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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Open House Sunday

On Habersham Road in Atlanta


Home Renovation by Mike Hammersmith

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Greetings

This is what I wish I looked like while preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
I won't be making pies, however...I'm picking them up at a favorite local restaurant.
Two custard pies...please!
My fave!
I will be making this however. Doesn't it looks scrumptious!
I've never made it before but will be doing this recipe.
Brussel sprouts, pecans, cranberries, blue cheese sauteed in balsamic vinegar.
It sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving food to me!
I always intend on making these rolls...but never do...and won't this year either.
Maybe one day...when I have more time.
Always intend to do this too! It is the cutest!
Just look at these little dears patiently waiting to get their Thanksgiving on!
Adorable pics from a fellow weenie lover.
Oh...here they are about to take part in the feast!
I'm crazy for pilgrim clothes. Really...I'd wear that get up in a heart beat.
Actually I could easily pull together a look like this from things already existing in my wardrobe.
I always suggest we all come dressed as Pilgrims and Indians to Thanksgiving dinner
but no one goes for it.
I think it's a great idea and one day we WILL do it!
See? Just precious clothing. I love all except the cap. 
If I dressed as a pilgrim...I'd wear these shoes! 


I hope it is full of good food and good family and friends.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving


I cannot believe Thanksgiving is almost upon us!
I've been way busy with the new job and didn't decorate for Thanksgiving this year.
That photo above shows the burlap table runner I made last year.
Instructions on how to make it can be found here.

I have been thinking a lot about my Christmas decor however.
I was sick to death of having a white tree. Way over it.
The tree I want is $300.
I can't do that....but I bought a cheap green tree the other day and I have a plan for it.

If it comes together as planned... it will be good. 

I'm ready to get started on it. 
But it will have to wait till after Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GE Artistry Appliances

This Time of Year
 My thoughts turn to cooking, as in baking in the oven cooking.
The rest of the year...I cook mostly on the stove top or in the mickey-wave
(as my Dad called it) Gee I haven't thought of that in years. But he always called it that.
My sweet funny Dad....anyway...
I start thinking about what I might bake for Thanksgiving.
And it's then I realize that the thermostat is still broke on my wall oven and 
I can't reliably bake anything in it.
Which gets me thinking that I must get it repaired...but I'd rather spend money on a new
range than fix the wall oven.
But that means an over haul of the kitchen which I am not against. 
I just don't have the funds to do this.
I want a vintage stove something like the one above.
But the fact that it would be hard to clean keeps me from it and that it would need repairs 
if I bought a used one also stops me.
So then I start thinking of new stoves like the one above. 
Glorious, isn't it? But way out of my price range.
But I still think I like the look of vintage best.
I thought a nice compromise would be this vintage inspired choice from Big Chill.
But at around $4,000...still highly unlikely.
I recently learned about the GE Artistry line of appliances.
I made a trip to an appliance store to check it out.
At around $600 it's a totally doable solution.
In person it's very attractive. Just a basic stove - with a slight vintage feel.
 It reminds me a little of this vintage beauty.
See it's perfect for cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
Although I'd never cook a bird in it....just side dishes.
A simple clock is the only adornment.
nice big knobs
Attractive matching dishwasher too!
The fridge has a distinct vintage feel...yet it would work in a modern kitchen too.
See how great it looks in a kitchen?
 This is GE's display of it in a kitchen.
Imagine this room with white subway tile. The tile in this kitchen is very distracting.
But I like that polka dotted dog!
 I hate black appliances but it looks pretty fantastic in black!
Really...it looks better in black than in white.
But still...I'll never do black.
The day I went to see the GE Artistry in person I also saw this Electrolux Icon.
It's cost was about $2,500. I like the look of this range too but it doesn't look very vintage.
But I do like it.

 Here is a comparison of the Big Chill and the GE Artistry.
Yes, I like the look of the Big Chill better but do I like it $3,500 better?

Now...it will still be awhile before I do something.
But if I went with the GE...it might actually happen this year.
If I go with something else I better just get the thermostat fixed on my wall oven.

At any rate the GE Artistry appliances are a wonderful option for anyone doing a kitchen remodel
on a small budget.

I'm sure I'll keep going back on forth on this for at least another year.

And then next year when Thanksgiving comes around again...I'll say...
shall I wait to get a new stove or get the thermostat fixed?

Really...I should just get the thermostat fixed now...shouldn't I?