a bit of this, a bit of that

Sensational Sunday !!!

Today is the Annual Santa Claus Parade, downtown Toronto.

This parade has been an annual event

ever since I was a little girl...and that's quite a long time.

I used to go downtown and we would

pick a spot a couple of hours early to get a good spot,

usually there would be a bit of snow and it would be really cold.

As the years past I took my daughter to see the parade.

She is now 23 and heading down with

a couple of friends to enjoy the festivities

This is from the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade

November 1978


I received this lovely package in the mail the other day.

I love the pink bling!!

Sue from It's a very Cherry World sent me this

charming vintage hankie and

the most adorable button that says

'All thing bright and beautiful'.

I won this random draw for posting

during her Rednesday festivities.

Thanks Sue....I love it!!


I've been working on a swap,

chopping muslin

and tea dying

and ripping

and tieing

These are some other goodies for the swap.

This picture is not very clear,

but it does add to the sneak mystique!!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!!

xOxO Nerina :)


  1. Oh Nerina...
    Can I come along? We don't have a parade like that in Phoenix. Please take lots of pictures, as I would so love to see the parade too. How fun is this? And your daughter too, still loves to go. You instilled that with all of your years of sharing with her. What a magical day.

    I can't wait to see what you are doing with all those torn strips of muslin. It looks so interesting, and you are tea staining them too.

    I will be watching. You also received some wonderful eye candy things in the mail. Isn't it wonderful to have some sweet blogger friends. When we were kids we only had pen pals that we could hear from 1 time a month maybe, but now we can connect every day of the week. I love it.

    Have a beautiful time at the parade. Think of me as you click pictures, and I hope you will post them today. Many hugs and love...Sherry

  2. So sweet, Nerina!
    My gosh, where does the time go? Christmas will be here before we know it!

  3. your christmas parade is sooooooo early, before thanksgiving, poor thanksgiving, its as if we are pushing it away....hope you had fun, congrats on the win!

  4. Nerina, that looks like a fun parade! St. Augustine has a tiny one, and I love it because people and their dogs (literally) are in it. There are some canine clubs that participate and marching bands and silly floats, etc. I love a parade!

    I'm curious about your secret stash you are making, and I love your win in that drawing.


    Sheila :-)

  5. how fun and lucky, you actually get MORE holiday season

  6. Oh, I love parades!! What fond memories you must have!

    Those hankies are so lovely!!

    Ohhhh, I can't wait to see what you are creating!

    Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend.


  7. I love the holiday Season Parades. Macy's Thanksgiving is my favorite. I used to go to a local one as a kid. But here in the peoples Republic of California, we don't see much of anything Christmas. Too offensive I'm told. Plus we don't get snow. But I get to ride a motorcycle in February.

  8. *sigh* I miss Toronto!!! I used to go there every weekend as a child!!!!! I was just going thru pics tonight with my Dad and saw soooooooooooooooo many of the falls from our visits over the years!! Thanks for the reminder of that beautiful city! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  9. Oh how I love Santa Parades....I must go to the one in Vancouver this year...not as nippy as Toronto. Your gift looks amazing...lucky girl! Happy Week to you!

  10. Hi Nerina! What a fun tradition for Christmas! Those wonderful little traditions are what I feel like I am missing living in such a large transient city.

    Thanks for coming over for a visit and leaving your sweet comment. Hopefully I won't be making any more slipcovers for a LONG time!!!

    My Desert Cottage

  11. Hi Nerina,

    When I lived in Long Island NY in a cute charming little town they had a parade for EVERYTHING! Now that I'm back in California in the city, sadly they never have parades...I guess it would make a mess out of the traffic, darn traffic!!

    How lovely your hankie and button is! So sweet!!Have fun with your swap project!!

  12. Oh wow, how cool to have a Christmas parade. It's so sweet.

    The gift looks gorgeous.

  13. ooooo...are you making a 'rag swag' or something with that muslin? I wanna SEE!

  14. I love your site. What is your secret to dying and then tearing the muslin into strips? I am so new at doing this, but there is something I want to do and it requires this!

    You should see our Christmas parade here. They through beads and candy like they do during Mardi Gras. The first time I went, I was so surprised - I'm a transplant from North Louisiana. But oh it was fun and the kids loved it!



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