Friday, 19 December 2014

A New Way To Present Gifts.....





 I came up with...

What I thought...

Was a great way to  "wrap" the gifts this year...

Everyone always needs more storage containers...

And I thought..that...these..

Were perfect!

They are quite attractive on their own...

And can be used for many things afterwards...

Miss V's is the one that says "MINE"....

"cause she says that a lot!  hahaha!

Cat toys for all...

And even some wheat free doggie treats for Lola...

And how easy is that to get your gifts home after the big day??

I sure hope my kids like them...I do!!

 Some more decorating around the house...

Really starting to feel like Christmas...I am getting excited...A wee bit of sun today...YIPPEE!






Here was my lunch today...

tuna salad on lettuce...

few cherry tomatoes...

1/2 an apple...

Need to lose a few lbs before Florida...

Every wee bit counts, right?? 






My White Kalanchoe is looking...

Well...

SPECTACULAR!! 

I really LOVE these plants!
                   Guess who sent me a Christmas card???

                       Isn't he a cheeky devil...♥️

                  Hope you are all having a great productive day...

           Got my table set for Christmas...just a few finishing touches...

                       I guess the Shortbread is on the agenda for next week...

                 Miss V has been napping since 1pm...and it is now 3:23!!!

                             She must have been pooped!
     
       Gonna go for a walk when she wakes up...not windy today, so not as cold...


         Tonight  will be rack of lamb baked with a dijon mustard and cracked pepper crust...

                          Wild rice...asparagus...Greek Salad...

                                         Can hardly wait!!

          Enjoy the rest of your day....and your weekend....any plans?? parties??dinners??

                  We are fortunate enough to at dining at a friends  home tomorrow evening...

                       Looking forwad to catching up with them...

                    Cheers!  :o)
                          linda

51 comments:

  1. Oh you are too cute with your bucket idea! Love it! Always.....something to put into that empty bucket!! Looks like Santa may have dropped in already. Don't tell me you had a pre-visit with the old fella and shared a wine or beer with him!!!

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    1. Hi Ann.....just trying to stay ahead!
      I think the containers are great...and good looking....
      Santa has not been yet! Hahaha!

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  2. I started doing the bags, container, baskets, when I had to travel to three different homes on Christmas day. It is a brilliant idea! I also color coordinated them: red for one house, green for another... I might do stripes or plaids... anything to keep me straight!
    I love the photo of the tree with the balls in the foreground. I also am impressed by RED'S card!!
    Lunch looks good - sorry to miss that one! I'll see you again, Linda!!

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    1. Hey Dixie!
      Luckily they all come here....no travelling for me!
      I have made name tags, just didn't put them on yet!
      Red sure surprised me with that card! Hahaha!
      Merry Christmas!

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  3. Hey Linda - wow, your home looks beautiful for Christmas. You obviously love the season and put your heart and soul in it. I like the idea of the storage bins. It will make it easier to take things home and they become another beautiful gift. Good idea. You sure do have intelligent squirrels in your neck of the woods. Imagine him sending out Christmas cards. I imagine he 'delivered it' to the door, right? I saw my little red bandit at our lot today and all he did was steal some food and give me the thumbs up. Give V a big hug for me. Deb

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    1. Ha! Perhaps Red gave you the finger!
      Hug delivered♥️

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  4. Love the bucket idea ... clever!! We have a "Red" in our backyard creating HAVOC with our bird feeders ... it's war between him and the hubby ... which is entertainment in itself! Braised lamb shanks with root veggies on the menu at our house tonight ... great minds run alike, I guess? Hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away! Linda

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    1. Those little devils will drive you crazy!
      Our lamb was lovely....cooked perfectly......yours?
      Yes.....less than a week....yikes!

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  5. Lovely tree . Great idea for the gifts in a bag or tote . Finally had sunshine here today WOOHOO !! Oh my a clever Red indeed lol ! Super sounds YUMMY ! Yes going to the in law side of the family tomorrow for Christmas dinner . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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    1. Enjoy your get together....not too much gravy! Hahaha!

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  6. Love the containers! What a great idea! My boys will rip open all the presents if I put them out beforehand...so sad because I love the look of them all pretty by the tree! Oh well....

    We did our last Christmas outing/party/lunch/dinner/concert/program today. Whew! Three weeks chocked full of them! Now I can go into hermit mode and enjoy the coming days. Yay!

    Red just cracks me up...what an adorable card! haha.

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    1. I think he sent you one too! Hahaha!
      Enjoy your hermit mode!

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  7. The container idea is excellent! There is always so much stuff to haul around at Christmas. This makes it a little easier.

    Red is a very thoughtful little squirrel. Incidentally, the times I have been in Ontario I could not believe the amount of them! I see maybe one every two weeks where I live.

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    1. I think they all live in my yard!

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  8. Love your container idea! And absolutely love your photography too. Needed those "cheerful" Christmas decorations.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos Don....

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  9. A genius idea for gifts, Linda. I love it. And that Red is adorable. Love him, too :)

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    1. Thanks Martha....it's a "lovely" day.....sun is shining.....Yaya!

