Saturday, April 9, 2011


I attended a very special, by invitation only, sale yesterday.  A very talented lady who repurposes furniture is moving, fast, and had a garage full of furniture and accessories she needed to get rid of.  She advertised that every item would be sold for exactly what she paid for it!

One of my purchases was this gorgeous white wicker plant stand.

I was compelled to purchase one of these equally gorgeous hydrangeas when I saw them for sale at Home Depot.

I placed a small garden statue on the little shelf below.

I put the plant stand in my entrance to bring some much needed "Spring" to this tiny foyer.

 The second plant stand was purchased with the intent of going outdoors.

Actually, I'm not even sure it is a plant stand.  It has 3 holes in the bottom tier.  (Cats are allowed but must enter at their own risk as there are 3 dogs in residence)! 

Both the seller and I have 'assummed' that's what this 3-tiered, half round table was intended for and after much pondering over this piece, I decided to 'bring it in'.

I used clay pots with ivy in them to fill the 3 holes.

Also a couple of sweet birds because what's a garden without our feathered friends (even the indoor kind)?
Love the details ... brass feet and wheels.

Intricate turned wood.
A vintage inspired garden journal sits atop the second tier ...
Along with a wire bird cage, complete with nest and bluebird.

And a small white urn.
The top tier holds a faux lavender topiary in a clay pot.

Although there isn't much happening yet outside, my indoor garden is looking
lovely, thanks to the addition of my new plant stands!

I'm joining the party at French Country Cottage! It's Feathered Nest Friday No. 30!
Come and join the fun!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Here is my eldest son, pictured many years ago during Easter.  He was so adorable but also a handful;  a very spirited boy with a mind of his own!

He provided me with so much joy and entertainment!  He was an extremely active boy who kept me on my toes and on the run with his various activities.

He played hockey, baseball, soccer.  He took swimming lessons and Karate.  He was a Boy Scout and an Army Cadet.  He took guitar lessons but ...

eventually settled on playing the drums!  He played in his school band and is now currently playing in a local band, looking for their big break.

And while vacationing several years ago, he met Erica.

They fell in love, he proposed and they started planning a destination 'beach' wedding.

Last week they tied the knot in Jamaica!

Sadly, I was not able to attend but along with other family & friends who couldn't be there .....

I enjoyed a live webcast of the event!

Congratulations to my son and his new bride but looking back, where did the time go?

Cheers - Lisa

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Sorry for the delay in announcing my Spring Giveaway Winner.  I've been having problems with Blogger and it can be frustrating.  I cannot upload any photos so take my word for it when I tell you that I still do things the old fashioned way and printed off all my followers names, duplicated the ones that entered multiple times, and used my scissors to cut all the entries into tiny, individual strips.  I then used a vintage tin to hold all the names and Hubs selected the winner for me!

Without further delay ... the winner of my Giveaway
is Susan from Evelyn & Rose!

Thank you to all of my followers, new & old, and especially to those who took the time to add my Giveaway to their sidebar and/or posted about my Giveaway!

Cheers - Lisa

Tuesday, March 22, 2011



I had advanced ordered two copies of Romantic Prairie Style (One for moi and One for my Spring Giveaway) and the predetermined delivery date had come and gone.  Actually LONG gone.  Talk about cutting it close to my Giveaway Deadline of March 27th. 
I was already formulating stall tactics for the potential winner.
This morning when I opened my email at the office, Indigo sent me a message letting me know that my order had been shipped!  And then, a couple of hours later my package was delivered and now I've lost all concentration (where work is concerned) and I'm sneakin' peeks at the photos in the book, all while it's hidden in my desk drawer, so as not to draw attention to my ADDICTION!
The book is FABULOUS and congratulations to Fifi O'Neill for putting together such a treat and feast for the eyes!

This Sunday, one of my lucky followers will win themselves a copy
and then they too, will really understand where I'm coming from!

Cheers - Lisa

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


21 years!  Yup ... Two Decades + One Year!

Not years of age (hmmmm, a gal can dream, can't she)?;

Nor an anniversary of wedded bliss (THAT ended in half the time)!

No, these flowers represent 21 years of continuous employment with the same Employer.

But they weren't presented as a token of loyalty or a pat-on-the-back for a job well done!

They were simply a beautiful & generous surprise from a thoughtful colleague who wanted to take a moment and recognize my years of service.

It's those special friends and co-workers who surround and support us daily that make 21 years feel as though it were just yesterday!

Cheers - Lisa

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Around here it feels as though
we're still heavily immersed in our Canadian winter ...

But the Calendar doesn't lie and apparently Spring is set to
arrive in a few short weeks ...
So it is time to announce my


When I started my blog I decided I would
have 4 Giveaways that would coincide with
the changing of our seasons.

First up .... a beautiful

Hand Crafted by Gracie Jewellery

A bracelet of 3-sided Rose Quartz accented with beads of sterling silver hand wrapped with sterling silver. Closes with a sterling silver toggle clasp with oxidized accent.

Rose Quartz Bead 11mm W x 15 mm L
Fits 7½" wrist


Perfect tote to take along to the Grocery Store or Flea Market!

Digital transfer printed onto a light weight cotton tote that is
reusable with double handles.
A removable flower pin that can be worn on a jacket or left in place on the tote.
Bag should be hand washed in cold water and line dried to preserve the transfer.

And finally, as previously mentioned
A copy of


is open to all of my followers.
Leave a comment on this post and I'll enter your name twice.
and let me know and your name
will be entered three times.
I'll draw the winner's name on Sunday, March 27th, 2011.

Giveaway is open to all Countries!


Cheers - Lisa