Thursday, 28 February 2013

My First Easter Decoration, Plus a Better Way to Add Filler to Your Hurricanes

One of my most versatile home accessories is a pair of glass hurricanes that I use as decorative candle holders.  I got them at Target years ago.  I believe they're still available.  The reason they're so versatile is that they are designed to hold decorative filler material in addition to the candles.  I change out the filler material according to the seasons.  Around Valentine’s Day, the hurricanes hold candy hearts.  At Christmas time, I’ve filled them with both peppermints and colorful ornaments.  Some years in the fall I’ve used acorns, pine cones and faux mini pumpkins.  Other years I’ve used candy corn.   During the summer, they are filled with sand and shells.  Now that Easter is just around the corner, I’m ready to change them up again.  I’ve used jellybeans in the past, but this year I wanted to try something a little different.  I settled on these.

I like the colors of these malted chocolate eggs, and the grass is something I haven’t tried before.  I added them to my hurricanes to make these:
 
You probably think I assembled these by placing  a handful of grass on the bottom of the hurricane and then dumping a bag of eggs on top.  That’s how I used to do it, but then I saw a clever little trick on Pinterest.

Yes, that’s a can in the middle of the hurricane.  (On a side note, I have a ton of canned pumpkin in my pantry.  I've been hoarding it ever since the great pumpkin shortage of 2010.  Do you remember?)  By adding the can to my decoration, I’ve reduced the amount of filler material I need to use, thereby reducing my costs.  Less fill, more thrill!  
I simply put the can in the hurricane and surrounded it with grass.
 
Then I placed the candle on top of the can.
 
Finally, I added the candy.
 
 
Here’s the same amount of filler material without the can insert. 

 
They don't look too bad, but adding the can definitely gives you more bang for your buck.  Notice that without the can the candles sit much lower, and there appears to be fewer eggs.  An additional benefit of using the can is that it's  a more stable surface for the candle.

To summarize the procedure...
 
As always, never leave a burning candle unattended.  We'll probably only light these when we sit down for Easter dinner.
I plan to put out a few more Easter decorations this weekend.   I hope you'll stop by the blog next week to check them out.

Linking to:

 
HookingupwithHoH

shabby creek cottage It's Overflowing

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
Life on Lakeshore Drive

UndertheTableandDreaming Home Stories A2Z


Today's Creative Blog My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Debbiedoo'sTDC Before and After


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http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2013/03/celebrating-easter-hop-to-it-link-party.html


 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Liebster Award

Last month, April of the fabulous blog House by Hoff passed along the Liebster Award to me and my blog.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Liebster Award, it is an award given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  Me?  Up and coming?  I'm blushing right now.  Seriously, it's nice to be recognized, especially by someone as talented as April.  Thanks, girl!  Just this week, another very creative blogger passed the award along to me.  Thank you to Laurie from Laurie's Little Bits of Creativity for thinking of me.


Bloggers who choose to accept the Liebster award should follow a few rules (don't worry, they're fun rules).
  1. List 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate
  4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate
 
So, I'll start by listing 11 random facts about myself.
  1. I'm intolerant of cold weather, probably more so than anyone you've ever met.  I wear heavy sweaters when it's 60 degrees, and I won't even consider short sleeves until the mercury hits 80.
  2. I've moved eight times since graduating college.
  3. Given the chance, I would eat Italian food every single night.
  4. I talk to my dog - a lot.  He's the only one here all day.
  5. Tina Fey is my BFF in my head.  I'm convinced that she's exactly like me, and if we ever met we'd be besties.
  6. I read In Style magazine, but you'd never know it to look at me.  I am one of the least fashionable people I know. I wish I was better at pulling a look together, but it's not a talent of mine.
  7. I enjoy wine, but I'm not a wine snob - all vintages and price points are welcome here!  Unfortunately, the same can't be said for ice cream.  I definitely have a preference for the higher quality, higher priced varieties.
  8. I've never been had much luck thrift shopping, but that all changed recently.  I think the key is finding the right place to shop.  I just found out that my local Goodwill is a goldmine!  Sending a shout-out to my oldest daughter for convincing me to go.
  9. I taught myself to sew after my first daughter was born.  I got pretty good at it.  I made lots of cute outfits for both of my girls.
  10. I really enjoy cooking healthy meals for my family.  I really hate cleaning up after cooking.
  11. Coming up with eleven facts about myself is harder than I thought it would be.  :)
Now, here are the answers to the questions that were given to me.  Like I mentioned before, the Liebster Award was passed on to me by two different bloggers, which means I should be answering 22 questions.  Since I've been working on answering April's eleven questions for a month now, I've decided to save Laurie's questions for another time. 
 
