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Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
New Uses | Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

I must tell you, it is a wonderful thing when you can find new uses for everyday items!  As most of you know, I collect vintage glass.  In doing so, I have accumulated a ton of bubble wrap and packing supplies.  Most of it gets stored away until I have to ship something; however, I… Read more

Using Glass Top Hats for Easter Decorating

– Posted in: Spring Season
Glass Top Hats for Easter

At long last … spring has arrived!  This is the time of year when the air is fresh and the days are longer.  Flowers are starting to blossom, grasses are growing, and Easter activities are thriving.  Egg hunts, church services, jelly beans, and bunnies (of all species and flavors) are popping up everywhere.  Why not… Read more

Easter Table Setting

– Posted in: Spring Season, Tablescapes
Tablescapes | Easter Table Setting

Once again it is that time of year to let spring’s pretty pastels inspire our Easter table settings.  By centering a table with a big tulip masterpiece, you and your guests will be beautifully reminded that spring has sprung.  With a sparkling Fostoria American Goblet and ruby-stained glassware placed at each place setting, your table… Read more

Reusing Spice Bottles

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Household Tips | Reusing Spice Jars

It is always a good thing when you can come up with new uses for old or depleted items.  For example, reusing spice bottles offers us a variety of storage options for many different things!  When you have used all the spice in the bottle, give them a good wash – and dry them thoroughly. … Read more

Why You Need a Cookie Scoop

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tools | Why you need a cookie scoop!

If you like to bake cookies, then you really need a Cookie Scoop! Why?  Because using a quality scoop will create cookies that are the same size, ensuring even and consistent baking results.  They will transform into bake-shop quality showstoppers – worthy of gifting.  With just a scoop, squeeze, and release … you will be… Read more

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

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

Fostoria Sunray Ruby – Handled Nappy, Flared

– Posted in: Valentines Day
Fostoria | Sunray | Ruby | Handled Nappy, Flared

The Fostoria Glass Company produced a beautiful glass pattern, called Sunray, in the mid-1930’s.  With gorgeous ribs, ridged edges, and intricate handles – it offers the savvy hostess an opportunity to set a formal table with a tailored look.  The 2510 Sunray pattern has an Art Deco look, and is one of my most favorite… 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