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Updating Cold Weather Wear

 
A Pale Scarf to Update in Windsor Ontario
A Pink Scarf Will Update Your Winter Coat Now! 
If you only have one coat the easiest way to make it look different is with a scarf, gloves, and hat in this seasons colours or if you already have a big selection, just rotate them for a constant new look that will make you look current. 
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Using Monochromatic Colour Schemes

GORGEOUS BLUES

For my wardrobe, I really like using monochromatic colour schemes where you take one colour and use various paler and darker shades of the same colour then pair with a neutral such as black or white.  Here the earrings are the same colour. 

I do the same in my rooms too. For example, a monochromatic room in green may include different shades of green on upholstery fabric, walls, and curtains, the neutral may be a white ceiling and woodwork.

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Tour Guide – A walk in London – London Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge

London, (UK) is my hometown and on a recent visit we took this walk, starting at London Bridge Station, passing the Shard which is an impressive triangular shaped skyscraper and then hitting Borough High Street, we stopped at The George a really old coaching Inn (I am talking stagecoach, not motor coach) for a drink. Then on to Borough and Jubilee Markets, which are super trendy with lots of character.

 Here is The Clink, London’s first jail and now a tourist attraction.
Past this lovely pub opposite
Sir Francis Drake’s The Golden Hind
On past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
To the Millenium Bridge
A view of St Paul’s Cathedral on the Millenium Bridge
And Tate Modern
Down Carter Lane passing Wardrobe Place – great sign for a walk in closet
And it is so pretty and quiet!
Last stop. The Black Friar pub at Blackfriars, more drinks this is another old ale house.This one would be great in a Dan Brown novel with all the words and symbols.

 

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day
Happy Father’s Day

I found this photo by accident, it was one that had I had taken in Ottawa some years ago outside Sugar Mountain which is a candy shop selling all your childhood favourite chocolate bars and more.

The photo is not perfect so written out in candy wrappers (the capitals) it says.

GOOD NEWS it’s Father’s Day!

You are a huge NERD but you are full of SMARTIES. Mum thinks you are a BIG HUNK and a SWEETIE. You are MOUNDS of fun and you are worth more than 100 GRAND and we love you NOW & LATER. Our POP ROCKS!

Happy Father’s Day

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Ideas Worth Saving – Using what You Have -Matchstick Bamboo Blinds X 6 Ideas

Matchstick Blinds x 8 in Windsor ON
Matchstick Blinds x 8 in Windsor ON

Once we redid the Turkish room – an alcove off our sitting room, we had 8 matchstick style bamboo blinds left over! We gave some away to use as blinds and my daughter still uses one as a tablecloth/cover which simply transformed an ugly plastic rectangular outdoor table. The weight makes it very stable.

We also considered using it a screen to hide the air conditioning unit. Simply take bamboo poles, cut to size of blind plus 12 inches wind around each end securing with twine and press 12 inches into the ground.

Or use as

A sunshade hung up with bamboo poles, screws, hooks or clips.

Cut down and wrapped around large plastic flowerpots.

A potting mat to stand on in muddy areas which can then be easily hosed down.

As a curtain/blind to block out the sun on an open porch.

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Victoria Day – Raise a Glass and Enjoy!

Pimm's On Tap In London U.K. - Genius!
Pimm’s On Tap In London U.K. – Genius!

Most people now in Canada consider Victoria Day as the (unofficial) start of Summer! Queen Victoria died in 1901 and until 1952 Victoria Day was a national bank holiday on May 24. However, beginning 1953 Victoria Day is now celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend. 

One of the best ways to kick off the warmer weather and raise a toast to Queen Victoria and all things British is with a Pimm’s Cup originally served in James Pimm’s  London oyster bar in the 1840s where he invented this delicious drink calling it the No 1 cup. It was a definite step up to the harsh gin that was normally served.

PIMM’S ORIGINAL in tall glasses & a jug

  • 200ml PIMM’S No.1 This is gin-based
  • 600ml of Lemonade
  • Mint, orange, strawberries, & cucumber
  • Ice

Chop up all fruit and lightly muddle the mint and place in jug or glass. Add the Pimm’s followed by lemonade and ice. Serve and enjoy.

#style organiziation

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Wine made Simple

Assorted Wines for Tasting
Assorted Wines for Tasting

Red. Often a blend of two or more grape varieties, these gorgeous reds are delicate while being robust to deliver a seamless taste. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc pairs delightfully with cheese, beef and lamb. 

White. Lighter than their red counterpart and perfect as an aperitif, whites are an ideal companion with grilled fish and soft tangy cheeses.

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Why Does Baking Soda Work As A Cleaner?

Is There Nothing Baking Soda Can’t Do?

The rationale for why baking soda works so well as a cleaner is because grease and dirt contain fatty deposits and acids. The baking soda is alkaline so neutralizes the acids so they break down and melt in water, which can then be wiped away leaving the area clean. Ta da!