Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year
to all of my new blogging friends
May the New Year hold
surprise, challenge, love
peace and joy
and lots of fun~ ;-)

((((Hugs))) xo


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Getting back to normal

I decided today to put some of the christmas decorations away.  I usually leave them out until New Years Day when everything gets put back in their storage containers.  Here are some random shots

Here is a little corner in my kitchen

The top of my kitchen cabinet is back to normal

AND I found this lovely potpourri which was on sale of course. I think I will leave this out all winter, it smells divine...

I love the way the light is dancing on the potpourri

I also found this faux mercury glass candle holder which I love ~ I may keep this out all winter too.  It has a lovely vanilla scent.

I will leave my mantel for now.  I love to sit in front of the fire with a cup of tea and look at the lights.  So soothing. 

Have you put your Christmas decorations away?

Can't wait to hear from YOU....



Monday, December 27, 2010

Couldn't resist

I just couldn't resist sharing this picture with you of our back yard ~ and what else? Snow

(((Hugs))) ;-)

After Christmas whew!

Well, it's two days after Christmas...with all the rushing and cooking and family and friends.  I love them all and I am so blessed.  Today is the day that I relax.  My hubby bought me a new camera for Christmas and I have been busy trying to get used to it and figure out how to use it. I LOVE IT ~ Thank you so much Honey. I love you the whole world!

This pic of Mindy turned out wonderful ~ even with the snow flakes on her nose...

Scooter is a cutie too ~ she doesn't like the snow at all

Now I think it's time for a cup of coffee and some sweet treats ;-)

and then... maybe ... a nap

Mindy's waiting....

Come snuggle with me mommy

What are you doing today?  Please share with us ;-)

((Hugs))  Marianne

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I Hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS....woof!

I have to go to bed now so that Santa brings me a present..Good night


Love Marianne and Mindy


Saturday, December 18, 2010


I thought I would share some Christmas music with you



Christmas came early!!!!

I have received a very lovely early Christmas gift ;-)

My good friend and next door neighbour and I swapped cabinets.  This is the cabinet I received.  To see the cabinet I swapped away you can visit

I have a collection of Santas that I put on top!

My dutch Santa and my Irish Santa...

My rennaisance Santa and my Ukrainian Santa...

My Russian Santa.. and the last one...

My adoring Santa looking down on Baby Jesus.

These are very special to me. I've had them for years.

What kind of ornaments or decorations are special to YOU?



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fairy Fairy quite contrary

Do YOU think she's cold?

I think she's dreaming of a white Christmas



Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Day!!!!!

Today the weather was horrible...I didn't really have a snow day, but I did. So.......
I will share with you what my good friend and Next Door Neighbour and I accomplished on the weekend ~

We made salt dough icicles!  I hung them on the fireplace with twine for a simple look.  Karen will be posting the recipe for these..they are soooo easy to make and fun! Go to for the recipe.

AND Karen being the absolute dolly doll that she is.... made these stockings for me

I just added a little bling to them...Aren't they sweet?

I Just keep decorating....;-)  Are you finished decorating yet?


P.S. here is the recipe for victorian salt clay or salt dough.  Karen's been busy so I have put the linky on here...

We made the dough and separated it and rolled it between our fingers.  The icicles do NOT have to be perect.  In fact, have you ever seen a perfect icicle?  We then baked them as per the recipe and the next day we painted them with white glue and sprinkled glitter on them and hung them to dry ~ voila ~ done!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

IT'S SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, it's really snowing outside......

My garden does look festive with the snow cover

And the holly in the garden is beautiful...

I think it's time to make some home made stew and bake a loaf of bread.

What are YOU doing today? I'd LOVE to hear from you

PS I had to take a picture of my tractor seat hanging on my gate in the back

My hubby and I found this in the summer taking a walk in the woods with my next door neighbours and good friends Karen and Mike.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Good morning ~ Happy Saturday to you!

I thought I would share some of my outside decorations with you today.

My vintage sled and skates.  I just added a little greenery, some ornaments and a bow.

A little greenery in my window boxes and voila.  I have to admit, my hubby and I went for a drive (we live in the country) and pruned a few evergreens.  Have to make the County beautiful.  My hubby is the greatest, he never complains ~ he just comes along for the ride.

A little greenery in my cement urns ;)

I think the ice and snow that mother nature left adds just the right touch.  Don't you?

What have YOU done to make your house beautiful for Christmas?  I'm listening.....Can't wait to hear from you

Marianne xo

Thursday, December 9, 2010



It's so cold that I think I'm going to curl up in my favourite chair and have a nice hot cup of tea

What do you do on cold nights?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tell me......

I just LOVE vintage ornaments

Don't you?

TELL ME what kind of Ornaments you love...

I'll wait to hear from you.


Saturday, December 4, 2010


Mindy's ready for Christmas!  Do you want to help Mommy decorate?

No Mommy I'd rather watch the squirrels......Oh Well

Mommy will decorate and you watch the squirrels.

My FAVOURITE little reindeer

My Mantel

I just love my nutcracker!

Mindy ~ Get ready ~ Mommy's going to sing Christmas Carols.....

Now where did Mindy Go?

I REALLY Love my Mommy, but I wish she wouldn't sing........

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cabinet Thyme

See what happens...........

My hubby and I picked this up at a yard sale for $5.00.  We have completed the redo, but I can't show it to you just yet.

We LOVE to take old unwanted possessions and turn them into things that we  love and use.

How will this turn out?  Come back and see......:)

I will be sharing my Christmas decorations very very soon ~ ;)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

You're probably wondering

Why would I start a blog just before the Christmas Season.  With all the lists of things to do, why would I add one more thing to my list?  Because, I would like to start new friendships and share creative ideas and what better time than Christmas?
My blog is still in the newborn baby stage, but hopefully it will get better and better.
Hope to see YOU soon