Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Edge was our ever-gracious hostess, and planned a few fun crafts for the kids. She and Sassy went to the craft store and bought the supplies for our lovely spring sign.
I brought most of the stuff for our bags, which we made from a simple pattern. Even the two younger girls wanted to make their own bag.
I would have to agree. Purple and red together doesn't work for me, for example, when those 'red hat' gals are around. This just looks blech-o to me. I keep thinking maybe the photo is not accurate, that maybe the flower 'in person' wouldn't be so bad. But why would they try to sell it with this photo? Maybe it's not so bad? Anybody like this? Anybody grown this? Does it really look like this? Just wondering.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
My tale today is of much more modest proportions, but today for Show and Tell, I thought I'd show you what I've been doing, re-doing our master bathroom. It is not even finished, but it looks considerably better than it did.
I hate to call it a full-scale remodel, because there were no walls smashed out or cabinets installed. When we moved in, I knew I’d get rid of the metallic w/ butterflies wallpaper in our master bathroom, I just didn’t think it would take me 7 years to get it going! I guess a more accurate description would be a ‘work in progress.’ (Please don't even bring up the RED SINK!)
We still need to put up the lights and buy and install towel racks or hangers, change out the red sink for a white one, and etc., etc.
I put paint chips up to help me think about what color I wanted. They were up for years. My friends initialed the ones they liked the best, and then teased me when they came by for another visit and the paint chips were still there, but nothing had been done.
So – we tore off the wallpaper, that was easy. Cleaning off the leftover adhesive wasn’t hard, either.
I chose a light blue paint for the walls , and painting the walls didn't take long, it is a small room.
My DH took the (brown) door off, and I sanded and painted, and painted and sanded the door. It came out looking tolerable. The bathroom trim took a lot of coats of white to cover the dark brown/black shade. And, I do enjoy painting, but I am a sloppy trim painter, so there was a lot of fixing and wiping as I painted the trim. That all takes a lot of time.
So, a lot of work, but big improvements, I think, and still more to do. In this last picture you can see the lovely, unwallpapered walls, the new silver mirror, the white (instead of cream) light switch covers. YOu'll have to take my word that the white trim is an improvement, I am too tired to add another picture!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Some years I would serve green orange juice (that sounds strange, doesn't it?). Some years I would make Corned Beef and cabbage, but I don't do that much anymore. It is a pretty fatty, tough meat (at least by the time I'm done with it!). So I sometimes would serve cupcakes w/ green frosting, or something like that, to remind my family of their Irish heritage. Recently I found this recipe for soda bread that I like very much. It is easy and quick to make, tasty, and has some whole grains in it.
Friday, March 14, 2008
It was wonderful to get back out in the yard, even if it meant hiking over crunchy snow piles. And then- surprise! I saw real flowers- two little crocus are my earliest bloomers of the year!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
In this photo, I am on the right, with the goofy look on my face. Carolyn Gail, of Sweet Home and Garden Chicago blog fame, is the lovely lady on the left. Here we are, having just met. I am enjoying the smell of this glorious wisteria, and hungry to see some more beautiful plants.
I won't show them all, but we saw banana plants, cocoa bean plants, a banyan tree, and many other delightful plants. There were a lot of great orchids.
This photo does the color of this orchid some justice, but it was a unique color.
Just to finish out the tour, we saw some lovely angel trumpets. I am liking these better and better, maybe I'll have to grow some myself!
I have been to Chicago a few times before. This time I noticed that you could really miss a garden if you didn't have one in the city. I also noticed the wind off of the lake, which is quite brisk. Maybe the wind explains why everyone in Chicago seems to be able to walk faster than me! It was great to be there with my daughter, and also great to meet a fellow garden blogger of such charm as Carolyn. We had a nice tour of the Conservatory, then checked out a few things at the zoo, and then got some warm treats at a coffee shop.
Thanks again, Carolyn, for your hospitality in the Windy City! It is always wonderful to meet a new friend.
Show and Tell Friday is sponsored by Kelli at There is no Place like Home. Head on over to join in the fun!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Today I wanted to show everyone some art work some of my children made and gave to me. The little yellow duck (?) on the left is of uncertain origin - I am pretty sure my son made it. Cute, isn't it?
The middle piece is the most recent, our youngest made it just this year. I love the decorative markings she put on it. She was not happy with the crack on the back side, but that is a small matter. Finally, the cat on the right has sat on my window sill for some time. I like this one because of the flower-pot color, and because she made it, which is true of all of these little pieces. The artist is embarrassed because she made it without any back legs (when she was about 8 years old!) but I really do love it!
Funny how fast they grow up, isn't it? Do you have any artwork you still keep that your children made and gave to you?
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
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