Wednesday, August 22, 2012

lovely goodwill finds

Beautiful blue and white Delft candlesticks (99 cents each)

Lodge cast iron sandwich press ($2.99)

Gorgeous, feminine bowl (I'm using it in my bedroom to hold pearl bracelets)
made in Germany ($1.99)

 Plaid-lined Boundary Waters coat for hubby ($4.99)

 Anne Klein boots ($4.99!) in perfect condition...

 Have you found any wonderful deals lately?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

cookbook crush

Look what I found at Goodwill for under $2 -
 Ina Garten's Barefoot in Paris cookbook!
I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I adore Ina and her cooking show on the Food Network.
I added Ina's cookbook to my collection - some of which I haven't even cracked open yet, 
such as the other two underneath Ina's cookbook - Looneyspoons and The Art and Soul of Baking.

Besides the great recipes, some cookbooks also offer culinary knowledge and tips,
gorgeous photographs of food, and even stories.
Yes, some cookbooks are made to be read.

I have more cookbooks stashed in my china hutch.

And here's a clever idea for cookbook storage ~
stick them in a cute dish drainer!

Do you love cookbooks as much as I do?
What are some of your favorites?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

happy 25th x 2 ~ to me!

I turned the big five-oh yesterday.
I didn't have any problems turning 40...when you can say you're
40-something, it still sounds pretty young.
But 50? Doesn't sound so young anymore!

I spent the entire day - and way into the night - with the two loves of my life:
my husband and my son.
We spent the day at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago,
walking around and relaxing under shade trees, listening to bands.

It was SO windy ~ as evidenced by our hair and the choppy waves.

Check out the ferris wheel - 150 ft. up! 
It was closed due to the high winds, but there was no way I'd go on this anyway.
Big chicken!

There was a stained glass window exhibit inside Navy Pier; all so beautiful.
I took a lot of pictures, but these are just a few of my favorites.

OK, so this one is bizarre, but also kind of cool.

The highlight of our day was going on the Star of Chicago boat cruise.
Dinner buffet, cruise on Lake Michigan, and dancing.

Tim insisted on buying his mama a drink for her birthday.
It was really good! And a pretty blue-green color, like the sea.

The views of the Chicago skyline at night from the boat were stunning.
Sorry for the low quality of this picture - I don't have a fancy camera.

I'm shy in crowds and don't like to dance in front of people,
but Tim got me to get up and dance with him for the last dance of the night.
Appropriately, they played Donna Summer's, "Last Dance".
Brian took this picture of us (he's not a dancer) and we laughed so hard
when we saw it. It looks like Tim is about to give me a karate chop!
He was doing some kind of dance move called, "The Sprinkler".

 Today was a pretty mellow day.
I think I'm getting too old for this party stuff. ;-)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

family room rearranging

In my last post, I showed where I put the IKEA cube in the basement family room, 
under the Chicago picture.

I decided while I was changing things around down there, that 
I'd move the treadmill. It used to be here - in front of all the books.
The floors are painted concrete, so to cushion and "warm" the area,
I used a rug that used to be in the living room.
Now I'm on the hunt for a little wooden table and chairs for this area.

I then moved the treadmill to the space on the other side of 
the basement where my son's drum set used to be.
The black and white tree picture on the wall was formerly in my living room.

The Dreadmill fits perfectly in this awkward space ~
and I thought by leaving it unfolded with my gym shoes nearby,
it would spur me to use it more often.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

new living room shelving

I'm still working on redecorating the living room...

Previously, I had the 4-square IKEA cube on this wall
but after looking at ladder bookshelves online, decided that
one of these would be the better option.
I ordered this ladder bookshelf online from Home Decorators.

I moved the IKEA cube downstairs.
I think it looks much better in this space.
See? Sometimes you just need to "play" with different
furniture placement to find the perfect fit.

So, back to the living room.
It was hard picking out artwork for the wall space 
between the bookshelves and vertical pictures over the fireplace.
While shopping in Lake Geneva, WI, I found this
artisan made HOME sign at Refined Rustic and fell in love with it.
It's made from old barn wood.
The turquoise candle holder below the HOME sign is just a "cheap"
find from Hobby Lobby.

I think the HOME sign would've looked better right over
the bookcase, but if I told my husband that (he hates when there's nail holes
all over the place, especially after a new paint job!), he'd kill me, lol.
And then I'd be back to the same dilemma - what to put in the wall space
 between the bookshelves and the fireplace wall.