quartz counters one year later

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Kitchen, My House, Popular52 Comments

Last May, we had Hanstone Quartz countertops (in the pattern Monterey) installed in our kitchen and I thought I would give an update now that we’ve been using them for over a year.  Of course, a review after 1o years or 20 years would hold more weight, but well…I don’t have a time machine, so you’re getting a one year … Read More

annoying projects

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Kitchen, My House29 Comments

While the boys are home and dedicated, quiet creative work time is limited (or non-existent), I am trying to knock out some projects that are quick and mindless and have been hanging around undone for months.  The projects that fit in that category are on my “annoying project list”.   Every once in a while I dedicate an entire day to … Read More

a lifetime supply of almond extract & honey

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, My House, Organizing62 Comments

This week I’ve been working on organizing our kitchen.  It’s one of the spaces that has been bugging me the most (organizationally speaking).  I hadn’t moved things around since we moved in and, after cooking in this kitchen for a year and a half, it has become clear that some things were put in the wrong place initially. Everything looked … Read More

hand painted bread sign

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House, Painted Signs52 Comments

Let me start off by saying this was supposed to be a tutorial, but it won’t be.  The reason is that I mindlessly deleted all of the process photos!!  Ah!  I try to keep my camera card “uncluttered”, so I delete all files once they are uploaded.  Well, I got a little overenthusiastic in my decluttering and deleted these files … Read More

where julia shopped

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Favorite Things, Kitchen, My House69 Comments

One of the things on my to-do list when visiting Paris was to buy a copper sauce pot, either a useable antique one from the flea market or a new one from E. Dehillerin, the kitchen supply store that was Julia Child’s favorite. The copper at the flea market was mouthwateringly gorgeous, but it was way out of my price … Read More