Sunday, 29 November 2015

Frosty The Snowman!

                        Hello friends, Hope everyone is enjoying this fall like weather!

We had snow and lots of it but it all melted when the rains came.

With Christmas fast approaching I thought I had better get busy painting.
So here I have been tucked away in my studio painting my favourite snowman Frosty!

I always make sure I have plenty Art supplies in my studio
for such times that I just want to paint.
I find it very relaxing.

                                              Every snowman has a different look!

                                        Hoping these bring some joy to my friends.

                       Well I must get busy and get these two wrapped and in the mail!

                                          Wishing everyone a Joyous Holiday!

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Friday, 27 November 2015

It's Game Time!

    Hello friends!                              

        While decorating our Christmas tree the other day                                
the Purolator truck pulled up  and right away my hubby says WHAT HAVE YOU BOUGHT NOW?

                                  As IF every time this truck pulls up he assumes .....

But this time I thought that my daughter had purchased something for the kiddies and had it sent here!

The Purolator man says it's for Linda....

We opened the large box and inside were all these games...and a letter from

                                                   GAY LEA

Congratulating me on winning the October Gay Lea Reader Giveaway!

                                    I Won ! I Won! I Won!

I'm dancing around with this letter.....So excited!!!

I entered this contest that was on Heather's blog NewHOuseNewHome
back in October and had totally forgotten entering.

Was I ever surprised!

Heather had these recipes using Gay Lea products. One especially caught my eye.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup filled with IVANHOE CHEESE. Well I left my comment/entry
noting that I was just introduced to Ivanhoe Cheese back in the fall while on our Fall Cruisin
with the Old vehicles. We stopped at their Factory just north of Belleville.

Also what type of board games do we play on family night.
Gay Lea has partnered with Hasbro toys to create the perfect party game
for your kids - Pie Face.

We wish to thank Gay Lea for  choosing us. Our Family will have a blast playing this game
on Christmas day!
Of course we will use Gay Lea Whipping Cream!

As well to thank Gay Lea and Hasbro games
for these other fantastic games
Monopoly Core Game
Game of Life Jr.
Scrabble Jr.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Faux Birch Tree DIY

                           Just in case you missed this DIY last year I'm                                                 bring it forward again!


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                 I just could not get this Faux Birch Tree out of my head...
                           I had seen it at Target over the Christmas season...

                                       I have just about every decoration out there
                               and I promised myself that I would not buy another.....

                                                   But this one taunted me..

                                           I went back...No TOO LATE!!!

                                                 Yes they were sold out.

                                   So I decided to make my own tree.

                             I had the perfect cone leftover from some crochet cotton
                                                    a pair of scissors
                                                         a cardboard box
                                                        a glue gun
                                                  craft paint (white and black)
                                                       Elmer's glue
                                                           $store sparkles

                                  So I started cutting out tongue like shapes
                                                    and cutting and cutting

                                          Then I started from the bottom and
                              started gluing the tongues all around the base
                                    then overlapping as I went till I had the cone covered.

                                                 Took my scissors and bent the odd one
                                                          to replicate the birch tree.

                             Next came the painting.
                                         The cardboard being a brown taupe I painted
                                                    just enough white so that the brown
                                                         would show through.

                                                    With the edge of my brush I picked up some
                                                              black and dragged it down here
                                                                     and there.

                                                 Once the tree was dry I took Elmer glue with
                                                    a small paint brush and applied it to the
                                                          Added some glitter and applied
                                                           glue then glitter till I was
                                                                 satisfied with the
                                                                 look I was after.

                                            Target's faux birch tree stands 14.5 inches
                                                          mine stands at 9 inches.

                                        I'm pretty happy on how mine turned out and
                                                   saved some money too!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

DIY Rustic Snow Ball Decorations

Hello friends, I wanted to share with you today an easy peasy tutorial on
these cute rustic decorations.

Did I mention easy.

Supplies you will need.

