Friday, February 23, 2018

The Great Cleveland Home and Garden Show III

 Well, since tomorrow morning we will again make the trek to Cleveland on another Retiree Road Trip, I thought I would finally finish the tour of the Great Cleveland Home and Garden Show. The seating area above was in between two little houses. One of the things I was really looking forward to was the dream house they construct inside the IX Center. 
This was a TINY house. We are standing in line because only four people could walk in at once. Then we pivoted and walked out. The mattress was in a loft, the size of a mattress. 


 Here is the one on the left. It was empty inside which made it look even smaller. They both cost around twice what we originally paid for our house in 1979 and then you would need property to put them on. We were not impressed. They seemed smaller than most campers!
 I just thought this was neat.
 Then we got in line to see what we thought was a house sized house. It actually had a bathroom, great room with kitchen and a "media room" which would be a bedroom.

 I plan to remodel our bathroom (well, I started planning at least 3 years ago).  My mother suffered from elderly onset ALS and my dad suffered a stroke. Both needed a wheelchair accessible bathroom which was impossible in their home. I plan to be safe, not sorry and try to install a wheel chair (different from handicap accessible) shower before I need one.
 Tile ideas.
 Meandering through the great room.
An expresso machine built into a granite wall in the kitchen. My husband is a retired plumber. He was wild about this. You would have to take the wall down to fix the water line. How much damage to replace the machine? Yes, I must design for easy repairs over style.
 This was one wall of the media/bedroom. The screen was about 8' x 6'. We were thinking we could watch tv without our glasses!
 Home number 3 was a cabin.
 Tiny, but the high ceilings helped.

 A tiny stairway lead upstairs. We had to duck to enter the loft. Then we stood there because there was no room to go down. We all had to leave at once.
 Itty Bitty Teeny Weeny kitchen. My purse would not fit in the sink. I am sorry I did not get a photo of the bathroom with the composting toilet.
 I would love to have this in my backyard!

This was the fancy house. The line was actually longer than it looks. We thought about it and decided we did not have the patience to go through it. You could see through the windows on the sides and it looked like most houses. 

So that's it. I did see a video tour of the house on a Cleveland morning show. It looked like most of the houses I remember on House Hunters. 

I was hoping for some killer bathroom ideas and other decorating and remodeling ideas to knock me off my feet. Most of the booths for bathrooms were those covers for bathtubs. There were booths for window manufactures, etc.  I was a little let down. 
One of my two favorite exhibits was this booth from Habitat for Humanity. I don't know if you have a Habitat Re-Store by your house, but they sell everything from building supplies (I found Armstrong peel n stick tile at mine for a temporary bathroom spruce up) to furniture and everything in between. I am in LOVE with this desk and it was very affordable. If I could have thought of anywhere I could have placed it, I would have purchased it in a heartbeat. 
I cannot believe I did not take any photos of the booth that VNTG Home from Cleveland showcased. They go into estates or those who downsize and take it all for a price. They reupholster vintage furniture, and have a warehouse showroom of treasures. For the show they had several items of furniture and several tables of mismatched china. I found the two plates first and was willing to mismatch cups, but the clerk found their mates! Each piece was $2 for the entire cost for both pairs was $8.00. As soon as Spring really truly arrives, my husband is taking me for a visit as the lady assured me they have a huge room of dishes waiting for me!

My husband loves to tell people he paid $30 for tickets, $10 to park and took me to a garage sale.  

This weekend the Retiree Road Trip will be visiting the The Great Cleveland Auto Show. There will be 859 vehicles for us to view, sit in and compare. We have been looking for a new vehicle for maybe 18 months now and are taking odds on whether there will be one there we can agree on. My husband is looking for either a new truck with a crew cab or a large sedan.  I have narrowed my choices to either a sports car or a small yellow bus to transport all my grandchildren. It should be an interesting day! 




Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Great Big Home and Garden Show in Cleveland II

Is this an elegant restaurant? No, it is a "Bistro" located in the IX Center at the Home and Garden Show. We arrived the minute the doors opened so it was a little early for lunch. There is, of course, a cocktail bar located in the center. The menu was posted on a large poster at the entrance and included nothing that would entice Mr Merry whatsoever. 
There were several food trucks located through out the IX Center, too. Unfortunately this one wasn't open yet. Looks interesting! 
Of course we stopped at an amazing bakery. Can you believe this wedding cake on display? Here are the ingredients. 
A second outstanding wedding cake. 
We did not purchase one of the cakes, but did go home with two Paczkis, two pepperoni breads and a huge Russian Tea cookie which we split for an after dinner treat. 
There were plenty of cocktail bars and beer counters located through out the facility. We thought it was interesting. Luckily they weren't too busy at 11:00 in the morning. A neighboring city just built a new Krogers and they also have a bar in the middle of the grocery store.

