A Little More Redwing

My sister has a magnificent Red Wing vintage pottery collection.

I have the fabulous Red Wing stag flower frog and matching bowl.

On the other hand I have a few pieces of my own.

I have a huge set of Merrileaf by Red Wing including lots of interesting serving pieces.

I also have a large set of dinnerware in the Merrileaf pattern.

Merrileaf cup and saucer

As I was perusing eBay I saw a set of cups and saucers.  I already have lots of saucers but wanted to add a few more cups.

I might want to serve hot beverages to a crowd.

For a bid of $9.38 I received 8 cups and 7 saucers.  For comparison Replacements, Inc. charges $9.99 for one cup and saucer set.  Everything came well-packed as indeed it should for an extra shipping charge of $20.

A bargain for vintage dinnerware.

Still, this is a good deal.

Do you shop on eBay?

Always Something to Do — Ole!

After finishing my oddball list I have moved on to some other minor tasks.

Be sure to buy extra candy to make up for any that inadvertently gets eaten during the filling of the piñata.

Actually my party partner filled the sombrero piñata with candy — chocolate candy.

A close-up of the fill hole.

Above is a close-up of the fill hole which is about and inch and a half at its widest.

Any candy must be fed into the hole a piece at a time.

Fun-size candy fits easily and fills the cavity inside.

A standard store-bought piñata holds about 2 pounds of candy.

When it is heavy with candy it’s time to hang it up.

What kind of candy is in your piñata?

List, 2018: April Progress

April was a month of progress, pleasure, and plight. We worked on a number of projects:


Master Closet

The master closet is nearing completion.

The master closet although not complete is well on the way to being finished.  All supplies have been moved to the closet and out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory.  Every weekend in April we — Charlie, my friend and I — did a task or two toward the completion of the master closet.

New Attic Stairs in The Cottage


The Cottage tenant had the stairs to the attic replaced with the hide-away, pull-down attic variety.  They are much easier to handle as well as sleeker on the ceiling.  Soon she’ll paint the door to match the ceiling and they’ll all but disappear when in closed position.

Crown Molding in The Cottage

Crown molding has been applied all around the room.

Cornice molding in the Cottage as added a finishing touch to the walls.  The white trim also sets off the pale grey-green of the ceilings.

Charlie’s Garden

At the end of January the garden was barren except for the newly erected greenhouse.
A week of rainy weather should be a great catalyst for the growing garden.

By the end of April plants were well on the way toward feeding us.

Although not on the list for April Charlie got busy in his garden as the time was right.  He pulled weeds, tilled, and planted.



The Doo Wop Project

The weekend after Easter Charlie and I went to see The Doo Wop Project in concert with the Baltimore Symphony. They’re a group of men who starred in Jersey Boys together singing classic tight harmonies .  They can really sing and apparently love to perform.  Our seats were in the 4th row so we really enjoyed all their antics: singing, dancing, and bantering.

Bridal Shower Planning

We hunted over the entire property and couldn’t find an appropriate spot to whack the piñata so we’re giving it to the bride to use at the wedding.

Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower.

Party favors are ready.

I have been working on a menu and festive set up for a the party.


Jury Duty

Hoping I’m not needed.

The week after Easter I was called to jury duty. I checked in for Monday and Tuesday by phone and was not needed. Finally on Tuesday night I checked in once again and was dismissed for the rest of the week.  I never had to go to the courthouse — woo hoo!

Did you have April sun or showers?

Shower Favors Under $1

I found bride-gown shaped favor boxes at the dollar store.

Since our party is a fiesta these white bridal favors needed some color.

They came in packs of ten for $1.

Highlighter allows the grey printed details of the dress to show through.

We colored them with highlighters.

The tabs were easy to fit together to form a box shape.

The boxes were formed with interior tabs.

Charlie agreed to taste test a ring pop.

Each box held one ring pop.

There was only room in the box for one ring pop.

One staple held together the box together and then it was decoratively tied with gossamer ribbon that accompanied the boxes.

We’ll mix-up the colors on a display shelf and hand them out as ladies exit the party.

Cute, huh?

Do you have an inexpensive, go-to party favor?

Oddball List of Things to Do

We’ve been working every weekend on building in the master closet.

The shoe towers slid in perfectly next to the hanging clothes towers.

Although the details are coming together we’re not nearly finished.

The lumber on the right is all that’s left to be processed into a closet.

The next mundane tasks which I’m going to try to complete are painting all the cut boards, cutting the remaining boards to size, and pocket screwing together the final boxes. The good news is that all the lumber is out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory — the first floor is ready to be transformed into a party venue.

For a spring change the sofa will be dark grey with flowered pillows.

I’m planning to change the living room sofa slip cover from the white one to the grey one. Then I’m cleaning the living room which has been the repository of closet lumber and is now clear of said lumber.

These party boxes will look better when they’re folded and filled.

We’re also putting together favors for the bridal shower. My friend has colored bride-gown shaped boxes which we’re planning to fill with ring pops.

The garden will supply us with favorite vegetables all summer.

In the meantime Charlie has planted his entire garden: tomatoes, Swiss chard, lettuce, radishes, haricots verts, cucumbers and loads of sunflowers are planted.

The Cottage is getting new windows and doors.

The Cottage is in store for more improvements in the near future.

What are you working on this spring?

More Closet: This is Getting Old

Today we’re going to make a final push to build the master closet starting with the shoe tower.

A bridal shower with a South of the Border theme is planned for early in May.

After that we’re taking 2 weekends off to party.

Closet poles really bring the purpose of the closet to life.

We’ve begun to add hanging poles to each closet section.

The shelf has been drawn in for now with the help of a computer program.

We started with the section near the window which will get a shelf above the pole for additional storage.

Spacing of the brackets is crucial.

To hang the pole I allowed 3″ from the top of the pole to the bottom of the future shelf.  There needs to be enough clearance to actually put a hanger on the pole.  I also allowed 12 inches from the back of the closet so that clothing could hang without be smashed against the rear wall.

Closet pole bracket

After marking a + on the spot I eyeballed the solid round holder over the +.  On the opposite wall I did the same thing only marking the bottom screw hole.  Then I matched the bottom screw hole on the open-ended bracket and marked the rest of the holes.

Closet pole bracket

I drilled the designated markings and screwed the brackets into place.

Clamp the pipe cutter then spin it round and round until the pipe comes apart.

Meanwhile my friend used a pipe cutter to shorten the 6-foot long steel pole to the designated length which I had marked with a Sharpie.

The first section of the closet will have a top and bottom bar for shirts, jackets, skirts, etc. approximately 36 inches apart.

Each tower gets a different configuration of poles with a consistent 12-inch measurement from the back of the closet.

I have lots of items for the hanging bars.

It won’t be long now until clothing can be hung in the closet.

Do you have a favorite style of hanger?

Crown Molding

Yesterday crown molding was installed in the Cottage.

The molding on this side of the Cottage is painted to match the ceiling and so is not highly visible.

The living room side has always has a sort of trim between the ceiling and the walls.

No molding between the ceiling and the wall.

The ceiling on the other side of the main beam was bare.

Crown molding is being applied all around the room.

The carpenter installed white cornice molding all around.

The walls are “Siamese Eyes” and the ceiling is a pale grey-green custom mix.

I noticed it really highlights the blue wall and pale green ceiling.

Eventually the door to the attic will be painted the same color as the ceiling.

It’s a nice finishing touch.

Are you handy at installing trim?