Monthly Archives: January 2012

Date Night

Looking forward to hearing Jim Brickman tonight at North Central College in Naperville.  Everyone here can bang out something on the piano!  That also explains the piano stanza that hangs in the kitchen.  For those of you that have asked it reads:   Teeter, tawter, bread and water, wash your dishes, little daughter.

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Re-Purposed Library Card Catalog








I actually do have have vintage library card catalog doing double duty in my home.  It houses my vintage postcard collection.  And no, not every drawer is full yet!  The bell collection resting on top of the cabinet was started in honor of my Theta sisters from Indiana University and reminds me of them every time I walk by.  Corinthians 13.  And finally, with the marble top it acts as server in the dining room every now and then.    I highly recommend them for use.

Linking to:  Furniture Friday, Vintage Inspiration Friday, No Minimalist Here

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Privacy Please

Frosted Glass


Bathroom Mirror


Front Door Bath Window


Window Sprayed with Frosted Glass

Window Outside at Night

I have very few window treatments in our home.  I love light.  The front door bathroom window however, was a problem.  How do you keep the natural light but also have privacy in a bathroom?  The bathroom mirror is vintage and has an etched flower basket in the corner.  I decided to repeat this design in the window.  Using contact paper and painter’s tape to create the design, I sprayed it with the window frost then removed the the paper and tape with a razor blade.  Mission accomplished.

Linking to:  Wow us Wednesday, Very Merry Vintage Style



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Snow Finally!

This post is for my Mom and Dad who are in sunny Florida right now.  Yes, Chicago has snow and this is what it looks like.  Be glad you’re there!

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One Down, One To Go



The week before Christmas I started knitting these double loop scarves for the girls.  I thought for sure I would have them done in time.   My husband said I was crazy.  For the record, he was right.  Oh well, better late than never!  One more to go.

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Vintage Card Catalog

I saw this the other day in the basement at Jackson Square in LaGrange, IL.  Now, wouldn’t this be the ultimate recipe holder for the kitchen?  Actually, I would love to have this for my postcard collection.  Just think, I could spend eternity trying to fill it!

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What I’m Reading Now


Unfortunately, this is book is also reflective of what is happening in the rural communities in Indiana.  What can you do?  Fight back.  It’s your home town.

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Collector’s Kitchen Part 3: Red










Continuing the kitchen makeover, this is the wall perpendicular to part 1 and 2.  I hope you enjoy my favorite part of the kitchen:  command central.  This is where most of the real kitchen work gets done.  I absolutely love the color red and this is where I spend most of my time.  Gene from Applewood Cabinets designed this area with my four kids in mind.  Each child has a drawer of their own.  And for me, a couple of glass display areas as well.  The kitchen is where we live.  It has everything we need and could possibly think of thanks to Gene!

Linking to:  Wow Us Wednesday, No Minimalist Here, Very Merry Vintage Style


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Garage Sale Table Re-Do





I’m not sure these pictures need much explanation.  Who paints a Bull’s Eye on a table?  When I bought this oak table at a local garage sale for $10 and asked my husband to pick it up, he thought I had lost my mind.  However, not only did he get out the stripper, he did all the refinishing work along with glazing the rim of the table my favorite color:  red.  Two people operate successfully here.  The one with the vision and the person who executes that vision.  Linking to:  Furniture Friday, Metamorphis MondayVintage Inspiration Friday, Too Much Time On My Hands

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Canon Forever





My first Canon camera was the AE1 Program purchase in the early 1980’s.  It has traveled throughout Europe, 4 children’s toddler years and most recently my son’s high school black and white photography class.  It is loved.  The Canon digital Elphs were on the run to every sporting event, antique shop, flea market and all around Chicago.  They have recorded numerous knitting and rug hooking shows.    My new baby is the Canon Rebel T3i that I received this Christmas.  I am still making my way through the manual and looking forward to my one on one with Jason from Jason Wolf Digital Images.  Better pictures coming soon!

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Kitchen Wine Cork Board




Once the kitchen construction was done, we had one bare wall left in the kitchen.  If you know me, then you know there are no bare walls in this house.  So, I asked my two handy guys to make a bulletin board out of wine corks and an old vintage picture frame that I bought down at Jan’s Antiques in Chicago.  They ended up making wine cork bulletin boards for our entire family and one huge one for the kitchen.  And yes, we did have all of those corks lying around the house.  What else are you going to do when you are under construction?

                                                                                                                                                                       Materials:  Vintage Picture Frame,  Wine Corks, Plywood, Elmer’s Glue

Linking to: Funky Junk Interiors, Wow Us Wednesday, Common Ground, Handy Man Crafty Woman


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Collector’s Kitchen Part 2

Kitchen Before


Gene Sire from Applewood - The "Wizard" - My new kitchen in the background


My new kitchen in the "raw"


Ready and waiting for cabinets


Kitchen After

My husband, the real cook in the house, tells me that this is a very functional kitchen.  The collector in the house loves that fact that we can change out the display areas above the oven, the red cabinets, the refrigerator nooks and the coffee center.  I opted not to have a tiled back-splash.  This allows me to also change our pictures seasonally in the oven area.  Favorite colors in this house:  red and black.  I don’t do white.  The granite counters mimic the soapstone that wasn’t in the budget.  Gene from Applewood included some innovative details in the kitchen which I am saving for part 3.  Linking up to all the usual places, Wow us Wednesdays and No Minimalist Here.


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