Flowers...

I got a lovely bouquet of flowers the other day and it was time for me to cut them down. Once I did, they didn't fit into the vase the way they should, so I looked around for a different vase. Then Ziva told me, "mom, use a jelly jar. Geez, sometimes you are so unimaginative...!!!"



So I can't take credit for this idea. Now you know that Ziva is the brains of the operation around here...




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China hutch redo

I have been looking at beautiful china hutches in blogland lately...and it made me realize that mine wasn't done to it's full potential. I love my Hinayana Hugh I found on craigslist...but it never looked right to me. So I went wearying for inspiration...and I found it. Now, here is the new and improved...btw...her name is Betty...











Still not where I want it, but better nonetheless. Soon it will be painted...red more than likely. Or turquoise...or antique white...


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It seems strange to call the top of a china cabinet a tablescape, but I am willing to go with that. I wanted to change a lot out to spring, but felt I needed to leave a spot for my rooster...my favorite rooster...of course her name is Betty. I name everything Betty...






Nit the best picture, but I have a feeling that my photos are about to get a lot better...a benefit of being married to a professional photographer... ;)


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I love scrambled eggs, but after a while it can get boring. So I decided to liven it up a bit this morning. I cooked the eggs with garlic, onion and cumin. I added fresh tomatoes and topped it off with some delicious sour cream. It was definitely a good start to a great day...



Hope your day was a good one!!! ;)


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I had these beautiful paintings in my kitchen. In fact, I moved them there last week. It just seemed too heavy to me...so I hit blogland looking for inspiration...and I found it.
Have you ever been to cherry hill cottage? It is one of my favorite blogs. Her kitchen is just perfect...and between her kitchen and her sister kathy's kitchen, you are sure to be inspired. I was looking at kathy's cottage kitchen and it hit me. I have some of the same things hanging around my house. Maybe I should move it into the kitchen...duh! I wanted a lighter look in the kitchen and a more sophisticated look in my bedroom...why not switch them around??? So, I did. Isn't it funny how the obvious solution always seems to evade you...at least me at least. So here is what I did. I still need to paint, but now I know the direction I am going...




















Now I think that is a good start. Now i am a lot more motivated to finish her up. Btw- I named my kitchen Betty...is that weird????


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Our trees are beginning to leaf out. My coreopsis is starting to grow and I couldn't be more happy! I hope you are having a beautiful day and starting to see signs of green...



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I made breakfast for us today. Do you like milk in your coffee? I do! I made us some coffee cake served on some lovely vintage napkins and place mats. I just love the color! They are so happy looking!!!








The sun is shining this morning and it makes me think of you. Is it sunny where you are? If not, I will be happy to share some of my sunshine with you. And if it is dark and bleak where you are, colorful napkins always brighten my day...!!! ;)

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My desk area

I finally have my own place in our house. This is difficult in that we have 7 people living in about 1100 square feet of house. I am not complaining though. The only thing I would change is the bedroom sizes. Everything else works for us. So now I have a designated space just for me. I am sure the kids will use it for homework as well...but I have laid claim to my own space none the less...cherries always mark my territory...












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My desk

Everywhere I read lately has been about how people have their own private creative space. I felt really jealous. Then I read about how you should look at your house with different eyes to carve out a space. In a house with 7 people, that is no small feat, but I think I found a spot.
I recently bought a desk on craigslist. Already black, so I didnt have to paint...it was the color that I wanted anyway. Then I hit the thrift stores for decorative accessories. I think I made it cute...!!! I am happy with the results and I will post pictures tomorrow.
I am writing this blog on my new iPad...and it is very strange to say the least. So if I have bad grammar, please forgive me...

No Water...

Decatur City has been out of water since yesterday. I can't tell you how important water is...unable to clean dishes, flush toilets...even get a drink. Needless to say, my house is a wreck. There are tons of piles up dishes and no way to clean them. The city decided not to warn anybody, so by the time we found out we would be without water for 24 hours, all the water in the stores was sold out.

I will have so much clean up to do when this is all over. It might be a nice cleaning break, but when you can't flush a toilet and people still have to go to the bathroom... then the scented candles don't really help.

It should be back on by 1700 tonight. Oh yeah. I am very disappointed how this has been handled. We live in an 1100 sq ft house with 7 people. I can't tell you how much of an inconvenience this is. One thing I have learned from all of this is that indoor plumbing isn't that great without water. I would do anything for an out house right now...