Saturday, 29 November 2014


Hello you gorgeous creatures,

I confess ... I like a spotless house.  And even though the place is pretty neat and tidy (most of the time), I always do a spring cleaning ... for Christmas.  You know, the deep down, heavy duty cleaning that makes you wish you had an even smaller house.  Do you do this?

Anyway ... this morning I had a craving for something sweet, so I baked a cake.  It's a coffee cake that sits in the fridge overnight (the batter) and then you bake it in the morning.  It's delicious.  If you want to give it a try, check out the recipe here.  I made a vegan version, but you don't have to :)

Other than that I've been crocheting (I'm currently obsessed with cushions; round ones), and tomorrow I'll be prepping my office walls for a fresh coat of paint.

I leave you now with another picture of my yummy cake.  Let me know if you try it.

Sunday, 23 November 2014


 Do you remember my decoupage plaque?  Well, here it is!

We'll have to wait for spring to mount it, which gives me time to decide where I want it.  I originally wanted it to fill the void my mailbox will leave, but now I'm thinking somewhere in the garden.

I also went with WELCOME instead of ROSE COTTAGE.  I thinks it's friendlier, don't you?

I attended my granddaughter's ballet class yesterday.  It was such a great experience; my heart swelled watching her!  She loves to dance; the girl is undone the moment she walks onto the floor!

And finally, here's my latest little project.


I'm in love with these little hearts and plan to hang them all over the house.

eden rose

And the colour possibilities are endless!

What endless possibilities does your day hold?

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Good morning! It's been busy around here what with painting and plaque making and all sorts of crochet projects flying out of my hands!  I'm also in the process of giving the house a deep clean in preparation for the holidays.   I'm happily riding a wave of energy I haven't seen in quite some time, and then ...

Nancy from A Joyful Cottage invites me to write a guest post for her series, "Living Large in Small Spaces".  Nice timing I must say.  Nancy asked if I would expand on the focus of Impromptu which is JOY.  How great is that?   

So head on over to Nancy's for a little house tour and some interesting tidbits on how we chose our little bungalow by the lake. 

Thanks again, Nancy, for inviting me to share our story.

Thursday, 20 November 2014


... That's the name of the new paint colour in my master bedroom.

Before - Brushed Fur 

After - Harbour Haze

My new-ish Ikea dresser.  I switched out the pulls; you can't really see it here, but it's a little ceramic flower.  I have a thing for pretty pulls!

How do you like my first EVER crocheted cushion?  It was so much fun to make.

I got this duvet cover at Target in Florida years ago.  Still in love with it.

Cushion close-up.  I may make a few more!

Well that's the master bedroom done, except for crown molding and baseboards; a job for the handyman.

Next up - my office.  Stay tuned my friends!

Linking to:  Tweak It Tuesday

Monday, 17 November 2014


Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Mine was quiet; just the way I like it.

I woke up this morning to find this outside my kitchen window.

It made my first cup of coffee even better!  It's still coming down as I type.

By 9 a.m. I had prepped the master bedroom for a fresh coat of paint.

That middle colour up there is the one I'm going with, Benjanim Moore's Harbour Haze.

I'm off to the paint store!  I love snow, but I hate driving in it!!!

Linking to:  Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Saturday, 15 November 2014


Decoupage - from the French word d├ęcouper (meaning to cut out) is the art or craft of decorating objects with paper cut-outs.

Here's my plaque so far.  I got in on sale at Michael's, gave it 2 coats of paint and a good sanding in between and it's ready for embellishments!

I've been searching the www for ideas and have come up with something I really like. Roses are involved, of course.

More soon!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


As of next week my neighbours and I will begin collecting our mail at newly installed community mailboxes, and residential door-to-door postal delivery will cease to exist.

I find this kind of sad; but then again I lean towards a sentimental, idealized view of everyday life. But I'm trying the change that, really, I'm working on it.

But the mailman will be no more!  Gone, like the milkman ... I have a milk box at my back door that the previous owner closed over with glass block. Can you imagine?

Anyway, I suppose it's progress, right?  So in the spirit of 'getting on with it', I'm going to make a plaque to fill the void left by my mailbox.

In the process, I'm giving my little cottage a name.  And since I'm known in the neighbourhood as 'the gardener', let's start there.

Any ideas?

Monday, 10 November 2014


Do you remember this little dresser?

She's had a little makeover and a bit of purge as well.

There.  That's better, isn't it?

I found the pulls at a little antique shop in town.  For some reason, the colour in these two pictures is off.  Sorry.

Aren't they pretty?  I think I"m in love!  What do you think?

Linking to:  Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Saturday, 8 November 2014


I got up early this morning and added a second coat of paint to my little dresser. Then I cleaned up (I`m a very sloppy painter), put my PJs back on, and I though of you.

As I write this post, Ben is pawing at my laptop; he wants me to put it away, he wants a cuddle.  Soon, buddy, I tell him.

I'm so happy with this paint colour, I'm looking for something else to paint; no stick of furniture is safe today.  Crazy, right?

The thing is, colour is a funny thing.  That innocent little chip, sitting in its slot at the paint store, has such a huge effect (on the look, the feel, even the comfort of a room) when it wraps a wall or hugs a treasured piece of furniture.  And until it is actually UP ... you just don't know.

So when I find a colour I really, really like, I'm very loyal to it.  And there are less a handful of colours I really, really like.  I think it's safe to say I've found a new favourite.

Stay tuned. 

Friday, 7 November 2014


A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

A tradition from SouleMama.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Is new again, right?  Case in point:

that's wood filler, your eyes are fine

This little dresser/bookcase lived in my daughter's room (it was white back then) when she was a little girl.  In it, she displayed her toys and books, and stored her clothes.  When she grew up and left home, she chose not to take it with her.

Shortly after her departure (very shortly) I turned her room into my office and the little dresser was painted the colour you see here.  I then used it to display my toys and my books, and as storage for my crochet supplies.  So that's the old part.  Are you still with me?

Here comes the new part ... I've decided it needs a new coat of paint in a fresh new color.  I'm even going as far as changing out the pulls.  Here's what the old ones looked like:

Kind of boring, right?  I've already bought the new ones, but you'll have to wait to see those.  And the new paint?   I'll give you a hint - it's my favourite colour!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A Triple Threat

It was bitter cold yesterday with flurries and a bone chilling damp we haven't felt since well, last fall, I suppose.

Today is sunny and mild though, so we took advantage of nature's better mood to put away the garden and its embellishments.

Ben wondering where all the furniture went

Leaves were raked into flower beds and roses mounded with homemade compost.

The last of the roses - this one is Bonica

Leaves are gold for the garden; they offer insulation for the plants, nutrients for the soil, and work hard as a mulch on the weeds.  A triple threat ... and they're free! 

We have lots of trees and so do the neighbours, so there's no shortage of gold here.

This rose (Blanc Double de Coubert) is climbing onto the garage roof!

And finally, a little reminder at my doorstep this morning, that Fall has definitely arrived!

Linking to:  Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
                    Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House