Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday decorating ideas

I found some pretty and fun gift wrapping ideas in the December issue of HGTV Magazine. Use satin cord, yarn, overlapping ribbons (layered), wide and/or narrow ribbons, of course, and add candy canes, little ornaments, the giftee's initial, bead garlands, decorative tags, paper flowers (poinsettias are perfect), teeny pinecones (possibly gilded), and tiny branches from your own Christmas tree.  Lots of colorful furniture, home ideas, etc. too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Storage ideas (link)

Here are some storage suggestions from HGTV. I especially like the thread idea--if you have the room:  Repurposing Everyday Items for a More Organized Home
Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quartz countertops (link)

I would love quartz countertops; I'm sorry we chose granite, which is a blurry mess: 19 Ideas for Quartz Countertops 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rosemary reoplacements

We finally got rain--a lot of rain!--and since rosemary hate wet feet, we lost some.  We usually plant them high and dry 'cause we lost a number over the years before we learned better. However, we planted some in the big brick planter in front of the house 'cause it was always dry.  And then we got the deluge(s), and I noticed one day that a new little rosemary (Irene) was sitting in a pool of water.  The planter is divided into segments, and the middle part obviously doesn't drain!!  We didn't know that since we didn't get that much rain since we moved here a few years ago.  So little Irene was a goner.  We recently ordered four more (minimum order there --The Growers Exchange)--everyone  was out of Irene, so we got: Rosemary 'Prostrate' (we wanted a creeping rosemary), Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue', Rosemary 'Hardy Hill', and Rosemary 'Salem'.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Decorating ideas: Before and After (link)

Here are some inspiring ideas from for making a quick change in your home: One Day, One Change Projects

Hmm.  I assume the pool is still there in that outdoor project; they just added a cool lounging area?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Small space decorating advice (link)

Here are some suggestions on what to do and what to avoid in your small space from Small-Space Decorating Mistakes

Here are some good ideas on what to avoid and what to use, including the trendy sliding barn door.  Painted to match the walls or trim, it looks a lot better...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Organizing mistakes to avoid (link)

From So, what are you doing wrong?  27 Organizing Mistakes 

Well, I confess that I post important messages--like why I'm not at home--on the fridge and put the mail on my desk so I don't forget to tackle it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Joaquin is a category 1 hurricane, but it may make it up to a cat 3.  Some of the spaghetti models diverge widely, but it's early yet.

10-1-15: Joaquin is already a category 3 (it strengthened Wednesday night) and may be heading for the east coast--and possibly become a cat 4...

(6:15 pm):Well, it's now a cat 4 and is heading SW, but is expected to turn north...

10-2-15: It's begun its northward turn, and we might get some rain from those rotating bands, but so far it's just been sprinkles.

10-4-15: Joaquin is now a cat 2 and is heading NNE and should head away from us.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Literary homes

From Robert Parker's Spenser novel, Back Story:

"Her house was coastal cute, with a hemp rug, lobster pot coffee tables, steering-wheel mirrors, ship's captain lamps, and big scallop shell ashtrays."

"The house in front of us was some sort of glass pyramid... The whole first floor of the pyramid was without walls.  ... In the center of the space was an open fire pit ... There was a big fire in the fireplace and a lot of air-conditioning to overcome it.  ...  The vast space was furnished as a living room, with stainless steel and blue leather furniture, ...  It was bigger than O'Hare Airport, but not as warm."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Decorating ideas and info from HGTV Magazine

Lots of good ideas and advice in the October issue of  HGTV Magazine, including painting your candlesticks to match your candles--really cool--and decorating your pegboards.  You can paint a dog silhouette on a pegboard that holds leashes, collars, etc. Or add stripes, words, different colored squares, a chalk board for schedules, etc.  Btw, some years ago I had a big pegboard hung in our shop, and then I painted it.  I painted it again, and then again.  Those boards really absorb paint!  And I cried once or twice between coats 'cause I wanted to finish it that day!  I don't remember how many coats it took--possibly four or more, and that was a big pegboard!

Finding inexpensive alternatives to expensive furniture and accessories is always a fun section. There's also a piece on decorating with Sharpies; drawing geometric lines on a pillow cover and then blurring the lines with a crafts paintbrush dipped in alcohol creates a lovely effect.  There are home decorating ideas too, though I still don't like open shelves in my kitchen.  Not clean!  Oh, and I learned that WD-40 means "water displacement, 40th formula."  The 39 previous formulas didn't work.