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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back in a Few.....

I'm just getting back home from a hectic and rushed trip. Too many things to do, and too little time to get it done.
I'm sure you know the feeling.
....and I've been sick thru most of it. plgghh. Still sick. ugh. Like, sick in the bed kind of sick.
Migraine too, the don't show me the light kind, and please don't speak above a whisper kind.

(Calgon, take me away!)

Will someone please come and unload my car for me?
I just don't think I have the energy.

I have to force myself out of the bed because I have to do something big (to me) with a deadline, so I'll be away for a few more days.
Thank you for your patience.
I'll be sure to let you know what that is if it gets chosen.

(Please enjoy the scenery.)
I'll be back soon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On a Little Sanity Break

.....or some would say "insanity" break.
If you knew what I was doing right now, I'm sure you'd think I was nuts, so I'll spare you the details.
Let's just say there are plenty of mold spores, dead mice, ticks, and multiple trips to the dump involved.
Nuff said? Yeah, I thought so.

(And now here's a pretty picture to get that image out of your head.)

I thought I should pop in and let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you. I'm taking care of some family business and it's taken me away from the comforts of home, ie, my blogging spot.
And definitely out of the reach of cell phone service.

I should return in about a week.
I've missed keeping up with you all this past week. I'm afraid to even look at my reader for fear of what the number of missed posts will be!

If I don't return, will someone please send a hasmat crew? Tell them to look beneath the pile of rubble at the edge of my mother's house?
(I love you mom, but, well....., you know. :) )

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love, by Emmet Fox

I have always loved this poem, and for some reason, I felt compelled to post it today.
Maybe it's for you.....

by Emmet Fox

There is no difficulty that love will not conquer;
No disease that enough love will not heal;
No door that enough love will not open;
No gulf that enough love will not bridge;
No wall that enough love will not throw down;
No sin that enough love will not redeem......

(Photo from my previous garden)

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,
How hopeless the outlook,
How muddled the tangle,
How great the mistake,
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all....
If only you could love enough,
you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Window Treatment for the Guest Bath

I finally got around to making the window treatment for the guest bath.
Do you ever keep putting a project off because you build it up in your mind to be more work than you want to do right then, only to do it and discover that is wasn't nearly as bad as you made it out to be in your own mind?
I do that all the time!

I wanted to make something simple in design, yet I wanted the ability to use a couple of different fabrics and trims.
I really like how it turned out, and now I'm even more motivated to finish the rest of the bathroom.........
although I do keep trying to avoid putting up that moulding for some reason.

I'll get this room finished one of these days, won't I?

Here's the window treatment.
See that picture on the wall?
I've been trying to use that in my house since I was 19. Seriously I have.
I remember my mom buying it at the Quality Stamp Store when I was in elementary school, and I've always loved it.
It hung over our sofa for years. I used to tell people that the girl was me when I was 4.
Sometimes I even convinced them it was.
But then my mom always ratted me out.
I made my mom save it until I was able to take it home with me, so it's been in her attic forever and a day.
I've always had a particular affection for it and now I'm glad to call it mine.

Oh yeah, back to the window treatment.
Here's a close up.
I was lucky enough to find scraps of these fabrics and trims, so I didn't have to buy anything new.

And if you look close at the trims, you'll see they found their way to my tea stain vat, as does everything white in my house.

It's growing on me, and hubby likes it, so that's a bonus.

What do you think?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Guest Bath (still) in Progress

I took a little break from working on the guest bath,
but now it's time to get on it and get it finished.

I'm trying hard to decorate with ONLY what I can find in my own bag of tricks. So far I've been lucky, what with a garage FULL of vintage and accessory things, and a bonus room with wall to wall boxes of home stuff. (!)

Here's where I am at this point.
I've written on the pictures what I still need to finish,
but I'd like YOUR input on something.
I'm planning to put a basic white trim mold on the wall where the colors meet. I haven't come up with much else that's clever.

I'd like your suggestions on what I might add.
Keep in mind, this is not my forever house, and I don't want
to do things I'll have to redo when we move out.

