the final coat & latest cow

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Kitchen, My House127 Comments

 There is a reason why I love painting and never quite latched onto quilting.  Patience.  I am a finisher and I like to finish in a day.  If a project drags on too long, I get bored with it.  Well, my patience is really being tested on these counters.  It took a couple of days to get them routed, sanded … Read More

Butcher Block Counters

Marian ParsonsKitchen, Miscellaneus, My House61 Comments

Last night, as I crawled into bed, I declared, “I didn’t post on my blog all weekend!”  There was something liberating about that.  I love my blog, but I recognize that I can sometimes be a slave to it and it’s nice to step away for a day or two every now and then.  I hardly even looked at my … Read More

The Wonders of Grout

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House57 Comments

 I actually had to dig this photo out of my computer’s recycle bin. I was embarrassed at the gaps and, while I had faith in grout and caulk, I wasn’t eager to share the full frontal shot of my first tile job.  So, instead I showed shots where my imperfections weren’t so in-your-face. Well, here’s what that same wall looks like after … Read More

Living in Upheaval

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House53 Comments

I only have a small idea of what it’s like to live through a kitchen renovation, but I know enough to know that it’s pretty disruptive to a household.  One of my dear friends had to gut her entire kitchen (down to the studs and floor joists!)  I remember her balancing across the joists with a platter of sliced watermelon … Read More

my dirty little secrets

Marian ParsonsKitchen, Miscellaneus, My House162 Comments

Picture this…I have very important dinner guests over to my house.  I welcome them into my kitchen. They compliment my bright white cabinetry.  I’m finishing some dinner prep and chatting with everyone, gracious hostess that I am.  Are you with me? One of the guests asks if she can do anything to help me.  I ask her to grab a bowl … Read More