fairytale paper art…

Helen Musselwhite’s paper artistry is absolutely beautiful, and I just wanted to share some of her work with you. It would be exquisite on a child’s bedroom wall with white shadow box framing (that’s not to say I wouldn’t put it in my living room as well). I wish I could give credit to the blogger who introduced me to this exquisite paper artist, but for the life of me I can’t remember!

photo courtesy Helen Musselwhite

photo courtesy Helen Musselwhite

photo courtesy Helen Musselwhite

photo courtesy Helen Musselwhite

photo courtesy Helen Musselwhite

ring the butter bell…

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year is a yellow butter bell. If you’ve never used one, it’s really a nifty little gadget.

photo courtesy Yoder's Amish Market

You fill the cavity in the lid with about 1/2 cup of butter. Place an inch of water in the base and replace it every couple of days. The lid fits into the base when you’re not using the butter. The airtight seal keeps the butter soft and fresh. See? Neat!!

I resolve not to change in 2011…

I read a refreshing post this morning in Erin Loechner‘s blog, Design for Mankind. She wrote a list of “non-goals” for 2011 — a pat on the back for all the things she doesn’t want to change about herself in the year ahead. I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment behind Erin’s list — focusing on flaws is just destructive for the soul.

So in the spirit of being kind and supportive to myself, here’s my own “non-goals” for 2011.

1. Kudos for not biting your nails for the past 6 months! They look so grown up now…finally!

2. Good girl for stopping drinking diet soda!! God bless you, Perrier.

4. You’re just so hip ‘n happenin’ for jumping into the “scary” new social media world. You didn’t know what the heck you were doing, but it worked out anyway, and you made lots of new friends!

5. Don’t ever lose your willingness to learn from mistakes, and yes, it’s okay to have a tantrum first!

6. I really like that you’re not afraid to say “sorry” when you screw up.

5. You are rocking the high-heel boots and silk poncho!

christmas wishes…

photography by Janis Nicolay for Nicole Jane Home

I must apologize for my lack of posts lately. It has been a hectic month and I’m just starting to wind down. Actually, the herniated disk in my back is forcing me to wind down. (If my sister is reading this…I swear I’m not faking just to get out of cooking the Christmas dinner…even though it sounds exactly like something I’d do!)

Sometimes your body just knows better than your mind what you need. So with all this time on my hands (and my family ignoring the ringing of my bell), I’ve started to reflect on the past year.

It’s hard to believe that I didn’t even know what a blog was this time last year. I’ve got my lovely husband, Mark, to thank for introducing me to this fascinating, inspiring, awesome world! Who knew that I would meet so many new people and learn so many things about the passions in the world around me? Okay, okay…now I’m getting maudlin!

I’d like to thank all of you for indulging me in my ramblings. It has been so much fun, and I’m excited about the year in words and pictures ahead.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s a wonderful Christmas season for all of you!

last minute panic…

Yes, I admit it, I’m smug and annoying! I finished 99.7% of my Christmas shopping two weeks ago, and I’m not above rubbing it in. I attribute it to the magical internet that allows exhausted mothers and fathers to lie in bed at night and do all their shopping đŸ™‚ Now you know why I don’t have a social life.

Unlike me, my husband hasn’t even started his shopping…hmmmm. So, being the fabulous wife that I am (not even exagerating), I have written up a tiny little list of items that I’d like under the tree. It just so happens that I wrote the list while I was visiting one of my suppliers’ show rooms. So here is a taste of some of the “last-minute” gifts my poor hubby can search for on Christmas Eve. (Psst…don’t tell him I’m going to be adding them to my product lineup! A big part of the joy of the season for me is watching him panic!)

These are the greatest little salt & pepper grinders. You can put all sorts of peppers and salts in them. I tested them in the show room and they work very well.

This is a stainless steel counter top composting pail. It comes with a charcoal filter to eliminate odors.

This is a funky little martini shaker. The lid has a built-in measuring cup and strainer for the perfect cocktail.

These are very cool onion goggles. I have it on good authority that Martha Stewart featured them on one of her shows and she and a guest were wearing them. I wonder if they’d work on the ski hill???

thank you furry friends…

At this time of year, I start to reflect about all the things that have happened over the past 12 months and all the things that I’m thankful for. I’m so grateful for my children and my family and friends. Where would we be without the people we love? I tend to forget the other important beings in my life–my dogs.

Stella Findlay

Four years ago, if you had asked my friends what I thought about dogs, they would chortled and exclaimed, “She is NOT a DOG person!”.

Daisy Dog Findlay

So here I am with not one, but two dogs that…yes…I even allow to cuddle on my bed with me!!!!! I’m a walking, talking example of an old dawg (eh hem…) who can learn new tricks!!!

Stella Findlay

I’m so glad I broke down and invited dogs into my family. They have been an amazing source of love, companionship, loyalty and hilarity! So here’s a big thank you to my furry little friends, who have thoroughly enriched our lives.

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