Holidays

Happy New Years!! One Hundred Subscribers!

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Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.  It has been a wonderful year for my blog and I now have one hundred subscribers from around the world.  I never expected anyone other than me to be interested in my ramblings, my recipes and my thrifting and refashioning posts.  So thank you to all of you who have subscribed or who have read my posts and especially to those who have taken the time to comment or give me feedback on my posts.  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me know what you think.  It is wonderful to hear from you.  I look forward to each new comment with great delight.

Now to look forward to 2017.  I hope the up coming year brings you health, happiness, love and lots of memorable adventures in your life.  May your hearts be filled with joy and love and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.  Happy New Year!  Cheers, Michele

Happy Holidays To All!!

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Whether you are spending this holiday season with just a few close family, friends and loved ones or a huge festive gathering is in your future, I just want to wish you a very happy holiday season.  May it be filled with all the best things in life; love, the closeness of family and friends, good food and drink and all your holiday wishes coming true.  From my family to yours; Happy Holidays!!  Cheers, Michele

Some Of My Best Thrift Finds Of All Times!! So Far!

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A true thrifter will tell you that the best part of the fun of thrifting is the challenge and the hunt for the great finds.  But also, it is finding that find…that perfect piece at a fantastic price.  The brag worthy piece that will have pride of place in your wardrobe.  These are just a few of my best and favourite finds so far.

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This white Danier leather motorcycle jacket was mistakenly priced at $9.99 and I got it for $4.50 on a 50% off day…score one for the thrifting team!!

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This dress I made from the thrifted bed skirt.

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This dress that I made from a thrifted table cloth.

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These scarves tops made from thrifted vintage scarves.

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These vintage handbags are just a few of my favourites.

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These thrifted dresses.  Most are vintage.

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These leopard print shoes which are some of my most worn pairs.
So there are just a few of my favourite and most loved and best thrift finds.  What are your favourite finds from the thrift store?  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love The Comox Valley, British Columbia!!

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I recently spent a wonderful week with my dad and his girlfriend Carol in their beautiful new home in the Comox Valley.  We had a truly lovely time and I got to meet some members of Carol’s family as well.  I previously lived in Comox for a total of 16 years of my life and my husband and I would love to return here and retire.  Here are just some of the many reasons I love the beautiful Comox Valley.

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The mountains and glaciers.

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The beaches.

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The farmers’ markets.

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The food and wine.  There are several wineries and artisanal breweries here in the valley.
The best part about the valley is that we will be able to renew old friendships and make new ones.  I will be able to be close to my family.  And one of the best things is that it rarely snows in the valley as it is a rainforest climate with short rainy winters and long sunny summers.  Here is hoping that the next year or so has my husband and I having a new Comox valley address.  Wish me luck!  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love Tuscany!! Travel Photos And Memories!

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We fell in love with Tuscany the first year we lived in Europe.  We visited Florence, Rome and Pisa in our week that we were there, but I featured some of our Rome pictures in a previous post.  So here are just a few of our photos of Tuscany 2006.  Enjoy.

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Florence
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Our Villa on a hill top, an olive orchard and vineyard. I had one of the best meals of my life, cooked by myself.  Wild local boar cooked over burning trimmed olive branches and grape vines, local wine, a fresh tomato salad made with the olive oil from the orchard, lemons from the tree outside our room and basil from the garden.  So amazing!imageimage

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Roccastrata

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As you can see, Tuscany is a fabulous place.  We had a wonderful time and I would go back in a heartbeat.  The food, the people…just everything.  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love Seville!! Travel Memories and Photos!

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Seville is an absolutely gorgeous city in the south of Spain that we visited on one of our last trips during our time in Europe.  It is an unbelievable mix of the ancient and the modern and the food…is to die for.

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We were there during Easter and saw the amazing processionals of the shrines from churches from all over the city to the Giralda, the main cathedral in Seville.

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The Bull Fighting ring.

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The architecture.

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The bars with their hams hanging from the ceiling.

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The Alcazar Palace.

There are so many beautiful places in Seville that I could go on forever but this is just a taste of some of the beauty that Seville has in store.  If you ever get the chance to visit, just wander about and find the interesting little shops and streets as well as the larger more well known attractions.  It is truly a city to fall in love with.  Cheers, Michele

 

Why I Loved Brussels!! Travel and Photo Memories!

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Brussels, Belgium is one of the most amazing cities.  We went there on our first little trip when we lived in Germany and went back several times after that.  The city has so much to offer but I am afraid that we usually spent most of our time in and around the Grand Platz which is a very old square in the old part of Brussels.  Here are some pictures and memories of the wonderful times we had there.

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The chocolate shops.

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The Tintin shop (One of my personal favourites)

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Mannequin Pis.

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The beautiful buildings.

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The beer stores.

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The moules and frites and the beer.

We had many wonderful times in Brussels and I would love to return again to explore more parts of this beautiful city.  Cheers, Michele