Friday, October 22, 2010

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I am addicted to "The Improvised Life" and love when they show creative spaces in use as opposed to staged for the camera.  It certainly makes me feel better about the messes I can create in my own home during my creative spells!  Forgive me for not showing the article or picture credit correctly.  I am still stumbling and haven't figured it out yet.  Please go to the link above to read the entire article or visit their blog. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Black, White and Plum

 Recently, my love for black and white has been rekindled after a long stray to the very colorful.  My kitchen is undergoing a black and white transformation. Tennis Court White with splashes of black to be exact.  Here is my latest China Find.  Black and White.  Perfect backdrop for seasonal plums drizzeled with local honey. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The last of the summer harvest.  This summer was not a great summer for tomatoes because of all the rain we endured in the midwest.  A couple of Sunday's ago, I finally faced my garden and was suprised by the abundance of pole beans.  They went up their bamboo poles, over the fence and around the scarecrow. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Re-Purposing the "Good Stuff"

These crystal candy dishes made 
their way to my house in the form
of wedding presents and inheritance
items from dear family members.

I don't keep candy around the house
and detest not using the things I own.
I have re-purposed these to hold the
spare grinds from my favorite coffee
and keeping those odd amounts of peas and beans in my cabinet.  

I am a firm believer that you should use everything you own, even the "good stuff" everyday even if it isn't for its original intent!  This allows my creativity to soar and re-purposing things is alot of fun!  Much better than storing wonderful items in boxes in the attic! 

Notice the exposed plaster and lathe--another post for another day!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blooming Jasmine

Blooming Jasmine Tea on a lazy Saturday. 
My favorite place to purchase loose leaf tea, drink tea, relax, and
contemplate life is at Gong Fu Tea. 
Visit their Web Site
and experience for yourself a truly wonderful store! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Improvasational Tackle Boxes

I have a handful of green tool boxes.  There is something about that Olive Green Color that I can't resist.  They no longer hold tools.  I use one in the kitchen to contain my bar, one on my desk to stow office items, and one for my sewing kit.  They can be easily whisked away for cleaning or closed up on those days when clutter is bothersome. 
This is my desktop toolbox.  The golden hue to this photograph is not a crazy
setting on my camera but the rays filtering in from a particularly beautiful

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Green Men--A Child's Touch

I deposited a green work bench and window frame, both earmarked for the bathroom remodel, along the living room wall one particularly successful Saturday afternoon, along with a doorknob.  My son immediately placed his little green men on the bench for a battle.  The effect is nothing short of charming.  There they stayed until they won the battle and were marched on.