Dec 29, 2008

It's A Dog's Life

It really is! Wilbur has it soooo good. A typical day during the holidays at home? First you pose for some obligatory Christmas photos...

Then, you drool over your Christmas stocking...

Play a little bit with your new toy...

Play a little hide-and-seek...

Watch a little 'Dog Whisperer' with Cesar Milan...

And top it all off with a big fat nap!

What could be better? Life is good - Happy New Year!

Dec 23, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to my blogger friends!

I hope 2009 is filled with family and friends, an abundance of love, good health and cherished moments!


Dec 22, 2008

A Year of Wonder

I have been keeping this secret for a long while but now I can finally let it out!

I have had the wonderful fortune of being featured in this month's Romantic Country magazine. A big thanks to Fifi for having me. :)

Wilbur was so thrilled that he finally made it to the big time!

I was also very fortunate to have some of my photographs featured in Disney's Wondertime magazine. We don't get this magazine here in Canada but I was really impressed with it - it's geared towards parenting and kids. The editor found me through Flickr - how cool is that?!

It just goes to show never know where your heart will take you! Dream big! I had no idea where 2008 would lead me and now I'm really excited for 2009 especially with Janet's and my new adventure *moggit. We're having a ball over there and hope you enjoy the shenanigans! ;)

Dec 20, 2008

Easy Holiday Decorating Idea

First off, I must say I stole this decorating idea from my bff Janet!

When I walked into her house the other day she had a similar set-up but she used a wire desk tray - so beautiful! I used an old wooden drawer that I had picked up this past summer at a junk store.

Here's all you do:

-add garland or fresh greens
-add twinkly lights
-dress with pine cones and your fav ornaments (I used gold stars and pine cone ornaments)
-add a "Merry Christmas" sign or vintage postcard

Too easy!

On a completely different note, check out the lovely wallpaper in the next photo. It is not a photo of my house - it's one we've mogged. You know, I think there is a very fine line of pushing the limits when it comes to wallpaper. I also think that when you choose a wallpaper to adorn your walls, you'd better make sure you're gonna love it for a while. Re-wallpapering a room is not my idea of a good time. This room is truly a lovely room, save for the wallpaper! Click here to cast your vote on it!

Source: AD

My nephew Colin is doing really well. We just got great news that they may be able to Medi-Vac home back to our home province of Ontario - what a wonderful Christmas present that would be!

Hope this last weekend before Christmas is a happy one for you. :) Take time to enjoy the moments - they do fly so quickly...

Dec 18, 2008

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

I really love no fail cookie recipes...

There's nothing I hate more than taking the time to bake a cookie that doesn't turn out. That's why I thought I would share this 'Holiday Gingerbread Cookie' recipe with you. It's a no-brainer and so good, especially at this time of year with a BIG glass of milk!

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Mix together--
Wet Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 shortening or butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg

Mix together--
Dry Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves

Add dry mixture to wet, mix. Roll into balls - roll ball in white sugar, place on baking sheet and then squish with the bottom of a glass. (this is what they look like after you've flattened them)

Bake for approx. 10 mins at 375 on an ungreased cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks, cool.

Pour a gigantic glass of milk - or make a nice hot tea - and enjoy!

Dec 17, 2008

A Christmas Card From My Aunt

I think she's referring to Juergen...


Dec 15, 2008

A Pretty Little Christmas

I've joined in on a fab party today! (although Wilbur doesn't seem overly thrilled)

Heather's Pretty Little Christmas!

A chance to peruse other blogger's Christmas decorations - what a wonderful way to get inspired! The feather tree shown above I bought last year, I was thrilled with it being cream in color!

My sister in law is German and so talented at decorating and crafts. She made me this German style ornament as a gift one year.

This is a decoration I made in memory of my dear brother. It's fashioned from an old intricate grate and features a vintage German angel dresden. I have learned from experience, no matter what life hands you, you must always have hope.

I just think these little pixie elves are so cute in their pastel coats!

These are old 45 records! Aren't they the sweetest? The graphics are divine and you can actually play them!

I can't remember where I found these old Christmas milk caps but they're so fun to decorate with! That reminds me, I have a jar FULL of vintage 'Egg Nogg' milk caps that I really should put on my site. My bad...

