Thursday, January 27, 2011
home here in Canada it seems you all could use some green! Every one is struggling
with the January blues...it has been a very cold winter with lots of snow.
Here on the South Coast of Vancouver Island it is green , green and more green!
I thought I would send you all some mild temperatures and lots of green!
On my hike up Maple Mountain I took some photos. Moss grows like crazy here.
It just seems to be all over the place. Some homes have their roofs covered in it.
But I love the look of moss on the trees...
It gives it that enchanted story book look doesn't it?
It's great how they have all the different trails here marked...
so you hopefully won't get lost.
This is my second winter here and all I can say is winter here is a breeze!
Today was around plus 9 and sunny! Unbelievable. I am so not used to
this mild winter. It's a joke actually.
There are so many interesting things to see on the mountain like this old
tree stump. I love the way it looks like a piece of art...
From this view I can hear the seals barking on a warm day! When I first heard
them I thought they were dogs!! I mean for me to see marine life meant having to
visit Marine Land!! Where I come from the only wild life is coyotes , fox , raccoon, deer
not Marine mammals! Actually I can hear the seals when I am on my front porch!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Karen's blog is witty, sarcastic, unrated
and very funny!
She is my cousin from my dad's side of the family.
Humour runs rampant on this side so Karen
comes by it naturally.
Decorating and constant rearranging also run in the family
Our three Aunts are fabulous decorators so I am guessing
I took after them!
Apparently the rules to accepting this award is to
list 7 things about myself...
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This is what I am off to do right now... indulge in one of my favourite places
claw foot tub!
My lavender water is waiting patiently for me...
I can hear it calling me...
And when I am done with my long soak...
I will enjoy my lavender powder...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
when i first saw her home and the clothes she designed i new i found another
kindred soul! I thought wow l love all this gypsy stuff because I have always been
a gypsy girl at heart. My idol since i was 9years old is Stevie Nicks and if Stevie has
not found Magnolia Pearl than someone better tell her about her stuff. It is total Stevie.
This is a photo out of Romantic Homes on the motor home Robin Brown of Magnolia
Pearl owns. It is so cool! I love all the colours and layers of different textures
(photo courtesy of Romantic Homes)
Magnolia Pearl was first famous for her cool carpet bags made from old blankets.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw one. I said to myself that carpet bag
material looks like the bedspread I have from my Italian grandmother!
Today I wanted to share with all of you another treasure of my grandmothers.
This velvet bedspread was so popular back in Italy. Thankfully grandma brought a
few with her when she moved here. This blanket she passed on to my mother who
then gave it to me.
whenever my mother would bring it out of her cedar chest. I used to call it
my "naked babies blanket" and roll all over it!
Sadly alot of the fringe has worn off.
her bed...this was just recently purchased at the thrift shop!!! I also saw it
in my new book The French Inspired Home...alot has to be said for this thrift shopping!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Some photos around the yard for you to enjoy!
The snow only lasts a day and then the rain comes and washes it away...
My little studio looks so pretty dressed with snow... i am planning a romantic barn
sale this summer!!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
completely barren. Just before Christmas I bought two french style lamps at the
local thrift store!
They are so pretty and have a real french look to them.
I couldn't wait to display them but the only problem was they had no shades.
Luckily i have had this beautiful silk shade for some time now. I wish I had two
but one is better than none. It fit the lamp perfectly.
Here is a close up of the base of the lamp....
The shade was also a real steal! It is pure silk and was originally $120 but marked down
to $30. I just love HomeSense!
So the empty window nook is no longer empty...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I have also put it on my
harvest table at
due to it
the colour gold.
This bedspread is more of a decorative piece.
It has a tendency to slide of the bed!
I think it's main purpose
to add a
elegance to the bed.
...and i think it really does!
Monday, January 10, 2011
I wanted to share with all of you winter time by the majestic Niagara Falls.
These lovely photos where taken by my girlfriend back home. She has kindly
given me permission to use them. She works down at the Parks so she is able
to get incredible shots of the Falls.
The Canadian horseshoe falls...
This photo here is the American falls... theirs is smaller but still beautiful.
The Canadian horseshoe again...
More amazing ice on the lamp posts.