November 11, 2016


Here's a snippet of a new display I designed for the market at Krause Berry Farms. It's my rendition of The Nutcracker and my two coworkers helped me build it. I would never have thought of putting lights under her skirt, thank you Anne! And thank you Maureen for all your gentle care and input, mechanical and otherwise! Couldn't have done it without you. 

This delightful ballerina dress was worn by Emily A. who works in the winery, when she danced in a recital as a mere wisp of a girl some years ago. She must have been a sight to behold. 
I got lucky with the sun streaming in through the window, which doesn't hurt either.
I bought myself a gorgeous 50mm f/1.4 lens and it's a little different from the one that came with my camera. This one's a prime lens and the other wasn't. It's taking some getting used to but I love it, and it's making my photography learning process very enticing.   

For this shoot I'm claiming artistic license.
All these photos have been lightened somewhat during editing, but I feel like the tones are the same so combining two displays for this post seemed okay. The candles actually belong in the honey display across the aisle from The Nutcracker. 
Cotton ball garlands for your holiday entertaining.
Squatty candles. Much prettiness happening here with their little bee shapes.
Three little nutcracker soldiers standing at attention. Totally says Christmas!
Silver and gold, 
Silver and gold.
      Ev'ryone wishes for 
Silver and gold. 
Pillar candles. They smell amazing. I find myself doing a lot of dusting in this area, lately. 
Meant to Bee fun!
I just adore the Christmas tree candles, but I don't think I'd have the heart to light them, if they were mine.
Peace on Earth. 

November 3, 2016


My coworker, Maureen and I created this fun display for the market at Krause Berry Farms. And having so many unique products to work with, we had a ball designing it. 
These items tell a charming story about Anja, a sweet little girl with a Christmas wish. 
There's adorable books, decorations and linens,
 with something for everyone's Christmas beginnin's. 
 Mugs filled with treats, I pick cocoa.
 Who wouldn't?
  Made candlelier lighting. Real candles? 
You shouldn't.
There's rugs for your tootsies in gay, cheery patterns.
And functional aprons to ward off the splatterns. 
Many bells, countless stars keep the gaiety bright, 
ready to fasten on a cold winter's night. 
We have mittens and booties to hang near your hat.
Look! Nordic-style teapots to cherish, beat that!
 You can never go wrong with a cute wooden sign.
And jingle bell garlands will all do just fine!
Warm stuffies to love make the children so happy.
Before they go down for their afternoon nappy.
Pretty napkins to dab cocoa drips from your chin,
And bells for your reindeer! She said with a grin.
 Of course bedtime stories and soft friends to cuddle.
Make it all dreamy, 
For your holiday huddle!

September 9, 2016


It's been a long time since I've been able to take some time for myself. My move is finally finished and I feel like I can breathe again. 

We were in our house for almost 30 years and it was a phenomenal task getting out of there. Talk about downsizing. Oy!

There's still unpacking to do and a full time job to get to, but at least I'm settled. Mind you, I've forgotten everything I've learned in my photography class and will have to start from the bottom again. Almost couldn't figure out how to post my photo on Instagram, that's how behind I am. 

Took this shot on my tiny condo balcony for Kim Klassen's prompt called, Gather. I found these lovely acorns and leaves on one of our evening walks with little Clare. She's quite enjoying condo life and the role of city doggie. Funny, all that worry for nothing.

May 12, 2016


Took a little packing break for some flower love. 
And Cornflowers I think, are one of my favourites. 
I started playing with this one to use as a background page for the new website I'm working on. 
 Japanese Maple, so pretty. 
 So delicate. 
And Cranes bill, what a sweet little plant.  

April 18, 2016

Dogwood and Apple Trees.

 I should be packing for the move, but I'm not. Instead I'm photographing my beautiful Dogwood tree that I will truly miss. 
And my apple tree. Guess I'll be doing some walking around the city instead of walking around my yard. I hope my sweet pup, Clare likes the move. She's never lived anywhere but the suburbs. Although for a lab, she's not big on the outdoors. I think she has allergies and prefers to stay inside. She's constantly ringing the bell to come in, when I put her out. Silly old thing. 

 Happy Day! 

April 5, 2016

Mid Century Modern Design

I'm in love with Mid Century Modern design lately. I've been scrolling around on Pinterest and they're calling it furniture porn! 

We're painting over at the condo this week and I'm so excited. We're getting closer. We have 9' ceilings, perfect for large art. I did this piece with a pallet knife and really loved how it turned out. It's brighter than it shows here, more pink and yellow but I wanted a subdued look for these edits. 
 I started looking around and found quite a bit of Mid Century stuff in my own house. It was spread all over the place so I didn't notice or appreciate it as much as when it's grouped together. 
Like my lovely Chalet glass thingy that I've had for years. 
 I'm looking for a beautiful vintage Danish teak credenza. But for now this Ikea sideboard will have to do. I'm kicking myself because I just sold my 1959 console stereo thinking I couldn't take it with me. Oh well, I hope the couple who bought it, enjoy it. 
Lovely pensive Clare. She's so pretty. 
And a little bit chubby, like a seal.