Friday, September 2, 2011


Look, I have been featured in the Williams Sonoma catalog! Actually I cut and pasted (as in with scissors and Elmer's Glue} a picture of myself and carefully inserted it in this picture. This is the kitchen island I want and I want it bad. In the cartoon bubble, (this picture will enlarge when you click on it), I expressed my desire (note: I wrote Pottery Barn in error) for this piece, especially given that I have put up with, have been loving him for the past 25 years. Yes, Our anniversary is in December. And if I order it soon, I may have it by then. Now isn't this a clever idea? So I suggest you do the same. Play cutouts with your old photos and whatever your heart desires, just paste yourself in or show yourself holding it. The Husband got a kick out of it and I am pretty sure I will be ordering it in a few days. Isn't it a gorgeous piece?
The other night we had a carpenter come out and give us quotes for our kitchen. You might notice that I don't share many pictures of is slowly falling apart. The custom pine cabinets have become brittle and doors have cracked right off the hinges. Apparently our hinges were popular in the dinosaur days. There are spaces between the doors and the knobs are outdated (I'm just really tired of them). And we need new counter tops, of the stone variety.
So next week I am on a mission. The carpenter has been hired and repairs will start while I look at counter tops. I'd really love wood (too much maintenance per The Husband), or soapstone (not enough shine), and I really haven't seen a granite that I have fallen head over heels for. But it's all exciting and I can't wait to share pictures with you as this unfolds.
I won a giveaway from Barb at The French Elements. This set of Bobbi Brown makeup brushes, which the girls promptly tried to steal from me, and...
...and a pillow and 2 tea towels that Barb made. She sells them online in her shop, so visit her blog and see some great French inspired treasures. I also won a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and already have a project lined up. Thanks so much, Barb.

This has been the sort of week that has ebbed and flowed. Some days were very relaxing and I didn't even get out of the PJ's, others I ran errands all day. The Husband left today to spend the weekend with his brothers up at the lake. They are going to the Notre Dame game tomorrow. Are you a football fan? I can live without it. After this weekend I will be back up there again and I am looking forward to seeing the trees change color and feel fall in the air. Can't wait. The Husband will be home Sunday and maybe we will invite the kids over for a concrete plans. Tell us what you are doing this holiday weekend! :-)


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Well now aren't you the clever one, Miss Jane! I might have to try this technique on Mr. Sissie!

That's a great piece and I know your kitchen is going to look wonderful.

Enjoy your weekend.


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Janie,
I had to laugh at your cut and paste. I did that once with a Ralph Fiennes photo after The English Patient for my best friend. Way to go!

I'm not a sports fan and luckily, neither is my husband.

We're going to Antiques by the Bay this weekend and just spending some together, but it's HOT here.

Have a great weekend, love days in jammies here, although they don't happen very often... maybe Monday!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love that island too. It is totally fabulous and I think you look amazing behind it. Can't wait to see it and all the new work on the kitchen. How fun. Have a super weekend. Just a quiet one around here. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

That island is beautiful - of course you need it! This made me smile :)

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, A very clever idea. The weekend will be quiet. We have a family wedding on Saturday evening and I am looking forward to seeing kids that I haven't seen for a while. I am not to much of a football fan, but I do watch some especially college football. Have fun picking out things for your new kitchen. It should be fun. Have a great weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

NanaDiana said...

Well, I hope you get your island to go along with your kitchen makeover! 25 LONG years is worth something!!!

I love the island and it will be so much fun trying to figure out what you are going to do in the kitchen. I had wood countertops one time and they are a LOT of work-if you like things looking "newish"...I wanted soapstone here too but got nixed on the idea by the hubster and my friend who has them...I even like the poured concrete (polished) but ended up with granite in the end...and I do love it now.

Happy weekend! xo Diana

xinex said...

Oh you are so clever and so cute, Janie. I should try this on John too, lol. That is one gorgeous piece. I can't wait to see your kitchen all remodeled. How fun! We are going to an antiques sale tomorrow then going out for brinch with some friends on Sunday, no plans for Monday yet. Have a nice long weekend!...Christine

oldgreymare said...

lol cut and past wonders..maybe I could do that for my profile pic which I hate or for the articles soon to be published hmmmmm that's a thought! hahaha


shannon i olson said...

great idea, I actually started a pin board on pinterest with ideas I want and titled it, to my husand- buy me this. I will show him it during the holidays lol

Marigene said...

That island is gorgeous...can't wait to see what it looks like in your kitchen, Jane!
Have a great weekend, minus all the football...isn't it time for some retail therapy?

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for giving me this neat idea...can't wait to try it on Mr.CC!!!Great looking island...I see why you are lovin' it. Since TS Lee deceided to show up...all my plans have changed and I will be inside for days!!!!!


