I decided to have a candy corn themed Thanksgiving when I read that candy corn is to remind us the Pilgrims survived on a few pieces of corn each day that first winter. I am grateful that we have never been reduced to such small meals.
My kitchen table.
My dining room table.
I painted two coke bottles to resemble candy cane. I got that idea from Ladies Home Journal!
I even used the white, yellow and orange colors in my bathroom towels.
I have a piano-themed throw that I love. Last year it was my Christmas tree skirt because I had music-themed decorations. My piano is in my bedroom and the colors in there are black and white. I used the throw as a tapestry over the headboard of my bed for a few years.
All I did was sew a strip of 1 ½ inch satin ribbon the back of the throw. I slid it onto a thin curtain rod and presto, I had a tapestry!
While perusing Pinterest, I saw a ghost chair. They are clear plastic dining room chairs that seem to disappear because you can see the wall behind them.
I have my own version of a “Ghost Chair,” but we jokingly refer to it as “The Invisible Chair!”
I took a wooden, folding chair and painted it to match the wall color. I hung it on hooks on the tiny wall next to the front door. It is not noticeable, but so convenient. When you come in the front door with wet boots, you have a handy chair to grab and use to remove them.
My invisible chair!
When I visited my brother last year, I fell in love with their Virginia sweet tea. I have always been a fan of sun tea, but they made me a convert. I watched my sister-in-law make it and started making mine the same way.
- Fill coffee carafe with water.
- Pour water in coffee maker.
- Put a scoop or two of sugar in the bottom of the carafe.
- Put in three black tea bags and one green tea bag.
- Brew as you would coffee.
- Stir the sugar in the bottom of the pot to let it completely dissolve.
- Pour into a gallon container.
- Add water to the container, to fill it and stir to combine.
The tea is sweet and there is no sugar wasted on the bottom of the pitcher.
Sweet tea the way my brother makes it.
I love decorating for the seasons and for every holiday. I used to go all out with silk flowers, but my allergies got so bad that I had to give them all away. I have to be more creative now.
The first thing I do is choose three colors for my decorating. Last summer I chose blue, green and white. One fall I used Pumpkin, Cranberry and Cobalt Blue. Using a new candle as my inspiration, I chose shades of red, orange and yellow for my fall decorations this year.
Since I can’t use flowers, I used towels in the bathroom.
Bathroom towel decorations.
I added a pin and a hair clip to the towels for interest and to add yellow to the arrangement.
In the kitchen I used pumpkin salt and pepper shakers and a yellow candle in a clear holder.
Pumpkin Salt & Pepper shakers and a yellow candle.
The living room contained the candle, but I wanted a touch more color. I pulled out my ribbons that I save from packages. I sewed together a yellow ribbon over an orange ribbon over a red ribbon and tacked it to my boring black pillow.
I added three ribbons to my black pillow.
Sometimes, all it takes is a touch of color.
My nieces wedding made me reflect over our 31+ years of marriage. I was told the secret to a lasting relationship was plenty of food and lingerie! There was not money in our budget for lingerie and I had to be creative.
Sometimes, I would just put on one of his button down shirts. Or a sheer dress without a slip. I even made an Indian costume out of paper grocery sacks. Yep, I was creative.
You don’t have to spend tons of money on expensive lingerie…just wear something that is less than modest. Of course, I am talking about in the privacy of your own home!
Obviously, there will be no photos attached to this post!
My birthday is coming up and my favorite gifts are the ones made for me. A few years ago, my husband made me a puzzle board out of scrap material.
He took a 42″ x 18″ piece of Masonite and glued 1/2″ trim around it, and divided it into two sides. You put the puzzle together on one side and have the pieces on the other side. It is small enough to store under a love seat.
I am currently working on a 750 piece puzzle. You could make these for Christmas gifts, too.
My puzzle board.
College boy is on a coffee run. As a part-time employee of Caribou coffee, I swear he is one of their best customers. Running to Caribou is not an option for me.
While reading Pinterest, I realized the best part of buying coffee is it is hot. They boil the milk for some drinks and heat the cream for others. They never add cold milk to their drinks.
I decided to pour a little cream in my coffee cup and put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. The cup warms up along with the cream and it helps keep the coffee hot.
Zap your cream before adding coffee to your cup.
Tomorrow college boy will turn 21. I think it is safe to reveal a secret from his 3rd birthday. We wanted to buy him his first 2 wheeler bike, but could not find one we could afford. We even considered selling his sister’s old bike that she had outgrown.
Then, in desperation, I took his sister’s bike and hid it in the basement. After he went to bed each night, I would paint a pink area blue. He got his new blue bike, but as you can tell by the picture, it was not his favorite gift.
His favorite was a toy guitar that played rock music. That trend continues as he spends more money on his instruments: drums and two guitars, than he does on transportation.
Even then he was a ladies man as all of his guests were girls!
College boy’s first 2-Wheeler.
My mother dropped off some old magazines and I laughed when I saw an article in the May, 2013 Martha Stewart Living magazine. The article was entitled “DROP-CLOTH DECOR.”
I thought it was funny that she was presenting an idea that I had used in 2009. I had been unemployed for over a year and set up an office in an unused bedroom. The walls were painted blue and I wanted to have white, sailcloth drapes. When I priced them, I realized they were way over my budget.
Then, while de-cluttering (See flylady.net) the basement, I found a drop cloth. There was no paint on it and I decided to make drapes from it. It was a simple sewing project. I ripped out the center panel to make tie-backs and folded the two remaining pieces in half.
I cut out 2″x4″ pieces from the center piece for the curtain rod to run through and sewed them to the curtain. I sewed ivory colored buttons on the top for embellishment.
The two layers of heavy material make them very energy-efficient. I almost bought the curtains because the drop cloth was not white, when my friend Paula said, “Why? It’s a south window and the sun will bleach them to white soon enough.”
I am so glad I listened to her as I am still happy with the results.
My drapes made from a drop cloth.