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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Introducing: The Blessed Hearth

Hello my friends,
today I have a treat for you.
I want to tell you about a sweet friend I have made via my blog.

She is a beautiful Christian lady who goes to the same kind of church that I go to and there is a special bond between us because of that.

Faye, at The Blessed Hearth lives in New Brunswick, Canada.
She has a sweet little shop that she owns and runs during the summer months.

...and it sits very close to the Bay of Fundy.

I think I could deal with that view, don't you?

Here she sells vintage item that she finds throughout the year... well as salves that she makes herself.

She also sells homemade jams, Prim style decor items, vintage furniture and many, many more wonderful treasures.

Faye and her husband live in a lovely little summer home that sits close by.

Her home looks cozy and comfy, don't you think?

Oh how I love vintage decor, it feels like "home" to me.

Her blog regularly features photos and recipes of her wonderful homemade soups, breads and other delicious food that she makes.

If you haven't visited The Blessed Hearth yet, then you really should, and tell her that Cindy sent you.
(I have used Faye's photos with her permission.)

Before I go, let me tell you about a giveaway for 
some lovely fabric going on over at 
Home is Where the Dachshund Is.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Lilac Dreams & A Blue Frame

We are enjoying a beautiful, warm and breezy Monday morning.

At 10 a.m. it was already 20 deg. C, that's about 68 deg. F. 
Perfect weather!

I must have the slowest Lilac bush in North America.
I have been waiting forever for it to bloom so I can cut it back. Currently, it has taken over our walk-way to the back of the garage.
But I did not want to cut it back, because the part that is over hanging is the only part that really blooms. 

Aren't lilacs gorgeous!?

The back of our garage...lovely is it not, the lilacs not the garbage containers.

To prove my point regarding my late bloomers,
this photo was taken a couple of weeks ago.
See, my lilac bushes are s.l.o.w...

But they are lovely and that is what matters.
Do you see the Bumble Bee on the blossoms?

The Peonies will soon be busting forth, do you see the bug on the leaf?
I'm not sure what it is, but it's ugly!


I painted this frame blue last week and then forgot to 
show you.

It's a mottled finished, but I like the way it turned out.


I prettied up my bike a little in the back garden with flowers that grow like weeds.

I am off soon to see Alaine's garden today.
Perhaps she will let me take a few photos to show you.

Have a lovely Monday!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Another Slipcover for An Old Armchair

Hello my friends,
I have been busy on the back porch again.
This time I actually painted some of the furniture and made a slipcover for the old armchair.


Notice that the old tablecloth is thrown over it and the embroidered piece is just set on it.


And notice here that it's one cohesive piece!

I put a pretty vintage chenille fabric back on it.
And did you see the little table beside the chair?
It is now almost the same colour as the vintage ice chest.

Now here is the table and chairs that are in the corner of the porch.


Note that you really can't see the table legs, they are dark and fade into the walls...


You can see them now!
I mixed up a chalk paint using Plaster of Paris and a bit of craft paint to make the colour that I wanted.

I also upholstered the chair seats in a white fabric.
And, I put a lovely table cloth on it that a sweet friend gave me several years ago.

On the other side is an old bookshelf that was a curb-side find. We put our shoes on it.
In most Canadian homes you do not wear your outdoor shoes inside.
You have a place to put them near the door and you wear sox or slippers inside.
This is where we put our shoes, on a pretty turquoise blue "shoe"case.

I adore the colour that I mixed up, it is such a lovely turquoise blue.

My shabby little porch is looking better,
it's definitely flea market style decorating.
But best of all it makes me smile.

What is making you smile today?

Hugs, Cindy

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beautiful Winnipeg Collages

It is said that what people don't understand, they will criticize.

I think it's true in regards to my city.

I lived in BC in the large metropolis of 
Vancouver for 18 years. 
When we prepared to move to Winnipeg, many of the people that I talked to about it, could not understand why we would move to a city that had harsh Winters and mosquitoes.
Seemingly, that was all they knew about it.

But in truth, Winnipeg is a very beautiful city.
We have a population of about 700,000 and are on the edge of the prairies,
built in the middle of an urban forest.

I have shown you many photos of the four seasons and there is great beauty in all of them.
And one year we had mosquitoes, but they are not an ongoing problem.

While on my walk one day last week,
I took many photos and so I've made a couple of collages with them.

In the large photo directly above, the shiny path that you see through the trees is the sun reflecting on the Red River.
These were all taken with my iPhone 5.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the park-like area where I live.

Have a good day!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

~Yummy Turquoise~

Hello my friends,

In the cold months red is the perfect colour to warm up a room.
But now that warm weather is here, I am using more turquoise than red.
Recently I have been gifted with several turquoise lovelies.

My sis-in-law made this for me.
Those of you who quilt can appreciate the work that went into it.

I use it on my foot stool though, because I could not bear to get it dirty.

For Mother's Day my two younger girls gave me two very sweet coffee cups and saucers.

Mmmm... French roast!

Lights off...

...lights on.

I thought they looked nice under the cloche.

And I made new pillows to match the dining room chair slipcovers.

You gotta love turquoise!

Thank you dear Robin of "Happy At Home", for helping me with my banner.
Check out her beautiful blog!

Have a wonderful day and be sure to go play in the sunshine!



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp Recipe and June Blossoms

June, what a glorious month!

"June is bustin' out all over." ~ Oscar Hammerstein II

Ornamental Cherry Tree

"Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January." ~ Hal Borland

Apple Tree

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh 
young beauty will ever fade." ~ Gertrude Jekyl

I love the blossoms of fruit trees, I so wish the blossoms lasted all summer long.
But, like everything else in life, it has it's season.

Crabapple Tree

On Saturday I picked our rhubarb and made Rhubarb - Strawberry Crisp for our dessert.

Do you like Rhubarb?

The tiny stalks are tender and delicious, the older stalks, not so much.

In order to eat it I mixed strawberries in with it and then it's  delicious no matter how you cook it.

This is a recipe that I've used for years.


Rhubarb Crisp

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a 1-1/2 quart square baking dish.

Cream together:
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1-1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

Stir in until crumbly a mixture of:
 1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Arrange in prepared casserole:
4 cups sliced rhubarb
2 cups sliced strawberries

Sprinkle with crumbs.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until rhubarb is tender and topping is golden brown.

Makes 6 servings.

The filling does turn out runny sometimes, so I've added extra flour, I hope it turns out well for you.
Let me know if you try it.


Something really wonderful happened today.
I was weeding my back yard flower garden, when I saw a car stop in our back lane and a pretty lady walked up my walk and introduced herself to me.
Her name is Alayne and she had seen my blog in Romantic Homes and she had read my blog and wanted to meet me!
Isn't that the sweetest?
She was very nice and so friendly,
the best part is that she lives only a few blocks from me!
She invited me over to see her gardens and you can be sure that I will be there.
She doesn't have a blog, but she is a blog reader.
Thanks so much for stopping by my house, Alayne!
It was wonderful to meet you.

Enjoy your week and thank you so much for stopping by!


I love this pretty tree!