July 12, 2017
After a couple of weeks of hot, dry weather and just a sprinkle of rain or two, it's been lovely to have some actual rainy days. The precipitation has cooled down the air and the moisture is, I'm sure a welcome gift to the wildlife and vegetation in our region. The province beside us is on fire and it's a scary time when it gets this hot. Structures are being burned to the ground and forests obliterated in moments. I hope that our rain will move to the West and douse the fires naturally. Send blessings.
I took a few pics the other night while closing up things for the night. The rain pitter pattered outside but inside was cozy and warm, inviting and calm. Our living room above. I'd like to find a nice soft rug to go in the middle. Not cover the whole floor, just a bit to offer a soft landing for tired feet at the end of the day. And we still need to figure out window coverings beyond the lace panels we have now. A work in progress. I know it will evolve in time.
The side table, comfy arm chair and my gramma's tea cart that sit in the bay window. I was gifted the tea cart not long after we moved out to the country. My mom had it in her little apartment but one day asked if we'd like to have it now. A sweet gift in the perfect spot in our home.
Looking from the living room in to the dining room, the light from the butler's pantry shines through. I'd love a rug here too, likely one that would match whatever we find for the living room. And of course, the same window coverings to keep things consistent. The bit of OCD in my little body would truthfully appreciate that.
The "new to us but old to someone else vintage thrifted lamp" we bought last week for the also "new to us but old to someone else vintage side table" we bought the week before at the Antique Mall.
Another thrifted find .... the heart shaped vintage chair we scored last year at the AM. I love this piece and it was so worth the price the vendor negotiated with us.
The lamp sitting on top of the old victrola was the very first item we ever bought at the AM. It was upstairs, back in the corner of a very small and not really put together booth. Sitting on the floor with it's matching mate, we loved them right away. And at just $20 for both, we also knew that we were getting an amazing deal. The picture beside it was a $2 find from the thrift store ~ love the gilded frame. The little rabbit on the chair ~ another AM find for $8. And finally, the victrola we found online from a family that was moving from a community next to our County. We were the first to respond and made it out that night to pick it up. After we negotiated and made a deal, the family received quite a few inquiries and likely they could have received full price or even higher. One of our deals where it just all fell in to place.
That's my rainy day tour to show you how soft the light comes through the lacy windows when it rains outside. I'm grateful for the cooling mist, a warm place to call home, a cozy neighborhood and a free country. I hope you feel this in your heart too, wherever you live.
July 9, 2017
I love having a wreath on the front door. It either tells the season we are in or a special day. Recently I visited our local charity shop to search for a small wreath for the little door on our potting shed. This one caught my eye and for $5, I was happy to give it a new home. But when I got it out to the shed, it was just a bit too big for the small door. I'm still searching for a smaller wreath but the new one didn't go to waste. I love that if fit the front door just fine and brings together our colors of lavender, sage and ivory. It wasn't meant to be for the shed but it was definitely meant to be for the cottage. A great find.
When I was a kid growing up, we were allowed to have a small "bedtime snack" before going to sleep. Fruit or a veggie, sometimes a cookie. Small but enough to help us get to sleep faster. As an adult, I still do this. I know it's always suggested to not eat after 7 p.m. but I have to eat something every few hours or I get very shaky. So a bedtime snack helps me sleep and I'm less hungry in the morning. Here's my latest favorite snack to munch on: small organic cheezies and fresh green grapes.
Do you enjoy a bedtime snack?
If so, what is your favorite?
July 8, 2017
July 7, 2017
June 30, 2017
As some of you may have read in my previous posts, we recently acquired our "quaint" shed. Our landscape designer was very clear that we really could just have any old metal shed but that we need to find something that would stand out and be a good fit for the acreage. So this is what we came up with. I haven't sent her any pictures or had her come over yet to see it. Very excited for her to see it. And hope she loves it as much as we truly do.
The pink potting shed/playhouse/garden ~ tool hut in it's original color of bright pink. I knew the second I saw it that it would not stay pink. Figuring out what color to paint it was bit challenging but in the end, I love what we ended up choosing. Just the right shade of the right color.
And in it's new hue of radiance .... our little guy was not impressed. He really liked the pink! Now he says it's dark but we really like that it matches the big house.
There will be more progress over the long weekend .... painting, sawing, gluing, hammering .... I'll do more updates as we go. This project has been a lot of fun so far. We're half way there and loving it making it truly ours.