I like this 'chunker' Santa - he's had one too many trips to the buffet I guess. ;)

And finally, here's a shot of our tree. I just love leaving lit all day long. I really get sad in January when I have to take it down because I miss having all of those twinkly lights on throughout the house. I love the twinkly lights!I think I'll start a new line of home decor that feature twinkly lights for anytime of year. I can see it now...frames with twinkly lights, plants with twinkly lights... :)

Dec 13, 2008

Romantic Rescue

Sometimes we ladies need to give a trophy to ourselves - just because, as L'Oreal says

"We're worth it!"

Although this may look like an original shadow-boxed trophy, I assure you it isn't. I found the trophy at the flea market this past summer and paid a whole dollar for it. It's on the smaller side and is perfectly tarnished, just the way I like them.

The shadow box is the perfect shade of cream and looks very vintage. I found that at a yard sale on a rainy Saturday morning. I remember it was raining because the person holding the sale didn't care whether his items were getting wet or not. (typical man!) I was immediately drawn to this glass box - even though it had the most hideous dried flower topiary inside of it. I picked it up and noticed it had a "Home Sense" sticker on the bottom and an original price tag of $19.99. I asked the man how much he wanted for it and apparently he thought is was as ugly as I did because his response was "25 cents!". SOLD! I promptly took it home, removed a few nails and slid up the glass to remove the topiary. Too easy. I then used some sort of magical epoxy to adhere the trophy and added a few old millinery flowers to disguise the mess. Not bad for $1.25, huh? I'm worth it!

It has come to my attention that I am a bit of a ornament junkie. Like an addict, I can't get enough. Well, no more! I am proud to admit that I walked into one of my favorite thrift stores the other day and passed by a table with old ornaments in their original boxes. Well, I have to admit, I didn't really like their shape - but still! The old me would have scooped them up and dragged them home anyway. Apparently I am not the only one who knows about my obsession... the mananger of the store said she though of me when they put them out and was flabberghasted that I wasn't buying them. Come to think of it, so was I...

In other news...

Over at *moggit ... Janet and I have tackled this lovely room in "If these wall could talk"...

Seriously, you will never guess who this room belongs to. Click *here to find out!

Oh! Cathy at Avalon Rose made us a new blinkie which we think is really, really cute. A couple of wonderful people have asked to put it on their blogs and websites and we thank-you! It's free for the taking if you are interested. :) Just email me for the code.

Dec 11, 2008

The Big Fake-Out!

I love those vintage bottle brush trees but they can be very hard to find, not to mention, expensive. Last year I got a tip that the green bottle brush trees from the Dollar Store can be bleached to achieve a time worn look. To me, the best news since sliced bread! I bought a handful of these babies, stuck them in my kitchen sink with a lot of hot water and a little bleach, and whamm-o prest-o ... they look like the real deal!

Photo Credit: Bob Marshak

We're having a blast over at our new website *moggit Thanks for all of your support and visits!

Under one of our categories "If these walls could talk" we become flies on the wall in this wonderful living room from the set of "Something's Gotta Give." I loved that movie. Could watch it over and over again. We are changing content up daily over there so we hope you stop by for a chuckle. :)

Don't want to scare you or anything but - two weeks 'til Christmas!

Dec 9, 2008

I Love You But-

Found this funny site while surfing the other day:

I love you but

So here are some of my additions: (they all relate to someone I know and/or love)

I love you but, you say 'youse'

I love you but, you play with your false teeth (no, not you Dad)

I love you but, you send me annoying email forwards

I love you but, at 40+ years old you wear running shoes with velcro straps

I love you but, your bedhead is legendary

I love you but, you wear snow pants in public

I love you but, you take 'stretching the truth' to a whole new level

I love you but, you tell too many jokes

I love you but, there are hairs growing out of your nose (not you Dad)

I love you but, you can't load a dishwasher

Now let's just see if I get any calls today.... ;)

Over at *moggit we have updated our "If these walls could talk" feature - one of our very favorites! Click here to see what we have to say about this seemingly lovely celebrity bathroom....

Source: Architectural Digest

(All in good fun of course!)

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

Dec 8, 2008

And Breathe....

I had made this ornament mirror two years ago with vintage glass balls. Last year it fell and smashed into a million pieces. No biggie. I try not to sweat the small stuff...I took a big healthy dose of "don't cry for things that can't cry for you" and felt immediately better.

