Should I…or Shouldn’t I…

When it comes to painting, I'm not one to procrastinate (usually), but when deciding whether I should paint the hardwood floor in my living room, I'll admit I've waffled back and forth for months.  I knew once I made the first swath across the floor with a loaded paintbrush, there would be no turning back!… Continue reading Should I…or Shouldn’t I…

Trimming the tree…

      Trimming Christmas Trees has been happening for hundreds of years. Originally a pagan practice, the Christmas tree then became a part of Christian religious celebrations, and today it's central to the holiday tradition of many.  (More history of the Christmas Tree is on the December 8, 2017 blog post.)  In earlier days,… Continue reading Trimming the tree…

Wine Wednesdays

Last March we all found ourselves living a new reality...our lives were about to change drastically.  Many of us were shut indoors during a mandatory lockdown only venturing out for the essentials.  I remember having such "cabin fever" that I would get in the car and start driving around the city amazed at how little… Continue reading Wine Wednesdays

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…

Closet Confessions…

February is that in-between month...the festive season is over,  and all remnants have been put away, and spring is still weeks away.  Other than Valentine's Day and the award season it's a not much happening time.  I realized that if I was "to live in the present" ( last week's blog), I would make the… Continue reading Closet Confessions…

Off to market…

This quote from Richard Branson is almost amusing.   As we know,  Sir Branson has been very successful in business, but I agree that the best pay off for an entrepreneur is to have it both ways. Finding that delicate balance is the tricky part.  When I had my boutique, I confess that it was always… Continue reading Off to market…

Christmas at home…

         This charming photo (left) was posted on a blog I follow,  "French Country Cottage".  The author, Courtney Allison, has displayed this on her mantle this year.  It has some resemblance to what I have decided to do for my Christmas table centrepiece (below).  Last Christmas I received a miniature zinc house… Continue reading Christmas at home…

Decorating for the holidays…

    My entrance, in no way, measures up to the elegance of these Pinterest photos above...I wish!  The only thing I have in common is a black door!     Diane Keaton wrote this amazing book, The House That Pinterest Built, which features a home she built.  The photos and text are beautiful.  She… Continue reading Decorating for the holidays…

What’s on your vanity…

The Egyptians started wearing makeup  7,000 years ago.  Over the years, women have been creative in finding ways to enhance their beauty, from using burnt match sticks to rim their eyes, berries to stain their lips and even the urine of young boys to fade freckles and other dark spots. Today the beauty industry is… Continue reading What’s on your vanity…