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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Barn Wedding - Sneak Peek

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to let you know I'm alive and well...well maybe.  We have gone through months of trying to get our property and barn ready for the big day.  My hubby said last night, "honey, not only are we alive but we survived".  Or something like that...I was half asleep when he said it lol.

Getting ready for this event has been very exhausting, there never seemed to be enough time and many weekends it just rained and rained so it really slowed down the progress.  Of course weekends were when we were ready to go at things.

On top of this, my elderly dad had to have cancer surgery.  He will be 90 in a few weeks.  He was released from the hospital into our care a day before some of my hubby's family members showed up to help.  They were here for basically a week and what a great help they were.  This allowed me some time to care for my dad but still trying to sneak in the odd thing that had to be done.  In reality, there really wasn't much time for that as I didn't want to leave him alone.  I would be so grateful for your prayers for his healing.  He has been having a rough time.  He doesn't have the results yet as far as whether they removed all the cancer but with his age, the healing process is so much more difficult.

So here it is, a VERY SMALL sneak peek into the wedding.  I will try to finish the complete post as soon as I can but things are still busy with my dad here.  So stay tuned.

The ceremony took place outside.

I tried to do a previous post on another subject but it's still sitting there for now so stay tuned.  The photo editor I was using just isn't cooperating.  Any suggestions?  I'm looking for another freebie.

I miss visiting with all of you, blogging seems like a distant memory right now - how sad.  I'm so looking forward to catching up with life a bit and things returning to normal.  

In the barn...

Thank you for visiting and I always enjoy reading your comments.  Take care.

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

10th Tea Cup Exchange

Hi Dear Friends,

Recently I joined in on the 10th Tea Cup Exchange with Stephanie @ The Enchanting Rose, this is my 4th exchange.  The person I received my package from was Wendy @  September Violets.  She has a wonderful blog, stop in and say hello when you have a chance, you can also see what she received.   I was definitely spoiled by Wendy, she sent so many wonderful things and you could see how much thought she put in to each and every gift.  Thank you Wendy.

Wendy sent two beautiful spring tea towels, lots of tea in sweet little gift bags and those cookies...well, they were gone within a couple of days.  I had to tape the box shut for the photo lol.  Wendy made the very pretty dish cloth nestled in the Ironstone pitcher, it goes perfectly with the tea towels.  And chocolate, who can resist that?  She also sent some cute little cookie cutters that you can see on top of the cookie box - a watering can, tea cup and tea pot.  Everything she sent was beautifully wrapped with so much detail.  Below is an absolutely beautiful wall hanging that Wendy made.  An embroidery ring with my blog name and beautiful flowers attached.  She made this for my craft room and that's exactly where I will be placing it.  It is such a personal gift and means the world to me.  She did a beautiful job.

Aren't the flowers pretty?

 Wendy knows that I love yellow, isn't it a beautiful tea cup?  It's perfect!  It's so fresh and bright.

This little creamer is adorable and it goes quite well with the tea cup.  When the two are together the yellow just pops.  I have already used it and enjoyed doing so - it's just so sweet.

As Wendy follows my blog, she knows how much I love Ironstone.  She said she came across this piece when searching for my tea cup.  I was thrilled.

Wendy made this tea/coffee cozy and it's yellow - she couldn't go wrong.  I absolutely love it.  I also love the display that was inserted into the cozy.  How cute is that?

The following gifts are the ones that I sent to my other tea cup buddy, Marina.  Marina loves nature, birds, gardening, embroidery, etc.

If you want to see all the wonderful gifts that people received, stop in at Stephanie's blog.

Thank you Stephanie for holding another wonderful tea cup (and mug) exchange, it has been a lot of fun as always and it's a great way to meet new friends.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Easter.

This was my attempt at an Easter display.  I don't usually create these but seeing so many displays on blogs got me excited.  So here it is...lol.  I had fun anyway.

See the robin's egg in the nest?  It's a candy Easter egg that I stole from my granddaughter's stash, my hubby was hiding eggs for her before she came over for Easter dinner lol.  It was the best I could get on such short notice (short notice being putting the display together for Easter dinner as we were hosting it) lol.  I know...how pathetic is that?  Most of you have had yours together for weeks. 

I had been wanting to get more decor for my display but didn't really want to spend the money.  My hubby and I went to the barn yesterday to look for something when we saw a box on a shelf and we couldn't remember what was in it.  The box was one of the many items left behind by the previous owners.  As we looked in the box, THERE IT WAS...A GIANT EGG and it was free.  Well, actually it was the price of the mortgage but that's besides the point.

