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Monday, May 27, 2013

Spring Has Sprung and the Blossoms Are Out

Spring has sprung,
The grass is green,
Where have all
The flowers been?

Read it again and pronounce "been" the way you pronounce "bean".
Now you're talking "Canadian". 
But the poem makes sense now,
doesn't it.
Bean and spring rhyme. 

Can you see the blossoms on the crabapple tree?

Now further away...

The irises are up, unfortunately, the weeds are too... it's always a battle to keep them at bay.

I don't remember ever being so excited to see my flower garden coming up,'s due to the lo-o-o-o-o-ng old winter, I think.

That is the sunporch that I wrote about in the post before this one.
Our house was built in 1926 and it is still pretty true to that era.
That is the reason my vintage/flea market style works so well in my home.

If you're new here and you want to see what the inside looks like, take a look at my sidebar. 
I have put links to my living room, dining room and kitchen there.

Thank you once again for coming by and thank you SO very much for ALL of the delightful comments!
They are always heart warming, but recently your show of support has nearly overwhelmed me. 
I appreciate them so very, very much.
Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining on you today!!!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Screened Porch ~ Flea Market Decorating

It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Manitoba, Canada.
And we are looking forward to a sunny weekend, despite how the weather forecast reads.
Marissa is with us for a week and we're having a good time.

Our screened in porch is a wonderful place to spend time in the spring, summer and fall.
During the summer though, after 9:30 a.m. it becomes very hot in here.
It's my favourite place to spend the morning, peacefully drinking coffee, listening to the birds twitter and talking to God.

The old tablecloth that I've thrown over this chair will make a sweet little slipcover and the pretty embroidery piece will be sewn onto the back part. 
My friend Millie of Wreathmaker, gave it to me.
She knew I would make good use of it.

Isn't that an adorable little vintage ice chest?
It makes a delightful little coffee table.

The white clock and tea pot were given to me.
I have used all of the pink and white things in here that I've collected over the years.
And there is a smidgeon of robins egg blue thrown in, just for the fun of it.

For a long time I have wanted to paint the walls and ceiling white, but I haven't done it yet...
This may be the year that I do it!

This chair was a garage sale find for $2.00.
There were two of them and I wanted both of them, but I only had $2.00 on me. A lady standing nearby heard me tell my daughter-in-law that and she walked up to me and pressed a $2.00 coin into my hand.
Isn't that sweet?

The chairs at the table were found at a wonderful little store by the name of Hodge Podge in Dauphin, Manitoba.

The furniture will be painted eventually, too.

Do you enjoy Flea Market decorating?
When we decorate in this way, we are using furniture and accessories that might other wise have ended up in a land fill somewhere.

Have a good weekend and may the sun shine on you!

Hugs, Cindy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Mother of the Bride Dress

A few weeks ago, I showed you an inspiration photo of a dress that I wanted to make for my sister.
My niece in Montreal is getting married and my little sis needed a pretty dress.
She lives in northern BC where there is very little shopping.
So...I decided that I wanted to make her a dress. 
And I have.

It is nearly finished.

As you can see in this one, the hem is not finished.

It has some very pretty details.

And I am pretty happy with it.

It's been ages since I've done an invisible zipper, 
I struggled with that, but in the end, it looks not too, too bad.
The belt will have pearl buttons on the back.

The dress is a size six.
If my sister had been any smaller I would not have been able to use my new dress form with it.
And that would have been a very big problem.

I am going to put a bow out of the same fabric on the belt and see what she thinks.
The red dress was my inspiration.

My sweet youngest daughter has been with us this week, and she was kind enough to leave me to sew while she fixed meals and cleaned up after them.
That was a tremendous help.

My thoughts and prayers have been with the people in Oklahoma ever since that terrible tornado tore through their town.
I have cousins that live in that area, but I heard that they are safe and sound.
I thank the Lord for that, but my heart aches for the parents who have lost their children...

After experiencing rain for three days, the weather here is now in the upper 70's and it's breezy and sunny, the grass is green and the tulips are blooming.
The leaves are coming out on the trees and the river is slowly receding.
Spring has truly arrived!

What is your weather doing?


Friday, May 17, 2013

I'm In Romantic Homes "site seeing"

It is very exciting to see a couple of photos from my blog in a gorgeous magazine such as "Romantic Homes". 

I have been keeping my eyes open for this issue ever since I got a comment on my blog about someone seeing my photos in it.
My dear hubby found one for me yesterday and he brought it home.

The really fun thing is that there are several bloggers in this one that I visit. 
Elizabeth from Blue Clear Sky, another Canadian blogger is in it.
She has a lovely farm style that I love to see.

Dear Lillie is featured in it too, most of you have been to her blog, I'm sure. And if you haven't, you really should. 
She is an amazing young woman with a really gorgeous style and an on-line store where she sells her fabulous creations.

Thank you to Beth Livesay for her kindness and for giving me this chance.
And I can forgive her for getting my last name wrong.

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, May 13, 2013


I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.
My dear son with his wife and children took me for lunch. We dined at a new East Indian restaurant in town.
The food was very delicious!

How do you busy women blog more than once a week?
I am so far behind, I don't know if I'll ever catch up...

On my walk today I caught the river with the sun going down.
I took it with my iPhone, and you can see the water up amongst the trees.
Our spring was so slow in coming that the flood waters were kept at a minimum.

Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I Made A Red Purse

Oh what a beautiful morning, 
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Good things are heading my way!!

Whine time is over!
The sun, and the warmth with it has returned to Manitoba!
The snow is gone and the temp yesterday was close to 80 deg. F (26 C)!!!

Isn't it funny how everything in life looks brighter when the sun is shining.

Before leaving on Thursday I had a couple of hours to kill, so I made a myself a new purse.

I used fabric that I had on hand and
as you know, I LOVE red!
And how fun is the turquoise flower on it.
I love it.

And here it is with a navy flower on it.

It's definitely not a purse that you can wear with just anything, but it looks super cute with a jean skirt and a simple blouse.

Then yesterday I found two vintage clutches at a thrift store, for $3.99 each.

Aren't they adorable?

I went to our Ladies Conference this weekend and we had a truly marvellous time.
God's presence was rich and sweet.
Cindy Miller, an Author, Professor and Marriage Counsellor, was our speaker. 
I am on the committee and I register everyone, I loved greeting the ladies as they arrive.
My strength is dealing with people one on one, so you can imagine how much I enjoy my task.

Myself on the right and my fellow committee member and Pastor's wife, Jane Fortaleza on the left.
Center is our Ladies President, Ruth Wittmeier.
They are a joy to work with.

Have a lovely day and thank you for coming by, I'm off for my morning walk!