Mantel Progress

You guys blew me away with all your insightful comments regarding my mantel dilemma! It’s taken me this long to process all the information from both emails and comments left here- I even had to make a list to keep things straight. But it was Sarah, a reader who sent me an email, who wins […]

Mantel Dilemma

While I’m working on a detailed post about how we retrofitted our cabinets for our over-the-range microwave, I thought I’d ask for your feedback on our mantel. I saw a picture of a mantel with a pair of wonderful black lanterns (in PB catalog? on a blog? I can’t remember…) and thought something like that […]

2010 Christmas Tree {Changes}

2010 Christmas tree with Purple

Oh, don’t worry, not anything big- just decor changes. It’s almost Christmas Eve after all, I don’t want to rock the boat too much! You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted this picture of our Christmas tree: While there’s nothing wrong with it, we’ve had a white/silver/gold tree for a few years […]

Four Terrific Handmade Gift Ideas

suet bird gift

We had our annual early Christmas with some of my extended family over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share with you some of the clever and unique handmade gifts they came up with! I think I’ve shared with you before that my siblings and I try to exchange simple handmade gifts in lieu […]

Holiday Decor

I’ve been enjoying looking at people’s holiday decorations around blogland recently and was inspired to post some pictures of my own. Here’s a quick glimpse of our holiday decorations this year: Our mantel is not too different from last year, but it does look more lush, and that would be thanks to my teenage daughter […]

What I’m Doing On Black Friday

The short answer is, “Not shopping.” I gave a long answer last year around this time, complete with suggestions of homemade gifts you could give if you like to avoid all the “black Friday” hubbub, too. Some of them will sound familiar because I’ve gone into more detail on some for the Handmade Gifts series […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the incredible people I am surrounded by in my life and here on this blog. I am also thankful for all the simple and imperfect aspects of my life that add up to this (newly yellow Oregon cottage! Blessings,–Jami P.S. Want to know a […]

Craigslist Table And Chairs

For more than 10 years, we have been “borrowing” a dining table that belongs to Brian’s sister. It’s a mahogany, shiny-topped pedestal table and it’s a beautiful vintage piece, too, so I loved having it to use in our other house where we had a dining room and a breakfast area. We’d use it once […]

My Favorite Summer Planter

I was late getting my planters potted up this year. I try to do it in May, but our weather was so bad and I was busy with our son’s graduation and the year-end things I do with my Preschool class that I didn’t get to the pots. Then it was time for the graduation […]