Gettin’ ahead of myself…

Ok , I was gonna wait to post any bathroom pictures until it was done, but my brain can think of nothing else to blog about so I will just post this one picture of our mostly done sink/cabinet. I think I have already told you all that I found this sewing cabinet at Goodwill for $9, and I just loved the style of the legs and the simplicity of the thing as a whole. So I removed the fold out wood top and painted it “Rock Bottom” (I know, y’all never thought I’d use any blue in my house…) and I repainted the knob which was a goldy brass color before. Josh jigsawed the hole for the sink to fit into. I had previously planned on doing a simple wood top (painted or stained) and having a drop in sink, but after wood shopping I decided that for price and ease of maintenance a solid surface top would be best. I was thrilled that they sold them 19” x 25” because that is the perfect size for the sewing cabinet. I think I like it better than I would have had I gone with a wood top because it coordinates so well with the shower and (future) toilet. I am contemplating painting a stripe across the front panel of the cabinet to match the doors on the built-in, but I’m not sure yet. And we have picked out the faucet but we won’t be able to get that quite yet, maybe next week. I just love the way it’s turning out! When we are finally done with the whole bathroom we are gonna have a P-A-R-T-Y! ;P
We haven’t hooked up the plumbing yet, but when we do we’ll have chrome pipes so that will look a lot nicer than the current copper sticking out from under. I should have swept the floor before I took the picture… oh well.

Cabinet Dweller

This is what I found yesterday when I was putting a bag of chips away in the cabinet by the fridge… I saw his feet first and it scared me and dropped the bag of chips. Notice he moved stuff out of the way to make room for his fat self. Crazy Tom.

Linen Dish Towels


I am known for my thrift store and yard sale shopping habits. One of the things I fell in love with early on when I started shopping for old cast offs was linen dish towels. It took me several years to actually use one, as a dish towel, I mean. Until then, I had used them for table scarves and various other decorative ways. But that was before I knew how well they worked for what were intended! I’m not sure what made me try one on a clean wet dish a couple years back, but I am SO glad I did! They are stiff when they are “new” (unused, anyway) but after a couple of washes they soften up and absorb so much better than any terrycloth towel I’ve seen. They dry more quickly too, after being used you can just hang it up for another use later in the day, unlike with terrycloth that stays damp for hours (a pet peeve of mine). Besides the fact that they work well, you can find some ADORABLE vintage ones (the best ones are vintage by far) that look cute instead of utilitarian. Here are just a few that I have picked up over the years :

Something Borrowed

I am so excited about my sister’s upcoming wedding! For any who may not already know, they are planning for it to be sometime in May of ’09. She called me a few days ago to ask my opinion on some brides dresses she had found online. As I was looking at them I remarked at how similar in style they were to my own, and she immediately asked me what size mine would have been. I had already thought of offering it to her, but didn’t know if she just wanted a new one to own for this fresh start. So I told her that I didn’t know but that it would probably fit her since I was about 5 sizes smaller than I am now when I got married. I emailed her some detailed pictures of it and she has decided to use it! I think that is so awesome. It seems kind of old-timey to be using your sister’s wedding dress. I will probably be taking it to her sometime in the next couple of months next time I visit so that we can make sure it can be altered to fit her. So anyway, I thought that that is a very neat prospect and I hope it will work out!