50% Off Vacation Clothes!! Mini Haul!

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I am still preparing for my vacation to Jamaica in the spring and I found these few pieces at the last 50% off day at Value Village.  I think there is a theme here as everything is either blue, green or turquoise or a mixture of these colours.


This necklace was originally $4.99.


This dress from Lands End was a little more pricey originally at $17.99.


This long maxi dress was originally $14.99.

I think I did quite well in adding to my vacation wardrobe.  I love these dresses and the necklace can be worn with several of my other dresses as well.  Cheers, Michele

Shopping For My Holidays Mini Thrift Haul!!

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My husband and I are once again going to the wonderful island of Jamaica for our 29th wedding anniversary in the new year and I have already started looking for some new pieces to wear on my holiday.  I know it is a little early to start looking, but when you thrift, you have to always think ahead and plan for things in the next season or next big event well in advance.  And I find that the prices in thrift stores have shot up so high that I have to be more picky about buying a lot of the clothes, so I am not as lucky as I used to be.


This first strapless maxi dress in this beautiful blue and white Aztec inspired print is originally from the Gap and cost a little more as a result, coming in at $14.99…but this is where my 30% off coupons come into play.  I got it for $10.50 after my discount.  And as a bonus, there are pockets!!!


This beautiful sleeveless black and taupe printed jumpsuit is just perfection; it fits perfectly, is effortless and comfortable and just like the previous piece, it has pockets.  It was in the ethnic clothing section and was priced at only $7.00 with my 30% off card.

Two great outfits; not a big haul; but they are pieces I feel good in; I feel like “me” in them, they fit perfectly and are very comfortable to wear.  A perfect combination in my opinion.  And I look much cooler than I really am!!  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.


The mountains and glaciers.

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The beaches.


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

More Thrifted Travel Scarves and Fabric!! 30% Off Mini Haul!

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I picked up a few more vintage travel scarves and some fabric for making a table cloth and some napkins at a recent 30% off day at Value Village.


This vintage scarf is obviously from Paris, but unfortunately the colours do not match my other travel scarf from Paris so I can’t make a top of the two of them together…I will have to keep looking for their matches.  Only $3.50.


This Swiss travel scarf has beautiful bright colours and needs only a plain backing to make a top…I will just have to keep hunting.  It was $1.80.


This maple leaf fabric…about 3 metres…is perfect for a future sewing project to make a table cloth and some napkins for Canada Day next year.  Not bad for only $2.40.  So that’s my mini thrifted haul of scarves and fabric.  Cheers, Michele

Getting To Know My Readers!! A Little Q & A!

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I love seeing that people from around the world read my blog.  So I thought I would put out a little questionnaire with my answers right along side.  I would love it if you would take the time to answer and reply to any or all of them.  That way I can get to know you better and tailor my writing to your interests. That would be fantastic! So here goes.

  1. Where d0 you live?   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. What are your favourite posts?  The refashions from unusual thrifted finds; that perfect much sought after thrift find; a successful refashion!
  3. What would you like to see more of on this blog?  More of the continuing fantastic reading of my posts and comments from my wonderful readers!
  4. What are your 5 favourite places to visit?  Seville, Spain; Brugges, Belgium; Paris, France; Anywhere in Italy; Munich, Germany.
  5. What was the last country you visited?  Jamaica
  6. What is your 5 favourite hobbies?  Thrift shopping, refashioning, sewing, working on my blog and trying new recipes and tailoring them to my dietary requirements.
  7. Dogs or cats?  Dogs
  8. Favourite paid job that you have had?  Forensic autopsy technician
  9. Languages you speak even a little or a lot?  English, German, French, Italian, Turkish, Greek (only swear words)
  10. Favourite book, movie and music genre?  Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; Love Actually; Eighties music.

So these are just a few questions I thought I would ask.  I would love it if you had thought of your own questions to ask me and I will gladly reply.  I would love to hear from you.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and my posts.  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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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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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

Little Things That Bring Me Joy!!

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Thinking about my mom makes me realize that I am a very lucky person because I have many big things in my life that bring me joy; my family, my dog, my home, my job, my friends, my garden, etc.  But I often find that the little things in life can bring a lot of joy too.  These are just a few of my favourite joyful little things.

  1. Having exact change when paying for something.
  2. The perfect thrift find….obviously.
  3. When I can thread my sewing machine on the first try without squinting myself into a headache.
  4. The sound of chickadees calling to one another.
  5. Chipmunks. Ground hogs and squirrels!!
  6. The smell of a new book and a bookshelf full of new unread books or old favourites to re-read and a comfy chair in which to read them.
  7. Hard marshmallows.
  8. A ice cold Pimm’s cup with strawberries and cucumber on a hot day.
  9. A cold chocolate covered peppermint patty.
  10. Peeling an apple or an orange all in one long strip.
  11. Having a very sharp pencil to do Sudoku.
  12. Finishing the New York Times crossword in pen and doing it right.
  13. A perfect soft poached egg.
  14. A rain shower when the sun is out.
  15. The smell of un-burnt pipe tobacco reminds me of my dad when I was little
  16. Hot runny cinnamon toast.
  17. The smell after a rain shower in the spring or summer.
  18. The smell of fresh mown grass.
  19. The smell of a dog.
  20. Toasting marshmallows over a campfire…peeling each cooked layer off the outside and retoasting the inside again and again until it is all gone.
  21. Laughing so hard my stomach hurts.
  22. Holding my husband’s hand while watching a movie.
  23. Jumping in puddles…yep, still love to do that.
  24. Breaking the thin layer of ice on a frozen puddle.
  25. When someone says thank you and smiles at me.

These are only some of my favourite joyful little things.  What are yours?  I would love to hear them.  Cheers, Michele