Monday, August 23, 2010

Welcome Angie from Echoes of Laughter

I've been having guest bloggers all summer and today I'm excited that Angie from Echoes of Laughter is doing a post.  Don't you love the name of her blog - just reminds me of happy family times.   I'm not sure how I found Angie's blog (or maybe she found mine first), but either way I'm sure glad I did.   Angie is a sweetheart who lives in Edmonton now, but grew up in Nova Scotia.  She has recently been doing a wonderful series of posts on camping food, including preparation and recipes, which I have found really interesting and informative.  All I can say is that I think she eats way better than I do when we go camping.  Head on over to Angie's blog to get to know here better and see her crafts, recipes, and home projects.


I really want to thank Grace for inviting me to guest post on Sense & Simplicity. I am delighted to be here and to share the company of the guest posters of Summer 2010. Grace and her blog have been a huge inspiration to me and have really helped me to comfortably grow into the 'roots' of my blog. Thank you Grace! xo Angie

This is me.

I am a 42 yr. old homemaker. It's a job the I LOVE. I became a homemaker 5 years ago when we moved 3000 miles across the country from Nova Scotia to Alberta. 

I grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean. I could see it in the distance everyday. For me, the ocean is calming and peaceful. I think of the many voyages that people have undertaken in search of a new life. When I left Nova Scotia, I kissed the ocean goodbye. And when I go home in the summer to visit, I greet it like an old friend.

I started reading blogs because I was lonely and knew no one in new city. I started blogging in the Fall of I  needed some type of writing therapy.

I called my blog, "Echoes of Laughter" and wrote about 4 entries. Then I abandoned my blog for a few months. When I can back, I couldn't remember my password. So I had to start a new blog,  called "Mindless Chatter" because the name 'Echoes of Laughter' was already me...who couldn't remember my password. haha.

In my 5 years as homemaker, I have had loads and loads of fun. I have done many things that I might not have done otherwise.

I love to make meals for my family. I love to bake and entertain....all in a very casual way.
I love feeding people. I get that from my mother!

I love to offer guests a drink from my little martini bar:

And I like to host small, intimate this birthday celebration for my sweet Mom.

You will notice that my table is often set with my blue & white Spode china. My table centrepieces are always homemade with whatever fits the occasion.

This picture also reveals one of my all-time favorite colour & white.  I adore blue & white. I find blue so comforting....maybe it comes from my love of the ocean. You will see that delicious colour combination in my house over and over again.

From a quilt that I tackled in a beginner quilting class:

To my decorative accessories:

 To paint on the walls:

To little vignettes around my house:

 I think I would describe my decorating style as:

 Casual. Traditional. And Beach-Influenced.

If I could have any designer work on my would be Sarah Richardson.


 She gets my blue & white. She gets my Beach-Influenced.

Thanks again to Grace for inviting me to join this party. I had a wonderful time!

Many thanks to all you bloggers out there who have taken a few minutes of your busy day to let me share a little about myself.

You all inspire me with your wit, writing, ideas, photography and talent!


  1. What a lovely person, great photographs too!

  2. Hi Angie. I love that beautiful glass vignette you've put together. Hope you're having a restful summer too Grace.

  3. What a big move - Nova Scotia to Alberta. Welcome! Altho' I am no longer in Alberta but moved back to my home province this year.

  4. Your my kindred soul Angie and i wish you lived closer! We would have so much fun together and we have alot in common!
    Thank you to my dear Grace who ( was my first follower a fellow Ontario girl yah!)enabled me to find you!

    Lovely post Angie...your home is warm and beautiful!
    Pamela xo

  5. We both love blue and white, feeding family and visitors, and the beach. It is very nice to meet you, especially a fellow blogger from Canada.

  6. Nice to meet you Angie! We share a love of the ocean. I like to incorporate into my home as well. I love the quilt you made.

  7. Nice to meet you Angie - I'm Angie too!

  8. I think it's so interesting that many of your features have said Sarah Richardson is the designer they would choose (me too!) yet we've all had such different styles. These features have been fun to read and to get to know other bloggers.

  9. angie, your house is wonderful and that's a great beginner's quilt. I've always wanted to tackle a quilt but haven't yet had a chance. I just can't seem to commit. LOL.

  10. Nice to meet you, Angie! I'd like a martini, please.

  11. So very nice to meet you! I love blue and white also. In fact my last post was on blue! Maybe it is the serenity of the sea.