Spring did arrive…

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Pink bicycle and blossoms at Amica

…and in true Ontario fashion, it came after a couple of inches of snow. It  just wanted to remind us whose the boss!

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Of course it put me into a tail spin as now Spring seemed to have arrived the week before Easter and everyone wanted to get rid of Winter/ Christmas decorations and be all donned up for nicer weather.

I feel as though I have to explain.  Yes, here in Ontario Canada, we sometimes still have our winter decorations out in April, because sometimes the snow is still here and our pots and gardens are still frozen and we can’t get rid of our baubles and berries and any traces of Winter, until it’s all melted. Just so you’re in the picture. Anyway. Enough about winter…for now.

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Easter basket

So as well as having to deal with a renovation project that was running over time, dust everywhere and I mean everywhere. I now had Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth and all things Spring to deal with and get the house ready for 13 hungry guests for Easter dinner. I do realize there’s much more pressing and worrying things to think about in the world than a pretty container. But the pretty containers make me feel better about the world and my point is, that when winter is here, I’m leisurely pottering about with all the time in the world and then  BAM! everything just happened in the same week!!

The bicycle? Oh that little beauty.  I have this little roundabout garden at Amica in Newmarket, it’s always a bit of a challenge what to plant in there. Janet, one of my clients, once said to me that bicycles remind her that Spring is here…that gave me an idea! Loved but Outgrown by its previous owner, this “sweet ride” as it stated on the Varagesale post, now has a spot in the Spring garden. The residents LOVE it. They always sound so excited when I get there. Waiting to see what I’m going to plant next and always ready to give me advice! 🙂

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One sweet ride!

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Dining room balcony-Amica

Easter came and went, I fed my hungry guests and I’m all caught up with Spring planters. Even did my own!!  So now it’s on to gardening. 😊

Springs first planter.

 

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After Fridays surprise snow dump, I finally get round to my first customer Container. For KIK in Vaughan. Yeah it’s Sunday. But the Birds were singing, the Sky was Blue, the temperature was around 9 while I was creating this…warmed up to a very nice 16 degrees. A very nice way to spend a Sunday!

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There’s a mixture of Real and faux here. Once the bulbs die down, there will be some colour left to get us past May and into the summer containers. ☀️

Now look what I did!

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Putting Winter away!

It’s been soooo Springy round here for the last week. No freezing temperatures on the 14 day forecast.  We’re usually still covered in snow at this point!

But it’s been quite mild for March in Ontario and I decided that Spring really was here! I was out in the garden last week, clipping perennials and tidying the garden beds. Inside,  I started taking away all traces of Winter, corralled all deer, wintery looking trees, silvery baubles, snowflakes in windows and put them away for next winter.

I did a bit of digging about with the weather and Easter, plant availability and starting up Lou’s Blooms and decided I could send out an email to my clients saying if your soil is thawed out in your pots I can recreate a nice Spring planter and with Easter two weeks away, it was good timing. I always put a precursor in my notes that I hope I’m not jinxing things!…And now look what’s happened…

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Snowy morning!

IT’S BACK!!!!! And it’s all my fault! Sorry 😐!

The thing with Ontario Springs is you never know what you are going to get. This snow won’t last. Spring Will come back…then Winter will come back, then spring…then..

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Pussy Willow, daffs and Lime Green Ivy

 

Organizing tip!

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A cold and stormy day.

T’was a dark n stormy night…well it was around lunch time actually. But it was dark and it was stormy and could well have been night! We are being battered by high winds and freezing rain here in southern Ontario. A great day to stay indoors and do some organizing.

So that I don’t feel as though I’m pulling the wool over your eyes. I’d better tell you that I did my organizing last week. Took photos while I was doing it and never got round to posting my tip. So it still works because this is a good day to stay in and post about organizing!

Because I decorate and create custom containers for other people, it doesn’t mean I love doing it for our house. We keep our Christmas decorations in the loft of the barn. Huge boxes filled with every possible sparkly item that would be considered Christmassy.  I have to lug these monsters down the stairs, across the drive, up and down more stairs and into the dining room. By the time I’ve done that, I can’t really be bothered to start rooting through the boxes. So I leave it for another day!

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The old way! Arrrgghhh!

