a bit of this, a bit of that

9:55 AM

Wordless Wednesday ~ Paris Fashion Week

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Givenchy Fall 2009

Visit Heather for more!!

Have a Fabulous day !!
Hugs xOxO Nerina :)


9:46 AM

Autumn Inspiration !!

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Hello Friends,
I've been scouring the web to find inspiration for Fall
and have discovered so many clever and creative ideas
that I thought I would share some with you.
These beautiful and rustic twig chairs flanking
this chippy black table call to me to stop
and take in all of Fall's bounty,
no doubt just off in the distance

Love the white painted porch adorned
with white urns filled to the brim with berries,
leaves and of course...pumpkins

Leave it to Martha Stewart to adorn her front door
with a beautiful swag of Indian Corn
and various shades of pumpkins

The whimsy of the white skelly pumpkin drew me
into this charming vignette,
diggin the assortment of forks

Clever way to display corn

and a perfectly aged pitchfork

against this peaceful blue door

Guilding pumpkins of all sorts
seems to be the thing this season.
Did you notice the black & gold web on the bottom right

A Black crows adds just the right amount of spook to

a wonderful black terrarium filled with seasonal mums

A uniquely shaped Autumn wreath

to invite guests into your home

This fall arrangement highlights the season on your porch

A few branches from your garden
and mini guilded pumkins transform this chandelier instantly

I hope you have found a little inspiration
from these images today!!
Please stop by and visit
for more Fall Inspiration
Thanks for stopping by
and enjoy the rest of your day!!

Hugs xOxO Nerina :)
9:21 AM


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always seems to happen when we
have something important to do outside!!
Why is that?????
I know we should be thankful...we did not have rain for 23 days and now Mother Nature is making up for it. We do need the rain for the gardens and lawns...and it is much better than the white blanket that will be upon us before we know it. I can't believe that I am even mentioning it...I know...there are many of you that are waiting for the wonderland to arrive...so,
I am happy with rain for now
Monday morning....it's dark....it's wet...
...I had to turn on all of the lights....
I have to get dressed up and go on a journey and
try to keep my hair from going crazy in the rain.

On the bright side, Flowers are so beautiful
when the drops linger and
the color is still vibrant

The sound of the rain is actually quite soothing...
I wish I could take the time today and just enjoy the sound.....

Later today....this will be me.....geez...
Enjoy your day today...inspite of the weather
or because of it
Warm Hugs xOxO Nerina :)

11:32 AM

Happy Sunday !!

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You know, I don't know why they call it a sleepover party...when your child comes home (supposedly rested) and then within 20 minutes they are asleep. I think they should call it an all night, sleep the next day party. At least you know they enjoyed themselves, not that you can ask them right away...cause..you know...they are asleep!!

I thought I would show you a couple of
the lighting fixtures that have arrived in my garage
in the past week or so.
A bit dirty, but still pretty!!

These Tiffany style lamps are cute,

one has a copper colored band at the bottom and

the other one has a blue band, sorry about the bad pix

I really love this vintage pendant light

with the etched shade,

just needs a good cleaning and were all set

This charming chandelier is lovely.

It is really quite large and

I don't know if I will just clean it up and

find a home for it or use the crystals for projects.

I have not had the time to really think

about it right now....but I do love the sparkle

The prisms are fluted three-dimensional and

really reflect the light nicely

I am really looking for a small chandie and

I hear that I might get one or

possibly two next week....cross my fingers.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed my garage lighting store....

....off to do more research!!

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!!

xOxO Hugs, Nerina :)

2:38 PM

Happy Weekend Everyone !!

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F.Y.I.....the reason for my lack of visits....my apologies....

It seems that we are experiencing Wireless Router issues and I think I have to go out and purchase a new one...even though this one is not even a year old yet. Seems the connection is fine...so I had to disconnect the router and can only use my son's computer where the router is installed.....he is driving me crazy as all of his friends keep calling and they want him to play games on the computer...he also cannot play his video games (TV) online as they were routed through this same router. Technology....fantastic....when it works!!! He will be leaving for a party soon and it is a sleepover....so I have a bit of a reprieve from his nagging as I have a lot of research to do for an interview on Monday!!!

Enjoy the weekend friends....stay ouf of trouble!!

xOxO Nerina :)
12:09 PM

Vintage Black Friday & Margaret Atwood

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Thank you to Jill at Gypsy Brocante for coming
up with this fun idea to show off our
Vintage Black goodies with the premiere today,
running every Friday until November 27th.

Love this 40s British Bakelite Telephone
from retrophones.wordpress.com

Gorgeous Black Typewriter key ring
from magnifeco.com

How adorable is this
Schreiner Vintage Black Rhinestone pin
from Kitchy-Kitchy-coo.com

Please visit Jill and
enjoy all of the Vintage Black Friday eye candy.


Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood evening was a sell-out, and whether people were there because they loved her writing, or because they thought it sounded like a good show, there was no cause for disappointment on either count.

The book launch was a prelude to the 30th anniversary of the International Festival of Authors being held at Harbourfront Centre, October 21 - 21, 2009

To say this was a run of the mill book launch would be completely off base. This was a dramatic and wonderful musical presentation, doubling as a fund raising event for Nature Canada.

The Year of The Flood brings us back to the world Atwood introduced in Oryx and Crake, widely acknowledged as a masterwork of speculative fiction. It’s a world where most of the human race has been killed off by a pandemic; where the few people left scrabble for survival in a dystopian wasteland overrun with freakish genetically engineered animals and patrolled by the company soldiers of CorpSeCorps. Most of all, it’s a world where a homespun religious cult called God’s Gardeners farm rooftops and sing hymns about holy pollination, vegetarianism and the preservation of species.

These hymns were set to music by California composer Orville Stoeber and they marked the beginning of the performance. You heard the singers before you saw them, filing slowly into the centre of the Cathedral. The choir delivered Atwood’s hymns with their gentle melodies and simple harmonies in a straightforward and humble manner befitting God’s Gardeners.

The real stars of the performance were the wonderfully talented and versatile actors who read the parts of main characters Adam One (David Ferry), Toby (Susan Coyne) and Ren (Michelle Monteith) They had a challenging task: the dramatic reading of whole passages fully embodying their character while also filling in as several secondary characters. But they held the whole cathedral transfixed; the narrative spell was never broken. The readings were linked by Atwood’s elegant summaries of the background action, so the audience were able to understand the wider sweep of action in the book.

Still, at evening’s end, when all were invited to stand and join in singing a farewell hymn, several questions remained tantalizingly unanswered. There can’t be many people there last night who won’t be seeking out The Year of The Flood sooner or later.

It was a fantastic evening!!

I am off to cheer my son on during
the 'Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research'

Happy Friday!!

xOxO Hugs, Nerina :)

11:54 AM

A Dramatic Reading

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My sister-in-law sent me an email a bit ago and
asked if I wanted to attend a book reading
as part of the
Authors Series from Harbourfront Centre,
sure I said, who was the author.

Margaret Atwood
was her response.
Her novels include The Edible Woman,
Cat’s Eye
, The Robber Bride,
Alias Grace
and The Blind Assassin

Intrigued, neither of us have attended anything
like this before and we don't really know what to expect.

I did a bit of research and
this looks like it will be a really fun evening!!

The chosen venue was unique,
the choir and actors....intriguing!!

Ms. Atwood herself will be narrating....super exiting!!

In her first Toronto appearance
to introduce her work,
for her highly anticipated
new novel

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood uses
the historical
Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto

to set the mood for a dramatic reading with music;
directed by Canadian theatre director
and playwright Alisa Palmer.

Breathtaking....the anticipation is growing!!

Proceeds from this event support Nature Canada

The tour began August 30 at the Edinburgh Festival,
and continues on through the UK,
the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Austria,
and the United States. For complete international tour
information and schedule visit Year of the Flood

She is also Blogging about her experience throughout
this International tour.
You can follow along with her
adventure at Margaret Atwood: Year of the Flood.

Tomorrow, I will let you know how it went!!

Do something to feed your creativity today!!
xOxO Hugs, Nerina :)

1:21 PM

Help me to settle down !!!!

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I am usually all about serenity and peace.
Trying to inspire you with peaceful images.

Beginning Thursday until today or more likely later this week,
has been nothing short of a nightmare!!
I have been so busy and frantic and
I feel as though I have thrown myself under the bus.

I now, have to take a moment and
find my inner peace to carry on.

I would like to show you a few images
that have brought me calm amidst the storm

The sound of the waves crashing against the shore.
The smell of the salt and the refreshing sea air.


