Playing the Music

It was too hot to do anything outside this past weekend but we managed to fit in a family wedding.

Charlie had to provide his own equipment which he carried in with the help of our son.
Charlie had to provide his own equipment which he carried in with the help of our son.

The wedding and reception took place in a 100-year-old mansion/museum in Pennsylvania.

We tucked Charlie into an alcove where he could see the bridal procession coming down the central staircase and the entire service.
We tucked Charlie into an alcove where he could see the bridal procession coming down the central staircase and the entire service.

Naturally Charlie was on hand with the music from the traditional wedding march to “L-O-V-E”.

The central staircase was used for the wedding ceremony.
The central staircase was used for the wedding ceremony.

I used my phone to take a few photos of interesting details in the mansion.

Beautiful cut glass doors.
Beautiful cut glass doors.

There were lots of stained-glass windows but I especially liked the beveled, leaded windows.

I loved this large urn.
I loved this large urn.

There were a pair of large repoussé urns on either side of the front hallway.

Charlie and I are exhausted. (And I did nothing.)

Next week: back to house projects.

Over and Over

I know (from reading many organization articles) that organizing is impossible before getting rid of the clutter.

I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.

I have some large furniture items listed on Craigslist in the interest of paring down our myriad belongings which came to be ours through inheritance and other people’s downsizing.

Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.
Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.

Now that a friend wants to live in the Cottage I have been trying to get our stuff out of there. We have moved everything back and forth at least four times.

The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.
The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.

The latest was to pull out the mid-century dresser listed on Craigslist when I received a text from an interested party. I rubbed it with some red oil to clean and nourish the wood.

The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
Bedframe against the wall.
Bedframe against the wall.

And my friend muscled my king-size headboard into the space I cleared.

I have a grander plan.
I have a grander plan.

I know it doesn’t look like it but we are making progress.

Do you have a great organizing tip?

Kitchen Table Inspirations

As I have already posted I want to make a kitchen table that fits in our bump-out.

A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.
A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.

The round table that’s there now is kind of awkward.

Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.
Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.

I already have four perfectly good table legs to start the project.

Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.
Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.

Rogue Engineer has a cute table with plans.  I like the support board at each end to keep the table square.

I like a table with character.
I like a table with character.

The above table was found at “thankful sage farm school.”

I'm planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.
I’m planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.

I’d like a table that can take rough usage and doesn’t always need a tablecloth. This one was found on Cottage and Vine.

This looks very close to the table I'm planning to build.
This looks very close to the table I’m planning to build.

Ana White always has great plans for doable projects.

All of these items can be found on my Kitchen Pinterest board.

Do you have a building project?

Moving Tables

I’m thinking about rearranging our tables.

We really have little use for a 120-inch table.
We really have little use for a 120-inch table.

I bought our Scan light wood dining table in about 1984. It’s wonderful for large sit-down meals and book swaps. At its largest the table is 120 inches long and 48 inches wide.

Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.
Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.

I had planned to refinish it in some way by painting or staining it.

The damaged veneer can be seen just above the leg.
The damaged veneer can be seen to the right of the leg.

It has some minor veneer damage on the skirt but otherwise it is in very good shape.  It’s just not my style anymore. So I think I’ll list it on Craigslist.

The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.
The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.

The we’ll move the kitchen table into the dining room.

Kitchen table
Kitchen table

We found this table with 2 leaves as a curb pick-up at the end of our street.  We’ve been using it in its round form in the kitchen bump-out.

A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.
A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.

Moving it to the dining room would mean we need a table in the kitchen.

The table is gone but I still have the legs.
The table is gone but I still have the legs.

My plan is to use four white table legs we’ve been storing in the Cottage to make a rectangular table that will fit in the bump-out better than the round table.

Are you holding on to furniture you should let go of?

Splurge

Ever since my eyesight improved so much that I don’t wear prescription lenses to drive, I haven’t had a decent pair of sunglasses.

Polarized Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses
Polarized Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses

After searching the internet for a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses I decided I should actually try a pair on before laying down serious money.

RB 3016
RB 3016

I popped into a local Sunglass Hut and tried on tortoise Clubmasters with green glass polarized lenses.  They felt very comfortable.

RB3025 Original Aviator
RB3025 Original Aviator

Presented with a $50 discount on a second pair and a 20% discount on the entire purchase I also tried on a pair of gradient aviators.

Gradient aviators and tortoise Clubmasters both by Ray-Ban.
Gradient aviators and tortoise Clubmasters both by Ray-Ban.

I bought them both. They’ll be great on our trip to the Grand Canyon.

Do you have a special pair of glasses?

Cooling Down with More Efficiency

Back in 2011 we put an old air conditioner in one of the double hung windows in The Cottage.

Air conditioner in the Cottage
Old air conditioner in the Cottage

Our tenant brought her own more modern and efficient air conditioner so both she and I tried to put the window up to get the old one out.

We have a pile of recyclable metal plus an air conditioner.
We have a pile of recyclable metal plus an air conditioner.

We couldn’t budge it.  With one quick bam Charlie pushed the window up and took out the old air conditioner. I told him to just put it on the trash pile because it is so outdated — no remote control.

The new air conditioner has a touch panel and a remote control.
The new air conditioner has a touch panel and a remote control.

The window and frame were washed both inside and out which it really needed.  The new unit was put in and turned on. Heavenly air on a 94-degree day.

Piece by piece the Cottage is coming together.
Piece by piece the Cottage is coming together.

It won’t be long before the new counter and sink are permanently installed.

How do you keep cool?

eSalon Hair Kit

eSalon offered a hair coloring kit for $10 so I thought I’d give it a try.

Coloring one's own hair is not easy.
Coloring one’s own hair is not easy.

I have very light blonde hair.

The questionnaire is not difficult.
The questionnaire is not difficult.

I filled out the questionnaire online.

The kit comes with a brush and 2 pairs of protective gloves.
The kit comes with a brush and 2 pairs of protective gloves.

In a few days for $10 (usually $20) plus shipping I received a kit.

The extras.
The extras.

In addition to colorant and developer there was stain guard, stain remover, shampoo and conditioner.

The toner and developer is mixed in the bottle by shaking it together.
The toner and developer is mixed in the bottle by shaking it together.

I mixed the developer and color together in the squeeze bottle. (I could have mixed it in a bowl.)

The directions were clear and easy to follow.
The directions were clear and easy to follow.

I followed the directions carefully. The entire project took about an hour.

For the final step I still had half a bottle of color to use.
For the final step I still had half a bottle of color to use.

There was plenty of colorant for my hair which is not always the case with drugstore kits.

I like my hair lightest blonde in summer.
I like my hair lightest blonde in summer.

And I’m blonde.

Have you tried any wild colors in your hair?