Sunday, November 01, 2009

Costume Party

Tatum came over to show us his Monkey Costume on his very first Halloween. He was so cute. I can hardly believe he turned one last weekend! Had a nice family party here for him.

It`s been 9 years since we last dressed up for Halloween and it was fun.
Here`s Hubs.
He had to glue this on and it moved naturally when he talked. We went as an odd sort of couple. He, perhaps a wizard from another dimension I like to think, but the horns speak differently LOL. Long jacket, white shirt and long bow tie, wig, cane. He just needed to purchase a hat. I had mentioned a wider brim one but I had mistakenly called it a fedora at the beginning, and that`s all he could remember when at the store. So a fedora it was LOL.

.....and me, a 1920`s fortune teller. I loved dressing up and found everything I needed here at home. Despite it being only a Halloween costume, I loved the elegant bohemian feeling it gave off. What fun to be able to dress in fancy clothes. From the black boa which hangs in my bathroom to a 20`s style dress that a friend had given me years ago. I hemmed it just a bit above the ankles and the chiffon overskirt hung lower than the underneath part. Stockings made above the elbow fingerless gloves, my Mum`s long Victorian necklaces, a short black faux fur jacket for outdoors and lots of scarves. What fun it was to get so dressed up! I even painted my finger nails in the way they did in the 20`s. The tips and half moons were left unpainted. You might see them better clicking on the pic. Odd looking and it took a bit to get used to them. I kind of miss them now funnily enough, now that I`ve taken the paint off. The other side of the scarf stands out in a bow which is hidden in this pic. Fun doing the eye makeup they did then too. So dusky and dark and long eyebrows and pouty lips.
I could dress in that fashion every other day if I could get away with it LOL

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!



I know my blog has been almost dead. All due to lack of doing much really and no summer to show a veg garden etc etc.

Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Halloween. Dressing up this year and going to a party :)
I`ll post a picture hopefully if any turn out okay.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Horse is a Horse Of Course, of Cource......

Unless it`s a donkey, that is.....

When we went off to hubs` family reunion and took a walk down to the barn, it was becoming really overcast and a storm was blowing in. The horses and donkey seemed only interested in going inside the barn. Baby was the only one who didn`t seem concerned.
Angus, about to swat the camera lens....

Take a peek, if you get a chance, at
Isn`t It Just Darling
. It`s a brand new blog that`s young and hip, intelligent and interesting. She`s only just started it, but I love it already. Oh....and it`s by my daughter :) My blog isn`t linked to it because I told her that I`d like to continue remaining incognito lol
http://isntitjustdarling.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 06, 2009

'Tis Summer Finally, For a Few Days at Least....


I`m reading a book called "One Fifth Avenue" by Candace Bushnell. It`s light and funny and look at how descriptive she is......

"In a tiny room at the edge of the apartment, her husband, James, with his sweet balding head and messy blonde comb-over, was pecking away mercilessly at his computer, working on his book, distracted, and believing, as always, that he was on the edge of failure.
Of all his feelings,this edge of failure feeling was the most prominent. It dwarfed all other feelings, crowding them out and pushing them to the edge of his consciousness, where they squatted like old packages in the corner of a room. Perhaps there were good things in those packages, useful things, but James hadn`t the time to unwrap them."

Hubby captured this butterfly on the butterfly bush which finally only just began to bloom two weeks ago.

This Poplar tree was struck by lightening a few weeks ago in one of our many electrical summer storms. The bark was blasted off, and luckily no damage anywhere else except our 2 modems on the computers. This tree though makes a horrible mess in Spring. Leaves a thick layer of white fluf all over in it floats through the air as thick as snow. Not fun cleaning up what`s brought inside. So good riddens to it finally coming down and for an excellent price too.



All gone and I really don`t notice it missing.

The rare and hard to find "Arial Man" came and fixed my parents antenna for them. This side of the pond has decided to make it very hard for people living in the country to be able to watch tv without paying astronomical satellite fees.
Our arial totally conked out for good and we had to cave and get the basic satellite.

And here`s my little sugar man :) He`s over at Granny and Grampa`s for Shepards Pie with Mummy and Daddy.

And I saved sweety-pie Elvis for last....`scuse the weeds.....

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. It`s Labor Day long weekend here and I`m savoring every sunny hot moment! We have had a crap summer again here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Welcome to the Jungle, Hubby Makes a Headboard and Melts the House

It`s been forever since I`ve bothered to post anything here, so I`m slamming up lots of pictures if there`s anyone that hasn`t given up peeking at this blog. We really haven`t had much of a summer. Rain or overcast skies for almost every day.This weekend seems to be our summer so far. Some flowers have bloomed and others are still trying to. Lots of green! The bugle vine ....bugle? I meant trumpet. Knew it was some sort of musical instrument hehe....it has just started and the butterfly bush has no blooms yet. I`ve notices small patches of scarlet or yellow in some trees already along some roads :( No!!! It`s too early!!!


