Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Succulents have been prominent in magazines and design blogs for the last several months.  I'm making an effort to bring more plants into the house during the winter months and that includes succulents.  In early summer I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a lovely selection of succulent clippings from this etsy shop.

The clippings arrived individually wrapped in tissue and ready to be planted.  I've managed to keep them alive for over six months, you heard me, S I X!  That's an accomplishment.  They lived on the back deck until mid november when I brought them inside, repotted a few and arranged them in the kitchen.  When daylight comes I'll take a few pics and post. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pottery score

I've often hit up the thrift stores for kids' clothing and lately I've become addicted to the housewares aisles.  There is always something that can be used to spuce up your home decor.  Sometimes it perfect, sometimes it needs a little spraypainting!

I scored this piece of Frankoma pottery at the local Habitat homestore.  I'm guessing it's a sugar bowl? Not sure.  It's undecided as to what purpose it will serve at our house. Maybe a vase? A container for the marbles I use in the kids' chore system? Random bookshelf art? Pencil holder?

Frankoma Pottery was founded in 1933 by craftsman John Frank.  The pottery is made in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  The clay source is about a mile away from the actual production facility.  Maybe some digging around will produce some more info on my thrift find!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Simple Nandina

I've had this half gallon jug in the house for awhile, saved from some delicious peach cider we bought this summer.  I thought it would be nice with some simple greenery.  I cut one nandina stem that was loaded with berries and one more with just leaves. Love it against the grey in our bedroom. This is literally the only thing remotely holiday related inside our house.  Somehow dragging out the Christmas boxes seems a little daunting.  I've never understood the people who have their tree up and house decorated on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I'm not quite ready to let go of Thanksgiving yet...maybe next week?

I also made a wreath for the front door with some greenery from the yard, photo not included because it turned out pretty lame. Maybe I'll try to spiff it up some this weekend.

Cheers! (or bah humbug?)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Over the Threshold

Welcome to the first post. Try not to fall asleep, would you?
Since my intention is to include small home projects, thrifting finds, and inspiration photos in this blog I considered naming the blog "threshold".  Well, Google that and see what pops up. Did you?  See what I mean?  So, Inside Voices it is.  This is an excersise in procrastination as much as it is motivation.  Here we are, full swing into the holidays and suddenly I need to start a blog?  Here's a gander at my to do list:
  1. Invites for kid's bday party
  2. Plan said party
  3. Christmas shop for 3 kids and husband
  4. Find photo for and prepare holiday cards
  5. Clean dining room where homeless objects seem to gather
  6. Spruce up house in preparation for neighbor/interior designer who has offered to give decor advice
  7. Unpack remaining boxes from move (7 months ago!)
  8. Hang pictures
Of course these are just the highlights, the boring SAHM tasks don't even make the list.

The goal is to stretch my creative muscles and reacquaint myself with this fancy gadget they call a computer. According to my husband I can't be a SAHM forever...we'll see about that.

Clearly there's not much to see here but please come again soon. Maybe next time I'll have pictures! Don't bet on it, but I'll see what I can do.