into the water, sometimes we will hardly even talk, other times we will have a much needed uninterupted chat or we will sit here and enjoy a burger. No phones, no tv, no doorbell, and no teenagers...............oh how peaceful!!!! can't you just feel the serentity? What do you like to do when you need some peace?
I HAVE WORKED ON THIS TV NOOK FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS AND AFTER MANY DIFFERENT STANDS AND TRIES, IT JUST NEVER FELT RIGHT. THEN I HAD A VISION ON HOW I WANTED IT TO LOOK, I STUCK WITH MY VISION AND FOR ONCE I FEEL I WAS SUCCESSFUL IN MAKING MY TV NOOK A PRETTY AREA. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT THE FIRST AREA YOU SEE WHEN ENTERING THE ROOM, IT IS A FOCAL POINT FROM MOST SEATING IN THE ROOM. AFTER SEEING SILVIA USING WALL PAPER TO DO A FEATURE WALL, I KNEW I HAD TO PAPER AN ACCENT WALL. I COULD'NT DO SOMETHING BOLD OR BUSY WITH THE TV IN FRONT AS I FEEL IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO DISTRACTING, IM HAPPY WITH MY PAPER CHOICE, HARD TO SEE IN PICTURES BUT IT HAS THREE COLORS, GREY, CREAM AND GOLDISH YELLOW TREES. IM STILL DECIDING WHETHER I NEED SOMETHING ABOVE THE TV AND I HAVE MANY IDEAS WHIRLING IN MY HEAD FOR THE INSET OF THE DOORS. THE CABINET WAS PAINTED IN A COLOR NAMED SWISS COFFEE. EVENTUALLY THE CLOCK YOU SEE ON THE WALL OVER FROM THE TV WILL BE REPLACED WITH A LARGER ONE, ITS A TAD UNDERSIZED. OVER ALL IM THRILLED WITH HOW EVERYTHING HAS TURNED OUT. THANKS FOR LOOKING!
We were driving down the street and I spied this at a yard sale, that we almost drove right on by. The woman was asking 12 dollars but told me i could take it for 10 dollars......YES 10 DOLLARS!!!!, how could i refuse that deal. It is in good shape, and the inside of the doors are wicker. I have no idea how old this is or what it was originally used for. I have visions of it being painted in a nice cream color and new hardware. I also think it would make a nice tv stand. Before i put my hands on it, i am open to ideas. Im so excited i can hardly wait to bring it into the house.
I LOVE HOW THEY ADDED THIS BEAUTIFUL CHANDY WITH A RUSTIC TABLE THESE HITS OF GREEN ARE SO REFRESHING
HI MY BLOGGING FRIENDS, HOW ARE ALL YOU LOVELYS DOING? I HAVE BEEN POPPING IN OFF AND ON, BUT FOR JUST MINUTES AT A TIME. WE HAVE HAD BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND OTHER FAMILY AND FRIEND EVENTS GOING ON. THIS WEEKEND OUR SECOND DAUGHTER WILL BE CELEBRATING HER SEVENTEENTH BIRTHDAY (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET LYNDSEY)...."OH GOSH, BUNCHES OF TEENS" GET ME THE TYLENOL!...AND OUR OLDEST DAUGHTER IS GRADUATING IN JUNE AND THEN OFF TO COLLEGE IN SEPTEMEBER, SO PREPARING FOR BOTH HAS MADE FOR A BUSY TIME AND ANY OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS KNOWS HOW MUCH WORK IS INVOLVED FOR THE UPCOMING EVENTS OF GRAD/PROM AND COLLEGE.
ANYHOO, IM RESTING MY BRAIN TONIGHT AND THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE SOME ROOMS THAT I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM LIVING IN HUGS JANET
I would like to thank Kelly over at "There is no place like home" (http://kellisplace.blogspot.com) for holding this event. Stop by and check out her beautiful blog.
My show and tell isnt exactly a treasure, its more of a confession I LOVE PINK!!!! (well certain pinks) First i changed the picture above the sofa, (see before pics in post below) for a lighter airey feel that im craving, and hidden in my stash of pillows were these two pinkish/coral pillows just waiting for me to give them a spot. I must admit i bought them for the color. Yesterday i decided to place them on the sofa and i must admit i really dont mind them there at all and no complaints from the dh..lol They are not dusty rose as the pictures show and my intentions were/are is to add some embellishment to them so there is some pattern, just havent figured out what to do, im not the most creative person. So that is my show and tell. hugs janet
Does your cat check out every change in your home? My real flowers had seen thier day, so to fill the jug i added some fakes (my favorite type of flower) and some sticks until such time i add some fresh flowers again. The next thing i know there is missy cat sitting on the table checking them out. She normally doesnt lounge on our table, but cats just have a cheeky way that seem to say, "i can do as i so desire" because im queen of this house.