Winner of 1st Ever Giveaway!
So, here's the deal...and a little tiny rant okay?
Just a little one?
I'm exhausted from spending all day yesterday in a hospital after waking up at around 2am yesterday morning....but we did get beautiful Logan out of all that sleeplessness!
And, I know my draw date is today, so I go to the site with the random draw thingamahoozie on it and download  it onto my blog, generate the winner... #9
....and when I publish the blog, the numbers disappear from the whatchamahoozie and it looks like it's up to the world to just generate the darned winner!
(Sorry Sharon...hahaha....I'm happy you won!)
So, folks, because you've gotta know that it would have been so much easier for
me to walk down to my neighbours and drop the pillow off or drive into
the nearest city and do the same, but I'm going to mail it promptly to the
beautiful U.S. of A.....because I'm HONEST, you must trust that she really is
the winner!
And, I HONESTLY don't have the inclination, strength or techno powers to
figure this random draw thingamajig out today!
Congratulations Sharon from Mrs. Hine's Class!
You won!

(winning number based on each eligible person entered...excludes non US/Canadian entries and family.)
I know we're all totally sucked in by puppy photos right?
And, I swore I wouldn't be one of those people that
shows photos of their pets all over their blog,
Sweet Blarney is just so darned cute!
And, when I noticed that the most ever views I ever had on my site was the day
I posted about Blarney's big homecoming  HERE and shared him with you,
I thought.....hmmmm.
I think they like doggie photos!
(not sure what that says about anything else I do here...but not even going to mull that one over for too long or it might make me crazy!) tell me he isn't the schmoosiest little pup in the whole wide world!
I dare yah!
He's so silky soft and so sweet tempered.
The other day I was sitting on a big comfy chair with my feet on the ottoman, reading my kindle (of course) and he crawled up onto me and nuzzled his head in the crook of my arm and went right to sleep....snoring gently.
He's now 13 weeks, but this was taken at 12 weeks.
His colouring has darkened up to the rich mahogony it will be when he's an adult even more in the past week and the feathering in his coat is starting to fill in.
He understands "no" and tries very hard to listen.
He sits for his supper and treats.
He almost never has accidents on the floor anymore.
What's not to love!?
Oh...okay....maybe I have a problem with the large branches he tries to bring
through the doggie door sometimes.  Or, this incredible yelp/talk he bellows at
our other dogs when he wants something they have have.  Um, yah...I've got to admit, the jumping up onto the counter with his front paws to try to get the food up there is a little
irksome.  Oh!  Best of all...he loves to grab my dirty socks or underwear out of the laundry basket which just happens to be near the doggie door, and take them outside to play with.....but he's only a puppy!
That's what they do right?
God love 'im!

Don't forget about THIS
The Draw takes place
Valentines Day
"One Pillow with Five Attachments"
to switch up for every occasion!
Go HERE to Enter!
Do it!

I'm doing my 1st Ever Giveaway at the end of this posting!
Nervous?  Heck yah!
Will anyone want to win it?
Will anyone comment to win it?  I'm so scared I'll just be giving it away to the
one person who comments here!

The first thing I'd like to do here is say "Thankyou" to you...the reader.
From the bottom of my heart I'm so happy you choose to come by
every so often and visit.
I love meeting new blogging friends and seeing all the inspirational, creative
ideas you share with everyone daily.
My "recipe" and "projects" files on my computer are chock full of "your" ideas
that I want to try for myself and when I do I'll be linking back to
your wondrous blogs!  I promise!
To the people who don't have blogs, I love that you enjoy being here!

There are just a couple more of my past ideas I wanted to share from the past
six months and then I promise to stop talking about myself.
I swear!

Sofa Table Block Art

A two-sided block cut from a 2x4 and distressed to look
vintage made a special gift for my dear childhood friends.

Branch Candle Centerpiece

How Pinterest and a walk on the backroad led to
an artsy centerpiece. more.....this one will leave you feeling peaceful...promise!
Takes Your Breath Away

One beautiful tranquil morning down at our dock.

Thankyou for sharing a bit of my last six months with me.


My giveaway is something I thoroughly enjoyed creating and one of my most
recent crafting ventures.

Accessorize Your Pillow!

One Pillow, with five embellishments you can change up using a
velcro strip for a holiday or occasion or even just the room colour!
Now, I know the Valentine ones are a bit late for the holiday, but you'll have them
for next year tucked away in a drawer or you could just pull
it out for a romantic evening with the know?! that you have the base, which I sewed with my own two hands by the way,
 all you have to do is make your own embellishments.
The pillow is pre-washed dropcloth and cotton, so should wash up lovely and
the five embellishments you see here will be mailed to the winner with the pillow!


1. Follow me on "Linky Followers" if you don't already
                           2. Make a comment on this posting telling me what "embellishment" you think you'd make for the base pillow.
(If you can't think of anything, just make a comment!)

The Winner will be announced on Valentine's Day and will be picked
by a Random Draw.
(Sorry...only open to US/Canada...shipping rates are astronomical for International!)

Happy Anniversary to Me!


Hi!  Welcome back to "This is Your".
Today, I'll "showcase" (see?  getting more assertive already!)
some of the crafts and oh, heck, who knows...I may throw some other bits in too!
This is the part where you go get your coffee k?
I'll wait here.

Accessorize Your Pillow!

Take one pillow & make as many embellishments as you can think of
and change it up for the seasons or occasions!

Candlestick Makeover

From yucky brown blahness to shabby chic.

When Worlds Collide

Imagine the possibilities of psychic phenomena and
a personal experience

Le Chien Etape

Elmo's stepstool to the bed.

1971 Photo Art by Elaine Briere

A Canadian Photographer who portrayed fabulous shots
of a couple of my relatives in BC.

Welcoming Christmas At My Front Porch

All the crafting that went into this final presentation...
something I never thought I'd do.
I'd like to thank
Front Porch Ideas and More
for featuring my front porch back in January!
An Honour!

I'll leave you with that for today!

Hopefully, I'll be able to show you our antique chandeliers in our bedroom soon!
We hung one yesterday...It's sooo beautiful!
Dan says it's strong enough to swing on.....if only huh?!
I know...visual....ignore me.

I'm really thinking hard about a giveaway to celebrate my anniversary tomorrow!
I'll let you know what I come up with!


My Six Month Anniversary of Blogging is in two days!
Personally, I can't believe I'm actually still blogging.
I'm usually the type of (Gemini) person to start and stop things rather quickly.
You know the type....that knows a little bit of everything, but not well?

I thought I'd just highlight some of my past postings over the next couple days for those of you who may not have known I even existed and don't have the patience or time to look back at everything I've written or accomplished.

Ghosts In The House

A little story about how the ghosts from the 1800s cemetary
next door have affected our household.

Lavender & Lounging

Tidbits of healthful information
on the healing properties of lavender and how to use it.

Baked Garlic Shrimp

Mop up the delicious broth with french bread.

The Shy Girl

Have hope...Shyness does disappear
if you want it to.

The Tray is Done!

My hellish journey to redo a battered tea tray
and the mistakes I made (like crazy) along the way.

I'll put some more out tomorrow....I can hardly wait right?
(sarcasm...for those of you that don't know me yet...)
I actually do feel a little weird "showcasing" my stuff....but okay....I'm over it!