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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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vintage Washstand

Whoever thought of putting a washstand on the wall?
Wellll... I did... what do you think of it?

I used it on my porch originally, it was a curb find.

Well, now it's hanging on the wall.
I used it for a coffee table in my living room for a few weeks and exchanged it for my old trunk, which I like a lot better.

I think it looks much better on the wall decorated for Fall.  I need to find some turquoise Christmas ornaments, then I can use it for the next season coming up.
What do you think?
I like this photo because you can see the turquoise kitchen in the background.

I'm going to join Mod Vintage Monday once it opens on Monday.

I hope your weekend is wonderful!!!

Hugs, Cindy

Sunrise on Lake Winnipeg... another one that my husband, Ray, took. This might be my favourite.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Deer Silhouette

Today I want to show you a simple project that I did last week.
I have a frame that I found at a thrift store several years ago, it has a mat in it that has a place for a verse underneath the picture.

I hung it on a wall that doesn't get any natural light and using a lamp only turned everything golden, it looks much better in sepia.
I was thinking about the verse found in Psalms 41:2 the day that this idea came to me.
First, I found a silhouette of a deer and made a copy of it that would fit my mat.
Then I made a copy of the verse and put it together.
I'm not sure if you can read it, but it says,
"As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God."

I think we all long to know that there is someone who is all wise and knows all things and is much more powerful then we are. And I'm glad that I can know Jesus, and like the Psalmist, my soul longs for Him, the living God.

And this is where it hangs, below the Autumn Woods picture. I can almost see a deer walking into the clearing in the picture. In my minds eye, at least.
I'm so sorry for the poor picture quality.

I like to surround myself with "things" that are meaningful to me, don't you?

Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for popping by.

Hugs, Cindy

This is a photo that my husband took when we were in Weyburn, Saskatchewan last July for a wedding. There had just been a storm with thunder, lightning and torrential rain.
The storm was over and the sky was beautiful.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cleaning and Changing Go Hand in Hand

Hi, I'm so glad you've come by today.
I've been dusting and sweeping and changing... that always seems to be what happens when I clean.
They seem to go hand in hand.

I took down the map pictures that were on the wall to the right, at the end of the couch.
I put the fall picture there that was on the mantel.
But it needs something else underneath it.

I moved my old trunk in to use as a coffee table.
An I put my old fan on a tray that my hubby made for me years ago, on top of a very old crocheted runner that my oldest daughter gave to me about 10 years ago.
And my favourite books are there too... one that Greet gave me and a vintage book about Winnipeg that my sister Sue gave me. Sweet memories...we need them around us, don't you think?
The Ikea footstool is now moved to here...

It feels like a chaise when you sit there now.

And it kind of looks like one, too.
I love the knitted throw that's on the back of the chair across the way, very cozy!

Nothing spectacular, just having fun... and I know most of you know what I mean.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, we had a lovely meal of ham, home grown mashed potatoes and a corn salad, with rolls and Pumpkin Buckle... so good! Everything was delicious and the company of my son and his wife and two kids was even better. I thank God for family, I think I'd die if I did not have them.

What have you been doing?
What do you serve on Thanksgiving?

Have a blessed and happy day!


The sun is pouring through the windows now, but just a few minutes earlier it was snowing. Huge snow flakes were falling, so pretty.
I think we're in for an early winter. This is the third snow fall... but none of it stays on the ground. It melts immediately.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Outside My Window

Hello my friends,
yesterday was very windy, so I went outside with my camera and got a few good photos before all the leaves were on the ground.

Do you see the golden leafed tree outside my kitchen window?  

It's my crabapple tree, isn't it a beauty?

My Mountain Ash is showing all of it's colours, too.

My Mountain Ash has the prettiest colours on our street, I think.

There's a lot of work piling up in my back yard, but it'll have to wait for a week or so. I have just cut out a quilt for my daughter Carolyn's' Christmas present. I will be busy!

With the chilly weather comes the craving for comfort foods. Casseroles filled with carbs seem to fix the craving for us. So I have a recipe for you.

Do you eat perogies? 
What are perogies? They are a dough dumpling stuffed with a filling such as potato or cheese, typically served with onions or sour cream.
Most of my American friends have never heard of them, but if you're in Canada, then you have no doubt heard of them and even tried them. Perhaps, you even make them.
I love perogies, and homemade ones are the best by far, but it takes a lot of time to make them.
I found this recipe a few years ago and we love it.

Lazy Boy Perogies

6 - 8 Lasagna Noodles
6 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
1 cup onion, chopped
8 pieces of bacon, chopped up in one inch pieces

Cook noodles, drain them.
Line bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan with cooked noodles.
In a large bowl mix mashed potatoes, cheese, sour cream and salt.
Put one layer over noodles.
Put second layer of noodles over top.
Saute onion and bacon in butter until done.
Spoon over noodles. Cover with a sprinkling of cheese.
Lightly cover with foil and bake at 350 deg. for 30 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Makes 8 servings.
Serve with sour cream.

It may not taste exactly like perogies, but it's a delicious and easy substitute.  I put even more onions and bacon on the top of the casserole.
I serve Farmer Sausage and vegetables with this. Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden are the perfect accompaniment.

I'm eating leftovers for breakfast as I type this... so delicious!!!

Enjoy your week!

Hugs, Cindy

My Geraniums are still in full bloom. The Impatiens in the flower boxes froze a couple of weeks ago. You can see the Mountain Ash to the right, so pretty!