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Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Glimpse of Christmas

Hello my friends,
I have been very busy and a little under the weather.
But it's time to get back to blogging.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, how do you girls do it day after day after day?!?!?!

I just can't.

My mantel at 6:30 at night, you can see how dark it is already at that time!

Winter descended on us very quickly a 
few of weeks ago and I've not "bored you" or should I say, "shown you" any of my winter photos yet.
I have to say, that I LOVE the snow and I love walking in the snow while it is falling from the sky.
It is truly miraculous when you think about it!

The photo above was taken a few days ago.

This one, above was taken yesterday... you can see that it was snowing when I took it...

...this last one was taken today.
The sun was shining, most of the sky was blue with  fluffy clouds that were emitting very fluffy snow.
AND... the moon could be seen,  if you look in the centre above the tree tops, just below the fluffy clouds you will see it.
Did you see it?

It was a great day for walking.
It wasn't cold, so I was happy!!!

One bit of news... my hubby was, just last week, voted in as pastor of a church here in Winnipeg!
I am very excited about this.
He has not pastored for the last four years, but it was time to get back to it.
And God worked it out perfectly, like He tends to do!

Have a good weekend my friends, and thank you so much for coming by!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Vintage Decor Guest Post from Eva

Hello my friends,
today I am doing something entirely different.
I have invited Eva Stephens from Home Decor to do a guest post for me. She is a fairly new blogger who has many creative ideas to share on her blog.
I have been busy painting our basement and have not been posting for over a week.
I know you will enjoy what Eva has to say.

Hi, I am Eva from Home Decor. Today I will be sharing some vintage decor ideas with you. Cindy has been kind enough to invite me to bring forward my thoughts. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Reading!

There are many ways to decorate a home, depending on the size of your pocket and your aesthetic preferences. People with a surplus of money and lack of time might prefer to hire experienced decorators and buy luxurious, expensive furniture because that is how they make sure they will get quality.

People without resources to spare rather learn how to do many of the house renovation jobs themselves and they do a thorough research when looking for furniture that is both affordable and decent. Though it might seem like people with more money will certainly have more attractive homes, that is not necessarily so. Good taste and resourcefulness can’t be bought.

Vintage never goes out of style

One thing that many people interested in home decoration have in common, regardless of their financial situation, is this: they all love vintage. Vintage is the style that never goes out of style and the best thing is that it can look as good in big, rich mansions as in small, cosy apartments.

What do we mean by vintage? What comes to mind are comfy, rustic armchairs in brown leather, intricate chandeliers, black-and-white photos in painted-wood frames, deck flooring, dried flowers in a simple vase, antique-looking mirrors, decoupage boxes or suitcases used as coffee tables, etc.

DIY vintage ideas

If you’re at least a little creative and enthusiastic about your home and how you want it to look, you’ll find the Internet an amazing source of inspiration for easy DIY tutorials on how to freshen up your furniture, walls, stairs and other parts of your house.

Pinterest comes to mind as number one place to start. With lots of photos and tips on vintage decoration, we’ll end up with more ideas than we’ll ever be able to carry out. One thing that dominates these photos is the colour white. It seems that vintage fans like their walls and wooden furniture to be painted white, though there are usually other colours around the room to break the white up a little and bring in some exciting dynamic, warmth or anything else a host wants in his or her home. 

Warm earth colours are also frequently displayed on walls and floors of vintage decorators, but there are always some surprising colours present as well and some examples of that are: a black sculpture or lampshade, big red pillows, fuchsia curtains, etc.

Creativity goes a long way

Many people engage in DIY home-decoration activities because they are fun and because these people have learned that decorating doesn’t have to be complicated at all. With little imagination and spare time, you can end up with the most impressive home for showcasing. Here are 3 short tips on how to create unique pieces of furniture:

#1 Find an old, big suitcase that you can decorate using napkins and decoupage technique. Place it in your living room where it will serve as your coffee table. Or you can use it as a dresser.

#2 Use white paint to paint an old wooden photo frame. Wait for it to dry, then repaint it some other colour – for example, blue or gray. When it dries, sand of the edges until the white paint starts showing through. Place a black-and-white photo of you or your family inside the frame and hang it on your wall.

# 3 Cover your sofa and armchairs with white covers and white pillows, then place an orange lamp or some other decoration on the coffee table next to your white furniture.

These are the simplest possible ideas on how to “vintage up” your home. Trust your instinct and soon you’ll create a home that you’ll completely fall in love with.
(source: Pinterest)

Thank you Eva, for filling in for me today.

I hope to get back to posting real soon.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vintage 45 RPM Records Display

Hello my friends,
While visiting with my oldest daughter last year, I came across several 45 RPM's at a garage sale.
I bought four of them, but I haven't found a way to display them.

These two songs are on one of the 45's, take a listen, it will take you back, waaaaay back. 
Unless you are simply too young to have ever heard these songs, that is.

I think I will leave these little records of yesteryear here in the red tote.
They do seem to fit right in, don't they.

As you see, I already have the warm plaid blankets out.
They are very cozy.

 I hope you are enjoying your day.
Our temps are down to freezing today, 32 deg F and 0 Celsius.
So far we have no snow on the ground, but the weather man is promising a cm of snow today.
I think we can handle that.
Thank you once again for coming by,
I hope you enjoyed the little musical interlude.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day in Canada is the day that we remember all the veterans who have so bravely served and also those who are currently serving in the military.

Because I am an American by birth my family members who have served and those who continue to serve, are in the US Military.

And because our two countries are allies and are so closely linked in many ways,what the US Military does, dramatically affects us here in Canada.

My brother-in-law Donald served...
thank you, Donald.
He is the dad of the two boys that I mention below.

My nephew Brian is the one on the far left wearing a grey ARMY shirt.

Brian is a chaplain.
He served in Iran as well as in Afghanistan. 

Currently he is stateside with his wife and sweet baby boy.

William served a tour of duty in Afghanistan and is currently serving in Italy.
Here he is with his lovely wife Nahomi.

A great big thank you to Donald, Brian and William and to all of the others who have so bravely served and those who continue to in our two countries.
I thank you a millions times over.

As one of the lines in our national anthem, 
O Canada, reads:

"God keep our land, glorious and free"

That is my prayer for Canada, that we do not give up our freedoms in the name of  "political correctness",
or to please people who wish to destroy who and what Canada has stood for all of these many years.
If we will pray for our leaders here in the great country of Canada, we can live out another line of the anthem:

"O Canada we stand on guard for thee!"

What better way to stand on guard, than by praying.

Enjoy your day and here's to many more years of freedom in Canada and the USA.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cloudy Day but Sunny Inside

It's grey and chilly outside, but inside...'s cheerful and warm.

Today I'm loving colour and warmth.

I found the beautiful turquoise bowl at my favourite Thrift store for about 5 dollars!!!
How great is that!?

The temperature is right at 0 Celsius (32 deg. F).
Is it still warm at your house?
Have you found any fun thrift store finds lately?

Have a wonderful day and thank you for coming by!