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Janet's House
Portland, Oregon
a fresh look at creative ideas for your home, garden and life
Interests: sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, crafts, homekeeping
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Enjoy the day for the love of nature, the promise of warmer weather, and the beauty of all that surrounds us. Have a wonderful Easter weekend! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Janet's House
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There are those who think it only rains in Oregon. It rains a lot, so when we get a beautiful spring day, we are quick to embrace it. Today was one of those days; the perfectly clear day in mid April, when the mountains were out for viewing. We took... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Janet's House
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I was in the mood to make my favorite granola the other day so I pulled out my tried and true recipe from way back when, and was happy that I had everything I needed in the fridge and cupboard. I think I’ll add it to our Easter Brunch menu,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Janet's House
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I am reminded of this favorite quote as I wait for the blossoms to magically turn into pears. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Janet's House
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Ahhhhh, finally. Does it feel like this every year?? The need for Spring? Even though we in the Pacific Northwest weren’t experiencing the worst winter ever, it’s what we saw on the weather report every evening, as our rain kept coming down and our 3 days of snow and ice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Janet's House
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Our brief fling with snow is in the past and we are left with our typical rainy days. It doesn’t slow us down much, but I always think of warm offerings for dinner. This soup fits the bill perfectly. A friend served it recently and it’s delicious. Italian Sausage and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Janet's House
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I’ve been neglecting writing so have decided to play catch-up as I look outside to our little winter wonderland. Portland gets snow irregularly, but these last few days are making up for it. Raleigh and I took a long walk this morning before it started snowing again. He’s an ‘only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Janet's House
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I’m packin’ up and movin’ to Etsy. Yes, I’ve decided that Etsy and I need to explore our relationship and get to know one another on a more serious level. Therefore I have decided to work exclusively with the huge membership that is Etsy (yes 30 million people are Etsy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Janet's House
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On this Martin Luther King Jr. day, celebrate love and tolerance, peace and thoughtfulness. Enjoy your day! Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Janet's House
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After the holidays are over and every little decoration and treasure are put away I’m never quite ready to fill up every shelf, table and bookcase with more ‘things and stuff.’ I kind of like the minimalist look, for a little while at least. I think it reflects the cool,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Janet's House
Thanks Amy! Your blog last year was the inspiration that sent me on the search for my 2013 word. It's such a fun, simple thing to do to begin the new year. Happy New Year to you too!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on Imagine at Janet's House
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Last year I was encouraged to find a word for the year. My word for 2013 was Forward, chosen for a variety of reasons that you can read about here. I loved my word choice and really truly thought about it often throughout 2013. So, with the arrival of 2014... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Janet's House
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It's the end of the year and I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop. 50% off of everything in the shop should allow you to pick out birthday presents, freshen up you rooms, be ready for the holidays next year with festive pillow decorations, and just get a really... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Janet's House
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If you need a quick, portable little dessert that’s easy and makes a sweet presentation these little cupcakes might be just the ticket. I used a cake mix but you could make them with any favorite recipe. No need for a cupcake tin, these paper sleeves just sit on a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Janet's House
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When we were up in the mountains this fall, just the day before the first snow, I collected a bagful of pinecones, moss and a few sticks. I had big plans for an autumn wreath. I finally got around to it today, and although it’s long past autumn, I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Janet's House
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We are scurrying around here at Janet’s House trying to get everything in place. My son is home from college and we’ve been last minute shopping instead of decorating. My daughter gets here Friday evening so we have two more days to finish decking our halls. I thought I’d take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Janet's House
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I’ve been cooking to keep warm. I can’t seem to get enough of the comfort foods when it’s so cold outside. I’ve also been trying to cook with what I have in the pantry and freezer so I am not running to the store so often . I spotted this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Janet's House
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Since it’s officially Small Business Saturday, and I’m a small business, I’m offering a deal to anyone making a purchase from my Etsy site. I’ve filled it with pillow covers and am offering free shipping through December. Go here: Etsy and enter the word HOLIDAY13 in the coupon field at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Janet's House
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Wishing everyone a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Janet's House
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Please excuse a bit of self promotion as I invite you to join me at a flash sale at the Joss and Main site tomorrow. Several of my wine pillows and my favorite linen 'Day in Paris' pillow are available at special prices. Perfect gifts and a great way to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Janet's House
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Oregon is well known for its cloudy, wet weather, but it rarely stops any of us from going outdoors. Last weekend we took a drive to the Oregon Wine Country and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. The colors were vibrant, the weather was mild and the wine was delicious.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Janet's House
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Thank you to our Veterans and their families Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Janet's House
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There’s nothing quite like staying in a cabin in the woods. Our family has enjoyed the cabins at Odell Lake, high up in the Oregon Cascades for many years. We spent a week each summer and an occasional winter weekend, and watched the kids grow up loving it as much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Janet's House
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My sister has an awesome collection of Halloween decorations. Vintage and new, she blends them artfully around her home and office every autumn. She showed me a picture of a project and asked if I would make it for her. Sure! We stopped at the fabric store and picked out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Janet's House
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What goes around comes around you know, and I couldn’t be happier than to see macramé coming back. It’s been a long, long time, and I know because the last time I did macramé I was probably listening to anything by Bob Dylan, Chicago or Elton John. I know it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Janet's House