My last two Frugal Friday finds .... dirt and clothes. We've been thinking about buying dirt to fill up our raised garden boxes. To get it delivered is handy but then the dirt would be sitting out in the rain. So we then decided to buy bags of it. Yesterday, I was given a $10 coupon to use online if I was to purchase $50. I searched for dirt and found an amazing sale. Bags that were originally $5 were on sale for $2.50 each. And with my coupon, the price came down to $2.14. In the end, I spent $75 which ended up being a total of 35 bags, at 28 litres each for a grand total of 980 litres. This should fill up our garden boxes very nicely. Can't wait to get our garden finished up.
Our last deal of the day .... clothes. We love a particular store and recently bought a $10 store card that gives us an additional 10% off all orders online and in the store all the time, even during sales. We've had some amazing deals and today was the best. A one day sale, with an additional 40% of sale items, plus 15% off that total (up from the original 10% due to Canada's 150th birthday tomorrow), and to make it even sweeter, free shipping. So we chose over $1,140 worth of clothing but paid just $182. Isn't that the most amazing deal!! Time to purge our closet and donate the items we haven't been wearing all year so there is room for our new finds.
That's the end of the Frugal Friday Finds for this week. Hope you had a good week too!
The best frugal find of the week was this
vintage end table. I was at the Antique
Mall tidying up our little booth and kept
walking past a pile of items at the front.
I finally stopped and asked the staff if
someone had bought the items and they
told me that they were just being dropped
off by on the vendors for their booth.
The owner than showed up and the next
thing I know, I'm loading up this beautiful
piece into my car. And we had just the
perfect spot for it. Love the drawers, the
handles, the curves, the hand painted
flowers, the colors and the legs. The fit
was just right for this challenging spot. I
am so happy I stopped to ask the owner.
I love tiny books. Maybe being a dollhouse
miniaturist has inspired me to always watch
for "little" items. So much fun to search for
tiny items to fill our dollhouse or our home.
An author I love is Becky Kelly. Her art work
and her words always make me so happy.
If charity shop treasure hunting is part
of the plan for the week, I often choose
Fridays as sales seem to best on that day.
Today was a good one with 50% off.
Here's the 1st item I chose. A sweet
little "friends" photo frame. It was
just $5 but at 50% off, I paid $2.50.
I love the Angel and the bunny.
Are you a frugal shopper?
Do you like searching for treasures?
June 29, 2017
We may have finally found window blinds for
the bedrooms, after two years of trying to figure
out the best options. This is our guest bedroom
in late evening in the summer. So very bright
and not the best for trying to fall asleep at night,
especially for our little guy when he sleeps over.
From Ikea, we love the light color and the easy
way to pull this blind down and then lift it in
the morning. We're going to bring one home
this week and try it out. And hope we can sleep.
We're celebrating two years in our new
country home this week. That went fast.
I stocked up on all sorts of items before we
moved in .... toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner,
toilet paper, dish soap, light bulbs and tons of
laundry soap. And in the last few weeks, we
have started to get down to the last few bits
of our "stock pile" including our laundry soap.
I filled this handy dandy container and it's
almost time to order more soap from Costco.
I love how much storage room we have now
so we can stock up on items, especially on sale.
Do you have a spot in your home to store sale items?
Do you try and catch sales and then stock pile for later?
June 28, 2017
Once the rain disappears, I love to venture
out to the front veranda to watch the new
blooms carry the raindrops. It's alway so
quiet after the rain, except for the little
drip drops that splatter to the puddles. A
relaxed place to be after the rainy storm.
We've had some rain later in the day
for the last few weeks. It's a nice rain
but it does create some dark afternoons
when the clouds roll in each time.
Thankful for this sweet little lamp in our
dining room that provides a bit of light.
I love the cozy feel and the warmth that is
brought in to our current dark afternoons.
I'm off to the Big City tomorrow and I
may stop in at my favorite store to pick
up some more natural soap. This new
scent was just released in the early
Spring and I love how it truly wakes
me up in the morning. I bought two
bars last time and am getting down to
the last little bit of the second one. So
it's time for more bars. I'm hoping it
will still be in stock once I get there.
I pulled up to our local hospice last week
and look what I spotted in the yard ....
This little guy is white in the Winter but
in the Spring, he's beautiful shades of brown.
