Friday, January 16, 2015

Daughter's Winter Decor and such..

Happy Weekend everyone.. 
Hope you have a great one.. 

We are supposed to have a pretty cold night here in New Brunswick and then after the weekend perhaps some rain.. 
I hope not.. 
It just makes such a mess when we have this much snow but we have no control over the weather, eh? 

Just thankful to live here in the North.. 
We are used to snow storms, rain storms, slush and cold temps.. 
There are a lot of pluses, though, that is for sure.. 
Pure crisp air, beautiful scenery, winter sports and so much more.. 

It is great to love where you live and I certainly do.. 
Actually, I am quite a spoil sport in the fact that I do not desire to even visit elsewhere.. 
The love of travel just did a flyby when I was being created.. grin.. 
Then it landed safe and sound in our daughter.. 
She loves to travel as do our sons, really..

Mentioning Winter and our daughter... smile.. 

I am posting some pics of her Winter decor of her Foyer.. 
As you can see, we have two different styles..  

Shonda is very creative and made these mason jar lamps.. 
I think you just put paint inside the bottles and swirl it around.. 
Then fill with fairy lights as the English call them.. smile.. 

Winter in Canada means a more natural decor.. 
Pine cones, birch bark and moss are there for the picking.. 
Some greenery you can use are Pine, Firs and Cedars just for a few.. 

Shonda is using pine.. 

She also made the pillow from Burlap and painted on black cloth.. 
The Crazy Quilt was part of the Homespun Christmas present her mama gave her.. grin.. 
It is mostly satins and I found it at a Thrift store.. 
Actually, I almost kept it but I do not need it.. 

This is another wall in her foyer.. 
Our grandsons have had their photos drawn several times as they have grown up.. 
Sweet young men, now.. 

Dave bought Shonda this old trunk at the Antique Flee Market many years ago.. 

Shonda made the chalk board and all of the snowballs you see here.. 
Aren't they perfect for Winter decor.. 

Here is the Pinterest link for making the snowballs.. 
Just click HERE..

A few months ago I went shopping with her to buy some new table settings, napkins, table runner and such.. 

It was so much fun.. 
Spending Dave's money.. grin.. 
I especially love the napkin rings.. 

I decided that day that I would try and make some for myself.. 
I was in the craft business for over 20 years and had collected a lot of old jewellery, buttons and such and figured I could do a few much cheaper then Shonda's lovely ones..  

And so... 
This afternoon I dug out a few napkin rings that I had picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop when we were in Bangor.. 

And hidden away in my craft room were a bottle of jewels.. 

  and a basket full of old beads and such... 
Along with my trusty old glue gun I made a few.. 
The thing is that this post is too long so you will have to come back next time to see how they turned out.. 
I must say that I do like them.. 

Friday night at our house means either go out for supper or make something we love.. 


Home made Tomato Basil Sauce and Pasta.. 

A few of you asked last post for the Pumpkin Preserves Recipe.. 
Here it is.. 
Pumpkin Preserves resembles Marmalade but has a vastly different flavor.. 
Quite sweet though so I do cut the sugar back a bit.. 
That is up to you.. 

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Preserves...
5 pounds of pumpkin... peeled and cut into small pieces..
3/4 pound of root ginger..peeled and cut into small pieces..
3 lemons cut up fine.. I use the whole lemon..
5 pounds of sugar  (I use 4 pounds)

Cut pumpkin into small pieces and add the sugar..
Let stand for 24 hours..

Put in a large pot along with ginger and lemon...Bring to a boil.. Simmer on top of stove until pumpkin is clear...
Take out pumpkin with a slotted spoon and let the juice simmer until quite thick..
Add pumpkin mixture and bring back to a boil..
Bottle and seal... 

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God bless you all.. 


  1. I think that we need to make some of the pumpkin preserves as we have lots of pumpkin to do something with. How many jars does it make? size? We had rain late Thurs and then I had a sweatshirt kind of day and it was almost too in Oregon. Will be getting rain the next couple days though. Nice fotos of Shondra's house decor. Stay warm and enjoy your snow!

  2. So lovely. I like the BRRR pillow.
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

  3. Thank you Faye for the preserve recipe, I have a pumpkin left so am going make that next week.
    How lovely your daughters decorations are, I love the snowballs.
    Fondly Michelle

  4. Its so nice peeking at somebody else's décor and your daughters was a real delight. I too was inspired by the napkin rings and may have a go at making some.

  5. I am looking forward to seeing you napkin rings, Faye. Your Christmas decor is so different from ours here in Australia as Christmas is in the middle of summer.

  6. Lovely decorating! The apple sure doesn't fall to far from the tree! Lol!

  7. Thanks for showing us Shonda's decor. I so enjoy looking at what others have done. I look forward to seeing your napkin rings. I had just said this morning that I definitely need to get busy making some new napkins for us. Ours are in need of being replaced. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  8. Shonda's home is lovely and she has a creative touch like you. :) When I think of all the old costume jewellery I gave away.... Twas the days before Pinterest and blogging. Have a blessed weekend.

  9. Morning, love the Daughters decor, those mason jars are so pretty, love the them. Great napkin rings, will look beautiful on a table. Blessings Francine.

  10. Love the brrrrr pillow!!! It's so cute and made me smile. And nothig better than home made tomatoe basil sauce!!! Yummmmmieeee!
    All my best from Austria and stay warm

  11. Hello! I just found you via Michelle Palmer's blog, which I just found yesterday! I've never heard of pumpkin preserve, I look forward to giving it a go. I've been enjoying reading through your blog this morning, and am excited to get to know you better!

  12. Your daughters decor is lovely and so welcoming to anyone coming by for a visit, love the idea of having the drawings out there, neat idea.

  13. Loved seeing your daughter's decor, so pretty. Glad you shared the pumpkin preserve recipe, I had been thinking of asking. You are so creative, thank you for sharing all that you do. God bless and have a lovely weekend.

  14. ooooooooo's and awwww'ssssss (I know, those are not words, lol)....beautiful. We moved here (western NY) from Alabama 20 months ago, and let me tell you...I will never move back south. Personally, we are much happier, milk, bread, groceries, utlitilies are much cheaper (not to mention rent), the weather, just beautiful here---ANYWAYS--As I was saying...loveeeeeeeee your daughters decor...beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

  15. Hi Fays,
    The creativity is shining from your family - I love the mason jar-lights and the burlap pillow! And the tomato-soup looks really delicious :)
    Blessings to your weekend,

  16. Love your post as usual Faye. Shondra's home is lovely and I love the mason jars and brrr pillow. I will have to try them. Have a wonderful weekend.

  17. Hi Faye. Thank you for following my blog. I'm following yours now too! I love your daughter's decorations especially the beautiful turquoise blue. Thank you for sharing with us!

  18. Everything looks so pretty especially the brrr pillow :0)

  19. oh I do love having a peek into other people's homes. Your daughter has a lovely space and I love the way she decorates little corners.

  20. Love Shondra's décor and personal touch! I think she would make a great interior decorator! Can't wait to see your napkins rings. :)

  21. Your daughter has certainly done a great job on her winter decor...I love her ideas! I am also a lover of vintage jewelry and enjoyed getting a glimpse of yours. Can I just say that your soup looks absolutely DELISH! Are those mushrooms I see in there as well? Mmmm.....