Country Garden

Have I mentioned how much I like my new back yard patio?  Its like being in an oasis – and I am so thankful for this gift in my life.  Morning coffee has never tasted better than when sitting listening to the water bubbling over the rocks and hearing the birds chirping and waking up.

I have to say I love walking around and pulling out the weeds – making sure that they don’t take over the garden beds.  Watching the buds come in  on the hydrangea and coming to full bloom gives great joy.  I love the garden!

The next step is to invest in some outdoor furniture – and more than likely that can wait until next year.  I like to sit in a room and see what it needs before making any decisions – to feel what would be best there – to sense how the room will function and what kinds of pieces will not only function well – but give it a special aura of “home” – and of course a personal touch of style.

And so I will wait probably until next year – just continuing to use my two plastic adirondack chairs for now.  As I sit and drink my coffee or read  or just enjoy the sunshine I will dream about what it might need.  Should I get 4 chairs to put in a circle – an umbrella – long lounge chairs so that I can stretch out  – should I have a table with chairs surrounding so that I can host dinner parties – should I have some of the above or all of the above?  Questions I don’t have the answers to yet – I need time to “feel” it.  That is part of the fun of the whole experience as well!

This garden patio from the blog ” A Country Farmhouse” is just beautiful.  The country table was built and stained a light grey blue colour.  It is  lovely.  I love the idea of an unconventional outdoor table.  I would like to have something similar however, I’m not sure I could easily move and store it in the winter.  These are the functional issues I would have to consider when making a decision regarding a table.

The wicker chairs are wonderful, inexpensive and stackable  Very functional!

Please visit the blog “A Country Farmhouse”. (link on the sidebar)  You will just love the beautiful farm house in this blog!


My Love Affair With Hydrangea

I love hydrangea!  Every Easter and Mother’s Day I would buy a hydrangea plant for my mother and the response from her brought so much joy.  Even though this was something I did on an annual basis you would have thought it was a new idea – a gift of a lifetime – she loved hydrangea and loved to receive them.  Oh what joy it brought to her – and oh what joy it brought to me to gift her with this very simple gift!

She especially loved the deep pink coloured hydrangea and would plant them in her garden where they would bloom and blossom for years to come.

With Easter coming – and with Spring here – it is time to start dreaming and planning for the garden – and hydrangea is part of the dream!


Monday Blahs

It is Monday and oh how I long for the weekend again.  Even though Spring is on the way, there is still snow on the ground in Toronto and it is cold!

My weekend was quiet, but I did get a lot done around the house and that is always good!  On my trip to the grocery store I picked up some beautiful flowers – tulips and hydrangea – some of my favourite – and oh how they cheer my dreary Monday spirits!  The best $20 I spent all weekend.  And so amidst laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, sorting and organizing  – arranging flowers in vases and having fun taking pictures ranked high on the things l loved about my weekend!  And appreciating the flowers tonight when I got home from work – bonus!!

















Happy Monday!!


Green Apple Green

There is something about the colour green – especially green apple green that makes you think of Spring.  And oh how we want to think about Spring – the hope that the grass will turn green and things will come back to life again!

The grass – the colour so brilliant and fresh….and the floppy eared bunny ….Easter in around the corner!

Green apple green was a colour of choice for my niece Laura’s wedding this past summer – and we used shades of it along with whites, creams, and olive greens and it was beautiful.  The flower arrangements, which we made ourselves were a mixture of green and white hydrangea (my favourite) – we were even fortunate enough to find green apple vases at a Villeroy & Boch outlet the year before and these helped us to start the design story.

Table center pieces….

Programs and guest book at the church…..

Notice the green poke-a-dot table cloths – we made 31 of these cloths to give the room the special look that we were looking for …….

Gift bags…..including homemade items….check out the amazing shortbread that was included in the blog post entitled Sweethearts…

Name tags and table numbers attached to green apples with a straight pin with a pearl end.  How beautiful they looked all lined up on the table….

Even the bride carried hers in with her….

