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Welcome & Well Wishes!


A welcoming wreath crafted from faux cedar, gingerbread men, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, berries and luxe ribbons as part of a Christmas fundraiser for the St. John's Women's Centre

I am a woman who finds pleasure and calm in creating beautiful surroundings and experiences for my own pure enjoyment, as well as that of others.  Gardens, interiors, weddings, homemade ‘Love Gifts’, crafts, cakes and bakes, architecture, photography,  arm-chair travel books, feel-good movies, Italian soaps, flavoured teas and, oh – ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS – are just some of my passions…

Many of my friends keep asking for my recipes, as well as my thoughts on decorating, gardening and entertaining, and encouraged me to start a blog so I can readily share them.  If I can only somewhat master the art of blogging, I’m thinking it just might be easier than e-mail!

So, my lovelies, at long last, this is it – a blog about my favourite beautiful things!  I hope you find something here that interests you and makes your heart glad.   I hope that you’ll try some of the recipes and ideas to be rolled out in my new (and first ever)  blog over the coming months and that you’ll be inspired to try many more beautiful ideas of your own and, in turn, share them with the rest of us.  What are some of the things that bring YOU joy?

Part of a Christmas table setting titled -"A Christmas Tea of Comfort and Joy" - in honour of my mom-in-law, who passed away from breast cancer in Nov/09, for our local chapter of the Cancer Society's Annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser. The vignette was one of a dozen on public display in the Delta Hotel lobby for the month leading up to Christmas and afterward auctioned at a gala dinner. See an upcoming blog if you'd like to find out more...


It is my wish that the New Year will hold many exciting things in store for us all; and that we’ll seek new ways to introduce petite touches of romance into our daily lives, letting our imaginations soar and discovering the beauty in the ordinary, everyday things that surround  us –  whether a gorgeous, creamy bowl of heartwarming soup, a beautiful book that inspires daydreams of far-off places, a steaming pot of restorative amber tea shared with a long-time friend, a single flower on the edge of the bathtub, the soft and rhythmic purrrrr of a cat in front of the fire,  a soft flannel blanket on a snowy afternoon or a lovely, fragrant room spray that transports us from a mid-winter’s day to the garden in springtime…


Let’s make this the year that we learn to cultivate the simple joys:   make a museum date with a friend whom we haven’t seen in ages; try out that new restaurant we pass by every day (and check out the cute waiter); go for that bold, new haircut; take that trip abroad we’ve been forever dreaming about; make that “too complicated” recipe we clipped many moons ago but didn’t have the confidence (or the never-heard-of-before ingredients in our pantry) to try; introduce a new, exotic vegetable (or even flaxseed) into our diet; try on that dress we think we’d never be able wear; dig that flowerbed or try that paint colour we admired in a magazine, bake a cake for a not-so-friendly neighbour, visit a seniors’ home and give the priceless gift of our company, take those piano lessons (with or without a piano), teach a young person to knit, volunteer to help out a charity, or foster a shelter animal (AND KEEP HIM)…

A little holiday cheer remains in a corner of the kitchen where I allow myself to indulge in a little Yuletide bling, for at least just a little while longer..."It makes my heart sing!"

After all, hair will grow back (Trust me – I went through chemo treatments for breast cancer in 2010). You could find a dress style that automatically takes off ten pounds, or be inspired instead to lose that 10 pounds!  You could stumble upon that DREAM career, make a new best friend, learn tons of life lessons, feel good as you do good, adopt the best pet (and family member) ever, and even lower your blood pressure without the meds!  You get the picture?!

Whenever I decide to “go for something”, I always ask (my good friend Val will attest to this), “What’s the worst that could happen if I do this?”  Well, admittedly, it might not work out or the answer could be “No”.   On the other hand, it could work out for the best or the answer could be “Yes”.  Ya just never know.

Sun beams through a window onto my kitchen table. Santa ('The Giftgiver'Collection) and Portmeirion "Holly & The Ivy"teapot were gifted to me by my husband in past Christmases.

Thanks for dropping by my friends.   I hope you’re inspired and cheered by the musings that follow and that we’ll meet here again and again.  The teapot’s always at the ready for you…

Have the most beautiful day – you owe it to yourselves!  See you soon.

