Friday, November 19, 2010

Flowers on Friday: Paperwhites!

Today is not only my first Flowers on Friday from the new Manor, it's also my BIRTHDAY!
The BIG 27 oooooooooo . . . . . . . Although I don't think I can put BIG in front of any number that starts with a 2, so I'll just say I'm turning 27 today. Another First Today, we got the first snow of the season !! Also, the first time I have ever had snow on my birthday (it's unseasonably early this year). And for anyone who was wondering,  although we live in Canada it doesn't mean we have snow all the time, we live on the west coast, it's like cold California up here, hehe, well . . . . almost :)

With Christmas just around the corner I've been thinking about mantel ideas. Here is the start of our Christmas Mantel! Also a sneak peek of our living room progress!!!

Paperwhites are one of my favorite flowers mostly because they remind me of Spring, and around December I could use a reminder!! One thing I don't love about them is their smell (I know that's something they are commonly desired for) but I'm not a big fan. There are two other varieties are"Grand Soliel d'Or" with yellow petals and cup and the "Chinese Sacred Lily" (neither Chinese nor a lily) with white petals and yellow cup. Both, have a fruitier scent then the traditional paperwhites, however they do not produce as many blooms as the traditional paperwhites so they are much harder to find!
Hope everyone has a great weekend, I will be dining with friends and family tonight, then sewing my rear end off this weekend.
I am a terrible sewer so many melt-downs are expected!!


  1. Happiest of Birthdays!! What a great place to be, in a beautiful new home with your family and in your twenties! I didn't have children, or get my first home, until I was 40! But I am having a blast...(and had 20 years of being a carefree adult, so that was a great way to approach it all as well!) Enjoy your day, hope you get spoiled!

  2. Happy Birthday!!! You are a Scorpio [scorpio horoscope ] and you are so blessed and lucky to have amazing and wonderful people around you and being able to spend your very special day with them. Thats the most important above all! And I love the photos!

  3. Happy Birthday and many many more :)


  4. Happy birthday Ashli!

    Your livingroom sneak peek looks good so far!

  5. Happy birthday! Its my birthday too! I knew there was a reason why I like your blog so much (;
    Im glad youre back! I always cruise blogs during down time at work and I have missed your posts! Cant wait to see more of your new house and how you decorate it. Love the mantel frames!

  6. Happy, happy birthday, Ashli! I hope you have a wonderful day and a stress-free weekend. Love the paperwhites...and all the other bulbs that can be forced in the winter. We had snow here Tuesday last week (Nov. 9)but only a bit on the grass/weeds/fallen leaves that is our yard. It's supposed to snow a lot over the weekend here on the east side of the Cascades where I am. I love snow!

  7. Happy Birthday Girlfriend! Katie says Happy Birthday too!! Love paperwhites, not particularly the smell though. I need to start my bulbs, pronto. Love the mantle.

  8. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration today. Your mantle looks beautiful and paperwhites are also one of my favorites. Happy Birthday and Happy Sewing this weekend.

  9. Happy Birthday lady! Hope you have a lovely lovely dinner this eve. Your mantle is looking great! sewing this weekend you say? YAY! I can't wait to see what exactly you are sewing! xoxo

  10. Happy Birthday to you Ashli!!
    From where I'm at, 27 sounds so young hehe!
    Loving the mantle. Did you fill in the cutout or was that in another room?

  11. Happy Birthday Ashli! What a great birthday present...a new house! LOL Love the black and white pictures!

  12. Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes! I've had a very good day so far! Except the garbage men keep refusing to pick up our garbage, and it's really starting to tick me off, haha
    A Happy Birthday to Amber also!!!
    and Yes we did cover up the hole above the mantel, but there's a secret twist to how we did it, so pop back next week and I'll have the post up!!
    Thanks again for all the birthday LOVE!! Totally made my day!

  13. Happy Birthday Ashli!

    I love the mantel decor....there's something about a symmetrical layout that makes my heart beat just a little bit faster! LOL!

    Many Blessings,

  14. happy birthday from australia. Love to hear about those they have material matts...or a closer photo would be great. They look awesome and any tips on hanging all those frames to get them straight.

  15. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely weekend with enough wine and cake to keep you satisfied! There's nothing like some fresh flowers on the mantel to make a house look like a home, I know you haven't been there long but looks like you've already made it feel homely :)

  16. Happy Birthday Ashli!
    27 is great, enjoy!
    We had Joe's birthday yesterday.


    Kinga and Joe

  17. Happy Birthday! And I love the mantel decorations. Looks great! =]

  18. Thanks for all the Mantel Love!
    I'll have to do a closer look at the Mantel frames this week!
    and Sorry Kathy I don't have any great tips for hanging them straight except to Marry a man whose handy with a tape measure :) If it was me there would be one picture up and it would still be crooked
    Thanks for the Post Idea, I'll have a closer look at the mantel post this week!

  19. Im a little late, but happy birthday! I am certainly enjoying the progress youve given us. I am just browsing around a bit.

  20. I'm also a little late but I hope you had a wonderful day and many more to come, filled with laughter, love, health and wealth...uhm...that rhymed :)

  21. Happy Birthday Ashli! You're just a teeny bit older than me and I wasn't too happy turning 26 this year!
    Loving the mantlepiece, and the fact that you went with pictures instead of putting a tv up there!

  22. Happy Birthday. I love the simplicity of your mantle. And I love paper whites as well, but could do without the "stink". Thank you so much for the heads up on those other two varieties. I'll have to look for them.


  23. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration! Paperwhites are one of my favorites. The mantel looks great.
    Kristen @ High Heels and a Hammer

  24. i love the simplicity of your mantel with the graphic frames and photos. i also love paperwhites and just blogged about them (and their pungency). it's so much fun to watch them grow!! happy birthday!

  25. I love what you've done with the pictures above your mantel! I also love paperwhites, but my husband and I decided to never get them again because they start to smell like a dirty diaper. I started looking for artificial ones at PB, but it's nice to know of some similar varieties that might work! Thanks for the great ideas!

  26. Happy Birthday! I love the paper whites, they always remind me of Christmas! Simply beautiful!

    Carolynn :)


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