Monday, April 7, 2008

New Things

New Countertops: Last week was very full, and I was in quite a tizzy about all the big choices I have to make regarding home dec decisions that I have never had to do before. I am happy to say, my husband and I decided not to DIY the countertops in the kitchen and ordered a new set from Home Depot.




We chose the Wilson Art HD River Gem. It's laminate but has the look of granite rock with the double bullnose edges so the laminate goes all around the edge to the underside. I don't actually adore granite for myself, so I'm happy to find the look without the coolness of the hard surface.





New Book: Pretty Little Potholders. This is darling. I saw it at Barnes and Noble last week. I don't usually grab a hardback book out of the bookstore but look for it on the second market on Amazon. However, I finally joined the members club thing and got extra off and couldn't help myself, although since it wasn't a best seller, there really was no significant discount off.





There is a sister book called Pretty Little Patchwork, but I held off. I've got the Last-Minute Patchwork book and have to get through that one. Back to the potholders, I bought the heat-resistant lining at Hancock's, I think, already, so one day soon, to go along with the new countertops and kitchen decor, I'll have pretty little potholders, too.






New Recipes: I was in the mood to cook something different Thursday but couldn't decide and it was after 3:00. So, I told myself, "Just open one of those myriad of cookbooks and cooking magazines you have and make whatever you open to!" Thankfully, I picked up the Kraft food and family magazine that comes every couple of months. I made this yummy, Easy Italian Stew and luscious Cornbread Souffle.


New To Being Tagged: Ollie from Oliver Rain tagged me for a meme. It is a "6 Word Philosophy of Life." Good one for me; I am full of sayings. I'm supposed to tag six bloggers, but I really don't know any of you that well to tag and don't want to worry you with blogging responsibility. I hope Ollie will understand, but I am happy to play myself. Here it is - the condensed version of what I always tell my children:



It Only Matters What You Do!



What I usually am telling them at this point as one says, "You never tell him to stop." Or "You always take her side." OR "If that person does that to me, then I can ..." I try to teach them that it doesn't matter what the other person has done, it only matters what you do. You set the tone of the relationship. You set the tone of what is right and what is good. You can't change the other person (though I have tried to change people numerous times). You must be the example and be responsible for your own actions.

I'm too worried to tag anyone, but if one of your six-word philosophies jumps into your head, just comment on this post and direct us to your blog, so we can be further enlightened.


Finally, a new piece of furniture this morning, but that will be another post, as I need to break the news to my husband .... and then get him to go pick it up!

12 comments:

Michelle said...

I love the countertops...I hope they look great. The book looks really neat, too! I'll have to look into it. It said on Amazon it wasn't in print yet?? Weird. I don't have six words, but we always tell the kids "Everything in Moderation" and "Just Do What's Right."

Paula said...

Those countertops look wonderful~ We were just talking the other day about new countertops for our kitchen also. Doesn't it just make you feel like you have a brand new kitchen?! You're new potholders book looks super cute. Can't wait to see what you make from it.
I have been tagged for the 6 word memoir also but haven't given it any thought yet. I'll try to do that soon...maybe it should be something about procrastination...

Chris Worthy said...

Kitchen remodels are the most awful and wonderful projects, aren't they? That's a beautiful choice.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the look of that potholder book - I am sure some new accessories will look great in your new kitchen! The cornbread bought back fond memories of our time living in Texas. It is not something that you get Down Under but I should try and make some.

clarabelle said...

Hi..Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about templates! I guess I didn't expect anyone to actually have a solution - I will go look soon and hopefully restor my blog back to its old self (or maybe even improved)
Take Care
Clare x

Nan said...

My 6 words?
Today is a gift from God

I liked your 6 words and description of why it was important to you. Hope you get much enjoyment out of your new counter tops, they are lovely, but now I am jealous, I want your book!!! LOL!!!

Erna said...

nice countertops! that'll look great and of course it'll need some new potholders!! that book is sooooooooooooooooooo nice...I'm a bit jalous too (LOL)
Love to see what you're going to make of it...

Old School Acres said...

Whoa, so many good things in this post! Love the countertops and those books are awfully enticing.

Nan said...

I started my 222 post contest today, using the 6 words philosophy tag as the foundation, just thought you'd like to know, you might get some new visitors by way of the link I included, hope you don't mind I did that.

Stitcher S said...

Those are beautiful countertops. We will redo our kitchen in a few years and I am adding that kind to my 'possibility' list.

I too am not overly excited about granite, so it's glad to know there are others who aren't 'ga-ga' over them! It's seem that's all people even consider anymore.

This is my first visit to your blog, I'll be back!

pink-petal-designs said...

love your counter top and hat book looks great.
Sarah x

Dana said...

Amen to that. Be the better person is what I tell my children (that's only 4 words) No matter what happens you know in your heart that you have done the right thing. I state my philosophies all the time. Try to narrow it down to six words? I'm not so sure. Aren't you lucky to do all this remodeling? Your buffet is beautiful! I want to make some potholders! Maybe we can do that when we finally get together!