Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Winner Is....And a Coupon

The winner is Diane Cayton Hakey.
And her blog name is her name!
Diane has the coolest Halloween header, so pop over and check it out.

Many thanks to all of you ladies who spread the word for me and also to the new followers.
And a huge thanks to MonPetitChouBoutique.
Not only did they go half with me on the give-away,
they also want to offer all of you a 15 percent discount coupon. Their shop is full of beautiful re-purposed silverware items and at very good prices too.
I will be offering the coupon on my next post.
Tim and I are off to go Trick or Treating with our
Traverse City g'children tomorrow.
I got a feeling we are all going to be bundled up in our winter coats!
I'll be in touch,

Give-Away Drawing Now Closed

I will be back shortly with the results of the drawing!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Enter Camp and Cottage Livings Give-Away

~Drawing Now Closed~
1) Please become a follower of  Camp and Cottage Living with either  Google Members or Bloglovin.
Both are located on my blog left hand side bar.
2) Please grab my button to display once on your blog. Just to spread the word!
So Simple.
Drawing will be Tuesday, October 29th.
Now on to the gifts.
I promised a beautiful gift created from re-purposed silverware.
I think I delivered well...
MonPetitChouBoutique has so many gorgeous pieces to chose from, it was hard to pick just one.
I have to tell you that this kind couple gifted me with double the amount I was going to spend. This enabled me to give away a more expensive gift.
Thank you Troy-Leigh!
Please drop by to visit their Etsy Shop.
You'll find it amazing.

This is the charm that I selected to be attached to your charming bracelet.
I'm sure you've guessed how adorable I think Owls are.
 And in addition, my friends, here are the Hooters I promised you!
Two sweet owl tea towels  that will be added to my gift give-away.
Now let's get started!
Leave a comment below with your name or blog site. If you are already a follower, just mention my give-away once on your post. Or as many times as you'd like. (It won't hurt my feelings!)
Your names will all be entered for Tuesdays drawing.
~Good Luck~


Friday, 25 October 2013

Spoon Jewelry And A Give-Away

I don't know about you, but my heart goes pitter- patter whenever I see the beautiful creations being made with old silverware these days.
I don't need to tell you how gifted I think these ladies or men are!
Please, if you're reading this, just toss an ounce of your talent my way.
Okay, enough gushing admiration....
What I'm really excited about is my give-away!
And yes, it is going to include  a beautiful vintage silverware piece of jewelry.
I'm not going to tell you which one today....

Please drop by tomorrow for the full details of the drawing.
 There may even be a couple of Hooters involved in this give-away too.
Now that's got to leave you guessing, doesn't it?
See you on Saturday!!



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Beautiful Snow!

The first snow of the year has arrived!
I watched the snowflakes come down all day yesterday to no avail. They melted as soon as they hit the ground.
However, this morning I awoke to a beautiful winter wonderland.
This is my next door neighbours little porch.
I'm not really sure why she has scarecrows and reindeer out at the same time...
Maybe because she's lived here long enough to know Halloween and snow go hand in hand together here in the North.
I wanted you to see this little tree in our backyard that is hanging on tight to it's leaves.
It's a pretty contrast against the whiteness of the snow, I think.

Lastly, just to give you a better perspective of how much snow we received, here is a photo of my car.
They were predicting 15cm.
Thank goodness we didn't get that much!
Do you have any snow where you live?
I'd love to know if we were the only 'lucky' ones!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Sheets on the Line Devotional

Do you remember in the 1950's when everyone had white sheets?
I sure do. I remember my Mother hanging the sheets on the line. Then she would sprinkle them with water and laboriously stand ironing them all. So much work, but I still fondly remember the wonderful smell and feel of sleeping on those crisp white sheets!
One day a local Pastor was making his rounds, visiting his Parishioners. He visited two neighbouring ladies. He was welcomed first into Mrs. A's home, served tea and fresh cookies. It wasn't long until her conversation was directed to the lady next door. She had nothing nice to say about her new neighbour and to support all of her ugliness she directed the Pastor to her back window where she pointed out to him that her new neighbour didn't even know how to do her laundry properly. "Just look how dingy those sheets of hers are," she said.  He couldn't argue with this, because they were in fact pretty dirty looking to him too.
However, since Mrs. B was new to the community,  he felt it was his duty to invite her and her family to the Sunday church services, dirty sheets and all.
He was surprised to find the family to be both warm and pleasant. When he ask Mrs. B if she had gotten to know her neighbour yet at all he saw a shadow come across her face. He didn't press this line of conversation and soon stood to leave. As he rose to go he could see clearly out the back window to where the sheets were hanging and was surprised to see that they were spotlessly white! How could that be? He walked right up to the window to look out onto the clothes line and realised that he was able to see there whiteness because he was viewing the sheets through sparkling clean windows.
It wasn't that Mrs. B's sheets were dirty.
It was  Mrs. A's windows that were so dirty.
This simple story makes me think about how often I might look through an already dirty lens at times.
I hope that before I make any strong opinions I will remember Jesus words in:
  Matthew 7: 1-2
Judge not, lest you be judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you.
It's pretty scary  when you think of getting back the same amount of judgement one meters out to others, for sure.
My prayer for today:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy site Oh Lord, My Strength and My Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