I did not take a picture of the long food court along one wall. We had thought about lunch since there were many types of foods we both might like, but the prices were a little high for us. A can of Coke was $6! We thought we would get on the highway and stop for a bite at the next exit towards home. 
After waiting through several light changes, we were only about eight cars away from a left hand turn on to the on ramp. Well, something happened necessitating an ambulance and two fire trucks. We drove into a small village and Google Maps was no help as it kept steering us back to the accident site. We finally enjoyed a long ride home on some back country roads, landing in a small town about an hour away where we had previously discovered a great little diner by the railroad tracks. It was cozy and warm and we enjoyed a great, late lunch.  

I still have more photos! I will be back with post 3. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Great Big Home and Garden Show in Cleveland

We have always wanted to attend the home and garden show and since my husband retired last July, this was the year! There were lots of beautiful flowers that really brightened this cold February day in Ohio. 
It was an expensive #RetireeRoadTrip. Tickets are $15 each, but I was able to find them through a local drug store for $12 each. Parking is $10. Basically, it was $34 to get to cross the windy, snowy parking lot and get into the door.  
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 We walked down this walkway and, VOILA, it was Spring!
 However, the beach was closed. I didn't take any pictures of the wonderful water features. With eight grandchildren aged 9 and under, we do not need puddles to splash into mud!
 Tulips! Most were buds as this was the first day of the show.

 There were lots of these open structures for your yard. This one has a light feature of wine bottles. 
 Most of them had a fireplace on one wall. 

 Most of them had a large dining table of some sort. They must replace these daffodils daily, they don't last long here. 
 Loved this ballerina sculpture. She was about 20 inches tall. 
 These are paper lanterns, strung to look like grapes. It seemed each display focused on wine. I guess a lot of people are sitting in their yards drinking wine. 
 This display had a pipe that I figured out was the neck of a tipped wine bottle. They had tinted the water a reddish hue. 
These wine bottles were about 8 feet tall!   
It was a little disappointing that all the displays from different vendors had the same flowers, yellow daffodils, the blue hydrangeas, and red tulips. It made the exhibits all kind of run together. And they were all very similar. Stone walls, a long table, a covered rectangle, an outdoor kitchen or fireplace. 

I guess my yard with a fairy garden and hopes of an outdoor model train are hopelessly outdated.  I will try to be back tomorrow with a look at more of the show. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Expectation Vs Reality Christmas Tablesetting

This was supposed to be the best of the bunch. I took several photos early in the morning and late at night, which is when my grandchildren are not here. I was excited to get something that wasn't too dark and then realized we are featuring a roll of magnet to stick crafts on my refrigerator. Trust me, this is as good as it will get.
REALITY: One of my assistant table setters on patrol.           
This one has shadows and a piece of packaging on one of the plates.Since the day after Thanksgiving I have been trying to clear off the dining room table so that I could show off some of my Christmas dishes. We provide care for five of our grandchildren and accomplishing anything with two one-year-olds, two three-year-olds and a just turned 5 year old. I was so delusional that I thought that perhaps I could showcase my Pfaltzgraff Christmas dishes for a few weeks and then change to the fun dishes that Better Homes and Gardens created with the vehicles and Christmas trees.
These are the plates everyone is in love with (including me)! I bought a few last year and found a few more this year. They are part of a set of four different plates, but you can buy them individually in the stores.
That darn Pioneer Woman! The first time I spotted these little tart sized dishes, they were in her Flea Market patterns. Of course I picked up a selection. The next trip I spotted this Christmas Pattern and had to scoop up a few more.
Once I purchased my first BGH plates last year, I started looking for a centerpiece. I spent a day traveling out of town to find a vehicle carrying a tree only to locate this metal beauty at a local drug store. I pilfered the little pickup from the toy box and added a little garland.
This year trucks are everywhere! This beauty pulling out from behind a tea pot is a cookie jar; the tree lifts off as the lid. I found it at a local farm store on half price day. The little wooden station wagon is an ornament I picked up somewhere.

These little wooden vehicles were in the $1 bins at Target. I bought the three that were left this past weekend. 
I am late to the Nora Fleming party! For my monumental birthday in 2016 I received a very nice china dish with changeable ornaments from a friend. Fast forward to some Amazon surfing and they kindly recommended this Nora Fleming mini to add to my dish! Say what? I see some more minis in my future! The liner was a gift from a friend.
 Another view of my mini. I am pretty excited about finding it.
I was hoping to do an entire post about our tree this year, but the way things are going, I will just share these. Here is my decorating crew. I sorted out the unbreakables and let them go. The only ones interested were the two 3 year-olds and my 1 year old granddaughter. 
Some have asked if we plan to add anything else to  the tree. We are using it as a gauge as to how high we need to place things so that they are out of reach! Merry Christmas!              Joining the ladies at Tablescape Thursday! https://betweennapsontheporch.net/woodland-christmas-table-setting-with-magnolia-centerpiece/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20BetweenNapsOnThePorch%20(BETWEEN%20NAPS%20ON%20THE%20PORCH)


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