Mini Trees in the boys room, the baby’s sparkly pink tree (not shown is the guest room – blue tree)
Due to technical delays…the Heaslip Herald (newsletter) is obviously not up yet… working on it. Hopefully will be up by tonight or tomorrow…my apologies.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming…
Since it’s technically still October, I then believe I can still post this “Thanksgiving/ Harvesty” post on what my Thanksgiving table looked like. I was super happy with how it turned out, and it was a great celebration of the goodness of God and our many blessings!
Peace in the midst of the storm.
Yoga Pants and green smoothies.
New journals and empty idea books and a new pen.
New followers on my blog who leave comments 🙂
|I knew the grown ups would want candy too!|
|Place card was a leaf shaped sugar cookie with nutmeg and cinnamon.
I used cardstock with chalk and tied together with twine.
|Changed out JT’s blinged branches with leaves for the pink birds which we used for the bday
party a few weeks before. Added in my turkey and voila, mantle done.
|Kids table – personalized pie plates with goodies.|
|Plush Mr. Turkey had a couple of candy cornucopia’s for fun.|
|Mmmm…Dessert Table – pumpkin Pie!|
|Thumbs up means it was a success to me!|
|Scrumptious dessert table…all sorts of decor was borrowed from bestie JT of course (keeps the costs down) and the heirloom quilt was dear hubby’s grandma’s – perfect for the pink baby girl party.|
|Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin|
|Pink Harvest Theme with Diamonds and Bird Houses|
|Perfect opportunity to display the baby books and a year of photos.|
|Painted pink pumpkins and pearls…|
|The birthday girl checking out her balloons in her pj’s with Grandma before the party starts.|
|Menu: Harvest Soup, Split Pea Soup and Beef Stew|
|Pretty in her party dress.|
|With Grandpa and Nana|
|Great grandma reading a scripture verse|
|Everyone shared a verse|
|Including big brother|
|Mom and Dad read a letter written for your first birthday.|
|Surrounded in prayer|
|Great Grandma, Aunties and Mama in front of the Photo Wall|
|Baby Jar Jelly Bean Favours|
Thank you to all the friends and family who were able to celebrate with us! A birthday on September 30th is the perfect way to kick off celebrating Fall each year, looking forward to it 🙂
The lighting here is terrible, but here’s a first glimpse of the vignette in the entryway. I have absolutely loved highlighting ORANGE in my decor again. As much as I appreciate the neutrals, I need the splashes of colour inside my house as well as outside in the changing landscape.
Here’s a small neutral toned vignette one that I used my dollar store owl in. Again, sorry for the picture quality, all I’ve got right now is my phone camera… ha!
I’ve decided that my family room will employ the “retro cottage” look – we’re employing a VERY multi-coloured palette (thanks to employing all the handmade afghans and quilts we’ve acquired through the years. This school year I’ve decided that our homeschool will be a part of our home rather then stuff we pull out and put away all the time, so my bookshelves in the living room are jam packed full of books and supplies we use all the time, so I’ve not used much fall decor in the room, but the cozier feel is definitely here because of the extra books and blankets – and the fact that we’re using them!
Anyways, I’m linking up to a fall linky party to keep my momentum going around the house and to savour each and every moment at home with my lovelies.
I thought I’d do a fun little piece on the kitchen mantle since that area is about to undergo a change of sorts…
I wanted an area that I could change up seasonally just for fun, and to remind me to enjoy life, the changing seasons, etc. So I found this shelf at Goodwill a couple years ago and blogged about it here. Since then it’s undergone the seasonal shift, here’s a few samples…
FIRST MANTEL FALL 2011
FIRST CHRISTMAS 2011
WINTER/ VALENTINES 2013
WINTER/ VALENTINES 2012
SPRING/ EASTER 2013
SPRING 2013 – removed the bunnies, etc.
RIGHT NOW – SUMMER 2013
As you can see, it constantly gets “tweeked” – sometimes a lot, sometimes just a little. Some seasons, I just change out a few things, like this year, since Easter was way back in March, I switched the bunnies for garden stuff, then into summer I switched in my chicken, washboard, etc… I love having this little area to express myself artistically. Since it’s in my kitchen, I get to enjoy it ALOT.
LOOKING AHEAD… just for a hint, the space needs to be a been more functional for our school days, and I’d like my “mom central area” aka desk, etc to be more cohesive in the space, I got the idea of a chalkboard wall, first from Moni and then from Shannon…
I think I’d like it to look a little like this…
I guess you’ll have to wait and see 🙂
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year…2nd only to Autumn. This past Christmas was special because we were celebrating Elaina’s first Christmas. It was a lovely holiday celebrating the birth of our Saviour.
How we Decorated
|I did up the urns, door wreathes and greenery on the antique sleigh
with cuttings from evergreens around our property.
|In the foyer I did up this display with crystal covered trees, white lights and miscellaneous brown pieces.
It was so pretty to see this first thing every time we entered the house.
|The formal living room had the white feather trimming with red, brown and gold accents. I borrowed the mirror from another room to hang behind the tree and it conveniently had hooks for the stockings.
I think next year I’ll do a different window treatment…
|All I did was string these giant snowflakes together to hang on the hall mirror.
The snow theme definitely worked down here.
|At the top of the stairs I did up our Nativity. I liked it here, it’s always fun finding the best place to display this wonderful reminder of what the season is all about.|
|Our family room was definitely festive in red and gold. I loved the lights in front of the TV and our advent tree was a hit again. I actually used the “need” for space for the tree as the perfect excuse to get rid of the
bulky furniture that just was past it’s usefulness.
|This countertop tree was one of Aunt Fern’s I loved having the reminder of her in my kitchen.|
|I went for rustic Christmas in the kitchen.|
|My counter centerpiece – hurricane candle in the center of a rustic advent wreath.|
|Her first Christmas dress for the beginning of the season.|
|Christmas Eve Outfit.|
Large Homeschool Network Christmas Party – a great time for singing Christmas carols, sharing treats and doing games and crafts.
These posts are obviously “catch ups” and are posted months after the fact. It’s for my records and for posterity’s sake. The events of the past few months are too important to not have posts up for 🙂
|prettiest pink decor and food – in the back ground Stephy is setting up…her home is so picture perfect and pretty.|
|details like the No. 4 are Jodi’s specialties|
|My sister Andrea did up the favours.|
|The cupcakes were from my dear friend Vanessa of Vanessa’s Cupcakery and Confections.|
|My mom and grandma holding Baby Telis – Stephy’s babe and Elaina’s first cousin.|
|My Jodi – party planner extraordinaire!|
These next posts are the “catching up” that I mentioned over 2 months ago when I was on here last. Truth be told, I finally have a working computer, so blogging will be easier and faster and hopefully I will get caught up quickly because it feels like I’ve missed so much time. I’m doing these catch ups primarily for myself because I use this blog as a memory journal for myself and our family. If it happens to inspire/ bless others it is a wonderful bonus.
1. Our Summer Wrap Up
I realized I pretty much covered our summer in the August 30th Post. Summer finished out in a whirl and the Koreans finally returned home 🙂 it was a challenge to have them, but looking back I probably still would have done it.
|Emma and Kate’s final Presentation host families.|
We ended out the season with the annual Marconi Labour Day soiree and lots of visiting with friends, return trips to Zooz and Marineland and enjoying the outdoors as the heat and humidity gave way.
2. Our Fall
We started the fall hesitantly as we were never sure when the baby would arrive. School and soccer continued until after she was born…
I pretty much closed out the gardens in September…
|A small sampling of our harvest.|
and started decorating inside the house….
2. The Baby