Camp and Cottage Decor


I’ve found myself collecting images of my favourite Camp and Cottage Decor.
I think I must be missing our home on the lake!
I happen to think this entry way would work  for a Camp or Cottage Décor, don’t you?
I love the bright, white board and batten walls along with the red in the rug and the accessories.
I also noticed it has a red door much like the one in our cabin.
And I bet we all can remember these old fashioned refrigerators…
I think it screams Camp and Cottage!
My sister had a similar pink one in an apartment she rented over forty years ago. It had a cute matching pink stove too.
In my cabin this would be my reading corner…
Here, you see, is my library table were I gather the books to read in the above corner.
When I tire of reading I would head out to my screened in porch to enjoy a little cat nap.
Because we all know that is what Camp Living is all about-rest and relaxation!
If you have any trouble finding my cabin, look for the porch with the natural branch features and the beautiful stone facing..

and the windows with the unique framing design.
Now tell me, when you collect photos of your dream place, is it a cabin?
Or a farmhouse?
Maybe a cottage?
I honestly like all sorts of houses and I am usually content in whatever home I find myself in, but I must admit that I’ve always been drawn to rustic or log homes.
Maybe I’ve just read the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series too many times!
Now friends, may you all have a New Year blessed with good health, peace and joy!
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Celebrating Forty Years Together!


My goodness how we have changed!
I can hardly believe that we’ve been together for forty years.
We were married in the United Methodist Church and the Pastor was my FIL.
I weighed 120lbs and Tim probably 130lbs.
Yes, we have changed!
We have been blessed with four healthy children and nine grandchildren, and for this I am so grateful to the Lord.
Happy Anniversary Tim!

Most Popular Post


I’ve noticed that many blogs are doing a review of their most popular post today.
When I looked back to review my previous post I was really quite surprised to find that the ones with the most page views were not at all the ones I would have expected.
I had thought my kitchen reveal would have come in first, but it didn’t.
It placed fourth in receiving the most page views.
Not bad.
 If you’d like to see my most popular  post for 2013, here it is.
Are you surprised?
I was..
Who would have thought that 1080 people would bother to read my queries about blogging?
It really goes to show that you never know what is going to hit home with our fellow bloggers.
 Today is a very important day at my house.
It is my husbands birthday.
Isn’t this an adorable photo of him with his three younger sisters?
I see a mischievous twinkle in his eye even back then..
Happy Birthday Tim!


Photos of Christmas Past


I’m not sure if any of you will remember but this is my first Christmas without my Mom and Dad. To be accurate, Dad passed away two weeks before Christmas last year and then Mom in February.
Because we had lived away for over twenty-seven years, I didn’t get to spend many Christmas’s with my parents after we had moved.  But there were the weekly phone calls and my yearly Spring and Fall trips back. And until they were too old to travel they would visit us every summer too.
Anyway, I am really missing them… 
 The above photos are blurred as my husbands old computer uses bitmap, which doesn’t improve on an already old photo.
But in looking back over the photo it is sad to see how many of our family has already passed on.
My Mom & Dad I already mentioned. My Aunt Vi is gone. My sister and brother in-law have both passed. And my sisters son, Lee, died in a car accident many years ago.
This makes me realise how fragile our life really is and how quickly our lives can take a turn. And also how our life is always changing.
I am  thankful that although the loved ones who were a huge part of my life are gone, I still have and will always have the Lord with me.
He will never leave me, nor forsake me-Hebrews 13:5
 And he has sent a Comforter to help me through those rough times-John 14:16
What has really helped me with the sadness I have been feeling this holiday is to dwell on the memories of all the good times that we had shared together.
It has made me realise even more what a gift they were in my life!
I’ve  been able to find joy in recalling all of the fun times we shared together over all of the years, and especially those at Christmas time.
May your Christmas also be filled with joy, my friends.

