Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Christmas Eve, and there's a beautiful White blanket of snow in Boston!!! I'm up to my "Mrs. Clause hat" in ribbons, glitter and bows but wanted to wish All my sweet blog friends a Warm and Cozy Christmas Holiday! I will be leaving for Canada the 26th to visit with my Dad for a couple of weeks. I am so excited to be able to spend some quality time with him. 

 Christmas at my house-This year I went for an all white and silver decor for my tree. My angel topper had seen better Christmases, so, I place an iron Candelabra for my tree topper and added christmas bulbs in the candle holders. My intention was to actually use candles and light them, just for the shot of course.. I will do anything for a great picture..But, my tree dried out pretty quick this year so , even if it was for the shot, and fire extinguisher in hand, I thought, maybe not....Next year..smiles

Wishing you a Very Blessed and Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

This is a photo of my dear sweet friend Natalie Stephans ( shown on the left). She has been writing beautiful spiritual devotionals on my website for over 3 years. I received very sad news today that Natalie passed away. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of this year.  She leaves behind a loving husband and two young teenage boys. Natalie was not only a dear friend but a spiriual guide.  She touched the life's of so many with her writings, grace and goodness.  She was a Godsend to me when I needed a shoulder. I will miss her deeply...

I want to share with you Natalie's last devotional...

Peace of Christ

By Natalie Stephans

 And the Peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7


Ever been through a really tough trial? Lost some one you loved very deeply? Most of us have experienced this heart breaking moment. If there ever was a time we needed our faith in Christ it is at that very moment. The Word promises us a peace in Christ. Not just any peace but a peace that surpasses all knowledge. A peace that comforts the soul and heals the heart like nothing this world could ever offer. This peace comes from Christ alone. 


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27


What comfort our Savior offers us in these words do not be afraid your Jesus loves you very much. You only need to go to Him pour out our hearts and seek His peace and comfort. Our world today is not always stable. But all we have to do is keep our eyes on our true Prince of Peace.


...Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19


In today’s busy world I hear less people offering to pray for one another but this is the day we must stand in the gap and pray for our family and friends. And how often do we try and find our peace in many worldly distractions? Peace is not there it never was there for us… look only to the One that loves you! Today make it the day that you become the face of Christ to others even the smallest gentle acts of kindness bring joy to a weary soul you would be amazed my friend what your encouragement will bring and how it will help heal your own heart!


Let me encourage you to look up these Verses Psalm 27:14, 2 Kings 6:16, Isaiah 40:29, and Psalm 42:11. They will soothe your weary heart and soul.


Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18


Dear Heavenly Father..


You know each one of these ladies personally, you know their individual struggles and situations. God you care so much for each one of us that you sent your precious Son to die on the cross for our sins, You gave us a way into Your Arms eternally. Father strengthen their hearts and help them through their hardest trials. Your Word is there to encourage and give them hope we just have to read and believe those promises. I am agreeing with each lady in your perfect will today..that she will in fact receive help and strength for this very moment. The Word says all we have to do is ask and we shall receive. Matthew 7: 7-8. Thank you God You do hear our heart cries and prayers. You love your precious children very much Father thank you for your matchless love! ~Amen~ 


He loves you more then you could ever imagine dear friend! God bless and I will be praying for you.

  Natalie Stephens


Thursday, December 18, 2008

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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.

It was the Victorians who, in the mid-19th century, popularized fanciful Christmas decoration. They lavishly bedecked their homes with delicate bulbs, romantic mistletoe and sparkling tree-toppers. For many, collecting Christmas keepsakes has become not only a family tradition, but a soul-satisfying pursuit. Each cherished heirloom we collect has a story to tell...

Dovetales Magazine-

The enchantment of a very pink Old St. Nick captures the young at heart and tell us Christmas is on the way...

A vintage bottle brush -tree is accompanied by a collection of antique mecury-glass ornaments.

Traditional colors of the holidays are cast aside for a pinkish spell...

-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”...

Shirley Lauzon 1933-2008

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...
I am putting together a collection of vintage style paintings with a more darker background then your use to seeing in my work. I like the contrance and the moody feel. This painting called, " Vintage Rose" will be made into a canvas print early next month so be sure and watch for it on my website..More coming soon!
I hope your having a wonderful start to this gorgoues time of year..
Love to you sweet friends,

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....

Wishing you a beautiful Autumnish weekend!
Love to you,

Monday, September 15, 2008

The NEW FALL issue is out now and its simply divine. To receive your free subsription to Dovetales Antiques and Home Magazine sign up here-

I had the pleasure of writing the articles for Sara Duckett and Christine Glynn fabulously stunning office spaces. In this issue you will visit my own in-home work space as well. Hope you will enjoy!

Sara Ducket at Sadie Olive

Christine Glynn at Tuttichic

My office space; Order a copy to learn more...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gabrielle Coco Chanel? Have you seen this movie yet on Lifetime? The woman who gave us the " Little Black Dress and Marilyn's famous one liner! The costumes, set design and locations were stunning to watch. The only thing missing from this romantic and inspiring movie was Shirley McLaine's French accent... Just wished I could have seen more of her, she was wonderful in this well as Audrey Tautou who plays a young Coco.
My chic pick of the week!

Sweet Sherry from Sherry's Rose Cottage- "" tagged me!!

Sherry is one of my long time customers as well as a dear friend. Her home warms my heart with the most stunning Victorian treasures you'll find. Every single room is a show place. Please stop by and visit Sherry and take a peek at her beautiful photo gallery.

I guess I'm supose to list 7 things that most people don't know about me...Ok, here we go...

1. I was born in Ottawa, Canada; Then at the age of 5 we moved to Massachusetts.
2. I've been known to indulge in Eddy's double fudge brownie ice cream for dinner.

3. I have been busy focusing on new designs for the New Year including my first book that’s in the making. My goal is to have it complete by 2009

4. Lately I have been inspired by Swedish d├ęcor. It introduces pure crisp whites, greenery, mercury glass and darker antiques. While the look remains very much Shabby Chic its style is simply, without a lot of pattern and color. The best word to describe it is "heavenly". ( Photo from Malin at-

5. I like to go out for Italian cuisine, curling up by a fire with a book, and the ocean.

6. My Dad is my mentor, my friend, and my biggest inspiration.
7. I grew up in a musical family as some of you may know, but did you know that I was a singer in a band? AHH, Hard to believe now!

At the young age of 13, my brothers ( Moe, Glenn and I, join my dad on stage playing at weddings, and local clubs. When I turned 20, I joined my older brother Moe, and together we toured all across Eastern Canada. My song-list included Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, and Heart to name a few.

Well, thats a few tid bits about myself.. Now it's my turn to pass on the fun..

Oh boy, I could go on and on but the rules say pick only 6. Roberta, Sanya, Barbara, Fifi, Suzy and Tracie are sweet friends who I admire for their geninine goodness, their unique talents, Authunticity in their craft, and friendship. You all furfill the meaning of " Beautiful Purposeful Blogging:

Roberta from Tresor Trouve
Barbara Jacksier from The Book blog-
Sanya from In The Pink Antiques - Fifi from Chez Fifif -
Tracie from My Petite Maison-
Suzy from-Suzy's New Life-

If you have been tagged, here is what is requested:1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird...3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as well as links to their blogs.4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a post on their blog.

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...

It has been fun to hear what you all think and to read your money saving ideas too. I give Glory to God alone for His inspiration for these.. He is our encourager and is in every detail of our lives. I know He wants us to be good stewards.
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 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

Wishing you a beautiful week my sweet friends :)