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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

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

In a Twinkling Tabletop

– Posted in: Holiday Season, Tablescapes
Christmas | In a Twinkling Tabletop

This “In a Twinkling Tabletop” is the perfect place for family and friends to gather together during the holiday season.  It is a naturally elegant setting – with little reindeer sitting near a table runner made of intertwined greenery.  With little Christmas lights twinkling within, birds are seen frolicking among the holly berries.  An assorted… Read more

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