The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-08-29

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A non-specific Retro Tuesday

I was looking for something specific to do for Retro Tuesday but I kept ooohing and ahhing over random furniture in one magazine (The American Home, 1950).   So I decided to just scan the furniture and make today Non-Specific Retro Tuesday.

The first, wow.  Heywood Wakefield is a total classic.  Even at the time I think it was appreciated although from what I've read it hadn't reached the iconic status (and stratospherean prices) it has now.  The company survives (under different ownership) today.  These two rooms of furniture...

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Besides being flat out drool-worthy...

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Are part of the same ad.  The entire ad is on Flikr (here).

These were from a Gulistan carpet ad.



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(And I love it!)

Tomlinson Furniture

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That blond in the backs nice...


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That coffee table - Ohhhhhh, baby!

The whole ad is here

Here's a Kentile Floor ad with no furniture company name listed...

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But it's blond, looks like it could be more Heywood Wakefield maybe.  But I see that stuff even when it's not there.  So don't go by me.

Kentile, the company, isn't around any more.  But some floors remain which is a huge problem - their floors seemed to be made of asbestos.

The other part of the ad featured a bathroom and man, I love that color combo.

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Whole ad is here.

This company's Pabco Warranty Yard Goods.  Carpets.  I actually like this carpet quite a lot but that furniture I love! 

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Know what?  Someone on freecycle listed "50's bamboo like furniture, sofa love seat" recently and I knew it was similar to this.  It needed cushion re-dos.  She said it would be perfect outside but this stuff is perfect to me inside.  If I hadn't just got new stuff I'd have been on this like a dieting fat woman on a family size bowl of pasta. (That would be me). 

I love this tiki thing.  Makes me feel all festive.  Sunset on the beach and tropical.

Hand me a Mai-Tai, dress me in a grass skirt, sit my ass on that sofa and man we can call it a day.  If I can't be in Hawaii I can at least be delusional.

I always say.

Anyway - Link to whole ad here.

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Winners of the back to school giveaway!

School starts today in NJ so I thought I would announce the winners today for the three Locker Shelf systems






The winners are...
1.  Tara over at Scarborough Seashells who you have to go read by the way.  Plus have you seen the jewelry that girl makes with BEACHGLASS...  No?  Here look...

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and...

2. ...speaking of people who make stuff I love....  Gabriele Agustini  (I'm wondering if this will be an all artistic giveaway?) Stay tuned for winner #3...

Have you seen her stuff?    Look at the scarves she paints...   

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I think the first time I commented on her blog she was talking about how hard it is to paint - white things.  Yes, I agree.  And if you have no idea, you really have NO idea....

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3.  Tess Moody  at Six Feet Under Blog  who totally is an artist too ...  LOL but I didn't know till I looked at her profile because I just read her blog and not really the profile till today.  She's Unleashed Pet Photography!

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Cutest ever.

Okay ladies, email me!  I need your addresses to send to the people at Locker shelf! Sure wish they were around when my kid had a locker.   Check out the link - they are well worth trying for anyone who didn't win and not expensive at all.



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Monday, September 6, 2010

The problem with everyone having a camera phone....

I wish I could put off fixing the bath room floor (cost) but since it's a wet area, no.  Just no.  I found a few candidates at (Cell Phone Picture Alert!)  Home Depot:

 I'm attracted to shiny stuff...
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Dichroic glass makes my heart beat faster and these tiles looked like jewelry to me... I wanted to just fill my cart with them and run.  But they cost twice as much as the ones I might get which were twice as much as I wanted to spend in the first place, so no.  Buh-bye shiny, shiny tiles.

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Moving on to non-jewelry... There were a lot of great glass tiles, some sort of shiny and some just ya know,  glassy.  I was really attracted to them all.  They were all pretty expensive and not all of them were floor tiles, many were accent tiles which made me wonder about the general durability of glass.

After all I just cracked a bunch of porcelain tiles by pulling up a rug.  I also have about four random tiles that had cracked in normal, daily wear over the years so perhaps glass is too fragile for my bathroom.

You think it's the tap dancing?