It’s quite sick how many boxes like the ones above I have. These. The 3 above, are just for the tree. There are probably 8 more in the barn to decorate mantles, the piano room, the entrance way…oh those decorations get all over!!!

There had to be another way. So I searched on my obsession….Pinterest. “How to organize and store Christmas Decorations” The first one looked interesting enough to catch my eye. It was by Yvonne at Stone Gable (stonegableblog). So I followed her advice and got me some clear plastic totes…a more manageable size this time. Not the biggest I could find.

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Tree take down made easy! 🙂

I did use one longer sized tote as the picks I used throughout the tree were long in length. I didn’t fill the box all the way to the top this time. Also following Yvonne’s tip. I got rid of “bits” that never came out of the boxes. I was just keeping them because…?

All Gold in one box all Silver in another. Like with like! Not only does it make it easier to see what you have in each box. I was able to carry them back up and down the stairs, across the drive and up the stairs of the barn,  with ease. It’s a much better system.

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Tree ornament boxes. Silver and Gold

Maybe next year, it won’t be so bad. Maybe, because I’ll be sooo organized, I’ll be able to bring the totes into the house and decorate the same day…I’ll  let you know!

If you’d like to see more on Yvonne’s tips. Which are much more detailed than mine. Go to stonegableblog.com

Happy Organizing!

Happy New Year!!!

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Bird on bench

Wow! Is it really over??? That went fast! Let’s hope for all good things in this new year.

I managed to snap a few photos outside in between snow storms! I know you don’t all have snow. We went to a party just before Christmas in Mississauga. I was dressed up like I was going to outer Siberia. Down coat, Sorel snow boots, hat, scarf, gloves..you know. The regular Canadian Winter uniform. When we arrived at our destination…about an hour from where we live. There was not even a trace of snow!! It was even a few degrees warmer than Stouffville. I didn’t need the whole winter uniform!!

So enjoy these photos and for more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the seasonal galleries at the top of the page. If you like winter, take in the beauty of this season. If you don’t. Skip right past and go to Spring or summer and dream of the warmth to come. It’s only a couple of months away!! 🙂

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Front Porch

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Oh Deer!

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Side door

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Side porch

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Garden Shed

Enjoy Winter 😉

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m almost done!!!

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Living room fireplace

I know it’s December 28th and I know I hosted Christmas dinner. But there’s still something missing from my  decor’ and I can’t say I’m done until I have my Christmas Pot Pourri spread around in various rooms.

Maybe I’ll get round to that today… I rooted in too many boxes searching for it before Christmas…the Wednesday before Christmas actually…I was busy up to that point and just wasn’t in the mood to do it any earlier.

My mantel is much “less” than usual…because I was running late. We got new windows last year. I managed to save a few for projects…even though Donald was adamant they should all be sent to the junk pile.

I chalk painted it, did my little design and put lights behind it. It’s secured with masonary screws and picture wire as it sits precariously close to the edge of the mantel.

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Table centre piece

I’m pleased with how my table centre piece turned out. I went to my friend Jaime’s florist in Stouffville. Centre Piece Flowers.  I bought 3  x 4″ Poinsettias, some hypericum berries and a couple of  beautiful Hydrandeas and used some left over greens I had.

It looked lovely on Christmas Day but one hydrangea was totally croaked by Boxing Day…if you look closely you can see an empty spot where I’ve taken it out of the arrangement. 😦 …but not too closely that you can see empty spots in the oasis!!!

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Lopsided tree!!

Not sure what’s going on with the tree this year. I took the photo from all angles so you couldn’t see just how lopsided the tree looks when you look straight on!! I’ve decided that it’s the picks at the top that make it look that way.

It was supposed to be just Silver and Gold, but Donald all of a sudden had an opinion on the tree and said it needed Red to make it pop!! (Really)

This evening I’m hoping to go out and take photos of the outside. We’ve had lots of snow and then thaw and then freezing rain. It’s quite treacherous out there and seeing as I only finished outside the day before Christmas Eve, I haven’t got round to taking photos yet!!! There’s a saying about the cobblers Children walking about in shoes that need mending…same kind of thing here. I have to make sure everyone is decorated before me.

Even though I’m late, my Christmas wishes are still as sincere as they would have been if you were reading before Christmas. I wish you and your family, Peace, health and happiness. I hope you have had a great Christmas season.

Love Linda xx