Customize Your Hand Cream

I love Calvin Klein’s Obsession.  I’ve been wearing it for most of my adult life and when I venture out of the house (which isn’t that often), there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t get a compliment on it.  I could (and have) literally bathe in it.  I’ve been known to spray the light bulbs with it so that the warmth of the light bulb spreads the scent all over the bedroom.

This is how I incorporate my ‘signature’ scent into my hand cream & keep it with me all the time.

Label the Customized Hand Cream

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White & Orange Fall Tablescape

Cuisine Kathleen has issued a “White Fall” challenge.  ONLY WHITE dishes, but ONE other accent for linens, glassware etc.  This was fun, but very challenging.  No problem with the white dishes, since they’re my everyday go to dishes.

The challenging part was the ONE other color.  Not different shades of the other color, but one other color.  My other color started with a burnt orange sheet that my husband suggested I buy when Walmart had their sale going on.  And a tablescape was born:

White & Orange Fall Tablescape

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White Steeler Towels

I recently did a post about making Steeler Towels for the football season.  Since I live in the heart of the Steeler Nation, I made towels in black & used Offray NFL Ribbon.  Someone told me that they couldn’t find the ribbon that I used.  So, I’m showing an alternative to using the NFL Ribbon, and still make the towels work for the Steeler theme.  (or for your favorite football team)

White Steeler Towels

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Steeler Towels

I live in the Steel City.  Football season is a big deal here, in the Steeler Nation.  Although I’m not a big fan of sports, the men in my life are.  So, each football season, I decorate for it.  I do Steeler tablescapes, Steeler accents in the kitchen, & I even go as far as decorate the bathroom.  The only time that I’ve gotten a reaction from my husband about one of my decorating projects is when I did the bathroom.  Usually it’s a “that looks nice”, but his reaction to the Steeler bathroom was, “Wow”.  This is how I did the towels in the bathroom & kitchen.

Steeler Towel

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Saving a Turn Table (Lazy Susan)

I’ve had this Rubbermaid Turn Table sitting in my cabinet for years.  It’s seen better days, to be sure.  It was a beige color that was stained with food coloring.  I wanted to use it in my Sewing/Craft Room, so it needed a face lift.  And a face lift is what it got!

Saving a Turn Table (Lazy Susan) Before & After

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A Lacy Table

I’ve had a little brass & glass table since the 80’s.  It’s one of those pieces that is small enough to be used almost anywhere.  I’ve used it in the den, the bedroom, the bathroom & even outside.  When I first got it, it was brass. Since then it has been brass, black, charcoal, white & silver.  It needed a little makeover.  But this time, instead of just painting the legs, I did something a little different.

A Lacy Table

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Water Gems

For those of you that haven’t seen these, I thought I’d share them with you.  They’re called Water Gems or Aqua Beads. (We’ll be playing with them a little later on)

Water Gems Before & After

They start off very tiny when they are in their dry state.  And they come in a variety of colors to go with your home.

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Shabby Chic Gift Box

When I give a gift to someone, I like to have the wrapping do double duty.  If it’s a larger gift, I always try to use a fabric shopping bag instead of a paper one that people will eventually throw out.  (Walmart has some really pretty ones for only 88 cents in their accessories section)  When I give a smaller gift, I try to make sure that the packaging is as useful as the gift.  That’s why I decorate so many small wooden boxes.  Call it an Altered Box or a Shabby Chic Box, it’s just something that I like to decorate.

Here’s my latest Shabby Chic Gift Box that will be perfect for a piece of jewelry.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

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