Sunday, September 21, 2008

A touch of Fall

Now that we've had a couple of cooler days and evenings, I decided to get some Fall things out and start decorating.
The new bathroom was first. It's the first time I've ever decorated the master bath. Hey, why not. I tried to keep the blue accents and add to them with orange/rust colors. I like how it turned out.

Then I added some acorns and leaves to the tray that I have in my glass coffee table. I love this little tray that I got at a craft show last year. It's fun to change seasonally. My friend bought one too and uses hers on a long table and it looks great there!
A few items were added to the mantle.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Cracked pot!

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been
made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are
flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'

'For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are,
there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw.

But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

And send this to any or all of your Crack Pot friends!!

Next time my friends say I'm a little cracked, I'll take it as a compliment!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Welcome to a new blog!

My friend Cathy has started a blog. Here's the link. It's called Catnabarn. If you frequent Rate My Space (HGTV), you may remember her.

If you love country decor, this is the place for you. She has done some fabulous projects and remodeling at her home. Not only is the inside lovely, but her outside spaces are just as wonderful.

Pop over and say hello and tell her Nan sent you.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Better than Smith and Hawkens?

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. Ours was relatively low key so my husband found some time to make me a potting bench. We have talked about doing one forever but finally we got it done.

I told him what I wanted and he built it from scratch w/o a plan, as he always does. I think it turned out pretty well. I think I'll keep it natural for now but who knows.......I could change my mind again. LOL

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My peonies are gone!

Looks like a bird hit my white chair! Dirty bird. LOL

My peonies were beautiful while they lasted. The strong winds and rain beat them to death. I also have some lovely clematis blooming. Here are a couple of pics from my yard. I love it when everything is in bloom.
What's blooming in your yard?

Monday, June 9, 2008

I posted my bathroom

Hi all! Well, it's been a while since I've posted. I hope you are well and happy. I am still plugging away at the new job. Bailey the beagle is all well and back to normal.

Our bathroom remodel is finally complete. I posted it on RMS (Rate my Space) yesterday. If you get a chance, run over and take a peek at it. Here's the link.

It has been raining here like crazy and some of our state is flooded and people have lost their homes. We've been lucky not to have much damage or flooding where we live. I can't imagine losing everything.

I watched the first episode of Design Star last night. It will be an interesting season. Any of you watch it? Actually, I'm most anxious for Sunday when Rate my Space, the TV show airs. I love getting ideas and offering opinions on decorating.

Gotta go...................Hugs!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone has a nice Mother's day. I am lucky to have a great Mom and Mom-in-Law.
Wishing you the best day ever. What would be your ideal Mother's Day?
Check out these top TV Sitcom Moms.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spring has sprung!

Hi all! I've missed you. Bailey is pretty much back to normal. Thank goodness. Thanks for your concern for him. We're still not really sure what happened but we're glad he's himself again. You know...........spoiled and cute.

I'm so glad to see all the trees blooming. I took a quick picture of our pear trees between the driveways. I wish the flowers lasted longer. I also took a picture at night. My H added lighting last year and I like how it looks. Today the winds are pretty strong and the white flowers are blowing all over the snow.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Under the weather........

I'm sorry that I haven't visited or posted in a while. Things remain crazy at work. Our bathroom remodel is progressing but not done yet. My husband has to fit it in between other work.

My poor Bailey, the beagle, has been under the weather. We are not really sure exactly what happened. He may have eaten something he's not supposed to or gotten into the construction materials. We've tried to be so careful. I have been at the vet with him three times over the last week and a half. I think he's on the mend now. He is like my child so it's been very stressful.

I hope to start posting again. I miss you guys.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Eggs have been part of the Easter tradition for thousands of years, and the Christian tradition may have its roots in an earlier Judaic one, where eggs as a symbol of new life were a symbolic part of the Passover Seder. Numerous ancient cultures adopted the egg as part of the Easter holiday tradition. Greeks exchange red ones that symbolize the blood of Christ; Germans and Austrians green ones. Armenians decorated theirs with holy pictures, and Slavic people adorn theirs with silver and gold. The Romanovs took this a step further, adding precious metals, enamels, precious and semi-precious gems, and clocks and mechanical toys.

