December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


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