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, June 2, 2013

Kitchens On My Mind: More Redos!

Hola!  I should be using the wet/dry vac in the basement and getting that cleaned up; I should be cleaning up the garage; I should be doing something - anything - to try and make less of a mess in my bedroom walk-in closet (do any of you have stacks of historical research on ancient board games on your closet floor and rabbit size dust bunnies???), not to mention straightening up the little room I laughingly call the den (it's mostly a junk room but it does have three very ugly and cheapo bookcases holding the bulk of my chess and history books and my old desktop computer).  I should be doing all of these things because I'm in the middle of refinancing and the appraiser is coming Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Instead, here I am, writing this after having visited some of my favorite blogs and having visions, once again, of a revamped kitchen...

It's probably just serendipitous coincidence that so many other people out there in blogland seem to be undertaking or have just finished a kitchen redo/remake/refresh/remodel.  I'm not planning a remodel but I do want to, at a minimum, refresh!  Anyway, it seems everywhere I look these days I'm seeing articles in magazines I'm reading and blogposts online about kitchens!

Here are a couple more:

Well, this one isn't exactly a reveal, but Barb at Turtles and Tails is revamping her kitchen by painting cabinets and walls and goodness knows what else, I'll just have to wait for the reveal, and added new hardware to the cabinets - which I just love.  I had no idea Target sold cabinet pulls and knobs, geez!  Where have I been?  Here is a pic of the handles:

From Turtles and Tails, May 22, 2013.

They're gorgeous - the Nautical in satin-finished nickel.  I have been absolutely shocked at the cost of various pulls and knobs at Menard's, which is my local go-to place for just about anything related to hearth, home and yard.  I have, in my small 10 x 10 kitchen 33 pulls!  Yes!  Thirty-three!

Now, I had every intention of painting my pulls with hammered bronze spray paint that I bought, er, some months ago...  But haven't gotten around to it.  I'm going to try a couple and see how I like them -- nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?  But truth be told, I'm just plain SICK of my old sleek Euro-style pulls.  They're boring.  The finish has worn off in places, too over the past 22 plus years of use, so instead of shiny brass it's mottled and dullish looking (shabby chic?), particularly on the handles on the cabinets above the stove, and the pulls on the undersink doors. 

Anyway, I checked online and lo and behold!  Target offers these beauties in a six-pack for $16.99!  Holy Hathor! I thought they would be WAY more expensive -- they look very high end to my eyes.  Doing the math, not bad:  6 packs of 6 and rounding the price up to $17 comes out to $102 (not including sales tax).  Comes out to about $2.83 per pull. 

Then, I visited another favorite blog, Forever Decorating, and there was a refreshed kitchen reveal! (Note: I just noticed that it is dated 1/22/2013 -- silly me, I specifically saved this particular blog post because I loved how the redo turned out.  That means I probably blogged about it some time ago, duh).  I am loving this kitchen!  I hope when I eventually get around to painting the west wall, soffits and under-cabinet areas with my darkish-taupe color (I purchased the paint more than a year ago, geez) that the contrast with my already white cabinets will look as dramatically pretty:

From Forever Decorating, January 22, 2013.
Now I'm starting to get grandios ideas, sigh.  I love the crown molding...  And I'll bet I could have molding added to my cabinet faces to imitate the look of these cabinets...  What started in my brain months ago as a simple paint job is getting more complicated by the second.

Okay, I've simply got to stop this right now.  I have to trot down to the Pick 'n Save and get working on that basement clean-up.  Argggh!  Decided that I'm just going to toss all the paper piles from my walk-in closet underneath my bed for the time being...


  1. Jan,
    Love your header picture!!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Las Vegas!!
    Sorry that I have not been by sooner..
    I have been so busy getting the yard and gardens planted and ready for the summer. We are now redoing our Powder room downstairs in prep of getting Pargo Max laminate wood floors throu out the entire downstairs in Spetember. Not sure if I will do laminate the look like tile in the Powder Room or go with tile itself....

    How are you doing??


    1. Hi Deb,

      I know you have been VERY busy around your place. I drop by when I can and there is always something you've got going on! I swear, you are the busiest person on the planet. Your front and back gardens are looking fabulous BTW. I wish you lived closer, I'd come visit and sit out back and have a glass of wine with you all. Hey, I saw at your blog the post where you mentioned that it is no longer cool to have header photos, HA HA HA! Who make sup these silly rules anyway? Is there a blog law enforcement panel somewhere out there? Personally, I love looking at people's header pictures because they give me a taste of what is to come and if I find the pics appealing I'm more apt to linger awhile and do some reading, especially at a blog that I haven't visited before. How exciting to be putting new flooring throughout your downstairs, wow, and what an undertaking! I am going to check out your powder room redo. Very curious to see what you do. I've got a downstairs bath that needs an update. I redid it about 10 years ago in shades of olive green and light purple (not lavender) but kept most of the original white walls and ceiling, and it's getting a little "old." Well, everything around here is getting a little "old," including me :) I;ll be by your place again soon; if not today, tomorrow for sure. Today I'm gearing up to get the grass cut out back before the rains come tomorrow. Sigh.