Lynne said...

Well, added delight to my Friday evening! Your island is magnificent...and you look quite perfect next to it! I love that you shared your kitchen cabinets. Our house was built in cabinets are made of a mystery pressed wood!
They are likely to be replaced in late 2012.

You know that I love college football. As a child we watched Notre Dame play every Saturday under the watch full eye of Touchdown Jesus.Now we root for Washington State, as Mr D and I have alot of our hard earned $$$ invested there!

Pamper yourself a little bit while the boys are gone! Your vanity is going to look so chic with your new brushes!

Made In The South said...

How cute...That is the only way I'll get in there too..cut & paste.
Can wait to see what you do new to your kitchen. We updated ours a few years ago..WOW that was some work.
Have a great holiday weekend,

Jane said...

You look very natural behind that kitchen island....hope it will be yours soon!!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Karena said...

Jane that it just the cutest idea!! You are so clever!!

I enjoy the camaraderie surrounding football get together s, not just watching though.

Come and join my Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce

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Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you jane for your beautiful visit and most of all your comment :)
I am glad you so get me and would find a place for my galvanized zinc drawer in your home as well :)

I am going back now to catch up all all your older postings, it looks like I have missed out on some exciement over here!
See you soon

Mimi said...

SO HAPPY for your new adventure and you will be so happy with your new kitchen!!!!
pics after --OK??

Divine Theatre said...

Silliness! Pure silliness!
Those Bobbi Brown brushes will last you a lifetime if you shampoo and condition them regularly. They truly are the best brushes out there, though I may be a little biased!

Maggie said...

Not sure this trick would work on the Senior Partner, but well done you for thinking of it!
It'll all look stunning, I'm sure.
Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love the island and the cute way you posted it Jane.

Looking forward to seeing your kitchen redo!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Haha, Jane! It's a good thing you say "kitchen island" or you might have wound up with the pasta maker sitting on top! : ) He should get it for you just for your cleverness in putting your picture in there.

Quiet for us, I think. Of course, I also thought I was getting my hair done Wednesday and then found out I was waiting for tv service, so there you go. I am having my yard sale Saturday that I had to cancel from last Saturday. Hoping that goes smoothly and quickly.

Lynn said...

I love your subtle hint Jane, too funny! Good luck with the kitchen reno, I know that's a big project. Love football, looking forward to fall (my garden center just sent out an e-mail saying pumpkins are in-yay!), and I'll have a grill out on Sunday! Happy Labor Day Weekend:@)

Karen said...

I am really looking forward to fall this year. Your cut and paste is a riot!...

Football, eh. It gets old.

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

That is too funny about the cut out pictures, Blondie. As far as the kitchen, I can't wait to see what you do.

Theresa said...

Looks like exciting times ahead! I love the island and I feel sure that you most HANDSOME and GENEROUS HUBBY will agree that you should have it! The picture is too cute of you inserted in it:)

Can't wait to see the redo in your kitchen, fun days ahead!

Have a blessed day and congratulations on winning Barb's giveaway! She is awesome! HUGS!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Jane, you rock! I want to be you when I grow up! I love the threat I mean hint you gave your husband....

...and YES!!! I am a football fan, and our season kicks-off today with Kent State. ROLL TIDE!!!!


Ricki Jill

Unknown said...

Jane -- I ALWAYS love coming to your blog for a visit. This morning I about choked on my coffee when I read,, "sissors & elmers glue", you are too cute girlie, lol.

That island is just GORGEOUS and I am thinking it is supposed to be yours :)

Happy weekend!


A Hint of Home said...

Love the counter and you are so clever!
Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment.
Congrats to your son and new daughter-in-law!
I enjoyed browsing your blog.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I saw a square island in the shop where I have my antique booth. It is square but it is so fabulous. It has a worn wood top but the bottom is made from old white weathered window sashes, one on each side and then on four chunky legs. It is under $500 and has two shelves behind the windows that you can store things on. No panes in the windows. Am I describing it poorly!
I can't stop thinking about it.
It is amazing and somewhat rustic.
Let me know if you want me to draw it or explain it better for you.

Just in case you could use a square? I'm telling you, this piece is FABulous!!!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Oops. I forgot to mention that the top is a weathered look but is newly stained and sealed with a poly-coat of varnish. It's done and ready to move into a space. No work for whomever buys it!
Should have taken a picture.

Debby said...

Make sure your Hubby knows you posted this and all of your followers are expecting to see you get that for your anniversary, hah.

Not doing much this week-end. On baby duty.....if a baby decides to make his appearance.
I can live without football but anxious to see how our Buckeyes do. I feel so bad for their program this year. They have so much to overcome.
Have a fun couple of days alone.

