Sunday, July 29, 2012

You will be Missed.

A sad day for us today but many happy memories to look back on.

Rest in Peace Stuart.  
You were Erica's but you were a great friend to all of us (especially me).
You will be missed. xoxo
April 2008 - July 29th, 2012.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Donut Stop

Last weekend Sydney made these sweet little donut cakes.  We were longing to make them after finding the recipe on this very lovely website, Sprinkle Bakes.  Interestingly enough I found out about Sprinkle Bakes while walking through our Chapter's bookstore a few weeks.  It was the cover of a book that caught my eye and the by line "Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist" that made me stop in my tracks. It made me think of my niece who is such an artistic and clever baker.  I was sold when I opened it up and saw the photos and recipes.  We gave it to her for her birthday.

While shopping for other things last week I happened upon the donut pan - an essential when making these donut cakes. Although the recipe used a mini donut pan ours was more in the line of medium sized.  They turned out great!

Wouldn't these be great for a birthday, shower or bakesale!

Recipe from SprinkleBakes.

I must say that I always think of my brother when I see a Do Not Stop sign on the highway.  I believe it was on our family trip out west from Toronto to Alberta with stops in between to visit family in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.  I was around 10 I think.  We packed up our station wagon - gold with faux wood trim - with our camping equipment, pillows and 8-track tapes - Benny Goodman, The Mills Brothers, John Denver, Carol King, Blood, Sweat and Tears and my own contribution - Barry Manilow.  (I'm sure it was great having a little sister.)  Anyways, many days and hours into the trip, when my brother saw a "Do Not Stop" sign on the highway (and there were many) he would yell "Donut Stop".  This would cause unnecessary braking and confusion from the front seat but somehow even with a stern word sent to the back we did manage to stop a couple of times for donut breaks on our travels. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I just posted my 300th item in my Etsy shop. Wow! What an achievement. I remember 4 years ago when I opened my shop I struggled just to get to 35 listings. Now I have a fabulous assortment of jewelry to choose from: earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Beautiful cream and grey pearl necklace. A lovely modern twist on the traditional pearl necklace.

Thanks to all my customers for their encouragement and support over the years. It means so much to me that my designs are enjoyed around the world!

Monday, July 16, 2012

What's new this week.

Happy Monday friends.
I have some new lovelies to show you today.

Delicate charm necklaces with vintage inspired colours and petite charms.

A new vintage jewel to add to my collection.  These ones are a gorgeous, rich amethyst colour and larger than my regular teardrop earrings.

I can't say enough of how much I love these earrings. Love the gold scrolled details and the sparkle.

More vintage inspired necklaces.

I'll be adding more new inspirations over the week in my Etsy shop. Drop by for a visit!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cottage Friends

We went to visit my parents up at the lake a couple of weeks ago and we were lucky enough to have my dad's new friends drop by while we there.  Actually they are a bit of a pretentious couple as they flew in for the visit but friendly nonetheless.

Typical in a couple one of them is more social than the other. I was able to sit quietly by and watch her.  

On the second day both dropped by together.

The quiet ones are most often misunderstood.  Somewhat reserved, possibly thought of as aloof but really he's just a shy guy.  Rather sweet too as I watched him having a nice chat with the garden frog earlier.

 "Thanks Gord. See you tomorrow!"

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer time heat.

I am sitting here in my kitchen writing this in the comfort of our air conditioned house. (Thank goodness!)  Outside it is 31° C in the shade and it's pushing 40 with the humidex.  I have been bordering on a migraine today (but I now feel like I'm winning!) so I shall not venture out today except for required drop offs and pick ups. 

Here are some refreshing pictures from our recent trip to the lake and with this I say the summer has officially begun!

We started our summer holidays with a mother-daughter pedicure last Friday.
(A lovely Mother's Day present).

We all chose our favourite shade of pink!

My artsy bubble picture!

 Fun in the lake.

Guard dog.

As the temperatures continue to rise this week I hope you have a cool place to dip your feet in.