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Monday, February 25, 2013

Carolyn's Newly Painted Table and Chairs

Hello my friends, thanks so much for dropping by Oakview Cottage.
I hope you had a good weekend.

Recently my daughter Carolyn repainted her chairs and Craigs list table.
She needed to recover her chairs, but wondered what she could use that would be washable, but not stick to your skin like vinyl does.
She has a sticky little six-year old boy who is all boy!

I suggested she use oil cloth.
She found some online and ordered it.
She's very happy with the look of it and the feel.




I love the cheerful colours in the fabric, it even has a vintage look to it, I think.

Isn't it great looking?
Ah, there's the little burlap runner that I made her.




I love the colour of her walls, here are a few more photos of her little kitchen. I posted these last fall.




Can you see the little IKEA chandelier in the mirror?






I hope you're enjoying a bit of spring weather.
It has warmed up considerably here, it's still below freezing, but the sun is causing a bit of melting still!

Thank you so much for coming by, I hope you leave a comment so I know you've been here.
And welcome to my new visitors, thank you so much for visiting.

Have a great week!

I'm joining Nita for Mod Vintage Monday.





Seeing photos of her house makes me miss her so much...

Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm A Winner!

Hello my friends!

Way back in October Brittany from The Painted Parsonage had a giveaway for Lilla Rose Flexi Clips.
And I won a beautiful little flexi clip!
Its very pretty and very comfortable to wear, also.
I wear my hair up most of the time, so I wear it often.


Thank you, Brittany!

If you haven't visited The Painted Parsonage yet, you really should.
She's a lovely Pastor's wife with three handsome little boys and she decorates beautifully. 
She also makes the sweetest little purses, which she sells in her etsy shop.

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Back in January I won some very delicious chocolates.

Angie from Echoes of Laughter had a giveaway, in fact she has them about once a month.
If you've not visited Angie, you really should.
Particularly if you like GOOD food!
Angie has a new yummy sounding recipe on her blog almost every day of the week.

Ferrero Roche chocolates are my very favourite and because the coupon was so long in arriving, Ferrero Roche added a second one.
So I was able to enjoy TWO 200 gram packages!
Lucky me...well, lucky hubby and me.
I did NOT eat them all by myself, I promise.
In fact the second package was just opened this week.



Thank you, Angie!


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Now for something that I put together recently.



I haven't painted the base of the lamp black yet because I wanted to make sure that I liked it before I went to all the trouble.





Here you see it a little better. I simply glued cardboard letters onto an old broken piece of a lamp shade, then put it on the small lamp.

Yes, I think I will paint the base black now that I've decided to keep it.

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And...I'm thinking of painting the chairs at the table red!
What do you think?

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment. 
I appreciate YOU!

Cindy



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Blizzard and What's Happening?

Yes, it snowed and blew up a perfect storm Sunday night and Monday most of the day.
I didn't realize the roads would be bad and I drove to a ladies breakfast, I haven't driven on roads like that for a very long time.

It's sunny with a clear blue sky today, but 
c-o-l-d!!!
The temperature gauge reads -26 Celsius and with wind-chill it's -40 C.
Needless to say, I didn't go for my morning hour long walk this morning. 
I do still need to go out this afternoon, but it's only a ten minute walk one way.
Perhaps the wind will have died down by then.





Recently Beth Livesay from Romantic Homes magazine contacted me and asked me to send her five or six photos that best represented my blog.  She said that she is in charge of "Site Seeing" and that they are seeking out the most inspiring bloggers on the web to feature on their pages. 
These are the ones that I sent.
I sure it will just be a tiny spot, but still!!!
We shall see which ones will be used in the June issue.
I had a terrible time deciding. I asked my daughter, Carolyn, her opinion, so she helped me.
But still...we shall see.


Have you had the opportunity to send a magazine your photos?

Would you have a hard time deciding?


Thank you for coming by and thanks so much for your sweet comments.

Have a good day!

Cindy

Friday, February 15, 2013

Faux Blinds

Winter has descended upon us once again. 
The snow and ice were thawing rapidly the first half of this week.
But everything is frozen tight again today. 
I've had good reason to enjoy my homemade Chicken Pot Pie Soup.
It was -25 Celsius when I got up this morning.
It made for a very cold walk!
The snow is falling gently from the sky,
God is in His heaven and all is well with my world.

Yesterday I made a couple of faux blinds for my living room.
They are simply tacked up, yes, with tacks.
Simple.


I think it has given the room a finished look.


I like it, partly, I think because it covers up the unattractive frame of the storm windows.
I intend to make some working blinds for my eating area and kitchen.

That may happen next week.



What have you been up to?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Cindy


This window will get blinds to match the living room window.
I think it will look alright.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

These cold wintery days call for comfort food, don't you think?
I was in Tim Horton's recently and on an overhead monitor an image flashed of something that looked like a bowl of Cream of Chicken Soup with chunks of chicken, vegetables and egg noodles in it.
I was suddenly very hungry for it, so I went home and recreated it.
And is it good!
I called it "Chicken Pot Pie Soup".
Then I searched for it on Pinterest and I found lots of recipes for it, wouldn't you know it.
There's nothing original about me!


