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Stylish Blogger Award


Nancy, thank you so much for including me in you list of lovely reads and awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award.

I am so grateful.

When receiving this award the rules are to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award to 10 great bloggers.

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.


So here are 7 things you might not have known about me…

1. I LOVE good food and I’m pretty good at making it.

2. I come from a fun, loving family filled with wonderful parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We originally come from the prairies, but many are now spread around the globe.

3. I LOVE coffee!

4. I love my day job (teacher), but spend a lot of time on my other jobs… designer, creator, blogger, business woman… etc.

5. I love a lot of great movies, t.v. shows, books, and music, but I’m especially crazy about good historical fiction; books and movies.

1. Elizabeth, 2. Sense and Sensibility, 3. Pride and Prejudice, 4. The Young Victoria, 5. Persuasion, 6. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, 7. Marie Antoinette, 8. Elizabeth: The Golden Age

6. I grew up in the mountains, where I ran wild, getting cut with a friends jack-knife, cutting myself with an axe, nearly impaling myself after falling off a huge log in our backyard, jumping off our roof into an enourmous pile of snow and having the local bear take over the best fort ever.  (In later years I survived two weeks tree planting, but that’s a story for another day)

7. Last, but not least… I love my planet, nature, creation… whatever you want to call it.  I share this love with my dearest friend, my sista’ and her husband. (plus a few others who happen to join us for a visit outside watching swallows swoop and dive overhead while enjoying a cupa’ coffee or tea)

1. yellow monkey-flower, 2. spring gold and camas, 3. sword fern, 4. camas, 5. yarrow, 6. dragonfly (when I remember what it is I’ll let you know), 7. cattail, 8. nodding onion


Here are 10 of the many blogs I’m currently following.

1. ivory vintage market

2. every little thing

3. Kerrisdale Design

4. A Schematic Life

5. JAX does design

6. hodge:podge

7. A Day in the Country

8. Lovin That!

9. Marcus Design

10. ivory home furnishings


Inspired… Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was elegant, chic, kind, talented and simply gorgeous.  She was beautiful inside and out.  She was a muse of famous french designer Givenchy and yet volunteered in Africa, South America and Asia for UNICEF.

She is still famous for her roles in movies such as Roman Holiday, SabrinaThe Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and My Fair Lady.  My favorite is Funny Face.  (Check out the amazing designer dresses.)


When I was young I would curl up on the couch, under a blanket, and escape for hours to the amazing world of classic Hollywood movies and musicals.  I loved these movies, where a happy ending was almost always guaranteed.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.”


As a jewelry designer I can’t help but smile at the quote below.

“You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you”


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Happy Weekend: Dusk

Dusk is that special time of the day for me.  I love the warmth of the low, setting sun.  No matter what season it is.  I love that time of day.  The work of the day is done and the promise of a relaxing evening lays ahead.

“Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done,Has earned a night’s repose” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a great relaxing weekend.


I have fond memories of visiting my aunty Estelle and eating with family around what seemed like a large round table.  My uncle Wally had mounted inverted tissue holders under the table.  I thought that was so cool, no one was ever asking for a napkin.  I don’t think she had many of these pieces and they may not have been original, but I loved a blue and white striped pitcher she had.  We are not Cornish, but Swedish (and Norwegian) and the crisp blue and white appeals to us on a deep level.

Simple and practical, clean and crisp.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for these over the years and I found a link on remodelista to T.G. Green.  Yay!

I’m glad I’ve done my kitchen in whites, because someday I would be happy to accent with some of these pieces.

Did you know it comes in red?  Stay tuned…


Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson!

Today is the 160th birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson.  He is best known for his novels like Treasure Island,Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  He was a talented poet as well.  Working with children, I love using poetry as much as possible.  One of my favorites is the one below.

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,

Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing

Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,

Till I can see so wide,

River and trees and cattle and all

Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,

Down on the roof so brown–

Up in the air I go flying again,

Up in the air and down!

Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson was a child who was house-bound with illness, likely tuberculosis.  He used his vivid imagination to reach beyond the four walls of his room.  I remember being quiet moved when we drove past his home in Edinburgh 21 years ago.  I love this poem, it brings me back to the days when I would swing as high as I could.