On Saturday as I started to bring up my Christmas tree from the basement it seemed everything I touched went wrong. First off I could not for the life of me find my Christmas tree lights - or the lights that are to go on my garland-infested stairway. I was going through all of my decorations and felt TOTALLY overwhelmed. I didn't want to drag it all up. My heart wasn't into it. My patience started to wain. My anger started to rise. And then I took a deep breath and brought myself back into reality. It's not about the decorations, it's not about the presents. I just had to remember the real reason for the season. Lord, help me stay on track because it's so easy to get overwhelmed at this time. I decided I will not stress myself out and over-decorate this year. I can still make the house look lovely and cozy without ALL of my decorations up-- best of all, with my sanity intact. (bonus!)

In other news...

Woke up this morning to find out that someone had stole my credit card number and put $9,000.00 worth of furniture on it! (well, Merry Christmas!) Apparently the culprits broke into a store and stole all of their Visa receipts and that's how they got my number. (btw, this is the 2nd time I have had to deal with credit card faud in the last 6 months) Thankfully, I am not responsible for the bill. Just a warning - keep an eye on your credit card bill, your card doesn't have to be stolen for the bad guys to get a hold of it...

I wanted to give a shout-out to our fabulous web designer of *moggit - Cathy at Avalon Rose. Seriously, she is soooooo fabulous to deal with! Thanks Cathy for all of your wonderful support these past few months. You are incredible!

Dec 6, 2008

My Christmas Journal

With Christmas fast approaching I thought I would share one of my favorite things to do on Boxing Day. (the day after Christmas for us here in Canada) I get out my Christmas Journal and write. I write about Christmas Eve, Christmas morning and Christmas day. I have a video camera but I have to admit I am not big on it. Invariably, you tape everything that happens and you are not in the moment because you're behind the camera and then when you sit down and watch your home video it drags on and on forever! (learning to edit would be a good thing for me)

I have to admit I am not a big diary or journal writer either - it's not something I do every day like Oprah does. But on Boxing Day I take the time to recall the magical past few days. I think it's easier for my children to just pick up the book and leaf through it. What did they get for Christmas in 1999? Oh yeah, a Pokeman Gameboy for Jack and a doll stroller for Ellie. What was the funniest moment on Christmas Eve 2000? When Ellie was caught in my parent's bathroom applying the reddest lipstick I have ever seen, all over her lips - and I mean all over! (she was almost 3 years old at the time)

I like to think of this journal as a treasured family heirloom. One they don't have to cue up, or sit through hours and hours of watching shoddy camera work. :) It's all there in black and white.

Dec 5, 2008

Things Are Lookin' Up

First of all thanks Janet for taking over the reins while I was in Edmonton visiting my nephew. I so liked the left-had justified post that you did that I decided to stick with it!

The picture above was taken in 2006 when Colin was 16 years old. Isn't he a cutie? Gosh, I love him! As you may know, he was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease called Wegener's and has been in the hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. (a 4.5 flight away from me here in Ontario) I flew out to see him last Friday and stayed for 5 days. I am so happy to report that he is doing so much better! He has been extubated and now is on a trach but his oxygen levels have been lessened and he is constantly amazing his doctors and nurses. They are soooo wonderful to him and we are thankful for their amazing care.

Colin and I were able to communicate through lip reading and he was so happy that I was there. My heart was full. The good Lord blessed me with an absolute wonderful time with him, he got better every day while I was there, the weather was nice, and my sister in law Jackie got to re-connect after not seeing each other for 11 months! (she now lives a 4 hour drive from me here in Ontario)

By the way, she says thanks from the bottom of her heart for all of your prayers and good wishes. They truly have helped!

In other news....

Janet's and my TSP project was finally revealed on Monday - moggit. Thank-you all so much for dropping by and checking it out. Janet and I have been bff's for 35 years now and have always liked to poke fun at design and decorating - it's like sport for us. (Not that we're professionals by any sort but we do think that sometimes the whole industry can take itself a wee bit too seriously) We change content up daily so we hope that we will become your "guilty pleasure". For instance, hop on over to the category "Oh No You Didn't!" to see what we had to say about this lovely chair...


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p.s. Be sure and click on "That's SO Mogg" on the front page - lots of great gift ideas there.... :)