Monday, December 27, 2010

So long 2010!

Good-bye 2010!

I am for whatever reason

always happy

to see another year go by.

Maybe it's because I


anticipate a much

better year ahead for my family.

I am a huge optimist !

A big believer in




even when things look their bleakest.

2010 was a pretty good year. Sure it came with some upsets. The passing of my beloved

cat ...certain family issues still unresolved. But it also came with great things. High

achievements for my Sam at school ... Finally finding the perfect dog trainer for Pilot girl

...thanks Rhonda we love you...she is the female version of the dog whisperer!! If anyone

can make an 85pd protesting hard header German Shepherd obey she can!!! And also

might I add teach ME how to be an assertive strong leader for my dog. They say dogs come

into your life to teach you things. My girl has been teaching me to respect myself, love myself

stop being a victim and to face confrontation head on!!!

My husband is so far filling his dream of starting his own business even when some days seem

like nothing is going right and the only support you have is your loving wife!

It has also been one year since I moved from Ontario to Vancouver Island. It was a tough transition for me. Leaving close family and friends. Leaving a place that I lived in for 43 years takes alot of courage and faith. The road is getting smoother and I am slowly changing my wardrobe to accomadate this rain forest climate !!

I have made some wonderful friends. Incrediblely kind women who share my interests. I started this

blog last January and have entered the incredible world of blogging and have met so many many

awesome women who warm my heart and soul daily. Some days I feel like throwing in the towel

but then I read a comment and keep on plowing ahead.

My hope for 2011 is that it brings more joy and peace to my family...

Hope that certain family members let go of unjust anger and for once become

loving and unselfish in their actions...just love, be supportive and

most importantly Understanding and not judgemental.

Wishing all of you

much love, peace, many blessings

all the very best


2011 !!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Love and many blessings
for a wonderful New Year full of happiness, prosperity and good health
Pamela xo

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Vintage Christmas

It is hard to believe but one week today is Christmas!

I wanted to share with all of you my
this years Christmas card.... Don't you just love the old vintage Christmas photos?
What i most love about this card is inside it says.... MERRY CHRISTMAS...NOT Happy Holidays
or Seasons Greetings!

Every year i make sure it says Merry Christmas...i like to keep the Christ in Christmas.
I refuse to be politically correct. So in passing you will only here
me exclaim " MERRY CHRISTMAS" not Happy Holidays!
My vintage Christmas music wind up box that plays Silent Night. My favourite
Christmas carol...

Thanks for taking the time to visit me at this very busy time of year!
Pamela xo

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Christmas Ornaments

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments regarding my Christmas tree.
I had many doubts about the theme for this year's tree but the end result was better
than i could ever have imagined. My husband even says this is the best tree i have
done yet. Sam had the best suggestion..."Coloured lights!" Well i am glad i listened
to him.

Don't you just love snowman? I have quite a few of them on my tree. This guy
is one of my favourites.

It's hard to tell from this photo but this snowman is riding a tin sleigh...

I have alot of these tags with vintage photos on them. They are placed all over the
tree. These also come from the antique barn sale in Ontario.

An old baby bootie that has thimbles for wheels. Classic old Santa in a fur coat.

On our tree you will also find alot of planes. Sam's love for aviation is everywhere.
This ornament is made in Germany. Hand crafted. Love it!

Hard to believe Christmas will be here in two weeks. I'm off to finish my shopping
and then do more baking.
Thanks for visiting
Pamela xo

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Homemade Christmas

Every year back home in Ontario I used to attend a folk art Christmas craft show.
This was not your ordinary craft show . For starters it was held in the country
in an old farm house and the owners barn.

It was always so enchanting the day of the
show. Guaranteed there would be snow covering the landscape . The barn was filled with
all the unusual artisans crafts and also lots of antiques. In the corner of the barn
a wood stove would be burning brightly. Inside the old farm house classic carols would be playing
and apple cider could be smelled in the air.

The crafts these artisans made were truly beautiful and original.

These mittens were made with old mink fur and velvet. They also had stockings
made the same way. Wish I bought some of those!

All the materials were recycled ...from old dresses. This angel is part paper mache
and her dress is from a vintage blanket.

This is my favourite made from an old bobbin...

I love how the old fabric has been re purposed.

If only I knew I was moving I would have purchased more of these stunning

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Our Christmas tree

Our tree has been up for a few weeks now. The blast of snow in late November put
me in the Christmas mood. The theme for this years tree is country with coloured
lights. Yes Sam won hands down. How could i refuse him...childhood is fleeting
and children are what make Christmas magical.

I am so happy with the results. The family has said this is my best tree yet.
Since we are living in the country this years theme really suits it.
An up close shot of a few ornaments. I love my deer...there are sooo many deer on
the property ...this was perfectly fitting.

More up close photos of the tree to come!
Hope you come back for more Christmas spirit!
Pamela xo

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Today started off like every Sunday...
coffee...then a big breakfast for my family. After the huge clean up of the kitchen
(the part i most hate) i wandered upstairs to have a long hot bath...

After my bath i passed by my son's room and noticed his bed neatly made. I thought oh my
husband has beaten me to it . Then i went into my room and was immediately taken back!
Our bed was also neatly made. I thought to myself it couldn't have been my husband
as i know he is outside this morning .

To my surprise...i called down to my son and said " Sam did you make your bed?!!"
yes he said....well he usually does so I was not too surprised. I then said ..."Did you
make my bed too?!!"....Yep I did he replied!

I couldn't believe my eyes...he made my bed! And what a nice job too.
He even put the quilt on the bed which i usually don't do. I had to take a photo
i was so proud ! All the pillows neatly in place...
And of course as soon as he finished Acoya just had to jump on up!
Thanks's good to know I've been doing an okay job so far
raising you!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Christmas reading room

This holiday season i have turned one area of our home into a Christmas
reading room. This is the perfect place for all my romantic ornaments. Our tree is up and soon i will be posting about it. I have placed a photo of it on my sidebar.
As you all know from my previous post this tree's theme is country with coloured lights. child won hands down. He is too cute to refuse. But i have to
say i am extremely pleased with the results. Even though at the time i really wanted my
Victorian tree with all my hand blown German and Polish ornaments on it.

This room was the perfect answer as to were i would be able to enjoy all my more formal

I love these paper Victorian angels that usually go on the tree.

My pink vista china fits right in.

Of course being a huge cat lover there has to be one somewhere! Isn't she beautiful
with her china face?

Thanks for visiting my Christmas reading room!
Pamela xo