Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Whitie Tighties....Tabletop Tuesday

My family has been sick with a stomach virus for the past week....it has gone from family to family and each member has had it in differing degrees of yuckiness.  So far, Mike and I have managed to miss it.  Tanesia's family had it first...then it moved to Tiffany's family with the babies sick over the weekend and both she and Jacob were sick with it yesterday.   Needless to say, we have done lot's of visiting, holding and petting in the past few days...and not just with the babies.   These viruses, like the horrific storms we have seen across the country lately, seem worse than they have in years past.  Does anyone feel the same? 

I put together a quick tabletop today so I could participate in Marty's Tabletop Tuesday party.  She is the most precious person and she has a beautiful home.  You can click on the link here.  Be sure and drop by and visit with her and drop in on some of her guests...you'll be glad you took the time. 

I love white ceramic pieces and always keep my eye open for them.  I've used some white pieces in my tabletop, paired with a silver tray and offset with just a touch of brown and green. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tabletop Tuesday! Thanks for dropping by.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Two Weeks....Really??

As a blogger, I find myself apologizing a lot.  I feel really bad when life gets in the way and I'm not able to post very often or keep up with my blog friends.  I have been in the midst of a 'mini' kitchen remodel that has turned into a monster that is finally getting close to being contained and as a result, I have had NO time for blogging.  I apologize for not visiting and not keeping up my end of the bargain.  The good news is that I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully can get back to normal soon.  I'll be around to visit everyone as soon as I can. 

The intent with remodeling my kitchen was to make the space more functional and update the 1980's decor.  Removing two closets and a small pantry provided more space for the eat in kitchen area and removing some upper cabinets opened up a tight galley kitchen and made the kitchen appear more spacious.  We hired a contractor and laid out the plan and the work began.....our contractor was slow but the work he was doing was quality and I was initially blinded by the thought that I was actually, finally getting an update to what had become my albatros.  It is key to keep in mind here, that I said initially things were going well and the work was quality..... Oh, how quickly things can change.  I won't get into the nasty details but I should have been much smarter than I was...this was not my first rodeo but I had grown complacent and was just so glad to get something done. 

My first clue should have been when we sat down and when asked how long the changes would take, the contractor said.....two weeks.  Ha!  Am I an idiot?  Bells and alarms should have gone off right then!  Do you remember the movie with Tom Hanks called The Money Pit?  Yes, that's right....everytime Tom's character asked how long the remodel would take he was told......2 weeks.  I did not sink through the floor or anything and I was only dealing with a kitchen, but after 6 weeks we were still not finished and after a weekend where we found and had to rework several pieces of extremely sub-standard work, our contractor was 'Gone with the Wind'.  We have spend the past couple of weeks finishing up and redoing quite a few things.  It has been an experience.   Through it all and now that we are almost finished, I am feeling some satisfaction with the end result and I'll share some pictures of the complete kitchen soon.  I'll leave you with an image of my coffee area, so you will know that we really are doing something around here.   Still waiting for glass inserts for the top doors, needing to touch up the wall paint where caulked and need to remove some of the accidental paint on the hinges...so just overlook those little flaws and go for the vision!!


Joining the following parties.  Thanks, as always, to these ladies for hosting.

Seasonal Sunday
Met Monday
Show Off Your Cottage Monday

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