And just in case you forgot what I started with.......... :)

I'd say that's an improvement, how 'bout you?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's a Rooster Party at Bella Vista

I'm a little late to the party - seems I forgot what day it was. Seriously.
When you work from home, it's easy to do that.
I was rushing around getting my house ready for incoming family today and the rooster party totally slipped my mind.......until my mother said "Look at that big rooster".
Urk----rooster.......rooster party, omg!  
Now that my family safely tucked away in bed, I thought I better get this posted.
And be forewarned, I didn't have time to edit these pics.
 I bought a new camera today (my old one broke), and I literally just pulled it out of the box and started snapping away so I could get these up tonight.

Thank you to the beautiful Barb at Bella Vista for hosting the rooster parade that rooster lovers look forward to all year.:)
I never really noticed how many rooster items I had in my house because I'm not a theme person at all. However, when we were unpacking everything after our move, I put all of the kitchen things in one area, and that's when I saw it.
I was the owner of a rooster factory and didn't even know it.

So here we go. The roosters at the Blair house:

This is the rooster my mother pointed out that made me realize I had totally overlooked the party.
I just wish she had said something before 11 pm!
This lady is perched atop a shelf in my entry.
You'll see her as you come through the door.

This is one of my very favorite pictures. I've had it for several years, and I never tire of it.
This is on my dining room wall.

In the kitchen........

In the cookbook shelf...........

And on the top of the pie safe in the kitchen.

I have plenty more in various places around the house, but since I'm in a bit of a scurry here, I thought I'd just show vignettes from the kitchen and dining room for today's party.

I'm excited to go see everyone else's roosters for myself. Rooster parties mean we'll be seeing lots of kitchens, and I love looking at kitchens!
Even if you aren't part of the rooster party, I know you love to see what other bloggers have done in their own kitchens, and there's some total eye candy over there.
There are over 100 bloggers linked to the party. Lots to go see!

In case you're new to my blog and haven't seen my own kitchen, you can find my kitchen makeover right here.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I hope you'll stick around and browse a while.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Easy Peasy Project Alert - Tin Can Seed Starters

Grab that load of tin cans you've been stock piling - I've got an easy-peasy project for you.

I've seen tin can everything around blogland lately, and there are many great projects out there to be inspired by. One day I'll make my way through them all.

For now though, I just needed to do something with the ones I've been saving that were beginning to create a moat around my kitchen counter.

I decided to plant flower seedlings in mine. I needed a place to get them started, and this was the perfect solution.

It's a quick project that uses up several cans at one time.

Here we go!
You'll need cans, spray paint, seeds, a drill bit (or hammer and nail), potting soil, and some sort of identification stick.
I used actual flower markers that you can write on.

Ok, so I painted my cans before I took a picture of the supplies.
I'm assuming you all know how to spray paint a can by now, right?

Anyhoo, first, I painted all of my cans in various colors.
Love the mix.
All the colors are Krylon.

Next, let the cans dry completely, and then punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage.
If you have a drill, just use a small bit and do your holes.
If not, punch them with a hammer and nail.
(Just an FYI here - I put way too many holes in mine. Two per can would've worked just fine. Next time I'll know.)

Then, load them up with potting soil and put your seeds in.
Be sure to keep up with which seeds are in which cans so that you can label them properly.

I planted one type of seed at a time and then made my markers so that I wouldn't lose track of what was where.

Aren't the colors fun and happy?

TIP: I always put my potting soil in a bucket and wet it down before I fill my cans. This way, the soil is already packed down and your seeds won't shift or float to the top when you water them afterwards.

I put them on an old table and then sat them on the deck.
The next morning it was raining so I checked on them to see if they were flooding, and here's what they looked like.

The water droplets are so pretty on the colored cans!

And here they are 8 days later in the morning sun - already flourishing!
I check on them every single day, especially during this heat wave!).
At this rate of growth, I'll be able to transfer them into larger containers or into the ground and start all over with a new batch really soon.

I'll definitely be doing this every year now.


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