As spring is a time of rebirth; it’s not surprising that animals, especially baby ones, are an easily recognized symbol of the holiday. Lambs, chicks, ducklings, and especially bunnies are the Easter ambassadors of the animal world. It is thought that the pagans worshipped the Goddess Eastre, who was symbolized by a rabbit and, like so many Christian traditions, was co-opted from earlier cultures. The Germans brought the tradition of the Easter Bunny to the new world, exchanging the bonnet in which the bunny brought colored eggs for the basket.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gotta watch little old ladies.

A dentist noticed that his next patient, a little old lady, was
nervous so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his gloves.

"you know how they make these gloves?" he asked.

"No, I don't," she replied.

"Well," he spoofed, "there's a building in Canada with a big tank of latex and workers of all hand sizes walk up to the tank, dip in their hands, let them dry, then peel off the gloves and throw them into boxes of the right size."

She didn't crack a smile.

"Oh, well. I tried," he thought.

But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the procedure, she burst out laughing.

"What's so funny?" he asked.

"I was just envisioning how condoms are made!"

Gotta watch those little old ladies! Their minds are always working!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

A wee bit Irish!

Don't we all feel a bit Irish on St. Patty's day? I found the shamrock plates above at Homegoods. I could spend a fortune there. I am off to the grocery to buy my corned beef. We have a parade here and the canal is turned green! It's a lot of fun. Also, there are lots of pubs with Irish fare and green beer!

Here are some good St Patty's Day recipes.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Did you know?
Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland wasn't actually Irish, he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland, near the town of Dumbarton, or in Roman Britain.

The Leprechaun is an Irish fairy. Full grown leprechauns are reported to be about 2 feet tall. They will frequently be clothed in the garb of a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. Frequently scowling, leprechauns are said to resemble small, grumpy old men.

According to legend, leprechauns are unfriendly, live alone. They spend a great deal of their time making shoes. Most importantly, each and every leprechaun possesses a hidden pot of gold.

Treasure hunters should listen for the sound of a shoemaker's hammer, when looking for leprechauns. If caught, the leprechaun must reveal the whereabouts of his pot of gold. But be careful! Keep your eyes on the tricky leprechaun every second. He will try to trick you into looking away, and if you do...PooF! He vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.

Every year we go to our Irish fest. We love the band, Brigid' Cross, a folk band from NE Ohio. They play a mix of Irish tunes and mixes of other music. They are so fun.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Change your time?

Did you change your clocks? You don't realize how many clocks you have until you have to reset them all. I almost forgot to go to lunch since the time was different. LOL What do you think about changing the time? I think it's silly.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hippity Hoppity.....Easter's on it's way!

I found these adorable plates at TJ Maxx. If you look closely, you can see faint images of bunnies or baby chicks. This is about it for Easter decor at my house. Do you decorate for Easter?

Easter is early this year. Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the
1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating

of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to
identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22)
but that is pretty rare.

Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of
us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of
our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!).
And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here are
the facts:

1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year
2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so

if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the
year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was
1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than
this year!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A new blog to visit!

I'd love to introduce you to a new blog that just started today! Heather is one of my RMS (Rate my Space- HGTV) friends. She and I both live in the Midwest and share a love of beagles and decorating. I think her blog will be really fun.

Please welcome her at Rue's Peanut Butter and Jelly life.


Rub a dub dub.....out with the tub!

Several posts ago, I mentioned that we were thinking of remodeling our bathroom. Well, we are on our way! The jacuzzi tub is going away and we are doing a larger shower. Everything is moving around. We can't replace everything. I am thinking that I'll paint the cabinets and change the hardware. We'll add new counters, tile, lighting and shower. My husband and friends will do all the work.

We don't live in a big house. Hopefully, the new layout will function better for us.

Here are some BEFORE pics. Bye bye big tub. We don't use it very often and it takes up so much space. Bye bye Hollywood lights! Bye bye carpet in the bathroom! What were they thinking? (No, we didn't build this house.)

We thought this tub was a lighter weight material. Big surprise...............It is some kind of cultured marble and weighs 400 lbs! It took 4 guys to get it out today!

Pardon the mess!
Have any of you remodeled a bath recently? Any great ideas you'd like to share? Any tips on painting the cabinets? The cabinets will be in a single run on the wall where the tub is now. I don't know what kind of mirrors to do. Any suggestions welcome.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bob's boots!