Saturday, 19 October 2013

I'm A Winner

I just heard from my friend, Sherri, that I am the winner in her drawing for Lola Nova's Simple Sewing book!
I can't tell you how excited I am....
I know I will be loving this book.
It is full of ideas and patterns using retro fabrics.
We all know that I have a pretty big stash those!
I am already thinking of the possible Christmas gifts I will be making from these patterns.
If you aren't a follower of Sherri's or you just want to pop over, please drop by and check out her blog at Little House In Paradise.
Thanks again, Sherri!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A Featured Kitchen and Fall Colours

This is one of my favourite Fall photos.
It was taken north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
last Autumn.
We will be travelling this road the end of October, but I feel certain it won't look at all like this at that time!
I was contacted today by Jann of  Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson to let me know that I was featured on her Share a Cup Thursday.

And I was also featured at:
And I'd also like to thank my friend Vee,
for placing a link to my blog about
All of your comments were greatly appreciated!
If you enjoy new ideas for your home, crafting, or recipes I can highly recommend visiting or joining the blog parties above.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Vee's October Note Card Party

Today I am joining Vee and her friends for
My photos are of the farm animals that we enjoyed at the Pumpkin Patch.
I've done many photos of wildlife, but none of good ol' farm animals.
So without further ado, here goes.
Whoops, I said animals didn't I?
Billy Goat Gruff  Sweet.

Hungry llama.

Little alpacas.
If you want to see some really good photos pop over to Vee's.
There are many talented photographers joining her party today.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Little Kitchen Details


I had plans to show you just a few more details from my kitchen reveal sooner, but I kind of got derailed this week.
You see, I scheduled a garage sale for this weekend.
With all the sorting, the pricing, and then the arranging of all the items, I completely forgot.
Then my computer gave me fits and that had to be corrected by a Bell technician.
If he had been here in person, I would've hugged him!
Anyway,  without any more blathering, on to the photos,finally.
 Why don't we start with the new curtains I've made....
While in the states, I bought a Painter's cloth at Menards. I simply cut it down the middle, measured it to length and then added a ruffle. 
It was simple, but adding the ruffle made it more time consuming than I had planned! 
But I like it and it works nicely for Fall.
Next, I replaced the green mirror  I had on this wall with a favourite antique print, antlers, and old rusty horseshoes.
When Spring comes I will hang my gingham curtains and the brighter mirror again.

I purchased this clock on sale for ten dollars and the wall quote for two fifty. I had the frame and the burlap from a previous use.
The kitchen is small, so I wanted to keep this wall simple.
Not that I seemed to be too worried about that at the other end of my kitchen where my dining nook is!
This is a view from the dining nook looking towards the clock wall.
Tim bought this for me many years ago and I so happy to display it above my kitchen sink now.
It's a metal sign that I placed on black matting and then framed.

Lastly, this cast iron piece is from an old Kalamazoo antique wood stove. To make the lettering stand out I placed a solid cloth behind it.
The 'K' is for Kimberly now!
I think that covers all of the kitchen up-dates.
If you are tinking of painting your kitchen cabinets white, I highly recommend it. I've been doing this for the last twenty three years in all of our kitchens and I haven't tired of it yet!
Have a wonderful weekend friends.
It's raining here, but I'm in a cozying mood so I don't even care.



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

My Budget Cottage Kitchen Reveal-Before and After

No, I'm not kidding, I am finally revealing my budget kitchen make-over!
Since I made you wait so long I'll get right on with it.....
Before: The Honey Oak cabinets.
Nothing wrong with these...
However, the kitchen is only 9x22 feet and I felt white would make it look brighter and larger.
I painted everything white!
The cabinets, the walls, and even the table and chairs.
My hubby, Tim replaced the hanging light and the flooring.
All photos are from our first visit to the home with the Realtor.
The only thing that hasn't been changed is the refrigerator and the counter tops.
We replaced the fan and the stove, and applied a tin back splash.
Nothing fancy about this kitchen.
The plan was to do this on a budget and we did.
It was just over a thousand dollars-not bad I'd say!

And lastly, this is my busy corner.
I call it that because my husband says I have too much stuff tucked into this little eating corner!
I know he's right, buttoo bad, I love it.
And deep down I think he likes it too.
Now you know this isn't everything I have to show you, right?
There are a few additions  to the walls that I want to share too that weren't visible in these photos.
So if you will bare with me, I'll be back in a couple of days with more pictures.
Hope you're having a blessed Tuesday
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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Free Fall Graphics

I don't know about you, but I'm embracing Fall in a big way!
I am quite connected to this quote by George Elliot:
Delicious autumn!
My soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.
I have made up two graphics that I want to share with you.
Please click on pinterest and go to my board titled,
Autumn Leaves are Falling, and re-pin.
This photo is from my last year Thanksgiving table.
If you're wondering why I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving, it is less than two weeks away here in Canada.
This photo will be posted on my Autumn board also.
  It is sunny and beautiful here today, but the leaves are falling fast, so I'm heading outside to enjoy Fall while I can!
Blessings to all-Kimberly
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