Sunday, July 3, 2016


Finally got my act together a put a few new fascinators in my etsy shop...only to find that items mailed from Canada (aka mine) won't be allowed to be sold until the Canada post dispute is solved. What's a gal to do?

So, I added a few to my Facebook page & made a local sale within minutes :)
Take that etsy ;)

Here's a headband that's just been posted. $12
I love the 20s vibe...and, like all my fascinators, I kinda want to keep it!
But I know someone will love it just as much as me and give it lots of wear. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Beef Nacho Casserole - Teen Approved

This is what I made this last night for our weekly Sunday supper discipleship group, 
we call it D Group ;)
It's a mix of teens from middle to high school that join us for a meal and discipleship time before youth group. I'll admit, find it stressful sometimes to find a meal that will work for the number of people 7 - 9 (I'm used to just cooking for me & my hubby), middle to high school aged teens will like, and not cost an arm and a leg....or take all day!
This past week my mother-in-law told me and said she had the perfect recipe for me to try at 
D Group and even gave me the ingredients too! Since it was a hit (minus one person who didn't "get" why there was corn and another who thought my addition of curry powder turned up the heat factor a little too much) I thought I would share.  
I present you with: Teen Approved Beef Nacho Casserole


I adjusted the quantities for a larger crowd, but this is the recipe I worked from. I feel like the above quantities would feed 4 - 6 people.
I like this recipe because anything with almost a cup of mayo and 2 cups of cheese can't disappoint also, I like to play fast and loose with exact measurements and this recipe just 'gets' that.  You really can't mess it up.  Just adjust salsa and chili/curry powder to suite a spice level you like!

*Disclaimer...I did not take this picture. Honestly, only did a blog post so I could post the reciple .jpg I made so I could then pin it for a know how it goes...the things we do for pinterest! But, then I googled so there would be a picture (because even though it's potentially the least photogenic meal, I know I like to have a picture with a recipe) and I'm pretty sure I found the exact recipe my mother-in-law had found so I could've just pinned straight from there.
Anyway, enjoy my totally superfluous least I got to use the word superfluous :) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wedding Decor - Part. 1 Inside

This past Thanksgiving weekend a dear friend of mine got married, at my house!
I've been planning and decorating this wedding in my head for months and now I can't believe it's over.
The bride lives about 4 hours away so all the decor and planning discussions happened over facebook messenger and she didn't see anything in person until the day before the wedding.  Lucky for me she is super laid back and totally trusted my vision - plus...I was free ;)

The maid of honour whipped up these "Bride & Groom" signs the night before the ceremony.

We went with a rustic, simple decor to fit with the simple back deck ceremony.  The reception to follow was also at my house and it was a lovely Thanksgiving family meal.
In case of rain, we had the tables pushed against the window to make room for guests inside, but it turned out the rain held off...just enough!

Baskets of flowers and a mix of tin cans and mason jars wrapped in paper doilies and twine made up most of the decor.

I'd like to thank my hydrangea tree for giving up almost all of her blossoms.

table decor was burlap hearts, paraffin leaves, and paper hearts

Our fireplace had a strand of paper hearts and craft paper bunting.

inside scoop: that center candle is in a glass Tostitos salsa jar wrapped in burlap ribbon!
The blue frog ring holder was the bride's aunts, who is no longer with us.

I found old, glass milk bottles and covered them with scraps of lace curtain.
add some branches, et voila!

we normally have guitars hanging on the wall, so I replaced the guitars with mason 
jars holding dried hydrangeas 

Thankful for my mum lending 2 sets of dishes and silverware and her glasses

Mum also lent me her cake stands.  We used them for pie stands at our dessert bar :)

these are some of the leaves I collected and dipped in paraffin wax.  I had them strewn on the tables

We made really simple place cards with just card board and cute labels.
The maid of honour did the honour of wrting all our names on the placecards 

all set and ready to be filled with Thanksgiving dinner!

This is maid of honour extraordinaire 

She painted this fabulous cake toppers on Jenga blocks

The bride and groom meet playing board games, so they decided to do a Jenga block guestbook to celebrate that.

I was super excited to use my test tube Dean & Delucca spice rack as a flower holder. 
Yay for thrift store finds

I made a wall of floating leaves with more of the waxed leaves.

