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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pretty Ad for Ballard Designs: The Look for Less - Gourd Lamp

Continuing the quest of producing the Ballard Designs look for less, there was a French blue gourd lamp in the magazine spread that I found at its website.  Here, I'm looking for a less expensive lamp that still gives the look.

(4) Substitute for Suzanne Kasler large gourd lamp at $169.00 in French blue, 29" tall. 

From Penney's, double gourd ceramic table lamp in light blue, 25" tall, 13" wide shade (bottom measurement), $40.00 everyday price:

From, ORE ceramic gourd-shaped table lamp in blue, 28" tall, 16" wide shade (bottom measurement), $120.99 and free shipping:

This identical lamp can be found at for $91.27. 

From, Continuum table lamp in light blue with pale blue shade, 27" tall with 16" diamater (lower measure) shade, $117.00:


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    1. Hi! I do too, and it just so happens I visited Southridge Mall tonight (not far from where I live) shopping for curtains for my "family room redo" which is now turning into dinette and kitchen redo as well, sigh -- anyway, on the way out I have to pass the lamps and I kept an eye out you know, just in case, and I SAW it - the actual lamp I found on line. It is very pretty in person, but I couldn't buy it and lug it along, was already loaded down with six sheers panels, two heavy side draperies and curtains for the window over the sink in the kitchen (first time in 21 years real curtains will go up, I swear!) and two cafe curtain rods to hold them in burnished bronze. Lugged everything to the bus stop to go back home and then trudged the 9 blocks from the bus stop to the front door. What a woman won't do for Love, I ask you! Back to the lamp - gorgeous - the color was a true aqua, not too blue, not too green, and the proportions were spot on. But I am not in the market for a new lamp or lamps for the family room. Not in the budget. Swear it, absolutely.