Stouffville Holiday Homes tour 2017

The creation of Gwendolyn


A practice run to see if this is doable in the time I had left.

When I was asked to take part in the Stouffville Holiday Homes tour, I knew in my mind that I wanted to make an Evergreen “lady”. I first saw one on Pinterest that ‘The Dusty Victorian’ had made and I think she makes a new model each year…and why not?

The tour is early.  November 3rd and 4th this year. Greens are not readily available to me. I have to rely on the wholesalers, who don’t have a plentiful supply right now.  Everything I order they don’t have. I have to wait a few days and then I have to drive an hour each way to pick up my order, when really, I should have been working on creating for the tour. I return home. I’m ready to start my first container.They have packed the wrong product! 😤😖 Fast forward a day. I have the right product. There’s a hail storm. Gale force winds and rain. It’s all happening, but I’m out there fighting the elements as I’m now behind. I’m tired and cranky and stressed out!

I get a text from my friend Christine. “Let me know if I can help with your decorating” I take Christine up on her offer.


A saving grace…Christine to the rescue!

she was the perfect helper! I had done a little test run to see how fiddly it might be and did we even have time to build our Lady. We talked about what she might look like, how her bodice was going to be dressed and I left Christine to create Gwendolyn.


she's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so thankful to Christine for coming to my rescue and for her talent.


say…because I know Christine will be reading, The Creation started as Judy, when I saw her almost complete she became Gwendolyn to me. But Christine added a little edgeyness to Gwendolyn and she became Medusa! Unfortunately, it's not evedent on this photo why she morphed into Medusa….It was SSSSSOOOOOOOO windy. Gwendolyn/Medusa fell over. Some of her necklace broke, her feathers were slightly ruffled and I had to tie her to the light fixture. I used the snake like 'tails' that came out of her necklace to hold her upright!!! The snake like tails that prompted the name Medusa!

Oh The trails and tribulations!!!


Fall and Halloween rolled into one!

October was such an amazing month weather wise. I think we got the best weather of the summer. Warmth and sunshine! Ahhhhh! Lovely.

It was a little difficult getting people to transition over to fall planters as the summer ones still looked great!


Mandevilla, roses, petunias!


Bird of paradise, begonias, coleus

But we must move on whether we want to or not!


Asters, kale and warty pumpkin!


Marks fall porch


Birch, feathery grass and mums

It’s an especially busy season for me  this year. Fall, Halloween and Christmas one right after the other. ( in the decorating world, that is).

Marks porch for Halloween


Stouffville Holiday Homes tour 2017

Its the Stouffville Holiday homes tour November 3rd and 4th. And our house is on it! So I have to be REALLY prepared this year!


Just emptied summer containers. October 29th


Ready for Stouffville holiday homes tour. November 3rd and 4th

I’ll post more pics from the house tour once I’ve got them sorted out….