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7 Oct

Izzy and the Jaymar

30 Sep

My brother gave this great little piano to me as a birthday (or was it Christmas?) present I think about 10 years ago.  We were browsing antique stores downtown as only weird homeschooled teenagers would do, and I fell in love with it.  He surprised me with it a few weeks later.

In the past several years I’ve really been looking forward to my children being able to use it.  Yesterday, I lugged it in to the living room, and today I propped Israel up and observed.  He absolutely loves it!

I love that little man.

Anyway, I’m thinking about possibly painting it some bright, child-like color, since it’s got a few spots of wear and discoloration on it.  What do you think?  Should I leave it as is and consider the wear to be “character”?  If I do paint it, what color should I do?  I’ve posted a few pictures of our living room on this blog, so that should make it easier for you all to help me figure out what color would go.  Comment away.

Happy Autumn…

23 Sep

…as of 11:09pm last night!  What’s with that?

It’s pretty hot in our part of the Ozark Plateau right now, and there aren’t very many changing leaves yet.  But I’m still really exciting about making more soup, eating more squash, shifting my color pallet from blues to yellows and oranges, and some day – some day wearing my turtle necks and scarves.

All of the projects I’ve undertaken seem to be autumn-inspired.  We recently got a brand-new printer on Craigslist and needed a little table to put it on.  So we went yard-saling and Goodwilling, and the best we could do was this thing:

One leg wobbles a bit, the legs are that ugly forest green that seemed to be so popular in the mid-nineties, and it still cost me $10!  I feel like I could have found this kinda thing easy for $2 in Maryland.  But it was still much cheaper than a nicer looking (but still cheaply made) table from Wal Mart or somewhere like that.  So I bought a can of black spray paint for $1 (I was gonna do gray, but was afraid it would look too much like blue) and two yards of a butternut squash-colored cotton fabric for around $2.50.

I’m much happier with it now.   I was thinking of putting some yo-yos or something on it, but I think I prefer how simple this is.

And now for cookies:

My mom used to make these awesome pumpkin cookies (she called them Golden Nugget cookies), and I have to make them every Autumn.  They’re really simple and really fluffy, so I can eat about half a batch of them before I feel like I’m gonna go into a coma.

Mom’s Pumpkin Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed or canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Cream together butter and brown sugar in a mixer or by hand in a large bowl.  Add eggs, beat thoroughly.  Mix in pumpkin.

In a separate medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir together.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  If using raisins, add to batter and stir until evenly distributed.  Drop by the spoon-full onto a greased baking sheet and bake until bottom of cookie starts to crisp and brown – 15 to 20 minutes.

Things I’m happy about today:

14 Sep

I turned this stuff:

into this:

It’s to store my coupons, discount cards, and shopping list in.  I still need to put a button on it and it’s a little sloppy.

It’s sloppiness was at first accidental, and then became intentional, simply because it was easier for me to make it look sloppy on purpose than it is for me to make myself do anything more than eye-ball measurements and seams for things that are intended to stay in my possession (I’m more picky about how things look if I’m giving them to someone else or selling them).  But I still love it.  The lady at CVS complimented it immediately, before I blind-sided her with coupons.

(I had to save the selvedge and use it.  I’ve seen so many cute selvedge projects, and I’ve always wanted to find a way to incorporate it – albeit in a much more meager way than in the projects linked above).

2. The heather plants I got super cheap at Aldi this week.  And yes, those hydrangeas are fake.  Peter says that live cut flowers are a liability – not an asset.  I tend to agree with him.

3. The Milano cookies I stole legitimately got for free from CVS.

4. Israel.  Well, he always makes me happy.  He’s taken to playing with non-toy things, which for some reason amuses me.

And something I’m not so happy about:

Yep.

Euro Shams for $8

25 Mar

 

I wanted to buy some euro shams since our euro pillows have been naked for a looong time.  So I went shopping and found lots of ones I liked, but none of them were under $35 (unless I wanted to buy just plain ones at Bed Bath and Beyond for $15 each).  So since I didn’t want anything too fancy, I bought a twin sheet from Target for $8 and made two shams with flowers.

My mom has lots of pearl and mother of pearl buttons, which are my favorite part.  I’d like to make a couple shams that are really covered with flowers (as long as my husband wouldn’t be too embarrassed to let anyone in our room), but as little time as it took to make these, it would take about 20 times longer to do that.  So maybe I’ll just slowly add them one or two at a time.

I’ve been tagged too?!

6 Jul

I was actually tagged over at Love2BInspired to complete one of those “10 things about you” posts.  I am pretty sure that is the very first time anyone’s ever tagged me to do one! So I was pretty excited when I got a little message letting me know I’d been tagged!

Ok, let’s see:

1. I am very unsure about my home decor tastes. I decorate my home kinda country, and I wish it were more modern. I do modern, and I wish it were more warm and cottage-like! I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my style is.

2. I was an Au Pair in Munich, Germany when I was 17. It was an interesting experience.

3. I feel most fulfilled and happy when I’m working in my tiny little home and taking care of my husband in that way.

4. I love the color white, but I’ve never been able to get into the shabby chic thing.

5. I love collecting milk glass and silver, and sometimes worry that my home is beginning to make me appear about 60 years older than I am!

6. I was an English major in college.

7. I have a 2 year old pug named Clementine.

8. I am terrible at finding my way around, because my husband drives everywhere (except for maybe the grocery store).

9. On the rare occasion that I am in the car alone, I love singing Rosemary Clooney songs really really loud.

10. My favorite movie is “The Secret Garden.” Sometimes when I’m stressed out, I just hum the music to myself! I could watch that movie every day for the rest of my life… maybe.

Um… I don’t know what 10 people to tag! I don’t think most of the people I read have any idea about my blog, or are probably too busy with their awesome businesses to respond to my post. So anyone who would like to post 10 things in the comments here (or on your own blog and link back to this one!) is totally free to! Let me know if you post something, if you don’t link back here!

Rose