Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just a peek at what I've been up to the past few days.... And a little look at the future for all the Staffords.  We're in for something special guys!  It is definitely beautiful.  Bring your sunscreen!

Also, look at what my friend got at an estate sale for a mere $100.

I'm so jealous!  What an incredible find!  I've never been to an estate sale but I think now I might start going.  She's working on an office in one of her upstairs bedrooms and this piece will hold books.  I'll post pictures when its finished.  Can't wait to see it, Les! 

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm Leaving, On a Jet Plane.

Sitting here waiting for my son to wake from his nap (ah, yes, wouldn't it be nice?  If only we could remember what it was like to sleep all the time, have someone feed us and carry us around... those must have been the days;  However, teething and going to the bathroom in a diaper would not be fun at all.) so I thought I would take a moment to say hello... and goodbye.  I'm leaving town today (no, this is not a good time to come rob my house... my very large and burly husband will be there) and will return on Tuesday of next week.  I'm spending the weekend with some girlfriends in Florida.  Its kind of a bachlorette party and will consist of lots of laying around in the sun.  And, I hate to say, I won't be thinking about this blog at all.  So, its goodbye for now.  But, don't worry, I'll be back;)  You all have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the sunshine if you've got it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Table Project

I'm happy to report that the painters have continued with their work on my house, mainly finishing the trim, and it really isn't as bad as I originally thought it was!   Yeah, sometimes you just have to see a project all the way through before you make a judgment.  I have no doubt now that after the shutters and the window boxes are in, it will look like a new house.   Phew. 

Now, on to other things.  I have been looking at my living room lately and the dark couch of it is killing me.  I've decided to take two old tables that my lovely husband made when he was trying to woo me and spruce them up.  I'd like to make them both white and add a shelf to the bottom for books and mags.  Its a little ambitious for me- I mean, this will involve a cutting tool of some sort (don't ask me which one)- and probably will have to be done under the strict supervision of my hubby (so as to preserve all fingers, toes and noses).  Here they are at this point:


They are very simple tables.  Until this point, they have been used in the laundry room and occasional craft table.  The blue one has been my makeshift tv stand for a long time.  Now, I want them to be end tables.  Look Mom, I'm coming up in the world! 

Step one- Sanding- CHECK
All other steps- UNCHECK
But, at least I have the paint (yes, I did venture to pick out more paint after the house fiasco- its white, how hard can it be?)....  I'll keep you posted on the progress. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Growth in My Garden

Welcome to my favorite season!  The perennials have started to pop up and I feel like my old friends are coming back to town.  I am always surprised by a few that I managed to forget over the long winter.  Others, I'm just amazed still come back.  I am always amazed when I see the first shoots out of the ground from the brown remnants of last year's plant.  I'm most excited for my roses- they happen to be green now and I see many red leaves that promise vibrant pink blooms in the future.  My peonies are looking good as well.
The second photo is courtesy of Ms. Lindsay Stafford- a very talented woman who also happens to be a redhead (double points in my book).  I guess its been about a year since we last saw each other, Lindsay!  My how time flies.  Anyway, that's what I have to look forward to.
My lilies are coming back- I planted them last summer.  They've multiplied!  Can't wait to see the deep red blooms.
My hostas have decided to join us again this year too.
And my violas- which are kind of weeds but I couldn't bring myself to pull them.  They are my most abundant flower:)
It wouldn't be a party without my rhubarb- something I've never eaten in my life.  If anyone wants some, I'd be happy to send it your way:) Or, if you happen to have a good recipe I'd love to try it. 
 And my climbing rose, which I thought I killed, is back....  It will give me lovely champagne roses... hopefully:)

Whats blooming around you?  I'd love to see pictures of your garden.  Any special projects you're working on outside? 

Well, I'm going to spend my day with my son outside in the sunshine.  What do you have planned? 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Not So Pretty In Pink

There is nothing worse than expecting your house to be gray when you return home after a few days away and instead being greeted by a colossal  PINK circus house.  How is this possible? I asked myself as I sat, taking in the hideous gingerbread mess in front of me... How does one accidentally paint a house pink?  
Apparently its easy- I did it without a blink of the eye.  Yes, yes, I know its not THAT bad. I know that the world will continue to spin but for a moment, I swear it stopped.  I guess I was half expecting a new coat of paint to transform my little house into a wondrous palace- but, duh, its not magic.  Its still the same little house only now it has a faint hint of pink and no matter how much my girlfriends, Jason, my neighbor and a stranger who happened to be walking by, try to convince me it's not, I will forever see the home of strawberry shortcake when walking up to my front door.  I guess it kind of suits me.  No, but really, I'm getting over it.  Really!  The initial shock has passed.  Maybe I can even make pink cool again- my slogan will be "Not just in the old biddy's beauty parlor anymore!  This pink is the new gray!" Get it?  Old biddy hair often has a subtle pink glow? No disrespect intended, of course.  I'm sure I'll do the same thing... 

I will be continuing my random questioning of poor people who make the mistake of coming up to my door, however.  I won't be satisfied until I hear that my house is NOT pink from enough people who could care less about my feelings.  The pizza man, for instance, or the "marketing interns" will now be quizzed about the color of my house.  I can't make the mistake I've made in the past by asking "do you think my house is pink?"  I  have to be more general "what color do you think my house is?"  IF, and only IF these random subjects respond suitably will I be convinced that it really isn't THAT bad.  Woe is me...So much drama!

So, there is a lesson here.  If you're ever going to paint your house, take your time.  Buy a sample of the color and paint some on the SUNNIEST side of your house- the sun can bring out the subtle undertones in a color.  Even now, when I look at the swatch for this pink nonsense on my house I can't believe they are the same color.  But, to my dismay, they are.  ALSO, save yourself a lot of trouble and use the tools the paint store provides.  They've already done the work for you in those little pamphlets with exterior color selections- don't try to be a hero and pick out the colors from scratch :) 

Over and out...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spending a few days at my parents' house this week, but I've been so lazy about my blog lately that I thought I would squeeze in a post.  My mother set aside her home magazines for me to look through while here.  One of them was Archetectural Digest- a magazine I never think of.  So glad she did.  They have some great pictures in there.

So, that inspired me to look at their website this morning.  I found an article about somthing that I've been thinking a lot about lately- pattern.  I'm hoping to start designing my own patterns sometime in the future.  In fact, I've started fittling with some software.  So much to do, so little time for blogging:)

Here are some of the patterns Archtectuaral Digest found to be inspiring and innovative:

"A print on union cloth, Blad I Blad, or “leaf in leaf,” at Country Swedish, is available in green, gray, and pink with red. (September 2008)"

"Good Day Sunshine is a printed linen in the Schumacher Modern Collection; it comes in black and white, flamingo, spring and china blue (shown). (June 2008)"

"Inspired by Suzanni designs, Dzhambul, a cotton-and-linen blend at Brunschwig & Fils, is in six new color combinations, including coral and green (shown). (June 2008)"



What do you guys think?  Do you find them inspiring?  I'd love to hear your feedback.

I have some good news to share as well.  I had dinner last night with a very talented friend of mine, who also happens to be a designer, and she's agreed to an interview.  Can't wait to share her with you all... You will LOVE her!

Wishing you all a wonderful day.  The weather here in Ohio is stupendous and I'm going to go play today.  Sam, my mother and I are going to visit my grandmother for lunch.  We are so lucky to have the chance to all be together.

Lata :)

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