Sunday, 29 May 2016

Retirement dull , boring Don't think so.!

Almost the end of May .
It has finally turned warm after a very  cool and wet   spring. Now  30 degrees and  all the lovely spring green is quickly turning brown from  now a lack of water. 
Condo living limits my gardening   but I have managed to    brighten up my front porch and back deck,
Repainted my metal  planters one is burnt sienna to match bricks  and one in chocolate brown to match chairs and table..... My front porch is north facing so  filled planters with shade loving plants from  coleus , rex begonias, fuchsia, caladium,   trailing  alyssum, euphorbia, fibrous begonias and bacopa. Yes I stuffed them  .
The front porch is  a very private sitting area  one I wanted to   have immediate  plant lushness,
Moved the pansies to back but kept the hurricane  shade and candle in  planter on table, the  burnt umber  container sits by front door.  I also  made a fairy garden in  the bird bath that sits by step.

On the back deck  I did go a bit overboard on planters,   2 railing boxes, hanging fuchsia , so love to see hummingbirds  come to visit; 1 window box, herb box, 5 other  planters. Seems like a lot but oh the deck is now an oasis  of  flowers........can hardly wait for them all to fill in . Did not fill them  quite as full as the front..... I like watching the flowers grow and spread.....
 The step and  small window box
The deck is south facing so picked   sun loving  for this area , Patriot Violet  geraniums, lime potato vine,  stocks for scent,    white bacopa.
I decided to utilize a   metal  shelf unit I had to   help give the deck more  privacy  cause over the fence are  2 homes with  2 pools  and  young children to enjoy those pools...... not that I mind   I enjoy hearing children playing and the splashing in the water....
 On the stand are lots of  containers....
These containers hold   geraniums of course  million bells,   potato vine  and a variety of small     fillers, Sweet peas and morning glories have been planted on either side of  stand in large pots to hopefully twine up the  stand so becomes a wall of green......
 Hanging fuchsia , already had a humming bird visiting......

Large container in corner holding caster bean   geranium, purple and line potato vine   and  Mandeville vine  with some  Victoria salvia  and more stocks ..

I have been enjoying this  back deck usually early morning coffee  reading a very good book  The Girl on The  Train on my Kobo... quiet  in the garden   at that time....  Lunch is    another  time I find   I  use this space Later in the day  I tend to  sit on front porch  which is shaded  so cooler.Thank goodness for porches....
The planter  gracing the table is from my Granddaughters.  

Latest card  made just this week  Lovely house set, stamped  , shaded, a touch of flower soft , popped up portico  and simple  interior.   

Who ever said  retirement is boring?
Today went to  Woodstock to  the     Antique Mall. 3 floors packed with  a variety of    treasures.. some  I am sure I used to have....made  me smile   at  so much retro. Did not buy anything Yet!   some ideas to consider.
 Was    fun . Good Sunday outing  . Even with the heat lots of  people  also   looking around..
  Leisurely drove home   on  back  highway rather than  take  the busy   401.   Delighted in the   pastoral    scenery.
 Nice way to spend Sunday...... 


Monday, 9 May 2016

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day ! to all.
Spent a wonderful afternoon with my daughters  at the Golden Teapot  Tea Room at Glenhyrst Garden and Art Gallery in Brantford.

Strolled the grounds  and stopped in at an art sale at the cottage then on to main house  for a Kensington tea..
This home belonged to  Lawren Harris  one of the Group of Seven  artists..... His family  started the Massey Harris  company . He is credited with  forming  the Group of Seven.



 We were seated in the  sunroom  overlooking the garden .Such a pretty room.
We sipped Queen Elizabeth tea considered the champagne of tea. Certainly agree, very smooth with out  after taste.......  A nectarine spritzer was  refreshing... as well.  Everything was delicious . Scones light and fluffy.Veggies and fruit tray and finishing with  dainty  desserts..  Then the girls gave me  gifts as well , feeling very spoiled....

 This is the second year that Sherry has  found  a special   tea room  to try....that were unknown to us.. last year at Abigail's in St George and now Golden Tearoom in Brantford..

Thank you so much  Rosanne and Sherry for the wonderful afternoon spent together..... So appreciate the  outing,

Monday, 18 April 2016

Bridal Shower for Brianne

Brianne my oldest granddaughter is getting married in June .
Isn't she cute in her bow hat
 Lit initials  for  Brianne and Dan and  one of their engagement pictures framed......
 Sunday was  a festive Bridal shower for her hosted by her Aunt Sherry and her maid of honor Claire. They did an amazing  job .
 Brianne's  shower was held   at her Mom's home.

There were lots of   chalkboard signs..
The  middle champagne drink was my favourite
This is a cute idea each guest got to take home the cup they had tea or coffee in.
These were the  thank you special teas to take with the cup and saucer  to enjoy at  home.
Lots of  beautiful gifts.
Brianne opening  gift
A yummy  lunch was served
Beautiful table setting

Claire's chocolate fountain . so good.

Veggies in baguettes

 Claire's   sweet  squares
Aunt Sherry's fudge

Fancy sandwichesAll so  tasty.

  Finale was   Brianne in her Ribbon hat.
 Great fun and Great day!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Cards Cards and more Cards

I am still continuing my hobby of card making.. Going to a new  shop  called Stamp  Art.  Each week make a new card using   a variety of techniques and products.. Very creative   and relaxing ......
First I want to show a card my daughter  Rosanne made me for Easter.... so pretty
The  embossed  vellum butterfly  adds  a depth to the  simplicity of the card.  
This is  a  soft  pink  spring card using  pearlized  ink, a touch of silver stickers. and  very intricate  punch,
When folded the  filigree   is highlighted by  the pale pink.

Another  spring card with rain boots. It is a  trifold with  a decorative edge tucked into a slit. Rain boots  have daffodils and tulip  watercoloured. Pretty  soft pink designer paper  over the  pink  card stock.
A simple Birthday card using   seafoam card stock  embossed  with  double tags  in a teal and yellow  with Happy Birthday stamp  angled in teal ink.    2   flowers in yellow with pearl centers., teal and yellow organza ribbon and   centers of the  embossed  flower dotted with teal  stickles. Simple white interior with  saying....

A very sweet Anniversary card  made with paper piecing.  The image was stamped   then   coloured with  markers. Duplicate stamping  done on suede paper for the old man's jacket  and the ladies pink skirt. her jacket is cut from  a  plaid pink paper. Find paper piecing is a favourite technique of mine.

The  old people stamp was then masked and the cityscape stamp layered twice over.
The interior wishing  many more years of Happiness and a touch of the cityscape again.
The most recent card made just on Wednesday. Happy Birthday. Using  white card stock base , purple  and gold paper  accent paper.  The pink embossed  paper highlighted with gold.  Simple  flower  stamp accented with gold as well  Tag stamped with purple happy birthday.   

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter Dinner

At the Shire a  fun  Easter day finished with a  delicious dinner and early birthday  for Brayden..