I found this cake mould at the thrift store for $3.00. I was thrilled.  It's perfect for this time of year.

I hope all of you were able to enjoy Easter dinner with your family and friends.  Remember, Jesus is the reason that we celebrate Easter.  Best wishes!

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Randomness - Is That A Word?

Hi Friends, 

Just over a week ago, I looked outside and saw another amazing sunrise.  The original color I saw was of a deep red similar to this one.  Last year I used my camera to take the photo but this year I had my cell phone.  I wasn't able to capture the deep red that I saw so I gave up and went back into the house to continue getting ready for work.  A short time later I looked out the window and saw this.  I grabbed my cell phone and raced out a different door hoping I could actually capture the color this time.  It was now orange instead of red.  I partially zoomed in on the sunrise, this time the color was much closer to what I was actually seeing.  It was even brighter in person.  Isn't it beautiful?

You can see the reflection of the sunrise in the windows of the barn.  If you look closely you can also see the silhouette of the trees which aren't even close to the barn.

You can see the gradual change of colors in this photo.

This was my attempt to capture the red sky.  This was a faded out version of it, I wish you could have seen what it actually looked like.  If you look closely though, you can see the multiple shades of red/pink in the sky.

Another faded out version but I thought it was still pretty with the sun glowing through the trees.

We have had a few different ducks in the pond in the last couple of weeks.  This is a Common Merganser.  We have also had Hooded Mergansers,  Red-Breasted MergansersMallards and Canadian Geese.  They have all come in pairs.  When I was looking through the binoculars the other day, I only saw the male Merganser which was unusual.  While I was looking, I suddenly saw a ton of goldfish suddenly go flying up out of the water.  I'm assuming the female was under the water at this point as they are diving ducks.  The poor fish though...I wish I could protect everyone, including the fish lol.  I guess that one is out of my hands.

I did my best to crop the photo, unfortunately I wasn't able to zoom in any more without the photo becoming too blurry.  This duck has flown right over us a couple of times so we were able to get a much closer look.

While looking through the binoculars at this duck, a large red fox came trotting down beside the pond.  It was beautiful.  Although we can see the ducks, fox, etc. with the naked eye, we always use the binoculars for a nice, close look.

Recently I looked out and saw that my birdhouse had been chewed.  I wasn't very happy about that as I love this house.  Obviously a rodent of some type was trying to get through the holes.  There are a total of 5 holes for the birds and every single one has been chewed.  I lean towards it being the red squirrel we've seen hanging around.

   When we were sitting out on the deck one day I noticed something strange in the wooden box that holds the clothes pegs, I thought it may have been an old wasp nest.  Nope.  On a closer look, I realized it was a nest.  I have a feeling it's the same culprit that chewed up my birdhouse lol.    Maybe it has become a permanent home - I hope not.  I guess I won't be using my clothes pegs for a little while.  I had to laugh though, what a great place to build a nest.  I keep meaning to aim the game camera at the hole so I can see exactly what is coming and going.

What a great little entrance.

It looks so warm and cozy.

I'm hoping these two Canadian Geese aren't looking for a nesting place.  They were by the pond for a long time this weekend.  I don't want to get chased if I have to do some outdoor work in that area.  They're messy but they're beautiful!  I'm thrilled to have them come for a visit.

Friday morning we woke up to 10 cm/4 inches of snow.  It's gone now but it was still there around yesterday.  We actually reached 21.8°C/71.24 °F today.  NICE.

Since this is a random post, I thought I would show my granddaughter, Lily, looking at some books in the thrift store as I haven't really done a post about her in a while.  My how she loves books, I think she glanced at nearly every one on this rack.  Gammy ended up buying her some things from the thrift store...how can you not?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post.  I always love to read your comments.

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Painting Has Begun

The painting has begun.  I have been itching to start painting furniture pieces for quite some time and the process has finally started.  How exciting!!!

This is my first completed cabinet.

Last fall, my hubby was driving down the road when he spotted this nightstand.  Screech!  I could hear him hitting the brakes from here (just kidding!).  The nightstand was free on the side of the road and he thought it was an antique so he stopped to pick it up.  Unfortunately, it turned out that it wasn't old at all but it was cute all the same.  This would be a future project.  

This is how it looked when it followed him home.

I have to be honest, I'm not sure if I even remember seeing it although he insists I did.  I was recently looking for a starter project to make sure I felt confident in painting the bigger, more important pieces of furniture.  He suggested I paint the nightstand in the garage.  What nightstand?  I'm sure he thought I was nuts.  It's not like me to forget about furniture of any kind.  These photos were taken just before I began my sanding.

