Thursday, December 22, 2011

An "Early" Christmas Tree

This is kind of a funny little post...

Some of you may recall that I spent five wonderful weeks at my Mom's
house back in Canada this fall.  We haven't spent a Christmas together
for 14 years now and when we get together we always seem to get up
to a caper or two.  (*_*)  Seeing as how we were going to be miles apart
at Christmas, we decided to decorate one of her trees together while I was
still there.  Yes, it was the middle of October, but so what!  LOL!   We did
up her little white tree in her's away from prying eyes and from
people who might overwise think we were totally insane to have a tree up at
that time of the year.  As it was, my brother walked up the stairs while we
were trying to put it up incognito...he thought we were really ridiculous I'm sure!

My Mom's bedroom set is beautiful and it involves probably the caper of all time.
I purchased it for her at JCPenney here in Utah, stored it for awhile and then
my husband and I loaded it all up in the back of our truck (bed, two night
stands, a huge dresser and a matching mirror) and hauled it all the way to her
house 1000 miles away across the border into Canada.  I must tell you that I
think the border guard thought we were insane at this point.  But it was worth
it, it's so lovely and she had been looking for something special for a long time.

My Mom's house is so pretty and rather Victorian in her decor.
I love her Victorian settee by her comfy and pretty!

It helps to have a cosy fireplace to curl up beside in the winter!

So there you have it, a tree in October, decorated with love by a
Mother and daughter who are miles apart at Christmas...



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas To You!

Here is our front entry table all decked out and waiting to
greet friends and family as they come through the door.

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here!
Where has the time gone?

The sofa table decorated with a simple Christmas display.
Oh how I love my statues!

And yes, there is a tv in the background.  This is a real house
with real stuff hanging hiding it!

This little sleigh came from the thrift store and so did the ornaments.
Not too bad if I don't say so myself!  (*_*)

A view of our family/dining room.

I adore our china has a matching table and chairs too!

Another you can see I have my classic Christmas movies
sitting in the background waiting to be watched and my crochet
work waiting to be worked on.  It's just a day in the life around here.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you all for being a part of my blog this year.  I hope to be a
little bit better blogger in the new year, as in blogging more often.
We'll see how that plays out!

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree!

Here is a little glimpse of my tree this year.  I was going to try and go
simple this time, but it didn't quite work out.  I actually really love all
of my decorations and didn't feel like buying new ones so all of the "old"
ones got thrown on.  I like to put things on the tree from around the
house too...just little items that I love and that will "go" with all of my
pinkness.  I hope you enjoy...

My angel never wants to stay on top without falling over so I use this
pretty pink venetian mask instead flanked with flowers and feathers.

I have several of these pretty pink feathery birds around my home.  I
found them at Michael's a few years back and I love them because they
have little clips on the bottom.  I love their long tails!

More pretty pink and white ornaments.

A sweet little vintage drum with silver glitter.

Marie Antoinette's settee...

A sweet vintage pink safety pin basket.

Dream a little dream...

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas
and a happy New Year!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Angelina Wrona Artwork Collecton ~ Last Picture

For some reason my first post on Angelina's artwork cut off this picture.  Can
a post be too large?  Who knows!  Anyway...this is my last picture and this
one is called "Remembrance" and I feel sorry for this poor girl.  I wasn't going
to purchase it, but there is something so sweet and melancholy about it. 
Notice the teeny spider on the tree branch...

If this artwork is too creepy for you, hey, I hear you!  But if you are interested
in her artwork, her web site is  You can purchase her
work there.  My prints were quite expensive as they are gallery originals and
are mounted on hardboard and professionally framed etc.  If you are looking for
a less expensive way to go, you can find her work at  I
actually  just purchased another one and just got the poster this time.  It
arrived today!  It is of a dark haired little girl holding a lamb and it is entitled
"Clarice"...very interesting....

I hope you have enjoyed my little collection and seeing something new.

Have a great day!


My Angelina Wrona Artwork Collection

While most of you are blogging about Christmas, I am going to venture
a little bit over to the "dark" side and share with you my growing collection
of Angelina Wrona artwork.  Angelina Wrona is a Canadian artist from Ontario
who is growing in popularity and I can see why.  Her images are whimsical and
haunting and even a little bit macabre and they suit my personality just fine!

I hauled these originals all the way back from Canada.  I found them in an art
gallery there and I knew I was hooked!  My decor is so "antique and vintage"
and I am looking for a way to add more modern pieces so everything doesn't
look so "old".  I love these because they are sweet and slightly "dark", but
they don't stray too far from my love of romantic decor.    This lovely gal is
named "Eloise".  I just love her pink hair and the huge flower in it!

This print is entitled "Timide Lapin" which means "Shy Rabbit" in French.
See her adorable bunny ears on the top of her it.  This one
is my absolute favorite!  I love her!

This is a smaller print entitled "Resurrection".  Notice that the girl is wearing a
blue dress and is holding a white rabbit.  She looks pretty demonic with those
crazy eyes and she looks like a resurrected Alice In Wonderland to me!

