Sunday, January 30, 2011


The scale says it all! This is exactly how I feel this morning. How did I not notice I was putting on all those extra pounds? Maybe it was because I live my life in scrubs most of the time. At least that is what I tell myself.

Today I tried putting on a pair of jeans that I wore last summer..... not pretty. I couldn't even get close to snapping them.
So it's back to weight watchers for me! Good thing I have a lifetime membership!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dream Kitchens

I have to admit, there's just something about an all white kitchen that i love! Here are a few inspirations.

The black chalkboard wall is a great idea! If you don't feel brave enough to paint a whole wall, paint the back of the kitchen door, as i did in my home. It's a great place for busy families to keep in touch. My kids always left notes as to where they were going and who with etc.

What a neat use of a ladder! If you can't find an old library ladder any ladder can be
Another great kitchen.


I love the black walls, the industrial lights and the rustic farm table.

Never thought I'd like exposed venting but I really like this!

Once again...the black wall. Industrial chairs and I'm really loving the light fixture!

I like the white subway tile in this kitchen and the stove hood is charming.

I want that 7 up sign!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine inspirations

Alison from Primitive Treasures always inspires me. She is so talented and each piece is a work of art. Her valentine creations are no exception. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Valentines on a stick

Valentine with face. I think she just might be one of my all time favorites! Isn't she darling?

Valentine people. You can't have just one!

Valentine hearts

Monday, January 24, 2011

A day at Nellys Nest

I spent some time at Nellys Nest the other day and wanted to share with you some of my favorite things there.
This early folk art cabin is made from corn stalks and it a great buy at $195.00

These little iron trees sell for $18.00. Also available is a very large set that would be great used as a fireplace screen for $55.00

These darling valentine ornaments sell for $4.50 each.

Valentine bowl fillers. 12 in a bag for $12.95. These little numbers were flying off the shelves! She sold out the day I was there, but a little bird told me there's now more in.

Great folk art doll handmade by a local folk artist. $45.00
(isn't she quirky)? You gotta love her!

Lots of bread boards and crocks to choose from!

I LOVE blue and white crocks, and this one is no exception. Crock $75.00 Redtwig dogwood branches $12.00 a bunch.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tubs of Lard

Don brought home this neat little tin from an auction! I think I see a collection starting!

Here is a better picture of the first tin Don brought home (oops! I see a little piece of the price tag left. I need to clean this off).
OK. I am really loving this little piggy!

Nice tall green tin. Mint condition on the inside! Another great find of Dons!

I think they look perfect stacked up in my mudroom! The top tin now holds the dog food.

I'm loving this clock that my husband found at an estate sale! It lights up when it's plugged in. I have just the perfect spot for it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

chocolate chip cookies

I woke up today to another cold, cloudy, January morning. Last night i was coming down with a sore throat and this morning there was no sign of it getting better. So I decided it was a great day to stay in, get things done around the house that i have been putting off, and to make cookies.

Nestles Toll House cookies has got to be the best cookies recipe there is!

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cup Nestles Toll House milk chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat: oven to 375 degrees
Combine: flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake: 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
this makes about 5 dozen cookies.
Note: I usually double this recipe. They don't last long with four boys in the house!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

my couch dilemma

so my couch dilemma continues. many of you know i have wanted a new couch for 4 years and find it hard to make a decision. i have however, narrowed it down to two couches! the first one is the carmen sofa from pier one. you can't tell from the picture but it has nail-head edging across the back and along the bottom. it also has turned, espresso legs. it retails for $799.00 and is currently on sale for $699.00. it would give a little more formal look to my livingroom and i like the taupe color.

here is what it looks like in a room. i love the pillows across it. i have my eye on some from pottery barn that would give me the same look.

here is my other choice. of course not in this color (not a good choice with 10 grandkids and a dog) ! i also love this one. it looks so cozy doesn't it. this has a more casual look but it could also go more formal. the bonus of this beauty is the slipcover comes off for washing. however it is also a $2000.00 couch. why is it so hard to just make a final decision? which one do you like?