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Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, September 30, 2016

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 9.30.16







 Welcome to Best of the Weekend!
I had a really hard time narrowing down my features this week.

There were so many terrific fall recipes, crafts and projects!
I'm starting to crave all things pumpkin and cinnamon,
and ready to do some fall decorating on my front porch. 
I can hardly wait to check out this week's links for more inspiration! 
To my Jewish friends, I wish you a sweet New Year.
L'Shana Tova!    
Shall we get to the party?

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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 




Last week's most clicked:


Old Fashioned Bread Pudding - Little House Living


A few of my favorites from last week:


Cinnamon Sweet Potato Donuts - Strength and Sunshine


 DIY Rustic Mason Jars - Giggles Galore



Farmhouse Fall Kitchen - Kingsbury Brook Farm



Sprouting a Winter Garden - Country Mouse City Spouse


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HELP WANTED: DECORATING DILEMMA IN THE FAMILY ROOM






When it comes to decorating,
is there one area of your living space that has you stumped?

For years, I've come up empty on one corner of my home.
Since we just celebrated our 14th anniversary in this house,
it's high time to solve the problem.
  I've decided to put it out there, and ask for advice.
Maybe someone will have an idea for tackling this tricky spot.

The space in question is in our family room, which is open to the kitchen.
It's important that you see the entire space
to help you envision a solution for my problem area. 
Come on in, and I'll show you what I'm talking about.

French doors lead to the family room from the entrance hall. 




Walking into the room from this entrance, the kitchen is on the right.


Here's another view. 
(Who noticed the bigger TV in this photo?
I'm using a bunch of older photos for this post --
forgive me, but I just can't bear to straighten up to re-shoot! )


Now, turn around to see the other side of the room.
We're working our way over to the problem corner.
It's just to the right of those curtains.


My sweet Sadie loves to photo bomb my pics.


Okay, here is the corner in question.
Not only is it empty, there is a lovely cable wire coming out of the wall.
That's intentional, yeah. No. 


Let's swing around so you can see what's around the other side.

Got the picture?
It's an open-concept area -- with a big, gaping, empty corner

that's visible from almost every angle in the kitchen and family room.


When we first moved in, the room was furnished differently than it is now.
A huge, bulky 500-pounder "fat" screen TVs was in that corner. 
Pretty, right? 
Pretty ugly.

Family Room "Before" (and pre-blogging)

Once we ditched the old furniture, the corner stayed empty
for.......hmmmn.......over 10 years. 
Yes, I did attend the Snail's Pace School of Interior Design.
Obviously, I didn't get my degree. 

The previous owners intended to install a pot-belly stove in this space.
We considered that at one time, but it was expensive and quite complicated to do.
So, ix-nay on that idea.
 
Over the years, I've considered:
Plants.


Family photo gallery on both walls.


A short corner bookcase.
A small table.
A big piece of framed art on the window wall.
Framed art on both walls.  

 
 The dimensions, and the angled step make it trick
to place furniture in the space.
Whatever I've tried there always felt like it was facing the wrong way!
Maybe something catty-corner is best.


This is not one of those posts where I'm pretending to have a dilemma, 
and have already decided what to do.
I'm really stuck, and unless one of you comes up with a brilliant idea,
I won't be doing an "after" post any time soon!
But I would like to figure it out before we move someday :)

Any ideas?
Let me know what you think!  



BEFORE YOU GO: Just a few words to bring you up to date about what's going on around here. I've barely been able to get out blog posts, since I've been consumed with planning another fundraiser, which we held this past Sunday night (I'm happy to report it was a success!). We've already begun planning the next one - no rest for the weary! The other thing taking a huge chunk of my time is that we are knee-deep in the college application process, so blogging will be on the back burner for the next couple of months. I'll be around, but just sporadically. For those of you who are bloggers, please forgive me for not visiting you as regularly as I'd like to. Thanks for understanding!
 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

BEST OF THE WEEKEND, WELCOME FALL, AND COMEDY NIGHT!






Happy Fall, Y'all!

It may be the first full day of autumn, 
but we had summer temperatures in the high 80's today!  
I just can't get into pumpkin mode until the temperatures drop at least 15 degrees.
Looks like that's going to happen in the next week!

In other news, this Sunday I am hosting a big fundraiser at my synagogue.
We are doing a wine, cheese and comedy night.
Over 200 people have already purchased tickets, but what's keeping me up at night 
is the unknown number of people who may show up at the door.
I hope we have enough seats....and wine! 
Once this event is over, I'm hoping to get back to a regular blogging schedule.
You may have noticed that my posts have been a little sparse lately.

And now, it's party time!
We'd appreciate it if you'd follow your co-hosts!



 ****************  

We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 




Last week's most clicked:


Free Blue Pumpkin Printable For Autumn - The Red Painted Cottage


A few of my favorites from last week:


Cheeseburger Muffins - Simply Stacie 




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Basement Office Makeover - Thrift Diving Blog


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