Warmly yours,


A tiny photo of my mom-in-law's once-youthful face is tucked into a holiday bowl amongst a bunch of pretty glass balls. A precious angel, passed down to me from her treasured Christmas collection, stands alongside - just a couple of lovely and thoughtful ways to keep a loved one's memory ever nearer and dearer. She was a spiritual woman and I thought the Father Christmas with the bishop's mitre (given to me by my husband) was a fitting version of the 'Giftgiver' to be included in this particular Christmas vignette.

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  1. deb
    2011/01/31 at 11:53 am

    Lin, You have a wonderful presentation!!!Now when I have time for me and tea I will go through it carefully, especially when reading the recipes!!! Good luck and I hope your followers will find it very inviting and informative!!! Happy cooking everybody!!!:)

    • 2011/02/01 at 10:37 pm

      Deb, you are the very first to comment on my very first blog post!!! Thanks for that. I really appreciate it. Nice to know that you’re looking forward to reading it…

  2. Jane
    2011/02/01 at 6:27 pm

    Linda, you have found your niche. This is wonderful! I’ve never signed up for a blog before but your blog is a MUST!

  3. 2011/02/01 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Janie! I am very flattered that you want to read it. Thanks for the compliment!

  4. tammy'rie
    2011/02/02 at 7:36 pm

    Hey auntie, love the site – I can’t wait until I get some time to read all your blogs. Can’t wait to see you in July.

    • 2011/02/02 at 7:48 pm

      Oooh, I can’t wait to see you!!! Thanks…

  5. brenda earles
    2011/02/02 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for letting me know about your blog. It’s beautiful as one would expect if they’ve ever seen anything you’ve done in the past. Congrats on mastering a new media (as a newbie myself I know how diff it can be). I’m going to send the link to Mom — I’m sure she’ll enjoy it as I have. Looking forward to the next post.


    • 2011/02/02 at 8:29 pm

      Hello, Brenda! I’m delighted that you’re enjoying it. Thanks for the nice words.

  6. Deana Mitchell
    2011/02/03 at 7:42 am

    Wow!!! Looks like you’ve got the technology thing down pretty good there, girl!!!

    • 2011/02/03 at 3:07 pm

      Hey, Deana! Great to hear from you. Thanks for the Wow! Lol

  7. Donna
    2011/02/03 at 12:12 pm

    What a beautiful site you have started, Linda. I am Brenda’s sister-in-law living in Saskatoon and your site is an inspiration to me as I, too, enjoy decorating very much. However, I am not a cook per say and your receipes are terrific and I can’t wait to try them. Looking forward to more so keep them coming! God bless you.


    • 2011/02/03 at 3:30 pm

      It’s wonderful to “meet” you, Donna! Welcome! I was encouraged by some friends to start this blog; I think it just may be easier than emailing! I must admit, too, that it is a constructive way to busy the mind while I’m on medical leave recovering from breast cancer. It is fast becoming a pleasureable way for me to spend a few idyll hours and that’s a beautiful thing! I look forward to your visiting again soon…

  8. Joanne
    2011/02/15 at 5:50 pm

    WOW…Linda what an amazing piece of work. You are truly talented with the combination of personal comments, storytelling and fantastic photos…I’m super impressed. You have the whole package…I’m so proud of you…Keep up the awesome job. Can’t wait to share with others!

    • 2011/02/15 at 8:55 pm

      Glad you came to visit, Joanne! Thank you for your lovely comments! You have been an inspiration in my journey this past year. Watch for a ‘Garden’ post coming soon…Hugs, Linda

  9. Eric
    2011/02/17 at 7:53 am

    Linda, I am so prould of you for creating this. It is bursting with inspiration and provides a little warmth and comfort when the world is cold. This is a perfect fit for your creativity. You have much to talk about and many out there would love to hear what you have to say. Your voice is gentle. It matches your spirit perfectly. I’m honored to follow your journey. I wish you all the best.

