October 27, 2014


Hi everyone!

Guess what was outside our window this morning?

Yup, the fluffy white stuff ....

.... we all call snow!

It will be melted by tomorrow. 

And we're now ready for winter!

Did you get snow today?

The last remnants of Fall.

Hi everyone!

It's finally happened! Fall has disappeared from our world here at the Little House in the Big Woods. I miss the bright and warm colors that have graced our space for the last few weeks. My favorite time of year always seems so short. But I'm grateful for the crisp air, engaging colors and warm smells. Now that the weather has turned, all we have left are the memories of these days gone by!

The wooden decor on our dining room door. 

Is Fall still blooming in your neck of the woods?

Nice Warm and Cozy Bed!

Hi everyone!

Winter has arrived. The snow began to fall gently outside our home last night, big flakes that at first melted before the hit the ground but over time, began to accumulate on the roof tops and trees. This morning, the pavement is wet but the grass has a light dusting of white. I can hear a neighbor scrapping the ice off their windshield. The thought of getting out of my nice warm and cozy bed is heartbreaking. Okay, that's a bit dramatic but really, can't I just stay here for the day and pretend the snow hasn't arrived? See that sad face on the pup in his nice warm and cozy bed? That's my face right now! I so want to cry ....


But I have a busy day ahead. Popping in to gather some documents from our family centre, then a meeting at the bank to review our financial needs, a trip to Costco to buy a few items that my staff have identified as low in supply at the moment and then home for lunch. Take grandson to preschool and spend the afternoon in his class creating art for a big project we're launching on November 1st. Then home to make dinner and tonight we get to meet with our builder to hear how much the siding we've chosen for our new home will cost. Fingers crossed it's close to our budget. 

Wishing you a lovely day as I venture 
out of this nice warm and cozy bed!

October 26, 2014

Inspiring Garden "Beds".

Hi everyone!

A quick post to end the day. Snow was predicated in our region, so we quickly tidied up the garden (one more time), purged the garage of anything and everything we could donate, bagged up the last of the leaves, and then took down the gazebo and tucked away the deck furniture. Dh even took the ladder and checked to make sure the gutters were still clean so they won't be clogged in the spring. We want to make sure all is in order, whether we rent out our house or sell it, before a new family moves in. 

While we were cleaning out the garage, I discovered an old, single bed frame, wooden with lovely turned spindles. Completely forgot that it had been gifted to us and we had stored it away behind a pile of big plywood boards leaning against one wall. As we don't need another bed anywhere, my first thought was to put it in the pile of items to donate. But then I started thinking about how we could "re~purpose" it into something else. And came up with the idea of creating a garden "bed" at our new home. Here's some great examples that have inspired my new project:

This old iron bed is so beautiful!

A wooden one painted blue.

Another iron bed with rows of plants.

And one more with a doll watching over the garden.

I also loved these two ideas. 

This one is my all time favorite!

Now I'm excited with all the possibilities. A simple wooden bed frame, dusty yet sturdy. With no actual purpose in our home, now with a list of ideas to re~create it's use. An inspiring item to either grow a beautiful bed of flowers or a wonderful spot to sit and gaze at the earth.

Have you found ways to re~purpose old furniture?

What? How Did That Happen??

Hi everyone!

I had a reasonable blogging goal this year and thought I was doing okay with posting, until I just added up my posts today and realized that as of right now, I'm still 100 posts away from my yearly goal of 260 posts. Yikes!!

So be prepared for a flurry of posts to catch up. I have just 66 days to accomplish this. Which is 1.5 posts per day. Are you ready to read a lot? I hope you will enjoy!!

Do you have a goal for your blog this year?

Look Who's Coming Home for Christmas!!

Hi everyone!