In her biography, the artists says that she gets her inspiration from her
daughters and she began to realize and combine her delicate, dark subjects
with surreal twists and ideas. Blending Japanese anime, folk art and
representational styles to bring them to life, Angelina has created her
collection, which she affectionately calls the "Senta-Mental Dolls.  It
should also be known that Angelina used to work at a mental institution.
Hmmm...thus the word "Senta-Mental Dolls" perhaps?  Who knows...


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lovely New Stuff In Vintage Finds!

Well I'm back home after a very relaxing fall season and decided that it was
time to get cracking and get some new items listed on the web site.

Here is an adorable vintage hat stand...I love her!

This is a lovely altered art memory box that has a magical top
filled to the brim with lovely bits and pieces...

This lovely cherub candleholder has pretty cherubs on the column
along with 10 original crystal teardrop prisms...

These lovely fashion prints are from the 50's.  They just been given
a freshening up with a coat of black paint on the frames...

I love this vintage Harry & David wicker tray with its lovely
french fashion label on the bottom...

For all lovers of Marie Antoinette and French style, this altered art
memory box is sure to tickle your fancy...

Another beautiful depiction of Marie Antoinette...

A lovely vintage metal tray that has been given a pretty makeover.

Be sure to visit my web site or Etsy shoppe to see these and other
pretty treasures that have just been listed.  More items will be
coming all week long and into next week.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Oh Dear...Or Should I Say Deer!

This is the view from my Mom's upper balcony at her home in the Okanagan
Valley, Lake Country, B.C. to be more exact.  She lives in a beautiful Victorian
house that my Dad built for her 15 years ago.  It is their dream home.  Sadly,
my Dad passed away suddenly 5.5 years ago, but his memory is alive and well
and their house is truly a testiment to how much my Dad adored my Mom and
wanted to live out the rest of his days with her.  Alas, it was not to be.

Well well well, what have we here?  My Mom lives in the country; well, it's a
populated area, but it's surrounded by orchards, woods and vineyards.  These
beautiful creatures are seen on her property almost every day.

There are usually between two and four deer running around her place on any
given day.  They seem to think they  have the run of the place!

This is the back of Mom's house ~ a massive brick courtyard with raised rose
gardens, a pond and a gazebo.  Can you spot the three troublemakers in the
background?  Just stay away from the roses please!

Two more on the driveway...geez, they're getting kind of close to the house!

They seem to love munching on the Saskatoon bushes!

Oh, I don't think so!  I had to tap on the window and chase this guy away!
The funny thing was the next day my Mom looked out and saw one of them
standing right in the middle of her raised rose garden happily munching the
buds off of the roses.  Good thing it was October and not June!

This is one of the reasons they love it so's their own little forest and
and with all of the apple orchards and vineyards nearby, who wouldn't want to
camp out here!

A very lovely little Canadian maple tree that is bursting forth with gorgeous
autumn colors...perfect for being in Canada I'd say!

This is a great place to sit in the spring and summer...the view from my Mom's
lower deck.  It's picture perfect and always wonderful to go home!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Canada was awesome!

I'm finally home after being away back "home" for five weeks in Canada.
I didn't take alot of pictures, but thought I'd share what I did take in a few
posts.  Of course one must always take the obligatory airport shot as the
plane is pushing back from the gate.  I love to fly so anything to do with the
airport is right up my alley!  My first leg was from Salt Lake City to Seattle,
where it was raining (big surprise)!  I love the Pacific Northwest, but I really
don't know if I could cope with the weather.  It would make me nuts!  Now
all of you Pacific Northwest people...don't hate me because of that comment!

This is one of the best sights for me...looking out a plane window.  I love it!
These two shots were taken as we were descending into SeaTac in Seattle.

You've gotta love it!  It's that "we're all in this thing together" shot.
You might as well enjoy the ride!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm Outa Here!

Well, it's time!  I'm off tomorrow...flying home to Canada for five weeks!
Yes, I said FIVE!  I can't wait to see my family and friends and can you
believe that I'm leaving hubby at home!  Wow!  I'm even leaving him in
charge of the web site and my Etsy shoppe until I return!  He's really the
best shipper around!  (*_*)  Such a good guy!  The weather up there is
beautiful (in the 70's) so it will be just perfect!  For the record, it is going
to be 90 here in Salt Lake tomorrow!  Unreal!

So it's out the door in the morning to Salt Lake International, then on
to SeaTac (Seattle) and then home to Kelowna, B.C.  My whole trip will
only take me 4:40 and that's with a 1.5 hour stopover in Seattle so it's
not a long trip, but I love to fly so I am excited to be on the move!

Have a great October and I'll try to take
lots of cool pictures to post upon my return!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Lovely Stuff From Treasures!

Early fall is in the air here in Utah and what better way to celebrate than
visiting a great antique mall.  Here are some pics from one of my favorite
malls, Treasures Antique Mall in Springville, Utah.

As you can see, there are lots of lovely things to catch your eye!

I am a Bessie Pease Gutmann fan and only have two antique prints.
Looking at this wall...maybe I should stock up, but they are a little on the
high side for me right now.

Here is a nice collection of vintage vanity items.

A closeup pretty!

Here is a beautiful original watercolor painting of a pretty lady.  Love!

And last but not least, another Gutmann charming!

I hope you enjoyed your stroll through the mall.