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Display Name: shapes
Member Since: 5/14/13

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Terribly disappointing to have your original plan fail after all that work - don't know what I would have done then.

Glad you are happy with them, they look a good size and shape, useful pieces.


Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/21/14 03:24 PM

Very nice! Thank you for sharing. My childhood home also had a big carpet that had been cut in half for two rooms. :)


Jim & Laura's Light-Filled Providence Colonial House Tour
7/20/14 03:34 PM

This looks nice and bright and clean. :) Thanks for taking the pictures from the same direction for good comparison. Also thanks for not sending what appear to be perfectly reasonable cabinets off to the landfill.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Face-lift on a Budget
7/20/14 03:13 PM

Good job. Looks nice. :)


Before & After: A Hand-Me-Down Desk Is Reborn
7/15/14 09:46 PM

Love the army cot - brings back wonderful childhood memories! :)

Why are the knives on the table "a safety hazard" - what kind of behaviour do you expect?


Scott & Kristan's Inspiring Arts District Loft House Tour
7/15/14 11:08 AM

I want that screen porch with the steamer chair, oh my! :) What a lovely comfy home.


Alex & Sarah's Traveler's Home House Tour
7/12/14 09:31 PM

With turquoise lath , how can it possibly be "a sad little house"? Pictures, please!

I certainly understand the Lacking In Natural Light part, though.


10 Crazy Things to Do on the Ceiling
7/11/14 10:36 PM

Oh my, I'm among friends! :) No booze, no soft drinks, no ice cubes; old furniture, handmedowns. No sofa, no coffee table, no big guest rooms, very few guests - only those I love to see. My quiet place, my refuge, my retreat. Those I love say it feels like "coming home" or makes them think of their grandma's home - in a positive loving way, because they realize they miss that. Probably the musty smell of old books, truth be known.... ;)

Of course there are things that need fixing or changing, that's why I'm here on AT! Harvesting good ideas. :) Like new flower arrangements every Friday!

No apology offered!


Your Home, Your Choice: 10 Home Explanations You Don't Owe
7/10/14 02:27 PM

Very much not me, but obviously very you. :) Nice to see. Love the chicken wire door. I've seen a screen door on a bedroom to keep animals out, let breeze in.

Does that nice fireplace work? Does the chimney draw well? It looks unused (so clean).


Bridget & Jake's \"Make It Your Own\" Denver Homestead
7/9/14 01:47 PM

*That* is charming. :) When I was little I had a playhouse and I loved it so much. Yours is much more polished than mine was though, with the paint and furnishings.


Before & After: Backyard Shed to \"Small Piece of Heaven\" Playhouse
7/8/14 04:21 PM

Very attractive! This gray color is not dreary, maybe it's the daylight you have, I don't know.


Beth's New-Meets-Old Beach Cottage Inspired Bungalow House Tour
7/8/14 04:14 PM

Not many closets you can sit on to fix your winter boots.

If I understand the plan correctly, you'll close off the window to increase the light?


Introducing Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation Renovation Diary
7/8/14 04:06 PM

Dulcibella, if it's the book I have here, it's "Cats in the Sun". ISBN 0-8118-0678-2 Indeed a most calming coffeetable book, and makes me want to go there! :) Impossible for me to pick a favorite picture, all good.


Mindfulness at Home: Schedule a Slow-Down Day
7/6/14 01:04 PM

Well done. These pieces are useless nowadays for their original purposes - at least to most people. Technology has changed too much. But our need for storage seems ever-present! Vision and elbow-grease sure can go a long way. :)


Before & After: From Stale Stereo to Sassy Sideboard
7/6/14 12:54 PM

I like the cutting boards, but those are not the colors I'd use.... Green for veggies, Red for meats, Yellow for fruits?
Green for veggies, Brown for meats, Red for fruits? Fun!


Cute & Functional: 5 DIY Projects That Look Good & Make Life Better
7/5/14 02:34 PM

Oh for that last one - the shelves, big window, tree! I'd sit there happily and read.


Cool, Cozy Reading Nooks Creating an Escape at Home
7/5/14 02:29 PM

This is not my style at all, but I see a lovely home put together with thought and care. How to be so neat and clean - arrgh, that's just not me. Houseplants, cats, books, hobbies, old furniture - sigh. It really boils down to priorities and time. ;) And of course she "picked up" before the photo shoot!

Bedroom wall coloring is exceptionally flattering. *My* bed in a corner is a pain to make up. Still trying to figure out how to readjust things here. It's only been about 20 years... (rolling eyes)


Crystal's Dramatic Home in San Francisco House Tour
7/5/14 02:23 PM

Oh that Yarn Bowl (#5)! How useful, how pretty! I only know several people (including me) who would love to have such a thing. :) Thanks so much for posting the link.

How does one dream up such an item? Sigh. My brain doesn't work like that. :(


Great Handmade Finds from the 50 States: Alabama through Maryland
7/4/14 11:55 AM

Of course it depends what you want to cook. I seem to make lots of cookies, bean soups, spaghetti type sauces, simple meat dishes, simple veggie dishes.

I have pots of parsley, oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary. Fresh really is nice.

My local healthfood store has many spices in bulk amazingly cheaper than the grocery store. I use old spice jars or tiny (4 oz) canning jars for them. My most used are:
black pepper
paprika
ginger
ground cloves
nutmeg
thyme
curry powder
cinnamon
vanilla extract
almond extract
marjoram
parsley
bay leaves
rosemary
oregano (or at least a good Italian spice mix)

I keep them inside a cupboard on a lazy-susan turntable. Light can damage spices, I've heard.


What's In the Ideal Spice Cabinet? Good Questions
7/3/14 04:14 PM

Very nice - now I am going to do this for sure... it's been on my list for a couple of *years* and I've never gotten to it. :* Not only does it look more finished, it will look cleaner. Pale toekicks get smudged, marked, and surprisingly dirty.


Before & After: All White Kitchen Gets a Subtle Kick
7/3/14 11:59 AM