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Display Name: TellaGraham
Member Since: 3/2/12

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That dignified dog and dumpling of a baby are making me smile.

We have cocker spaniels that go everywhere but the spare room. No dogs in that room so that when we have guests, they have a pet free zone to enjoy.

I know our house has a dog-fur problem, but if it bothers anyone, they are welcome not to come over. We live there with the dogs, who are our family. I know we have one friend who rarely comes over because he is kind of scared of/grossed out by dogs, and that's okay.


Keep Out: Pet-free Zones at Home?
3/13/14 05:43 PM

The lab is saying, "Does this bed make my butt look big?"


DIY Room Decor: How To Make a
Mid-Century Style Dog Bed
Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorial

2/21/14 02:58 PM

Did my husband put you up to this post? I TOLD him I would clean off the kitchen table later.

Seriously, I have got to get control of this when I make crafts and do art projects. It's no fun later to have to look at my mess.


How to Stay Clean and Organized During Craft Projects
2/21/14 02:48 PM

My dad is from the Texas Panhandle. When he was a kid back in the '40s he liked seeing the cowboys put peanuts in their glass bottles of Coke.

The cowboys were the epitome of "tough but cool" to a kid back then, so he too put peanuts in his Cokes.


A Southern Childhood Classic, Made Fresh: Meet the Peanut and Coca-Cola Cocktail
4/17/13 03:19 PM

@Life in Europe, I laugh to think of the German neighbors. My husband is German, and whenever we visit, I always laugh to see those tiny, immaculate front yard that no one ever uses. In my husband's village, everyone hangs out in their larger, walled (immaculate) back yards.
One day I was standing on the tiny front yard, waiting for the Husband and his Mum, and I waved at someone biking by the yard, just the sort of casual "hey" wave I grew up with in the South. The guy swerved his bike and nearly fell off. My husband and his Mum cracked up when I told them. Apparently, waving at people you don't know is surprising!


The #1 Reason for Hanging Out, Out Front
4/17/13 11:45 AM

I wound up where I am because when I was in high school I decided that when I grew up I wanted to live somewhere that I could see foreign films in the theaters when they first came out.
Baltimore gives me that, as well as music, art, theatre, and lots of good places to eat. Of course I live in the 'burbs, a short drive from all this, but it's there. As is lots of nature, hiking, sailing, etc.
Truthfully, I think most of us could be happy almost anywhere we found ourselves if we approached it with the right spirit.


What Do You Look for in a Hometown?
4/17/13 11:33 AM

I was just talking about the parties my parent used to have when my sister and I were ages 6-12. Mom and Dad moved the tv into our room, gave us great snacks, and told us that they did not want to see us in the front of the house unless someone was on fire or bleeding.
It was great. We watched tv in bed, which back in the 70s was an amazing treat, we only had one tv in the house and it was NOT in our bedroom. We got to eat the snacks, and maybe peek into the living room to see the adults playing cards or visiting.
Today though, most people I know don't have any control over their kids and seem to think that they should be included in everything from card parties to cocktail parties.


Bringing Children to the Party: The New Etiquette Dilemma
4/11/13 11:39 AM

@lynnindc - look for unflavored gelatin (Knox has one) in the same area of the store where you find Jello.


Why Panna Cotta Is the Perfect Dessert
3/27/13 03:23 PM

We have a fairly thick mattress pad on our bed to protect the mattress from sweat, bodily oils etc.
We were delighted to find out that it offered protection against something else.
Our elderly dog was on the bed, and unable to jump down by himself, he peed on the bed. I grabbed him and put him on the floor, ripped the blankets and sheets off, and whippped the mattress cover off. Complete save, not one bit of urine got through to the mattress. It's a LOT easier to wash a mattress pad than figure out how to deodorized an expensive mattress.


Bedding Basics: Mattress Pads
3/25/13 10:34 AM

I though I would choose the Abstract Clouds until I saw the price. Gah!


Fill in the Design ____________: Pick the Best Rug for this Bedroom
3/18/13 03:32 PM

Anything with a big taproot. Comfrey works. The best thing you can do is just keep adding organic matter. Anything organic: chopped up leaves, compost, aged manure/straw, sawdust (thought that takes a while to break down), the leaves of weed plants (but not the seeds!). Just keep getting that organic matter in and eventually your soil soil will have some tilth.


Jane and Justin's Backyard Before & After My Great Outdoors
3/15/13 02:16 PM

It's those crazy Germanic types, they LURVE mixing beverages together. My husband is German and I've seen him drink: mixed Coke-juice, mixed beer-lemonade, mixed coffee-Coke.
I've never seen him mix buttermilk and soda water, thank goodness, because buttermilk makes me dry heave, but as a combination, it's not crazier than other things they mix together!


Hacking a SodaStream: Have You Ever Tried To Make Fruit Sodas & Cocktails? Food News
3/6/13 10:27 AM

There just aren't enough adoptive families out there. Those of us in dog rescue work hard to find homes and it is tough. For the cat rescuers it is almost impossible, there are just so many that need homes.

I hope this encourages AT readers to get their next animal from a shelter. Adopt...don't shop!


Giving Up Your Pets
3/4/13 11:35 AM

I have a Janome Gem Platinum that is my home machine and travel machine. It can do everything I need it to, which is mostly related to quilting.
I also have an elderly all-metal Singer which I can still use for straight/zig-zag stitches on things like denim.
Before you go out and spend a lot of money on a machine because you want to try sewing, look on craigslist. In my area craigslist has LOTS of sewing machines, from antique-but-still-usable to practically brand new.


DIY Project Essentials: Shopping for a Basic Beginner Sewing Machine
2/27/13 01:02 PM

I'm getting ready to work with a landscape designer to transfer my rotten front lawn to a no-mow grass-free area full of native plants - a mix of shrubs, small trees, and perennials that will be good for the local insects, butterflies, etc.

We are going to develop a plan to execute over several years to plant mainly edibles in the back yard.


Gardening Resolutions:
Have You Made Any?

2/25/13 10:32 AM

How was the event?


Tonight! Designing with Farmers Apartment Therapy Design Evenings
2/21/13 12:10 PM

I make them with one cup water, 1 scoop whey powder, double handfull of spinach or kale, and any fruit (fresh or frozen) I have around.

I get that there are people that like coconut water, and for those who do, more power to you, but how is coconut water more hydrating than water? Isn't water pretty much the definition of HYDRATING? (smiling)


Recipe: Superpower Morning Smoothie Recipes from The Kitchn
1/31/13 02:22 PM

I grew up in a small university town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now I live in a suburb of Baltimore.
I love my hometown, but find that city living is good too. It is a lot different though. At home, things close down fairly early, and if it were not for the University, there would not be much "culture" or entertainment outside of movies.
In Baltimore, there is always something to do or see or enjoy. City living comes with a price though: traffic, crowds, and crime.


Urban vs Rural: What's in Your Blood?
1/4/13 04:14 PM

At this time of year it seems like all I want to read is books about gardening and flower catalogs. Timely post, thanks!


Maxwell's Bulb Project: Winter to Spring
12/31/12 10:29 AM

Once my niece got some money in her stocking, and we asked her what she was going to get with it. She promptly said, "Cheez Nips. My own box." And that's what she did. And the next year, Santa came through with a box of Cheez Nips too!


Hilarious Kid Gift Requests: The Year I Asked Santa for a Hamburger
12/13/12 10:56 AM