Monday, January 23, 2017

THOUGHTS OF SPRING ON A WET, DULL DAY!!!!

It has been dull, wet and windy the past few days here in Ontario.  I am not complaining ( well maybe a bit) because there is no snow.  I know that I am jumping the gun a bit but I smell Spring coming out of the earth so is it really that far behind?





I was out yesterday for a bit, came back early because of the fog, but on my drive home to the farm I saw a farmer's field already inches high with Spring crop.  I am not sure what it was but it was both exciting and disturbing to me.  I want Spring but it is January so anything popping up it's little head now will surely die off if we get frost.

But, I do look forward to the Spring babies, tulips and daffodils, laundry blowing in the breeze and of course the fragrant lilacs wafting through the bedroom window from the lovely old lilac bushes in front of our house.

I was shopping on the weekend and of course the stores are brimming with Valentine's cards and gifts but I saw something else there too.



Shelves overflowing with Easter things!  Come on, it really is pushing it a bit don't you think.  Easter is on April 16th. almost 3 months away.  I just finished packing away Christmas so this was a shock.  I do not think I have ever seen Easter promoted so early.

Well, I will hold off preparing for Easter, I am getting ready for Valentine's day and keeping my fingers crossed for an early Spring.

Have a Happy Monday everyone and don't forget it is MEAT FREE MONDAY so why not visit the site and try one day without meat you may make it a tradition!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!!!!

The year is coming to an end.  As a brand New Year gently comes in I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Loving New Year.......



Filled with twinkling stars, magic and moonbeams.


Surrounding yourselves with great times, amazing food and friends that make you laugh.


Getting joy from the simple pleasures, not everything cost a pretty penny.  Doing what is good for you, make this and every year YOUR YEAR.   Take time for yourself.


This is my NEW YEAR'S BLESSING for everyone.  BE KIND, BE GENEROUS, LOVE, BRING JOY, RECEIVE JOY, A KIND WORD IS WORTH MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, LIVE PEACEFULLY, LIVE FULLY AND SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT......BE KIND TO ALL LIVING CREATURES.  The one thing that is UNIVERSAL is a SMILE!!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM!!!!

Well, Christmas has come and gone.  It seems like every year, no matter how early you plan things, the big day just creeps up on you and before you know it  the day is done.

I don't know about everyone else but for me once the presents are gone from the tree my Christmas Spirit begins to end.













I usually post the farm decorated for Christmas much earlier but time got away from me so here we go.  This is the main kitchen.  We bought the NO PLACE LIKE HOME sign the day our little 3 year old grandson was born.

I absolutely love Christmas so I do deck out the halls.  I put up lots of twinkly white lights and candles and as many vintage ( reproduced and original) ornaments I can find.













I made the Silent Night pillow for the rocker and used one of Santa's sacks for the back.  I display all of my Grandmother's ornaments in a big wire tray and put a little tree in the middle topped with a paper star our son made when he was only 4.

I love the iron Santa and Reindeer rocker ornament, another HomeSense find years ago.  The HO HO HO candles were on the Pumpkin Cupboard this year after being in the family room for a very long time.    My Grandmother's folk art Canada Goose sits proudly on my Green Linen Press decked out with a velvet red ribbon for the holidays.

I hang the very best vintage ornaments on the bookcase , they are safe and you can see them really well.

Poor Luca spent most of the holidays in my big chair, it was all a bit too much for him.



No room in the house gets missed, even the bathroom was fully decorated.






The Cook's Kitchen was all red and white.  I like that kitchen to by very Scandinavian.  I have my little tree in a pot with a Tomte on the front ( a Value Village find) and my stuffed little Tomte kept watch.  It is a bit hard to see but I bought a gorgeous gold robin with a crown which looks so pretty with the tree.  The picture is a boat on the fjord in Norway ready for St. Lucia day.  I found the red and white cow bells this year at HomeSense, I was thrilled, I have been looking for some for a while now.





In the family room I put beautiful paper stars in each window.  The ones in the front light up.  We did have a White Christmas which was lovely.  I made the Kringles Toy Delivery sign.  I fashioned Santa after my hubby, his beard is not quite that white.








I made the cute little angel a few years ago.  I have lots of little trees in this room, each means something.  the one in the sack just has a Santa on top, it is one of my favourites.  The little tree on the table near the big star is covered with little Santa heads which are my husband's favourite ornaments.  The best little tree is the one adorned with my Grandmothers vintage ornaments from when my dad was little.




Our big tree is all decorated in miniature mice ornaments, I have collected them for a very long time.  I was going to change it this year but they are a tradition that my son loved and now my grand babies love.  Atop the tree sits, what else, Santa.






Christmas dinner was lovely, surrounded by family, lots of good food and lots of laughter and love.  Last year I found these gorgeous Sophie Conran Christmas dishes at HomeSense's Boxing Day Sale.  They are hand thrown with a simple Christmas border.  They looked so nice on the table.  I made all new Christmas Cookies this year, Icebox Cherry , Scottish Shortbread, Gingerbread Snowflakes, Double Chocolate Swirls and the favourite, Raspberry Ribbons.  I tried a new Dressing, looks beautiful in the pan but I will stick to my old stuffing next year, this was a bit bitter .


I ended the evening with a nice glass of organic eggnog from a local dairy.  A little nutmeg and a bit of the old nog and it ended a perfect Christmas.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you have enjoyed visiting our Christmas farm.