Thursday, October 14, 2021

My Latest Obsession & Carpet Update

I can see where my plan to downsize our Christmas "stuff" is not going to go as planned.  I've never been a fan of Rae Dunn pottery...a mug that tells me to drink seems un-necessary.  Until I discovered Halloween pieces....and now Christmas awesomeness!  

Finding items here is as scarce as locating hen's teeth...and Poshmark, Ebay & Etsy....tend to exaggerate prices.  I found a Canadian website...and ordered a few mugs & toppers.  I might be a little obsessed...





Am I the only one who loves these mugs & toppers?  Going to have an adorable Christmas coffee bar I'm thinking...

And.....drumroll...the carpet for the back entry stairs has arrived!!  Install is scheduled for next week!  Only 2 1/2 months delay...but we've been hearing long waits for just about everything from appliances & furniture to building supplies.  We're very thankful to be able to finish the back entry & Mr. Seventies can re-install the handrail.  We are also being advised to order & shop early for Christmas...as quantities might be an issue with goods being back up in ports all over the world. 

With the new carpeting...comes the dilemma of where to place our footwear...especially during the winter months.  There is literally no where to put boots when you come in from outside...except on the steps...where the new carpeting will be.  So...we've come up with the only feasible solution....albeit inconvenient...we don't want boots & shoes left on the stairs.  We've decided to place a mat and a boot tray at the bottom of the stairs...

It means removing your footwear as soon as you come in...then carrying them down the stairs & setting them on the tray.  The only other place...is to set up an area in the kitchen...and neither of us like that idea.  At least this way...the carpeting on the steps will be protected from wet footwear.

Not a lot of thought went into design (virtually none) when this seventies split was built in 1973!  Who builds a home with no closets at either entrance?  The nearest closet...is in the hallway on the main floor! A few years back...we had a gentleman who cleared our driveway after snowstorms (he has since sold the business).  He came to collect payment in the spring...and in chatting he mentioned his brother (a then "contractor") built our house!  (as well as the homes on either side of us).  My response "that is nothing to brag about".  

This Seventies Split has come a long way since 1973!  Have an awesome weekend!  And thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Catching Up

 I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving!  The weather has been amazing...we took our little pumpkin apple picking!  She was such a huge help putting them in the basket...we've already enjoyed one batch of delicious apple & raspberry applesauce.  We also enjoyed a stop off at a park for a swing...then off to supper at her favourite place....McDonalds!  


Before wrapping up our afternoon, we took a stroll along the boardwalk on the beautiful waterfront...and enjoyed some swings at a local park..


And who doesn't love Halloween nails?  I'm loving mine...definately wearing the fall vibes...


I popped into Home Sense the other day...I'm still crushing on all the spooktacular decor pieces...like this adorable tea pot!!


It was difficult not to load up on a few more pieces...crushing big time of this adorable haunted house cookie jar...


If I didn't have an assortment of Hallowe'en mugs...these two would have been in my cart..


Same with our collection of doxie mugs...although this one we don't have in our assortment...adorable nonetheless....


And.......Christmas decor is starting to appear.  I'm not ready to let go of fall for a few weeks yet...but couldn't help sneak in a couple pics of decor pieces.  These cushions were only $20 at a local grocery store (which also has a home decor section).  If home decor stores can sell groceries...turn about is fair play...


As the price reflects, these are fibre filled...not down...but a reasonable alternative price wise.  I guess, if you are handy at sewing...you could remove the covers & fill with a down pillow insert....



Now these red truck napkin rings are adorable...and look amazing when paired with festive place mats.  They also had matching napkins...



Since the weather has been so co-operative we've been able to get out & about walking Liesel.  The clasp on one of her harnesses let go..I picked up this one at Global Pets.  It's very heavy duty....not the least bit "girly"..(but then neither is she)...and it's very durable...


It's adjustable in the shoulder area and around the mid section...it will work when colder weather arrives & she requires sweaters or hoodies to keep warm..and the harness will adjust to fit over them...



And it's flu shot time!  I plan to stop in at our pharmacy near by & get mine...and Mr. Seventies will do the same when he has some spare time this week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by...wishing you an awesome day!!  Stay safe & be kind to one another.



Friday, October 8, 2021

The Real Fall Arrived Today!!

Sunny, blustery with north winds and much cooler here today!  I'm fine with having fall...when it's fall.  The last few days...we've had summer temperatures..which is nice too!  

Mr. Seventies & I will celebrate our anniversary this month...and since Apple released the iPhone 13...he pre-ordered & gifted me with one...and it arrived a few days ago!!  Up until now...I've had an Android phone...so it's a whole new learning curve.  He gifted me the Apple Ear Pods Pro last Christmas...and since my phone was not an Apple...they did not play well with my phone.  For ten months...I've not been able to listen to music on my phone when Liesel & I go walking....until now...


