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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Merry Christmas to One and All!

I have been very busy this week with cleaning, organizing and finishing off last minute gifts.
I'm almost ready for the big day.
This will be my last post for a week or so.

While wondering through antique and vintage shops this fall, when we were on vacation, we saw many old typewriters. Most of them were very costly, until we happened into one particular shop in North Dakota.

And there we found my typewriter!


It's been busy typing out the Christmas story.
No, not really, the carriage doesn't move, but I'm sure that it can be oiled and fixed and it will move again.

I also found the ink there, apparently the ink will last forever. That's what the dealer told me, anyway.



My antique dresser is ready for Christmas.
The typewriter sits beside a vintage telephone and a photo of my mom and dad. The photo on the typewriter is of my grandmother with her sisters and dad, now that is a very old photo.
I made the sign last year. It's painted on a very old piece of wood that came off of our 1927 Craftsman Bungalow, before we repainted it a couple of years ago.
The poinsettia embroidered runner on the dresser came from South Africa or Madagascar, I can't remember which. My husband, Ray, brought it back for me when he was there several years ago.




The wash stand is still on the wall, it's been festooned with greenery, a couple of real birds nests, one found by my grandson and given to me recently. The puppy picture shows them with red ribbons around their necks and there are three vintage Christmas cards up there, also, that were given to my mom and dad many decades ago.





Well, that's it, I'm ready for Christmas, are you?
I will be around to visit all of you over the weekend.
Thank you for your wonderful comments, I read and appreciate every one of them.

Merry Christmas, my friends!

Hugs, Cindy



And a Happy New Year to one and all!!!



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Lights


Hello my friends, it's just a little over a week until Christmas day... this is my favourite week 
of the whole year. 
There is still so much to look forward to... 
I'm such a kid at heart.
I love the lights...



My tomato cage Christmas tree.




And I love the snow...








and I love the anticipation of what comes next...


My neighbours ice sculpture candle lights along their driveway.

Our son and his family will be here on Christmas Day. 
We'll open gifts and we'll play games, it's always so much fun.
I'm so grateful that we have my son Greg and his sweet wife Maranetta and children to share it all with.

Perhaps hubby and I will go ice-skating a couple of blocks away at the neighbourhood outdoor rink...

Maybe we will have fresh snow to make snow ice-cream with...

Who knows, perhaps friends will stop by and we'll have coffee and  

                       Butterscotch Confetti Squares ,

a traditional Canadian sweet that is one of my husbands favourite Christmas desserts.

What are you anticipating, my friends?

Whatever it is I know it will be wonderful.

Hugs, Cindy

My heart is with the families of Connecticut who lost loved ones, and will not be celebrating Christmas with them this year.
It is my prayer that this kind of thing would never again happen, in any country on Earth.
It's just too sad.










Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Knock Off Pottery Barn Pillows

While I was at my daughter's house in November, she had a project for us to do together.
We made knock off Pottery Barn pillows.
She had red velvet and white felted wool for us to work with.
What do you think?


Then she purchased silver bells to go in the centre.
I love them!
They are a beautiful pop of colour on my white chairs.


I purchased extra red velvet, just in case I was inspired to make a third pillow and sure enough, I was!
My sweet friend Ana of A Petite Cottage, made herself a deer pillow and it was so lovely that I knew I would have to make one too.
Thank you, dear Ana for inspiring me so! Take a look at hers, it's beautiful.





Time is passing swiftly and I feel like I am slogging through mud!
I haven't sent off ONE Christmas card, normally I would have them all done by the end of November.
And I have not sent off my Christmas packages yet, either.
I'm embarrassed to say that, but it's the truth.
Do you send off Christmas cards? So many people don't anymore, but it's one thing that I try to do.
I think I will have to cut back this year.

I'm hoping that I can accomplish some of it today, though.
Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Cindy



Friday, December 7, 2012

Oh Deer!

Do you like the trend of using antlers and sheds in your decor?
I try not to jump on every new decorating trend that comes along, despite the fact that I may LOVE them. 
But this is one that I really had to have. While we were in Wallace, ID, I found several and this is what I did with a small rack that I found there.





The top of it is hidden there amongst the evergreen branches, I am going to hang this one, it's so perfectly beautiful.





