Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Chalkboard on the Cork Wall...

Do you remember my Cork Wall?  This ceramic cheese dish has been hanging there for quite a while and it is sort of "blah".  


Michael's had these chalkboards on sale - 75% off!




I found a great graphic on Pinterest by Rachel Boness Designs and I copied it onto the chalkboard using a "chalk pen":


I replaced the ceramic cheese tray with the chalkboard and it stands out and looks so much better against the corks:


It makes the perfect backdrop for my "wine corner"!


Aren't these the cutest little "coaster slippers" on the wine glasses!


….and napkins to finish of the theme….


Who would like a glass of wine?




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Syracuse Polish Festival

This was the 61st year for the Polish Festival in Syracuse, NY.  
It is held in Clinton Square:


My husband is of Polish decent, his grandfather was born there.


This is me, walking away from my husband….


…as he spied the t-shirt stands...


…and had to buy this:


…and THEN decided to wear it!!


The dance group was from Canada ...


...and they were awesome!


Colorful costumes..


…and amazing talent.


The polka bands were lots of fun!


And what would a Polish Fest be without Authentic Austrian Streudel??:


I decided to amuse myself and get a henna tattoo...


It looked a lot better the next day!!


We are lucky that Syracuse has festivals every weekend of the summer and there is always some type of cultural event to attend!

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Shabby Chest…..

I recently bought this chest from a friend.  I think it was once a music box of some type.  There are 3 doors on the front, the top door drops down and the bottom two open traditionally.  The top of the chest opens upright.     He used it for a "bar"and it is a perfect piece for just that.  It would also be great storage in a bedroom or bathroom for linens.

But it needed an update!


I painted it in white chalk paint and glazed it in a clear glaze mixed with black paint.  It was distressed before glazing.


I also updated the knobs:


I "washed" the inside with black paint:


It is a sturdy piece of furniture that has been brought back to life with a little love, elbow grease and paint!



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mackenzie-Childs BARN SALE!!

Who's going?


Some past posts:
http://ppandorasbox.blogspot.com/2010/07/for-all-of-you-mackenzie-childs-lovers.html
http://ppandorasbox.blogspot.com/2011/07/mackenzie-childs-barn-sale-2011.html
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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Traveling Tote Series - Part 1


To familiarize yourself with how this series began, read about it HERE

This is the first post and the links of the other participants are at the bottom of this post .





I was quite giddy the day my tote arrived - and I named her Miss Kenzie.


I have to say that I didn't think retirement would be so much fun!  I am fortunate that I can take daily and weekly jaunts when I feel like it.  As I finished this post, and proofread it, I realized that I have been very busy and more than that, very fortunate to be able to have this much fun…. so here goes, a few months of adventures with my Traveling Tote….

When my new tote arrived in February, she sat by the fireplace filled with winter throws - it was a snowy and especially cold winter in Central NY:


This old M-C tote bag has been "retired" and now houses my grandson Carter's, toys:


Miss Kenzie's first trip was in mid February, to Albany, to grade teacher certification exams (holding my iPad, make-up bag and files:


…and then at the end of February she followed me to Boston to celebrate my dear friend's 60th birthday.  She loved to fly but was "squished" in the overhead compartment for over an hour!


On the return trip she housed my "masterpiece" from our painting party:


She followed me to Albany again, in March, for more grading of exams:


On Easter Sunday Miss Kenzie traveled to Rochester, filled with Easter baskets, presents…. 


….and my MC pedestal platter to hold desserts:


Mid April we made another trip to Albany to grade more state exams:


"She" loves to drag me to the Regional Market for fresh veggies and fruit:


At the end of April I made an impulsive decision to buy Miss Kenzie a little sister.  
Introducing "Taylor":


I was giddy again!

Taylor was used recently as a centerpiece for a brunch:


I exchanged summer reading with a friend, and the bag held some of the choices:


I took Taylor "home" the last day of April to Mackenzie-Childs in Aurora, on Cayuga Lake:


We had lunch at Fargo in the village….


…the flowers were blooming outside the pub...


…and we visited the Arts and Design Center across the street - Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs tableware is sold here...


…and the Bet The Farm Winery next door...


Our day continued on in Skaneateles to the historic Sherwood Inn ~ I hung "her" on the hitching post!:


…we had a tasty Bloody Mary and snacks for Happy Hour at the Sherwood!


For Mother's Day we went to Ohio for 5 days to spend time with my daughter and grandson:



And a special Mother's Day treat was hiding inside when we returned home:


Mid May brought us back to Albany to grade more state exams



Albany is almost midway from my home to Boston, so we traveled on a few hours to have dinner with high school friends…....lunch with my niece the next day….….and dinner with my aunt and cousin…


Kenzie and Taylor had a craving to go to the ocean, so we traveled on to Cape Cod to visit with college friends, walk the beach, and of course to do some dining out and shopping!  This is my morning view at my girlfriend's home in Sandwich:


…and then it was time to return home to NY.


I took Miss Kenzie to the Regional market for fresh veggies and flowers, we have been anitiquing, and also on lots of shopping adventures.


At the end of May, Mom and I spent the day in Cazenovia, shopping and lunching on the patio at the Linklaen House:


The first weekend in June we celebrated my husband John's birthday at the Greenwood Winery.  They have an outside pavilion, great entertainment, lots of dancing and tasty wine!  


Outside the pavilion is a small vineyard and a patio with a fire pit!


We look forward to some quick jaunts over the summer and maybe even a picnic or two, so  check back on September 15 for the next post of the Traveling Tote!




Visit my TT friends to see where their tote has taken them in the past few months:

Debbie with Miss AuroraMountain Breaths 
Linda with Miss RosieMore Fun Less Laundry
Sarah with Miss CCHyacinths for the Soul
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer



Part 2 will be posted on July 30th!


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