If you don't know by now, my favourite colours are seafoam green and aqua/turquoise. This is what I found on the stairs at the front of our house today. I have never seen an egg in this colour - how bizarre and beautiful.
This is just a reminder that there are only a few more days to get raffle tickets for the Baby Bella fundraiser, organized by the Junk Sistas. Tickets are $10 each and you can get them here, until May 30th. Here is my donation for the raffle - drawstring bag sewn using vintage and antique French fabrics, lavender sachet, and vintage French books from the early 40's.
There are SO many wonderful things that you can win. Here are just a few of the amazing donations (since this is a quick post, I won't reference them, but you can get all the info on the Junk Sistas blogsite):
As well as gift certificates from places like Garden Antqs Vintage.
And Willow Nest.
As I mentioned, these are just a few of the possible prizes you can win - there are 48 in all! I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to the draw on June 1st.
p.s. Baby Bella is doing amazingly well for such a premature baby. Check out Bella's incredible progress on Mama Jenn's blog, The Apiary.
Here is my new hat that I bought on Ebay. The "Before".
And here it is, "After". After I plucked all those millinery flowers off of it. Poor thing. But now I have finally started to build a supply of flowers, which is something that I've been wanting to do for quite a while now.
There were three different kinds of flowers on the hat, including some beautiful roses.
And crinkly carnations.
There were close to 40 flowers on that hat! Well, crafters need to have their vintage supplies at the ready, because these things are not easy to find when inspiration strikes. In the meantime, I will definitely enjoy looking at them, and be content that I have started to build my supply.
I was tagged by Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage to reveal more about myself. It's a fun way for blogging pals to get to know each other a little bit better, don't you think? I will even tell you some secrets :)
1 - I love coffee. I need my coffee to wake up in the morning and cannot leave the house with at least one cup, preferably two. Cafe au lait, with low fat milk, no sugar. Oh, and I need coffee in the afternoon too!
2 - I'm not a morning person or a night person (although I wish I was a morning person).
3 - We do not have a television. We do watch DVDs on our XBox, but there is no TV in our house.
4 - I must go junking or antiqueing at least once a week. This makes me very happy - it's my therapy.
5 - I sometimes "hide" in my office at work. I need my alone time.
6 - I lived in Paris for three years in my late twenties (it's where I did my PhD, and also where I met my husband, also a Canadian).
7 - I'm a spender, not a saver :)
There is item 1. How I wake up in the morning. Coffee (and my favourite blogs)!
These seven people I don't know very well, but I'm very much enjoying their blogs. Hi there, I would love to know more about you...
It's official, my husband just booked my plane tickets to Houston for the end of September. It's true, I'm going to the Big Show, the Big One, the Flea Market that everyone raves about...Warrenton/Round Top! I am SO excited. I will be in heaven, for a few days at the end of September. Here...
I will get to see first hand these amazing displays and meet the wonderful people behind them, like Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage (her booth above at Zapp Hall), and Debbie of Talking Trash (her booth below).
I'll get to meet many other blogging friends too. Unfortunately I can only come for a few days, so I will be missing a lot of the wonderful people at the Marburger Show, but I plan on coming later the next time, so I can make it to that Show.
My husband got me a ticket using his air miles, and booked me on First Class. I will have a "chauffeur" when I arrive in Houston too (husband's best friend :) what a great guy) Miss B. advised me to take the biggest suitcase I have. And husband has not so subtly suggested to me that I start saving my money now (unfortunately, I'm just not very good at that, so I'm not sure how it's going to work; maybe I should come up with some kind of plan...?).
Hope everyone down south has a wonderful long weekend.
Some of my faithful readers are wondering how far away our farmhouse is from our city house. It's about one hour and 40 minutes away (with bad traffic, it's about two hours). So it's not very close, but not super far away either.
This weekend, we tried to get as much gardening done as possible, despite the chilly weather.
Here's husband on his beloved tractor preparing the vegetable plot. I think you can see that this plot is HUGE. I told him he was crazy to make it so big because it will be unmanageable, but those Albertans (I think they're a bit like Texans), they like things big.
This is my cutting garden plot, which is by the road. Last year I drew up fancy planting designs and schemes, but I learned my lesson. This year, I'm going to keep it very simple. Plain rows. Pure and simple. I've organized my rows, and the planting will be done next weekend.
For me, nothing says farmhouse like these beautiful margeurites.
I planted them in my old galvanized steel buckets. Here is one, ready to be taken to the front of the house in husband's childhood wagon (he wanted to repaint that vintage beauty - of course I wouldn't let him!).
And here they are in front of one of our little verandas.
The kids did some potting themselves. Here is my son's creation.
My daughters' potted flowers in front of their clubhouse.
I'm really looking forward to going back next weekend to plant my cutting garden.
The view from one of the dining room windows at the farmhouse.
We're back already from a chilly long weekend at the farmhouse. Drove home a bit earlier to avoid the traffic and arrive home stress-free. It was gorgeous on the Friday afternoon when we arrived, but was rather chilly and/or rainy for the rest of the weekend. Despite the weather,we did as much gardening as we could. Will report on some of the gardening progress tomorrow...
We're off to the farmhouse this afternoon for the Victoria Day Long Weekend (here in Canada). In appreciation of Queen Victoria, I popped on over to Nice And Easy Antiques and bought myself a few crown totes. Everyone can use a little bit of glamour in the everyday, and I thought these were perfect. I'm thinking of dying one of them in aqua...
My columbines getting ready to bloom. So many things on the verge in my garden.
One of my peony bushes in bud formation.
For the past three days, my five year old daughter has been sick with the flu (I'm pretty sure it's not the swine flu :). My husband is away on business, so I've had to stay at home with my little baby the whole time. Although I've have missed a lot of work at the hospital, on the bright side, I have been able to putter around a lot more in the garden these last few days and it's looking much better. Oh, and my little one is feeling much better now too.
This is the front of the house. I've dug up and moved around quite a few plants to rearrange things, between the front and back of the house. Plus I've put in a few new plants.
This is towards the backyard, at the side of the house. I think it looks a bit "crumbly chateau" here. I do like it when things are not perfect.
This is continuing down into the backyard. Our neighbour's garage wall is covered in vines. Soon it will be all green.
Speaking of the future, if you look at this right now it looks like a dead plant. But appearances in this case, are very deceiving. In the middle of the summer, this will be one of our exotic flowering hibiscus bushes. It's really quite a dramatic show-stopper, but of course, you will have to see it to believe it.
I'm looking forward to catching up at work tomorrow, now that my daughter is feeling all better, and my garden is in much better shape.