Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

May your Memorial Day be blessed as you remember loved ones and those who fight for our freedom.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

delphiniums and zinnias

Flowers catch my eye wherever I go.  We went to the Farmer's Market yesterday morning here in Kansas City.  Of course, that was only after eating breakfast at the counter in Cascone's Grill.  It's fab - you can actually watch them crack your egg!

Back to flowers, I bought wonderful zinnias for my deck, which I do most years.  But the gem was the delphinium in a powdery baby blue.  I hope it "takes" and spreads for generations.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

the most current project piece...

While out junking one day, I hit upon a yard sale.  The homeowner had a desk buried in her garage.  "I'll pull this piece out soon."  Not one to waste junking time, I went on to other sales in the area and ran into a junking friend.  She asked, "Did you see that fabulous desk she had?" 

At that point, I knew I had to have that desk.  And here it is;  I really need to get into the habit of "before" shots. 

I went for a French-grey look.  It sits in my daughter's updated room.  And I am pleased with the results.  This is the first time I've used a sander.  It got away from me for a little bit, though. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

don't forget to water me...

While I love potting chairs, I often forget to water them.  I have good intentions, though.  I'm a wanna-be gardener.  I put out the oriole feeder late, but reason it's okay because this hummigbird loves it.  But I still consider myself a gardener.  I often blame my acidic soil.  But I love my yard and all the kitschy yard art in it.  I accumulate more each year as I scavenge garage sales. 

This year I vow to get more creative with found objects, what-nots, that I can put among the plants.  And I am going to get a couple of pink flamingos. 

Tomorrow I will post a project piece which I painted to put in my daughter's room.  I was going for the distressed-French-grey look.  First, I need to get help carrying it upstairs...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

While on a quest to find the perfect bedskirt as I was re-decorating my daughter's room, I decided to make my own out of natural linen.  I love how it turned out.  Linen is a timeless look and it looks great like this - alone - and it would look great layered with a sheer fabric over it in a shorter bedskirt.  I wanted a floor-length drop.  So, making  my own was really the only option.  I couldn't find any pure linen bedskirts.  I will be listing custom bedskirts on my etsy, I think. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

why I like reading blogs...

This is why I like reading blogs.  Yesterday was a bummer day.  I was looking forward to the arrival of my oldest son, as he was coming into town for a job interview.  It just happened to be his birthday.  Great timing!  So...I made a cake from scratch, which I might add is very different texture from Betty Crocker, and I said, "It's your birthday and Cinco de Mayo so let's go out to eat!"

Unfortunately, he had to finish a term paper and he told me not to fix dinner, he'd just snack and drink coffee all night. 

Then, the house smelled like propane because there was a leak in the repair that the handyman had made earlier - hot water tank.  So...I shut off the gas to the tank.  Needless to say, no hot water and we're back to square one with the tank;  this probably means a new tank!  

I was DOWWWNNN....then this morning I read the first blog I came across and I forgot the disappointments of life,  the little things that don't go the way we want.  But really, isn't that what a blog is all about - putting life on paper, as imperfect as it is. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

pink pretty

Pretty pink dishes, such as these French plates, actually represent things I love and keep.  I think I tried selling them in the boutique, but priced them high, so I wouldn't regret the "sell" so much.  I know it sounds stupid.  But I priced items, all too often, based on my emotional attachment.  I didn't do it often, just items I absolutely adored.  I broke all the rules of Selling 101.  Currently, I'm an orphan junker:  I don't sell anywhere.  Well, except online.