Sunday, November 28, 2010

Poem By Alice Lilley Graham (my Grandmother) 1887 ~ 1974

The little birds are skipping
In the trees......
The little dogs are gathering
On the corner......
The sun dancing as it shines
Cans of milk are jostling
One another......
Doors fly open ~greet the morning sun
Life on our street has begun !

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have wonderful memories from when I was a teenager, visiting my delightful Auntie at her truly lovely Tudor-style mansion in Victoria.  The house, built over 100 years ago, stands majestically surrounded by her colorful English gardenMy Auntie introduced me to the simple pleasures of treasuring beautiful old things.  The house is adorned with stained glass windows, claw foot bathtubs, bay windows dressed with Priscilla lace curtains, and carved wood panelling throughout.  Now in her 97 year, she has lived a life of creativity, from being a wife, mother, florist,  painter, seamstress, and a gardener.  It was on one of my summer visits, I was first introduced to Victoria Magazine (I was 17 at the time). At first I thought it was  simply a magazine about the City of Victoria but I soon realized it was so much more than that, it was a treasure-trove of inspirational photographs and articles celebrating the simpler side of life.  Before long, I found myself immersed in the splendid vignettes that were displayed upon the pages. Quite simply ~ I was hooked !   The Magazine has always been a showcase for women entrepreneurs, and I too, dreamed of one day having a lovely little shop.  At The Button Box, I have my regular list of ladies who I promptly telephone just as soon as the new issue of Victoria arrives ~ and like always, we share our delight in what the pages will unfold !

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My little buddy and I spent a lazy day relaxing and doing a fair bit of cuddling ~ quite perfect !

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mother and Daughter spending some time together trying to get that perfect "shot".   It's hard to do when we are laughing so hard and bumping into each other we are practically falling over !

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rainy Days

~ You should not be sad when it rains but raise an umbrella that points towards the sky. While walking with tip-tap steps through the puddle you imagine all the flowers blooming in the rain !

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lovely Antique Maple Vanity

Restored Antique Oak Sideboard
Pretty Gift Ideas For Someone Special !
Some Sparkle and Shine ~ So Pretty !

Monday, November 1, 2010

Time To Shine

We are busy bees decorating The Button Box for this very special season.   Thank heavens for "angel" girlfriends who are lending a helping hand creating a bit of sparkle and a bit of glam !   I will share some pic's soon !