May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


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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