Archive | September, 2009

“creepy basement”

22 Sep

On WordPress, one can see which search terms people have used to get to one’s site. Today a search term that brought someone to my site was “creepy basement” – 🙂


“Grace Flows Down”

18 Sep

I bought this GORGEOUS painting titled “Grace Falls Down” at the Mattoon Arts Festival this year. It’s by artist Catherine Gibbs of Westfield, MA.

I saw it on her web site when she signed up for the festival and thought it was lovely then, but seeing it in person just floored me. What a wonderful painting. I love, love, love, love it and hope to be able to buy more of her paintings in the future. I like to just sit at my kitchen table and look at it.

Especially as it is getting colder and it will be a great visual comfort in the winter!


Garden Tour, Sept. 2009

16 Sep

Some years we have a garden tour as part of our arts festival, and 2009 was one of those years. So I tidied up my garden, filled up the fountain, and let the sun do its thing. Here are a couple of photos I’m planning to look at over the winter to remind me of warmer times….

King Cricket

15 Sep

I had this big cricket hanging out in my garden for a few days, but I haven’t seen him for a while. I call him King Cricket because he’s so big. He has these really soulful eyes, and I just love to look at him. He has stripey legs, but I think he may be missing one leg. Anyway, here are some photos of him in my little back courtyard. I wish I had more zooming power, oh well!

Getting ready for the festival…

15 Sep

We have a fantastic arts and crafts festival on our street every year — it’s always the weekend after Labor Day. There is a magical moment on the street when all the cars are gone, and the street is swept clean, and no one is around…. and then the exhibitors start setting up. But here are some photos of that magic moment of silence…

And here’s the festival web site (maintained by yours truly):

Darkening things up nicely

11 Sep

As one of the final touches for the stripey hallway, I looked high and low (okay, only on the Internet) for black and white polka dot clip-on chandelier shades. To no avail. The closest I found were perforated black and white shades made by Kathy Ireland and sold at LampsPlus. They were $9.99 a piece, plus shipping for a total of $65.00 for five shades. Well, after a long long wait and some calls to customer service, they finally arrived today. I think they may have been discontinued, because I just searched on LampsPlus to find a link to the product and couldn’t.

Well, they’re here. They’re pretty poorly constructed, the glue has worn away in some spots where the shade was attached to the wire frame (maybe that’s why they aren’t showing up on the site), but they look okay for now. I had four matching (quite nice but plain) silk-covered shades on the chandelier before, plus one that sort of matched the others. So if worse comes to worse, I suppose I can figure out how to re-cover the others and/or find someone to do it.

But I think these look okay — they’re pretty nifty with the light shining through them, and they darken things up considerably (I have two sorts of friends — those who love the old dark Victorian look, and those who are constantly nagging me to open drapes or get more lamps or do “something to get more light in here”).

Here are my photos, but please bear in mind what a poor photographer I am! I think they look better in person.

My kitchen

9 Sep

My kitchen is really nice. My house had been a boarding house for single men since at least the 1930s. Each room had its own gas stove and sink. Hence, no need for a kitchen. In the room that has become my lovely kitchen, there was a barely-used all-in-one sink-stove-fridge dealie (now in the butler’s pantry, q.v.). And a table. That’s it! So, flush with money from the sale of my old house, I hired a very inexpensive contractor and bought a lot of nice stuff. It took six months for the ground floor of my house to be redone, but it was worth every minute of agony, microwaved popcorn, and drinking out of the bathroom sink.

This is the only white ceiling in the house… it’s definitely time for a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and I think the ceiling may need to get some color when that happens (next summer though, I’m done with painting for the year).