Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October's Bright Blue Weather

My grandmother reminded me of this poem when Dan and I began planning our October wedding. Because, after all, " Love loveth best of all the year, October's bright blue weather". It comes to mind every year. Thank you, Gradmama!

October's Bright Blue Weather

O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When Gentians roll their fringes tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

How to Make Fabulous Curtains on the Cheap and Without a Stitch!

Inspired, of course, by The Nester!

I should have taken before pics...but that would have required a lot of forethought.

It's easy...just buy cheap 84" panels -- keep it under $10 a panel.

Find coordinating fabric at your local fabric store. I added a yard to each panel because I hung them at the ceiling and really wanted them to still puddle at the floor.

Hot glue the coordinating fabric ( glue!) to the panels, starting at the hemline of the panel.

Cover the seam with coordinating trim.

Find cheap drawer pulls. I found them for 50 cents and spray painted them black.

Screw drawer pulls into the wall. Hang curtains with drapery hooks.

Now...for some dining room furniture...


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Anti-Labor Day

We were feeling the need to just get away.

We landed here: (30-A, Seaside, Grayton, Watercolor and Miramar/San Destin)And, it was perfect!


Dan and I put up a backsplash in our kitchen. Just woke up one Saturday morning with a burning desire to glue stuff to the wall. At least we found a productive way to manifest our fetish! I even got comfortable using the tile saw!

Here's our kitchen when we first bought the house. Check out the fab light fixtures above the table and island! Whew!
And, the after...with task lighting courtesy of paint, new fixtures and the backsplash.It has been easy, fun and pretty affordable to add our own touches...which makes this house a home -- and is my favorite part of living here!


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