Vintage Book Page Banner: No Amusing Old Books Left Behind!

  Awhile back I came across this book at the thrift store:   I had to bring it home because I’m a sucker for old books with charming illustrations, especially ones that are unintentionally hilarious. I think it was even half price book day. I considered using it for Ari’s eighth grade science curriculum for next year, but then I … Continue reading

Dining room chair fabric: chosen and ordered!

We’re about to go ride a big ferris wheel with the cousins, but I’m popping in right quick first to reveal my fabric pick for our new dining room chairs. It is, umm….none of the ones I asked everyone to vote on awhile back. I was not being purposely deceptive; I really thought I was going to pick one of those…but … Continue reading

Shaking Things Up in the Dining Room

  I’ve long found our dining room pleasant, but not especially exciting. My mom generously gave us the table and chairs AND the buffet as housewarming presents (she has a shop, so she can do these things more readily than many moms can). I went through a period where I wanted to paint the buffet, but I was forbidden from … Continue reading


  I really like collections of things. You have to be careful with collections, because sometimes when you’re in tenth grade you tell people that you collect, say, cows, and then that’s all you get for every birthday and holiday for years is cow stuff. And sometimes you collect things by accident, like laundry and dog fur. But sometimes you … Continue reading

Cone Christmas Trees from Vintage Wrapping Paper (to go with your glittery dinosaurs)

  Last year, around this time, I reported that I have in my possession this stash of vintage wrapping paper that I bought at a yard sale many years ago and have been hauling from house to house ever since. I never wanted to use it just for wrapping presents, so I decided to use it for….keeping in a box in … Continue reading

Gold Dotted Glasses and Holiday Table: 2013 Edition

  Linking up with the Dare to DIY-Dare to Entertain party! I meant to get this post up last week, so it would be a little more…in time for Thanksgiving. I did not, as you see, succeed, but since my Thanksgiving decorations all seem to veer off into Christmasy territory anyway, I’m just calling this a holiday table and pretending … Continue reading

Rustic Wooden Box Centerpiece with Gold Pinecones

  Linking up with the Dare to DIY-Dare to Entertain party! Every once in awhile a remarkable thing happens: I have this idea in my head of how I want something to turn out, only I don’t really know how to make it happen. So I just completely make it up as I go along, and….it works. Usually, of course, … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Vignette

It’s time for my favorite link party of the year! Linking up with the Dare to DIY Be Thankful Link Party at Primitive & Proper. Honestly, I would probably skip Thanksgiving decorating and move right on to Christmas, except that Thanksgiving is when we actually have people visiting, so it seems a waste not to decorate for it. Plus Dave … Continue reading

Painting the Sunroom

The sharper eyed among you might have noticed in Wednesday’s pinwheel post that the yellow is finally gone in the sun room! But you can’t really tell what color it is in that picture, because it’s so, so light. It’s the lightest I’ve ever painted a room, ever. Some people are afraid of color; I’m afraid of white walls. And these … Continue reading

The Big House List, Part 1: Downstairs

Aww….summer. If you are us, summer means a couple of months of two adults being home. Summer is the best part of Dave’s job. We love summer. Except that it’s really, really hot. But you can’t have everything. Summer is, theoretically, a good time to knock out projects. Last summer, Dave built a fence. We thought that maybe Dave should … Continue reading