Monday, October 17, 2016

How To Survive Cold and Flu Season

If you've been walking around your house 
with a  box of tissues, then this little tip
is for you. 
 I keep an empty tissue box next to the full 
box, because I need a place to dispose
 of the used tissues. This Nantucket-Style 
basket holds both boxes for easy 
carrying wherever I go.
Don't forget to drink lots of hot tea too!
In the meantime, if you don't 
have a tote, you can simply wrap 
a rubberband around the boxes
to hold them together. 
Feel better soon!


Monday, October 10, 2016

What I found At The Yard Sale

Here's what I found for $21.
The annual Fall Community Yard Sale
in neighboring Cooper City was Saturday.
It was just after Hurricane Matthew had
missed most of south Florida so everybody
was happy to be out again.
 New hurricane oil lamps---how appropriate.
New wine glasses- replacing the occasional 
           broken ones
Spice rack turntable with 20 spice jars-
                  they will get new printable
                       labels and transform my spice 
                      cabinet into a thing of beauty.
 The turntable went into the bottom rack 
of the dishwasher. It came out shiny clean. 
 The spice jars and lids went on the top rack.
 Ditto clean. 
 The vintage camelback trunk had a rotted 
bottom. We found a piece of plywood 
(it was saved from the back panel of a TV 
cabinet and finally found a use...yeah!), 
 and used that to replace the bottom. 
It will be a great storage trunk.
 Sofie approved. 
Before and after.
Sofie also thinks I should cover up a 
few of the nicks on the front.
Before and after a little touch-up
with a black Sharpie.
Before and after. 
I washed it, vacuumed the inside, then I
 used a little mineral oil over the outside. 
The 2 red and white pillows are Solarium 
and will go on the patio couches. 
Here's the list of finds. 
1 vintage camelback trunk-$7
1 spice jar turntable w/ 20 jars- $4
2 Sunbrella outdoor pillows- $2
2 new glass hurricane oil lamps-$3
1 wrought iron magazine rack- $3
4 new tall wine glasses-$2
Spending a beautiful fall day in the sunshine, 


Monday, October 3, 2016

Easy Fall Centerpieces

Here's another easy centerpiece for fall. 
Nestle string lights between pinecones 
in any container for an enchanting 
autumn vignette.
I'm using a dough bowl that I bought in 
Colorado years ago.
 I needed to elevate the candles. I used
 scrap 2x4's for the bottom.
I filled the bowl with small pinecones. 
The candles are circled with cinnamon sticks
 which is just the look I wanted. I always
 light the wicks so they don't look unused. 
I found 2 antique brownish cable thingies 
and stuck them in the ends. I originally 
thought I would use them as interesting
 curtain rod finials. (if anybody knows what 
they really are, please leave a comment.)
That didn't take long at all.
It did need a little night time pizazz.
I found this package of starry lights
at Target and knew they just made for
my centerpiece. They are tiny lights on a
copper wire that blends into the pinecones.
 It's battery operated, so it can go anywhere. 
 Just flip it on when it gets dark. 
 Pinecones and tiny lights. 
The copper wire make it easy to bend and tuck. 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Road Trip - Key West

Living in south Florida means we are only
 a few hours drive to the Keys. It's a nice
getaway for the weekend. This time we 
added a day to go all the way down to
 Key West.
Driving on the Overseas Highway you can
 feel the vacation mood coming on.
 Captain Lawrence and I enjoyed walking
along Duval Street, the main drag in town.
It's loaded with shops, restaurants and
 plenty of places to get a great margarita
and of course some real Key Lime pie.
I love white picket fences and this quaint 
old Florida town has plenty of them.
 Bougainvillea and picket fences...
does it get better than this?
 I had to do one in my Waterlogue app.
 The architecture is amazing. Each house is 
prettier than the next. I wanted to check
out as many as we could.
 We walked, lunched, walked, coffee &
pie break, and walked some more. We also
visited a few museums to learn more about
 the rich history of this town.
 It's a very bike friendly town and there are 
lots of places to rent bikes and scooters. 
They even decorate the bikes with flowers!
We didn't bring our bikes on this trip.
This is the view form our bed. It's our own
AKA our Roadtrek van. 

Links: Between Naps On The Porch

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tips for Storing Small Appliances

Here's my solution for "finding" more space to 
store all my small appliances. Plus, a great tip
on managing those loose dangly cords. 
I'll share that at the end
The top shelf in a kitchen cabinet is where I
 store all my small appliances: 2 waffle irons, 
regular and heart shaped, a George Forman 
small grill, a crepe pan (the kind you dip
 into the batter), a knife sharpener, and 
a sandwich maker.  I like that I can see 
them all and therefore use them. 
Notice the cord problem. 
I'm going to fix that too. 
The stuff was just stacked up there willy-nilly.
I do not do willy-nilly well, so what I decided 
was needed was another shelf.
As you can see I'm obsessed with turntables. 
I found this one at Walmart and it expands
to fit perfectly. Sofie thought that was a 
genius idea. 
 Everything off the top shelf. 
I keep an IKEA 2-step stool in the kitchen. 
It gets me to any shelf. 
 Now my little BIG tip! Here's my immersion 
hand blender. Notice the cord is out of control.
Also notice the tiny butterfly clips. I get those
whoever I buy orchids and naturally I save 
them. And naturally I keep those saved clips
 in one of my tennis cans. 
Well, they came in handy. 
Viola! Yes, just clip the cord onto
itself. it's fast, easy, and holds
the cord in place.
 I have enough of those little clips for all 
the appliances. 
 Secure the cords.
 When I unwind I just keep the clip on the cord
 so it doesn't get lost. Use and just
clip it together again. So easy! 
 If you have little girls, or little doggies, you 
probably have these clips already. I'm sure 
you can buy a bag at a dollar store or Walmart.
 or steal one off your orchid plant. 
 I put everything back in the cabinet, 
and had no dangling messy cords. 
Now I even have extra room. 
They are so much easier to get out and
the chance of getting bonked on the head
has been greatly reduced.