Holly, jolly Christmas this year!" With the best wishes for good health and good cheer from all of us at "Ivy Cottage on Bertie".
Every Christmas season I like to try one new cookie recipe to add to our family celebration. This year I found a recipe for Chocolate-mint cookies in one of our local newspapers and knew it was the one! Chocolate-Mint Cookies 1 lb. dark semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped) 1/2 cup butter cut … Continue reading A New Cookie Recipe
The Christmas Marketplace at Roselawn Centre is being held tomorrow. Of all the pieces of vintagy, grungy, shabby chic items I've made for the sale, my top three favourites are: the (tattered, torn, and stained) stockings, the gift tags, that could be the gift and the decorative, altered clocks. It has been tremendous … Continue reading It’s Tomorrow!
The wetter than normal spring and early summer that we enjoyed rewarded our garden with plentiful and beautiful hydrangea blooms. Over the course of the season the blooms changed colour from brilliant blues to mauve to pinkish -green. Although I hate to cut any flowers, I know that the hydrangea bloom's beauty can continue for … Continue reading A Colourful Transition
We all collect things. No you say? YES, I say. Everyone collects something. We all hold onto what is near and dear to our hearts in hopes of staying connected to a person, place or thing that brought us some type of happiness so we can relive that happy time.
From my experience selling antiques for the past thirty years I can whole heartedly say, I believe Baby Boomers are the best, most prolific collectors on the planet. It began with their parents who were born during the depression. They learned at an early age to value things that had more life left in them. Having lived through the depression and WWII these parents of the baby boomers knew how recycle, re-use and to give something another life, knew the value of hanging on to something that may be needed in the future and knew that sometime, that item might…
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This is likely the busiest season, with all the outdoor preparations for winter: storm windows up, raking leaves, final weeding, mulching plants, storing garden tools, picking apples and pumpkins. Although we had a bumper crop of apples from our six trees, we only had one pumpkin! In addition to all the outdoor activities I have … Continue reading Hello Autumn
After having a relatively normal summer, weather -wise, followed by a delicious autumn tease the first week and half of September, summer roared back with a vengeance. This uncomfortably hot, increasingly humid, and drought-like weather caught me off-guard. I had already washed and stored away all of our summer shorts and tee-shirts; I couldn't help … Continue reading Goodbye, Summer, Goodbye