Saturday, January 28, 2012

DIY Idea: Crepe paper flowers.

This is a really simple and chic way to dress up spring gifts or party favour bags!

Full tutorial at Oh Happy Day

Friday, January 27, 2012

Five senses friday.

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Cause for celebration! I just finished a tremendously large amount of work (that took me allll week) at the end of the day today!


papers, papers, and more papers!


a little tooooo much Madison Violet!


a celebratory cosmopolitan!


not very much....I came down with a bit of a cold this week


my perfect travel tea mug. perfect for keeping my throat warm when it's a bit scratchy.

See below photo for source.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pinterest Picks: Valentine baking.

I don't normally bake anything special for Valentine's Day, but my goodness, are there ever creative ideas on Pinterest! A sampling:

Source: via Jordane on Pinterest

Yikes...are there ever ideas out there!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

diy idea: frozen hearts.

A pretty valentine to show off outside.

You can be SO creative with what types of petals, greens, twigs,
berries, or whatever you decide to put into the hearts!

Get the full tutorial over at Poppytalk!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

diy idea: satsuma candle

This is a clever, budget friendly project that will probably impress anyone
you have over for a dinner party!

Using only satsuma oranges and olive oil, you can create an organic candle that will
burn for a couple of hours. The scent must be amazing!

For full instructions visit Honestly WTF

Five senses saturday.

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Yikes. The last two weeks I've missed my Friday post. Maybe I should be calling it Six Senses Saturday? Life's been a little busy lately, but it's finally the weekend and time to relax!


One of my houseplants gradually be eaten by my cat. I think it's pretty much finished now.



Tea on a cold night


My vanilla coconut candle


The icy cold winter wind - which finally hit us this week after a beautiful break from our typical Canadian winter! Here is a poem I found this week that captures the feeling:

"Canadian January Night" - by Alden Nowlan

Ice storm; the hill
a pyramid of black crystal
down with the cars
slide like phosphorescent beetles
while I, walking backward in obedience
to the wind, am possessed
of the fearful knowledge
my compatriots share
but almost never utter:
this is a country
where a man can die
simply from being
caught outside.

See below photos for source.
Have a wonderful winter weekend!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Five senses friday.

Source: via Susan on Pinterest


The snow falling softly this morning


Pages flip in my book(s) this week. Finished this one and started this one.


This yummy baked dish


Freshly brewed coffee


Icy cold wind for the first time this winter

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY Idea: Dotted flower wrap.

Here's a simple diy idea to brighten up someone's day:

Use bingo dabbers to make white tissue paper flower wrap look cheery
(use waxed tissue paper to avoid a soggy mess)

Perfect with Valentine's Day around the corner...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winter inspiration.

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

Today is a blowy snowy day.
Love this photo by Creature Comforts posted today.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Gardening Trends.

A new year is always about new trends, including in the garden!

Here are six gardening trends to watch, as forecasted by Canadian Gardening Magazine:

1. Straw Bale Gardening

2. Water Conservation

3. Urban Homesteading, Guerilla Gardening, Foraging and Harvesting an Urban Bounty

4. Extreme Green

5. Gardening in Small and High Places

6. Winter Interest

Visit this article for the full information on each trend!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Five senses friday.

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest


The natural world in winter while at a cabin this week


The sound of the ice on the lake.


Good meals this week: salmon, steak, schnitzel. mmmmm.


The chlorine in the hot tub. Sooo relaxing, but I don't like that smell!


Firewood being carried into the cabin.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Winter getaway.


My husband and I just got home from 3 days away at this lovely cabin in the woods.

Our cabin overlooked a beautiful frozen lake. While there is snow in the pictures, we actually are experiencing a very abnormal winter this year. We should have much more snow than what you can see. In fact, there wasn't enough snow on the cross country ski trails yet!! So, off we went to blaze our own path on the lake.

We loved watching nature from our cabin window. The birds (and squirrels!) ate up all of the seed we put out for them...

...and we even had two deer wander past our cabin window while we were eating breakfast one morning!

Seeing as there was little snow, we opted for a hike instead of a ski. No need for snowshoes!

An amazing, relaxing break. I could have stayed longer!

Two more highlights of the cabin were the outdoor hot tub on our deck and the wood burning stove inside. I loved soaking in the tub with a glass of wine every evening and I also loved curling up with my book in front of the fire!

Learn more about where we stayed here.
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