Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I recall a story my mother told about her childhood in Nova Scotia. In those days, there was very little money for ornaments and gifts, but the one thing her family did have every year was a tree- not just any tree, but a gigantic evergreen that reached the ceiling. Every Christmas Eve, my grandfather would head for the mountains to cut down a tree and cart it home. Anxiously awaiting his return, my grandmother would busy herself in the kitchen, baking apple pies and gingerbread cookies, while the children were stringing popcorn, cranberries, buttons and candy canes for the tree. They laughed, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed a generous dose of togetherness. Today, as you find yourself in the midst of the hustle and bustle, take a moment to reflect on a time when Christmas was much simpler.
I was fortune to write the feature story of my friend Gay Van Beek's elegant home. In this issue, we illustrate how you can embrace your traditions and introduce new, simple twists to make this Christmas extra special for your family and friends.
A vintage bottle brush -tree is accompanied by a collection of antique mecury-glass ornaments.
-As the enchantment of the season fills us with anticipation and excitement, let us remember the the true meaning of Christmas--not of the material things and presents, but that which brings true peace and tranquility to the heart and spirit...
I want to thank you for your kindness to me through this difficult time. I am truly grateful for the love, grace and support of my family and friends...
Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season my sweet blog friends! xoxo
Love to you, Jo-Anne
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I want to take this time to thank you for your concerned emails on my where abouts. I contemplated about writing of my personal loss and realized as the weeks passed that it’s a necessity to pay tribute to the special love and heart of my mother. My dear sweet mom passed away on the eve of October 12th.. My mom suffered from heart disease and Alzimers. Although as the disease progressed, she always knew who we were which was a blessing.
Our mom was the heart of our family. Her kindness and caring, her spark for life along with her contagious smile, touched the lives of all who knew her. Words cannot express how much she will be missed…
My parents had a love affair that lasted 55 years. They were like two young kids in love…
My dad who is very ill and has lost most of his hearing now was asked at the funeral if he would like to say something about his wife. He paused for a few seconds, and said, “We fell in love 55 years ago, And, we never lost it. I’m going to miss her”. Later that night my oldest son Mark said to me. Mom, that simple line that Papa said about Nanny was so powerful. All the long speeches wouldn’t of come close to the depth of those few chosen words…
Thank you God.
For pretending not to notice that one of your angels is missing and for guiding her to me.
You must have known how much I would need her, so
You turned your head for a minute and allowed her to slip away to me.
Sometimes I wonder what special name you had for her.
I called her “ Mother”...
Monday, September 29, 2008
I started this oil painting many months ago and just now got around to finishing it..I do this alot, start a painting and come back to it later...I wish I had more disipline in my work habits but it seems I'm always moving on to somehing else...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I was so thrilled to have found this Magnificent Antique Tin with ornate embossed ribbons and bows. I was told by the dealer it dates around the late 1800's. It's beautifully showing off its aged patina, I love it rust and all. I painted some pink roses in the center as it looked like it needed " something" even tho it was so detailed... I will ponder over a piece for days and always question whether to paint or not to paint, but this to me looked like an ornate canvas waiting for a center piece....
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My chic pick of the week!
Sanya from In The Pink Antiques - http://www.inthepinkantiques.blogspot.com/ Fifi from Chez Fifif - http://fabulousfifi.typepad.com/
Tracie from My Petite Maison- http://mypetitemaison.blogspot.com/
Suzy from-Suzy's New Life- http://suzy-newlife.blogspot.com/
My dear friend Natalie has done it again... She has sent me inspiring tips on how to save big. I found this to be very useful hope you will too...
Save big-- want to know the secret to "saving big" is?! Don't buy what you don't need. I know you all hear this over and over from me but after the two year clean out I can never say this enough..do not buy what YOU DO NOT NEED! In America we are impulse buyers that is a fact and you know why? Temptation is every where row after row of goods. Need a nice dishcloth? you will have to walk about 10 aisles to find them then you will have way too many choices to choose from. We all need to get blinders on and get really tough with ourselves and say NO! The other thing I hear women and myself say is.. oh but it was on sale for a really good price!!! What I realized was that I had piles of "good stuff" that was on sale that I never used. All it makes for is clutter..clutter every where and you keep adding more on sale stuff to what you already had. This will not be easy but you must stop and pray for God to guide you. We have been blessed America.. we really have!! so now is the time to share what you have with others and start to say NO.
Start today--plan to give to good organizations or friends in need, have a huge yard sale, or get those items to the thrift store. For some of us that are getting ready to PCS now is the time to do so. And make a promise to yourself that now that your starting over you will not get into this bad habit again. Every move we have ever made I have always seen as a fresh start and a do over. What did I learn here that I will never do when we move? Think on this and if your where you will always be you can still do a "do over". Maybe this will be the time you paint the inside of the house and redecorate after your done cleaning out your clutter & with the money you make from your huge yard sale you can buy one nice new item.
God bless you my friends..God has been so patient with me and I have had so much to learn from Him that is why I pass all this onto you. Lord knows I am not perfect but we have a loving Father that is..give your plans to Him and He will make your paths straight..happy clean out! xo Natalie
The plans of the diligent leads to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5