Sunday, February 28, 2010
For several months,the dining room has been undergoing a transformation. First, the floor was painted to reflect more of a cottage look. Second, three pieces of furniture which were tired and somewhat beat up were transformed with my favorite high-gloss white paint. Of course, all of this took much longer than I originally thought, but the end results have been worth it. The hutch that has the soup tureens was given to me by a woman who once lived next door. It is half of a Hosier cabinet. The other half is in my bedroom. I purchased the very large Victorian breakfront at a thrift store in Honolulu. I inherited the pie crust table from my grandparents. The two-door crackle finish cabinet was a housewarming present from my mother. It has always been white and actually was the inspiration for the rest of the room. The green drawing on top of the crackle cabinet came from Dollar General, of all places!
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Friday, February 26, 2010
My friend Nancy has some kind of internal radar for finding interesting things left out for trash pick up. A few weeks back, she spotted a beat up, but structurally sound, piano bench while we were out walking the dogs. She didn't need it, but I had a vision for it.
I took it home and spray-painted it white. I've had no decorations out on the porch since Christmas, so I assembled the vignette you see here. I spent no money. The baskets were thrift shopped. The little blackboard says, "There's No Place Like Home."
I've been fascinated with the labeling I've seen a lot of my block girls doing and took a stab at it with my "Deliveries" tag. I get a lot of things, like old books and items from catalogs, by mail. The basket is for my mailman to leave my parcels in. The old-fasshioned font was downloaded from a free website and printed out on cardstock.
I had a lot of fun with this.
I'm participating in Show and Tell Friday
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This past week, he's been on a lot substituting for vacationing anchors. I wanted to find our what kind of lawyer he is and got to his company's website. There was an email address, so I sent him a quick note of thanks for his great reporting. I also suggested that he'd be a great blogger.
Imagine my total shock when I received this personal email from Peter before dinner this evening.
Anne. Thanks so much for your extraordinarily generous e mail. It really made my day and I hope to keep your confidence in the future. I write from time to time for foxnews.com and foxnation. Be well and I will think about a blog-not a lot of time to do it though. Peter.
Isn't it great when someone you admire from afar really turns out to be admirable?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
What did I ever do before Goodwill opened up near my house?
I love this little miniature greenhouse that I picked up at Goodwill a few weeks ago. The top comes off and it has a delightfully "cottage=y" Victorian look to it. It sits on my coffee table in the living room with a marked-down daisy plant from Food Lion.
It makes me happy every time I look at it. I think I see a future with it filled with shells during the summer.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I was invited to a Superbowl Party which was pot luck. I don't like football much, but the ads are fun and I really like my friend, Pat, who asked me to the party. She has an amazing old house on a peninsula surrounded by a beautiful creek. They have added a great room to the house with a large stone fireplace, which is where we watch the game. It has been a neighborhood tradition for many years.
I was completely stumped on what to bring and so let it go until the last minute. I was going to buy something after church, but was totally uninspired on even that. Finally I decided to buy two Subway foot longs and slice them into individual pieces. I was musing aloud to my husband and we both thought that surely we must be able to come up with something that cost less than $12.
Finally it came to me. Hummus; a great Middle-Eastern dip made from chick peas. I had all the ingredients in the house. Chick peas or garbanzo beans, as some people call them, are a staple at our house. I sliced up some flat bread, arranged some celery and carrots on a platter and I was done. For no additional outlay of cash.
Frugality is a mindset that has to undergird everything that we do in order to be practiced successfully. There is always a way to do things less expensively, more efficiently, and in a more timely manner. I slip in and out of this mindset.
However, I find that when I look at it as if it is a game, rather than a grim necessity, I am much more willing to remain in the frugal zone. Thinking "I can't buy that" is not fun. Thinking, "I'd like to bake some bread" is fun. Getting a used book on Amazon for next to nothing is fun. Planning a special meal for after church is fun. Thinking that you can't afford to go out to lunch is bleak. Finding bargains at Goodwill involves the thrill of the chase and is great fun. Re-arranging things you already have in wonderful new ways is fun and is a way that I express my individuality. Anyone can hire a decorator, spend a fortune, and have a beautiful home. But it isn't creative and it doesn't use intelligence.
The women I admire, my heroines, Debra @ "As I See It Now," Judy @ "Anybody Home," "Manuela @ "The Pleasures of Homemaking and Kim @ "Daisy Cottage" all have created gorgeous homes using elbow grease, creativity, thrifted finds, and panache. Alex @ "Living Without Money" created amazing artwork (very Pottery Barn looking) by printing black and white shots of local landmarks. Frugality: it is smart, it is creative, it is "green," and it is beautiful.
pic courtesy of the recipe exchange
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Norman Rockwell's work always tells a story and the story is often more than initiually meets the eye. All art is like this, but Rockwell's particularly so. "Breaking Home Ties" is the story of a farmer and his son, as the son prepares to leave for college. But look closer.