I found these two prints and covered them with old doilies using a spray adhesive. 
Then I used them as a backdrop in my little china cabinet behind all the teacups.

this is my favourite creation.  I took the wiring out of an old floor lamp and re-purposed it
 as a flower hanger 

mum's china

this pattern is called Bride's Choice. how perfect.

more heart garland

I feel in love with the paper hearts

I feel in love with this heart swag - I may keep it up all the time!

charming vases; I might keep them around too

Hot Tip: tuna cans are the perfect circumference of large pillar candles.  
Use a little hot glue and twine and who is to know! 

The happy couple and some of the guests!

Friday, October 2, 2015

New hair cut with a healthy dose of 90s hair nostalgia

I got my hair chopped off today into a chic, inverted bob.  In about a week it will go from chic to funky when I redye my hair purple :)
Thank you to Barb at Hairacy's!  I love the cut and my hair is so much better looking now that all the dead and split ends are gone!

Long live the bathroom selfie!

Long live the wrinkle remover feature on PicMonkey!

While I'm growing my bangs out I need a way to keep them off my face and out of my eyes, especially at work.  
The 90s called and no, they can't have their jeweled hair clip back!

This was my hair earlier this summer...July maybe...

and this is the purple colour I will probably go back to.

Now that I have 'normal' coloured hair I miss the purple, and surprisingly, hubby does too!

Monday, September 28, 2015

I'm Back!

and better than ever...???

I decided to revive my blog and let me tell you, it was a crazy spider web of domain hosts and email addresses, and user names and redirects...I felt like Alice down the rabbit whole!

I called my hubby over (who is a techie whiz) and much to his chagrin, it took us an hour and 3 email accounts to figure out what I had registered with who!  In a process I managed to accidentally create a whole other blog associated to the email address I mistakenly thought this one was associated with - I'm not even gonna tell him that!

Anyhoo, on a whole other topic - we have an election in Canada for a new Prime Minister on October 19th.  To any and all eligible Canadian reader, I encourage you to research a bit on all our potential new leaders and vote!  I won't even be mad if you vote for Harper as long as you just vote {I will be disappointed though ;p }

There's a nifty site that lets you create a profile pic encouraging others to vote.  I made mine tonight:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Bath Is Worth 1000 Pictures

And these pictures are priceless!



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My First Wedding Crash

Recently I was chatting with a gentleman I know who was excitedly telling me about his daughter's wedding plans.  The more he revealed the more intrigued I was, this was not sounding like your standard church wedding!  So I told him I might have to crash it and he said that I should!  He told me it's a church wedding and everyone's invited to the I convinced hubby we should go as we technically had a sort of invite and we would only be partial crashers.  Hubby is a good sport!

My friend P was also attending (legitimately) so we arranged to meet in the balcony of the church and experience a bird's eye view.

First though, here's what I wore! *insert eye roll here*
Dress: George *coughWalmartcough*, Hair Piece: moi, Clutch: Transit, Shoes: Born

And here's P making her grand entrance
P's dress is a lovely colour-blocked number that she scored on a major sale!
We are all about good deals :)

The wedding was a 1920s theme to P brought out the pearls!  One can never go wrong with pearls.

Okay, now on the actual wedding.

The Anglican church were the service was built in 1789 by the Loyalists and is beyond beautiful.  
I love how the photographer looks like total paparazzi leaning from the balcony! 

Here's another shot of the beautiful arches

See the bride?  She's wearing a gold dress and black t-strap heels!  How fabulous!

I had to share this photo. Not only is the bride the coolest person ever for her fab '20s style (notice gold mesh finger-less gloves!) , look how chic this wedding guest is!  I love her outfit.

This is the bride's mom, and her 2 helpers...they are ringing the church bells right after the ceremony!

It really was a lovely service.  An attendant carried the cross down the isle first, then the Priest made his entrance and took his place. Next the Bride and Groom walked down together!  I thought that was a nice idea - and they looked so excited.  Then the wedding party followed.
After the vows were spoken the Priest, who was actually the Bride's father, said this was his favourite part of the liturgy "you may now greet each other" and of course they kissed and everyone cheered.  

All in all, I'm glad I crashed the wedding and I'm glad hubby obliged and crashed with me.  Also, kudos to P for sitting with the crashers ;)

I might just have to do that again some time! 


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