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Your Bonus Features on the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2017

Your Bonus Features on the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2017




I don’t know about you but my brain is like the Bermuda Triangle. Things go in and then it’s never found again.

So we have so many bonuses this year I decided to list them so you can print it out and carry it along with you.

Don’t forget to check our  Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2017 Facebook page.

and the full list of homes is here:

Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2017— Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour

And as an added bonus, on Saturday, December the 2nd, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, the tour organizer Jane Tunks and her husband Steve will be opening up their home to visitors with a tour ticket at 31 Nelson Street West.  She puts up 26 Christmas trees and has quite the passion for Christmas!
Sinder’s Bridal Salon will be opening their doors for the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour as a bonus location and will be decked out top to bottom in a Victorian Christmas!


Waterside Retirement Community is one of our two bonus locations on The Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour!
Restroom Stop– PLUS Complimentary Christmas Treats!!

7 Decorated Christmas Trees!!!

Check out Sunday’s special


It’s happening at 238 Lyndhurst Street!!


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During the “Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour”, house number 2 – 238 Lyndhurst Street–….will be having a bake and Christmas decor sale for the visitors on the tour! Bring your cash, check book, or debit card and do a little bit of shopping! The Women’s Auxilliary of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, will be selling some mouth watering homemade shortbread cookies ….Buckingham Palace’s own recipe… plus numerous other tummy satisfying baked goodies on the Saturday evening tour. All proceeds from this sale, as well as the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour, will be going towards the purchase of much needed patient care equipment for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital!
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 SUNDAY December 3rd ONLY–you can do a little bit of Christmas shopping, thanks to the Carleton Place Hospital Gift Shoppe, operated by the Women’s Auxiliary. They will be showcasing and sampling of their beautiful Christmas decor for sale at 238 Lyndhurst only!



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Sold ONLY in house number 4 – 136 Munro Street on the tour

These are made by a generous woman by the name of Patricia Robertson. She’s lovingly made and is still making ornaments to be sold ONLY in house number 4 – 136 Munro Street. All proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will go to the hospital foundation!!! Please make a note for visitors to bring cash… they would make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts! $7.50 each or 2 for $13.00.


Remember seven wonderful prizes, cookies and hot apple cider in each home, some homes offer musical entertainment and every home has the home owners present and engaging. We really are “A Christmas House Tour Like No Other” . 


 Tickets on sale now!

All proceeds from this sale, as well as the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour, will be going towards the purchase of much needed patient care equipment for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital!

December 2nd and 3rd come enjoy the magic of Carleton Place and support The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation.

-Contact info – Jane Tunks 613-257-9717 and

Cheers, and enjoy the tour! #supportlocal
Tickets on sale now.. #CarletonPlaceChristmasHouseTour2017

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I am a Freegan! The Big Ideas of Freeganism


Freegans are dumpster divers who rescue furniture, clothes, household items and even food cast off by others. Freegans aren’t homeless; in fact, most could easily afford to buy their own food. They’ve instead chosen to live what they believe is an ethical, unadulterated lifestyle and disassociate themselves from capitalism and consumerism.The word freegan is a combination of “free” — as in it’s free because you found it in a dumpster.” – How Stuff Works


As I glance at my latest free furniture find that needs a lot of work I smile. Who knew that years down the road the former “Ms. Shop Till You Drop” would try to follow a “semi” Freegan lifestyle.

I had no idea what I had grown into, or what I was, until Oprah did a one hour show on the subject of Freeganism. I saw a lot of people like myself employing anti-consumerist lifestyles as a way of life. We are called Freegans and use a stew of various ideas to create things, as we feel our society wastes too much money.

I have not dumpster dived for food because I draw the line somewhere and do not think my menopausal body could climb over one of those dumpsters these days, even with a step stool . Years ago in the 90’s when I was young and limber I did a few late evening ‘ bin dives” in Cleveland, Ohio for Food Not Bombs. Scavenging for bread stuff wasn’t bad and rescuing the dented canned goods and packaged broken cookies were easy achievements, but greasy food was and will forever be a one time thing for me.

Pulling into the back of Colonel Sanders that night I smelled what my future held for the next thirty minutes. Greasy cold chicken, fries, a sea of coleslaw and runny potatoe salad. If you can picture it in your mind just escalate the horror of it all by ten fold. I have never in my life wanted to run away out of “food fear” like I did that night .

My motto is “Waste not  Want Not” these days. Once upon a time I used to own two rooms of clothes, fourty three pairs of shoes and sixty seven bras. What does one do with sixty seven Victoria’s Secret bras? Not one heck of a lot except take up space in drawers and hope the elastic does not give out from age.

Here are some other thing I have rescued for free or bought from thrift shops– and with a few grandiose ideas have turned them into home.

The oil painting  on the back wall under the faux curtain was free. The 20 dollar couch I covered in burgundy tapestry, and added lots of throw pillows from a local thrift shop. Victorian tea table was 15 dollars and I later found  a  heavy marble table topper that was the same size of the top of the tea table.  It was free, but my backache from carrying was not.

The Walter/ Margaret Keane Big Eyed Pictures from the 60’s. Easel picture holders made from cutlery. All bought from local thrift shops.


The 1950’s Cuba Poster, tall floral vintage Rice Holder (sells for 45.00 on Ebay) and the Vertigo Shadowbox of movie posters,  ticket stubs etc. from Hitchcock’s film Vertigo. All found for free.

The fake expensive plants that are everywhere were left out in the hall when someone moved. Yes, that is my “hatch” on the second floor ceiling. (40 ft high ceiling). You open it up to get air and wait for maybe John Lockefrom the old TV show Lost to climb down and tell you to keep punching those numbers into the computer to save the world.

Thierry Mugler fashion illustrations (numbered) from the 1984 Spring Collection. I got these from an auction and four frames prints were $32.00. They even have pencil notations for which model they were going to use for each design. Heavy plastic background grates bought from a local salvage place, and I hang my pots on the same grates too.

The Clown body vertical cupboard was thrown away as it no longer had a head. I bought a film reel clock for $2.50 at a garage sale and created a head.

My kitchen table/desk that was a former glass-topped pharmaceutical table 52 inches long by 35 inches wide and weighs a ton.  I purchased it for pennies and pushed it home by myself for 25 blocks.

Today our society and especially the younger generations lives with the ‘must-haves” these days- when all you have to do is open your heart and eyes- and with a few ideas you too can live cheaply off the urban land.