Amy Chalmers said...

haha this was a fun post Jane. I roared when I saw this technique. How clever, and yes I will be using this come December 1 for my christmas wishes!!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Love that island Jane! I hope he gets the hint, it looks like it was made for you:)
Not a football fan here either~ this holiday weekend we'll be doing yard cleanup...oh yay!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

When us girls want something (of the practical nature anyway)we almost always figure out how to get it. Yes indeed, the island is beautiful.

Granite is a funny thing. I love it so but there is some ugly stuff out there. When my friend had his house built he chose a granite that I swear looks almost like marble. It is the most beautiful granite I think I have ever seen.

Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs, Sue

P.S. The cutout is adorable and it is a great idea.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

lol!!! have us cracking up - our husbnads would REALLY think we've lost it for sure! Love that island- - gorgeous...we think you should have it :) Have you been on yet? we've been dreaming up projects over there - you'll love it - you can set up your own notebook...although I'm not sure you can paste a picture of yourself in it :) heee hee hee!!
Have a great weekend yourself!
Karla & Karrie

Unknown said...

Notre Dame is my nephew's alma mater, yup! we support that team.

What a wonderful & smart idea there, Jane. Chuckle! It would never work here tho. I just go do what I want, when I want & that will never change. It is a 'guess what I did today,honey' marriage.

Glad you enjoyed the Pittock Mansion share today ... it is beyond description 2D4 breathtaking. You'd love it.

Have a safe & wonderful holiday weekend.

Charlene said...

Jane I LOVE the way you send a HINT to hubby... You sort of WACK him on the head with it Giggle Giggle! He won't be able to say "I didn't know what you wanted". YOU GO GIRL! Have a safe holiday weekend. Charlene

Julie Marie said...

Hi Janie, oooh that picture is too cute! LOVE that kitchen island, I spend so much time in our kitchen, I would love one of those too... love the farmhouse look it has... pretty gifts you won, lucky lady!... xoxo Julie Marie

Leslie said...

Hi Jane.
Wow!!!! I just caught up on the wedding ~ Gorgeous. Everything was perfect!!!!!
I am so happy for you and your son. May they have a long life filled with love.

I need a repair man to visit my kitchen too ~ my floor is a wreck and I see some new counter tops in my future.

Oh, and I love your magizine ad ~ you rock.

Sarah said...

What a clever girl. Happy Anniversary! This will look great in your kitchen.
Enjoy the weekend. ~ Sarah

Sonia said...


This post made me smile!! You are very creative to come up with such a scheme...great idea!! Love love that island..I have long wanted one..but my kitchen is a little to narrow to accommodate one..some day in my next kitchen!! So glad you are getting a kitchen makeover!! Happy Anniversay!!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

How clever you are! One of my kids did a powerpoint for us just talk us into buying her a cell phone. And you know what? It worked. I too, think you may just get that island you want. I did marble and leather finished granite in my new kitchen. Love them both.

Babs said...

Janie, That's such a cute idea and I hope you get the island.Congratulations on your anniversary in case I forget. I know what you mean about not showing your kitchen. I'm the same way. Mine is old and really needs to be updated. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Elaine said...

Cute idea. Guess you know how to play him after all those years.

I would love to have a kitchen island. I am sure you will have fun making choices for your new kitchen.

I going to Maine to visit some friends.

Anonymous said...

This is the cutest idea ever - and a beautiful kit island! I hope your wish comes true!

Thanks for the hug over at my little blog.
~ Zuzu

Knitty said...

This reminds of last December when I used a program to insert hubby's face into a Santa Claus image and sent it to him. Confused the heck out of him! LOL!

I really need new kitchen flooring and counters. I don't know about a whole kitchen re-do for us though. Not just the money but the mess....yikes!

It is extremely quiet here this morning as our son and DIL came home a day early and retrieved our grandson. Aren't they selfish? ;-)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You are a lucky girl! Winning gifts and having a great 25 year marriage. Love that island. Pictures are worth a thousand words :)

Ha! most women want jewelry...

Carmen said...

Lol...your island is gorgeous! I love how you cut and paste yourself into the picture! You're very clever...I really have to get more creative with my hubby when it comes to things like this! :) Our kitchen needs some help too. This weekend I'm relaxing and buying a scale, since hubby used mine to weigh a ton of lead. Ya, don't ask...;)

bj said...

I just sucked my breath in when I first saw your picture. hahhhaa...really cute, Blondie.
That is an awesome piece and will really be great in your kitchen.
xo bj

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Too funny....I love it! I'll definitely try this one on my husband. Hummmmm, there's a leather recliner on Craigslist I'm coveting??!!

