solar chandelier reveal

Five weeks ago, I brought home a thrift store chandelier because seven weeks ago I saw a DIY garden project on Tiktok. This is it: The project is to strip, paint and convert the fixture to solar lights for use as a garden chandelier. I known I wanted to use multiple colors, so I dismantled […]

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additional spice of life

My collecting grows in spurts. I like to browse online and regularly check thrift stores, but there are inevitably moments where availability of things I collect simply opens the floodgates, and maybe I over-indulge my obsessions. Maybe. Recently, I decided I wanted to expand our CorningWare Spice of Life collection into the milkglass Gemco pieces. […]

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a say something cake day

Today, I came home from work to this: My husband and I have been seeking out gluten free mixes for various baked goodies. The first successful cake was here. It was a King Arthur gluten free chocolate cake mix, and it was delicious. So was the scratch-made cream cheese icing. This one is Pillbury’s gluten […]

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the things I don’t know

Nobody told me that Spice of Life Corningware had loaf pans! Having recently found the 9×13 baking dish, I knew there were likely more pieces I haven’t seen. Knowing this, I plan to move to replace our ordinary modern pyrex baking pans with Spice of Life.

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hobbit house hot cocoa

If anything, this is a hobby and/or lifestyle blog. Although it sometimes includes recipes, I don’t consider it a cooking or food blog. That said, I offer this promise to all of you: you will not have to read through any horrifically long, drawn-out event or memory of my life before you find our recipes. […]

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return of the snow squid-ish

Yesterday, we got four to five inches of perfect, fluffy, wet, packing snow. I clear our walks and drive, specifically piling all the removed snow onto our retaining wall. I packed a good part of it down as I went and took some time to crave out some basic shapes. Unfortunately, today is colder and […]

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…is the telltale “chink-a-clink” heard as you open the parcel of the hardest to find Wexford glassware. The Wexford mug is not easy to find, so the rest of the parcel being intact was a beautiful experience. Fortunately, the parcel was insured, but still…

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today’s topic: wexford!

It should surprise no one more than myself that my fastest route to self-care is our Wexford. Today, it surprised me at least a little bit. “I’m quite aware of how ridiculous I am.” Albert Goldman, Birdcage Welcome to my ridiculousness. Well, this bit of it: From the built-in hutch: From the secretary/hutch: From the […]

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the spice of life

I found a Corningware Spice of Life lasagna pan. I FOUND A CORNINGWARE SPICE OF LIFE LASAGNA PAN! I didn’t even know there was a Corningware Spice of Life lasagna pan. Of course, it might be the roasting pan… It necessitated a reorganizing of Corningware Cupboardā„¢, so here we are! I thrifted the entire pile, […]

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a thifty return…

Yesterday was not my first trip into a thift store since the pandemic, but it was the first time I didn’t dissuade myself from purchasing thrifted things while keeping away non-compliant shoppers. Such a score! Gilded-edge Wexford, previously unfound, must be going out of vogue because it’s starting to pop-up everywhere. The gilded trifle bowl […]

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