Monday, January 14, 2008

Feelin' Groovy

Today, because I'm feeling a little blue and don't feel much like pulling a story out of my dragging ass, I thought I would take you on a little tour of Ladyland and post photos of a few of my favorite things around the house.

First stop - the powder room off the kitchen and the view of what you see when you sit on the can. Black and white photos of Paris in the 1950's that I cut out of an old calendar with an exacto knife and pasted into $5 frames I bought at Cost Plus.

Next Stop - The Den where you see a view of my favorite little nook which includes a painted screen (the other side is painted to look like shelves with old books) with a little Venetian marionette hanging on it, MDH's Superbowl hat from when the Patriots went in 2001, the little side table I trash picked 20 years ago and the lamp Amy got me for my birthday in 2006.

Here is what you see when you sit in my nook - a little thing we like to call "The Dude". MDH kept him as collateral for money loaned to a ne'er do well ex-girlfriend. She still calls sometimes and asks for it back, but he claims eminent domain and also knows she will never cough up the dough she owes him. The Dude is very fragile as he is made from cut and layered styrofoam, so we can't keep him anywhere near heat or sunlight. He really should be kept away from me too, as I have broken him in two different places over the years, betcha can't tell where! I'm crafty.
Now we're in the kitchen where you will see my lovely paint color test on the left that was given a rousing thumbs down by my friend Rachel who thinks I should go for a more vibrant color. I agree, but we're going to try to sell this shitbird of a house in the next couple of years and most house hunters seem to prefer bland. Oh yes, you can also see the most expensive art I have ever purchased - 4 black and white photos of the old North Market in Columbus back in the 1950's, in el cheapo frames I also bought at Cost Plus.

On the other side of the kitchen you will find my favorite cabinet filled with MDH's colorful collection of Comfest plastic beer mugs from every year going back to 1994. I bitch about them because they take up so much space in the cupboard, but really I'm just as sentimental about Comfest as MDH and the bright colors are cheerful. Also note MDH's other kitchen decor contribution - the Three Stooges sketch.

Last stop in the kitchen, my crab clock given to me by Amy for my 40th birthday last summer. She got it in Rehoboth Beach. She goes every summer with her family and always brings me back something cute. She also knows I love clocks.

I was going to post more, but I started to feel a lot better and almost downright groovy - so here's the last one. It's me, in my new favorite yellow sweater with my favorite Beautiful Katamari screen saver in the background and a post it note with the name of my new favorite wine on it (Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004 Nicolas Potel). I have to go put on some Blistex now, my lips look chapped in the picture.
Have a groovy Monday.

29 comments:

WendyB said...

You're so cute I could take a bite out of you. Then, while you were tending to your wound, I would steal the Dude.

CDP said...

You're adorable. I too covet the Dude. And I love the framed calendar pages. I had some beautiful wrapping paper that I cut and placed in 2 IKEA frames that I painted. These "pieces" (heh heh) cost a total of $5, and I get compliments on them all the time.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Oh hey I was just doing a little editing and realized I'd already gotten some comments.

WendyB - Thank you! I feel cute today, tired and depressed, but cute. I'd like to see you try to get it past the 300lb 6'2 Portugeuse dude that loves it more.

CDP - thanks! The Dude is super cool and even makes the paneling in the den look not so horrible. As for the calendar pics, being broke brings out the creativity in me. The framed wrapping paper is a great idea - I want to do the same thing if I can get my hands on some Florence Broadhurst wall papers.

Suze said...

Love the photos and the sweater. I too was told that if we wanted to sell our house we'd have to repaint the office since it's a chocolate brown and people like "light non-descript colors". Plooey!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Suze - I'll have to post a picture of the kitchen in my old house sometime - it was banana yellow and I loved it. MDH thinks I'll have to paint over my Smoke Blue handiwork in the powder room.

Family Adventure said...

The love the b/w photos in the kitchen and the powder room.

I also like the colour of the kitchen (the actual colour of the room). Sorry. You disappointed now?

Heidi

Family Adventure said...

