So I like fun jewellery. You know, the grown up version of play jewellery from when we were kids. I like the bling that comes in under $20. It is fun to mix it up without spending loads of cash. Also, you can find neat deals at garage sales and thrift stores. The one issue I have is storing it. I have tried boxes but then I forget what I have. My other solution was hanging it in my closet. See below.

But that is still a bit annoying. Unhooking it off the bar and not the best light. I wanted another simple solution.

I found a cheap plastic frame and put a coat of chalk paint on it and hung it on the wall. I then grabbed a handful of small nails and went to town.

This piece is behind my bedroom door so not really out there for all to see but it does make my morning selection so much easier and also gets my teenage daughters out of my room quicker too! (They often borrow pieces.) 

Now this is not all of it. I will leave the chunkier more bead like pieces in the closet but the light more everyday prices are now grab and go frame-tastic.



Every year I choose a new word. 

This years is going to be one of the hardest for me. As a teenager of the 90’s and growing up in the X File generation of “Trust No One”, this is a huge leap for me to take.

I am going to be more trusting of people around me, whether it be at work, in volunteering and in my church. I will not be foolish but instead of looking for the negative I will trust they have good intentions. I guess in my “old age” I am starting to have my rough edges worn away and realize that there truly are a lot of good people in the world and if they hurt you, it probably wasn’t even intentional. Yep, that is a hard pill to swallow but I am working on it. Trust me! 😉 I am working on it! 

I think too often I have leaned on my own experiences and my own thoughts  to come to conclusions where trust would be foolish. This year will be different. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

I mentioned my word to my boss Ellen who has taught me so much in just six months and she had it drawn for me. 

Such a simple short word but such a challenge. 

Do you have a word for the year? 

Crafty Christmas…

This Christmas my family dug deep and let their inner crafters have some fun. My sister in-law especially! 

In her pottery class she made me a lovely change dish which I have displayed on my nightstand but my favourite piece is her “let it snow” art. She white washed a frame and then with burlap and paper made me a lovely picture which I hung right away.

I love this piece a lot! 

Then one of my aunts made the cutest ornament earnings for all the ladies. Stand included! 

My mom made me a fabulous hat and there was other jewelry to pick from. One of my other aunts designed the coolest pens.

These are the best gifts at Christmas! I love when everyone brings out their inner crafty! 

Merry Christmas! 

A weekend of firsts

This has been a fun weekend of firsts. My first time being in the Elmira Santa Parade, my first blowup lawn figure and first snowfall.

The parade was a blast. We wore acorn hats and had a cute little squirrel chase us about. Graf-Martin Comminications has a saying that we find the oak inside the acorn, thus the reason we were a bunch of nuts! 

Then I have to admit I am a bit of a Christmas decor snob. I like “pretty”. Today I did the unthinkable!!! We purchased a blow up 6′ snowman that even lights up! No he is not going on my front lawn but on my back deck beside the hot tub. He is our new hot tubbing friend. He is not girly or pretty but he makes me smile and that’s all that matters! 

This is also the first snowfall. So pretty. I just love this time of year and I love my hubby who set this fun in motion for me! 

It’s NOT December 

It’s not December! Is the line I have heard all week. People asked me what I did last weekend and my reply is, “put up my Christmas trees.” 

I remember as a child the rule was, no tree until December first but as an adult I figure, my house, my rules. So the trees go up after Remembrance Day. 

I love Christmas, my entire family does. We love the music and the decorations as well as the time spent together as a family. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 


This week we in Canada we have Rememberance Day. It is a day of reflection where we are grateful for those who have kept our country free. We are grateful for those who were in WW1, WW2 and those who have served until this day in very unsafe “peace missions”.

I will remember both my grandfathers this Novemeber 11th. My grandpa Cuthbert who stayed in Ontario during WW1 as an airplane mechanic and my grandpa Griffett who served overseas as a hand held radio operator until he was injured.

Thank you!

Ps. Grandpa Griffett in photo.