Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year ~ with a Rare Blue Moon!

Happy New Year and all the Best for 2010 !
Did you know that tonight is a Blue Moon? (as in . . . once in a Blue Moon). When the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, remember to do one thing: Look up!
The moon will be brighter and higher than usual.

Photo credit by: Tamas Ladanyi.

It will be the second full moon of the month -- a phenomenon known as a "Blue Moon.'' A full moon on New Year's Eve last occurred on Dec. 31, 1990 and it won't happen again until 2028.

It looked very impressive last night too.

Wishing my blogging friends Health and Happiness and all the best for 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Glitter ~ Canadian Style

~ My Winter Wonderland ~

It is suppose to start to melt today so I thought I would take some photos while it lasted.

I think Rudolph is looking forward to the melt :D

Freezing Rain followed by a dusting of snow gets this look ~ just in case you want a new look for 2010!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Canadian Winter means Flexible Travel Plans

The best laid plans . . . . are usually altered. Today we intended to travel to Bowmanville . . . a little town east of Toronto to visit some extended family and friends. In the middle of the night we could hear the clatter of freezing rain hitting our windows. Have you ever heard it? It is really something actually. Sounds a bit like a frozen car wash : ) and turns your windows into ripples of ice.

The result this morning was all the windows on the south and west side of our home were absolutely covered in ice. It looks pretty but it certainly is not practical for driving. When you see "Severe Freezing Rain and Ice Pellets" warnings , followed by expected "Snow Flurries" it is best to stay home. Snow over ice is not safe to drive on at all. Your tires have nothing to grab.
We have Christmas presents, games, treats and goodies to enjoy . . . so a quiet day at home is a safe and comfy choice.

This is my lovely Wee Scone Teddy Bear from Scotland. He came with dark chocolate spicy ginger cookies and marsh mellow snowballs. Great with a cup of tea : )

The warm glow from the candles makes it all cozy.

It should melt away by tomorrow I hope : )

So comfort food is certainly in order . . . the best homemade apple pie you have ever tried ~ thank you to my neighbour Michelle !

Somewhere out there is a pool hut and a pool.

It will be a few months before we get back to swimming, lol.

Have a safe and cozy holiday and do not travel if you don't need to. There is always the 2010 Winter Olympics, hosted by Canada in February, to organize parties around. We can gather with family and friends to cheer on Team Canada and our favourite athletes!

Hope your "Boxing Day" is safe and warm


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Holly ~ New Kid in Town

Introducing . . . . Holly

We have a new family member . . . her name is Holly. We adopted Holly from the local Humane Society yesterday. Isn't she adorable! She looks like a Birman mix to us. . . . known to be friendly and calm, and as loyal as a dog. We thought friendly and calm would be perfect since we have two senior pets already (a 15 year old cat and our dog Cider will turn ten in July).

Holly is estimated to be 10 months old. Our goal over the holidays is to get Holly on our human schedule. She certainly did sleep most of the time at the humane society. . . . which did work to our advantage, as no one even noticed her. We didn't show up until 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday and the place was packed with potential adopters by then. I am sure she would have been chosen by someone else if she had peeked out of her cardboard sleeping box.

The only reason we asked to see her was because her chart details said she was fostered with 3 large dogs and a family that had children. Sounds perfect! When she was removed from her hiding spot by the shelter volunteer we were stunned to see such big beautiful blue eyes and chocolate brown markings. I expected an all beige cat . . . as she was completely curled up and hidden, with only a bit of her back showing. We fell for her pretty fast.

They said she had only been at the H.S. for a short time (and was in foster care for a month before that). I guess the shelter was scary for her (thus the hiding) and we were told she had not eaten a thing in 24 hours. I was quite happy to see her finally looking hungry. She ate like a ravenous lion last night, around 11:00pm, which likely also fueled her energy. She loves playing with her toys. She was relocated to her kitty kennel around 3:00am this morning, for some sleep time.

She has done everything right. Used her litter box, eventually ate some food and slept well in her kitty crate (after lots of exploring and checking out the tops of all our tall dressers). This gal can jump! I will certainly be taking the tree down early after Christmas, before she gets to explore the rest of our home. It is recommended that we wait two weeks before she meets Cider or Jersey. She needs to adjust to our home first and recover from her shelter cough symptoms before meeting other animals.

The Humane Society gave us lots of suggestions for introducing new pets. I welcome suggestions from my blogging friends too! Have you introduced new animals to the family?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Old World Santas

Are you a Snowman, a Santa or an Angel decorator? I certainly prefer the Old World Santas. Victorian, Woodland or just a little different. Here are some of my favorite Santas.

I love Santa with the fawn. Santa must certainly be an animal lover too!

This is my tallest Santa.

He is close to 2 feet tall.

He looks great on the fireplace mantel with his own wreath.

This is my chubbiest Santa . . . love his face!

This is my sentimental Santa. I bought him in 2004 at the Christmas Store in Rothenburg, Germany.

This little guy is my smallest Santa. Only a few inches tall. I love his coach light.

This is my mended many times Santa. He always falls over and his nose has been repaired almost every year. His boots have been fractured and re-glued. The worse he gets the more I love him. He makes me laugh!

Oh, almost forgot this guy . . . he is big too. I love his felt outfit and jingle bells.

