March 15, 2014


From the well kept but not used very much wardrobe; our friends Gerry and Roxie asked us to re-purpose their antique armoire and turn it into a large jewelry box. We had such a great time creating a piece that they enjoy and use on a daily basis. 
(Pic from internet because we forgot to snap a BEFORE shot)
We gathered pictures from Pinterest and began thrifting for knobs and hooks.
Roxie owns a sizable amount of jewelry and was storing it in piles on her closet floor. 
 Right away Rod began sketching out what ended up as the final project. Some of the shelves were reused along the back and side walls.  
Knobs from Home Depot and shower curtain hooks from the local thrift store were purchased. 
 Rod made a ring bowl and bracelet lazy-susan on his lathe to add a friendly look. 
Here it is all finished. 
BTW we had to add 20 more knobs and hooks. I should update the finished project!

February 15, 2014

Charity suffers Looonnngggg

Hey all! Did you have a lovely week which ended in Valentine Day? I've always loved Valentine Day because its a day that actions speak louder than words. 
The hubby prepared a nice dinner & gave me a necklace he'd made on his lathe. 

As I get older I find that the excitement for Valentine day diminishes each year because I've learned that its not the dinners or gifts but the value we place on building our marriage.
We've been encouraged listening to messages from Pastor James McDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. I usually listen to the broadcast while driving to work each day and my husband listens to the same message from his computer. At the end of the day we spend about 15 minutes discussing the message and what we'd learned from it. 
Today the podcast was a special video broadcast about building your marriage relationship and we wanted to share the link with you hoping you'd be just as encouraged to evaluate the state of your marriage as we were.
Have a wonderful weekend and next week we'll return to the topic of creating livable homes from simple inspirations.

February 1, 2014

Fake Ficus Tree, OUT!!

 Hello, Today is Saturday and the fake ficus is removed! Can I get an AMEN?
Last week it looked like this:
Not bad but definitely not the best.
I told you I would replace it with crook-neck willow but found my supply was too low in number to fit even in this small corner. So in the meantime I found a decorative ladder and I'm looking forward to adding some decorative stuff on it down the line – but for now just being functional as a blanket throw area is pretty nice!
Have a great day!

January 25, 2014

Design Rule

So I have had a bunch of questions serious, deep questions like...what should the distance be between the couch and the coffee table? 
WOW, there is a design rule for that!
But most of the time I use the 'rule' of design as a guide because its my house and style and I've got to make it livable and hospitable for all who enter it. Just in case you wanted to know though; What about the light above the dining table?
When it comes to things like what height to hang dining room lighting, there's not exactly a strict right and wrong. There are standards, and the standard height for hanging a chandelier or pendant over the dining table is 30" from the tabletop. But some rules are made to be broken. The fixture in my home, is 33" above the tabletop. I like this height - that's all - no rhyme or reason - I just like the look at that length.
Do you know the height of your dining room lighting? Know the rhyme or reason for how it got there?
The experts that I read on ;) – say fireplace mantles height and other dimensions should be in proportionate with the fireplace opening and the size of the room. 
The total overall height of a mantle can range from 54 to 64 inches tall from the distance between the floor and the top of the mantle. Our mantle is 64" from the floor. My husband generally follows the experts!
Now, my living room space is in an odd arrangement, usually all the time. It's the area that gives me the greatest trouble. The space includes a mix-mosh of furniture: love seat, chair, game table and china closet. So I do what I can with the space I have.
When you follow the general rule for the distance between the coffee table and love seat you should allow 18" between the two to give enough leg room but to be able to set down drinks or reach appetizers without straining. Coffee table heights vary greatly, but a good rule is to keep the table height and seat height within 4" of each other. Again, my space is and will always be in a constant state of arrangement. 
It's how I spend Saturday mornings!
Do you use silk flowers or faux topiary plants? I use faux greenery and silk flowers and see nothing wrong with it if they are very good quality - even top designers and high-end hotels use them. But after viewing the photo of my faux ficus tree - it has fallen out of favor, I rarely dust the leaves and its cheap looking. I do have a supply of curly willow for a natural touch and will defiantly swap out the faux for real.

Hopefully, you don't wonder or bother with what the experts or anyone else has to  say about the topic of design rule. 
Do tell though if you're a stickler or not toward a particular rule. 

Next week I hope to show you that the ficus tree has been replaced!

January 19, 2014

Pinterest Win / Fails

 Pencil fidgets - They allow the student to have something to move around in their hands. Students that require such fidgets have a need for sensory stimulation, and fidgets provide that within the classroom setting.
Too distracting - its a toy - Total Fail

 Bacon Pancakes! say what!
Keep foods separate in the griddle and on my plate! - Fail & Fail

TOTAL WIN - Charmin company; keep your advertising dollars

 Record rack turned platter holder
COMPLETE WIN! Re-purposing at its best

 Good appetizer for a party. Who doesn't love fruit salad, plus it's already in a cup so it's easy to grab
WIN! Its okay to borrow ideas from wedding planners

Dear friends, please post a win or fail that you've experienced from your Pinterest collection!