Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End of an Adventure

Our last week together went by quickly!

We checked out the St. Norbert Farmer's Market but it was really small.  
I guess it's still too early for most crops.

When Michelle arrived she said she didn't like her coffee cold.  Somewhere along the way, she agreed to try a frappuccino.  Let's just say we've had a few since then.

Here's a little known fact about Shannon.  
I love baseball!  We went to a Goldeyes game.  
It was great.  Well, I thought so anyway.  Maybe everyone else found it a smidge slow.

I got to spend a day with Cate on a farm field trip so Michelle jumped on the Prairie Dog Express.
Also, apparently, a smidge slow.

We had lunch at Pineridge Hollow,

and then I introduced Michelle to a lovely police officer while he passed me this pink slip.
Friendly Manitoba.

Yes, 66 in the 50 zone but in my defence, I did not realize it was 50 and I was keeping up with traffic flow.

While the rest of us attended a wedding, Michelle tried a new frap flavour,

and bought me these gorgeous flowers.

I interrupt my travel Manitoba post to show you some cuteness at this wedding.

Check out the guest book table.

Completely adorable yet easy enough to pull together and totally inexpensive.

Back to our adventures.
We were welcomed to supper at the Forbes',

where we had a swimming time!

We also celebrated summer at our church picnic.

On our last day together, we started with a big breakfast,

moved on to mini golf,

and car racing,

then took a stroll through Assiniboine Park.

We ended the day with "tea" at Montanna's.

And then it was time to say good-bye.  Already we are missing Michelle.  We had a wonderful time together and look forward to hanging out with her again in Paris next time.
Did you know she could actually DRIVE there???

The end of fantastic adventure!!
Thanks for coming to Winnipeg Michelle!

And now begins a new adventure...two months with these monkeys.

So I will say good-bye to you, my lovely readers and focus on these kiddos for the summer.
Meet ya back here in September for more pretty and more organized.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cold Toast File Organizer

I bought these guys at a yard sale.

Apparently they are for cooling toast.  
Why you might ever have this much toast and why you might want it cold, I cannot explain.

What I can tell you is that as soon as I saw them I thought of file folders.
So I sprayed one up and tried it out.

Summer is a great time to browse around for interesting, inexpensive yard sale items that you can repurpose.  What can you find to give new life to?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Adventures Continue

 Our exploration of Winnipeg continued with a trip to the mint,  

where for 5 bucks you can get a penny collectors book to display a penny from every year between 1920 and 2012.  This was a big hit and a great activity for the kids.  They are about half done but still have several penny jars to dig through.

Michelle enjoyed a little hiatus and travelled to Niagara Falls,

as well as the CN Tower.
She assures me that Winnipeg is far, far more exciting than either Ontario sight.

We took a drive to Gimli, where you cannot, in fact, access the pier.
See?  Super exciting.

But happily we had friends at Matlock so we got to enjoy a day at the cottage which was lovely.

There's been the new experience of eating perogies and farmer's sausage,

a trip to Dollarama where Michelle shares my disgust at items not actually costing ONE DOLLAR,

and some fine dining at Ikea.

We had dessert with Nannie (Dino's mom),


and we had a tour of the Human Rights Museum.

If you are wondering what on earth more there can be to do in Winnipeg, stay tuned!  Adventures will continue.  Maybe I should write a summer guide to Winnipeg fun after this!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fun Summer Decor

I'll catch you up on more adventures Wednesday but for now have a look at the fun items I got to use to decorate for summer!  My friend Jen has no end of amazingly cool stuff and sometimes I get to change up her seasonal look for her.  

Summer themes can vary quite a bit.  For Jen it's all about FUN.  From movies and popcorn to great vintage toys.  Pops of bright colours and lots of yummy treats.

It's fun to dedicate an entire shelf, 

or a whole wall to a new seasonal look.

Try to maintain one or two colours throughout to pull the look together.  I used as much red and yellow as I could.  When I needed more of one colour I searched Jen's shelves for appropriate book spines and threw them in to keep things cohesive.

Don't be afraid to use practical items as decor.  This popcorn popper is adorable!  And we popped up some real popcorn and threw it around to keep things fun.

It's possible Jen's kids thought I was a bit crazy.

Summer is a great time to experiment with decor if it's not your norm.  
Have fun with it!  

 What kid wouldn't feel welcomed home for summer with this fabulous spread?!?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What I Got at the Red Barn Sale And Why

The Red Barn sale never disappoints.  

This year I came away with a few fun finds.  I'll show you what they were and then tell you why I look for these items at sales like this.

Cute retro hard covered books are always useful in decorating.  Sadly others agree so sometimes they are expensive.  When I see a pretty one that's cheap I snatch it up!

Vintage Cans
I use these vintage cans as pops of colour in my kitchen.  
You can put a pot inside with a cute plant or just leave them empty.  

Serving Utensils
Do you ever find you don't have enough serving utensils when you host?  
When I see some pretty pieces being offered up for $2 or $3, I grab them.

You know I love trays.  To corral items, to inject colour, to use when serving.
When they're Hudson Bay trays, I love them even more!

Cute little stools are always handy spots for plants or to set a drink.
Often you need to add height in decorating so this is an easy way to lift something up.

I use lots of blankets around the house for colour and as fillers.  Wool blankets are especially fitting for my living room look but they are so expensive.  So when I find one for $'s SOLD!

And they there are those extra items that just catch your eye or fit a need.
I got these 2 suitcases to use as a coffee table with my new couch.  I haven't decided how to set them up at the right height yet so for now one is acting as a side table.

The Unexpected
And finally, my favourite, the unexpected find.  
This is my very favourite treasure.  
It was $5 and honestly I feel so excited about it.  
I can imagine it in so many spots!!
 I realize it looks awful now, but once I've chosen where to use it 
and after it gets a make over, it will be fantastic.  

What would you do with a $5 black metal hanging shelfy rack?