Great Ideas for Basement Kitchens

Great Ideas for Basement KitchensA Basement Kitchen…..

………….A million ways to go

It seems that nowadays many families welcome back home, even for a short time, some of their adult children with their own children.  This has been a blessing in our life a few times.  How nice it-would have been (and will be) if they had their own kitchen or kitchenette to make life a little more pleasant.

Lampshade Ideas

Lampshade IdeasLight it up with lampshades

We’re looking for some new lights, sconces to be specific, for a hallway leading to a family room.  As I was perusing the infinite amount of products out there I ran across some of the fun-nest (if you hyphenate it, you don’t get the red squiggly line) lamps and lampshade styles and colors.

What a great way to add the touch of color you’re looking for without breaking the bank or having to re-décor your whole room.  Lampshades!  WOW!  Everything old is new again, as they say.  Lampshades went out with the coming in of the 70’s.  But they’re back with a vengeance and it’s fun!  And if you love red, but a little goes a long way?…..Lampshades!

Lamps/shades can do for the room pretty much what pillows do.  Almost anything goes and you can really enhance the feel of the room. It’s easy to add a bit of contemporary to an otherwise traditional room simply by choosing the right lamp.  Have fun with this one!

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lampshades red lamp entryway

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February and Zinnias

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…………….and thinking about Zinnias

I love the month of February, it is the beginning of the in between time. To me it means we’re still in winter and can cook all those feel good meals and dress in the comfy cozy clothes that cover most of our physical foibles, yet the thought off a coming spring just around the corner.  Yeah…I really like February.

We can keep ourselves busy by using this interim period to clean from under the beds, change furnace filters, redecorate a bedroom in time for some romantic fun on Valentine’s Day, and of course………..

………………checking out the yard and making our gardening plans.


We can scratch our outdoor itch by doing some pruning and cutting back those late fall blooming shrubs and plants.  I know we have some Blue Mist Spirea and some Russian Sage that we are going to get to in the next couple weeks.

February is the beginning of the end for the dormant season in many parts of the country and a great time to prune and shape trees.  Remember your goal is to help plants develop even and aesthetically pleasing growth.  Don’t prune if your trees/shrubs have already set buds.  If you do you will cut off the new life for year.  If there are branches that cross each other or grow inward, eliminate them.  Branches that have become leggy….off they go.  If some branches have been damaged by heavy snow prune them off.

If perennials appear to have given their all, clip them back to the ground and wait for a couple months to show signs of new life. Some of them will surprise you!


Now is the time you can start seeds so they will be ready to transplant with a good root base established.  I use the trays I have purchased annuals in from the nursery the year before.  They work great.  Plant the trays, sit the tray on a card table or other surface in front of a sunny window and enjoy the mood of spring in the air (even before it is).

If you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse now is a great time and so therapeutic to spend time sprucing up the place in preparation for the hours you will enjoy there.

A great website for purchasing seeds

A lot more economical than the twirly racks in the grocery stores!









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What’s not to love about February!

There are so many cool February Factors.  See below…..

  • February 2nd WAS Groundhogs Day. The cutest little Punxsutawney Pennsylvania groundhog shows his face [or not] and determines how many more weeks of winter we will have.  Six more weeks, sorry.
  • February 3rd ~ my anniversary!
  • February 10th ~ Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
  • February 14th ~ Yup!  Valentine’s Day
  • February 17th ~ President’s Day
  • ·          And this year!  Tah-Dah ~ The XXII Winter Olympic Games, Feb 7th -23rd

Then of course there is:

  • American Heart Month
  • An Affair to Remember Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Creative Romance Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Weddings Month




All the reason in the world to have a party and celebrate.  There truly is something for everyone! J Who decides this stuff??  Thanks for smiling with me!

Table Runner Ideas

Unique Table Runner IdeasTable Runners… still…. cheap and cute!

…chalkboard? I love it!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love table runners! They are the easiest and coolest way to add a great look to a table, either during a meal or as a daily décor. They’re much cheaper (usually) than a tablecloth and a great way to add some bold color to a tablescape. They can be as fancy as lace, urban as bamboo, chic as rice paper, or as cozy as a tartan scarf.