Saturday, September 17, 2011

John's Silly Science Birthday Party

party favors for John's Silly Science Birthday Party

test tubes filled with Nerds candies

the label says

Top Secret Thinking Drops

Developed at JMM Labs

code: 09232004

JMM = John's initials

The code is his birthdate.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011



headstone of Mathias Ortner, my great great great grandfather
born 1811 in Bavaria

buried in East Bennington, NY

Thursday, August 25, 2011

reading nook

It's 30 inches wide by 53 inches deep. The low wall at the back is 34 inches high. The door is 24 wide by 71 high.

So - how to do it?
What color paint?
Any neato rugs out there?
Inspire me!

I want to turn this closet under the stairs into a reading nook for the kids.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

our wedding

September 27, 2003

my wedding ring

When we got married, Rob gave Emma a bracelet with a single flower charm matching my ring.

white gold

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lovely Lilac

After nearly six years of Bella Ballerina Pink, Emma's room grew up a bit with Lovely Lilac!

We painted the walls in a satin finish, and put some details in a semi gloss finish of the same color. She got a painted headboard, huge flower, and some details around the room.

Monday, July 11, 2011

changing paint in dining and living rooms?

The paint in the dining and living rooms is Kilz Colors Brown Sugar. It's also on the stair wall and the hall and ceiling upstairs. I need to touch up the paint since there are little messed up areas from when the electric was rewired (fun with old houses!). But, alas, no one around here carries Kilz Colors anymore. Annoying, BUT - this could be a chance to change up the colors. Ideas?

Things to know:
1. I don't want to repaint the stair area unless I really need to. Painting it was zero fun and I'd not like to do that again anytime soon. So, ideally, the new color would go with the old color.
2. The new color also needs to go with the purple in the kitchen.
3. I don't need the living and dining rooms to be the same color, but I kind of like it.
4. All furniture and stuff will stay as is. I'd be willing to recover the seats of the chairs in front of the fireplace.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Gray cabinets?

I hate my cabinets. They are a creamy off white. The whole kitchen feels too "country" to me. I'm pondering gray cabinets. I love gray.

The trim is pure white, which I love.

The granite is earthy tones - browns and grays and some color.

The appliances and sink are white.

The lights, faucet, and fixtures of silvery.

The floor is the original heart pine.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Family Rules

The kids and I had a rough morning. I grouchily dropped them off at Vacation Bible School and then did a bit of shopping. This print was shoved behind a bunch of trite prints depicting seasides and puppies wearing baby clothes. I thought it was perfect, exactly what I needed.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

What to plant in the corner?

What should I plant in the area circled in red?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

See the space above the french doors? framed with wood? (That will all be painted later.)
What should I put there? The space is about 15" by 6 feet or so.