I sat admiring the box...for about ten minutes...a little bit hesitant to open it!  Cause then there is no going back!  I did the same thing with my Mac Book...but it was two-three weeks before I braved setting it up!  Anyways...back to the phone...it's an iPhone Mini...still a good size...and it's a pretty blue...with a pink/coral Apple case....(so you can't see the colour of the phone..but that's okay).

Now...if you are familiar with Apple products..they never...ever...send instruction booklets.  You have to contact Apple support (which is fantastic btw)....or if you are like me...figure it out on your own.  Since Mr. Seventies was taking over my previous phone...I bundled up three phones and headed to our Internet Service Provider store.  And the sales clerk...did all the transferring of info from one phone to another for me!  Easy Peasy, right?  

I still had to figure out the various functions of my new phone...and am happy to report...after three days....I think I've got it.  Some things I had to Google...or check on You Tube...as you would have no clue how things worked otherwise...but I'm finally there.  And I got to use my ear pods listening to music..the sound is incredible.  So..my phone...and ear pods are a win/win!  It would have been nice to have a manual...as with our vehicle..there are so many features...I still have to haul that manual out occasionally. And when asked what Mr. Seventies would like for an anniversary gift?   Beer.

I spent a couple of hours browsing two stores the other day...and came across these cute cushions.  Sadly, they were not down filled...and no zippers so you would be able to insert feather inserts...but these are so cute nonetheless.  These were only $12.99...I love the Pumpkin Spice one on the left...


And of course anything with a red truck will quicken my heart rate...again not down filled inserts..and quite lacking in batting...but cute all the same...


This Staub dish is the perfect size for serving...it was on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond..ordered it & I love it!!


You all know how I love me a tart burner...and yes...I have a few.  The seasonal ones are my favourite...I'm currently using my scarecrow one in the kitchen....and pumpkin one in the family room.  Well...I've been crushing on this one..."Under Wraps" Scentsy mummy tart burner for a while now and purchased it at a great discounted price on Poshmark!  How adorable is this guy??   If he doesn't arrive in time for this fall....I can definitely enjoy him next fall...he also looks amazing lit up!  Under Wraps....so cute!


And before heading home...I stopped into Michaels store...which is transitioning from fall to Christmas.  All fall & Hallowe'en decor is marked down by 50%...I may have to go back & pick this up!  It's a red truck...with my initial on the pumpkin!  I could so see this on a large wreath...or on it's own!  There was a long lineup at the checkout...and I didn't have time to check out...but I'm going to order this & do curb side pick up....or pop back in.  I think with the discount price...plus 10%...it was $11 or not much more...




I love these adorable candles....they have wood wicks...so they snap & crackle when burning...and I'm thinking the tops could make adorable coasters...these were the last two left!




And this wreath...even at 50% off it was still over priced...but it's just gorgeous!  I find the prices on their wreaths...ridiculous.  Unless they are BOGO...and I can get two for the price of one...I pass.  But..this one...so cute!!  I will be checking for any BOGO sales...but it's getting late in the season...depends on how bad they want to move stuff...


And Christmas decor is slowly sneaking into the stores...things are slow to arrive...as everyone knows...Covid has slowed the production and delivery of goods to just about everywhere.    Beautiful hanging piece...or leaned on a mantle...



And picks!!  Nothing really caught my eye...and we are supposed to be "downsizing" our Christmas decor this year...we'll see how far that goes.  Sounded like a great idea in July...but as we inch towards Christmas....it's iffy...




And...another carpet update!  I called & spoke to the salesman & since there was no word on the carpet's arrival...I "suggested" perhaps he call the supplier and inquire as to when and if there might be an arrival date.  Or if we need to go with Plan B.  (btw...there is no plan B).  Supposedly...the carpeting was being shipped "that" day...and would arrive at their store in five business days...which translates arrival on Tuesday.  I'll be shocked if it does...but very happy!   It was ordered...towards the end of July if memory serves me correctly...

And since this is a special weekend we're celebrating with daughter & family on Sunday and will be missing daughter & family in Nova Scotia...but travel is not recommended.   So from our house to yours...











Monday, October 4, 2021

Officially October

And just like that...we are in fall mode.  The night time temps have cooled down to single digits...risk of frost in low lying areas...electric blanket fired up on the bed...and the pellet stove turned on when the mornings & evenings are cool.  

The hello. decal I ordered arrived and it was so simple to apply...this one worked nicely.  The first decal I ordered, which did not work...was never replaced by the seller.  Go figure...this one I am very happy with...


Dare I ask if you have started your Christmas shopping?  I read where supply of goods could be an issue this year...so I've begun to order and pick up a few things.  Some adorable books for grand baby....she loves her books...and being read to.  I've recently discovered the Wonky Donkey books..and have ordered a few to add to her growing library...spoiler - Wonky Donkey has a daughter...



