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, September 3, 2012

Powder Rooms and Bathrooms!

Some of these are just so pretty, they make me want to totally redo mine -- and the bath upstairs isn't even finished yet from the last (long-time coming -- started in November, 2009) redo.  Enjoy along with me:

So pretty from Free Stylin':

A Stenciled Bathroom (How to Stencil)
August 24, 2012

Photo from Free-Stylin' blog.

Love the pattern and the color, but I would never have the patience to do this.  Kudos to Beth for hers!  The room was utterly transformed.


Debbie-Dabble's blog never fails to inspire me.  Check out her bathroom transformation using, among other things, double wallpaper borders!  She's a brave woman, flying in the face of convention that currently calls borders a faux pas.  Fie to you, Debbie says!  She does what makes her happy and it works every time.

Check out her blog

I Now Have a Pretty Bathroom!
August 16, 2012

Photo from Debbie-Dabble's blog.
Debbie added a border to both underneath an existing wallpaper border on the lowers walls as well as to the ceiling ("above" the existing wallpaper border) that coordinates beautifully not only with the existing border but also with the material she used to make a valance to add to the shower rod.  She edged the valance in lace and added silk flower arrangements and Home Interiors sconces to the one "free" wall in the bathroom (behind the door) in addition to framed prints. 

Looking at one of Debbie's rooms is like being in another always peaceful, beautiful world...


At Hydrangea Love, I haven't even seen the entirely redone bathroom yet and I'm already loving it, just on the basis of the light fixtures, the wall color, and the shower curtain! 

Chrystal Chandelier for Under $45
August 13, 2012

I've no clear idea of how, exactly, Kirstie did this, but she combined an already-owned "crystal" candle-holder with a light fixture kit she purchased at Home Depot and somehow ended up with this:

From Hydrangea Love
...which she installed herself after removing the old and tres uglee fluorescent light fixture herelf.  Yeah, she does wiring! 

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