Clear plastic ball ornaments (purchased mine at Wal Mart)
garden twigs that are flexible
bag of faux snow
craft paint (burnt umber)
paint brush
jute twine
funnel (made mine with paper)

                First I took off the metal hanger then fed a twig into the clear plastic ornament

                 Then made my funnel and added the faux snow.....

Used my burnt umber paint and painted the metal lids

                       Once the lids were dry I put them back on the plastic ornament
                             and added some jute twine for a hanger...

                              Now you can make your own rustic ornament !

I had seen these at a Christmas store not too long ago for $4.99 each

I had all my supplies already so my cost was $0.....


Copycat  VS


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Frosty the Snowman DIY

Hello friends meet Frosty!

I felt we needed a cheery fellow to brighten our day after having such an emotional weekend with all the sad events  going on all over the world.

I hope Frosty brings a smile to  your face.

This is my newest creation. Made of a large styrofoam ball and some imagination Frosty came to

I tend to lean towards snowman when painting too! I just love their happy faces.
They seem to come to life....just like in the song.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN....was a jolly happy soul!

I gathered up all my supplies and went to work!

Glue gun
liquid craft glue
googly eyes
styrofoam ball large
orange yarn
piece of dowelling
fibre pot
jute twine

How he came to life one day! It must have been the magic in that old silk hat they found..
                                    For when they placed it on his head ........

                           Do you see the ball decorations .......I made those too !

                                I'll be posting a tutorial on how in an upcoming post!

                                        Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Recipe of the Day!

Hello everyone, hope this week has been an enjoyable one!

Once the weather changes and it's dull and rainy  I just want to hang out in the
kitchen. Do you?

First up are these tasty Raisin Scones!

                                                        Raisin Scones

                                           These are the best tasting scones ever!!!

Just in case your mouth is watering and you would love to make these here is the recipe!

2 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar                 Sift these ingredients together
4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

then add
1/2 cup of shortening
1/4 cup of raisins                ***you can substitute with currants***

in a separate bowl
beat 1 egg with 3/4 cup of milk

Add to dry mixture and fold till it is blended.

grease a cookie sheet and add the ball dough.
I pressed the dough into a round disc and patted it down to about 2 inches
scored the top into 8
the secret is not to over work your dough.

Bake in a preheated oven 425 degrees
for 10-14 minutes

I made these the other day to have with Cream of Cauliflower soup!

                                Nothing like fresh scones and home made soup!

Here's my recipe for cream of cauliflower soup!          EASY!

  Chop 2 cups of cauliflower
1 whole sweet onion diced
1 clove of garlic diced
2 tbsp of butter
2 potatoes peeled and chopped

In a large pot saute the above ingredients
then add 4 cups of water
bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour with no lid
adding   2 more cups of water while its simmering to keep cauliflower submerged

Then with a hand blender cream up soup. I like to keep some of the cauliflower
chunky. But that's my preference.

You can make it creamier by adding a 1/2 of cream or milk.

Dish it up and add some grated cheese.

Cream of Cauliflower soup and fresh baked Scones ! How Delicious!

Hope you will give these a try!

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Can't wait to decorate!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend,,,

While out touring in the old 47 p/u we stopped and did some antiquing....
in The Red Barn outside of Peterborough, Ontario.

I meant to take more pictures but I did take one.....

I guess Christmas is on my mind.

So many cute antique decorations in this display case!

Well to my surprise just outside the Red Barn is a small
chalet ......

A Christmas Store!

These carollers greeted us as we entered.

This caught my eye right away.
Made of glass it was a solar light .
Priced at $25.

Hmmm couldn't justify paying that much so on to the next items..

This large star was wrapped in burlap...I have a wired star that I could just copy....maybe!

Fell in love with this sign...but too pricey!

Or how about these ornaments with snow and branches inside...This looks like an easy
copycat.....Love the olive bucket they were displayed in. I must admit I didn't see this bucket till I
downloaded my pictures.....I wonder if it will still be there.....

See any decorations or pics that you might like.....

                                   After seeing this beautiful painting I knew that I'm not
                                          cheap...I'm frugal!

                                  CAN'T WAIT TO DECORATE!

                                        CAN YOU!

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