What’s Your Ring Style – Traditional, Contemporary, or Unconventional?

Photo by Jenny Rollo In my philosophies on life and marriage I’m traditional yet unconventional and I think my engagement and wedding rings reflect that. Though when Wayne and I were picking them out I didn’t realize any of that at the time. Traditional I consider diamond solitaires perched atop plain gold or silver bands traditional engagement rings. But vintage or antique rings, either fashioned to look that way or because they were handed down and really are, also can be considered traditional. Mine qualifies as traditional, because it is a round cut diamond solitaire and the band is gold. … Continue reading

A Traditional, Yet Unconventional, Wife

Yesterday I gave you a little background about myself and how I view love, relationships, and marriage. Today I thought I’d expand on that a little bit more. I’m still trying to figure out who I am. Just when I think I’ve got it nailed, some new dimension –usually one that’s in contrast to some other aspect of myself—pops up. This definitely keeps things interesting in my relationship with Wayne! Old-Fashioned… In many ways I’m old-fashioned. I don’t see anything wrong with the husband being the breadwinner or the wife staying home to tend the hearth and kids. I did … Continue reading

Digital Vs. Paper and Scissor Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking is the newest way to scrapbook, though it has been around for a couple of years. Recently however, with the new programs and techniques available in the digital world, it has gained a greater following. Scrapbooking with paper and scissors has been around for a very long time, dating back hundreds of years. Though it seemed to have really bloomed in the late 90’s. So which is better? Honestly, I feel it is a personal choice. Scrapbooking any way, is a personal choice, and there is not a right or wrong answer. It is about the way you … Continue reading

Describe Your Dream Home

I’d love to hear from anyone who would like to describe his or her dream home. Would it have many bedrooms, bathrooms, and other private spaces, or would it be large, open, and airy? Would it be traditional or contemporary or something in between? Would you like to live in the city, just outside it, in the suburbs, or miles away from everything and everyone? How would your home be furnished? Clean lines, pure elegance, or casual comfort? Would you add a home theater, or would you be happier with a spa, an indoor pool, or a pool table? Maybe … Continue reading

Selecting Picture Frames

Choosing the appropriate picture frame is as important as choosing the artwork you want to display in a space. Both the art and the frame should have some element that makes them complementary to the rest of your decor. If your space is somewhat eclectic, mixing and matching picture frames may have a certain appeal. It is still wise to retain some commonality between the pieces, even when the styles are very different, such as choosing frames that are similar in scale or color. Another thing to consider is that some art can stand alone. A highly abstract piece may … Continue reading

Make Your Own Accent Tables

If you have trouble finding an accent table you like, if you can’t afford one, or if you simply enjoy making your own furnishings and accessories, try these ideas for constructing your own accent tables. Spindle Table Look for spindles from old stairway railings at salvage centers and antique stores, or purchase new ones from a home center. Pick up pre-cut wood rounds or squares while at the home improvement center or cut your own from furniture grade plywood. Drill pilot holes for all screws in this project, and once screws are in place, cover with a bit of wood … Continue reading