Top 10 Tips For Your Thanksgiving Table

October 1, 2014 in Featured Articles

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dv520008It can be easy – but first thing you will need to remember is that setting your table is almost is important as preparing and displaying your food. Paying attention to how you do it and remembering little details will make your holiday meal even more special!

If you are wondering what tablecloth to use, or if you should use placemats instead, or where to put the cutlery , if you should consider setting a buffet-style table and what to do about kids… here are some tips for you that will help:

1. Table Covers: If you have a beautiful table, you may want to consider using placemats. If you feel more comfortable using tablecloth, then start there. The rule in using the tablecloth is that it should be big enough to hang about 6 inches over the edges of the table. White tablecloth are the easiest to start with and make for festive feel – patterned tablecloths have a tendency to make the table look more cluttered. Little tip: if you find that your chosen tablecloth is wrinkled and creased – throw it into a dryer on air setting with a damp towel – that should take care of it, without having to pull out your iron.

2. Cutlery: Forks go on the left, spoons and knives on the right and they need to be placed in the order they will be used – first utensil on the far end from the plate, second one closer to the plate, etc. And the knife blade should be turned towards the plate.

3. China: Side plates go to the left of the main plate setting. If you are serving a salad, you can place the salad bowl either on top of the dinner plate or the side plate.

4. Glasses: Wine glass goes above the tip of the main course knife. If you are using more than one glass, arrange them in the order they will be used. Liqueur glasses don’t belong into your main setting – bring them out separately after clearing your dinner dishes.

5. Napkins: If you know how to make a pretty fancy fold, use it to decorate the table by putting it on the top of the main plate. If you are using it flat, place it on the side plate or under knife and spoon.

6. Place Cards: These a great idea if you are having a large gathering – having them will avoid awkward moments when your guests are seating themselves. Place Cards are easy to make – you can make simple ones by just folding an unlined recipe card in half and writing names on in calligraphy.

7. Buffet Style: This is a good option for a larger gathering when you need to have your guests take up whatever seating is available. Let’s face it – not everyone has a table large enough to accommodate  more than 12 people. When setting up your buffet, place plates, cutlery and napkins close to each other at one side of the table. I like to put cutlery into a neat little package, wrapped in the napkin and decoratively tied with a ribbon or a piece of craft twine. If you can, use larger plates – I prefer 12 inch size, that allows guests to pile on the food and not have to keep returning to the serving table as often. You will need to “police” your buffet table, refill serving dishes and keep it nice and neat. There is another alternative – kind of half buffet and half seated arrangement. Set up your serving dishes in the kitchen, have your guests serve themselves and then seat at the table. That allows the dinner table for being cluttered with serving dishes.

8. The Kid’s Table: It is definitely a good idea to set up kid’s table – and you can make it fun for them as well! Use bright paper or plastic tablecloth and its is perfectly fine to use plastic plates. Another great idea is to put a plain white tablecloth you can purchase at a second hand store and provide kids with markers to draw on it. You may even want to save these works of art for years to come and reminisce with then the grown up “kids” . Alternative to this would be paper placemats and crayons or activity book for each child.

9.Dessert Table: If you have an alternative table – such as one in the kitchen dining area, set up desserts, coffee and tea there. You can serve it in the dining room, after dinner dishes are served, but I find that separate setting works well, especially if you are serving a choice of desserts.

10.After Dinner Liqueurs: You can pick several types of liqueurs to serve – I like to create a tray (round silver one with a paper doilie works well) separate it into four sections, place show glasses filled with different liqueurs on with a little place card with liqueur name next to the each group of glasses and place it on the dining room table or walk around the guest with the offer.

Here are some creative place setting ideas for you:

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All About Home Renovation Projects

March 6, 2014 in Household Hints

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home-renovation1This is the time of the year when you start thinking about spring, about cleaning and possibly renovating your home and start looking forward to the challenge. Where should you start? I found this information in a magazine and took out of it what I considered valuable advice – the one that will give you an idea where it is a good idea to start and where best to allocate your budget:

1. Kitchen:

Kitchen is the heart of your home and sometimes all it needs is a fresh coat of paint, change of lighting or just changing outdated cabinet handles. Those are not big costs that will make a difference, but if you are up to larger project, consider your flooring or repainting the cabinets – the more you do, the bigger the focus on the kitchen will be. That is from the centre of entertaining to family dinners and festive holidays.

2. Bath:

According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, kitchen and bathroom renovations remain at the top of the improvement list reflecting in the price of the home. Homeowners usually recoup 75 – 100% of the investment. Best visual appeal belongs to wood cabinets, large stand-up showers, stone floors and countertops – all adding value and appeal.

3. Paint:

When you look around your home, you might just find that room where paint has faded from sun exposure or has dirty hands marks all over. A fresh coat of paint will give you dramatic results with little investment!

4. Flooring:

Gleaming hardwood or tile floors add to both value and appeal to your home. If you decide to replace your flooring, remember to maintain consistency. If you make too many strange transitions and changes in materials, you will loose the impact.

