Monday, August 31, 2009

Decorating for Fall with Wreaths....

It's official......the first day of Autumn is Sept. 22nd. I love this time of year, when the leaves start to turn, the air is fresh and crisp as our days get shorter and the evenings cooler. Decorating at this time of the year is also fun. I always change my front door wreath to something more in keeping with this time of year. I have a thing for wreaths, I hang them all over my home. I love making them too so I thought I would post some simple wreath ideas that you could make yourself. To get started all you need is a wreath form (made of grapevine, styrofoam, or metal), some floral wire and a glue gun. The next thing to do is to gather your wreath material. Use your imagination and work with seasonal colors. Material can be gathered from nature, the grocery store or from a craft store. Below are some pictures of fall wreaths (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/autumn/wreaths-for-fall/ ) that would look great hung on your front door, on your wall or even in your garden.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A little R and R....

It has been a very busy summer and with August almost over, my hubby and I decided to take a break and got away for a few days last week. We have a friend that has a fairly new beautiful West Coast Style cabin (well more like a house) on Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island(approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hrs drive from Victoria). They are very generous in letting us use their cabin several times a year. Although the weather wasn't great, it was a little overcast some days and we had a bit of rain but the break was well needed for both of us. We had dinner with friends, watched a movie and just chilled. I've added a few photo's (although not mine) as I wanted you to see how beautiful this lake is. You just have to ignore the forest clear-cutting that's happening on the mountain across the lake (such a shame).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

We're having a heat wave....

I don't usually talk about the weather, but we recently had a heat wave in this part of the country. It actually got up into the 90's (35 c) and although we usually have warm summers, having it this hot is not something Victorian's are used to! I even had to close the store one afternoon as just got too hot with no air conditioning. I'm sure for my customers it was like shopping in a sauna. Not very pleasant and definately not good for business! I spoke to couple of ladies in the store who were visiting from Flordia. They had come to Victoria to escape the heat, but unfortunatley it was just as hot here. Worried about my garden I kept watering to keep it from welting away. We are on water restriction so all watering has to done mostly by hand which was no easy task. But my garden is doing okay, the lawn is a little dry and brown in some spots, but the plants, shrubs are hanging in there and the roses are as beautiful as ever (actually I think roses like the heat). Thankfully we've finally had some relief from the hot weather, things are back to normal, it's much cooler now....today it looks like it might even rain!

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)