Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yellow Tables...

I love the blog Black White Yellow which recently highlighted some Ikea Muddus tables.  I quickly realized I have something VERY similar! 

images courtesy of Black White Yellow

I acquired an old typing table years ago at the curb and until recently had been using it for a TV stand in my bedroom.  However, at the end of the summer, I painted it yellow to add a bright pop for entertaining on my back porch.  Since then, I have used it to hold our turkey dinner at Thanksgiving as well!  A great find and super fun in YELLOW!  While Ikea is a curb find gives me pleasure!

Unfortunately, I don't have any before pictures, but just picture it a dingy olive/army green - much better with its update!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Buy Handmade!

Buy Handmade Video from Etsy on Vimeo.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Meet Gibson!

Proud to announce the newest member of the LaNa household - Gibson!

He's a golden retreiver/lab mix approximately 1 - 1.5 years old.  Navin, our beloved cat, isn't thrilled with the new addition.  Hopefully, that will be short lived!

P.S. Gibson is named after Kirk Gibson that once played for the Detroit Tigers.  We wanted to stick with the "Detroit" sports theme since Navin got his name from Navin Field aka "Tiger Stadium" in 1912. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's not a song I can't get out of my head...

it's a radio!

Check out this beauty (at least I think it is!) at a local thrift store. 

I *almost* bought it last week, but 1) James and I didn't think that it was practical (well, maybe more him than me!), 2) it is HEAVY, and 3) I didn't have $30 in cash on me and they didn't take plastic.  If they had, it might already be at LaNa!

Where would I put it?  I'm thinking in the basement that we plan to makeover VERY soon.  The speakers sound great, it tuned perfectly (and we were in a basement!), and I don't have a turntable for the 1 record I still own.  And, I'm convinced that vinyl is making a comeback as my friend Maureen in 8th grade is all about records!

What do you think?

LaNa Anniversary!

So, January 11, 2010 came and went without me noticing that it was my 2-year anniversary at LaNa!  Can you believe it? 

A lot has happened in this two year period...good times, great friends, fantastic family, and lately a lot of bonding has taken place inside the walls of LaNa.  A BIG thank you to all of my closest for helping to make this house a home. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bread Machine!

So, we got a bread machine from family for Christmas.  I had never really thought of asking for a bread machine let alone owning one...but, I LOVE it!!! 

I've made several loaves and thus far really enjoyed a white bread with dill seeds that called for cottage cheese instead of eggs or butter.  A lower fat alternative that definitely worked.  I will try experimenting with different recipes and will report back on my successes (or messes!) as a bread machine owner.

Thanks Dad & Linda!!

Friday, January 8, 2010


A treasured gift given to me by my Dad this
holiday season...BLATZ beer memorabilia!

This advertisement had once been used in my Grandpa's store -
Broadway Market in Lower Town (you townies know where that is!)!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Entertainment Center - Before & After

I just had to post pics again of our entertainment center.  I included a "before" pic so you could see what a difference this new piece makes at LaNa.  Love it!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Holidays with my Grandma!

I am so fortunate to have my wonderful grandma in my life.  This past holiday season was her 104th (she turned 103 just before Christmas!).  I just had to post some photos of her as she is radiant!!! 

Me & Agnes as she models the beautiful shawl we gave her for Christmas...

Auds (my beautiful Mom!) with her mother, Agnes...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Entertainment Center"

You may remember the mid-century dresser I wrote about finding at the ReUse Center and planned to use for an entertainment center...well, here it is in LaNa!

We LOVE it!  There is room in the 9 drawers for our DVD's, movies, games, and more!  A fantastic buy at $55!!  And, the best part is that we love how it looks and have no intention to paint - whew! 

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Check out these "25 New Year's Resolutions for Going Green in 2010" from Planet Green

I was pleasantly surprised that I am already doing quite a few of these on the list.  However, 2010 may be my year to finally build a rain barrel!

photo courtesy of flickr