Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beautiful Bird Books


Hello Friends
I am taking a short blogging break.
There is no particular reason, I just have a few things I need to get finished.
I will be back as soon as the deeds are done.
Take care!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014



When my husband pulled the bedroom curtain back this morning and said, "You're not going to believe this", I knew right away that it had to be snow.
And sure enough it was!
I have previously lived on Lake Superior, both on the Southern shore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the North shore here in Ontario, but I don't remember snow ever this early in the season.
My son had warned me that the weather forecast for this Winter was an early and a long one.
But really, this is ridiculous...
Now I have decided not to procrastinate any longer. I will
spend today going through those drawers and closets to switch out my Summer clothes for Winter ones.
Yes, I will!
And another thing on my mind... Has anyone started working on any Christmas gift projects yet?
This snow has certainly got me thinking that I should be getting started in that direction.
I'd love to hear your ideas!!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Favourite Small Living Home Chosen

The vote is in and the favourite home for my Small Home Living Series was House #3.
 Many of you could not make a decision on a favourite because you liked certain elements in all of them.
Me, too!
But unanimously, Small Living Home #3 was chosen as the favourite. 
 And I believe from your remarks that the porch seemed to be the clincher for most of you....
along with its staircase. 
My own personal favourite was Small Living House #1.
There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this home!

If I had to choose what sealed the deal for me, it would have to be the loft.
As a mother of three sons myself (and a lovely daughter), I could visualise my own three boys having shared this space while they were growing up.
There would've been a lot of noise below from all of their wrestling, but still I'm sure that I could've lived with it! 
Although my Small Home Living Series is complete for now, I do want to give a shout out to another tiny house that I stumbled upon.
This small home is owned by the Berzin family and I think you will enjoy their story and how they came to the decision to live in a tiny home themselves.
It's interesting...
At 8:30 AM this morning it is 40F or -5C here and the sun is shining.
Since last week nearly every day was cool, dreary, and rainy the sunshine is a very welcome surprise.
I hope this first day of the week is a good one for you too!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Please Pray for the Persecuted


Yesterday, on September 13, there was a Prayer March at the Day of Mourning in Queen's Park, Toronto.
The request of prayer is for the thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters who are being beheaded, driven out of their homes and churches, or sold as sex slaves in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other terrorist laden countries.
Pray for all who are being persecuted at the hands of these evil terrorist.
Truly, the atrocities that are happening to the Christians are so unspeakable that I could not even write them and remain on Blogger.
If you are interested in learning more about how you might let your voice be heard in defence of all who are helpless to help themselves, please check here.
Matthew 18:18
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and Whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven".
Please pray...

Friday, 12 September 2014

Small Home Living Series House #3

For the third house in my Small Home Living Series I have chosen a 480 sq. ft. home that is located in Blanco, Tx.
I'm sorry to say that I was not about to find any personal information to go along with this Small Home Living house, but I think you will appreciate touring it none the less.

We begin with the view of the living/dining area from the loft bedroom above.
It's very warm and cozy, isn't it?
This next photo is a view from the living/dining room looking towards the kitchen, the bathroom and the loft.
I think this ladder with the shelving for storage organisation is an ingenious idea.
We had a ladder like this in our cabin.
 Were we still living there I think I might have had to ask Tim to build shelves just like these!
A fully equipped kitchen.
There are two doors in this bathroom. I'm assuming one is for storage and that a  shower is behind the other door.

The loft/bedroom area.
And lots of wonderful porch area.

I'm not sure about Texas, but here in Northern Ontario you could make this screened porch area into a summer bedroom.
 Wouldn't that be grand to bed out in the open were you could fall asleep star gazing?
Now that I have shown you three Small Living Homes this past week, please let me know which one is your favorite.
What is it that you liked that made you chose one particular home over the other two homes?
Small Home Living House #1 here.
Small Home Living  House #2 here.
And today's Small Home Living House #3.
I will give you the results on Monday for the over all favourite.
Until then, have a good weekend!
I'm hoping we will get a weekend morning that's warmer than the 30's here!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Small Home Living Series #2


For my Small Home Living Series #2, I have chosen a quaint little home owned by Lyndsey Lewis, that is situated in Little Rock, Arkansas.


