For the Garden

irish garden house for summer nights
whisteria cottage wall
rainbows in ohio

Ideas, decor, and inspiration from our garden in Ohio and our garden in Ireland.

  • Garden Ideas: Grow Your Own Veggies
    Today is over 89 degrees in Ohio…but it’s going to snow on Sunday.  Craziest weather I have ever seen! The weather got me in the mood to think about my garden.  In the condo, I have a ring of gardens around the place so there is a good bit to play with but they are nowhere near the expanse of the gardens in Ireland. There are raised […]
  • New Age Healthy Eating – Update #1
    If you remember, I talked a bit about going to a new age type approach for health and I was stressing healthy eating. I wrote about it in my chlorinated chicken blog here. My neighbor told me there was a fantastic local doctor’s program that used integrated health approaches for health promotion. Again, very new age to me, but she was an […]
  • CONDO LIVING. NEED HELP…IS THIS A CRAZY IDEA OR WHAT?
    Well, I am finally back in Ohio.  I’m still working on getting the condo back in working order.  Probably take months to do this but that’s the fun, isn’t it?  There are always a few problems when I get back. This time  I needed to get a new dishwasher and to spend some time working on furniture rearranging and upgrading.  That […]
  • Appliance Shopping in Hartville
    Arrived in Ohio late Monday evening after being in airplanes and airports for over 20 hours and hit the pillow after imbibing in a large glass of white wine.  Awoke just stiff all over.  Guess my body doesn’t like sitting for that long.  WhenI got back I had to go through 4 months of mail.  What a chore and to make matters worse I did not […]
  • OLIVE OIL – A CAUTIONARY TALE- PART TWO
    Who would have thought that these beautiful, gentle orchards could be the backdrop for nefarious activity? In the distant past, olive oil held monetary value.  A highly valued asset, it was traded as money. To own olive trees was to hold wealth…the more trees, the more wealth. Large olive orchards were maintained by the rich, people were […]
  • OLIVE OIL – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS- PART ONE
    As I mentioned in a prior post, I am starting a health experiment next month.  I have an appointment with an Integrated health physician in Ohio.  I am going to see if these new agey ideas I once thought silly have more merit than I gave them.  Exercise and Healthy eating are the prime foci.  One element of healthy eating is using olive oil- good […]
  • New Refurbished Kitchen Hutch Completed
    Remember the old mahogany hutch John found and was cleaning up? It was at the end of the WabiSAbi post. See my past post here. Well, he finished the cabinet and we put it on DoneDeal…the Irish equivalent of Craigs List.  It looks great! Here is the bottom piece after a deep cleaning. I thought it might be beyond salvation.  John thought it […]
  • A TALE OF TWO PORK TENDERLOINS
    PORK LOIN – 2 WAYS I hope no one is offended by the raw meat photo! While I love veggies I am NOT a vegetarian. THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY FROM Gina Homolka for Skinnytaste.  I did not make this but used it as a base recipe and changed it for my family. “The inspiration for this recipe came from the classic Reuben sandwich. I was trying […]
  • AT LONG LAST- MY STYLE DEFINED- WABI SABI
    HOME TRENDS FOR 2018.  Not sure I’m ready for brass again- I just got rid of most of it! While recently reading about new home styles for 2018 I came across an article.  As I read it, a smile came to my lips, then a grin, and then WHOOPIE escaped!  At last-  a perfect definition of my eclectic style sense.  It’s called oddly enough, as […]
  • What is an Antique? OUR TILES- TREASURED CERAMICS AT LEAST 100 YEARS OLD
    The standard train of thought is that an item must be 100 years old to be called an antique.  Now I know for a fact that most antique stores have items they call antiques that are about 50years old and some even consider items from the 1970s to be old enough to be in an antique shop. “A true antique is an item perceived as having value […]
  • Lobster Lobster Lobster
    Yesterday my sister sent me a link to the Phantom Gourmet’s video about the Nordic Lodge in Rhode Island on their world greatest lobster buffet.video here. It really made my mouth water.  I love seafood and lobster is one of my all-time favorites.  I sometimes get live lobster and cook it at home but it is a bit messy so anytime I can get a […]
  • 6 STEPS ON HOW TO MAKE NATURAL TWIG WREATHS
    I find I love a more naturalist form than a heavily designed produced form in many things.  If you come to the house you can easily see I am not a minimalist at all.  I love all my bits and pieces and I do tend to fill a room with “stuff” that has meaning for me. My stuff may be a little more simple than some, that’s all I mean. […]
  • CHANGED MY MIND? MILK PAINT TO THE RESCUE!
    Last summer I painted a vintage sewing machine desk a blue-gray and added gray antiquing wax.  John had refinished the vintage sewing machine metal base.  He cleaned it up and painted it black.  I thought that looked nice against the blue-gray silver paint.  The desk looked good in the room and I thought someone might use in a boy’s room as […]
  • WHATS AN IRISH SCONE?
    Most scones in Ireland are called British scones in the American food vernacular. But there is a difference between an American scone and A British/Irish scone. The American Scone/biscuit has mostly the same ingredients as the scone here in Ireland: flour, shortening, a bit of sugar, milk, salt, and baking powder. But the scone here has the […]
  • EMMA COMPLETELY SHUTS DOWN IRELAND
    I live in Ireland every winter to escape the nasty winters of Ohio, especially the snow.  But Mother Nature got me back this year! We had the Beast from the East- Siberian airflow for three days last week and on the end of that, Storm Emma came up from the south.  All her rain turned to SNOW. Within 36 hrs we had drifts 6 ft tall around the house. […]
