April 23, 2015

Best of 2014

Hello, friends,

I hope your weeks are going well so far. My Thursday has contained no bad news or unexpected messes so I can't complain.  To continue my monthly roundup of best finds last year, for April there is this:

a never used, new popcorn maker in the original box for $5.00. It's the kind you use unpackaged popcorn in and the gadget goes in the microwave. This was on my list to find after reading that individual packets pre-made for the microwave are super bad for your health, so it seemed like a good idea to make a switch. This was $5.00 and works perfectly. 

What were some of your fave finds in 2014?

Take it easy!


April 22, 2015

Still in the dining room

Hello, all, 

Are you glad the week is on the downward swing? I had a good time at GW today, buying a batch of books and new scratch mat for the cats and a couple other odds and ends. No more decor, though. I'm trying to quit. To that end, to springify the buffet shopping the house was the key to changing the terrarium. 

A bright tin pitcher with white flowers, an egg cup with a succulent and a small white pail with violets fill up the space. They are set on a layer of broken tiles that literally fell off a truck, on the corner by our house. Next to it is a green plant in a mercury glass container atop a couple of boxes, one wooden and one paper. The polka-dotted one was inside a more vibrant many colored print one both by Emma Bridgewater, but neither having a lid, so not ideal for traditional purposes but just fine as a stand. The wooden box was a recent purchase, but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. 

Our weather continues to be unsettled. Every time the least thought of doing something outside floats through my brain it starts thundering and rain soon arrives so a lot of those projects are on temporary hold. 

Have a good evening.


April 21, 2015

A little bit

of decor effort in the midst of a whole lot of much less pleasant c-c-c-cleaning.
It's hard to beat green as a color for spring, so a little beach umbrella and succulent in a silver cup are doing their bit to cheer up the dining room on a corner shelf. Tomorrow perhaps it will be onto the terrarium

Have a good rest of your day.

April 17, 2015

Hello again as we wind down another week. Time really is flying in 2015, at least for me. This week my efforts have been concentrated at the front of our house. The outside still needs a few new plants before it's ready for a photo shoot, but the peg rack by the door is available to show off. I set up a little vignette of summery things now the coats and warm scarves have been put up for the next six+months. Here's how it turned out:
A sun hat, a lightweight jacket, parasol, scarf, dark glasses and tote bag, ready to grab and go.
 The fake fern is in a lime colored pot for the hot months.

Of course, the picnic basket is right there too, ready to fill with a feast to  take somewhere fun to eat outdoors. That's my bow to the new season for guests so far.  Maybe we'll get to a nursery this weekend and outside will get its turn soon. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

April 16, 2015

Hair today . . .

Hi, folks,

Today after Bible study I got a haircut. No big deal, you're probably thinking, but you'd be wrong. You don't know about Venus Hair. It is a small shop in a quirky building where the owner, Susan Venus shares space with an old friend from high school, another Susan, Romeo this time. They usually go by their last names. Susan was a star last weekend in the Art Car Parade in this:
 She also is a cat person. 
A life-sized Elvis is usually by the door to greet you.
There's an art bike, too.

But here, why don't you see what it's like for yourself? http://www.venushairhouston.com/shop.html

I had a great time getting my hair cut, as always. If you're in Houston, you should go to 19th Street and check it out yourself.



April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

Nightmare on Tax Street


the IRS

Mr. B and his harried mate, Michele

This is a horror movie. Viewer discretion advised. Watch at your own risk!

On second thought, come back tomorrow when the trauma is less fresh and my heart rate back to normal. See you Thursday!


April 14, 2015

A Temporary Solution

Hey, Friends,

How's Tuesday treating you? We have more blessed rain again today. This is what spring is supposed to be like, yay! 

A while back I scored a vintage card table at the MAM store. It had a damaged top. 
 Then on a Manna Monday, I found this for a dollar:
It's a red vinyl, flannel-backed tablecloth. So . . .
Last night it got put together with some super fancy duct tape that resulted in this. Not a great or permanent solution, but good for now to work puzzles on till inspiration for a better fix comes along, and hey, the price was right. What kind of for the time being repairs or adjustments are utilized in your home right now?
Have a good one!