The base of mine was not overly thick and creamy.
I used chicken breast, fresh carrots, peas, onions, celery, whole wheat noodles, my own chicken stock and 1% milk in it.
To make it a quick meal, you can use cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup as your base. I used cream of chicken soup.
Or you can make your own base like this person did from Skinnytaste.com.

This does not have to be a calorie laden soup.
The recipe from Skinnytaste only has 169.2 calories in a cup of it.
Save the calories for the biscuits that you make to go with it.
I did not capture a photo of mine.
They disappeared too quickly!


This is my new favourite comfort food.
What is your favourite comfort food?
I would love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful beginning of your week,
I hope you folks on the East Coast of Canada and the USA have dug yourselves out.
I do not envy you all of that snow.

Hugs, Cindy


I won't leave you with a snow photo, some of you have seen way too much of that this weekend already!

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Crocheted Rug

Hello my friends!
I hope your week has started off well.
Mine has, I've talked to all of my kids on the phone in the last four days and I am feeling much better physically... God is GOOD!

I have two very talented granddaughters.
The older one paints beautifully and loves to write.
The younger one loves to work with her hands.
I have recently been challenged by her to try my hand at knitting and crocheting.
Little Miss B. taught herself to do both, by watching tutorials and with help from friends.
I have tried in years gone by, to no avail,
until last week.
As I mentioned in my last post, I had a cold and was laying around, and like many of you, I find it very hard to simply do nothing.
I had recently found this pattern on Pinterest and had purchased a large hook and some fabric for it before I fell sick.
So, while getting better, I crocheted a rug!


Okay, it's not perfect, remember it's my first attempt.
But it's a bright splash of colour on my cork floor and I'm loving it!


It's very soft underfoot.


I used about 2 metres of fabric and a metre of an old thrifted sheet that I had bought a long time ago. I already had the turquoise fabric. 
By the time I'm done it will have only cost me about $6.00, pretty thrifty, wouldn't you say?


I ran out of red fabric before I finished, I still have about 18 inches more that I need to do on one side. 

Are you working on a new project?
Are you trying anything new these days?
I would love to hear about it.
Thank you once again for your wonderful comments, I appreciate them tremendously!

Hugs, Cindy

I'm joining Nita at Mod Mix Monday and The Dedicated House's Make it Pretty Monday!





Little Miss B is the one who gave me the t-towel that she had stitched the canisters onto, that is hanging on my stove in this photo. She told me "Now Grandma, this is for looking at, not for using!" 
Don't kids say the funniest things?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Homemade Soap and a Tuquoise Bathroom to Match

Good Friday morning to all.
It's pretty cold here once again, it has dipped to -30 Celsius. I don't know if it's windy or not. I've been inside for the last two days with a nasty cold.



I want to post about the homemade soft soap that I made for only pennies a container.

I found the recipe on Pinterest and it actually works!
I will make my own from here on out.
 Several of my blog friends have been blogging about living frugally and I've been doing my best to be frugal.
I really dislike the thought of wasting money.

Here's my recipe:

Ingredients:
1 bar of soap, grated (I used Blue Zest because that's what I had, Ivory does NOT work, I tried it first)
10 cups water
1 tblsp. glycerin

Directions:

    Grate your soap up into a dutch oven, add water and glycerin,
heat on stove until soap is completely dissolved. (It was blue at this point from the blue bar of soap, so I added a couple of squirts of green Palmolive dish soap and came up with a lovely turquoise soap that suited me.) 
Mix it up gently with a whisk and let sit to thicken up for several hours or overnight.
Pour into containers and enjoy! For the price of a bar of soap and a little bit of glycerin I had three quarts of soft soap.

Go HERE for more information and clear instructions.
HERE is another recipe that I found on my friend Faye's Pinterest board.
There are lots of recipes out there, this is the one that I used and it worked very well for me. I looked at several recipes and read peoples thoughts on them before I chose one,though.
 I would suggest that you do the same.
There are lots of recipes for every kind of cleaner on Pinterest.
I am realizing that I pay WAY too much for cleansers. I will be making more of my own from now on.

I painted my bathroom recently...


It's tiny, so I have turquoise and white in there, no other colour.
It helps to keep it simple, I think.

 Next up is painting the woodwork.




 ...some whimsy, cats playing jazz...




It just keeps snowing...



The snow banks are getting higher and higher, my husband says we will have to find a place to take the snow to if it keeps snowing...there's no place to put it behind our garage or in our parking place anymore.

 
 The birds certainly seem happy, the bushes in the back are always full of them and I can hear them singing inside the house there are so many of them. What a delight to hear them chirping away!

            Can you see them?

Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment.
You make blogging worth while.
Have a good weekend!

Hugs, Cindy




I need to get outside, there's still more shoveling to do. It snowed day before yesterday all... day... long! It's beautiful and sunny at least!