Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas to Us!



We just recently finished painting our living room and dining room, laying hardwood, and flipping our living and dining rooms around. It feels like a whole new house. It was a happy, happy day when we tore out the carpet that came with this place. The dining room reveal will come in the New Year...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

'Twas a Month Before Christmas...



'Twas a month before Christmas,
when all through the house


Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;




The hardwood was piled by the chimney with care,

In hopes that the new floors soon would be there;

The child wasn't nestled all snug in her bed,

She was at school learning A’s to Zed’s.

And me with my camera, sans the lens cap,

Was ready for photos soon to be snapped.


When out at the mailbox there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my perch to see what was the matter.

Away to the doorway I flew like a flash,

Tore a hole in my pj pants and heard a loud crash.

The sun on the crest of the new-fallen snow

Gave the luster of diamonds to our mailman, Joe.


When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a box addressed to me, in the city Red Deer.

With a little old label, so neat and so slick,

I knew in a moment, it MUST be from Vic’.

Vickie a la Ranger 911

As in above and below...

(That's Vickie on the left.)

More rapid than beagles the questions they came,

I whistled and shouted, and scratched my old brain.


Now dash it all Macy, hurry home to this kitchen --

Or I’ll open it myself, I’m really just itch'n!

I ran to the porch and gave a loud call --

Run home from school, and please don’t stall!!


As dry leaves that before a hurricane fly,

I looked out my spectacles to see she was nigh,

So over to the package the both of us flew,

What was inside? We had narry a clue.



And then in a twinkling, my little goof --

Had opened the box, with tissue so poofed.

As I picked up my camera, and was turning around,

Out came Sock Monkey, with a fez for his crown!



He was not alone, Macy found a white foot,

He had just a hat for clothes, she said “Stay put”.

She ran to the Sunbeam and came right back,

There are two Doughboys? An unbelieveable fact.


Her eyes -- how they twinkled, she had a fresh query,

"How could Vickie find his brother?" said the girl so cheery,


Her happy little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And new Doughboy’s hat was as white as the snow.

You cannot imagine how much fun these are going to be...

More tissue unravelled and what is this -- teeth?

"Hee hee" I said, "they'll be PERFECT for my wreath"!


No actual photo available... nom, nom, nom.
The tissue it rattled - there was something for our bellies,

USA Chocolate Twizzlers to eat while watching the telly.



Sock Monkey was hugged, a right jolly new elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

And another surprise, a vintage dress with red!



A boy or a girl -- what a cute little quirk,

Oh the fun to have with outfits - we’ll go berserk!!

Giggling together, thinking monkey clothes,

She spotted something else for new Doughboy we suppose,

Vignette by Macy

















A wee little skateboard, she gave a happy whistle,

He hopped right on and was off like a missle,

But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he zipped out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


Thanks again Vickie for all of your sweet gifts... we are lovin' 'em!
Macy has decided that he/she is named Will and Wilhelmina. New Doughboy has settled right in with Old Doughboy and Remy. We anticipate some holiday antics. :)

I am happy to report that the rooms are painted, floors are down, furniture is moved back and the TV even works in it's new location. Replacing the baseboards and refacing the fireplace are next. I'm looking forward to at least a little time to get ready for Christmas -- and recover. :) Hope your holiday preparations have been fun and are on schedule! Thanks for visiting! 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Construction Chaos & a Quick Christmas Cubby




Thank you everyone for your well wishes on our painting and flooring adventure. I am missing having the time and energy to visit all of my favourite blogs. I did take a quick minute (while my assistant carpenter was at a meeting) to fluff up and photograph the Christmas cubby. (Note the compressor handle is part of the display...)

Nestled in among the holiday knick knacks is
someone new and very special to us...
who came from south of the border.


In addition to all of the amazing inspiration to be found on blogs I have met some of the sweetest people. People that no matter how far away they are, they are still such a treasured part of your day. People that make you laugh and share your love of the good things in life -- you know... vintage junk, painting the vintage junk, decorating with the vintage junk... making things, Pinning things...
the important stuff.

Ranger 911

One of those sweet (and very funny and talented) people is my friend Vickie from Ranger 911. No, that isn't Vickie in the red, although the vintage elf IS wearing one of her hats.

Vickie's Loo
Sometimes you know you've found a kindred spirit at first glance.
Like the first time I saw where Vickie stored her extra rolls of TP.
I just knew she was my kind of people.

Vickie sent Macy and I the most wonderful package and I have been dying to share it with you. I wanted to show you my treasures in one post, but my busy DIY schedule just isn't going to allow it...

Imagine our excitement when the mailman delivered...


This irresistible fellow
in the red vest and turquoise fez!!! 

If you follow Vickie's blog you know that she is a talented decorator, painter, all-round maker and seamstress with a thing for sock monkeys.  She fashions amazing sock primates with the most fetching outfits. We couldn't believe our eyes when this guy peeked out of the box at us. He came with another outfit that will be revealed at a later date. For now he fits right in with our little holiday display. Thank you so much Vickie for this wonderful surprise.

He makes me smile every time I see him.



We haven't decided on a name yet. When my head is finished with the all the nailing noise from laying hardwood I think one will come to me pronto.

