Wo(man)’s Best Friend…

    2020 has cast a dark shadow across the planet bringing with it so much sadness and for many, unbearable sorrow and grief. My family has not been immune from loss during this dark period of time, and now this week, we had to say "goodbye" to our sweet little dog, Chloe.  She has… Continue reading Wo(man)’s Best Friend…

The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

  About 10 years ago, I started selling beeswax candles in my store.  A friend, who ran the general store in Colinton, (a small town in northern Alberta), would stop by for a visit and shop at CC when she came to the city to pick up supplies.  She supported the farmers in her community… Continue reading The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

The Fall Cleanup…

October has been a glorious month allowing me to spend my time enjoying two of my favourite things...the fall season and gardening. Although many of my shrubs and hedges haven't started to turn the warm shades of autumn, the elm tree shimmers a spectacular golden hue against the blue, blue skies we've enjoyed this month.… Continue reading The Fall Cleanup…

Apres CC on Whyte…the Online Boutique

After the store closed, I became an avid gardener, so much so that I have now created a very high maintenance garden.  This kept me occupied over the summer months, but I was floundering a bit over the winter.  We did drive to San Diego for month-long stays at the beach, and that was wonderful.… Continue reading Apres CC on Whyte…the Online Boutique

Shabby Chic…

    Shortly after the lockdown this past spring I started following MANY YouTubers and checking out new Instagram posts. Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic, caught my eye...and soon I couldn't wait to see what she would post next.  I have always loved her brand but admit to never being in one of… Continue reading Shabby Chic…

Tulips…

  It's photos like this one taken by Lynn Karlin (found on Pinterest) that entice us to grow tulips in our own gardens. I planted over 200 tulips last fall in my front garden, and happily, they did not disappoint.  Not all of them came up, but the ones that did were beautiful...the first blooms of spring.… Continue reading Tulips…

Hydrangea

  This has to be the "year of the hydrangea" in my garden.  The blooms on the Annabelles are enormous.  This particular hydrangea hedge grows along the east-facing side of the garage.  It seems to be the ideal location for them...every year is better than the last.       I changed up things a… Continue reading Hydrangea

Dahlias…

There are always a few disappointments in the garden every season.  This year it was the Dahlias.  Last year was the first year I planted dahlias in containers, and I was over the moon by their performance.  Cafe au Lait is my favourite variety along with another large dinner plate dahlia called Fleurel.  I just assumed that the… Continue reading Dahlias…