Bob's Boots
Bob always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots. He's an elderly man and figures he's not getting any younger. So seeing some on sale one day, he buys them, wears them home, walking proudly. He walks into the house and says to his wife: "Notice anything different about me?' Margaret looks him over, "Nope" she says.
Frustrated Bob storms off into the bathroom,undresses,and walks back into the room completely naked except for the boots. Again, he asks, a little louder this time, "Notice anything different NOW?"
Margaret looks up and says, "Bob, what's different? It's hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday,and it'll be hanging down again tomorrow." Furious, Bob yells, "AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HANGING DOWN, MARGARET?'"
'Nope', she replies.
Bob Yells 'CAUSE IT'S LOOKIN' AT MY NEW BOOTS" To which Margaret replies... "Shoulda bought a hat, Bob, Shoulda bought a hat."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Six word Memoirs

BJ over at Sweet Nothings tagged me to play the fun game of the 6 WORD MEMOIR........ Here are the meme rules: 1. Write your own six word memoir 2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like 3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible, so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere

4. Tag five more blogs with links 5. Remember to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play! MY 6 WORD MEMOIR IS :

To hope............
I tag these blogs:
Janet at House Peepers
Amanda at Jacarandacottage
Rose at Classic Charm
Carletta at Round the Bend
Brenda at Country Romance

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Obedient wife?

There was a man who had worked all his life, had saved all of his money, and was a real
miser when it came to his money. Just before he died, he said to his wife...'When I die, I
want you to take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my money
to the afterlife with me.' And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that
when he died, she would put all of the money into the casket with him. Well, he died. He
was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting there - dressed in black, and her
friend was sitting next to her. When they finished the ceremony, and just before the
undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, 'Wait just a moment!' She had
a small metal box with her; she came over with the box and put it in the casket. Then the
undertakers locked the casket down and they rolled it away. So her friend said, 'Girl, I
know you were not foolish enough to put all that money in there with your husband.' The
loyal wife re plied, 'Listen, I'm a Christian; I cannot go back on my word. I promised him
that I was going to put that money into the casket with him.' You mean to tell me you put
that money in the casket with him! 'I sure did,' said the wife. 'I got it all together, put it
into my account, and wrote him a check.... If he can cash it, then he can spend it.'

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Different takes...............

I like to use things in my home for different purposes other than for what they were intended. My throw, in the picture below, is actually a wool drapery panel that I found on a shopping trip one day. I thought the color and pattern really complimented my throw pillow and my red accent wall. Red is one of my favorite things!

The light below is actually an outdoor light fixture. I find that they can actually be a lot less expensive than interior fixtures, especially when bought at a local home store as opposed to a fancy lighting store. I like the golden seed type glass in it. It gives a nice glow at night.

An extra wine rack holds a few of my magazines. I wasn't using it so I thought I'd try it with something else.
Over the years, I've had many different uses for things. I used a tablecloth with clip on rings as a fabric shower curtain. I've used shower curtains to make fabric wall art. I padded a fabric headboard with the smooth side of one of those egg crate mattress pads. Then I covered it with sheets that matched my comforter. I made art panels for behind the bed out of plywood, batting and fabric. I've used a heavy round trash can as side table by adding a plywood round top and covering it with fabric.

What different uses for things have you done?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I adore doors!

I'm not sure when I became interested in pictures of doors but I find them interesting. The one in the upper left was taken in Italy. No, I didn't go there. Darn. My friend did and he took this with the water flowing up to the doorway. It also has cute window boxes. The two center ones are from Spain. The upper right one with the lace curtains is from France. The lower left and right ones are from Italy too.

I have also collected some calendar pictures of doors that need to be framed.

The lace curtain one was the first one I bought at an art fair.
Close up in Italy.
This one came from an art fair, as well. I thought it was very unusual. My friends say it looks a little scary. The more I look at it, it is kinda scary. It's never made it to the wall.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Talkin' toile!

I love toile! BJ over at Sweet Nothings was talking about how she loved country French style. I have always loved the look and especially the fabrics. Here are a few pictures from BHG and Horchow using toile in different ways. Want to learn more about it?
Toile (pronounced twahl) means "cloth" in French.

Below is how I used it in my laundry room to make the plain cabinets more interesting. I just took foam board and covered it with toile fabric. It's attached to the cabinet fronts with some removable poster mounting tape. When I get tired of the look, I can just take them down. I lined a couple of baskets with leftover toile and a check fabric.

(Sorry about the reflection of the mirror.)