Home, not-so-sweet home and Tuesday not so tea cup Tuesday!

June 25, 2013

Hello my sweet friends. I came home yesterday from my adventurous mini break to floors! Yay, we have floors which are beginning to be sanded and taken seriously as beautiful wood floors! I’m so thrilled I can’t even begin to tell you.

There are a couple hick-ups bothering the absolute hell out of me. One is a piece which is too wide and stands out like a sore thumb. Apparently it is needed to make the transition from kitchen floor to dining room floor strong and apparently if it was the same width plus a one inch piece, the strength of that piece would be compromised over time and would crack. There will be a solution to this. I can’t live with the aesthetics of it.


The second is the commercial stains for the feature strips are too green or too purple and I need to mix a custom stain in order to be able to live with it. Here’s C and the floor finishing guy, my professional spot lights giving true light and showing some rather poor colour choices.

So my beautiful house continues to be a mess, plus…I miss my stuff.

…and it rained all day!


In lieu of beautiful tea cups and beautiful photographs from my own home, can I offer you some beautiful photographs from an exquisite antique mall I found in Alberta?

Honestly, I just wanted to move in here, and, despite drinking copious amounts of tea today, this next image is as close to beautiful tea cups as I can possibly manage. But then look at this lovely sight. I wish I had an old bird cage to put my orphaned cups into. And I loved the pink rose design. A wild rose is the provincial flower for Alberta…wild rose country…my heart is melting.


Look at this kitchen-like room. I could live here. I swear I wouldn’t need a fridge, a cooker, sink, dishes, all I need is that big-eyed cow painting and all that creamy loveliness.

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Oh, and huge baskets holding pillows or quilts standing on the floor. Did anyone else notice the price? Wow! Let’s just ignore that, shall we?

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How about more baskets hanging from the ceiling? I think so. Plus a red haired girl in an aqua dress. How lovely is that?

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I’ll tell you about a little dream of mine. A private little dream only a few people know about. For years I thought that I’d like to open a shop. An eclectic shop I would call Pom Pom, and I would sell antiques, vintage things, crafts, paintings, fresh garden flowers and anything else which my girls and I felt like making, finding, re-purposing and selling.

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Well, in my mind’s eye, Pom Pom would look like this. Everything here would be in Pom Pom, plus a whole lot more.


But the prices would be so much more sensible, don’t you think?

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But then maybe I’d be stuck in one place, maybe I’d resent having to get up every morning and tend to a shop and sit behind a table, and, no matter how lovely the rooms were, I’d feel stuck.

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I think perhaps that Pom Pom should be a virtual shop. An Etsy store scaled down to represent collections of lovely things for sale at selected times. What do you think?

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Or maybe Pom Pom should open for only a few weeks per year, like, say, after a couple months in England collecting lovely treasures. Open in one rented location for a few days and then gone for several months.

Hmm, do you think that would work? It might.

So I’ll leave you with one more image, (and, believe me, this could have been a 17 page post full of lovely images), and wish you all a lovely sweet cup of tea in your own lovely homes and gardens. I’ll be right over to see you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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But first I’m visiting Terri of Artful Affirmations. Come see how beautiful her grand reveal garden party is. Wow, Terri I think you should just build a glass house over Big Bertha and have tea there all year long! Then visiting my dear Martha on her front porch. Martha, that is the loveliest little spot for tea, and I love the red, white and blue. Then over the Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for more lovely rosy rose cups, and right over to Bernideen’s and thinking, “Wow, you too? New floors and huge mess last week and you’ve got your act together beautifully this week. You’re amazing girl!”


Nightmare on Elm street.
Even further out of town, to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

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  • Reply Karen June 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    Your floors are looking lovely and I am sure that you are missing all of your pretty things and can’t wait for everything to be completed. I hope that you can put your furniture back in place soon. I know how difficult it is to live in disorder because a couple of years ago we had laminate placed in our family room and basement and tile in our kitchen. (I really would love to have hardwood someday in my dining and living rooms.)

