Thursday, April 25
Wednesday, April 17
Because I can't stop thinking about the good people of Boston and the good people of the world...
Posted by Jenny at 10:43 AM
Tuesday, April 16
Image via blog.lib.umn.edu
You cowards, so filled with hate, intolerance, violence and evil. You will never win. Our fear only flashes for a moment but unfortunately for you, that flash of fear flames into a fire of resolve. We will always defeat you. The good always outnumbers the evil.
Posted by Jenny at 7:52 AM
Tuesday, March 26
A quick video of our recent vacation put together by my son:
And we do have a very good life...
Tuesday, March 5
There's a saying that goes around my house quite often when talking to my children. "Wantin' and gettin' are two different things." Well, it seems I've had to take my own advice. You see, this tuxedo chandelier from Z Gallerie was on my "wantin' list" for above my island in my kitchen.
But it weighs in with a hefty $799 price tag so it didn't make it on the "gettin' list." What you can't see from this online picture is the beautiful soft gold on the inside of the shade that casts the prettiest light. Here is a really bad iPhone picture from the display at the store.
So off to the inter webs I did go and found this as a more budget friendly option.
While it is lovely and the price was right at $229, the inside of the shades were bright white and didn't give off the soft glow I was wanting.
Enter Rub N' Buff, one of my newest favorite friends.
I put a bit of it on a paper plate and went to town on the insides of the shades.
Six shades and a handy husband later...wait that sounds wrong. Anyway, my handy husband did hang the light for me and this is what I ended up with.
I'm thinking for a little more than 1/4 of the cost and a little elbow grease, this little light of mine was a pretty good compromise.
Tuesday, February 5
Fashion gurus are always telling us that a "little black dress" is a staple in any wardrobe. Since my kitchen window has been a source of frustration for quite some time, it got me to thinking maybe that goes for windows too. Please try not to pay too close attention to the next bad iPhone photo and the dirty dishes, but I forgot to take a true before picture and this was all I could come up with!
In all reality, this window just needs to be completely replaced, but that's just not in the budget. You can see part of the half-round window above that has always just driven me crazy. Why do builders put these crazy difficult windows in?
I had gotten a quote for a custom Roman shade to cover the window, but at $2000, it wasn't in the budget either. Who spends that on a blind? After quite a bit of searching for an alternative, I found this blind at West Elm. It was a deal at $79.00!
It fit the space perfectly and helped hide the half-round (at least when the sun isn't shining through). It all was still a little bland for me with the ivory cabinets and brown walls (the walls are next on my to-do list!) so I pulled the shade down and tried to work a little budget friendly magic. I ordered 7 yards of 2 1/4" grosgrain ribbon from MJ Trim for $1.98/yd and set to work at soon as it came in the mail.
I extended the shade all the way out and started trimming the edges with the ribbon using my favorite adhesive for fabric.
I put the trim down both sides first trying to keep it as straight as possible and eyeballing equal distance from the edge on both sides.
Nest I did the bottom and top and just folded the ribbon over at both ends a bit to cover the cut edge.
While I waited for that to dry I broke out some black paint I had leftover from painting my front door and painted the trim around the window.
After the shade was dry I hung it back up and, voila!
I think those fashion gurus might just be right; everybody (or everything) could use a little black dress.
Posted by Jenny at 11:32 AM
Thursday, January 31
My cousin had been holding on to some plates that belonged to my great grandma "Peck" Peckenpaugh. She dropped them by my house recently so I could ship them to my sister whose married name is "Perez."
Something happened while I was packing them to send to her. I realized that an upside down "p" is in fact a "d" which obviously stands for "Dover."
So I did what any good sister would do; kept 5 of the plates for myself, flipped one over and checked the manufacturer, logged on to Ebay, and bought matching salad plates for both of us.
I would love to add to the set for us, so I'll be checking Ebay often and scouting flea markets and estate sales to see what else I can find.
Posted by Jenny at 11:00 AM