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How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

– Posted in: Home, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Household Chores | How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

Lampshades can sometimes be difficult to dust, especially if they are pleated.  While a vacuum with a dusting-brush attachment will certainly work, I have found a much simpler solution.  It is not as cumbersome as using a vacuum, and most people already have one sitting in their toolbox – a clean paint brush.  I have… Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

– Posted in: Tablescapes, Winter Season
St. Patrick's Day Tablescape

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday that I feel is under-valued by most.  My hubby and I went shopping for some Irish decor over the weekend and were amazed over the lack of it.  Most stores (and we went to plenty) had few decorations … if any.  We both looked at each other and exclaimed… Read more

Colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

– Posted in: Gardening
Gardening | Colorful Aglaonema

The colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) is a cheerful and colorful perennial that offers fabulous foliage month after month.  We recently brought one into our home, and I can verify that they are an attractive and easy plant to care for!  It is not surprising to learn that Aglaonema is considered to be one of the… Read more

Frost Protection for Plants

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
Gardening Tips | Jobes Frost Protection Bags

Even in Florida, it is important to cover tender plants if the temperature is going to drop near or below freezing. When we were hit with a spell of frigid weather last year, we lost several of our tropical plants.  If we had just taken a few minutes to cover them, I think they would… Read more

Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt’s Bees

– Posted in: Gardening
Gardening Tips | Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt's Bees

Working in the garden, especially during the winter when the air is cool and dry, can take a huge toll on your skin.  Hands, in particular, take a lot of punishment.  Thankfully, there are some wonderful earth-friendly products that are available from Burt’s Bees.  Using products that are 100% natural is important to me.  Brimming with… Read more

Use a Cake Stand for Perfume Organization

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Use a Cake Stand for Perfume Organization

Finding alternate uses for household items is always a good thing.  It’s even better when it involves something pretty – like collectible glass treasures.  Cake stands, specifically, give us the added benefit of using vertical space that is often wasted.  The added height of a cake stand is beneficial when arranging a grouping – especially… Read more

Wash your Vintage Dishes using Sink Mats

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Wash and protect vintage dishes using sink mats.

Being an avid collector of vintage glass, I know how important it is to take good care of these treasures.  There are times, though, when the job of washing them can be a risky business.  Have you ever been washing dishes … when suddenly, a dish slides right out of your hand?  This happens most… Read more

Turning an Old Grill into a Planter

– Posted in: Gardening, Tips, Thrills & Tales
DIY | Turning an Old Grill into a Planter

After seeing plenty of DIY projects involving old gas and barbecue grills, I finally decided to take the plunge and do something with ours.  My hubby and I decided to turn it into a planter, for we thought it would be strong enough to withstand our heavy rains and strong winds during our thunderstorm season. … Read more

How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tips | How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

While I have several different types and compositions of cutting boards, this post is specifically written for how to clean wood cutting boards.  As everyone knows, a good quality cutting board is considered to be one of the most valuable tools you will ever have in a kitchen.  It is, essentially, a workhorse.  From chopping onions… Read more