    The antique store that you discovered in Alberta looks fabulous. …since I do have a couple of bird cages, I think I will try adding some teacups. It looks so cute! I hope that you were able to avoid the flooding on your little holiday.
    Let’s pray that the weather will continue to improve since it is supposed to be summer.
    Thank you for visiting A Romantic Tea Party and thank you also for your kind words – I had such fun!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Take care,

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Karen, I hope you get your hardwood floor but please make sure you leave the country until everything is all done!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lavender Cottage June 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Our kitchen floor was done from raw wood and I said never again. The rest of the house was done with pre-finished hardwood.
    The antique shop looks like a place I’d like to browse in.

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Lol, Judith, it might possibly be never again for me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Martha June 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Veronica: Be tough, and brave you will get through this. Your home will be beautiful once more. Peace will come. In the meantime, I just want to tell you how well you are doing. Sending hugs your way! Martha

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you so much Martha. Your beautiful words of encouragement help keep me strong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Terri June 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Hello Veronica,
    Oh how challenging home renovations are! You have had your share of bumps. I hope your stain issues are resolved as well as the odd width plank.
    I enjoyed seeing this antique shop. It is set up so well.
    Oh my, that primitive basket was pricey! lol!
    I think a virtual shop is a great place to start. Follow your heart : )

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Terri, thank you for hosting again. The basket…I know, I had to read that price three times! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sophie June 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Des tasses en cage ? c’est plus joli que des oiseaux !
    jolie idรฉe de boutique!

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Bonjour Sophie, it’s cute, isn’t it? Bises ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog June 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Last night we had the carpets cleaned and I am squeezed between a chair barely fitting at the table here to type this. We had put everything back earlier and now moved 2 rooms out again! I am having company Friday and haven’t gone to the grocery yet – first I have to figure it out and do the list.
    Now that I got that off my chest – your floors look lovely. I love hardwood floors!!! Wonderful! Your house we be fun to “redecorate”.

    Now about the shop idea – since I have had a boutique for 26 years I do have opinions. I have gone to work sick because I had to and only missed 2 days in 26 years. Not fun. It means you will not be out having fun – you will do the same thing over and over. People want the store OPEN all the time. My children really resented my store when they were in high school.. Why not get a booth/stall in an antique mall? Or open your home several times a year or outdoors? Start with that.
    Etsy is also a great idea…..many bloggers do that.
    Thanks for posting – the birdcage looks cute and I have an antique one…………………..somewhere!

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Bernideen, I know you talk about your boutique and you must love it, but it must be hard. I had thought about the antique mall route but there are very limited venues here and almost impossible to get into. I think I’ve just about made up my mind to try Etsy to begin with. Great advice to start small.

      I hope you find your birdcage. It would be so exciting to see your version of this photo. (looking forward to it) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Daryl June 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

    i harbor a similar dream … tho here in nyc it would be a very expensive dream to fulfill .. alas it will have to remain just a dream… tho given my sleep pattern/weird dreams these days … i wish i could be enjoying it while i sleep ..

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Aw Daryl, I’m smiling reading this. ๐Ÿ™‚ See? There are/were a couple gals about town who used to go to France a few times per year, rent a store front for two weeks after each trip and have a massive sale of everything they brought back. It was probably expensive to do that but their prices were high and they sold out each sale. Hmm, I keep wondering if that’s something I could ever do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sandi @ Rose Chintz Cottage June 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Whew! Those are some prices! But fun to look, right? Your floors will be gorgeous when they are finished but I understand the mess thing because I too went through it. Only not raw wood. Eeek; that would be even more messy! Love the teacups in the birdcage. What fun! Thanks for joining me for tea and I’d love to see your new floors when they’re done.


    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      I know Sandi. I was looking at that basket thinking, “well, if you can believe this!” Thank you so much for hosting. I love the tea cup Tuesdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sara v June 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Veronica, I’m in love with the painting of the lamb next to the other thing I love which is that turquoise and white set of drawers!! Thank you for all the beautiful photos. I’m sorry about the custom mixing thing–though the sanded floors do look fabulous–good luck! And I think a virtual store would be the most fun–with your artistic skill/photos etc. it would be amazing! And you wouldn’t have to pay rent or worry about any of the un-fun stuff that goes with owning/renting a shop. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Sara, I love that lamb painting too, and the turquoise drawers. Chloe is at the moment in a turquoise/duck egg blue mood and going around trying to repaint everything those colours. I’ve decided to try to open an Etsy shop. After all, how hard can it be? ๐Ÿ™‚

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