He sits with a vintage coconut candy tin. My grandmother worked for the Ming family in the 50's and 60's and I am sure this tin of candies was a little gift. 


 I found it in the garage full of my grandfather's handmade fishing hooks. The colours on the tin were perfect. I am sure the candies were too.


Some other items are our wee Santa sock monkey ornament from my old friend Peggy whom I met through our mutual darlin' friend Mo Jackson who makes the most amazing hats and stockings (and digital art). These gals have been my e-friends for eight years. :)

The vintage Imperial Oil coin bank came from Dad's side of the family... not sure who.

One of my favourite treasures here are the Mr. Peanut salt and pepper shakers. They belonged to my beloved Grandma Becker and I was the lucky one who got to keep them.

Grandma Becker with her future sister-in-law, Aunt Marie, sometime in the 20's I would think. My grandmother worked for Marie and later would marry my grandfather, Marie's brother.

Grandma sewed their matching outfits...

Prairie haute couture!






I also finished my four little Pinecone Elves today. All that needed to be done was to hot glue on their limbs, but even that was tricky finding time to do! I think this little guy is wearing oven mitts instead of mittens. Hope he's got supper planned for tomorrow.



I had to pick up Hallmark's 2012 holiday trailer. It tows beautifully behind my 1940's Schuco car. As you can see she's limping towards the Esso station to get that tire fixed. Good thing she can stop for an ice cold Diet Coke while she's waiting!




I crocheted the miniature stocking last year from Sucrette's adorable free pattern here on Ravelry. 

Macy's countdown ornament says only 19 days till Christmas. Yikes.

The gas pump was a $2 find at a second hand shop and held Avon cologne for men.

I found the vintage elf that is sitting atop the birdhouse at my favourite thrift shop for 25 cents!

The little red truck on the top shelf was one of my Dad's toys. I thought when I zoomed in on this pic of my dad playing in his sand dirt box I might see it, but it wasn't there. I do see a few garden tools though!





So, tomorrow is another full day of laying hardwood. You can tell by the excitement in our sock monkey's eyes that it's starting to look a whole lot better around this joint.

I'm really looking forward to being able to check back in at my favourite haunts.

Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you Vickie for the sweetest gifts and for your friendship.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Warning: Construction Zone



Here it is, twenty-seven days until Christmas and
we are starting a wee reno.
On the weekend we happily bid farewell to the carpets we hated disliked immensely.

Now we just have to level the floors, remove icky sconces, choose colours and paint three rooms, lay hardwood, prepare the fireplace for refacing, paint and install new baseboards. I thought we were just laying the hardwood. Things kind of escalated.

My Christmas crafting has taken a back seat. Even my lovely holiday chalkboard plans have been laid aside. I PhotoShopped over the two words I had finished
so that I could bring you my

entirely digital chalkboard art... 


I received the most deeeelightful package in the mail yesterday and I cannot wait to tell you about it!! For now, all you get to see is the same plywood floors and spackled walls that we're enjoying.

I may be a little bit absent over the next week or so
as I hang up my crochet hook and wield a paint brush.

I will check in with you when I can sneak away take a break. 

Thanks for checking in !

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Anniversary



Wishing my parents a very Happy 56th Anniversary today. I sure wish we could be there to celebrate with you (especially since we are in the middle of tearing out our carpet on the entire mail level to begin laying hardwood). Have a wonderful day. :)

Wishing you many more happy years together!

Love from all of us! xo

Thursday, November 15, 2012

(Another) Kitchen Disaster



Behind this seemingly pastoral winter scene in funky turquoise, red, and white is yet another of my kitchen disasters. We didn't need to call the fire department and thankfully everything has turned out just fine. Better than expected actually.

It all started with my bright idea to make a new bunting for the old window that hangs in our breakfast nook...


It only took a short time to make and I loved it. Till I hung it up. The colours were terrible. Although it somehow looks turquoise here, it is really a deep greenish turquoise and the red is... not funky at all. More like a blood red. Eeew. Max even turned his nose up at it.



So, I hauled out a rather sparse bunting I'd made a couple of years ago, got out a box of clearance pine cones that I picked up two Christmases ago (which had the exact number of pine cones required for the bunting rescue), the proper colour red yarn... five minutes and... voila.

I like it even better than the first one. Go figure.



A little bare, but I didn't want anything tooooo Christmassy yet. Everything here we had on hand. The teeny snow S&P are Macy's -- a gift from my mom. The bell is a dollar store item that gets quite a bit of use around here. Macy makes sure that if someone is sick they have the bell to call for service. You'll hear a 'ding' when dinner's ready too.

The flour sifter belonged to my beloved Grandma Becker. She made the very best homemade bread in her coal stove. I'm thankful that I remember that stove and her kitchen well. And how she always smelled like Noxema.

Grandma & Grandpa Becker and me.
I think this is the first photo evidence that my mom used that infamous method of trimming bangs in the 60's...


Thank goodness that progress has been made in the hairdo department!



I love this vintage cinnamon tin -- a gift from Macy & Mr. CF last Christmas.




Disaster averted; I am so pleased with how my bunting turned out. Not sure what I'm going to do with the other one... I'll find someplace for it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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