Givenchy Fall 2009
September 30, 2009
September 29, 2009
Clever way to display corn
and a perfectly aged pitchfork
A Black crows adds just the right amount of spook to
a wonderful black terrarium filled with seasonal mums
A uniquely shaped Autumn wreath
A few branches from your garden
I hope you have found a little inspiration
September 28, 2009
The sound of the rain is actually quite soothing...
September 27, 2009
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
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 :)
September 26, 2009
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!!!
September 25, 2009
up with this fun idea to show off our
Vintage Black goodies with the premiere today,
running every Friday until November 27th.
Gorgeous Black Typewriter key ring
How adorable is this
Schreiner Vintage Black Rhinestone pin
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.
I am off to cheer my son on during
the 'Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research'
xOxO Hugs, Nerina :)
September 24, 2009
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.
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!!
to introduce her work,
for her highly anticipated
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.
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!!
xOxO Hugs, Nerina :)
September 22, 2009
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
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
- 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
- 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.
Recipe by Shelley Wiseman
Photograph by Rita Maas
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 :)
September 21, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)