    • 2011/02/17 at 8:29 pm


      Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts! I know what a creative soul you are and your encouragement means a lot. Kindred spirits! It is the greatest compliment to know that people are actually reading and to know that they are enjoying it, too! I am truly shocked and amazed at the result. Lol. I had no idea! I have been getting phone calls and emails – it is very rewarding and motivating. My intention is to focus on even the tiniest joys that we can find in the everyday things that surround us. I recently saw this written on a craft item at Michaels: “Creativity comes to those who seek it.” I wonder who wrote that? They were very wise. Thank you again, Eric, for your generous compliment.


  10. Gina Reid
    2011/02/18 at 12:39 pm


    I am so impressed with your talents. You have the whole package. This is the first time I ever visited a blog, actually never really sure what one was!! Thanks for the kind comments about the craft girls. It was a delight to work in your beautiful garden and to be able to lend a hand when you really needed it. Joanne tells us your doing great and I’m sure you can’t wait to get your hands dirty! Take care and keep doing what you’re doing. You are truly an inspiration.


    • 2011/02/18 at 1:23 pm

      Gina, my darling! YOU are the inspiration! Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me and for liking the blog. Hope you are able to find a quiet time each day to sip a cuppa and dream… Enjoy your tea-for-one pot! LOL

  11. 2011/02/21 at 9:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog! I’ll be back to read more!
    Take care,

    • 2011/02/21 at 11:30 pm

      I enjoyed your Food Network blog ‘The Spice Who Loved Me!’ Love the name. I will be visiting again to add to my recipe file…Thanks for the encouraging words and thanks for visiting!

  12. Vicki Kennedy
    2011/03/06 at 8:34 pm

    Auntie Linda,

    This is wonderful. You are an inspiration to us all! I miss you soo much and can’t wait to see you again and look forward to reading all your blogs!

    Love you lotss!! xoxo

    • 2011/03/06 at 8:45 pm

      Muahhh, Vicki!

      It is so great to hear your ‘voice’! I love you, too, my darling niece! I’m so glad you commented and it’s great to know that you are enjoying these musings. At first, I was hesitant and now it has become a wonderfully positive distraction. Who knew?! LOL Take the best care. Uncle Jelly sends his love, too…XOXO

      Auntie L

  13. 2011/03/09 at 12:11 am

    Hi Linda. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It was nice to “meet” you *winks* Vanna

    • 2011/03/09 at 12:46 am

      Hi Vanna,

      Thanks so much. I enjoyed my first visit to your blog today. I am a newbie blogger and so I have tons to learn about the blogging world – I hardly knew what a blog was until just a few short weeks ago. I am finding the ‘technology’ of it all somewhat challenging and even picked myself up a copy of “Blogging for Dummies”. I am an ‘old dog’ trying to learn some new tricks! LOL So, as time goes on, I promise I’ll figure out how to provides the links, etc. I have much to learn m’dear! Please be patient with me…


  14. Lana
    2011/03/23 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Just had to tell you that I LOVE your site. With a 2 year old at home, things can get rather “hectic” and so I’ve been taking some “me” time to enjoy a little piece of your blog most every night. It makes me happy 🙂
    Please keep posting…it really is a most beautiful thing you are doing!!! There is always something new and fresh to pique my interest here.

  15. 2011/12/08 at 7:10 am

    Hi Linda, just wanted to let you know that I mentioned your blog site on my blog http://www.perksofcancer.com. Please check it out and share the inspiring story of Beck, a young cancer warrior, with everyone you know! Thanks
    Florence (Cancer Warrior)

  16. 2012/01/13 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations! You have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. To accept this nomination, you must do three things:
    -Thank the person who nominated you (that would be me, http://www.perksofcancer.com)
    -List 7 interesting things about yourself.
    -Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
    You can learn more by following this link:

  17. 2012/06/16 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Linda. I have to say: AWESOME! what you are doing with pink days. I hope to take in one for sure. Would love to meet you this summer. Email me at edpsychologist@hotmail.com

  18. 2013/11/25 at 3:13 pm

    Greetings Linda! Happened upon your site/blog here while searching for a winter scene to upload to my twitter site…just wanted to thank you for a warm and grateful feeling your blog gave me while enjoying your beautiful photos and posts, despite the mountain of work awaiting me. Thank you!


    Katherine G. MacRae
    Publisher of Our Homes Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma

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