Monday, January 26, 2015

My Top 10 Cleaning Tips

If the New Year has you inspired to tackle
 your cleaning "To Do" list here are some
of my best cleaning tips. Click on any of
the links for all of the information.

These are all so easy and cheap, and best
of all...they work!
Let me know if you've tried any of them.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

DIY Effortless Winter Centerpiece

It takes me about 5 minutes to change
 the centerpiece on the breakfast table
 for the seasons.
I've used this one many times.
It works from Fall thru Spring.
I just placed a hurricane lamp in the center of
my large antique bowl, added a pillar candle 
(chosing a color for the season) 
and surrounded it with some of my
gathered pinecones.
I first used this easy centerpiece
 for Fall and it was featured in 
 To add a bit more color, I cut a few
hearts free-hand from a piece of red
scrap paper. I'll add more and this
centerpiece will be work for
 January and February.
 I decided to add a string of tiny white
 battery-operated lights for the winter.
It makes a nice glow along with the candle
 now that it's dark when we're having dinner.

Links: Facebook, Dwellings,
The Style Sisters, My Romantic Home,
My Repurposed Home, The Charm Of Home,
French Country Cottage,
Naps On The Porch

Sunday, January 11, 2015

How To Save Your Christmas Photo Cards

I love getting Christmas photo cards from
family and friends, but what to do with them 
after they're taken off the fridge?
They are too cute to pack-up. 
I take a picture of each card using my iphone.
I categorize them in my photos library
the next time I sync it to my Mac computer
 as Christmas Cards 2014. 
I can see the changes in everyone 
from year to year.
This works with school photos or any photos 
you want to add to your photo library.
You can tag the photos (add names) if
you want to search a particular person
at a later date.
You'll have all the options in your
computer's photo library.
You can even just capture part of a photo.
Below is a close-up shot of photo  #5 .
Now a great thing I like to do is to use 
the photos to fill in any profile pics
 in my phone's contact page.
Below are screen shots of my phone
as I did this. Hope it helps.
Here's John (info have been changed to
protect the innocent) with no profile
pic. See the add photo in the circle?
Go to the edit mode and tap that circle.
You'll have the option of choosing a
photo in your phone; like the ones
you've just taken, or just taking
another one now....take or choose.
I took a close-up of 'Joe'
moved it to center and 
tapped 'use photo'
Now I see 'Joe' when he calls
or when I bring up his contact
info on my phone. 
Everyone in my phone has a photo,
even businesses. Why? Because
it's fun and easy. Let me know if you
have any questions. 


Monday, January 5, 2015

DIY: The Easy Way To Clean Stainless Steel

Todays Tip: Cleaning stainless steel
appliances couldn't be easier.
It's so simple!
It's so safe. It's so cheap. 
I just use baby oil...yes! Baby Oil!
Before                             After 
(Taking a photo of stainless isn't easy)
Put a little on a soft cleaning cloth and 
...wipe on ~ wipe off
You'll get rid of the drip marks, smudges
 and fingerprints.
Buff off any excess.
 It will leave a nice sheen and a nice smell.
You'll also have soft hands!
I keep a bottle under the kitchen sink.
Lavender scent baby oil is a favorite. 
Try it and let me know how it works for you.