A Bunch or Two of Roses

I love white flowers.

I especially love white roses.

White roses, my favorite, in particular always freshen up any room.

I couldn’t find nice white roses.

I went out to buy some roses the other day at Trader Joe’s where a bunch of multi-stem roses is $5.

$10 worth of roses.

The white ones were starting to turn brown so I bought 2 orange bouquets.

I stuck both bunches in one vase and put them in the living room where they complement the blue color scheme.

I’ll be back for more before the season is out.

The orange roses even go with the Christmas tree although they’re not very Christmasy.

Do you have a favorite flower?


Finishing an Old Project with a New Purpose

A couple years ago I started making a 2 pairs of curtains for the living room.

Ikea linen curtains are hanging in the living room.

Since then I have hung some linen curtains in there that I really like.

The living room curtains just need hand finishing.

I still wanted to finish the curtains I started which are already sewn and lined.  They only need some hand sewing to finish the pleats at the top and hems at the bottom.

There is not a privacy issue with the doors so I haven’t put shades or curtains on them.

As I was sitting in bed looking out the French doors of the master bedroom I wondered if these curtains would look good in the bedroom.

The window in the bedroom is one of the old sash-style with an exterior storm window.

The curtains are heavy and would help with drafts coming in the old window.

I asked Sug to hold up a curtain panel so I could see if it would go in the bedroom.

Finishing and hanging these curtains would kill two birds with one stone on my 101 in 1001:  #73 Make curtains for the master bedroom and #91 Finish living room curtains.

I’ll measure for curtain rods and check if I have enough curtain rings to finish the project.

I will order curtain rods this week.

How do you decide on colors and curtains?

Blue, White, Silver

I’ve finally decided on a color theme for Christmas 2018.

I’ve already pulled out my Kosta Boda vases.

To people who know me it’s no surprise that the star of the show will be blue.

I’m pretty sure Charlie likes denim judging by his wardrobe.

The color blue I like best is indigo, or as I call it, the color of denim.

The blue eggs were made by a similar technique I’ll try on Christmas ornaments.

This ornament marbling project looks like the kind of quick and dirty enterprise I favor.

2014’s blue Christmas

I already have pulled some blue items to get started.

Silver, pewter, and metallic charcoal ceramic electric Christmas trees which I sprayed and sold a few years ago but I love the center silver one.

I have a feeling I’ll be utilizing glittery spray paint when some sparkle is warranted.

I might want to also repaint the tiny ceramic tree in the tableau.

I think Charlie misses red in the Christmas house but I love blue.

What’s you color theme?

15-Minute Makeover

As I was preparing the side porch for our upcoming party, I noticed I still had my polar bear welcome mats from last winter at the doorstep.

The doormats are were predominantly blue with touches of orange and ochre.

Instead I decided to resurrect the hard rubber mats that I bought in 2013.

We still use this mat when it rains and there’s a lot of mud.

They had lost all their color.

I love the pale blush of the magnolia seed pods.

Using some magnolia tree seed pods as a color inspiration I decided to brighten up these mats if only for the night of the party.

Tan and coral with red in the middle.

In my stash of old paint I found tan, coral, and red which I laid out on a piece of aluminum foil.  Using a regular paint roller I rolled through the 3 colors allowing them to touch each other but not totally blending them.

Now both mats are colorful and welcoming.

I rolled the paint on each of the two mats being careful not to go over too vigorously so each color would in places keep its own character.

A bowl of magnolia leaves and pods is near the door.

Since the mats were 3-dimensional the flowers once again appeared but in reds and pinks this time instead of blues and ochres.


The whole process took about 15 minutes.

Have you got a quick spruce up?


Deck Stain

Sug decided to stain the Cottage deck with solid color wood stain and sealer. Solid color wood stain lasts longer that transparent stain so restaining doesn’t have to bee repeated as often.

Before: The natural treated lumber deck.

We conferred on the color and decided on “Desert Tan” so the deck would be light and natural looking but protected.

After: The deck is stained.

The Cottage is looking bright and neat for summer.

Do you have a deck? Is it sealed, stained, or both?

Glade Cottage Shower Curtain

I saw a shower curtain on sale ($79 marked down to $24) at The Company Store.

I liked this shower curtain in my color palette but I only have one bathroom that needs a shower curtain and it’s pink.

This bordered white curtain is such a fresh look.

I made this shower curtain when I lived in Greenwich Village in the late ’70s.

I can’t use a shower curtain but Sug has been using the one that was in The Cottage when she moved in.

The colors in this shower curtain complement The Cottage colors.

There was a second shower curtain at The Company Store similar to the top photo.

The colors in the shower curtain remind me of Sug’s vintage stoneware.
The flowers of the stoneware echo the colors in the room.
The flowers of the stoneware echo the colors in the room.

I ordered the curtain which will be delivered tomorrow. (I was not perked or paid to talk about these products.)

The new curtain should brighten up the bathroom.

And by the way, Sug approves.

How old is your shower curtain?

Puppy Supplies

I’ve had a little buying spree ordering supplies for Dash when he gets here on April 7.

Dash the Doxie.

He is a shaded red long-haired dachshund so I tried to keep his personal items in the green color family.

Green is a good color for a redhead.

I purchased 2 green bowls from Amazon which I think are being sent from China. Both bowls with shipping are under $10.

Paisley collar and leash from Country Brook Design.

Being a lover of paisley I purchased a collar and leash set in green paisley which he will surely grow into. This set is also available at Amazon.

This doorway into the dining room needs to be blocked.

While he’s little I plan to limit Dash’s access to the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom. (Notice his room is green, too.)

I hope a little barricade will not be too restrictive.

I bought a baby gate that should span our 63-inch opening into the dining room.

I’ll be looking for an appropriate cushion to soften the bottom of the basket.

I don’t think he’ll feel too confined because I bought him a wicker dog basket from Etsy much like the one my former dog had back in the 1980s.  The actual store is in Bosnia Herzegovina and will be shipping from there.

Perhaps we’ll put a dog run in the yard to protect Dash from other animals in the neighborhood.

I’m sure we’ll be getting a few more things as time goes on when he gets old enough to have some training.

What brand of dog food do you like?