Looking forward to visiting your blogs and seeing the many lovely decorations from all around the globe. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cider says Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~ Only 2 more weeks to go until Christmas. I have most of my shopping done and the Christmas cards are ready to be mailed tomorrow. I actually feel like I will be able to avoid the last minute rush this year. . . . but then again . . . relaxing is usually what leads to the last minute rush, lol.

My hubby photo-shopped a Santa Hat on my favourite picture of Cider. It turned out very well I think! She is not very co-operative when it comes to hats, lol. My husband even erased the blue harness and red leash. The original picture is on the side of my blog roll, for comparison.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's a Snow Day!

It's the first "Snow Day" of the year. The kids are thrilled because the weather is so bad that the school buses are cancelled and they get to stay home. We will likely decorate the Ginger Bread House early and have some fun indoors. The wind is really gusty and the visibility is low . . . so no driving today.

Last week we took some pictures for our Christmas letter. Cider is usually up to silly tricks when all this is going on. She has been like that every year, since she was a puppy. I think she knows the Santa hats equal silly poses and giggles. She always makes the kids laugh . . . so we get natural smiles.

She is jumping around being goofy here . . . . and generated lots of laughs.

I found this picture online yesterday . . . the ten best pictures around the world are published every day. Must be a fun job to do the choosing! This one was taken by Mathieu Beanger. An amazing picture of a Polar Bear shaking off water after a swim.

How is the weather in your part of the world today?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Vintage Bonnets ~ Etsy Update

Each year I try to come up with an interesting Christmas display for my Artist Teddy Bears. This year I put all my "Brendie Bears" in a red Christmas sleigh. My Aunt, Brenda Power, is a very talented and creative woman. She makes miniature Teddy Bears, Bunnies and Jewellery just to name a few of her talents. You can visit Brenda's blog here . These bears are all ready for the snow . . . not so sure I am, LOL.

This week I will be listing some wonderful children's hats and baby bonnets in my Old Soul Bears Etsy shop. They look great on display or can be worn by Dolls or Teddy Bears.

I just love the ribbon work on this one!

The silk is still in perfect condition.

This blue bonnet will be hard to list . . . I have avoided listing it for a year now . . . and it didn't seem to make it to the vintage clothing show either.

The ruffles on this Victorian bonnet are in great shape, as is the white on white embroidery.

Well . . . I should get back to my listings.
Have a great week and thanks for dropping by !

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pictures from the 25th Vintage Clothing Sale

I have posted some photos from the 25th Vintage Clothing Show, in the Ballroom at the Chateau Laurier. A heartfelt Thank You to my family for helping me get ready for this big event and to my Mom for volunteering to help out this week. She flew in all the way from Nova Scotia. No one can exhibit at these shows without a lot of assistance. It certainly is appreciated.

The Ballroom room is truly stunning . . . from the carpet all the way up to the ceiling.

This is the view from my booth looking out.

Here is my booth and darling daughter (helped for the entire day!)

And a picture from another angle. My coats and dresses did very well and the round rack in the middle of my booth allowed for easy traffic flow. . . although it certainly does get very busy at times.

I just loved seeing how many woman really got into the theme of the show and dressed up to shop. I think I will dress up next year too! This is my niece. She had a really fun day.

Love the polka dots below too : )

Thank you Ottawa for a Great Day !!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Packed and Ready for the Vintage Show

We are packed and ready . . . one Van and one rented U-Haul. I guess I do have a lot of stuff, lol! Those garment racks and wicker shelves do take up a lot of space. I also decided to bring my Dress Form this year. She takes up a lot of room too. I hope she shows off the dresses and coats well and earns her keep, lol.

My hubby updated my business card (we added Etsy and my twitter address too). This pretty image is on my Business Card. I think she is sweet!

Hope the weather isn't too sunny tomorrow . . . so there will be a good attendance at the show. I'll let you know how it goes : )

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vintage Hats, Coats, Scarves and More!

I have two great white wicker shelves that I hope to take to the Vintage Clothing show this year. Just 5 days until November 15th. I'm wondering if I could put one on the roof of each car? They are really light . . . the problem is likely making it into the underground parking garage at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Now that would be fun . . . being 1 inch too short of the required clearance. Maybe I'll check on those height limitations, LOL.

Here is another preview of some items I will be taking with me. I have a large selection of wool and mohair hats. Beret's and Beanie style too. Great for winter!

Some neat old 70's purses with matching accessories.

Many colourful scarves.
Bright Red and Plaid seem to have my attention this year!
Great for early Christmas shopping.

I have vintage hand knit hats, mittens, gloves and socks too . . .

A great selection of old jackets and blazers ~ it is faux fur leopard btw ~ so don't yell at me : )

My daughter and I have had fun co-ordinating the tags I bought on Etsy with each item.

They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are absolutely works of Art. So pretty!!!! I use the big ones for labelling my coat racks etc. That way I get to keep them.

My American neighbour delivered 2 commercial grade garment racks yesterday. Thanks so much!!! I bought them online at Target in the USA. They will ship packages as a "gift" to another address, so I had them shipped to a US location. It is amazing how expensive they are locally. Thanks so much Cathy for bringing them up to Canada for me! I need strong racks for heavy coats and these new racks are perfect.

I'm getting there. My basement booth/display is almost done. I wish I could just wiggle my nose and move it all Sunday morning, LOL. I hope it all fits in two vehicles! My mom in flying in from Nova Scotia tomorrow to visit and to help me at the sale. My goal is to be pretty much ready before she arrives. So . . . back to work I go : )