Friday, April 26, 2013
Finally a little sunshine and warmth is coming our way (I did however encounter a snow storm in Erie Pennsylvania coming back from our trip south, what the heck?) Never mind all that, the forecast looks good from here on in :) It has me thinking of summer days and this new acquisition helps to bring it forth. Hello octopus, goodbye winter............... fingers crossed :(
Start thinking of ways to bring spring/summer into your rooms!
Monday, March 11, 2013
Not even finished and already we are making changes. I follow the "Nothing is written in stone" philosophy :) We have decided to position the island long ways in the kitchen instead of across the room (see older posts). A few reasons. Everybody insists on standing in here....... all the time, and secondly, the flow and views are much better. I really love it this way so now all we need to do is reposition the lights, paint, finish the south porch which will eventually hold the dining area (LOTS of sunlight and views)...... back to work...... :(
Oh, and we also need to build the island and take back the dining table.......... no worries :)
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I know I haven't posted much regarding the renovations lately, but we have been busy! The first photo is entirely the reason :) Busy in the best way possible! But the good news is, that progress IS being made. The railing was finished for the back stair (yes, I know it isn't painted yet) the bead board ceiling in the main floor powder room was installed (yes, not painted yet) and the ensuite is coming along......... at a rate..... to be determined :( We are installing the Schluter system for the shower, which can be purchased from your local orange big box store. Although pricey (it runs between $500-$700 depending exactly where you purchase) you will never have leaks or water damage of any kind. Yes, it is that good! This small bathroom is worth it............ how many century homes can say they have an ensuite?
Happily posting, even in my fourth year of renovating...... :)
While I have been a little tardy regarding posts lately (again, that is with a "d") I have made the beautiful salad with the gorgeous Procida lemon as promised, and here is the recipe!
Peel and chop several lemons into wedges and toss them in olive oil with chopped red onion, mint, and dried chile flakes. Season with salt. Yes......that is it..... :)
Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/06/raw-chopped-lemon-salad-procida-recipe.html#ixzz2N9MF8tgf
Also as promised (see, I remember) is the link to the beautiful lemon tree nursery if you live in the GTA and can get to it, otherwise google your own area.
You could literally spend hours in there............I know we did :)
Friday, February 22, 2013
|Kumquat tree, heavily laden|
|Dwarf Meyer lemon tree|
|Procida lemon tree, Procida region of Italy, and WAY too big for my house! But we did take a lemon :)|
|I couldn't resist bringing a little south to the house|
|This is my new Mexican Key lime tree, see the fruit?|
|It is covered with flowers about to bloom = lots of key limes :)|
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A blatant attempt on my part to hurry up Spring! It works for me, I love flowers in a room :)
Flowers can be one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a room feel better! Any room or all of them. Go get some and send me a picture.......... I would love to post it..... :)
Monday, February 4, 2013
The laundry room has been sub floor for so long, I might actually miss it. We are pushing to finish this before the weekend (the next one) and as it ties into the powder room, that area as well. On a good note, I love the tile we picked out, plus it is super fast laying larger tiles......... so sometimes things go smoothly.............:)
I hope I didn't jinx myself......... :(
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Try and look past the absolutely horrible outfit, to the amazing grouting that is being done! The marble tiles have been up for quite some time now, and the house girl finally worked her magic this past weekend :) I was so used to looking at the wall ungrouted, but there is a big change now. Your eye picks up the difference. Another pesky thing off of the very long list of final touches. As "A" pointed out the other day.......its come such a LONG way........... we will keep going until it's done...... :)
Monday, January 28, 2013
This is an exceedingly gloomy Monday :( Lots of rain and absolutely no sunshine. It is the kind of day where you notice everything that is not finished in this renovation. I guess I should be happy that I was asked again about being on the home tour.........(are they blind), but I think it will be one more year before it is absolutely in working order......that adds to the gloom........just a bit... :(
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A fabulous orange box. Pony hair with brass trim, the perfect accessory for any room. Spotted by an exceedingly competent shopper (you know who you are) in the November issue of Canadian House and Home. For me it was a quick call to Kantelberg and Company and off it was shipped to Australia and it's new home! I LOVE beautiful things, and this store is always full of them.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
When the paper whites are getting "leggy", they can still look good, but I like to cut them off at this point and put them in water. Apparently if you are growing new paperwhites and don't want them to get too leggy, you can put alcohol in 10% of the feeding water (rubbing alcohol will do, or vodka) and they do not get as tall. Thank you "K" for the information! Since all paperwhites are on sale now at the local stores, I might just try this method, I like paperwhites hanging around :)
Have a great day!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Friday, December 28, 2012
|The snow has finally arrived and created a winter wonderland|
|The paperwhites have finally decided to bloom|
|The candles burn most nights|
|And, the acorn, always a favourite, is waiting to catch someones eye :)|
The time between the end of the year and the beginning of the next is always a great transition. Good things will come in this year!
Happy holidays :)
Monday, December 24, 2012
Eve. I love that word. It is the beginning of all things new. Every single day is the eve of the next, and that reminds me to celebrate every day. I hope you are surrounded by friends and family as you await the next day :)
Hugs and merry, merry !
Friday, December 21, 2012
I am expecting a wonderful package to arrive today, very exciting, as I love surprises. This is an exciting time of year (if you don't subscribe to the Mayan calendar). It's going to be a busy weekend ahead with lots to finish up! Maybe even painting the wall and trim and putting on the outlet cover :( At least the dog has time to relax........ how nice for her..... :)
Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The magic of Christmas makes the art of entertaining even more special. I love to surround myself with friends and family during the holidays. Celebrating with food is something every culture participates in.
I hope you celebrate with everyone you care about this season............Merry, merry..... :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I know what you're thinking. Pine cones are really what people think about at Christmas. For some reason, I LOVE acorns............. call me nuts.... :) They represent all things Merry to me, so why not make them into a traditional Christmas gingerbread cookie? I used a Swedish recipe so they were extra tasty (they love their Pepparkakor). Let me know if you want me to post the recipe....... delish :)
Tuesday, December 18, 2012