1.  How do you balance blogging, family, and other responsibilities?  I don't feel that I do a very good job balancing everything.  If you see me posting more than three times in a week, you can be sure my house is a disaster.  If you notice that I haven't posted in awhile, I've probably spent some quality time with the kids and the house probably looks pretty good.  With me, it's more of a trade off than a balancing act.

2.  If you had to be on one reality show, which one would it be?  I certainly wouldn't fit in, but I'd love to be on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to experience all of the fabulousness that is just everyday life to those ladies.  Also, I'd like to be there to tell those women to stop throwing parties.  Nothing good ever happens at those parties, but week after week they continue to have them.  Lucky for us it makes for great entertainment!

3.  If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?  Just one?  That's so hard.  War, intolerance, greed, cancer...there's no way I could pick just one.

4.  What's your go-to beach read?  I don't really read gossip magazines, but something about lounging on a beach makes me feel like I need to catch up on what's going on with my favorite stars.  There's something so decadent about lounging in the sun with a People magazine and a frozen drink.

5.  What is your least favorite chore or daily task?  Laundry, because it never ends and there always seems to be a pile either in my bedroom or my living room.

6.  What is your idea of a perfect day?  On a perfect day, I would wake up at around 8:00 to chocolate chip banana bread (made by someone else).  I'd have a DIY project started by 9:00 and finished by 12:00.  My family would then join me for a walk with the  dog and some quality time.  I'd also have some time to do some reading out on the patio before heading to Bonefish Grill for a dinner consisting of bang bang shrimp and pomegranate martinis.  Yum! 

7.  What song takes you back to high school?  Hahaha.  I think April is trying to get me to admit my age.  I was in high school when all those great teen angst movies starring the Brat Pack and related actors were popular, so any song from one of those movies takes me back.  In Your Eyes (from Say Anything),  Don't You Forget About Me (from the Breakfast Club) and If You Leave (from Pretty in Pink) are a few examples.

8.  What are your favorite blogs?  All of them - lol.  My absolute favorite ones feature lots of pretty pictures and DIY projects, like Centsational Girl, A Thoughtful Place, HiSugarplum, Home Stories A2Z and Honey We're Home.

9.  Tell about one personal belonging that has the great sentimental value.  I have a portrait of my girls that was made when they were little.  I love remembering how cute and funny they were at that time.  I'm proud of the young ladies they are becoming, but it's fun to remember simpler times.

10.  If money were no object, what home renovation would you tackle?  Without a doubt, if I had unlimited funds, I would give the kitchen a complete overhaul.  Did you ever notice that I never show pictures of my kitchen?  There are two reasons for that.  The first is that there's nothing remarkable to show.  The second is that it's so dark that it's almost impossible to take photos in there.  The cabinets and floor are dark wood and the counters are black granite.  I'm trying to come up with some ways to lighten and brighten things without making any major changes or spending much money , but I haven't quite figured it out yet.

11.  What do you consider your biggest strength or talent?  I think I'm pretty level headed, and I don't easily become flustered in situations that might upset other people.  Life's too short to get worked up over unimportant things.

I'm passing the Liebster on to these amazing bloggers.

