We're off to the farmhouse today. We'll stay there for the whole week so I may not be able to post during this time (no internet at the farmhouse).
Our farmhouse is in the middle of farmland in the Eastern Townships, close to the Vermont border. Peace, quiet and solitude. I love it. A favourite corner in the dining room.
Husband and his best friend from Houston will be taking the three kids skiing every morning, and I will have some much needed time to myself. I will be cracking open the new sewing machine that my husband got me for my birthday this year and learn how to use it. Finally. I am such a basic sewer and would love to be a better one. I think my husband thought if he upgraded me to a fancier machine, that my sewing skills would follow suit, but I'm not so sure... In any case, many, many potential projects. My whole fabric collection is there. Just looking at my fabrics makes me happy.
I'm trying to set up my craft room/area at the farmhouse, which is technically the mudroom/entrance, but hey, a woman has to take what she can get.
I'll have time to do some reading and poring over my favourite books and old magazines.
I'll be able to go visit some of my favourite treasure hunting places in the countryside, Naisi's Barn in North Hatley, and Duane and Richard's fabulous shop in Ayer's Cliff. Do you remember Naisi's Barn?
We'll watch movies in the evening on this white wall in the living room, with the projector hooked up to my husband's laptop.
And to balance it all out, I will go snowshoeing everyday. I promise.
Although I will definitely miss popping in to visit everyone this week, I'm really looking forward to my time at the farmhouse.
We are in the middle of another snowstorm - a perfect day to stay cozy and warm inside, while the snow swirls around outside. Here's the view from our front door.
My little Christmas tree in the black urn out front was blown down the street during one of the snowstorms a week ago, only to be recovered by my husband while walking to work the next morning.
As you can see, no worries about whether we'll be having a white Christmas here.
Continuing on the snow theme, I've been wrapping my Christmas presents in plain white paper, with very little embellishment - just some hemp twine, maybe a bit of Christmas tree greenery (the frugalista in me), and mini candy canes added to children's presents. I must say I've been enjoying all the lovely posts on wrapping gifts, but due to the time factor this year (I only started Christmas shopping less than a week ago!), I have to say that I'm being pretty zen about my gift wrapping this year.
I do have to show you the gorgeous angel collage that I bought from Heather of Pretty Petals. I put it up in our bedroom.
And I have not been the only one in the family decorating for Christmas. This is in my 8 year old daughter's room.
That lovely Simply Shabby Chic stocking from Target and a little peppermint lady ornament.
The dresser in my 4 year old daughter's room.
The pretty cards on the tinsel tree are from Andrea's Faded Plains Boutique.
And lastly, my twelve year old son's dresser. He used to like flowers and pretty things when he was younger, but not anymore.
My colour theme this year is tranquil blues, greens, silver and white. I decided we would go with a very simple tree this year, no garlands, not too many lights, because I find that after Christmas it can be a big job to undo the tree, and as much as the kids like to decorate, I end up taking everything off by myself - a job I am not very fond of.
I just put up my lovely "Blessed" glitter star that I received in the mail today from Heather's Christmas Shoppe at "Pretty Petals". It's so pretty that I think I will have it out all year round, somewhere in the house.
A glimpse of part of the mantel.
And some vintage ornaments piled up in a vase for an easy centerpiece.
Well, now that the tree is done, perhaps it's time to work on my gift list...
Well it's been very busy here this weekend, which means that I did not get as much decorating done as I would have liked. My daughters' ballet school had its annual performance of The Nutcracker yesterday and there were rehearsals all weekend. But look at my little four-year old mouse - isn't she a pretty mouse?
Here are a few pretty little Christmas areas of our house.
Two love birds with a gift from Andrea at "Faded Plains"
My friend Miss B. was inspired by the lovely Heather herself, to make this sweet Christmas stocking for me.
A happy snowman guarding my cabinet of shabby vintage quilts.
And lastly, a little corner of our living room.
Thank you for inviting me to your party, Heather. It's going to be fun to meet all of your friends!
I love going to the Salvation Army Store to search for vintage treasures. Since it's winter here now, there aren't any flea markets any more, unlike you lucky people in the South. So although I go to the Salvation Army store all year round, I really do depend on it in the winter time as my main source for treasure hunting. What is it about the thrill of not knowing what you will find at any given visit? And the thrill of getting a treasure for very little money - you can't beat that. Especially now, everyone seems to be moving into frugalista mode these days. I certainly have noticed more and more people shopping at "my store".
Here are a few of my finds from yesterday morning.
I'm planning on making vintage fabric-covered inspiration boards with the frames. The vintage ballerina will be hung up in one of my daughters' bedrooms.
Some vintage books, a vintage alarm clock, a pale blue ceramic lamp just waiting for a makeover, and this lovely miniature wire work garden chair, that I got for 49 cents!
And what luck! I scored a pile of very vintage sewing patterns, which I rarely ever see at the store. I will add them to my growing collection, one day to be used in projects.
Well, I better get back to Christmas decorating and getting ready for Heather's party. Will I be seeing you at "A Pretty Little Christmas Blog Party" tomorrow?
I had a quick visit last weekend chez Miss B. and this is the top of her bedroom dresser, all decorated for Christmas. It is definitely very pretty. Miss B. is a kindred spirit, and often my partner-in-crime when it comes to junking, antiqueing and going to flea markets. I think everyone should have a friend like Miss B.