Friday, February 12, 2010

Guest bath idea and catching up

Okay, I'll start with the good stuff first.

We are expecting guests this next week.
As you all know by now,
we sold our home and are temporarily renting until we decide
where we want to retire and live permanently.
So, please excuse the stuff
I can't change.......countertops, flooring, etc.

I wanted to somehow customize this plain ol' blah
guest bathroom and make it an inviting place for our guests.

Pookie is gone all week, so I had nothing but time on my hands.

I tried to figure out what could I do without changing the
things I couldn't change.

I rummaged thru drawers, cabinets & my sewing kit
and this is what I came up with.

I'll start with a cute little cheap idea that I haven't seen out there in
blogland yet.

In a drawer I found a metal scrolly antiqued napkin ring
that I only have 3 left from the set.
I ended up stuffing it with Q-tips.
Can't get easier than that, eh?

I also decided to elevate all the necessities from the counter top,
onto a decorative tray that has a scrolly iron base with handles.

Normally, I use this for entertaining, but I think it looks
quite at home there on the bathroom counter.

Next, I went looking thru my sewing kit.
Which is a total mess.... an atrocity

See, I told ya. It's not for the faint-of-heart. :0)

I did find this ribbon that I had purchased from Ballard
Designs a couple of years ago.
And, I thought it would look cute as a trimming for a set
of kinda boring towels that I have.

And this is how they turned out.

Last of all, I had a lone iron candlestick and a little iron tray
that wasn't doing anything.

I put the iron tray on top of the candlestick (with a little
dab of hot glue) and plopped a couple of fancy-schmancy soaps
on the new pedestal.

A little note:

Thanks to everyone who has emailed me and given me their
support during a difficult time for us.

After my our beloved Pop passed away, 2 days later my MIL
fell and broke her hip.
Less than a week after that their sweet little dog
of 14 years, Shadow, died.

It's been a tough time worrying about Birdie and missing
Pop. She seems so lost without them both.
She's recovering physically though and we're very grateful for that.

The rest will come with time, I guess.

A couple of weeks ago, Pookie finally decided to retire and
filled out all the paper work.
His last day will be March 12th, and I think he's getting
excited about it.
His company did dangle a large 2 yr. project that is in Honolulu
to try and tempt him to stay.
He actually turned them down and is sticking to his
far anyway.

So, thanks again to everybody. I love you all. And,
your emails and support have made all the difference!

Have a wonderful Valentines Day weekend!!!


  1. Yay! It's so nice to see a post from you, Gayle, and I appreciate you stopping by. It put a big smile on my face. :)

    Congratulations to Pookie on his upcoming retirement. Honolulu would be hard to turn down (at least in my opinion)so he must be ready.

    I think the guest bathroom looks really nice and very inviting. How clever to use the napkin ring for Qtips and I love the ribbon on the towels. I'd like to try that. My sewing machine has not been out of storage in probably 20 years but IF I ever get moved to the house in Hooterville, I plan on dusting it off for a couple simple sewing projects. (Geeez, hopefully it still runs after 20 years!)

  2. Welcome how your bathroom turn out...congratulation to Pookie on his retirement....hang in there...Pat H

  3. You did an amazing job in your bath Gayle. I am sure coveting that ceramic tray with the ruffly edge. IT'S ALL LOVELY.
    I'm so sorry for all that you have been through of late. My prayers will be with you. Good luck on hubs retirement. I'm counting the days for my husband to take the plunge.
    Thank you for the sweet message you left at my place.

  4. Hi Gayle! Oh, I've missed you! I'm so sorry for all that has happened in your family.
    Congratulations to Pookie on his retirement. My Mr. Precious just retired about a month ago and he's loving it!
    Now I do believe you've done a fantastic job in your bathroom. I love the tray with the pretties and the napkin ring is a lovely touch. I could do this!:) Love the ribbons you sewed on your towels - very pretty!
    Good luck on deciding where you'll finally end up living!
    So nice to hear from you and your sweet comments.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Hi Gayle:
    I hope your Mother In Law heals quickly and that her heart mends.
    I cannot imagine her pain : (
    Your bathroom looks wonderful!!!
    I am rather consumed with my surgery and am remiss in visiting : (
    Thank you for the kind words about my little grand baby : )
    Hope everything is going well for you/
    peace and hugs

  6. Ooh Gayle, I love what you did in the bathroom. Who would think to put Qtips in a napkin ring? But it looks so fancy and gorgeous. I LOVE that tray you've used. So pretty.

    I can't believe Pookie is retiring already, and after such a big move! LOL! But I'm glad to hear it and can't wait to find out where you decide to build your nest.

    Justine :o )

  7. G'morn, Gayle ~ You have been missed. Would you please check your settings to follow us on the new blog, TYSM

    Yes, you have had some difficult times, prayers were lifted for all of you.

    WOW! What you did is lovely in the bathroom ... I would NEVER have thought to do the creative things you do. Love it all!

    Happy Valentine's
    Have a lovely day ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  8. What a fantastic transformation on the guest bath. It looks very chic!
    It's so good to see a post from you and know that you are starting a new chapter in your life. I wish you and Pookie a beautiful retirement.
    Stay in touch! Hugs, B.

  9. wow, what a creative idea!! Your bathroom looks amazing! & what and excitin new chapter in your life!! xxoo Leah

  10. Checking up on you, Gayle. hope all is well.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  11. Thought I'd stop by and say "hello." Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you are happy and well. :)

  12. Hi Gayle:
    I cannot find your e-mail and I am really wondering how you are?
    How is your Mother In Law?
    How are you???
    I am still having major health issues and have been absent for a few months : (
    Please if you have time e-mail me and say hi.
    peace & hugs