September 29, 2014
We created this Walk to Remember in our community and it's keeping us pretty busy these days. It is on Saturday afternoon and we're doing really well with all our planning. Last year was the first year and it went better than we could have ever dreamed, so I hope this year will go just as well. It's an inspiring and humbling experience but so worth the time and effort to support these very special families.
Wish us luck that the weather is beautiful!!
September 28, 2014
More photos from our recent trek to the miniature dollhouse show. We love going to this fun event every year!
The tiniest dollhouse I've ever seen.
We got a lot of great ideas. Can't wait for our house to be done. Once we move in, we'll complete the art studio and set up both dollhouses there to work on them gradually. Unpacking all the little treasures we've collected over time is going to be a lot of fun. Putting it all together is going to take a lot of work. But so much fun too!!
Did you have a dollhouse growing up?
Or wish you had one now to fix up?
Meet our little hockey player. He's so excited to be able to finally play, at the age of 3.5. Hockey is big in Canada and he's known for a quite a while that he wanted to try it out.
Ready to rough up the other players!
With his dedicated sidekick following!
Did your children play hockey?
Are you a big fan?
September 26, 2014
It's time for "Frugal Friday" with finds from our local Antique Mall this trip. Love this unique store to hunt for treasures. It never disappoints and we always find the neatest items.
New teal colored shopping bag from the owner.
Tiny candlelabra for $8.
Two mugs for $4.
Two gardening picture for $10.
A Becky Kelly book for $6.
And the best deal of the day,
another April Cornell dress for $16.
For a grand total of $44 (with tax $46.20).
Retail price of each:
The fabric shopping bag would be $2.
The candlelabra would be $20.
The mugs would be $25.
The gardening pictures would be $18.
The Becky Kelly book would be $16.
The April Cornell dress would be $169.
For a grand total of $230 (with tax $241.50).
A lovely $195.30.
Not bad for a wet and chilly Frugal Friday.
How has your frugal shopping been?
September 22, 2014
I am thankful on a daily basis for this life. A loving family, warm home to live in, a vibrant community, health that is not perfect but manageable, a job I love and the freedom to choose in a country that is alive and thriving. Occasionally, I miss a moment and have a bad day and then question life in general. Something always brings me back to the very core of life. And being thankful is always at the top of that very long, well thought out and beautiful list.
Today, it was a huge wake up call for the thankfulness in my life. Our eldest daughter, with grace and courage, is now formally divorced and the proud single mama of our first born grand baby, Mr. B. He travels down south about once a month to visit his dad. Often it's cancelled but this weekend, the dad was getting married again, so it was important that B attend. Mom and dad meet half way between both communities and the hand off takes place smoothly each time. Today, she was driving back home after picking B up and on the same highway that a huge accident occurred. So large, both big cities sent trauma life helicopters to the scene. In total, 7 people were injured and taken to hospital, some by air and some by ambulance. We realized when we heard the news that our daughter and grandson were on that highway at that time. Texting and calling netted us silence and we were soon a bundle of nerves. I began to panic and of course, having already lost 2 children, I began to prepare for bad news. Just as I was about to burst with anxiety, we heard the sweetest voice come up the front steps, calling our names! They were finally home, safe and sound, and late, because they had to pass by this tragic accident. Somewhere tonight, families are hurting but I will admit, having done our time, we are so thankful our daughter and grandson were not part of that incident. I hate they have to travel down that road but this is part of life now. I know I'll never get used to it. But today, I'm thankful all is well and our wishes for a safe journey home were answered. Our babies are here, tucked in snugly. It's all I could ever ask for, to have my kids grow to old age!
Were you thankful for something today?
September 21, 2014
It's been a while since I wrote about the dollhouses we are restoring. For now, all the tools and the dollhouse furniture items are packed away, until our big move. In our new house, we'll have a true Art Studio that will house both the dollhouses while we work on them. Can't wait to have a dedicated space to lay out everything and work on it, bit by bit, instead of having to put it all away at the end of a work bee. Stretching out and having many projects on the go will be heavenly for this multitasking ADD mama!!
Today we attended the annual Dollhouse show in the big city. We love to hunt through bins and baskets for all the best "minis" for our houses. The overhead shot above shows what we were able to find, for a very reasonable $55. Most years, we take along $100 and spend it all, but this year, we managed to find everything we were hoping for, and more, and still have money left over! The remaining $45 will go back into our savings account for next years annual trek.
Here's a brief rundown of what we bought today. Counter clockwise, from the top of the green blanket, we bought a black curio cabinet (with glass shelves and mirrored backing) for the room that will hold the black grand piano; a wooden wall phone; a black top hat; a wooden display box with real crystal rocks from Jasper; a sweet gingerbread wall hanging with matching tea towel for the kitchen; a leather bag holding pieces of fire wood; two painting palettes; a magazine; a clock; a ceramic green frog for the garden; a tomato; Christmas lights for the outside of the house; and a plate of Christmas goodies. In the centre, there is a lavender gingham table cloth and 4 napkins; a painted birdhouse; a book with a set of reading glasses; a tray with a coffee grinder and a few other kitchen utensils to make a display; a newspaper with a fish and a gutting knife; a purple, felted octopus; a small birdhouse and a feather pen.
Above, we have, starting counter clockwise again, a sweet tea set; a picture frame; a perfume bottle; a "picking up" tool; a set of tweezers; a set of cards; a cupcake; a set of wooden garden pots; a turkey on a platter; a woven rug; a set of veggies; a cardboard greenhouse; a metal heat radiator; a lace bag; a bath bag, bar of soap and sponge; a bundle of New York Times newspapers; a plant in a pot; a wooden shelf; a front door wreath and a welcome sign. In the middle, we have another picture frame; a kit to make a "tiny watering can garden scene"; an ivy plant; a pine cone turkey; 2 loaves of bread; a wooden sled with welcome on it; a letter with a stamp; a cheque; a perfume bottle; fabric roses; a hammer; a undefined tool; a bouquet of posies; a wooden shelf; a ceramic knitting bowl with a ball of yard and 2 knitting needles; 2 bags of stones; and a candelabra.
Close ups of some of the items listed above.
The wallpaper is for a nursery.
More close ups!
The beautiful black curio cabinet.
Halloween items, including a bowl of candy!
We had such a good time, my dh, my youngest dd and me. It usually takes us a good 2 hours to go through the entire hall and dig around for treasures. Today, I won the first door prize! I never win anything and was quite surprised to hear my name called. My prize? A lovely bouquet of pink roses in a pot for the garden. You can see it in the 4th picture, in the upper left corner. We got to meet the artist and she was so sweet. A small thing that touched my heart today and left a memory to cherish each time I see the bouquet.
That's my dollhouse update for now. Once the house is finished and we move in, I will set up the Art Studio as quick as I can and get to work on restoring both dollhouses. Lots of work ahead but truly a great winter eve's project!
What are your plans for the long winter ahead?
We've had incredible weather this week and the weekend was amazing. It reached 28 degrees Celcius today, at a time of year when we're lucky if we can have a sunny afternoon around 18 degrees. Thankful for this beautiful time of year. And from our garden, the "last ones" to bloom are here:
Blowing in the breeze.
A large bloom and one to come!
How is your garden this fine September?