I Spy {Links I Love}

January 23, 2015

My husband and I just got home last night.  For almost 2 weeks, we’ve been travelling in Alberta and Saskatchewan for our annual recruiting and alumni trip for the camp we work at.  We had a delightful time visiting with so many people!  But, after sleeping in so many different beds, I was sure glad to get back to my own…

After I threw my suitcase on the bed, I flopped into my favorite chair and found a few links I loved for this week.  Here’s what I discovered:


This light, bright living room at the Craftberry Bush makes me smile.  (Not sure how long I could keep that white furniture white, though!)


A few months ago I made a mini pom-pom garland, but I love this big chunky one done by love grows wild.  (And I love that mint dresser underneath it.  I didn’t think I was a “mint” fan, but it appears I’m changing my mind!;))

Perhaps it was my weary body and mind that made me buy impulsively, but I just purchased my first paid font from Creative Market while I sat in my comfy chair last night.

isabella font

My son has requested a painted sign for an upcoming fundraiser he’s involved with, so I have some special plans for sweet “Isabella”…

And, now, I must carry on with some work here in my own home.  I think I’ll start by emptying out my suitcase!:)

Happy Friday!

Rita Joy



In all my forays into simplifying and organizing our home, I’ve grown to appreciate and love one specific type of furniture~

The humble little dresser.

dark dresser ps

No other piece of furniture seems to be as flexible in both design and functionality as this simple wooden box with pull out drawers.  It hides and holds all kinds of things, and offers either a work surface or perching ground for pretty decor ~ whichever you desire of it.

You may have noticed from previous posts that that dresser in our walk in closet holds all kinds of things, except clothes!  In those drawers are hiding my husband’s bike locks, cosmetic bags, travel sized cosmetics, and linens.  At one point in its life it held up our tv and the drawers were full of cds and videos…

This little dresser in our entryway currently holds all the patterns for my wooden signs and other craft related items.

entryway dresser ps

And this dresser in the office is well-used with the middle drawer being the “tool drawer” and the bottom drawer our gift wrapping supplies.  At one point, it was in the kitchen as our telephone and office center.

office dresser ps

Perhaps you’re stumped by a specific organizational challenge.  Maybe, just perhaps, a little humble dresser could be the helping hand you need…

Have a lovely day!

Rita Joy



Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin

January 21, 2015

Welcome back to our fashion over 40 beauty segment!  Today we’re talking skin care. When I was visiting my hair dresser recently, she commented on the uniqueness of each individual woman.  We’re all so different!  But, one thing is the same.  Each of us have  challenges that we struggle with in the area of beauty.  […]

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Stowing Away Travel Gear

January 20, 2015

The scenario went something like this: It was time to pack for an upcoming trip, so I’d 1.  Troop on down the stairs into the basement and into the farthest regions to pull a suitcase out of a cobweb infested corner. 2. Trot up 2 flights of stairs to the bedroom and pack all the […]

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Linen Storage

January 19, 2015

In a perfect world, I dream of having linen storage just like this:                           (Source) It would be all be organized in one beautiful cupboard ~ pristinely white and folded just right.  When the doors opened, out would waft the perfect mix of fresh-off- the-clothesline scent mixed with a gentle hint of french vanilla candles.  […]

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I Spy {Links I Love}

January 16, 2015

How’s January organizing going in your home?  This week on the blog, we’ve dealt with jewellery, make-up organization, and a pile of tumbling towels! Along with working on our home, I’m also working at spiffing up this blog, too. This week I finally updated my (very out of date!) “About Me” page.  (Perhaps it’s more […]

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Toss the Towels Already!!

January 15, 2015

It dawned on me just the other day. I was standing on my tip-toes trying not to fall into the toilet while I rifled through a leaning tower of toppling towels… I could have, perhaps, just grabbed the one on the top.  But, no… It wasn’t a “good” one! The whole frustrating experience made me […]

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Hair Products for Short Spunky Hair

January 14, 2015

I’ve decided that Wednesdays are going to be our “Fashion Over 40” days here.  Sometimes I’ll post about outfits and other days – like today – we’ll discuss other fashion/beauty related topics. Today it’s all about hair.  I’ve already shared my saga of how I spent a year growing out my hair…But, it wasn’t the […]

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Jewellery Organization on Display

January 13, 2015

My friend Sue and I were out shopping a few months ago.  She was introducing me to a beautiful store in our area that I’d never been to before.  It was filled with beautiful things and displayed in a beautiful way.  You could (and we did!) lose all track of time wandering through the aisles […]

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Pretty Make-Up Organization

January 12, 2015

One of the things I did while organizing my wardrobe and closet was to sort through my stash of make-up.  I discovered things I hadn’t set my eyes on for YEARS!!!  (ooo, bluck!).  I threw out things that were outdated and kept only the things that I use right now. Then I needed to organize […]

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