I read a wise quote………..”The best therapy is taking a break from the usual routine.’

Yes, with that definition in mind, I have had good therapy this week.

My usual routine for months has been focusing on what needed to be done at the cottage.

I needed it to be finished,…. although it’s never finished….,  and that happened last week, jut in time for weekend guests.


While a trip to the beach was not part of my therapy, I found other  ways to get out of the routine.

I browsed the fiction shelves of the local library, especially the large print, and checked out a book that promises to be good reading.


I wiped the dust off my water color supplies and started working on a couple of botanicals.


Working crossword puzzles, not the hard ones, is a good stress reliever for me. The easy ones  give a boost to my ego……making me feel smart.

Shopping hint…The Dollar Store is the place to shop for crossword puzzle books.


And this……. Hanging out with my sweet neighbor….Ms. Lena turned 86 in January.

Isn’t she beautiful!

Hanging out with Ms. Lena is therapy to the max. Although we only met 6 months ago, it’s just like we have always known each other.

We’ve all met people like that and having one next door ….how blessed I am.



We will be going back to the main house this weekend. It has been two weeks since we were last there. In the meantime, I am enjoying my week of therapy.



A pillow here, a pillow there

Throw pillows…… as a rules, men hate them and most women love them.

Some pile them on, the more the better.

I’m in between…..sometimes less is more from a decorating standpoint.

My weakness is……. I like to change them semi frequently and move them from room to room.

That could add up to a lot of pillows.

The secret to avoid a stockpile of pillows is to use pillow covers. Some I buy and some I make.

I discovered these recently in Walmart for 97 cents that make great pillow covers.

Three seams and about fifteen minutes later, you have a pillow cover.


Waverly Fat Quarter cloth that comes in an 18″ x 21″ piece for less than a dollar.

Enough cloth to make a pillow cover for under $2.  The Walmart near me doesn’t a fabric department, but these were in the craft section.

I joined them together like this.. put right sides together and make a stitch down one side, the 21 inch side if your pillow is 16 x 16.

This closure after the pillow is inserted will be envelope style. Hem the two sides opposite the joined  sides.  I used iron on fusing tape for the hems.  for a 16″ x 16″ pillow you will have an inch on each side for the seams.

This is where the instructions get hard to explain.  As when I’m cooking, I don’t always measure to the exact.  Yes, I did say that.

With the seam at the bottom and rights sides together, fold one top edge approximately 6 and 1/2 inches  towards you and pin.  Turn over and turn the other top edge over toward you 4 and 1/2 inches .

Stitch the sides and turn outside in. It should look like the above after stitching and turning the right sides out.


An oblong pillow made with Waverly Fat Quarter.

There are other colors and patterns. I made 4 in gray tones….spending a total of $8.

I’m encouraged to try others……..so simple.




Dining room in reverse chronology

Whenever I see the words before and after combined with decorating,  I’m all in.

I have posted before pictures of the dining room at the cottage 6 months ago. 

But now…….the dining room reveal…….I’m calling it DONE!

I thought it would be fun to post the pictures in reverse chronology,

meaning ……I’m going to show today’s pictures first and work my way back to the before, 6 months ago.

Kinda like you’re watching a movie and then they cut to what led up to that day.

Here we go…….today ready for Valentine’s Day celebration.




Dining room chairs arrived this week. I tried for 6 months to make the old parson chairs work.

Even with chair covers, they were bringing the dining room down. Sigh..

Sometimes you just got to do what you knew all along you would have to do.

I still can use the table I got at a local consignment store.

From Valentine’s d├ęcor to Christmas

Actually this picture looks pretty good, until you see the old beige chairs that the covers don’t quite fit.

The chairs were stained and discolored without the covers.

And here we are. Back to fall. Notice how my shots are only of the top of the table. Sneaky aren’t I?

I liked the top of the table dark, but I painted it white in January, trying to avoid buying new chairs.

And even that didn’t work.

I painted the table once again this week after the chairs arrived. The white table top didn’t work. That table has been 3 different colors in 6 months. Yikes, that’s a lot… even for me. I losing that paint brush.


And here we are. Six months before. Dark, gray and dingy  walls. I could not wait to paint this room. I appreciate the creativity of the paint below the chair rail. It was too busy and too dark for my taste. 

Now one more after picture. What a difference the paint made. Above the chair rail the color is Sherwin-Williams  Basalt Powder.

And now I’m back to today and the chalkboard in the kitchen, all decked out for February.