These are my little vintage choir boys that I found last year at the GW. Singing around the Christmas tree!


And atop my armoire you'll find another thrift store find in a new coat of white with a pretty ribbon tied around his neck.
My Dollar Tree reindeer are hanging in front of the mirrors, with pretty bells around their necks.



And I added the deer prints to compliment all of the other deer that are hanging around.


And if you have been wondering what I've been doing for the last three days... well wonder no more.


I have been trying to sew a "Little House On the Prairie" dress, apron and bonnet. It has taken me at least three days to do it, working for hours at a time. I'm not sure why it's been so difficult, but it has been. Actually, I'm not done, I still have to make button holes.



My little grand-daughter, Miss B, has always loved the Little  House on the Prairie books and dvd's. When she was tiny, Carrie was her imaginary friend and she named her stuffed dog Jack. 
She was with me at a garage sale last summer when I found this pattern. I asked her if she would like it and she very excitedly said "YES!". So, she will have it. What a grandmother won't do sometimes. 

I'm smiling, I would do anything for my grands, they are all truly grand, and I know you know what I'm saying, if you have grands of your own.
There is no love like the one that you feel when you see your own grandchildren. Right?

Have a sweet day, friends and readers.

Cindy


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Christmas Mantel

I'm seeing beautiful Christmas mantels everywhere in Blog-land, so I may as well join the party, so to speak.
I should be at my sewing machine making Christmas gifts, but I don't have what it takes today... so here I am, showing you my mantel.


It's a very basic, natural one this year. No sparkly lights, only candlesand lamp light to brighten the manger scene.



Simple vintage turquoise ornaments, old bottles, and spruce branches.


Norman Rockwell prints and fuzzy stockings, pinecones and antlers and my dear father-in-laws tiny tree that my husband inherited when he passed away. 
These truly are a few of my favourite things.


I found the antlers in this charming little town on the I-90.
Wallace, Idaho, is a Silver mining town and is lovingly preserved for visitors and residents alike, to enjoy today.
It's surrounded by beautiful mountains, and as you can see in the photos below, they are right at the peoples doorstep.
The people were very friendly and welcoming.





My  husband and I spent a couple of very enjoyable hours there.
We found several antique stores. Some carried truly antique items and some carried vintage items that I had not seen anywhere else. We will definitely visit Wallace the next time we are in that vicinity. It was lots of fun!

I hope you're enjoying your week!

Cindy



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas in the Dining Room

I have made a few changes around here, trying to make what room I have work a little a little more efficiently. It's difficult with a small house to do that, sometimes.


 I want to try and make good use of the room that I have, so I moved the dining room table and chairs into the sunroom.
And I moved the small table that was in there, into my kitchen. I think it will work better, particularly when we have company. We don't often have people over, mainly because my house is just too small.
Hopefully, this will make it live larger.




I aim to paint this room the same as the living room, soon. 
Then it will look much better. 
I am thinking that I will make slipcovers for the leather parson chairs, and I have the light fixture that was in the kitchen that I can put in here. I will show you that when it happens.
The hubs is not working right now, so I will prevail upon him to do this for me.


The Christmas decor is simple and sparse.


I hope you're enjoying your weekend and looking forward to another beautiful week.
Our winter weather has been above freezing off and on, and the snow is melting. Hopefully, very soon it will get cold and stay cold!

Hugs, Cindy


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kitchen Christmas Decor

I'm back and glad to be so.
We had a wonderful holiday, we were gone for a grand total of three weeks, nearly four.
I was glad to be back in my own bed and little home, though.
Now I am missing my girls something terrible.
The perfect world for me would be to live in the same town as all of my kids, I think. But that is impossible, because none of them live in the same town as the other.

Kitchen Christmas Decor

I am slowly getting things done, my kitchen was the first room that I tackled. I have moved things around, you'll see what I mean as time goes on.
I found the little enamel angel at an antique store during our travels.



The sideboard has been decorated, of course!








A smiling snowman is under the cloche, he's got his skis, so I think he's hoping to ski right out of there.

And then the little bookcase next to the table was next.



I can see that I need to tweak the shelves, just a little.




I'll show you where I put the curtains and the table that were here, next time.

Thank you to those who have helped me with my photo problem, I appreciate it. I went ahead and purchased more storage and I'm back in business.

