Our Loss

Today, December 31, my mother passed away.

 She celebrated her 81st birthday this past summer and her and dad's 61st Wedding Anniversary this past October. Devoted wife, mother of eight, and wonderful mother-in-law. Grandmother of 19 grandchildren and their spouses, and great-grandmother of 17. Loving, creative, and intelligent, she had a very strong faith. She loved family weddings, birthdays and celebrations and was extremely proud of her large family. We love you Mom.


Cozy projects for a cold winter day

In the quiet moments post Christmas, between the guests and loads of laundry, I have been doing some stitching.
I finished knitting a super thick and chunky, warm and cozy scarf. Today I started a coordinating crocheted hat, Peruvian ski style with ear flaps. Yes, ear flaps. Not high fashion, but definitely warm and cozy.  Our winters can be very cold and snowy. We spend a lot of time (often at 6 a.m.) at hockey arenas and at the toboggan hill, so warm hats and scarves come in very handy. The colours I used are Oatmeal (natural beige with strands of chocolate and black) and True Black, both Wool-Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand. The hat will have an Oatmeal edging and tassels to tie the two pieces together. I love the chunky texture and flecks of colour in both. I'll show the finished hat very soon, but please forgive me if I'm not wearing the hat in the picture. Depends how dorky it looks.

Love this hallway gallery

This hallway gallery really appeals to me. I love how the frames are snuggled so closely together. Having the frames all the same colour with similar mats, along with the muted colours of the prints makes it very cohesive. The different frame styles and sizes make the grouping quite interesting. The hardwood with all that beautiful white trimwork has caught my eye today too.

In our upstairs hallway though, I think all that glass would be sporting quite a few fingerprints. Not to mention getting knocked about by stray hockey pucks and mini sticks. What, they aren't supposed to play hockey in the house?!!! As for this hall, found here, a girl can always dream!


~Merry Christmas~
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends. Stay warm, travel safely and most importantly, gather memories with those you love.


Our Christmas Home Tour 2009

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour. We live in southern Ontario, Canada and with the recent arrival of snow and cold cold weather, Christmas is definitely in the air, both inside and out. If you've stopped by from some of my favourite bloggy linky parties, I hope you enjoy the tour! There are lots of pictures.
 Quoting one of my favourite bloggers, Melissa from The Inspired Room,
 "And no perfection allowed, as you will see. Real life. At my house, we are decorating for ourselves, not to show the world how perfect our home is (because it isn’t) or how magazine cover worthy every corner is (because CLEARLY it isn’t)." Melissa, The Inspired Room

Warning: Photo Heavy!
We went with a simpler theme outdoors this year, white lights, white muslin bows and greenery.

A newly quilted flannel wall hanging above our fireplace in the family room.
Santa's on the t.v. cabinet in the family room too.
Also in the family room is our main family tree, with all our collected, school made, and handcrafted ornaments. This is the tree we use for presents.
Ten years later we still do not have a fireplace mantel  in our family room. The fireplace was installed off centre and I am stuggling with an affordable design. I quickly put up these hooks to hold our stockings that I stitched. Hopefully, our fireplace wall will be a project in 2010.

On the back of each stocking:
Lots of cross-stitched ornaments and home made bows.
My guys love HOCKEY! We have lots of ornaments to celebrate this, including some favourites like...Vancouver Canucks (from Funky Junk Interiors Donna's province on the west coast.)
Closer to home, Toronto Maple Leafs.
Some special ornaments from our trip to Disney:

Our natural cowboy Christmas tree in the living room, and mantel shelf shown here.

In the kitchen is our advent calendar I sewed from a kit a few years ago.
A mini tree on the breakfast counter with wooden lights and muslin strips for bows.
On to our dining room...
I tied some extra strands of red wood beads on the chairs.

Some mercury glass pieces, crystal, silver balls and lots of white.
On our sideboard/buffet some red wood beads and candycanes.

On to our bedroom where I used a small tree and some garland on the bed, with details posted here.

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you enjoyed your tour as much as I enjoy the Christmas home tours, trees and ideas at these great blog parties:
Funky Junk Interiors by fellow Canadian, Donna


Edited to add:Thanks for all the kind comments! I'm trying to get around to everyone but I've received several questions about the white rag garland. Nester, Nester people. She is the genius from whom I borrowed the raggamuffin garland idea. Nester even has a tutorial with tons of photos on her blog. Check it out. And when you stop laughing at her humourous ways of delivering the instructions, get ripping and tie, tie, tie. I cheated and wanted mine done in two hours so I used a rotary cutter and mat from my quilting supplies to cut a lot of the fabric, saved time but not quite the same as Nester's. Mine has a few stray edges, but is missing some of that torn loveliness. Ribbon and trim too, add ribbon girls. I may still try and go back and squeeze some ribbon and trim in.


Christmas Tour of Our Bedroom

I've finished the Christmas decorating in our bedroom (I still have pictures to hang over the bed and drapes too!) I recently painted our master bedroom Benjamin Moore Norwester Tan. I added garland, white sheer ribbon, silver balls and snowball LED lights, to our king headboard. It looks so pretty at night!

I made a raggamuffin garland ala Nester one night this week, and I'm trying it out here. 

The small tree is placed in a bowl and held in place with large river rocks. 

Collected and handmade ornaments in clear glass, whites and silver. Lots of white lights but my night photos didn't work. The blue, white and aqua ornaments in the window bring in the beachy blues and whites of our ensuite bath.

Thrift store silver platter. I have since added some silver balls to the tray.

Our romantic white tree for our bedroom. If I can find an inexpensive larger tree, I may add some black and white photos of hubby and I, or some glass balls in shades of blue.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour.

I'm linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors' Christmas Trees Unite. I might link up more than once if that is okay! (I'm having trouble getting the image, I'll try again tonight.)

I'm also linking up to Hooked on Houses Christmas Tour.