...but I love the colour of your powder room, too. Can't see why you'd have to repaint it. It isn't loud or in any way obnoxious?!
Heidi

Tara said...

Wonderful shots, I like your self portrait, too! :) I do the same thing with calendar photos. I cut a photo out of a wolf-themed calendar one time and that photo also went up in the powder room in a bargain frame.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Heya Heidi - that kitchen color merely photographs well - in person it's the color of wallpaper paste with a hint of 80's peach and it's got to go.

That powder room was a labor of love as I spent a week hacking at pheasant bestooned wall paper with a mallard duck border.

Howdy Miss Tara - thanks! I have a calendar of old timey movie posters that's going to get butchered and framed soon too.

Eric said...

I hope no one took offense either because I certainly didn't mean it to, I just like to point out the obvious, its what I do, and that is definitely the obvious in Reheboth. It definitely wouldn't ever stop me from vacationing there, as you said, it's a non-issue for me as well, they have nice beaches and really good pizza so I couldn't care less who I'm sharing the beaches with.

In retrospect maybe I'll just stop trying to be funny and that way I won't end up looking like a bigot.

The Guv'ner said...

I love your nook, miss Lady!!! And if that isn't the most suggestive thing I've said all day, I'll be a dog's aunt. (huh?)

I like how in your photo you look like you're giving us all a big hug. Awww!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Eric - Tell ya what - I'll delete the whole thing and we can forget about it just in case somebody might be offended. I know you are a very nice young man with a (normally) brilliant and non-offensive sense of humor.
No harm, no foul.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Guv - I love my nook too. It's cozy and there's no glare on the TV from that spot. As for the hug - why not? Consider it done. Really though, I just have short arms.

david mcmahon said...

The sketch of The Three Stooges is wonderful!!

Step Right Up said...

Love the black & whites. Thanks for sharing. I really should take pics of my place to share. Unfortunately there's no color to the walls.

pistols at dawn said...

I like that painted screen and The Dude very much indeed. I would take pictures of my place, but I think people have seen white, white walls.

Coaster Punchman said...

How much you want for the crab clock?

SkylersDad said...

Very nice tour, and you look wonderful!

If I were to give the same tour, you would be treated to the worlds finest collection of scratch and dent sale furniture anywhere!

minijonb said...

nice pix! ...and The Dude!!! if you are not careful, i'm going to break in and "borrow" him.

Gwen said...

Thanks for the tour! Cool digs.

You're pretty! (The exclamation point doesn't mean I was surprised. Just enthused.)

evil-e said...

I have not seen "abroad" for real until this very moment. Thanks for revealing your secret identity.

The clock says it all, no wonder I like your blog...I need me one of them as well. (crabs rule)

i am playing outside said...

i like the crab clock. and the cheap bathroom art.

i find it interesting that you challenge me to find the cracks in The Dude, yet it is the only picture that i am not able to click on and enlarge. something fishy here!

Superstar said...

OMG all this time I thought you were an empty nester aged person. Turns out, you are sooooooo YOUNG!!!!

I don't know why, but your writing voice makes you sound so much ol--I mean WISER!!!! *giggles*

Ladyland is GORGOUS!!! I like the black and white on the blue in the powder-room!


How is the new job going? OR did you take the afternoon gig???

Renaissance Woman said...

I love your nest...so full of character. Love the black and white in the bathroom and they have inspired me to be more creative. And while Design to Sell always says paint plain colors...I say paint what looks great and makes you smile.

Churlita said...

You're adorable, and you know how I feel about Beautiful Katamari - it's my favorite addiction.

Betty said...

you have a groovy house and a spunky face! :)

BeckEye said...

I love the way black and white and blue look together. It's like the greatest color scheme ever.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Blogger is pissing me off.
I wrote about 15 snappy responses to the last comments with thanks to you all for complimenting the cuteness of me and my humble abode - and just noticed they are not here -
I cannot retype it all so

thanks for your comments everyone and

welcome to my blog new visitors

Chris said...

Nice digs!