Green apple green – such a beautiful colour – so fresh and brings the promise of Spring.  And there will be more green apple green to come as we celebrate the coming of the new season!  I love this colour – it is just beautiful!

Things I Love II

Just a quick follow up to my post yesterday – well maybe not so quick – I can get longwinded!

I took a much needed trip to the grocery store yesterday and just could not resist picking up a weekend treat – more flowers.

And this week’s choice is roses – deep pink – beautiful!

And here I sit in front of my fire on a cozy Sunday afternoon …..

Yesterday I was convinced Spring was on the way – the rain had melted the snow and although a grey and wet day somehow the promise of  a change of season came with the rain – but this morning I woke up to this ……

And so I am quite pleased that I brought a little colour and life into the house yesterday with the purchase of my $20 beautiful deep pink roses.

The colour is rich and deep – it reminds me of the colour of a chair that my mother had for years in our home growing up – it was a deep rose velvet side chair with a tufted back and beautiful wooden arms and legs.  My sister Carol has that chair and the fabric is faded and needs to be replaced – but still beautiful.  I found a piece of the original velvet and have it now – I took a picture below -I want to make cushions – it will be a special reminder of our growing up days.

I have to tell you that on those rare days when I can stay home and enjoy being “in” I love to light a fragrant candle and I do have my favourites – today it is “Cinnamon and Clove Buds” – love the smell of cinnamon!  And yes I will burn these candles just for me – why not?  I recommend this particular brand – buy it at Bath and Body Works – it burns so well – and an amazing fragrance!

And so I curl up and put the fire on and light a candle and read a good book – reading is one of my favourite things to do – you can get lost in another world when you read a good book – not to mention what you might be able to learn.  In all truth – lately I have found it difficult to concentrate on reading – I have a hard time focusing my mind as there is so much going on in life right now – but my hope and belief is that my attempts to balance life will bring back my focus – and then I will be able to reread two wonderful books that I highly recommend – “Blink” and “Outliers” both by Malcolm Gladwell. “Blink” is about the power of thinking without thinking – it is about trusting instincts and intuition.  It is a fascinating read.  And “Outliers” by the same author is a study on success – and what successful people have in common – also very fascinating.

And so I enjoy my day in …….and by the way, the hand painted fine china dish was a find at a garage sale many years ago – and I love it!

And guess what – my driveway and walk are not shovelled yet – I keep thinking it will warm up and melt – enough of the shovelling!  I’m going to stay in this afternoon and enjoy the sun and the day – just as I should – after all – it is Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Weekend Indulgence

On the way home from work last night I stopped at the florist shop that I have mentioned in a previous post and yes you guessed it, I indulged myself with a weekend treat – fresh flowers.  Yellow and red tulips and hydrangea – two of my favourite flowers!  Spent too much – but it just seemed the thing to do on a very cold and grey end of February day not to mention it was Friday evening!


Tulips are one of my favourites, although I have so many favourites, it is really hard to only pick one.  These tulips bring together the colour of yellow and red – a theme in my living room.

And I could not resist buying one hydrangea – this just may be my favourite flower – and I love them in white, blue and pink!  I have a small rose bowl that comes from my mother’s collection of cornflower crystal – and this just seemed to sit so nicely on the top of it.

And then of course the new powder room begged for some flowers as well – and once again – something from my parent’s home – a white pitcher and bowl and a tiny antique stand – a nod to my past.

It is always interesting to meet people – and when I was purchasing the flowers I talked to the owner and told her how much I enjoyed walking past every day and seeing the beauty inside – which she constantly was changing and updating and making so appealing to the eye.  This is her first business and they started at this location and have been very successful.  I love hearing this – I applaud those who follow their dreams and do something a bit risky – but have a passion for what they do!  Way to go!  I know I sure have enjoyed watching them grow!  And interesting – she so appreciated that I let her know how much I noticed what she was doing – there is a lesson in that – I learned that from John Maxwell – but that is another story in itself!

These flowers, a product of their business have made my weekend just a little bit brighter!  Beautiful!