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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

To celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day on the 4th
I decided it was time to have a

So what can you win??

Well, how about a custom wood burned sign!  The approximate value is $35 and I will create something one of a kind just for you!  To see some examples of signs I have done, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

The giveaway will run from today, July 1st, 2014 until Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.  I will select one lucky winner from all the entries from now until then.  There may also be some other prizes awarded for those who participate the most.  And I may even giveaway another custom sign if I reach 1000 Facebook fans before the giveaway ends!!

How do you enter? 

That's the easy part.  There is only one required entry and that is to like and comment on the pinned post at the top of my Facebook page.  You can then earn extra entries by sharing that post on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any other social media.  You can earn even more entries by completing the following on rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner(s) will be announced on Facebook and my blog on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.

Good Luck and Happy Canada and Independence Days!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Father's Day!

I hope you are all having a beautiful day with family, or the next best thing.

Summer feels like it is finally on its way.  All this beautiful weather makes me think about the beach and getting outside, close to the water.  There’s nothing better for the soul than being near the soothing and strength of the seaside.  

So, I thought I'd take you to the beach this week.

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!

Clockwise from top left:
urbandreamphotos from Toronto, Ontario
bomobob from Montreal, Quebec
FradetFineArt from Montreal, Quebec
50shadesknittingXO from Sarnia, Ontario
CastawaysHall from Langlely, British Columbia
ThresholdPaperArt from North Vancouver, British Columbia
TanyaHarrisonPhoto from Toronto, Ontario
NewfoundFinds from St. John's NewFoundLand

iSignsDecalStudio from Kitchener, Ontario

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Foodie Friday

Hi!  It's Foodie Friday!

And it’s been awhile since my last post.  Life and family have been my focus lately and  when that happens some things get pushed to the bottom of the priority list.  Unfortunately, the blog has been one of them.

But yesterday, I got into a baking mood and tried out a couple of new recipes and thought I'd share them with you.  One was a big dud for us.  The kids kind of like it but my husband and I think it’s one that can be put away and never spoken of again.  I will still share it with you here, just because I feel the need to warn you in case you see it on Facebook (which is where I found it) or some other social media site.  Everyone needs to be warned!  See the bottom of this post so you know what to avoid.

And the other was a big hit!  It was such a hit that we nearly finished the entire batch yesterday so I made more today.

Without making you wait any further I will share it with you now…

It's called No-Bake Energy Bites and I found it on Pinterest.  It's from the blog Kristine’s Kitchen.  You can see her full post on the bites here.

  No-Bake Energy Bites

  1/2 cup coconut flakes
  1 cup old-fashioned oats
  1/2 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1/2 cup nut butter (almond, peanut or a combination of the two)
  1/3 cup honey
  1 tsp vanilla
  1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (can substitute dried blueberries or raisins)
Toast coconut in a small skillet over medium heat, 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally and being careful not to burn it.  It’s done when some of the flakes are lightly golden.

In a medium bowl, stir together toasted coconut, oats, brown rice cereal, flaxseed, and cinnamon.

In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together nut butter, honey and vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir until everything is well combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Use a small scoop, spoon, or your hands to scoop mixture and from into balls.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 1 week.

First batch and different lighting.
* The first time I made these I used cacao nibs instead of mini chocolate chips.  It’s a nice change but because they are bigger they had a tendency to fall out easily.  
I used my  hands to roll the balls but found them very crumbly.  I added a little more peanut butter and less flaxseed and oats the second time I made them.
I definitely recommend keeping them in the fridge as they keep their shape much better than when they are at room temperature.  Especially this time of year.
I also didn't toast the coconut.  I am way too lazy.

Second batch.
They actually look the same together, but the lighting was very different when I took the two pictures.

And here is the recipe to avoid.  If you dare to try it please tell me what you think.  Maybe you can find someway to improve it or maybe you'll like it and it's just us.

  Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies
  3 ripe bananas
  2 cups oats
  1/4 cup peanut butter
  1/4 cup cocoa powder
  1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mash bananas then add the rest of the ingredients and store and let sit for 20  min.  Then drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 min.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Oh my, it's been awhile since I was last on the blog!  Things have been busy around here with the family so I haven't had much of a chance to up date things here.  I have a few new flower presses that I will share soon.  But today is Sharing Sunday and I have a special one for you.

I don't know if you've heard but our precious bees are dying at alarming rates.  And without bees we have will have no food to eat.  Well, real food anyway.  I don't know about you but I far prefer real food over processed, factory made artificial stuff.

Recently, scientists discovered that a pesticide called “neonics” is the cause of the bees dying.  Sadly, big retailers are still selling the products that contain these deadly pesticides. If we can get just one of them to stop then the others will follow and stop selling them too.

Anyway, if you want to read more and sign a petition to stop Home Depot and Lowes, and other big retailers, from selling this product click here: Help Save the Bees

Meanwhile, on a lighter note, I have found some beautiful pieces on Etsy, all with a wonderful bee theme. 

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!

Top row from left to right:
ParadisePapercraft from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
SweetPeonyPress from Markham, Ontario
SilverTrumpetJewelry from Vancouver, British Columbia

Middle row from left to right:
PirateRosePottery from Nelson, British Columbia
LuLuIslandHoney from Richmond, British Columbia
SpadeAndFeather from Toronto, Ontario

Bottom row from left to right:
TheBeehiveCalgary from Calgary, Alberta
GwenDelicious from Victoria, British Columbia
PaperItch from Burlington, Ontario

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Easter Everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and get a chance to have a  delicious Easter dinner with family and friends.

In honour of the Easter Bunny finding our home again this year and hiding fun treats for the kids, I thought I’d share some more adorable bunny finds.

This time I went with the three dimensional kind.  Each one has its own unique personality.  It was fun to put this collection together.  I just want to take them all home with me!

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!

Clockwise starting top left
fromtheseeds, from Surrey, BC
AuntieShrews, from Richmond, BC
CraftsbyKeri, from Ottawa, ON
Naturefelted, from Brighton, ON
EvesLittleEarthlings, from Guelph, ON
DreamMakersDolls, from Port Colborne, ON

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Dragonflies!!!  What is it about dragonflies?  They’re a combination of prehistoric creature, grace, magic, wonder and so much more.  Their colours can be unbelievable and they carry so much meaning: wisdom of transformation, adaptability in life and joy and lightness of being.  Truly special animals.

I hope you enjoy this collection.  And please take a moment to visit the amazing shops these beautiful pieces come from.  There are so many more treasures to be found!

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!

Top row, left to right
theraveniron, from Edgewood, BC
ElleRJBoutique, from Toronto, ON
artfromabove, from Vancouver, BC

Middle row, left to right
seasonaltreasures, from Cheticamp, NS
HappyBirdStudios, from Vancouver, BC

Bottom row, left to right 
PeaceofViolet, from Montreal, QC
ErinMorrisCeramics, from Victoria, BC
carm1224, from Vancouver, BC
McNeilStudioArts, from Magog, QC

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Sunday!

Easter is fast approaching and what is Easter without the cute little bunny rabbits??  This week I just had to share magnificent bunny works of art.  And take a minute or two to browse through these talent artists’ shops.  You’ll find even more wondrous sights there.

As always, these are Canadian shops and the links are at the bottom.  Enjoy!

Top Row from left to right
Vanolga from Vancouver, BC
Rainbowofcrazy from Toronto, ON
DogEarPrints from Montreal, QC

Middle Row from left to right
DavidCBrown from Toronto, ON
LindaCoteStudio from Canmore, AB
DeepColouredWater from Vancouver, BC

Bottom row from left to right
baublesNwhatnots from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
MimoCadeaux from Montreal, QC
Rainbowofcrazy from Toronto, ON

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!