Not only a daughter...but a granny as well!!   These books are so fun to read...lots of tongue twisters..


And I could not resist this book...different author...but sounds like a blast to read!!


And with fall I've added a couple of sweaters to my wardrobe...this one is so pretty....and not a heavy weight...


And a second one...very cosy & comfortable....


I am crushing so hard on these blueberry coloured Blundstones!!  I currently have a black and wine coloured pairs...but my black ones are looking a little worse for wear.  These are the most comfortable boots...ever...


My new Phone is due to arrive this week...but I've received mixed messages on delivery date.  A phone call voicemail advised delivery today...and a signature required...yet tracking emails state later in the week.  Liesel & I will be house bound today...in the event it does arrive...

Liesel has a grooming/spa treatment this week....I plan to check out Michaels...I wouldn't be shocked if Christmas decor is starting to appear!

Thanks so much for stopping by & have an awesome day!!




Thursday, September 30, 2021

Spooktacular Finds!!

Finally, the stores have been able to acquire stock for fall & Hallowe'en!  (and maybe the odd Christmas decor snuck in there).  And I'm loving it!!  I saw so much....pour a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy...and come browse with me...*warning* - this is a long post...

I stopped at Dollarama the other day to pick up a vinyl basket to store Liesel's "stuff"...(ear cleaning solution, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton balls, etc.). I found exactly the size I needed...and saw these cute things...the Frankenstein hand soap dispenser....filled for $3!!  And the Witches Brew travel cup....adorable!



Fall place mats...I considered getting one to set under Liesel's water bowl...keeping with the season & all...



And surprise of surprises!  Even Wal Mart had some adorable Hallowe'en decor!  I absolutely love this witch...not the least bit scary though...the detail on her face is amazing...



And this one...crushing hard on her!  She's a bit more "frightful".....



Who doesn't love scary pumpkins?  The smaller ones came in orange as well...but I'm loving the black.  These are vinyl so a battery operated candle should be used in them....


Since Home Sense is close by...I decided to just see if they had any new stock...and they did not disappoint this time!  Not hoards of decor...but more than they've been able to carry lately...

Firstly...a couple of gorgeous...not before time...cushions!!  Heart be still....look at this beaded beauty!!


And the truck had me at hello!  Toss in a pumpkin....and I'm there...lovin' it!


How adorable are these ghosts?  And they are candles!!  I think I may have to pick up the smaller one! These are so boo-ti-ful!!



A sneak peek at a couple of Christmas things...ya'll know I love me a cute gnome!  And the candles..with delicious names like Maple Praline Butter and Spiced Holiday cookies...I was so tempted to get them!  I know Bath & Body Works will be coming out with holiday scent candles...so I'm waiting patiently...



I must admit....I have never been a fan of Rae Dunn decor pieces.  I know...call me crazy.  Until this fall...and it's mostly the Hallowe'en items I really love...and I think this is the other piece I will pick up.  They had a number of dog dishes with cute sayings on them...but I don't think Liesel needs a bowl that tells her to Eat.  She's pretty much got that one down perfectly...



Yup...an adorable bird house!  Too cute not to share...




And this adorable squirrel...actually is holding a covered dish...perfect for nuts or candies...



A few coffee mugs...I especially like the Thankful Ones...





These ended up coming home with me...a set of four...with the stand...never thought I'd find these..


A perfect addition to my coffee area...my favourite mug is the mummy one...but I do love them all...



If you're needing a refill...go grab one.  I'll wait.  I said this was going to be a long post...but peeps...I've been waiting for-ever to see some fall & Hallowe'en awesomeness in the stores here!!

So let's continue...would these canisters not add an amazing pop of colour to any counter?  Each piece was sold separately...it wasn't a set...but these are ghord-ous!!  Very tempting...


Since Home Sense was showing off some amazing decor...I decided to check out Winners!   And the awesomeness continued..


And a frightful assortment of mugs...they are all my favourites...the black one on the right has a haunted house cover....


And this one....there were a few of these...but by the time I was able to catch a photo...only one left!


And lastly...how gorgeous are these lamps?  I love different lamps and lighting...and if I needed them...these would have come home with me.  Imagine these lit up...


Well that was enough to satisfy my craving for fall & Hallowe'en decor...for now.  Things have been in short supply here for a while now.  It's wonderful to see items slowly trickling in.  

Much cooler here today....a real touch of fall in the air.  Still no word on the carpeting for the back entry stairs...it's officially been two months since it was ordered.  So I'm guessing the rumblings of home owners waiting up to six months for carpet is not too far fetched....

I hope you enjoyed browsing with me!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Til next time....