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I considered this combination  (still am).  I have plain square white tiles around my tub and they would not look out of place with this floor.  And the turquoise ( Mmmmm, turquoise....) glass tiles are a beautiful shiny, shiny accent.


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These tiles are glass too, but sturdier.  More industrial looking.   They appear very blue in the picture but are on the turquoise side of blue.  These wouldn't look out of place with the tiles around the tub because they echo the shape and I could grout them in white.

But when I saw these...

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 I got a dreamy look in my eyes and felt all, Ahhhh....They are flat river stones and I love them in guess what color?

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These tiles are the number one contender.  It would require a lot of other work in the bathroom (like me stripping off all the wall paper and repainting) but I don't even think I care.

I even found new blinds I think would go.


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They are from Bali and have a retro vibe that's totally blissing me out.

I made an appointment to have the room measured which means I have to clean the floor today.  Really clean it like, the undersides of stuff.  The stuff I usually ignore because people aren't normally on the floor looking up.

Except tomorrow they will be and I can't remember the last time I saw the underside of my toilet and well, if there's something untoward there it's got to go before the measure guy videos it with his cell phone and throws it on You Tube and then tells his wife he was just in the grossest bathroom in NJ today and, Honey you were wrong it wasn't the men's room at that rest stop on the Garden State Parkway it was a job I had and if you don't believe me here's the link.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Weekend round-up, Pandora - like anyone can stand another Pandora post, the joys of microfiber (or I am officially the dirt fairy) and what the heck are old people with acne supposed to use on their skin anyway?

1. Pandora - (If you want to read about cleaning skip to #2 or my skincare question skip to #3) Since it was time for Pandora's routine service I figured I would ask them to look at all the other stuff I've been collecting on the list.  Like the power doors yes again and again and again, oh and there is a CD stuck that won't come out.  Not a huge deal but I'm sick of The Captain and Tennille and that hanging wire.

They said nothing wrong with the CD player and the doors are fine and that wire is part of an after-market back up beep beep beep thingamabob that's not covered.  Since it's never worked I don't miss it.

They also were like, by the way did you know you have an oil leak?  Why no. 

Oh yeah, one of the engine gaskets is leaking I'll see if it's covered.  And I was pretty much all, you do that but I knew it was covered.  When I got the warranty I specifically asked about engine gaskets because the head gasket is what did in my last van, may she rest in peace.

Or pieces, I'm not sure which.

I sighed the sigh of the warrantied and felt a huge knot in my stomach anyway.  No matter how much I don't have to pay I get a shot of adrenaline like that day on the Garden State Parkway when the car in front of me spun out and somehow but I don't know how, missed me.

I watched the chaos in my rear view mirror as what seconds before was four lanes of traffic going 65 mph  devolve into something that was a cross between pinball and air hockey only with cars.  And screaming. 

It takes a while for your body to know it's safe. Even though your brain kinda does it's still pumping out adrenaline. 

So hearing that, Oh hey did you know you have an oil leak from an engine gasket?  but not having to pay feels a lot like not being in that accident. 

P.S. - The CD is still stuck and the doors still go up and down at will.

2. Cleaning up - I'm not done decluttering, maybe I'll never be, but I realized I've done a lot over the last few months.  Another thing I realized when the dust settled is this place is really, really dirty.

It's hard to even know what's dirty when there is stuff all over.  You can't see the dirt.  Baseboards, I mean who even thinks of baseboards when you're overwhelmed with a to-do list you feel is impossible to get through.

A few months down the road I can see the baseboards and it's not pretty.

I tried my favorite brush.  I've had it for years, it's as perfect as it was when I bought it.  It was like eight bucks and and it's called The Tile Brush

It's a great brush, study as anything - Perfect for a ton of jobs but it took the paint off the baseboards.  Huge duh on my part.

So I thought about it and decided to try the Don Aslett Microfiber Cloth set...  And yes, I bought them myself.

