Monday, November 23, 2015

putzing for Christmas ~

Hello my friends ~ I am just putzing today.  The snow that we  received the other day has put me in the Christmas Spirit ~

I have added little mittens to my pink door in the living room ~

A little dog wood in my iron stone pitcher ~

Then I went outside with Chico ;-)  We gathered up some pine cones and greenery around our property ~

and hung it up on the porch ~

put a little in my galvanized tub and of course, put out my little sleigh and skates.  Added a little dog wood and voila

The front porch is now decorated for Christmas and it was all free~!  I love free.

I want to keep the decorations true to the period of the house.  No lights, sorry they did not have them in the 1800's.

How are you decorating this year?

Can't wait to see what you have done

Come on Chico, let's go outside and gather up more pine cones and greenery for the inside of the house.  You can chase the squirrels~!

Have a wonderful Monday ~



Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Native American Custom

Hello my friends ~

It is a beautiful fall day here in Ontario.  Clear and crisp

The leaves are starting to turn beautiful colours.  I so enjoy fall ~

We walk around our property a lot or we take a golf cart ride ;-).  It is so peaceful and beautiful.  Well, in our back yard there is a very strange tree

Here it is ~

I have been doing a little investigating and I found out that this is a Native American marker tree.  We live on the shores of Lake Erie and many many years ago, the Native Americans would bend a tree down to mark their trail ~

I think this tree is very special and I love to sit in it in the nice weather.  A perfect spot to perch.

Now that I know it's origin, I really think we have a treasure here.  Of course, I am very interested in History, so this just thrills me.

I thought I would share this treasure with you.

Have a wonderful day!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn porch ~

Hello my friends ~

It is a crisp cool sunny day here in Ontario ~ the kind of fall day that just makes your heart sing ~

I decided that even though I have no neighbours, I would make a simple fall vignette on my front porch

Just little simple pumpkins in my John Deere Wagon that Mr. Vintage made ~

I must admit, I did stroll through the corn field and take a few corn leaves ~ why not?

Love this little wagon.  I use it for all kinds of vignettes ~

There you have it.  A simple fall porch

How are you decorating your porch?

I would love to hear



Saturday, October 17, 2015

I found them ~!

Hello everyone ~

I am so excited!  I found them~!

If you have ever moved, you know all of the packing and unpacking is really hard work.  Well, I still have boxes in the storage room that are not unpacked ;-)

Many years ago, my mother when she was still with us, worked in real estate.  Her office was a model home.  When all the homes were sold, including the model home, her boss told her she could have anything she wanted from the house. My mother chose two staffordshire dogs.

I have been looking for these little puppies for at least a month.  I thought they had been thrown out or lost.  I was beside myself.

Well, today I found them ~

and now they are home on the dining room mantel ~

I am so happy

I just love these and they are so special to me.

Have you lost anything that was special and found it?

Have a wonderful day.  I think I'll sit in the dining room and have a cup of tea.



Friday, October 9, 2015

Dining Room ~

Good morning everyone~

It is dark and dreary here in Ontario, but it is supposed to clear up this afternoon ;-)

Last time, I told you I would show you more of the Vintage Farmhouse renovation ~ so let's go!

We have a wonderful dining room.  Here is the dining room before

I didn't care for the pumpkin colour.  So you know, vanilla sugar being my favourite colour ~

Vanilla sugar it is~!

The dining room has a wonderful built in cupboard

and my cabinet from our other house, jut seemed to fit right in

 I brought my fireplace mantel.  You just have to have a fireplace in the dining room ~ don't you agree?

My other cabinet is just perfect for my Jadite~

And my angel wings are perfect in the corner ~

Then there is the pass through.  I just love this ~ sigh ~

This is the view from the kitchen

all of my lovely dishes are stored in the pass through ~

I just love this little luncheon set ~ Maybe, Mr. Vintage and I will have lunch and use these ;-)

A little fall vignette on the table.

I brought my school house light fixture with me.  Just had to, you know.  So there it is.   The Vintage Farmhouse Dining room

We love it ~!  It's my favourite room in the house

Have you been decorating or renovating lately?

Do tell

Have a great day!



Monday, October 5, 2015

The Bedroom is almost complete

Good morning~!

The sun is shining here in Ontario this morning.  It is a glorious day.  Crisp and cool, but sunny.

I'm back today to show you the bedroom.  It is almost complete.  

Here it is before ~

Like I said before, the colour was way too dark for me and I didn't really care for the olive green colour.  But now, ahhhhh~

A peaceful retreat.  This is an old farmhouse and the bedrooms are smaller than our other home, but, I am completely in love with this room and I love the colour (duck egg)

A little reading, knitting corner to while away the evening ~ sometimes, a place to unwind after a busy day.

The little jewelry corner ~

and I just love, love, love my new throw rug.  My daughter bought this and gifted it to me ~ thank you Britt.

All summer I have been enjoying the open windows, but now that fall is upon us, I am going to make curtains for the bedroom.  In the winter months, I find curtains give a room a cozy look.  Don't you agree?

I think I am going with drop cloth curtains.  Let me know what you think.

Here is the view from my front window ~

and here is the view from my west window

See?  No neighbours, so curtains weren't really a must ~

While we have been renovating, I also finished this ~

Busy, busy, busy

I canned, tomatoes, tomato basil sauce ~ tomatoes, green peppers and onions, pepper jelly, wild grape jelly and beets.  We also froze green beans, corn, kale and several herbs.  All of this came from our garden.  It's amazing isn't it?

I am ready for winter!

Can you understand  why I have not been around....but now that most of the work is done, I am back ~

Did you can this year?

I would love to hear from you.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Farmhouse update ~

Good morning everyone ~ after months of scrubbing, painting and renovating.  I am finally ready to show you pictures of the farmhouse we have lovingly made a home ~

This is the little table at the front entryway.  I love this old antique mirror with hooks ~

A little corner of our living room

You may remember the bathroom, when we first moved in.  Here it is 

It was too dark for my taste ~ soooooo 

Here it is  now.

I love the fresh look and I especially love my blue and white ticking shower curtain that I bought on etsy.  Of course, Mr. Vintage made the cupboard out of an old window ~ love, love, love it~!

Little nautical touches.  We do live by the lake you see ~

Love this little towel ~

So there is a little peek at what we have been doing all these months.

I will be back to show you more.

How has everyone been?  I hope you are all doing well.

I will be catching up with all of you in the next little while.  The major work has been completed and it's time to relax and enjoy our new home ~

Of course, Chico has been helping us.  He always goes where Mommy goes.