  • WHEAT- Foodie Dangers Part 2
    Hi- I admit it..I am a foodie, I love food, good food at least. I like well prepared, tasty, fresh ingredients sourced meals.  I also like pizza- good pizza, and even some fast food meals.  I have actually given up on most fast foods, not for the unhealthiness of them.  But mainly, the poor quality of the food and weak flavors.  That said, I still […]
  • CHLORINATED CHICKEN !!! Foodie Dangers Part 1
    Brexit, England’s leaving of the EU, has opened my eyes to things I never knew.  It started with this headline “Hormonal beef and chlorine chicken could be coming to UK if trade deal with US goes ahead .”                                The Telegraph When I looked into more deeply I saw that there are many food products made in […]
  • IRISH PICKING PART 2…WOOD TABLE TOP 2 DRAWER CABINETS
    A few day ago I posted following a trip to our favorite Picker or antique dealer here in Wexford Ireland.  Pat Reville. John sanded down two pieces from this stash The gorgeous dark purple-black mahogany sanded out to show a deep rich color of the old world Brazillian and Columbian mahoganies. By the time he completed the sanded off of the […]
  • Decor Design 2018: Whats in What out Really? Part One- Kitchen Counter Tops
    I think the January organize and clean push has abated.  I, for one, am glad to see that go…I don’t start that nonsense until March when I get the Spring clean bug.   Lately, I’ve been reading the internet decor sites proclaiming whats new in decor for 2018.  HomeAdvisor recently posted the question – Was granite going out […]
  • Today I posted an item for over gulp….. $1,000.00
    This is a rare Minton Chica works tile.  We have ten.  In the European cast iron fireplaces, the sides of each were lined with 5 tiles of a pretty pattern. I suppose you would have to be a collector to understand why these tiles are collector items and maybe someone from the East Coast of the USA familiar with the Victorian house of yore to […]
  • Chandeliers
    I love crystal chandeliers and the great thing about them as they are found in ALL decor styles.  When we had the kitchen makeover last year ( I’ll post on that later) we put in a new kitchen..kind of. The condo was very dark with oak cabinets, oak trim, oak flooring and one small window over the sink.  To brighten the walls, we got new […]
  • Tree Branch Animal Doodles
    Three or four years ago, I got a tin box of cookies for a Christmas present. A squarish tin of a red and green plaid with a fantasized deer on the cover. I loved it. All the swirls in the deer and in the deer antlers were raised and I delighted in the feel of it. Every time I got a cookie, I would trace the whirls with my finger. Well, we ate all […]
  • WHIMSY Pebble Art
    Still In Ireland where I have learned a new technique…art form…Pebble art. The really is a lot of this on the internet, which gave me the inspiration to do the same. It is very relaxing but requires a bit more thinking that I assumed when I first saw a few pieces in an art store. I had a ton of fun going to the local beaches to get […]
  • THE PAINTER WAS HERE.GALLERY WALL
    The painter has come to correct my color faux-pas. The gallery wall’s dark gray has been changed to a creamy white. We have to wait for the paint to cure before we can hang any items. I am constrained a bit by the hangers on the wall now. You can see them in the new pix. We had a large heavy clipper ship on the wall. An oil by H Meyer, A […]
  • GALLEY WALL…MISTAKES MADE
    We all make mistakes when decorating …some worse than others. We redid our upper level in the condo this past summer. Added new paint: going to a more neutral palette of grays and grunge. Added white cabinets in the kitchen, some new furniture and did some rearranging. I loved the new gray walls and the white cabinets. For some contrast, I […]
  • GRAPEVINE WREATHS
    Got a few grapevine wreaths on sale. You know how you love something, buy it, but forget it was a once living thing. Dried flowers may dry our completely after a few years! Mine were so dry they shed flowers every time I dusted around them. So they needed replaced. When I had to remove the artwork off the walls, they got pitched. I thought I could […]
  • Ya Love Them Yea Yea Yea
    Fantastic vintage bomber jacket This jacket came from a very famous London England shop…height of fashion in the late 1960’s early 1970’s hip crowd! called PepeJean – Denim Deluxe. would have seen a lot of guys on Penny Lane with this Jacket UK Owner was from LIverpool but hardly ever wore this- he found it too warm- we […]
  • OUR FRIENDS AT YARN N WHIMSEY
    Cross stitch by J is in the process of completing this wonderful lady. She has specilized in female figures in the past. She completed the Lavendar & Lace Seasonal Angle series by artist Marilyn Imblum a few years ago. Belw is the Spring angel which sold for $395 at that time What do you think of these creations? Her shop on Etsy is called […]
  • The PAINTING IS DONE!
    Deciding to paint the upstairs of the Condo AND the ceilings has been one of the most work intensive projects and frustrating to date.  I suppose getting it all done at once now seems worth it but the process took two weeks of total disarray. But now to the good part! The condo was originally painted a white beige, we updated to todays grays and […]
  • OUR LAST TWO DRAWER BOX
    TREADLE SEWING MACHINE DRAWERS This is our last treadle sewing machine drawer set.  I think it is perfect for a Krubs coffee pod holder…but you may have a slew of other uses.This two drawer set is made of tiger oak with  a very rich veneer.  We added crystal pulls and it really makes a gorgeous statement on the counter. FIND ON OUR ETSY […]
  • condo redo cont-the kitchen
    Our kitchen was a fairly dark room. We only had the one window over the sink and the French doors onto the roofed sun room at the end of the eating area- so it was pretty dark. It all kind of blended into the oak before. We had oak cabinets, brown and gold granite, and oak floors. I can’t really believe what a difference going from the oak […]