5. Landscaping:

The front of your home is the first thing people see and it is hard not to judge book by its cover. Landscaping will do more than just make the space beautiful. It can extend living space by adding decks and patios, it can provide or increase privacy and reduce noise levels. And a few strategically planted trees could help save on heating and energy costs.

6. Windows:

Very important consideration when you are thinking about renovations. It maybe be a larger investment, but it will be one that will not only improve the look of your home – it will positively reflect in your pocketbook.

7. Plumbing Fixtures:

Brushed nickel, antique brass and oil-rubbed bronze are like jewels in your bathroom and your kitchen. Not only do they look great, they all boast water-saving flow aerators and quick on-off hands free technology.

8. Storage:

If you give it a thought, you will most probably find dead-end spaces under staircases, awkward wall niches and low head spaces in the basement. Converting them into usable space like built-in storage or extra closets will help maximize living space now and definitely appeal to potential buyer should you decide to sell your home in the future.

9. Eco-Friendly Additions:

Investing in eco-friendly elements can definitely yield some very strong returns. Water saving plumbing fixtures, tankless water heaters and eco-friendly products like bamboo, cork and low VOC paints will add value and environmental impact.

10. Consult a Professional:

It may be worth your while to invite a realtor or interior designed to check out your home or consider hiring an architect or contractor for larger renovations. They can provide advice, help you draw up a plan or manage construction. Suggestions on paint colours or furniture placement can go a long way in improving the aesthetic of your home. Remember that a little professional advice before the project begins can help you avoid costly errors later.

 

Hope you enjoyed this information – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated.

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How To Make a Special Valentines Day Card

January 23, 2014 in Crafts

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It always means more when you – or you along with your child – take the time to let your creativity kick in a make a special card for that someone special. And Valentines Day is as good as any other time to do that. Here are some creative ideas that will help you do that:

Thumbprint Valentines Card

You can make this card with even the youngest child – just help them to dip their thumbs into poster paints and show them how to put them onto the card (you may want to do a little practice  session or two)

What You Need:

  • Sheet of pink construction paper
  • Red and pink poster paint
  • Shiny pipe cleaner
  • Markers

How to Make it:

  1. Fold the sheet of construction paper in half and crease to create your card – trim to desired size
  2. Dip thumb in red paint and press onto card at slight angle. Lift and repeat to create the desired design – check out the picture for guidance, but feel free to get creative!
  3. Use the pipe cleaner to create a heart for centre of the card and markers to write your – or your child’s message. You can get even more creative here – use the marker to add arms and legs to the heart and even add a smiling face!
  4. Then just write a message into the centre of the card and you are done!
  5. Instead of construction paper, you can use white or coloured stock for this card

 

Hope all this information will help you have a very special Valentines Day – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is welcomed and much appreciated

 

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Best Ideas For Valentines Day Centerpieces

January 15, 2014 in Featured Articles

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valentines-day-flower-centerpiece3-600x450Beautiful centerpiece will set any table decor off and make it special – the way you want it to. I have written about table setting before and posted number of ideas for various occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving. I really find that checking out different ideas triggers an idea in my head and then it is just a matter of getting creativity take over. Here are 10 of my favourite centerpiece for Valentines Day dinner table – hope they will help you create something very special for your special celebration.

The beauty of this centerpiece is the simplicity of it. Just impressive large rose blooms in a great colour, placed into 2 glasses with a few rose petals around on a while tablecloth

You can cut the letters from styrofoam, paint them in red and trim them with a ribbon. Place a rich bouquet of flowers in the centre, arrange letters and match colour of napkins to the red in letters and flowers – simple and very effective!

Nicely arranges white mums and red leaves around little red candles – all on a white tablecloth will make a simple and elegant centerpiece

Creating a heart using shot glasses and fresh flowers – how unique and very pretty!

 

A combination of red and pink carnations placed in a wider shape vase filled with red candies can be used as a centerpiece or as an added decor for your coffee table of any other place you want to add that special Valentines Day touch to

If you visit your local craft or a dollar store, you will find a good selection of hearts and other decorations already attached on a stick. All you have to do is arrange them with some fresh flowers and you will have a very happy looking centerpiece in no time!

Use a styrofoam heart to attach green leaves cut out from cardboard stock and then fill the heart with fresh roses – how beautiful is that?

This is an incredible simple and inexpensive idea that would be suitable for just about any occassion – turning wine glasses upside down over a beautiful rose bloom and placing a candle of the top – awesome!

The beautiful rose bloom colours really make a difference in creating this centerpiece. Secured by glass beads in a rectangular glass container and decorated with a ribbon and a heart. Easy to put together and beautiful.

The simplicity of this arrangements makes it very effective. And all you really need is a straight glass vase, beautiful fresh blooms and a ribbon.

 

Hope that looking at these pictures helped you to get your creativity going – please send me your comments, suggestions and pictures – your input is welcomed and very much appreciated

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Easy Christmas Crafts

December 13, 2013 in Crafts

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Christmas-tree-with-bulbsSome of the best Christmas gifts are the ones that create memories. I chose those to pass onto you– as times go on and years fly by, these creative gifts will become more and more precious.

If you don’t have a tradition of making something like the Wreath or a little Christmas tree from your child’s handprints for grandparents yet – give it some serious consideration. You can create a wonderful tradition and these gifts have a very minimal cost attached to them!

