Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Sofa Problem and Our First Open House

..."success is not final

...failure is not fatal

...courage to continue is what counts"

...winston churchill knew of what he spoke...


Sofa in our bedroom before Sure Fit.
We were getting ready for our first open house and
the sofa in our bedroom looked awful.   

Definitely not good staging for our first open house.

What did I do?
I made the couch look brand new 
with a Sure Fit Sofa Cover that cost less than $200.

Here is my sofa wearing its Sure Fit Cover.

I chose the 'Ultimate Heavyweight Stretch Suede' 
with individual cushion covers for $189.
Click here to see my choice.
My son came home and asked if I bought a new couch.
He was completely surprised that it was only a slip cover.

This is how it looks with the rest of the bedroom furniture.
That is Walter Peyton on the bed.
He loves to have his photograph taken.

I am sure some of you are asking if Sure Fit
paid me for this post,
or sent me free Sure Fit Covers.
The answer is no.  
I saw the covers at Bed Bath & Beyond and thought they might work.
They worked beautifully and I am so happy with the result!



Monday, April 4, 2016

The Jewel Box Home is for Sale!

"...if we will just loosen our grip on the familiar...

we will have empty hands to accept the wonderful...

this works for well as houses..."


Our Jewel Box Home
Much has happened since I said 'Good-Bye' last year.
Both my sons are out of the house starting their careers in the Big Apple.
The Ferraro Brothers are taking their shot at New York!

After much soul searching, 
my husband and I have decided to sell our beloved Jewel Box Home.
Click here for the listing.
Once our home sells we will begin searching for a new smaller Jewel Box.

 I am excited to share this journey 
with my dear online friends, 
and look forward to making new friends along the way.

No doubt I am crazy to restart the Jewel Box blog
when family, work and the demands of selling a house
keep me busy, busy, busy!!!
Which is why I am keeping JBH 2.0
really simple.

Set your expectations low, then take them down another notch.
With JBH 2.0 you are getting two short posts each week - make that very short -
with updates on how selling our home is going and
tips for making your house look fabulous,
whether or not it is up for sale.

As for comments and replies from me,
with the restart of Jewel Box,
 I am going rogue and breaking blogging etiquette.
Until I can clone myself,
I will only be responding to comments with questions
and then only on Saturdays

Still, JBH 2.0 is going to redefine the meaning of fun in the blogging world
and I have saved the best for last.

If you followed the original Jewel Box Home
you know my dear friend Laney, a.k.a. my online angel.
She and I have never met, yet almost everyday since Jewel Box started,
she emails a blessing, prayer or supportive note.

For JBH 2.0, each post will begin with an excerpt from my collection of Laney's emails.
Her words are true gems and
perhaps the best reason to pay Jewel Box a visit.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Goodbye For Now!

In the end, only three things matter,
How much you loved,
How gently you lived, and
How gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
- - - Buddha

Time to Say Goodbye

The time has come for me to let go of the Jewel Box® Home blog, at least for now.

The best thing about Jewel Box® has been the lovely people it brought into my life.  So many of you are special to me and I wish I could thank all of you personally!  I do have to mention Rue and Laney.

Rue was one of the first people to leave a comment on Jewel Box®!  Stop by her blog An Old Fashioned World when you have a chance.  You will be happy you did!

I don't have words to describe my dear, wonderful Laney.  She won the first Jewel Box® giveaway and has been my 'online angel' ever since.  Thank you Laney for everything!

As for Jewel Box®, look for another book, Jewel Box® Entertaining, to come out in September of this year (2015).  You can also find me on Facebook or email me at

Until next time,