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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

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

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

– Posted in: Valentines Day, Winter Season
DIY Craft | Valentine's Day Treat Bags

There are so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and this simple DIY project is one of them!  Making up your own Valentine’s Day Treat Bags is simple to do, and is a fantastic project that you can enjoy with your family and friends.  I already had about half of the supplies I needed from leftover… Read More

Valentine’s Day Heart Mason Jars

– Posted in: Valentines Day, Winter Season
DIY | Valentine's Day | Heart Mason Jars

Seriously, I don’t know what could be easier or more precious than this adorable DIY craft for Valentine’s Day!  Recently inspired from different projects I saw on the internet, I decided to give this cute project a try.  They turned out so much better than I ever imagined.  They were made with no glue and came together in… 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

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

Fenton American Bowl

– Posted in: Fostoria American
Fenton American Bowl - Rose

Captivate your guests this Valentine’s Day by using a combination of rose-colored or soft pink dishes! This Fenton bowl (made from an original Fostoria American mould) looks stunning when paired with classic and vintage dinnerware. This particular piece was available the last year that Fenton made traditional glass, circa 2011.  Two other “Rose” colored pieces… Read More