Have a lovely day,

Cindy



A delightful little town that we discovered while traveling the I-90. I'll tell you more about it as time goes by!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rye Bread and Caraway Seeds


Hi, I'm so glad that you've come by today!

Most of us have heard the scripture verse that says “But my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)” But did you know that sometimes he also supplies our Wants?

I was young, I was poor and I lived in a tiny cabin overlooking a beautiful little lake in the middle of nowhere, in Canada’s backwoods.
It happened that I had decided that I would make a couple of loaves of Rye bread one particular day and I remember murmuring quietly to myself, as I went over the list of ingredients that I would need, “Oh Lord, I have everything I need, except for caraway seeds. How I wish I had some Caraway seeds.”
With that, I picked up my water bucket, went out the door of the cabin and made my way down the hill to the lake from which I drew the water that I would need to make bread.
As I walked back up the hill I happened to see what looked like a small plastic bag lying on the ground and it appeared to have something in it. I quickly bent down and picked it up. 
“Hmmm...” I thought, “what is this?” 
The small bag was dry and clean and had several smaller bags of what looked like spices in it. And much to my surprise, there was a tiny bag filled with a couple of tablespoons of Caraway seed.
I felt like God had suddenly smiled on me! I clutched the bag of spices in my hand and happily made my way back to the cabin.
I was singing that day as I made that batch of rye bread, complete with caraway seeds.

I no longer have the recipe that I used that day, but recently I found one that looks promising at Taste of Home.

Here it is:





Rustic Rye Bread Recipe
  • Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Yield: 24 Servings
2030

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light molasses
  • 3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 cups rye flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add the brown sugar, molasses, caraway seeds, oil, salt and remaining water; mix well. Add the rye flour, whole wheat flour and 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; shape into two round loaves. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts1 slice equals 104 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch


Monday, October 29, 2012

A Christmas Quilt



Hi, I'm so glad you've come by today!
I always enjoy your visit and the sweet comments that you leave.
Recently, I told you that I was making a quilt for my oldest daughter's Christmas gift.
Yes, the one whose home you visited on my last post.
It's finished now, so I want to show it to you.
It's a small lap quilt, meant to be a throw in her living room.





This shows the size of it better.


Hmmm... I really like it, the colours are perfect for my living room, I may have to make one for myself.



My husband has taken his vacation time and we are currently on the road. We're spending the night in Edmonton and will be in Ft. St. John to visit my sister tomorrow.

All of you wonderful people in the Eastern USA and Canada who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy are in our prayers tonight, please stay safe!!!

Hugs, Cindy


A special thanks to Marina for her thoughtfulness, she has awarded me the Versatile Blogger award.
I think all of my friends who visit me each week deserve this, so it goes to YOU.


Monday, October 22, 2012

My Daughter's Home

Hello my friends, not long ago I posted a few photos of my oldest daughter's home and a few remarked that they'd like to see more.
I have a few for you today.

First a little before and after:





This is what the living room looked like when her and my son-in-law went to see the little 800 sq. ft. home.
It's okay, but I knew once my girl put her stamp on the place it would be very sweet.





Same wall colour, same flooring, but add the white IKEA draperies and some pretty furnishings and it looks  very cozy.



The chairs sit in front of the living room window.





A look around the room at some of the details.





Recently, she painted her kitchen, I don't know the name of the paint. If anybody wants to know, I can get it for you.
This little cupboard is on one wall of the kitchen.
It was given to me in exchange for many hours of work in 1988, it was homemade and old then. I painted it white and  distressed it back in 1997.




She is like me in that she loves garage sale finds and vintage mis-matched furniture.
And, the accessories in her house are turquoise and red.
That gives me a good feeling, you know "like mother like daughter"?


It looks a little more blue here, but I think she said that it's more grey than blue, in real life.


And in little Miss B's bedroom, she painted the walls Martha Stewart River Mist.


I love the wall words and there's the pretty wall hanging that she made and painted herself. I showed that to you a few months back.
The chest of drawers were a garage sale find.

Their house is grey.
She wanted a door that really made a statement, so she went with yellow. I love it!



I hope you've enjoyed the tour, 
have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Cindy



By Mary Engelbreit