Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
ta da, here it is... "Pavestone" gray
No purple undertone after all, phew!
Here it is with the speckled granite
Next step... installing the new brushed nickel fixtures. I decided to go with BN versus ORB because of the gray in the granite. All the ORB I found had copper coming through it and I didn't care for that. So, new BN faucet, light fixture, TP holder, towel holder and outlet covers to be installed... soon.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Today I found something I wasn't looking for, but I always have my eye on when I see one. I found a bathroom vanity for our powder room, one to replace our pedestal sink with the shiny brass faucet.
I saw two other women looking at it, but then they walked away. I wheeled my cart over to look closely... nice dark finish, real wood, nice oil rubbed bronze hardware, nice neutral granite top, very nice price. I thought quickly, hesitated for a moment and then ripped the tag off to claim it! It's now sitting in my foyer.
Even my husband said it was a good find! I wanted to start the install right when we unloaded it, but no, it's patiently waiting. It has a good home now.
Of course I will have to find an ORB light fixture, faucet, towel and toilet paper holder, and paint the mirror frame in there ORB too. Maybe even paint the walls a different color... but it was a good find, and I am very pleased!
When you give a mouse a cookie you know it never stops there... especially if she's a remodelaholic!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Some people I know are already complaining of "cabin fever". Something I don't quite get, and by "get" I mean understand. I have no problem finding things to do at home. I've cooked and cleaned, played scrabble and read, and done 4 loads of laundry over the past 2 days with 2 more to come tomorrow. Do these complainers live in perfectly clean houses with nothing to do? Do they not like being home? Do they have no hobbies? That is sad!
I'm always doing something at home.
We are getting ready to paint the main floor, so while we were out we got a couple of paint samples. So far I like the one on the right.
Monday, January 10, 2011
For once the media hype happened... we actually have accumulation!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I'm not sure I'm in love with these bookshelves just yet, but for now, that's all I got.
I do love Hydrangeas, they feel like spring!
Monday, January 3, 2011
We have some intense home improvements coming up in a few weeks. My kitchen cabinets and countertops will be ripped out and replaced. After, before or during all that I want the entire main floor painted, trim too. And at the same time, the wood banisters will either be sanded and re-stained or replaced and stained, and we'll finally add those iron balusters I have sitting in the garage. I have the mess and chaos to deal with first, but then I get to enjoy the clean newness of it all. I'm looking forward to all of it, except for dealing with my dogs barking for 2-3 weeks! Hmm, they may have to go on a vacation.
My daughters and I have a baby shower to plan for my new grandbaby due in May. Invitations, a fun theme, colors to use... all fun and creative. I better start brainstorming!
Sewing to be done for that same new grandbaby. I'll make his nursery bedding and curtains like I did for Carter.
Exercise. Getting back to it. I've done absolutely nadda for the past month. Recovering from lung surgery and also this evil upper respiratory virus has left me with almost zero energy. Still. I have 4 more days on antibiotic and then I hope it's all a distant memory, and I can get back to feeling normal again. My VATS recovery this time has certainly been rough. I still feel the soreness, inside, where the incisions are. My post appointment is this Wednesday, so we'll see what the Doc says.
And then, I don't go for another scan until the end of April. That will be 5 months of not seeing what if anything is going on. That's a long time. I'm hoping once these "reminding pains" go away, I'll be able to enjoy those months without thinking about my health. No thinking, just enjoying. Playing tennis and golf again and being outside in the beautiful fresh air. Feeling good.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I shopped the local BuyBuyBaby and BRU and wasn't too thrilled with the quality of the cribs out there. One pet peeve of mine is that you can see all the screws that hold the thing together! That's a design faux pas to moi! My other peeve is the standard style cribs are a bit shaky. Shopping Craigslist since all dropside cribs have been recalled is scary too, although you can clearly see the dropside hardware and spot them. And besides, I just didn't see what I wanted.
I was very excited last week to win a blog contest sponsored by BB&B, for a $100 gift certificate to CSN Stores. And... guess what, they just happen to have a bazillion cribs on their site for sale! Thanks BB&B!
Reading all the reviews, on all the sites I've narrowed it down to these 2:
One traditional, one more modern. I can see either one in the room we'll be using. I like them both, and even though the 2nd one looks like a pen I like the clean simple styling. They both got very good reviews for quality and stability, and they both turn into a toddler bed.
Once I order one, I'll have to make my own bedding for it too. Add fabric shopping and sewing to the list of 2011 projects!
I'm ready to be creative and make something again!