It was too hot to do anything outside this past weekend but we managed to fit in a family wedding.
The wedding and reception took place in a 100-year-old mansion/museum in Pennsylvania.
Naturally Charlie was on hand with the music from the traditional wedding march to “L-O-V-E”.
I used my phone to take a few photos of interesting details in the mansion.
There were lots of stained-glass windows but I especially liked the beveled, leaded windows.
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.
I know (from reading many organization articles) that organizing is impossible before getting rid of the clutter.
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.
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 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.
And my friend muscled my king-size headboard into the space I cleared.
I know it doesn’t look like it but we are making progress.
Do you have a great organizing tip?
As I have already posted I want to make a kitchen table that fits in our bump-out.
The round table that’s there now is kind of awkward.
I already have four perfectly good table legs to start the project.
Rogue Engineer has a cute table with plans. I like the support board at each end to keep the table square.
The above table was found at “thankful sage farm school.”
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.
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?
I’m thinking about rearranging our tables.
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.
I had planned to refinish it in some way by painting or staining it.
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 we’ll move the kitchen table into the dining room.
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.
Moving it to the dining room would mean we need a table in the kitchen.
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?
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.
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.
I popped into a local Sunglass Hut and tried on tortoise Clubmasters with green glass polarized lenses. They felt very comfortable.
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.
I bought them both. They’ll be great on our trip to the Grand Canyon.
Do you have a special pair of glasses?
Back in 2011 we put an old air conditioner in one of the double hung windows 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 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 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.
It won’t be long before the new counter and sink are permanently installed.
How do you keep cool?
eSalon offered a hair coloring kit for $10 so I thought I’d give it a try.
I have very light blonde hair.
I filled out the questionnaire online.
In a few days for $10 (usually $20) plus shipping I received a kit.
In addition to colorant and developer there was stain guard, stain remover, shampoo and conditioner.
I mixed the developer and color together in the squeeze bottle. (I could have mixed it in a bowl.)
I followed the directions carefully. The entire project took about an hour.
There was plenty of colorant for my hair which is not always the case with drugstore kits.
And I’m blonde.
Have you tried any wild colors in your hair?