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The set ncludes four 16" x 16" blue towels, four 16" x 16" green towels, and two 6"L x 4"W x 1"H blue microfiber-covered sponges
  I read the reviews and really for me, it's hard to weed through them for any sort of balance.  Some people seem to open the boxes and no matter what, harp-playing angels sprout from  boxes marked QVC; other people just want to say,  Eh, sucks

But I'd looked around for microfiber cloths and these were what I was looking for:  large size, double-thickness/ sometimes called plush and each side had different fiber lengths.

I'd also never seen the 'sponges' and was interested in trying those even though the contrary reviewers said, Awful, fell apart in three wipes

Just got them and really like them.  I don't normally like the way microfiber feels (at all ) and these I don't mind.  So plus one.  They clean really well, sometimes just with water.  Something gooey, soapy water.  A tough job, a spray of Windex.  Plus two.

You can take them to the sink, rinse and clean again - The day I cleaned the baseboard after I realized about the paint - I used paper towels.  An entire roll.   I use probably a roll a day.  I got these yesterday and I don't think I used a single paper towel.  Plus three.

I already threw one in the washer and it came out just fine.  Plus four.  I tried the sponge.  I don't know how it will do over the long haul but it's fine so far after spiffing up the microwave.

And  five...  I have a light wood banister that I thought was discolored.  It's as old as the house and I don't know why but it never occurred to me that the discoloration was dirt until I was carrying one of the dirty wet cloths up to the washing machine.

On a whim I ran one up the banister. Oh. Oh. Oh.  Then I grabbed my camera and did a little video.  You don't have to watch the whole thing to get the idea but watch a little of it...




And that's with water only, using a dirty cloth.

I feel like the dirt fairy.

3.  EEK!  - My face is breaking out like nobodies business.   I'd always expected it to go away when I got older but being that I now pee when I sneeze I'm thinking that I'm old enough that if it was going to go away when I was older it would have.

I do have Retin A from the dermatologist which I hadn't used because, well...  I guess I wasn't ever quite this motivated or the acne wasn't ever this bad or maybe I was just lazy, I dunno.  But I need to have some other sort of skin regime.

I'm going to use the Retin A now which limits me some plus the acne will probably get worse before it gets better (Retin A does that)  but I really don't even know what else to use.   Should I go the Cetaphil route? Or is there some other cleanser that's better?  Scrubs are kind of out - just tried them and it was a week of a pimple a day.  Don't want to repeat that.

I really need some moisturizer suggestions.   I really don't know what to use.   What the heck does an old person with acne supposed to use anyway?


 So that was probably the longest post ever...  I'm sorry.


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Even oatmeal makes it uphill in February eventually...

I got the silicon river stone sink mat. Finally

As you recall I described the bottom of my sink as, and I quote.... " a mess.  The white fiberglass has worn off so even though it's clean, the bottom looks like a healing bruise; all manner of off-yellows and tans with some odd greenish blues thrown in. "

And maybe you thought I was exaggerating to be funny because I didn't include a picture so here's one...


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People who ate dinner at my house would look in that sink and gulp a little and I could see the thought bubble...

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I found what I thought would be a nice solution from The Storage Store  and while shipping (that cost enough to send an elephant) occurred days (and days and days, one whining post, a migarine and two emails) after they promised I like the result.


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It doesn't hide the discoloration that's going on beneath it, nothing will, but it cuts down on the grubbery of that entire scenario with a pleasing aesthetic.

It's also nice and soft so I will cease breaking vintage glasses in there.  I've broken three in the last few years and the sobbing that ensued as I was picking shards of my now defunct vintage lovelies  from the garbage disposal was just pathetic so that's over too.

All in all, with the exception of the migraine - A success.


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What happened to the floor....

The other day I pulled up the bathroom rug to see what would happen.  It's been down a while...

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The long answer is the rug had  become connected to the floor on an atomic level so when I pulled it up, well first off the floor screamed and second off the rug sucked ALL the tiles right out of the grout (and broke several smack in half) like I don't know, a maniacal Endodontist was gleefully doing what came naturally to a floor full of impacted wisdom teeth.

That was the long answer.  The short answer is I have to get a new tile floor for the entire master bathroom.


Mostly, I'm just ill.  That's the very, very short answer.



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