November 20, 2014

Looking ahead

Hey, how's it going?

I try to do one holiday at a time, but sometimes jump the gun at least a little bit. Recently at the MAM store I  got this:
It was $3.50 and looked like a great option for holiday cards. In our previous house they were hung through or on the slats of a shutter door that is no longer available. It is cheery and in good shape, but it seemed like a little spiffing up wouldn't hurt either. My collection of holiday pins sprang to mind, so:
a few of those were added to make it more festive. What do you think?

Now, back to the regularly scheduled holiday of Thanksgiving!

Take it easy,


November 19, 2014

Knob Job

Hello, I hope you are doing well today.

Without any formal planning to do so, our new pantry got a mini revamp today. We got it when we moved in June. After hours of anguished effort, Mr. B got it assembled thusly:
It's hardly a piece of fine furniture, but it works to keep non-perishables in.Today those chrome pulls caught my eye and it seemed like surely we could do better than those, so:
Voila! A little contrast works nicely. Here is a close up:
The dark color and stylized flower design is much more appealing, don't you think? At least until Mr. B scores a winning lottery ticket and we can design the home of our dreams, complete with a real, walk-in pantry!

Have a good one!


November 18, 2014

Fly Away Home

Hello, all,

It's a beautiful, not too cold day here, glorious outside. May you all have such lovely weather to enjoy, at least for a while.

Do you wear Doc Martens? They are a brand of shoes from England that have a near cult-like following. You can read about them on Wikipedia here:  Not to be confused with the tv show Doc Martin. Production of these boots and other footwear began in the UK in 1960. There were largely boots made to begin with; those became very popular with postmen, police and factory workers. Now there are a huge variety of styles for men, women and children and a rainbow of colors. One of the joys of thrifting is the treasure hunt aspect of what may turn up on any given day. Last week Mr. B and I stopped at a Value Village not close to us on the way back from visiting his father. There I was pleased to find a pair of women's double tee-strap Doc Martens, white with a pattern of red and black lady bugs on them. 
How cool are those? They aren't my size, so off to eBay they go. They are in decent shape and appear authentic.
On the sole is stamped a logo that says "The Original" Inside a box is a cross with Dr. Martens Air Cushion Sole around it. To the side is the information Oil Fat Acid Petrol Alkali Resistant. In larger letters below is Made in England. Inside the heel is another Made in England label plus 8065 CK A10. Under the size is AW 0004. These correspond to a size 8 in US shoes, but are marked 6 for the UK. They have the AirWair label too. I am a sucker for t-straps, so it's a shame they aretoo big. I also own a pair of Doc Martens sandals, but confess, in Texas the soles are a little too heavy and clunky to be a good match for our hellish summers. Looking for more information and images I saw a pair of red plaid Mary Janes that made my heart beat faster, a silly style to covet at my age, but it's true. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to run across a pair of those one day, this time in the right size!

If you want to check out the auction, it's #390977081555 on eBay, or go to 

Take it easy!


November 17, 2014


Hello, all,

I hope your week is off to a good start. Ours is clear, sunny and cold. Still, Mr. B managed to finish up the disguise of an ugly eyesore. We began with:
Rotting boards nailed sloppily over a hole in the facade of the house.
This $3.50 purchase from Sand Dollar made an appearance.
A little spray paint covered up the scrapes and wear on the frame.

Joined with this we have the solution:
a piece of decorative tin, also found at Sand Dollar that met up with the board,  eliminates the sight of the ugly scrap lumber completely. One more picture:
Much better, don't you think? Our project completion rate seems glacially slow at times, but perhaps the arrival of the holidays and prospects of guests will ratchet up the completion rate some. I live in hope!

Stay warm.


November 13, 2014

What is it?

Hello, friends, I hope your Thursday is going well.

This is a mystery post. You will have a few clues, but no answer till later.
We think there might have been a window air conditioner in the hole behind this mess on the front of our house before the central unit was installed.
This is a $3.50 bulletin board from the Sand Dollar.
The frame got a coat of black spray paint. What happens next? Stay tuned for further developments!

Be warm!

November 12, 2014

One more cross

Hello, all,

It got cold here last night! Well, cold for Houston, anyway.

Mr. B. has been busy with other projects, so I hadn't gotten him to tackle the last, heavy cross yet. It, like the mirror from yesterday, was lying around without a good place to be hung. Also like the mirror, it seemed a temporary, but adequate solution was better than it lying on the seat of a chair in the dining room. Thus, utilizing an over the door hook, it is for the time being here:
This is the door between the library and hall that leads to the kitchen, dining room and living room that stays propped open all the time. It's not a great idea, but adequate for the time being. Immediately to the left of it is the chest with crosses on it, and the hanging ones are on the wall opposite, so it's with the others. 

That's all I've got today. 

Stay warm!


November 11, 2014

Small Changes

Hello, friends,

Sometimes do things in your house more or less become invisible? They're there, but you no longer register them in your sight. We are having company for Thanksgiving, so the dining room is going to need the lion's share of my attention for the next couple of weeks--mind you, none of the actual effort has really begun yet! Today while vacuuming the mirror propped against the wall caught my eye. It is so heavy it's really hard to hang on a wall safely, but it was getting old seeing it on the floor. So, this switch solved that issue:
In the front room we're using as a library there is a ledge under what might have once been an open pass through, but has been boxed in. The mirror is now on it, reflecting the rest of the room and the person wielding the camera, but fortunately the light blocks that out for the most part. It also served as a spur to move and dust everything up there, too. There had been a much smaller picture where the mirror is now. It has moved over a bookcase, thus:
Its size seems to work better in this spot anyway. Still left to do: curtains, at which point this room will be d-o-n-e for the most part.That's my small project for Tuesday.

Have a good one!