Dreary days have this strange effect on me. They make me want to look at bright decor. I am not sure I could ever live in bright rooms. I have a funny feeling instead of feeling cheery, I would be angry. That being said, they are fun to look at.
With the gloomy days of winter spreading out before us I find it is good to take pleasure in the simple things. How pretty the snow looks on the front lawn, a hot coffee, warm banana chocolate chip muffins from a sweet neighbour and soap. Yes, I did just say soap. Now is also the time of year for sore throats and sniffles. In our home everyone is encouraged to wash hair hands with soap frequently. This also means we go thru a good deal of soap.
So enjoy the simple things or the little things. Finding time to enjoy them makes winter a happy season.
On a side note, tomorrow (Jan.23) at 7pm at Temple Baptist Church in Cambridge, ON. I am hosting a Pinterest night. There will be four small lessons on chalk painting, cup cake decorating, crocheting and stitch card making, with a hands on time at the end. It is all being taught at the beginner level but come for the coffee if you know it all. You are also welcome to bring a unique craft with you that you have been working on. We will have a small show and tell too! The cost is $5 for the event.
The Creme Cafe was a neat little coffe joint and I will be returning as soon as I can. I love the gray walls, funky lights, comfy couch and the over all feel.
Crossing at the lights with a caffeine high in place I entered the Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room.
Next time you are in the Hespeler area I suggest you swing into these neat shops. Oh, and of course the bookshop is great and there are many neat places to eat dinner in such as Ernie’s, The Village Eatery and Brownstone’s.
Christmas is put away. Ok, in my case not fully, but getting there. Regardless, the house seems sad and cold. My entire family is missing the twinkle of lights that many trees creates. So instead of putting those lights away I have been researching what I can do with them. I have stumbled upon a few ideas I would like to share. Then hopefully next week I will have something to show you that I have done in my own home.
Anyone else have a neat idea to share?
Today I dropped into the Cambridge location of Whimsical Furnishings and spoke with the owner Andrew. I had dropped by to ask a few questions for an upcoming ladies event that I am running and I ended up with a full education on the chalk paint they sell. It was fascinating. I actually came away excited!
First off, when I entered the shop there was no smell. I mean, no paint smell. That is a big deal to me, a person with asthma. I have used other chalk paints from the famous name I will not say, to the one I have even mentioned on my site that is sold at Canadian Tire and None of them smell like this paint. Which is no smell. The product Whimsical furnishing sells is the Aspire Paint. This Company offers an all natural, zero VOC, eco-friendly, and solvent free paint. Their paints contain no acrylic, no fungicide, no co-polymers and no worries! Their slogan is “The consumer needed it, your health demanded it, and we will provide it.”
– the paint has no smell & you add water to it
– the colours are stunning (see the choices on the shop wall)
– to prep a piece, simply clean with a damp cloth and windex
– no sanding required
– this product will never peel
– they have different types of sealer, from wax to a special top coat
– they offer great classes
– they do kitchens
– they have beautiful pieces in the shop
So if you want to check out some great pieces to add some interest to your home be sure to swing in to one of the two locations as well as check out the website: http://www.whimsicalfurnishings.com
You will not be disappointed and you will probably walk away excited like me. Dreaming about all the fun projects you can now tackle.
If you have not started cleaning up Christmas decor you are probably going to start to tackle it soon. Oh! Merry Christmas to all my Orthodox readers who are celebrating today.
I normally start to tidy up Christmas after January 7th. It is then a slow process as I say good-bye to a number of my favourite things. I find with Christmas there comes so much colour, texture and best of all…. glitter. What is there not to love? Oh ya…. the downside… storage. Over the years I have discovered that the better storage solutions I have the easier the clean up and set up the following year.
The first thing I do is take a photo of all my trees and decor. It is nice to remember what to repeat or what not to repeat the next year.
I then package up any wreaths. I love the new storage bags but I am also known for just green bagging them and hanging them in my storage room.
Next I have a plastic tote for each tree or mantle. I either put the ornaments back in their original boxes or use shoe boxes with paper cupcake wrappers as separators. My other option is plastic or styrofoam cups. See both examples below. Egg cartons are also a great idea for the smaller ornaments.
Lastly, once the trees are disassembled I either put them back in their box or a storage bag. Every year I add to my storage bag collection because the boxes start to crumble or I get frustrated trying to wrap the boxes with twine or tape. I love the storage bag.
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Here’s an excerpt:
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