RePurposing Wool Scarves

A few years back I started collecting wool plaid Winter scarves.
I didn’t really have any use for them then, but I liked them and knew something would come to me.
And it did!
Have you ever heard of wrapping a kitchen chair with a Winter wool scarf before?
Well I hadn’t either, but there was that little white chair all cold and frosty looking, so I just couldn’t help myself!
Here’s how I did it…
I tied the scarf in a knot in the back of the chair.
Next I added a little greenery, a crocheted star my SIL made for me, and a glittery ‘K’ for Kim.
You can see in the first photo that I tied a red silk ribbon to the front of the chair, just for a little added charm.
This scarf was for Tim’s chair.
I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that on your own!
Today is a special day for us.
Thirty three years ago our only daughter was born.
She has been a wonderful gift from God.
Happy Birthday, Emily!
Now, December is a busy month for us.
We have Emily’s birthday,
my birthday and my husbands,
and then our wedding anniversary.
Yes, a lot to be thankful for….
And on that note, I would also like to say how thankful I am for all of you!
I’m thankful that even though my life is pretty mundane and uneventful you are kind enough to drop by my little blog and listen to my weekly blathering and say nice things about my simple projects.
You bless my days with your comments.
I most sincerely pray that Gods blessings will be upon each and every one of you!
Merry Christmas

Polar Bear Christmas Decor


My Polar Bear Christmas Decor display came about when I decided to use the old fishing bait bucket, a rusted red lantern, and these sweet Polar Bears I bought years ago.


I bought the Mama Polar Bear and her cub several years ago at gift shop at Texas Corners outside of Kalamazoo Michigan for any of you who are familiar with that area.
Having lived in the Sub-Arctic, it has always been a dream of mine to just travel a little further north and have the thrill of seeing a Polar Bear in person!
What about you, would you like to meet a real live Polar Bear?
While I was working as Manager at the Northern Images Gallery in Yellowknife, NWT gifts pertaining to the Polar Bear were one of our more popular sales items.
Customers especially liked the whimsical sculptures of a Dancing Polar Bear . I sold many of those.
Another favourite was Walrus tusk earrings shaped as Polar Bears for women.
The Inuit name for the Polar Bear is Nanuk (Master of Bears.)
And in poetry one is called Pihoqahiak-the ever wandering one.
I have to admit I watch as many documentaries as  I can to learn more about these beautiful creatures.
Here are a few facts I’ve gathered about Nanuk:
1) 60 percent live in Canada
2) A Polar Bear paw can be up to a 12 inch span
3) The largest recorded PB weighed 2,209 lbs and measured 12 foot long
4)Males are 2-3 times larger than females
5) PB can swim up to 100km or 60 miles
6) PB spend so much time in the water and on ice that  scientist consider them marine animals,
Polar Bears scientific name is Ursus Maritimus
7) Our Canadian Toonie (two dollar coin) has the beautiful Polar Bear depicted on it!
Now if anyone starts a conversation with you about Polar Bears you have no excuse for not sounding like an expert in that area, my friends.
I hope you don’t mind me blathering on about them.
I am, admittedly, in awe at the imagination of our Lord in creating such an wonderful and amazing animal.
Kuvianak Inovia
Merry Christmas


The Christmas Window


I wanted to share my kitchen window with you today,  since it is where I’ve started my Christmas decorating this season.
I wasn’t going to purchase any decorations this year since I have way more than I need or want already,
but I couldn’t resist the white reindeer when I saw them at Canadian Tire.
And I knew just where I wanted to place them-on this little shelf in our kitchen window.

Can you see the snow outside our window?
It is definitely a Winter Wonderland here in Northern Ontario!
I went outside today long enough to collect a few greens Tim had gotten for me.
At 2F it didn’t take long for my face to feel the chill..
But it was also so refreshing.
It was so calm, clean and bright out there!
It is days like today that make me realize why I love living in the North so much…
But that, my friends, could fill a whole book.
So I’ll save it for another time…
I am making the five hour trip south Friday to the Soo(Sault Ste. Marie).
I am praying that STAPLES will do right by me and restore to my laptop the programs that were lost while they had it in their possession.
Until this happens I will just have to be happy with two picture post I guess!
What is it they say-that less is more?
I hope so.

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All Things Dollar Tree Christmas Party


Today I am participating in
When Debbie posted she was going to have a 
Dollar Store party I knew exactly what I would use.

I had bought a package of  Deer head votive at our local Bargain Store for only $1.25.
I am five hours North of any real dollar store, but
I think this qualifies as a dollar store purchase don’t you?

To make my centrepiece I filled three tart tins I had with Epsom salt and then added my deer head votive.
I covered three small canning jars with Birch bark I had gathered from the woods.
The Pine cones that I’ve had for many years were then added, along with fresh greens my husband had just gathered.
I tied a favourite plaid wool scarf around the handle of the wooden box and voila;
A simple dollar store purchase, plus items I had around the house make a quick and easy centrepiece display!
Please hang in there with me friends as I am still battling with this old laptop.
It literally took over two hours to post this!
Anyway, I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.
It’s cold and sunny here with snow drifts of three feet in some places..