He's pretty good at leaving our very little
hospice garden alone. Fun to watch too.
All set now. We spent the first day of
our booth acquisition painting and the
second day filling it up. We've been
back each week to add items and tidy.
And after just a few days, we've sold a
pieces. Not a lot yet but a good start.
I love that the staff stops and turns on the
little lamp each day. Very welcoming.
This weekend is a long holiday weekend
in Canada. We may pop in to add a bit
more and move things around. Other
vendors have told us this helps to gain
interest when the booth is always looking
different. We're going to add a wing
chair to sell and a few more wall items.
A few more books and a china set too.
We decided to use an old shelf we acquired
when our favorite local shop closed years
ago. It's a dark green, with "Willow Tree"
embossed at the top. Loved this forever.
After two coats of sage green chalk paint,
it's set up in the booth, waiting for our
vintage items to sell. We also painted the
former white walls a pale lavender. I'm
hopeful that the light colors will "invite"
customers in to our booth and they'll
buy all our little treasures. Such a big
gamble. Hopefully it's successful and fun.
Some of my favorites: ruby red raspberries
and dark blueberries. I love blackberries
and strawberries and feel so fortunate that
despite all my food allergies, these are
not on the list of foods that I can't eat or
I'll have an anaphylactic reaction. Grateful.
June 26, 2017
Happy Monday morning fellow blog readers and writers.
I hope your world is bright and sunshiny today. We
had a big windstorm through the night. All is well now,
though the wind is still present. A "strong breeze"
they are calling it .... hope it ends soon. It's sunny but
so very cool. I may need a warm blanket to cuddle.
We worked quite a bit in the garden again this weekend.
Pictures to follow once I have them downloaded. We
weeded (a never ending task), dug out our birdbath and
filled it with fresh water for the robins and their babies
(not hatched yet), set up the trellis and then planted the
clematis vine. I also sorted out my pots and we have some
annuals to get planted. If the wind goes away, I'll try and
plant those this afternoon. As much as we are doing, I
know in this first year of gardening that my little piece of
Heaven will still look a bit bare. It's going to take time for
everything to sprout, grow, creep and fill in. And of course,
as we go, each year, we will add to the garden. I dream of
the day when I'll be able to sit back and see the progress
and the calmness of the sun setting on such a beautiful
landscape. I'm patiently and eagerly waiting for the time
when I'll be able to post a picture like the one above and
say "how do you like MY garden?" One day, it will look
like this. I love the different colors, the different heights
and I'm sure the scent is amazing. One day, dear friends ....
.... one day ....
Since I was a young child, the smell of lavender has been a calming influence. I love the scent, the color, the feel and the look of this beautiful plant. A few years ago, we visited the Sacred Mountain Lavender Farm out on our favorite island on the West Coast. I asked if there is a chance that lavender will grow in our region but sadly was told "no, it's far too cold there." I'm not one to accept "no" as an answer to any query I have. So when we came home, I visited our local greenhouse and was told that "it wasn't really worth investing in a plant that likely won't survive our climate."
If you've read my blog for a bit, you know I LOVE a challenge! Told I can't to something, I find a way around it.
So guess what I've successfully grown in our garden at our old house for 4 years now? Yup, lavender! And guess what I just bought to plant here at the little house in the big woods? Yup, lavender! Still in pots this morning as I have to figure out the best spot to start these babies. Vibrant and full of sweet scent. The bees love them already. Hopefully the deer stay away. All the literature I've read suggests they are put off by the smell so we'll see what happens. Wish me luck ....
June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
We've been carving out a wee bit of a garden at the front of our house. I love the sweet wild flowers and even the weeds that are blooming. Every single day we see more colors, more sprouts and shoots and it's filling in so nicely. My little flower beds around the veranda are ready for the perennials that I picked up the other day. I'm hoping to have them planted before the weekend. We've had a bit of cold rain so now I have to wait for a bit of a dry spell. I'll post pics of those once they are in to the ground. Our landscape designer said it will take up to five years before we will be really happy with our garden but I'm going to truly say today that I'm loving what is happening already and we know in time it will look even better. I'm so glad we chose this tiny piece of land with so much nature all around us. A bare spot would have been very disappointing. We lucked out with this acreage and it was worth the very long wait to find it in the end. Watching it bloom and grow is going to be a treat.