I want you to meet my hero - my mom!

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The last few weeks I have been trying to spend most evenings working in my flower gardens. When you have your own business it is super easy to spend every waking moment dedicated to it and I have finally come to realize that is not a healthy thing to do. This summer I am going to spend a little more time in my garden.  If you are a gardener, you get it. Gardening really is good for the soul!

Last evening I was thinking about all the times my mom came for a visit from Winnipeg and puttered in my garden. My mom is getting older and has not been able to visit me in several years. Of course I visit her instead, but I sure miss our garden adventures! 

I took these photos about eight years ago, but I love them just the same. 

Meet my mom. Her name is Margaret and she is my hero. She is kind, compassionate, beautiful, intelligent, courageous and a wee bit mischievous. 

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In 1977 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 44 year old. I was just a little girl at the time and I had no idea what cancer even was and I certainly didn't realize that she was fighting for her life. I do recall that she lost all of her hair and wore a wig, but she was still beautiful to me. Even while sick, my mom continued to raise five children, never missing a beat.

This year it is 41 years since she was diagnosed. 41 years!

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Two years ago, at 83 years old, my mom had a triple bypass and a valve replacement. About an hour after surgery, she was rushed back into the operating room and they opened her up again and removed a massive blood clot. Someone was watching over her that day.

Her recovery was slow, but her spirit was undownable. She's always been a fighter!


(I love this photo of my mom. It shows her mischievous side).

My mom is 85 now. Unfortunately I don't see her as often as I would like, but we still share some wonderful laughs over the phone. You know, the kind of laughter that hurts your cheeks.

Although my mom worked the odd part-time job over the years, she spent way more time doing volunteer work. I cannot recall all the organizations she volunteered for, but these ones come to mind - the Stella Mission, the Canadian Cancer Society and in more recent years she gave alot of her time to one of the political parties.

Recently she told me that she was at her local Member of Parliament's office doing her usual "volunteer" work and one of the gentlemen there called her into the office and asked her to take a seat.

The first words out of her mouth to him were "Am I fired?" 

The gentleman laughed and said "No Marg, we're not firing you. We going to start paying you for your time". He then told that they would pay her $15 an hour from now on. 

Imagine that! My mom is working a part time job! 

Oh how my mom and I giggled!

Posted on June 13, 2018 and filed under gardening, random ramblings.

Milk painted dresser | More sign workshop dates!

 Dresser painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Typewriter. Signs painted in Bergere and Farmhouse White.

These signs have been so popular! I offered two workshops and 24 people registered within the first 24 hours. Yikes. That's kinda crazy! These super cool laser cut words will also be available for purchase online soon! 

Because they sold out so quickly, I have decided to add two more workshops dates: Thursday, May 24th and Tuesday, May 29th. If you are interested in attending, you can see all the details on my workshop page.

 Dresser painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Typewriter. Signs painted in Bergere and Farmhouse White.

After I wrote my last blog post, I started thinking about this dresser. It has been kicking around my shop for quite some time now and I never got around to photographing it until a couple weeks ago when I dragged it over for sign photos. (Sorry, I couldn't find the before photo of it). In the next week or so I will be purchasing a new computer and I swear I am going to organize my photos properly this time. Does anyone else have that problem?

Anyway, this cute dresser is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Typewriter and finished with MMSMP Hemp Oil. My friend, Jennifer, painted it for me and it was her first experience using milk paint. She loved it!

 Dresser painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Typewriter. Milk Paint is available online at My Painted Door.

Apparently I am a little bit of a dork and I hung the "i love us" sign right over top of the great detailing on the dresser when I took the photo. Underneath the sign, it looks like this.

 Dresser painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Typewriter. Signs painted in Bergere and Farmhouse White.

Some of the knobs were missing when I purchased the dresser, but I had some great little knobs stashed away that my friend, Penny, gave me. Penny pulled them off some old kitchen cabinets that were in a tent trailer that was destined for the salvage yard. 

Do you notice all the damage to the dresser above the knob? I really made a mess of the dresser and scratched it up when I recently hauled it to a home and garden show. You know how it is - I packed my truck very carefully on the way there so that nothing would be damaged, but after the show I slacked a little because I was tired and things got a little banged up. There is actually quite a bit of damage to other areas of the dresser, so it will be getting a new paint job. I might even change the colour!

What colour milk paint do you think I should paint it? 

Posted on April 27, 2018 and filed under milk paint.