December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Monday, March 19, 2012

Family Room Re-do: Curtains!

It seems the Goddess of the Hearth, Hera herself, is smiling upon my fledgling project, as yesterday's paper was filled with lots of different pale blue, green and aqua in varying shades.  I was looking specifically at curtains.  Here are some candidates:

Target:  Home Faux-Silk Pieced Colorblock Window Panel - Rocky River/ Brown; $20.99 - $24.99
The brown looks very brown, definitely not dark taupe!  In this image the "Rocky River" color looks light blue but in other images on this computer (and the office computer where I online window-shopped during lunch hour earlier today) it looks more like an aqua color, which is more of the color I'm going for.

J.C. Penney:  Studio Trio Grommet-Top Drapery Panels - Brushwood multi; $35 - $60
The blue looks pretty light blue (but a very pretty color); the other two colors looks like a cream and a light taupe.  I like the sheen but they are pricey.

Penney's has other candidates - too numerous to put up here (besides, I'm tired after a long hard day at the office and The Voice is on right now :))  I think I need to make a trip to the nearby Mall and check out the actual colors in person.

K-Mart: Jaclyn Smith Faux Silk Panel - Mineral; $10 each (wow).  This color is deeper than I was looking for, but it is so gorgeous!  It is a true blue-green and has an irridescent shine to it; the panels are not made of thick material and so light comes through, almost like they are a semi-sheer, which would also help to "lighten" them up (maybe...)  The price is certainly right!  Could just be the real POP of accent color the room needs and would bring drama to the window wall.

I will keep looking.  I see there is a shopping trip coming up this weekend.  Sigh.  Did I mention how much I hate shopping?  Well, yes, I believe I did, a post or two ago...


  1. Jan,
    HELLO!!!! I have to catch up on your posts and I will be doing that later today as I am off now for 2 days.
    The wreath on my door is a grapevine wreath from Micheal's. A.C. Moore has them too. I use my coupon for 40% off and that takes them down to about $3.00. Just cut the flower stems to about 2 inches with a wire cutter, apply glue with a glue gun to the ends of the stems ( watch for drips as I am convinced that I have no fingerprints from glue burns!) and just stick it into the wreath. If you put the stems into the wreath at a bit of an angle , it will be easier. That is it! Simple!
    I made Easter Wreaths with Bunnies for work and I have orders for 8 wreaths. I will be showing them in my next post. I usually get my flowers at the Dollar Store!!
    Hope this helped. Any questions, just email me...


    1. Hi Debbie! I'm so glad you got some sales for your wreaths, I will watch for the pics at your blog. Thanks for your instructions on how to make the floral spring wreath. I will try my hand at it -- but I need to get a glue gun :) Well, I am going shopping to Menard's tomorrow night, I think they have a "craft" section now and I will look for one there. I have wild grapevines in the backyard and can cut some to make my own wreath. Nothing cheaper than free! I will be doing some blogging here tonight and updating my "progress" on the family room redo. Take care!

  2. They look pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Please put more pics