You can see that this lovely Small Home Living space, of 557 sq. ft., has all the amenities  of any large home, just on a smaller scale.

I am a big fan of white cabinets, especially when they are coupled with these rustic wooden floors.
The appearance of the floors makes one think they were just milled yesterday.


Like the first home in Small Home Living Series, it too is so tastefully decorated.



I would not have been able to tell that this Small Home Living build was new, would you?
It has the charm and the appearance of an older home.
For Lyndsey's story about why she chose Small Home Living and all the building details, please visit this site.
And for the floor plans visit Tumbleweed Houses.
If you missed the first home in this series you may visit Small Home Living Series Home #1 to catch up.
Thank you all for joining me.
Friday I will return with
 Small Home Living Series Home #3.
See you then!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Small Home Living Series #1

The first home I have chosen to kick off this weeks Small Home Living Series is a 665 square foot home built in Wyoming for Carmella Rayone, her husband, and their three sons.
I will not go into details about their life and the reasons for their Small Home Living choice, because I want you to visit the owner's site and hear their story in their own words.
It is such an inspiring one!
This home is so beautifully done and obviously so carefully thought out that I can't imagine anyone not thinking that they wouldn't want to live here.
Yes, I for one, can definitely see myself in this living room.
The Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom-opposite end.
One of the closets contains a stackable washer/dryer unit.
I bet that is a surprise to you!
Beautiful Bathroom.
The loft space is for the couples three boys.
They have designed it in such a way that there is plenty of desk space, storage space and closet area for all of their sons.
Here is a view of all three of the beds.
This is just a teaser, for more information please visit the owners blog here.
She has laid out every detail of their journey in making this small living space into the lovely home you see here in these photos!
I will be back on Wednesday with Home #2 of my Small Home Living Series, and then Friday with Small Home Living Home #3.
I hope to see you then...





Saturday, 6 September 2014

Pumpkin Everything...

I got such a kick out of this, so I just had to share it with you!
We are already seeing evidence of this now, aren't we?
Today I am busy working on my little pantry to office conversion in the kitchen, but I do plan to begin on Monday with my Small Home Living series.
I am having so much fun collecting the info for this.
The series will not just be photos of small homes, but it will also include references back to the individuals blogs.
I think you will enjoy it, so please drop back by on Monday to check it out!
One more week and my sis and BIL will be here from Missouri to visit, so needless to say I have a lot to get done before then!
I am going to make time to visit everyone and see what you have been up to this week. I know I've missed out on so much.
Hoping you all have a good and blessed weekend.

Monday, 1 September 2014



Hello friends
Happy September to all of you!
I am sitting here at the kitchen table this morning with my hot cup of tea and a warm (not woolly) sweater on hoping that this rainy and dreary Fall like weather is not going to last much longer....
I suppose one advantage to the rotten weather is that since I can't be outdoors I have had no choice but to keep myself busy in the kitchen.
I've told you already that I have made the new buffalo checked curtains. I am also now finished with the repurposed window and then went on to de-clutter my kitchen cabinets the other day as well.
This day I am going to work on converting one of my pantries into a work desk area. 
 I wish I could show you the before, but I'm guessing it doesn't take too much imagination on your part to envision a messy old broom closet!
I will take photos of the after (if I do actually get the project finished in time), when my Sis is here visiting.
But on to another subject...
I have made a Canadiana board on my Pinterest site.
I started it with vintage Canadian posters. But then I couldn't help myself.....I started adding beautiful photos from the gorgeous lakes, falls and wilderness areas of Canada too.
Like this photo someone had taken at Humphrey Falls in BC.
And a  photo of the coast line of beautiful Newfoundland.
I've included some timbits  tidbits of Canadian living on this board as well.
And also some favorite Canadian paintings too.
If you have the time and think you would enjoy it, drop by.
If you don't have the time, no biggie!
Also, in the very near future I hope to start a series on
I think it will be fun!