Archive | January, 2013

Little treasures

26 Jan

My boss got me a gift certificate to Savers (aka Value Village), my favorite thrift store. This was such a great and thoughtful gift! I used some of it (yes, there’s more!) to add these little treasures to my life: two cute Alfred Meakins cups and saucers (patient has known weakness for English ironstore) and these nesting Russian dolls.  The nesting dolls fascinate me. I’ve always wanted a set. I love opening boxes, so opening these up and putting them back together is deeply, deeply satisfying. I’ve been playing with them all afternoon. photo 1

Mish Mash

13 Jan

No projects planned in the house in the immediate future (though I do think the plumb-a-thon will happen in 2013…), but a few things to share:

First off is the anti-salt measures adopted in the downstairs hallway:photo 4

I got 20 feet of this 2.5 ft wide runner at Home Depot and a 3×5 foot door mat. They seem to be very effective in keeping salt and general winter filth from the floors. We recently lived through the Great Kitty Litter Disaster of 2013 (I broke a full bag of used kitty litter in the back courtyard en route to the trash can and every time Taggy went out in the back to take care of his bizness, he would track in hundreds of clay-based mucky pawprints. It was horrible, but today it was warm enough to get out there and hose off the steps — thanks, Global Warming! — and I just finished mopping like a madwoman, so I believe that is a chapter of life that we can all put behind us).

Nextly, I have been turning my home improvement energies towards shopping. Oops. I know I should be saving for the plumbing, but who could resist this charming table with fingernails (invisible in this horrible photo) on its paw feet? Not I. Trust me, the table’s gorgeous. I’ll take a photo in the daylight sometime.

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Also got these two little treasures, which represent two of my favorite things — (a) Ceramic stuff/boxes/men smoking pipes and holding canes and (b) desk stuff with gold embossed leather/writing/fleur de lys:

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A wonderful weekend spent with friends, in the shops, meeting new people, and walking the dogs — oh, and the Symphony. Yay!

New Book

7 Jan

I highly recommend “Germaine Moreau & the Mystery of the Golden Locket,” Anne Cross’s new release from Springdale Mystery Press. I read it before it was published and enjoyed it so much that I got a blurb on the jacket. It really is like Nancy Drew set in the Royal Tennenbaums (two of my favorite things).

If you read it and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review on — it’s available as a regular old book or as a Kindle thingy.

Germaine Moreau and the Mystery of the Golden Locket can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here.