Love that island and looking forward to seeing your new cabinets as well.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hope the kitchen island works is fantastic. My husband is a ND alumnus and was at the game yesterday. How dreadful. Not only was the weather bad but the team was terrible as well. Not a fun day! Have a great day tomorrow.

Lynn said...

Hey!! Thanks for the lucrative idea! I'm going to work on this!
Can't wait til you get it!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Pretty funny! I'm so glad you're gonna get what you want! Have fun with the redo!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

You are too funny...just loved your cut and paste! How exciting to be getting a new kitchen, I will enjoy watching as you share more
Hope your holiday weekend is wonderful!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

hee this version of cut and past much much better than the computer one. I am working on getting something from mine too. Last year he flat out said no...the other day he said ...we'll see. So I am getting there. xo

Debbie said...

LOLOLOL, at first I had to catch my breath! I thought that really was your kitchen! You are so smart.
Love this island!!! Cannot wait to see your kitchen all prettied up.
Have fun at the lake next weekend.
Big hugs to you Jane.

Gypsy Heart said...

I'd say your "cut & paste" deserves an award ~ like the product in the photo! :-) Great idea ~

Would you believe it was in the high 60's this morning and 80's all day? I cannot even tell you how excited I am and how much better it feels! I know we'll have more heat but hopefully not the brutal kind.

Take care and have a wonderful week!

Gypsy Heart said...

I'd say your "cut & paste" deserves an award ~ like the product in the photo! :-) Great idea ~

Would you believe it was in the high 60's this morning and 80's all day? I cannot even tell you how excited I am and how much better it feels! I know we'll have more heat but hopefully not the brutal kind.

Take care and have a wonderful week!

Kathleen said...

I hope you get the kitchen of your dreams. It took me 10 yrs to save for the granite and subway tile for the wall in back. But I love it! So nice when baking and cooking to just put the pans down, and to roll dough on it!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Jane, you crack me up! You are clever, indeed! It is a great island, isn't it? I have missed reading your great blog and glad I'm back!

Take care!

Anita Diaz said...

Love the "photo!" The island is wonderful and I am sure your kitchen will be just perfect. What a great giveaway to win too!! Hope you are doing well!!!

stefanie said...

hahaha, that is so cute!!

koralee said...

Oh I adore that Island too....I think you should go for it my friend. Hope your week is amazing. xoxox

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Well I was truly impressed with that pasta making in the photo too! What a great idea, and it certainly would be an exciting addition to your kitchen plans. How fabulous if you could have it all done by Christmas. xx

Lori said...

I love your subtle hint Janie ~ love love love! Hope you had a fabulous holiday week-end ~ we just got home from the cottage and although I do adore roughing it ~ I loved my shower last night. How exciting is it to be getting new cupboards and counter tops ~ a little green over here. Have a great week!

Barb said...

Hi Janie, such a clever idea! The island is wonderful.

We need to redo our kitchen also but it will have to wait until the dock is completed. Gracious, we have the projects just lined up. Yikes!

About Fall decorating and pale colors....I am doing most of my fall decorating in whites this year so I will be learning right along with you. We can do it!!!!!

Hugs, Barb

Denise said...

Wow, I bet it will look amazing :) Enjoy your week ahead Jane.

Signing Out said...

I love this idea! I may cheat, though, and use Photoshop. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
That was a very clever idea girlfriend!
And boy oh boy do I love your island to be~
I like your ideas for the new kitchen too, you lucky one!
I am only a football fan for the Packers, otherwise I could care less!
Our hubbies make up for us in fan hood!
Hugs girlfriend,
Where did summer go?

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How cute is that picture! You are brilliant, and you look like you belong behind that island. You did a great job of fitting yourself into that picture. How exciting to be getting a kitchen makeover. Congratulations on your win. You got some great things. laurie

Debbiedoos said...

hahahah..that was cute Jane! Have fun doing your kitchen.

La said...

Great strategy, Jane! I look forward to seeing your kitchen once it is complete. I am going to paint ours in a week or so...but I have been saying that for 3-4 months now...hahaha.

I love football at all levels. :o)

Natasha in Oz said...

That is such a brilliant idea!I will be doing that when the Christmas catalogues come out. Maybe I could be sitting in a new car...

Best wishes,

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Jane,

You win more giveaways than anyone I know!! And such gorgeous things to - I am green with envy!

I LOVE your photo with the island - well, if that doesn't persuade him, what will?!!!


Kathleen Grace said...

The pillow and tea towels that you won are adorable! Congratulations:>) I love the cut and paste, so necessary when the husband can't read your mind. I think it's an awesome idea and I'll be checking the catalogs for places to insert myself!
By the way, my sister-in-law got soapstone counters recently and while they are beautiful they scratch so easily that simply sliding a dish across them leaves a mark.