Little Black Buffet Revisited.

I wrote about the “history” of this bookshelf turned–

Whatever-it-is-now, HERE.

[In case you want to see her in her ugly beginning…]

Since I kinda have all the parties over with, that I had planned for awhile…

I decided to play with The Little Black Buffet again.

Now the buffet is a book nook corner.

And there is Domino. Ah, the Recession put her out of business.

As well as Cookie, another of my favorite mags.

I grab both when I see them at Goodwills.

Because I imagine that they will be valuable some day. And because I miss them so much.

They both had such an eclectic charm to them.

A clean white tablecloth.

This little cafe table belongs outside. But I`m enjoying her ever since I brought her in. She was way too sweet to freeze her skinny little iron legs in the snow, I thought.

The little basket has a glued chalkboard onto it. Because I am a chalkboard-monger.

The poster on the wall and the labels on the plants are all from Amazon. They just came in the mail last week. Here is a link for some great posters I found!

And no, I don`t get paid to recommend. I just love to share the love.

Amazon. Let`s just say I had a b-day gift card from the loving hus. I think he intended for me to buy books. I love books– but I was in the mood to buy house stuff.

So I did.

Well, now it`s my “reading area”.

The books in the basket, are 3 that I `m going to recommend.

Some of you said, “winter is getting long”. I thought a good book might be nice. πŸ™‚

Here they are:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. By: Patrick Lencioni

From the cover- it looks like a men`s book. It actually IS a recommend from my husband. We were at Barnes and Noble before Christmas and he had his nose justΒ  STUCK in THIS book he had randomly picked up. I made him happy by finally saying that I`ll meet up with him later.

When I came back to the bookstore, I sat in a chair far away, but facing him, and watched. He was UTTERLY ENGROSSED. I`m not even sure he ever saw me until I walked up to him.

That is how intently he reads.

Such a honeymoon we are living. Still.

Anyways- I read it too, later. It`s a very short book. If you like conversations between people (what else), and figuring out cool things about the way we relate to each other. You will love this book! Great for leaders of teams, families, classrooms etc.

In my mind I still mull over what I have learned…

The second one is: The Red Tent. by: Anita Diamont

It has been years since I was recommended this book by my friend, Terri. For some odd reason, I have read it over and over.

It is a fictional account of the Biblical story of Dinah, written from a non- Christian perspective.

I LOVED how this author made the Biblical characters seem REAL and ALIVE. I loved her descriptive writing. Wow, it`s just such a colorful story…

If you live nearby, you can have my copy. I just picked it up at a Goodwill and had to take it home, even though I already own this book.

And the last one is:

Safely Home. By: Randy Alcorn

I know a lot of you have already read it, because it is a popular book…

But– Well written! Tears in a moving way, not a sappy way! Life changing!

I love Randy Alcorn. He has a HEART from GOD, and he also happens to be a “good writer”– I despise poor writing from Christian authors.

A great place to “go vintage”,

pick up a book,


put on some soothing music from Pandora Radio,

(Micheal Buble is a great relaxing, vintage-y musical choice. That was a recommend from my hus as well.)

drink hot tea,

and enjoy the rest of winter. It`s slipping away.

That is, if I were to ever take up drinking tea.

I should, because it seems so refined…


The SSS (Super Simple Saver)Β  for today…

is from…

SANNY YODER (who is my friend) :)–

Love the idea and keep `em coming!

“Ok, I don’t know if you consider this a “saver” or not, but I think it is the coolest trick ever.

After you’ve diced onions or garlic and you’re worried that your hands will carry the odor for the next day, rub your hands on your stainless steel faucet.Β  It’s the weirdest thing ever, but your hands will be odor-free!”
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  1. Christy says:

    I’m really loving your new blog. So much so, that I come over here to read it instead of reading it in Google reader because it adds to the experience. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the book recommendations, too. I wrote the titles to remember because it’s not often that I hear someone else say they hate poorly written Christian books.

  2. Betty says:

    I assume you may have takers already – but if not the red tent book sounds like something i would enjoy. the tea thing is to too fuuny. i’m a coffee addict but have have many varities of tea for evening, but refined – not so much πŸ™‚

  3. Amber says:

    I love your new blog, too! Glad for the book recom. I’m headed to the library and need some good books.

  4. Becky says:

    oh…jenn…matt is gonna hate you….cuz everytime i come over here and see your projects…i get the URGE!!!!!!!!!!! i am like a roaring lion on the prowl ready to pounce on the next ugly piece of furniture i see….i am really needing something BIG to paint!!!!!! πŸ™‚ haha…..and it’s funny…i have really been into chalkboard paint too…might have to share one of my latest projects if i can get it back from my sis for some pix??? luv.

  5. Becky says:

    oh. ya. and the kids better watch it, too….one morning they cud wake up to find themselves crackle painted! haha πŸ™‚

  6. Sanny says:

    Oooooh I’m giddy at seeing my saver published on your famous blog. πŸ™‚ May I come to your house and curl up on one of your couches to read one of those books? Your house is always so inviting and warm and cozy….

  7. julana says:

    cool pictures. did you ever see my poster i have framed just like that one you have pictured? have one just the same.

  8. Lydia Jo says:

    Ok, came back here to get those book suggestions. Requested them from my library. While I was at it I typed Micheal Buble into Pandora. Happy, contented sigh.

  9. Ruth says:

    Hey Jenny,
    I love Pandora & Michael Buble. I discovered them at practically the same time last fall and I listened to them all winter long. I had heard of both before but for some reason, neither one had much draw until the cold weather set in.
    Here’s a little super saver tip for you. Amazon & both give away free music to download. Walmart has a free song of the week and Amazon a free song of the day. They’re not always great, but about a month ago, Amazon gave away the album Special Delivery by Michael Buble. It only has like 6 songs on it but it’s free! πŸ™‚ The songs are usually by new artists or something ’cause they’re trying to promote their new albums. Being the cheapskate that I am, I’m always happy for free music that I can download & listen to on my MP3. Also, has a free downloadable book every month, I think. I think it was there, I’m not sure, but a few months ago I downloaded Francis Chan’s Crazy Love for free. It’s no substitute for books you can hold in your hand, but you can’t be picky when you live all the way around the world from an English bookstore.
    But maybe you knew all this already. Anyway, love your blog!

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