No, I am NOT taking a washboard on vacation. Ever.

And that’s final!

I did, however, bring a travel iron on my honeymoon. And actually used it. I have no idea what I was thinking.

But we were talking about washboards  . . .


I found this sweet miniature glass washboard recently. It’s only 18 inches tall, so it fits very nicely in my laundry tub, or in a small pail if you want to take it outside. Yep, there’s more!

Cake-cover make-over!

I am a sucker for vintage aluminum. I love its soft sheen. To me, it’s so much nicer than chrome.

My kitchen has aluminum canisters, aluminum trays, aluminum spice jars, aluminum ladles, an aluminum butter dish. . .  You name it, I’ve probably got it.

So I was delighted to pick up this aluminum cake dome for free last summer.


The guy who gave it to me didn’t think it was worth even one thin dime. It’s dented in several places from being dropped and bumped. It’s got a couple paint splatters. It’s missing its base plate.

Worst of all, it has no knob on top. Read the rest of this entry »

St Lucia buns: much better late than never!

Once upon a time, I was not a very good baker.

In fact, I used to think that my baking was a lot like lingerie—fine for home, but certainly not to be taken out in public.

I’m a better baker now. Partly because I finally have a decent oven that doesn’t try to self-immolate in a blaze of overheated glory. I’m no longer on an embarrassing first-name basis with the guys at the fire station. Read the rest of this entry »

Month of Makeovers Day 19: Furniture FAIL redemption, maybe

These chairs for extra seating were left unfinished on Day 15 of our Month of Makeovers. Today was the day to get cracking and complete them.

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Month of Makeovers Day 15: Painted furniture FAIL

This should be a simple DYI post. I have furniture. I have paint. Put them together and it all looks great! (You, too, can try this safely in your own home!)



This is the painting day where some things turn out right and some things get left for another day.

Let’s start with my makeover FAIL. Read the rest of this entry »