• Monday, May 30, 2011

    Patriotic table setting


    Anneliese's blog, Aesthetic Nest, is full of very cool
    ideas for themed parties with awesome table settings
    and tutorials to help you entertain in her style.


    These napkins look so fresh and festive . . . and so
    simple!  Click here for a tutorial for these napkins
    and other elements for a beautiful and patriotic
    table setting.

    Check out the rest of her awesome entertaining
    ideas and festive table settings.

    Happy Memorial Day . . . remember the reason for
    the holiday.  I am so grateful for our military and
    their families who have sacrificed so much.


    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Bath towel slippers



    All it takes is a pair of flip flops and a bath towel to make these
    comfy looking bath slippers!  Click here for the tutorial.

    Love these type of slippers :)




    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Get organized with cigar boxes



    Now I know what to do with the stacks of festive
     cigar boxes I have been saving for a special project!

    I also have boxes and boxes of jewelry findings that
    desperately need organizing.  Here is my solution!




    Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made came up
    with this cute idea to use cigar boxes for storage. 
    Click here for the complete article and tutorial.




    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Paint Chip Art




    Wouldn't I love to have this on my wall!!!?!!!

    This gorgeous example of mosaic art comes from 
    it also comes with a pricey price tag.

    Never fear . . . I have found a couple of tutorials
     that were inspired by this piece of art.






    The first tutorial comes from Hope Studios . . .




    The second tutorial comes from



    Of course I have some ideas of my own! 

    One idea would be to experiment with some metallic or pearlized 
    paint together with foil specks to give it more of a shimmery finish 
    after using the stain.

    Like I always say with crafts . . . the possibilities are endless!





    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Laundry tips



    Feather pillows are my favorite, 
    but are a little tricky to wash, 
    but not impossible.


    First of all, make sure that there are no slits or tears in the covers.  What I have done with some of my older feather pillows that I didn't want to toss out . . . placed them in a pillow case that has no holes or tears and securely sewed the sides, giving the pillows a new cover.

    Load two pillows at the same time for balance.  Set the washing machine on the delicate cycle, using a small amount of detergent.  Make sure to put them through a second rinse cycle.

    For drying, I use the low setting, throwing in some tennis balls to help them fluff up and dryer sheets to promote a fresh and clean smell.  The pillows will take much longer to dry than a normal load.  Take them out and fluff them up by hand periodically . . . this will break up any clumps.

    Yes, it is a tedious process, but well worth it!  You will love the results :)


    Note of warning:  Make sure the washing machine is set to the delicate cycle . . . I ended up with a machine full of feathers when I used the regular cycle . . . what a mess!





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