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Finial Tree Topper Display

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas | Decorating | Finial Tree Topper Display

One of our great joys this season was the ability to make a lovely presentation using tree toppers and crystal candlesticks.  I seem to have more tree toppers than I have trees!  Some of these treasures are just too beautiful not to display.  With the help of vintage glassware, we were able to display all of… Read More

Adorable Pinecone Elves

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas Crafts | Adorable Pinecone Elves

It was a few years ago that I saw this wonderful craft project featured in a magazine.  The article was titled “Felt Friends”, and it showcased a trio of the most adorable pinecone elves I had ever seen!  One look at the photo and I was hooked.  I love working with felt, and try to… Read More

Christmas Cactus Care

– Posted in: Gardening
Christmas Cactus Care

The Christmas Cactus (also known as Zygocactus) is one of my most favorite plants.  Native to South American jungles, it has proven to be a low-maintenance beauty right here in Florida.  They are recommended for use in gardens or patios in USDA Zones 9-10.  They do extremely well as a houseplant; however, I enjoy mine… Read More

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas | Crafts | DIY Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Every year I try to make at least one Christmas craft during the holiday season, and this year it was the Candy Cane Place Card Holders!  They were extremely easy to do, and the entire project is done in a matter of minutes.  You can design and make them in a variety of colors, adorning… Read More

Holiday Decorating – Pretty Presentation

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Holiday Decorating Tips | Pretty presentation on how to add height to your displays.

If you are in the middle of holiday decorating, here is a great tip on how to add some height to your display area.  Simply grab a few wrapped or decorated gift boxes and create a stack – with the largest box resting at the bottom, and the smallest one sitting on top.  This pretty… Read More

How to Make a Peppermint Plate

– Posted in: Holiday Season
DIY | Peppermint Plate | They make great bases for delicious holiday confections!

The holidays are here, and now is the time when treasured moments and wonderful memories are made.  If you are wanting to make an impression that family and holiday guests won’t soon forget, then you should consider making this easy and edible Peppermint Plate!  It is a fun DIY project, simple to do, and requires few ingredients… Read More

Candy Christmas Trees

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Candy Christmas Trees Trio

This year I happily made quite a few candy Christmas trees for tablescapes and gifts.  They were incredibly easy to do, and no pattern was needed.  All I did was buy big bags of individually wrapped candy, in festive and holiday colors.  I made some trees with just one type of candy, and on others I… Read More

The Smell of Christmas

– Posted in: Holiday Season

The Smell of Christmas – it is such a wonderful and distinctive aroma.  When your senses catch a whiff … you instantly think of the holidays.  If you don’t use a real tree during the holidays, there is another way to fill your home with this joyful scent.  The Smell of Christmas can be simmered up with just a few ingredients!  It… Read More

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

– Posted in: Recipes
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

While we all know that there are wonderful store-bought spaghetti sauces to choose from, there just is no comparison when it comes to homemade!  From browning the meat to cutting up the ripe vegetables – homemade is far fresher than store-bought.  If you don’t like chopping up the veggies (or think it just takes too… Read More

Cuban Buttercup

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Cuban Buttercup

The Cuban Buttercup, or Turneria ulmifolia, is a cheerful and colorful perennial that sprouts up in our yard every year.  We bought one plant several years ago, and ever since we have had new plants popping up in different areas of the landscape.  It loves to grow wild, and reseeds itself with extreme ease!  The… 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

Top-Rated Citrus Juicers and Squeezers

– Posted in: Reviews
Top Rated Citrus Juicers and Squeezers

If you are not crazy about juicing and consider it a messy and tedious endeavor, please don’t let that stop you from the process.  Juicing can be relatively easy, especially if you use a top-rated citrus juicer and/or squeezer. Handheld juicers are great for small jobs.  In order to reduce hand fatigue, shop for one… Read More