My blog is only two weeks old, so imagine my surprise when my decorator friend Lisa from Lisa Goulet Design awarded me 'Stylish Blogger Award'. What a thrill Lisa...THANK YOU!

Upon receiving this award, the rules are to:

1. thank, and link back to the person who awarded you
2. share 7 things about yourself 
3. pay the award forward to 10 great bloggers
4. contact those 10 bloggers and inform them  that they have received the award


1. I am a wife, a mother of 3 daughters in their 20s, a daughter, a sister,
 a friend
my babies...eldest daughter in middle became engaged on this day, Dec 26 2010 

2. I used to make most of my own clothes when I was in school and then some of my daughters' clothes when they were little. Now, I make decorative pillows with eclectic fabrics and buttons...just because. 
jackets I made for my girls with hand blanket stitching 
my lastest pillow collection....always feather filled

3. Being a stay at home mommy was my JOB for 19yrs... the most gratifying years of my life to date. There is only one thing I know for sure about myself ....I was the best mother my daughters could have had.

4. 26 years ago, before I had children, I was a graphic artist. I migrated to and then studied Residential Decor partime for 5 1/2 years when my youngest daughter was 13.  I was also working part time at a home decor store. Shortly after I graduated I started my own homebased decor business. 

5. We had a winterized log cottage built 6 years ago, I helped design the floor plan, and designed every aspect of the interior and was on site several times a week until completion.....I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THE PROCESS...the cottage is now our family gathering place where we host a family reunion every summer.....among other events.
construction 2005
great room
some family on the cottage dock at reunion 

6. One of my greatest pleasures is travelling, whether in a trailer across Canada and US which was how we did it as a family when I was growing up.....
one of several trailers in which my family toured most of North America

or by plane (I dislike flying immensely, but I do it) to Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Aruba, Britain.....
our family trip to Britain in August 2010....the oldest
 golf course in the world....St. Andrews, Scotland

7. If I can't be enjoying #6 then #7 is a close second.  I like nothing better than a delicious meal accompanied by complementary wine, with good friends and or family. 
my meal at Gordon Ramsay's Restaurant 'Maze' in die for!.

I now have the honour of passing 'Stylish Blogger Award' onto the following blogs...which I very much enjoy reading, and I hope you will too!

All photos for the "Stylish Blogger Award" post were taken by Maureen Coates