Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sweet Ernie, you have been an absolute joy and left paw prints all over our hearts xo
We are so happy we "Gotcha"!!
An old dog
than an old spouse
always feels like doing
what you feel like doing
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
If something hasn't been worn, or used within the previous year, it has been donated.
This is a real switch for me as I have been referred to as "the squirrel" in the past by more than one friend. I have always been someone who saved every little thing from ribbon & tags on presents, drying flowers from bouquets, and that was even before having children. That started an entirely new collection - every little scribble and school artwork piece, etc...etc...
This year, I crafted & created with items I had on hand in Sparrow Studio, before purchasing anything new, and I can see a huge improvement in the organization of my storage cupboard (although I am a bit sad to see only a few pieces of vintage lace left in a box that was spilling out before). It's amazing how once things get tidied, you realize just how many duplicates of items you have!! That, and the fact that my daughter and I have similar taste, and often purchased 2 of something we both loved :-)
Tastes change, and some items I once loved, I am now ready to part with.
My hope chest also had a big tidy up ... although I think I spent most of the afternoon reading through all my cards . I save them all and that won't change :-) My hope chest is the perfect spot to keep them, tied in ribbons, safe and sound.
There are some things, however, that I am so thankful to have held on to.
My son's first ice skates are one of those things.
Each Christmas, they get tied, along with my husbands very old ice hockey skates, onto my children's childhood sleigh.
Lots of memories ...
And each year, I think they become just a little more special ♥
is a way of holding onto the things
you never want to lose
~From the television show 'The Wonder Years'~
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A little pop of colour from the berries in the garden
snow capped hydrangea
my sweet little Shadow watching my every move
garden urns with all the bells and baubles covered up in a blanket of snow :-)
and little lanterns ...
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
These little battery operated flickering tea candles are perfect. I use to keep a regular tea candle in this holder but now, I can turn on the light and enjoy it all through the evening without worry :-) He's tucked into a book shelf I have in the kitchen.
Each year, we all get a new ornament for the Christmas tree ...
I have lots of little snowmen.
I made the Nutcracker needlepoint pillow about 20 years ago.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Mid way we stopped off for a coffee and muffin and just enjoyed the Christmas music & lightly falling snow flakes. Even with all the busyness that comes with the month of December, it really is one of my favourites.
When we arrived home around 5ish, I noticed a parcel on the front porch.
I placed the soap on a small glass dish for our downstairs bathroom.
And I plan on using both the tote and wine bottle holder on the table next week when we host a Christmas tea and scone afternoon.
I have a small artificial tree that I think will fit nicely inside the gift bag ...
Thank you Trish for your generosity!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
I didn't think at the time that it would be the beginning of a collection...
but the following Christmas, I found another adorable Nutcracker ...