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Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Dark Days of January

After a remarkably warm winter we are heading into cold cold weather.  I prepare by getting my house cozy & soft. 

(I changed my lamps around and added a few cushions)

Candle light provides a golden glow in the the dark.  My favourite candles are Voluspa.

(Voluspa French Cade Lavender from Anthropology)

Voluspa is always worth the money, the scent is fabulous & it's what Anthropology smells like.

I created a pale pink coffee filter lampshade to add to my new alabaster lamp.  I used 2 drops of red food colour in a large bowl of water, dunked each filter in and let it dry and voila!  pale pink

I altered the pattern on the bottom, laying it horizontally, and I'm not sure I love it yet.  Not really much I can do at the this point.  A pale pink pouf of spring to remind me it will return.

Long time readers know Sandy at My Shabby Streamside Studio was influential to me when I was down and now she needs your words of encouragement.  Sandy has had a particularly difficult run of bad luck & any positive words you could provide may help. 

Stay warm in the cold,

I'll be sharing this with


  1. Wow! A fellow Canadian and in Edmonton to boot. I am sick today, so to pass the time, I blog. I happen upon your blog, thinking okay another great blogspot from the USA. I look further into your blog, and read about your mention of Wellington's. I think hmmm, there is a USA garden centre with the same name?? Okay, whatever. Then I see your photos, and as the English say,"totally gobbsmacked"!!!!! I was thrilled that you are right here in Edmonton. No, I'm not a stalker, just a 40 something mom of 2 grown up daughters that was so happy to see someone else who is as passionate about design, vintage, antiques, shabby chic, the list goes on and on. I am always looked at like someone with 2 heads when I get talking to other women about my passion, most just don't get it. I was very much encouraged that there are more people like me out there. I love Wellington's and try to go there as much as possible. My spouse bought me a awesome resin (but looks like concrete) angel from there, and she takes grand centre stage at our front entrance. Enough about me, I love your blog and you are certainly gifted with repurosing all of your finds. I would love to hear from you if you have the time, this is the first comment I have ever posted to a blog, but I just had to say hello to a fellow Edmontonian. I do believe my email should be attached to this comment, if not, and I messed up somehow, my email is I would certainly love the chance to chat. Really, I'm not a stalker, just someone who is over the top to see someone else as passionate about all things shabby and chic. PS-I so love that house from Illinois that was featured in Home Companion. Did you ever see the first time Annie (woman who owns the house-Euro trash is her business) was on the cover of Home Companion, and had a full 5-6 page spread. Her bedroom is to die for. Take care, Gloria

  2. I absolutely adore your lampshade and thinks it looks beautiful! Stay warm ~

  3. are too kind! Patricia, I'm reposting your lovely January tips on my Facebook.

    You rock.



  4. I too love the Veluspa candles from anthropologie! I've burned mine all Christmas season. Time to stock up again! The lampshade looks beautiful.

  5. That looks lovely & inviting ....

  6. Darling pics! I love cottage white and yes, much happier to see fluffy pretties in the winter!

  7. -I love that Dec 21 actually has the shortest time of daylight and so from then on it only gets brighter longer!
    You have a lovely blog.
    xo deborah

  8. How clever of you! I love how your lampshade turned out. Just the perfect palest pink.
    Happy WW,

  9. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  10. I always tend to spend a lot of time in the home decorating it in winter time. It's too cold to be outside so why not have fun inside?