Mar 152015
 
Bar Cart Inspiration

Last year, I picked up a basic but functional bar cart at an estate auction for less than $50.  As I said, it is basic but I think it has potential and could become a welcome focal point when we entertain.   I noticed over the holidays bar carts were a very popular topic, inspiring me to do something fun with mine once the nicer weather arrives.   Currently  the cart is sitting in a corner in our dining room without any definitive purpose.  I have been using it to display / store the cut crystal pieces I own and those I have also acquired at estate sales.   This cart does need some work because it is partially covered with an over

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Mar 112015
 
Are Photo Albums a Thing of the Past?

In this age of digital everything, are physical photo albums a thing of the past? A LONG Winter and Now:  Bronchitis I recently shared how my husband and I survived this LONG winter.  I really should have said “mentally” survived!   The day before I shared the long winter post,  I went out snowshoeing with my friend and our two dogs for an hour or so.  It was a bit longer than planned because even before we started, I commented I felt I was getting a cold.  That afternoon we were hit with a big ice storm (yes, ,more crappy winter weather!) and in the evening we lost power until nearly noon the next day.  I am sure it was just

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Mar 072015
 
Etched Glass Gifts:  Fails and Success

I recently wrote a post describing my unintentional blogging hiatus.  The puzzling thing about the break in blogging was that I was still busy and had lots to share!  Regardless, today I want to share some etched glass Christmas gifts I made for family.  I had a couple of failures which I will also share. (NO affiliate links … just the story) I only see my one brother, his wife and their grown kids at Christmas and we only give little gifts.  All my gifts were around $10 per person.  I decided on a personalized casserole for my SIL, beer glasses for my brother and one of his sons and stemless wine glasses for my other nephew and his wife.

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Mar 042015
 
Surviving this LONG Winter

I  have a message for all those bloggers who are posting “ALL THINGS SPRING”:  Hello people!  It is still WINTER!! (At least where I am!) As I sit to write this post, we, the citizens of Toronto are having yet another major snowfall coming through our lovely city.  I can see the pretty white stuff falling ever so softly outside the patio doors of my office.  I must admit, it has been a brutal winter in so many areas of North America.  In Toronto, we don’t get astronomical amounts of snow but we often get what is referred to as “lake effect” snow.  The proximity to Lake Ontario can influence the weather in all seasons. Many people may curse me

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Feb 272015
 
Avoiding the Empty Nest Syndrome

Avoiding the Empty Nest Syndrome is not something you can accomplish in a week.  I believe the process covers a long span of time and depends on so many factors.  It will be different for every family.  We are not psychiatrists or social workers and by no means “perfect” parents. We are just a little family who have seemed to have survived the transition.  I thought I would share my reflection on how we seemed to have avoided the “syndrome”. To begin,  in September 2014, our one and only child moved away to attend Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.   It is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from our home in Toronto but it is far enough away that we

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Feb 242015
 
An Unintentional Blogging Hiatus

source It would appear I have taken an unintentional blogging hiatus which sadly lasted THREE months. I am calling it a hiatus or break but it was really a bit of a blogging block.  If I had been asked “What’s in your way?”  I really did not have an answer.  Not a really good one such as “work got in the way” or ” I was terribly ill”.  I don’t have any really good answer. I have been doing lots of projects and photographing them but I just didn’t blog about it. I have a few inklings to the cause of my gap none of which should have caused a THREE month gap.  Perhaps the combination of them all just

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Nov 252014
 
Dabbling in Photoshop Elements: <BR />Baby Name Artwork

I love dabbling in Photoshop Elements to create unique DIY gifts.   Recently our family was blessed with another baby boy. For me, he is my SEVENTH great nephew and they named him Wesley.  I love it when parents come up with names that are nice and not too common.  As a “welcome to the family” gift, I decided to create a baby  name piece artwork as I had done for his older brother, Liam. For, Liam, I found a really GREAT Flickr site where the owner has created a collection of pictures for each letter.  (NOTE:  These photos are for NON-commercial use only).    I had an odd shaped rectangular frame, 8″ x 16″,  on hand that was perfect.  Using

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