Archive for September, 2010

“I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost”

I’m not just about new lamps and throw pillows. Oh, no. I fix toilets too. Our downstairs toilet was “ghost flushing.” Basically, the flapper wasn’t closing all the way. Water would leak out of the toilet slowly, until the float level was too low and then the toilet will fill itself up again. This was […]

Home Improvement

Check It, a Homekeeping List

I am not a very good homekeeper. Our house is never as clean as it should be. There are even times when if you came knocking on my door, I would not let you in. And that’s sad because I really like having company. So I made myself a checklist. Nothing motivates me more than […]


Recipe to Try: Homemade Pop Tarts

Via Smitten Kitchen Homemade Pop Tarts Adapted from King Arthur Flour Pastry 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats 1 large egg 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk 1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry) Cinnamon Filling […]

From the Kitchen

Living Room Update: 1 hour, $12

Last week I showed you how a few accessories made a big difference in our living room. Here is another example. Remember that scary table in the corner? Well, thanks to a $12 Target table cloth, two dining room chairs, a lamp that was on the other side of the room and some re-purposed frames, […]

Home Decor

Halloween Party?

I’ve always wanted to host a Halloween party. I don’t think this is the year to do it, but this Pottery Barn collection really makes me want to. Bone Martini Glasses Skeleton Hand Condiment Set Bone Spreaders Haunted Gate Wall Mural (Scary!)


Living Room Update: 1 hour, $0

Remember my fruitful trip to TJ Maxx? I hit the jackpot and spent no money thanks to a gift card. Well, those items now look perfect in our living room. For now I’ll show you the lamps and the pillows. Remember what the couch looked like before? And here is what a few accessories can do.

Home Decor

Get ‘Er Done: My 35 Before 35 List

OMG. I’m 30 (as of today). The tick of the life clock just got a little louder (Dramatic? Yes.). Forty seems way too far away, so here’s my 35 before 35 list. (OMG. In five years I’ll be 35.) In no particular order, I will: Make a fancy cake, all by myself, that tastes as […]


Let Them Eat Cake (Or Decorate With It)

I just love this cake art by Paul and Jordan Ferney. If I could afford three of them, I’d snatch them up right now and hang them in my kitchen. I wondered if I could find something similar on Etsy. This is what I found (click on the photos for details):       Which […]

Home Decor

One Fun Thing: Soulja Boy Dance

In a totally-unrelated-to-home-decor post, I bring you the Soulja Boy dance. Jake and I attended a gorgeous, fun wedding in Denver and at the reception the song Crank That (aka the Superman song) came on and two of the guests broke out into a routine. Now, I love a good dance number and was so disappointed that I […]

One Fun Thing

Living Room

Just off our front entryway is the “formal” living room. Here’s what it looked like in June (fair warning…it’s boring and ugly): We picked up the chairs via Craigslist as temporary place holders.     Eeek. Borderline embarassing. But if you think this is bad, you should have seen it when we moved in. I don’t have any photos, […]

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