We were a bit sad this week to learn that our new home may not be ready for Christmas, as first planned. The trades in our community are incredibly busy and if one trade gets behind, it messes up the schedule for the rest. And that has happened with ours. Builder guy still thinks he can catch up but in the mean time, he's talked with us about the reality of not moving in as soon as we hoped. I appreciate his honesty and also his desire to continue to build well, not fast. We want and are getting a solid home, so if it takes a bit longer but is done properly, the wait will be worth it. I'm not a very patient person but am learning that good things take time and then they are even more appreciated for the wait that took place. That's our journey now but we were both still a bit sad and down.

What did lift my spirits from that news? The picture below:

This is Anakin Malibu, our newest grandbaby! And he's coming home for Christmas. It's his first as he was just born in the spring. And gramma and grampa are so excited to have a new little one in the house this year. We're very excited to have our son come home as well. But of course, once there is a grandchild in the picture, the adult children are loved but not as fun .... just kidding!! We miss both our boys every day and their families, so this news is a wonderful gift this year doe Christmas. If it's this house, Anakin will be sharing our last Christmas here. And if it's in the new house, he'll be marking our first Christmas in the country. Can't wait to meet this little guy!!

Have you made plans for your Christmas yet?

October 24, 2014

Creating our Guest Bedroom.

Hi everyone!

Taking a break from the tragedy that has been the focal point of our country for the last few days. I know it sounds selfish, but for just a short time, I need to think about something else. The sadness is overwhelming, the sentiments heart lifting and there is more to come as we all work our way through this senseless act of violence. 

So for the next few hours, I'm spending some time Creating our Guest Bedroom. We've never had a guest bedroom as we had just enough children to fill up the bedrooms in our house. Once they began to move out, instead of designating one of the empty bedrooms for guests, we ended up creating an office so my dh could edit his films and a mini art studio space for me to lay out projects to work on. Then our eldest dd moved back home with our grandson and you can guess what happened to our extra space! Hence, the building of the new home in the country. 

We knew that living outside of our community meant that sometimes, we will end up with overnight guests. And we are hoping our boys will come to visit with their family's. Our oldest son is coming for Christmas this year and if we're in, he'll be the first to sleep in our guest bedroom. Decorating it has been in my end lately and we have decided that our "theme" is English Country Garden. Our current furniture for the room includes the following:

*we have an antique iron queen bed frame in cream
*we have an old dresser that is "shabby chic" in cream/pink
*we have the matching desk that is in cream/pink
*we have an old solid wood rocker that will be painted pink
*we have an old Jenny Lind crib that will be painted pink
*we have a small flowery lamp that is cream/pink/green
*we have a small desk lamp that is in the same shades
*we have a sweet round painting that is creams/greens

What we need to pull this room together keeps growing! So far, the list includes the following:

*bedding and a queen mattress
*two night tables
*window coverings
*a small table to sit beside the rocker

I went for a little wander through our local mall the other day and came across some sweet bedding in the Target store that just opened last year. I haven't shopped there much, just starting to explore it and was surprised to find this set. I would have thought this set would have been only found in a specialty linen or bedding store. I've now completely fallen in love with it and haven't found anything else to come close to the look we're seeking. Hope you like it!

Cream sheet set.
Will need to find a matching bed skirt.

King sized quilt to cover the bed.
I want a larger one so it hangs over the edge nicely.

Pillow shams for two pillows.
Will have two more behind in cream.

An accent pillow.
May not purchase this but took a shot in case.

The walls will be a light sage green, the trim white and the floors a warm wood tone. We may purchase an area rug to go under the bed and if so, I'd choose either a soft pink or a light brown. Once we've moved in and put this room together, I'll post the end project pictures to see how close to my vision we get! Should be fun to pull it all together. And lovely to have our guests stay with us!!

Do you have a Guest Bedroom?
If so, how did you decorate it?

October 22, 2014

Proud but Sad ...

I am proud to be Canadian.
I feel so lucky to live in this paradise.

But tonight, I struggle to find the words
to share the experience of today. 

Over and over, all I can think, all I can
say is that all of us are incredibly sad.

There are no words.
There is nothing to say.