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  10. Have missed a few posts...had to scroll down and enjoy the previous ones too. Love the idea for gifts. How clever and who wouldn't want to receive one of those. That "Red" is a flirt! Gotta love him. Your decorations are so exquisite ~ I'm oooing and awwing!! (are those words??) The color on your pretty toes is lovely. Would take a slice of that bread. Yumm. Made English Toffee this morning, Kitchen Sink Cookies tomorrow. Sending love and hugs PS Your lunch is beautiful and healthy.

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    1. Oh Wanda....please send me your toffee recipe...love to try that!

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  11. Love the idea for the gifts! What a great way to take home your gifts when all the fun is over! Love your lime green Christmas balls - spectacular!

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    1. Hi Devon......wish you were here to enjoy them with me......
      Merry Christmas!

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  12. all look nbeautiful! Merry Christmas dear Linda!

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  13. The totes are genius! If I don't do it this way, I may just have a supply for the kids to bring their presents home. Thank you!

    You are busy as always...love the green holiday decorations...we are seeing this and aqua here as well and I just love it. Your lunch looks spectacular...I need to get "on it" as well!

    Enjoy your parties...I have stopped saying parties in fact...time with family and friends...celebrating our blessings. Much better! :)

    Merry Christmas and so glad we met this year, Linda!

    Jane xx

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    1. No parties for us! Just dinner with friends......Christmas Eve at my sons....Christmas dinner here....
      That is fine with me......partying stopped a few years ago...hahaha!
      Merry Christmas to you too Jane!

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  14. Greek salad, yum. Great photos. Love your paper.

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    1. Salad was delish....made it with yellow,red,and deep brown grape tomatoes.....yummy!

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    2. Ohhhh, nice touch with the different tomatoes.

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    3. Something different...shake things up...boogie boogie!!

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  15. What a darling little squirrel, Linda. Your tree looks beautiful, and the bucket idea is fantastic. I wish I'd thought of that, I have gifts in boring boxes to tote about on Christmas day. They look so festive sitting under your tree. Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year, and I am glad I made another blog friend in Canada this year - sort of connects me to my daughter over there in a funny way :)

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    1. Awwwww...glad you feel closer to your daughter Patricia....
      When is your next visit?
      Merry Christmas!

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  16. Clever Red ,securing the peanut deal for another year!
    The Tote idea is fabulous...do you think if I put one out marked 'JANE', someone will fill it with fabulously wrapped gifts like yours?
    Jane x

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  17. That is a super idea for 'wrapping' the gifts Linda! Your tree is beautiful! Now isn't that sweet of Red!! lol I've been watching for a white kalanchoe. I rather like them. My tiny pink one hasn't bloomed for months but is still growing green and still in the teeny tiny 2" pot. Should I re-pot it? And perhaps I should fertilize it?? Enjoy the weekend. Pam

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    1. I never repot mine....fertilizing would be good...or perhaps top up the soil with some miracle gro soil....that stuff is magical!
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Such a great idea for your parcels and a lovely extra gift too!! They look so pretty under the tree there, which is of course fabulous too!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy....I thought it was brilliant!
      Merry Christmas to you.......♥️

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  19. i love that idea for gifts. brilliant.
    and i so love these pictures! the way you've misted them around the edges makes it seem we're glimpsing the gorgeous room
    through frosted windows. so beautiful cc girl. simply grand.
    xo♥
    and red's card . . . LOLOL. love it!

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    1. Red really surprised me with that card!
      I guess no lump of coal in his stocking this year......
      Enjoy your evening.....

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  20. Love the totes - I have several that I use for different things and they are so handy. Now isn't that Red clever? He is certainly courting your favour. Hee hee. I am enjoying the sun today. Escaped the relentless noise of the Christmas Market and visited a friend last night. Her husband and one of her sons was home too so we had a great time. Lots of good food, good conversation and... chocolate!!!

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    1. Hi Suzanne....
      Only problem with the sun....it shows all my dust! Hahaha!
      We are out this evening....over near Sherway....high school friends!
      Enjoy some chocolate for me♥️

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  21. I love your idea, but I went to Walmart and bought plain old cardboard boxes for less than a dollar each. I'll cover them with pretty paper and see if I can fill them up and make them look pretty. Stay tuned.
    :0)

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  22. Here I am at long last . . . . is the party over . . lol

    Good idea about the containers, Linda.
    Love all you Chritmas photos and that piccie of Red in his Santa Hat ~ just like mine . . . and we are equally mischievous !! . . . lol )

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    1. Hi Eddie.....
      I wish you the Merriest of Christmases.....and a hug to Peter!
      Red also sends his regards!

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    2. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas yourself . . . . . not too much sherry . . . lol

      I love that little Red rascal guy . . . . . :)

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    3. Ok.....but I can't guarantee not too much wine!

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  23. I think your idea for gift containers is very clever. Of course, I was sent here by Eddie Bluelights, so I don't know how much you should value my opinion...

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    1. Well hi there!
      Any friend of Eddies...is a friend of mine!

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