We`ve had 3 very small tomatoes to eat so far. I`m still hoping the others will ripen a bit. Carrots. lettuce and onions still aren`t ready. My garden is a little wetter than some, so it`s really behind and wants more bright sunshiny days...

Teddy...22 now, still enjoying a sit in the pot of catnip yesterday.

Izzy poses up on the roof

"Enough now" she says

Angus loves posing for the camera...

Sweet Elvis....

Nap time....

We decided to make some home made burgers and cook them for my Mum and Dad.
Not being on our BBQ, hubby er um forgot to pull it out away from the house. By the time he did remember it was a bit too late. He called me out and showed me and said "they are going to kill me! I gazed at it as horrified as he. All was well though, of course they knew it was an accident and my Mum said she has never really thought what the reason was to pull it out, and now she knows.My Mr. fix it has another thing to fix now...

The bedroom is finally finished. I wallpapered and then painted the ugly old dressers blackish and the bedside table gold leaf. Made two bedside throw rugs from some shaggy fabric that`s washable. With pets and this colour, everything MUST be washable LOL..

Never mind my dead hydrangeas....

And ta da! The headboard my husband made! I love it. It`s a budget headboard. The wood and stain cost about $100.

He didn`t have any tools for fancies so we searched and found some poly-whatsit ornaments and I stained them the same colour as the bed.


Think I`ll make a little off white skirt to hide the messies inside.

Bought an antique chandelier in Toronto when I went to stay over at my daughters for a fun weekend shopping trip and ordered an off white sheepskin rug from out west for the end of the bed.

My Mum found me some Euro pillow forms and I made covers for them with some fabric I had and added the tassels. Made the throw pillows except for the cream and gold one and bought a cheap cotton quilt and shams...washable of course!
Painted the picture frames black and painted some black on some prints I had.

I made a slip cover for this chair with some fabric I had sitting around. Slightly on the shiny side for my taste but will do for now.

Finally actually took the time to make the bed covers into slipcovers. Much easier to take off now and wash :)

And last but most important, my little sausage Tatum holstering my cell phone with my niece at the family reunion. He`s such a happy little man! The way the pictures taken looks like his head is bigger than his body LOL

So that`s what I`ve been up to. Changed the bathroom a bit but kept the wallpaper. I`ll save that for another day and try to get back here much sooner than this!!
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend. It`s a lovely sunny day here and no matter how hot it gets,it`s supposed to get really hot, I`m not complaining because we`ve had so few of them.

tea
xo

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I`m a Bad Blogger.......

Wow....Spring is finally here. An unusually chilly one though.
I`ve been busy working and too tired when I get home to blog really. I think I`ve run out of things to write about. Also any time I`m on the computer it`s doing research looking for specific things and with slow internet....oh boy! Hours wasted LOL
Hubby is making a headboard from a picture for our bed and then later the footboard. When that`s all done and we`re finally able to find some nice wood appliques, I`ll post about it.
For now, here`s Elvis and Tatum for you Judy :) Tat is such a happy little guy and already 7 months old! Off to work soon. This is one of the rare unfortunate days that I`m working in the afternoon. But these days I`m thankful to have a job.
Hope everyone is doing good.



Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moving Things Around

Tatum is 5 months old now! He`s really growing fast and so sweet.

I have a "what do I put of the shelf?" window problem. The plants don`t match at all and I`ve now moved them. I brought the dark pink flowers out from the bedroom for the table for now, until I can think of something else. They are springy anyway and add colour. The chest is from the hall. I wish I had another round picture for the other side of the window. Maybe I can find one sometime. I love that Pears Soap dog. He`s from the kitchen.

This was painted gold before and I decided to make it more garden-like with some acrylic paints and water.

It`s now sitting in the window looking lonely LOL
This mirror went from the bedroom to the kitchen and now the end of the frontroom.


This is another project waiting to be done. I found this heavy Ralph Lauren Khaki stripe online really cheap.

Lots of plants in the kitchen. That stone vase was $15 at a vintage shop downtown Toronto. Picked it up when we went to visit my daughter. It can hold water well for flowers or plants. I stuck an artificial one in for now.

Sunday was my first day off in 13 days and I got a lot done. Removed two cupboard doors and lined them with fabric stapled on. Some jagged lace is what I have in mind for the edges. The under sink cupboards are coming off next and a skirt to replace them when I get the fabric and the energy. I do have the rod already hehe.

I hauled in this old mirror from the spare room and put a print on either side. They need frames yet someday. And moved over a bit. I shoud wait until things are the right way before I post pictures really, but hey, this is real life and I`m decorating "on a dime" or "a dollar" these days. I`m trying for a country style French/Italian/English look LOL Besides, my blogging powers have poorly sunk since I first started out and it`s easier and faster to slap up pictures than use the brain power for Toe Tales or Theodore tsk.

The dog print has now moved above the computer table. I made a skirt and stapled it on around and brought in an old lamp.

Teddy turned 22 this month and though scraggly looking, he`s still got some spunk left in him. I had this crystal hainging in the window and when I changed the curtains it fell on the floor and became a toy.

I`ve saved the best pictures for last :)