Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Holiday Party


The invitations have been sent out...


The perfect dress has been found.


The time is here...


Let's get going...


This must be the place...


The table is set...


Can I offer you a beverage?

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Safe Christmas Gift Idea

A safe Christmas gift idea - I think.  It's a candle warmer!  I bought one a few months ago.  I was in a small shop that smelled really good and the guy was a great salesman.  I thought it was brilliant...


The idea is that you plug it in and just warm the candle on it to release the scent - rather than actually burning the candle.

In our family, openly burning candles is fraught with peril...

Here are the features* of the candle warmer -

  • Warming plate quickly warms candle to melt scented wax releasing fragrance into the home
  • Eliminates fire hazard, smoke damage, and indoor pollution caused by burning candles indoors
  • Fits large and small candle sizes
  • Side heat vents disperse heat out and away from the warmer's base to prevent overheating
  • On/Off switch with light indicator indicates when warmer is on



I bought this Trapp candle to go with it.  The selling point that got me was that warming the candle rather than burning it would make it last REALLY long.


Images of Jo Malone candles lasting forever danced in my head.

Not really though.

Maybe I just got used to the smell.  My house is very scented - candles, incense, etc...


The candle warmer IS excellent for me to use up all the bits of jar candles when the wick is gone.

Perfect.

I think it would also make a great gift for someone who's a bit afraid to burn candles. (See features*)

Afraid to burn candles?  Yes.


I'm sure there are families who just burn candles willy-nilly with no regard for impending doom but my family is not one of them.  

So, I'm recommending the candle warmer as a great Christmas gift idea.  Even though one of my uncles (Donald) and one of my brothers (Bobby) who shall remain nameless still wouldn't trust it...

Happy safe shopping! xoxoMary


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Decor


Cut Christmas tree branches in clay pots ( I put glasses with water inside to make them last longer).

Vintage ornaments and some thrifted treasures...

Deck the halls!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks


The table is set.  The oranges with cloves smell delicious...

Everyone in the family is home cooking up their special dishes - getting ready to get together and give thanks.

We have so much to be thankful for!


A wall of sari curtains to keep out the cold draughts...

There's a chill in the air - even here in Houston.


Candles will be everywhere...

It's quiet now but the house will be full later...

I LOVE this:
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” 
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Love, peace and thanks xoxoMary

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mori Girl Style


Did everyone on earth except me already know about Mori Girl style?  There's an explanation here...


"Mori" girl means forest girl and the idea is to wear natural fabrics and clothing which looks like you made it and could live in the forest.  Loose fitting layers.  Vintage.  Natural make-up.  Read books.  Take pictures.  Study the forest plants and creatures...


I made this very belated discovery by happening upon Tilda's gorgeous Pinterest board "Mori Girl Inspired".

I had no idea there was a name or a style - and it's big in Japan!

Trendy?  Stylish?  You can't be serious!


Here in Texas our Mori Girl high priestess would be the beautiful and natural Robin of Magnolia Pearl fame...


A person of the blonde persuasion who doesn't wear mascara is so inspiring!  I'm so pale I don't EXIST without mascara!

Robin Pearl Brown and Tilda Swinton - thank you so much!


I adore this look!  I'm SO Mori and didn't even know it.

I'm from Nova Scotia.  I've spent most of my life in layers of natural fabrics.  Mostly because it was really cold.  While actually living in the forest!  Mostly because as hippies we were really poor...


I don't want to be a 'girl' anything but "Mori Woman"?

Yes, please...

Everything old is new again!

Love, peace and layers xoxo

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Smudge Sticks and a Cocktail


Home alone for a bit last night - a rare occurrence in our busy household - I thought I'd make some smudge sticks with some rosemary and sage from the garden.


Made a yummy Bloody Mary - with the only straw I could find...


I wrapped the rosemary and sage in green cotton floss and put them in an old depression glass creamer.


On a corner shelf to dry...

peace, love and magic xoxo


Monday, November 11, 2013

When A Friend Gives You Lemons...

One of our darling friends gave us these beautiful lemons from his own lemon tree...


What to make, what to make...


I can add luscious slices to my lemon barley water...


I think I'll make some lemon curd.  I don't eat eggs so I'm so glad I found a vegan version here.


Right now I'm going to make a jar of preserved lemons and feel like a fancy chef in one hour or less - yes, please!



lemony love xoxo


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Things You Need At Prices You Can Afford

You know that catalog on the plane of things you didn't know you needed?  Well, here's my version - all from Etsy...


When you cannot find a coin because you spent all of your money on lottery tickets - a scratch off tool


For hiding and smoking - a personal, portable ash tray


Don't fight! a monogrammed i-phone charger


No excuse not to take your meds - folding cup and pill case


For the type of people who would go on TV to buy a house - his and hers tape measures


I would just lose this too - key finder


I love this one!  I've seen those tall cylinder things at thrift stores for years and didn't know what they were for - hairspray and tissue holders


Popular in our family - pocket rosary holder


Apply - blot - apply - lipstick pads


This one is all about the word - vintage lorgnette  


Again, it's the word -  "Darling, are you wearing your snood today?"


Awesome - copper sea turtle guitar pick stand


This is way better than where I keep my needles - lost in the couch cushions - antique needle holder


just cute - scotty dog cigarette lighter


before Google - question settler book

See!  Don't you just NEED these things?