Glass Tile Table

Early last year a good friend was giving away a bucketload of tile samples she got from a specialty store. I didn’t want everything, but I did want the glass tiles. I have wanted to try another table project ever since the back porch coffee table project. And now I want a bench/table on the front porch.

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Christmas in the Office

My office decided to have a cubicle decorating contest this year. I had a great time planning what I was going to do and what ornaments I wanted on my little tree. I won the competition. Partly because I am so darn creative and told everyone how I made everything, and partly because only one other person decorated with more than a wreath.

The first bits go up.

The first bits go up.

The beginning of my inspiration was a banner on Pinterest. It doesn’t look like the HGTV link from there works any longer, but I only needed the inspiration. I have a shelf on my outside wall, so I thought it could stand in for a mantlepiece. D— is a much better draw-er than I am, so I asked him to take a length of the roofing felt that we had leftover from doing the entry hall and draw a fireplace on it for me. He found a pastel crayon that didn’t flake and had this for me in about 30 minutes. Continue reading…

Applesauce

I almost feel silly posting a recipe for this. Almost. I’ve been experimenting with this for several seasons now, and I think I’ve finally hit on the right combination of ingredients.

Cooked down overnight

Cooked down overnight

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Mansfield, OH

On May 11, D and I went to Mansfield to see the Ohio Reformatory, location for several films, the most well known of which is The Shawshank Redemption. Empty for the last 25 years, the state of decay the place is in now is fascinating. And beautiful in a textural sort of way.

Transom in an office window

Transom in an office window

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Shrimp Ravioli

I’ll admit it. I got this from another tasty looking blog. But I did a few things differently. Mostly I did one thing differently. I didn’t feel like making pasta this time, so I used spinach won ton wrappers. Absolutely the way to go if you don’t feel like putting in the time for the pasta, or you are really bad at it. I’m not bad at it. I was just lazy.

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Banana Bran Muffins – Or How to Eat Healthy and Still Have Your Sweets

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I know you have some overly ripe bananas in your house. We all do. And there are only so many smoothies you can make before you want do do something else with them. Here’s a recipe I found elsewhere and adjusted a little bit. It does have some sugar but not a whole lot. The really good bits are whole wheat flour, bran cereal, low-fat buttermilk and of course, the bananas. Coninue reading…

The Half Bath – Finito

When we left off, I had finished the floor and needed to wait another day for the grout to set up. D— jumped in to help me with the painting and the moulding. He painted all the bead board panels and moulding. The biggest tip I have for anyone who takes a room down to nothing like this is to paint all your moulding before you install it. It’s far easier to touch up nail holes and caulk than it is to paint it on the wall.

paneling before moulding

paneling before moulding

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The Half Bath – Day 5

Today was grouting and a few odds and ends. Since I can’t stop to take pictures as I’m doing the work, and D— wasn’t home to do it for me, I only have After pictures to show you.

When the grout was wet

When the grout was wet

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The Half Bath – Day 4

I did it. My first experience with a real tile floor. I did a coffee table a few years ago, but that doesn’t really count since it was totally free form. But first I put up the new light fixture so I could see what I was doing in there!

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