Thursday, July 31, 2014

Living Room Built-ins

After living in this house for many years, this space had several issues. 

1.     Not enough seating
2.    Lacking coziness
3.    No storage
4.    No character

Given those criteria, I spent a long time trying to meet those goals.
The fireplace in this room sticks out 32 inches. I cannot change that but it provides an opportunity to use kitchen base cabinets to build in storage. 

The space is 98 inches wide so we used three unfinished base cabinets; 2 30 inch and 1 36 inch cabinet. Level the cabinets and secure into studs.

It looks good so far, ignore the plywood holding up the TV. We will add full shelves, to the ceiling and  enough trim to make it look built in.


A great start to this project. 

And this week, I found a soup tureen at William Sonoma for $29. Doesn't it look pretty?


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ants at Brunch

This week for the family brunch, I decided to bring some ants to the table… an indoor picnic with some little critters. Red and white checked makes the table feel very summery… is that a word?

Start with the tablecloth

Red geraniums…. Unfortunately, not enough blooms but pretty for the table anyway.

Ants coming to visit….

Mixing checks and polka dots. I love bandanas for napkins


The iron flatware and napkin rings are so pretty and black always helps to anchor any table. 

We put the doughnut holes on the “Share” plate, the boys need a reminder

The grandchildren liked it but the baby just wanted to eat the ant!

Brunch Menu:
Doughnut Holes
Assorted Juices and Jams

I am joining these ladies and looking at all their tables. Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and the Style Sisters.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Goals and Week Ending August 3

Okay, I am sewing the new living room curtains all week until they are done…. I am completely committed. Do you ever feel that you are pulled in so many different directions, you don’t get anything done? I am going to post an update to the living room this week too... Very exciting.

The only other project I am starting this week, until I get those curtains done is start prepping for fall classes. School is four weeks away and I want to prep for the entire year. So 9 exams, 20 homeworks, 10 quizzes and 20 pre-chapter quizzes to complete in the next four weeks. 
As always, weeding, deadheading and general yard work is always on my to do list. What are you up to this week?


Meatball Calzone
Cesar Salad


Grilled Peach and Chicken
Gruyere Tomato Stackers



Tomato Caprese Salad
Beer Bread


Chicken and Bacon Panini
With White BBQ Sauce
Homemade Waffle Fries


Mongolian Beef with Broccoli
Egg Rolls


Iceberg Wedge Salad
Hot Cheese Corn Dip

Sunday Brunch –

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
Fruit Salad