Good old comfort food - Shepard's Pie

You can go for the traditional with peas and/or carrots
or something a little hardier
like this fantastic take from Gourmet Magazine

with Lamb and assorted Vegetables
  • 10 oz pearl onions
  • 4 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 lb boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 5 carrots, cut diagonally into 1/3-inch-thick slices
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For mashed potato topping

  • 2 lb russet (baking) potatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Special equipment:

    a wide 3-quart heavy flameproof casserole (about 2 inches deep; not glass); a potato ricer or a food mill fitted with medium disk

Prepare filling:

  • Blanch onions in a 2- to 3-quart pot of boiling salted water (see Tips) 1 minute, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Drain onions and peel, trimming root ends with a paring knife. Wash leek slices in a bowl of water, agitating them, then lift out and drain in a medium-mesh sieve.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Pat lamb dry and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Put lamb and 3 tablespoons flour in a sealable plastic bag, then seal bag and shake to coat lamb.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in casserole dish over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then brown half of lamb, turning, about 6 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon garlic and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Transfer browned lamb and garlic to a plate with a slotted spoon and repeat with remaining lamb and tablespoon garlic (do not add more butter).
  • Add wine to casserole dish and deglaze by boiling over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 1 minute, then stir in tomato paste and boil, stirring, until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add broth, water, thyme, browned lamb with any juices that have accumulated on plate, onions, leeks, carrots, turnips, remaining teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat, then remove from heat.
  • Cover dish with lid or foil and braise lamb and vegetables in middle of oven, stirring once or twice, until lamb is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Make topping while filling cooks:

  • Peel and quarter potatoes. Cover potatoes with salted cold water (see Tips) by 1 inch in a 4-quart heavy pot, then simmer, uncovered, until very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  • Bring cream, milk, and butter to a simmer in same pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until butter is melted, then remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper. Force hot potatoes through ricer into hot cream mixture and stir gently to combine. Keep warm, covered.

Assemble and broil pie:

  • Preheat broiler.
  • Make a beurre manié by stirring together remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter and remaining 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl to form a paste. Spoon 1 cup cooking liquid from casserole dish into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in beurre manié, then simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Gently stir sauce into lamb and vegetables.
  • Spoon potatoes over lamb and vegetables and spread evenly with a fork, making a pattern with tines. Broil about 3 inches from heat until top is golden, about 3 minutes.
Cooks’ note: Lamb filling (without topping) can be made 1 day ahead and cooled, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Bring to a simmer over low heat before topping with warm potatoes and broiling.

I love this compliment of flowers
put together here for a Fall Wedding Bouquet.
Salmon Dalias, Seed Pods, Golden Orchids,
berries and a really cool spiky succulent

This makes me smile...all adding to my calm state

Just putting together this post has decreased my stress.

Thank you for helping me to relax!!

Have a fabulous evening!!

Hugs xOxO Nerina :)

9:31 AM

Etsy Romance !!

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Like yourselves, I love to scour the
world wide web for inspiration,
often I stumble across
a few items that strike my fancy.

Although this is not generally my style,
but you never know (everyone's a romantic)
I would love to kick my outfits up a notch
with a few of these ethereal, lacy, sparkly goodies.
A girl can dream...right...especially on her birthday!!!

Take a poke around these shops
and maybe your fancy will also be struck

VIVID Colors - Fine Arts & Jewelry Design

Every piece of jewelry she creates is one of a kind;
She never crafts an identical one.

This amazing bracelet is made with pink bamboo coral rondelles, white glass flower beads, nephrite jade beads and antiqued gold tone stamped circle charms, dangling on gold tone chain, finished with a gold tone heart shaped toggle clasp.

September Sunset
This luxurious necklace is made with sparkling amber gold Jablonex crystal beads, one handcrafted mustard and gold organza and satin flower, and brass chain.

Make Me your Queen
An amazing piece of wearable art, this romantic bracelet is made with purple Mother of Pearl and magnesite nuggets, creamy vintage pearls, sparkling faceted and antique flavored, pastel pink Czech glass beads, copper tone seed beads and three gorgeous Bordeaux velvet roses, hand sewn piece by piece on red felt. Two large antique chain links and lilac ribbon are attached to this flirty composition.


Bonheur's Shop

Dreamy, Romantic and Bohemian inspired designs

Inspired by the shades of cream lace, this romantic and delicate brooch is made from pieces of tattered tulle, lace with golden thread, black vintage silk, vintage button and brass earring find. Intuitively hand beaded accents.

Tender Muse
She was thinking of Jane Austen's novels when she created this romantic and dreamy cuff. It is made from salvaged vintage silk remnants, piece of metallic embroidered lace and delicate silk ruffle. Adorned with a detail of embroidered vintage pearls, crystals and hand beading.

She was thinking of Galadriel from "Lord of the Rings" when she created these delicate fairy- like earrings. They are made of vintage cotton lace and beaded with small silver seed beads and antique crystals. Tiny silk flowers are from hand- dyed fine silk, for the dangling stamens she used very rare tiny antique cut metallic seed beads. Silver plated hooks.

I feel like letting my hair air dry to soft tendrils
and draping myself in flowing layers of chiffon, tulle and lace
then scampering among the fireflys

Hello....time to wake from my daydream
and wish you all
an enjoyable day filled with whimsy!!

Hugs xOxO Nerina :)



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