I painted it an off white and it looked extremely plain.   I hadn't reattached the knobs yet but it looked boring and needed a little pizzazz.  I wish I had taken a photo at that stage of the process.  I decided to distress it a bit.  I've had experience in distressing on wooden snowmen, etc. that I made many years ago but never on furniture.  You work hard to get that perfect finish then turn around and destroy it.  My hubby was scared for me.  I told him I was a bit scared myself.  But at that moment I decided to live dangerously ha ha.

I used the palm sander prior to painting but decided to hand sand when I began distressing it.  I figured it would allow me to control how much paint was removed and to do it slowly until I obtained the look I was trying to achieve.  The palm sander would have worked fine too but I wanted to make sure the original stain remained.

I love how the stain shows through.

I'm pleased with how it came out.  My hubby really liked the distressing once it was completed.  Now I just need to figure out where to put it.  That falls into the category of redecorating which we're currently working on.

More furniture is being worked on and I'm hoping I'll finish a dresser this weekend.  Since time is not on our side right now, we have decided to work as a team.  My hubby will sand and I will paint.  That way we can both be working on something at the same time.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to.  I hope this inspires you to go and paint or create something yourself although most of you are already way ahead of me.  I'm always in awe of all the creativity out there in Blogland.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring is Coming

Hi Friends,

For those of you experiencing full blown Spring weather in your neck of the woods...BEWARE...there are some colder pics in this post LOL.

Each day I have the pleasure of driving past Georgian Bay on my way to and from work.  Georgian Bay is a large body of water on the Great Lakes.  It's always such a beautiful sight.  I look forward to seeing how the scenery will change each day depending on the weather conditions.  Four days ago, the sun was bright in the sky and the water (or should I say ice) was blue.  I made a decision to pull over and snap some photos.

 There are a lot of swimmers in this area during the summer months.  It's hard to imagine that at the moment.  Brrrrr!!  The sand is visible though...that's always a good sign.

It's hard to imagine that two months from now the tourists will be arriving for the long weekend.  There is an inviting little campground very close to this area and it will be full.  They definitely won't be swimming on that weekend.

We had a fairly mild winter this year and the water remained open with the waves rolling in.  Once March hit though we had a few extremely cold days, everything changed and the lake quickly froze.  At least on the surface.  After that we had a thaw, it melted and then froze again.  You can still see open water farther out but in this particular area, it's frozen closer to shore.  Just down the road, the waves are rolling right in to the shoreline.  I'm guessing the water is a little deeper in that area.

It looks like gentle, rolling waves froze on the spot.

I decided to take the back roads home from work on this day.  It's hard to tell from this picture but I have driven up high above the water onto the Niagara Escarpment.

Another road on the way home.  There are many large hills throughout this area but they don't seem to show in the photo.  You can see the water off to the upper right of the photo.  In the summer and the fall months, it is an absolutely beautiful drive.

While I was driving my granddaughter, Lily, home last week along a different portion of Georgian Bay, I stopped to show her the gentle waves rolling in.  I opened her window so she could hear them.  As the water was a few feet down from the road, she asked why the waves weren't coming up to us and asked if it was because they were scared of us.  I laughed.  That little girl keeps us laughing, she's always saying something unique as the little ones often do.

The next photos are ones that I took back in mid February and never had an opportunity to post.  I thought the homes were so pretty so decided to share them anyway.  Sorry...I know Spring is on it's way and these contain that four letter word "SNOW".  So bear with me if you can...

This one is a beautiful red board and batten.  It seems to sit on it's own surrounded by bush on a country road.  So pretty!  These photos were taken at dusk so you can't see how beautiful the red truly is.

This is a stop sign just down the road from my home, in mid February I believe.  Can you see it?  You have to look close lol.  The snow wasn't that deep but the drifts on this particular road were.  They kept the road plowed of course but the drifts would fill in quickly.  This reflects how strong the winds can get in this area.  The snow around the stop sign is now completely gone.

This is another home that I love, I do have a weakness for stone houses.  This one is quite old.

I hope you enjoyed your little tour.  All of the snow is gone again but that can change in a day.  We did have a really nice taste of Spring for a bit but Old Man Winter tricked us again.  Now that we're almost into April, things should definitely be looking up.  Although the robin's have been here for a little while, I saw my first one yesterday.  What a wonderful sight.  The birds seem to be telling us Spring is near.  We have been hearing and seeing so many more and they're quite active.

Thank you for stopping by and as always, I just love reading your comments.  Have a wonderful day!

~ Kelly ~