Monday, October 26, 2009

Nieces and Nephews

In the last two months I've acquired both a new niece:

AND a new nephew!

My niece, the daughter of my brother-in-law and his wife, is Lana Taylor.
My nephew, the son of my sister and her husband, is Dylan John.

Everybody together now: AWWWWW!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


All this chilly weather is making me want to build little nests all over the house. You know, cozy little spots to cuddle up with a blanket, book and cup of cocoa (or tea, or coffee... you get the idea...)
So a few days ago I rearranged the living room furniture while Hubby was on the phone. (Meaning spontaneously, and to surprise him. Judging from the frequency he brings it up in conversation, he really enjoys coming home to new furniture arrangements or wall colors, but him being at home so much leaves little opportunity to indulge! So, while on the phone...)

Mostly I rearranged things to create this little corner:

I would love to change out the wicker for something a bit more cozy, but hey- you work with what you've got!

Place to put your feet up: check!
Place to put your tea down: check!
Good reading light: Check!
Something a little fuzzy: Check!
Sparkle and scent: Check! (That's a cinnamon scented candle on the shelf.)

Cozy little corner: CHECK!!

Bring in on, New England!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fantastic Deal at Christmas Tree Shop!

I made a little trip to the Christmas Tree Shop to buy some candles yesterday (I'm using a lot of them now that it's getting cold!) and I just happened upon a deal that I HAD to share!

This lovely tassel:

For just $1.99!! It's one of those large curtain tie-backs that I'm sure you all have seen hugely overpriced at other places. Oh, sure those others may be made of nicer stuff, or better quality, but I think for the savings that this looks pretty darn good!

They had a couple colors and styles, but options were fairly limited. But hey, for $1.99, I can be flexible!

Now go forth, and get thee a tassel!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Leaf Peeping

Hubby and I went out yesterday for a little walk in the conservation area behind our house. The light and the colors were pretty incredible and I thought you all might enjoy some pictures!

Happy Autumn!

Friday, October 2, 2009

How to Clean a Teacup and Other DIY Tips and Tricks

Do you have teacups that look like this?

Do you want them to look like this instead?

Then go and get yourself some of this!

(Those would be denture cleaning tablets...) Simply drop one, or part of one, tablet into the cup filled with water, and let it sit and effervesce. When the bubbles stop, wash as normal!

There are so many of these great little homemade tips and tricks out there! And they are so hard to remember unless you find them just when you need them... I picked that particular trick up from my mother-in-law.

She also taught me this one:
Out of copper polish?
Need to shine a something copper?
Sprinkle half a lime with salt and use that to scrub your copper item, then wash and buff dry!

Toothpaste is used for all sorts of things in my house- but it has to be paste, not gel. I use it as blemish cream, just dot it on and leave it overnight.
And as silver polish, for jewelry it's great in a pinch! Just put some on your fingers, smear all over the jewelry, scrub a bit (with your fingers) and watch that black tarnish come off. Rinse, dry and sparkle!

What tips and tricks do you know and use?