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Thursday July 7, 2011

Currently, sitting at my desk, Jake is behind me at his Big Red Desk, and of course, Judy is in the backyard.

And I am literally freaking out!!

Our little house is featured as a House Tour on Apartment Therapy today! I can hardly believe it!

This is soooo exciting!

Make sure to click on Enter House Tour to see all the photos.

living and changing

Monday May 3, 2010

Sometimes you just need a little change and other times you need a BIG change. I am somewhere in-between little and BIG when it comes to our house, our yard, and ALL OF MY CLOTHES!

I started in the bedroom and the revamp felt awesome so I have started to move to the other rooms in the house…..Oh, and I went shopping at Anthropologie and well, bought way too many new dresses!

Here are the living and dining room before photos. Basically, our house is really dark most of the time (I know it might not look like it in these photos but trust me)!  The dark woodwork, dark sofa, dark rug, and dark brick wall of the fireplace (which blocks most of the light from the east) make it feel very dark in our house.  I really want it too feel lighter but haven’t figured out how to do this without buying a new sofa, rug, and revamping the brick!  I did buy some paint for the living room so hopefully we can start painting this week.  Check out the full set of photos here.

I have always said change is good.  So, what do you want to change in your life?

Livingroom Before-9

Livingroom Before-7

Livingroom Before-5

Livingroom Before-4

Livingroom Before-3

A few more photos on Flickr.

birds of a feather watching the weather

Wednesday December 16, 2009

Here is a wide shot of my magical gnome forest — on the mantel. The gnomes are tucked in-between pine bows, nordic pines and other little treasures.



Last week I posed a few questions for potential party guests — today the answers to those questions.

Question 1: I bought four new ornaments this year, which ones are they?

Felted wool Santa made by Elsa Jo Kelm of Minnesota. I found the Santa, Ebenezer Scrooge and Gnomes at the Textile Center in St. Paul.


Felted wool Ebenezer Scrooge


Painted Santa Dog by Barbara Gilhooly.

Dog Ornament-2

And vintage Swedish Elf for $1.00 at local antique store.

Dog Ornament-3

Question 2: How many animals are on the tree? There are 14: one pig, two roosters, two dogs, two puffins, one crane, one bird, one moose, one reindeer, one sheep, one bear, and one hen.

Question 3: Knowing (or guessing) my sense of humor, what do I currently think is the funniest thing in our house?  This question was my favorite. Although I think Jake is very funny, he is currently not the funniest thing in my house right now.  This painting by Barbara Gilhooly is my sense of humor to a ‘T’ — if you look closely you can see a tiny bird giving the weather report on the TV (also, look for the tiny USA map).

Birds of a feather watching the weather — now that, is funny.


wooden toy plane

Wednesday July 1, 2009

Found this little wooden plane at a garage sale today for only $2 dollars!

Antique Wooden Toy Plane

The man who sold it to me said that it is a model Bonanza plane but is also called the ‘doctor killer’ – because at the time of original production only doctors could afford them…and many times when flying them they would spin out of control and crash. Found this to be true when I looked it up on Wikipedia as well.

I have it sitting on a side table in the porch.