Finally, here are my eleven questions for my nominees.
  1. Where is your favorite place to get home d├ęcor items?
  2. On a typical day, if I knocked on your door at 10:00 AM, what would you be doing.
  3. On a typical day, if I knocked on your door at 8:00 PM, what would you be doing?
  4. What is your favorite television show?
  5. What are your favorite blogs?
  6. Silver or gold?
  7. What is the one item in your wardrobe you can't live without?
  8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  9. How would you describe your decorating style?
  10. How or why did you start blogging?
  11. If there was an emergency and you could only grab one thing in your house before leaving, what would it be?
I can't wait to see how my favorite new bloggers answer my questions.  It's always fun to learn more about the people behind the blogs.  Please visit their awesome blogs to see why I nominated them.

Say hello to the new kids in town.....and a giveaway!


 
Hi there!! I love when I get new things  in that have me really excited! Tabletop and personal accessories...two of my most favorite things that I seem to not be able to get enough of (my husband will attest to this) Is there any thing more fun than setting a beautiful table? This addition was born out of my love for entertaining and setting pretty tables.... When I find a line that I not only love but is really well priced, the first thing that comes to mind is selling them in my online store. Hence how my tabletop section got started.

 It is just  the beginning and over time I will be adding on, but for now I am super thrilled to be introducing these fabulous serving pieces, gorgeous linens (think spring), and super chic serving dishes. Everything is of the highest quality and priced right... a winning combination! These are as of today up on my online store, click here to visit.
 
 
LOVE these stunning classic salt and pepper shakers (very heavy, beautiful quality)

Margot salt and pepper shakers (heavy and beautiful quality) $45.00
Madeline salt and pepper shakers, heavy and beautiful quality $48.00
 
  Close up, just so elegant!!
 
 
Serving pieces...love these!!
All three styles come in slotted spoon, salad serving set, serving spoon, spreaders, cake spade
 Large wicker serving spoon $16.00
Close up of handle
 Heavy acrylic clear salad set $28.00

 Wicker cake spade  $18.00
 Antler and silver serving spoon $18.00


 Antler and silver spreader (set of 4)  $35.00, all three handles are offered in the spreaders

These are the three handles offered.....





And how about these classic porcelain and wicker serving dishes! These are so great for the summer! Comes in 5 sizes...all soon to be added, very elegant way to dress up any table.....


This shape is so practical...for larger dishes like mains or a lasagne, and the smaller one for potatoes, or rice...love these! (removable wicker liner)

 Another oval med. ideal for sides
 Oval serving dish with wicker basket  $39.00 perfect for vegetables or any side dish




Another love for me is accessories, I am a definite girly girl. Love handbags, clothes, jewelry, beautiful bath products, you name it.......so this section, while not the focus of my shop is just another extension of me and what I love. Got these awesome spring/summer bags, wicker/rattan with fun leather trim and bamboo accents. How great are these? They look like a million dollars but are soo affordable. I think these are so  chic!! I cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive just so I can use these bags!! For now these will be under New arrivals, some are now listed as of today and more are being added  but they will soon be in their own little section entitled "Personal accessories"and you better believe I will have fun building on that! So take a look at these pretties.....click here for new arrivals.

The totes are only $75.00 the clutches are $60.00
Love the bamboo and top stitch detailing....







Each of the clutches comes with a gold chain if you want to use it over the shoulder.....


  And the best part about this post is that I am offering a giveaway!! I am offering up either your choice of  one salad serving set or a salt and pepper set to celebrate! One winner to be announced on Friday morning.
 
 
 
To enter.... all you need to do is visit my online store, come back here and tell me one thing you would to receive. If you can't stop at one, no problem pick two or three:)  Anonymous- you must put your first name and last name initial in the comment box! 
 
To all my subscribers who email me with their comments- PLEASE click on title of my post in your email, it will take you directly to my website where if you scroll to bottom of post you can leave a comment. Either by signing in with gmail, or just putting your name or anonymous. This is the only way I get the names for the contest.
 
  If you want a second chance, leave a comment on The Enchanted Home's Facebook page, by clicking here. 
 
As always if you have any questions at all about anything in my online store, just email me here. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!
 
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