Make a Wreath from Your Children’s Handprints

 

 You will need:

  • Green Construction Paper
  • Piece of red construction paper or a red ribbon
  • Pencil, scissors, glue
  • Glitter or glitter glue

Instructions:

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of green construction paper.Cut out the hand print.
  2. Make about 10 paper hands for each wreath.
  3. Glue the hand prints together in a wreath shape, with the wrists overlapping a little bit.
  4. Glue on a red ribbon bow (or make one from red construction paper).
  5. Optional: Decorate your wreath with glitter or glitter glue.


Make a Christmas Tree from Your Children’s Handprints

 

 You will need:

  • Green construction paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Large piece of paper or cardstock for background (use colour you like)
  • Pencil, scissors, glue
  • Glitter  or glitter glue and paper ornament to decorate the tree with

 Instructions:

  • Trace the child’s hand on a piece of green construction paper.
  • Cut out the hand print and fold the wrist over.Make a lot of paper hands (the number you’ll need depends on the size of your tree). If this is a class project, you may want to put each child’s name on his or her hand print.
  •  Draw a tree shape on a large piece of paper.Cut out a small piece of brown paper in a rectangular shape – that will be the tree trunk – and glue it in place.

  • Glue the hand prints together in a tree shape, gluing the folded part of the wrist to the background. Start at the bottom of the tree. Starting with the second row, make the fingers overlap the next hand a little bit.

  • Cut out a yellow star for the top of the tree. Glue it on the tree.

 

  • Write a Christmas message around the tree. Decorate your tree with glitter, glitter glue, or paper ornaments.

Hand and Footprint Reindeer

 

You will need:

  • Brown and tan (or orange) construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

Instructions:

 

  • Trace around the child’s foot using brown construction paper. This will be the reindeer’s head.

 

  • Trace around the child’s hands using tan construction paper. These 2 pieces will be the reindeer’s antlers.

  • Glue the handprint “antlers” to the top of the reindeer. Add a bright red paper nose, a paper (or drawn) mouth, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the reindeer’s head.

You can now decorate your house for Christmas with these cute reindeers. Don’t forget to put the child’s name and age on the back of the reindeer!

Hope you will enjoy making these and creating your own special memories – please send me your comments. suggestions and experiences along with pictures of your special creations, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!


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All About Amaryllis

December 4, 2013 in Featured Articles

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Amaryllis 001With Christmas just around the corner, it is worthwhile to consider creating beautiful decorations or special gifts using the magnificent Amaryllis.

Amaryllis are big, bold and very easy to grow. And if you don’t want to take a chance on growing your own, you can purchase the blooms from your local flower shop – they will last for about 2 weeks.

Amarylis are truly magnificent – they hold themselves proudly on sturdy stems that are about 18 – 24 inches tall and each stem can produce up to four showy, trumpet-shape blooms and deep red, pink, snow-white or multiple colours.

Amaryllis is a native or Central and South America and once you bring the bulbs home, they will need little encouragement – only a spot where they can shine.Here is what you need to do:

Water well: Allow water to drain through the pot and make sure the water stays below the top of the bulb.

Place the pot in a sunny spot: Water sparingly until a flower spike appears. Soil should be moist but never soggy.

Keep the pot warm: Amaryllis are touchy about cool breezes so you will need to put the pot in a draft-free spot.

Wait patiently: Most Amaryllis will bloom four to six weeks after planting.

Move flowers: Once flowers start to appear, indirect light is best. Snip off flowers as they fade. Cut the stems about an inch for the base after all flowers have bloomed. Strappy leaves grow as the flowering period ends.

If you are thinking about giving Amaryllis as a gift or using it as a decorating item in your home, here are a few ideas:

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Couple plain containers, pieces of ivy, ribbon and a card -that’s all it will take to create this beautiful hostess gift.

Use old Christmas cards to create an inexpensive and very effective holder - stitch side together with a thin red ribbon or knitting wool, use florist foam inside and insert blooms you have grown! Great gift or your own dinner table centerpiece.

Use old Christmas cards to create an inexpensive and very effective holder – stitch sides together with a thin red ribbon or knitting wool, use florist foam inside and insert blooms you have grown! Great gift or your own dinner table centerpiece.

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Choose a glass container that will give you the height you prefer, fill with any florist filler, beads or decorative stones (it is a good idea to use a piece of florist foam to secure the stem), tie a festive ribbon around the container – and here you have another hostess gift or a pretty centerpiece.

 

I absolutely love this one! One flat dish, filled with cranberries, one pineapple, carved to allow the insertion of Amaryllis blooms and the addition of little Christmas ornament if you wish - this will definitely be admired, whether you give it as a gift or use it in your Christmas decorations!

I absolutely love this one! One flat dish, filled with cranberries, one pineapple, carved to allow the insertion of Amaryllis blooms and the addition of little Christmas ornament if you wish – this will definitely be admired, whether you give it as a gift or use it in your Christmas decorations!

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Absolutely stunning is all I can say about these blooms! And all you have to do is to add a few little holiday decorating touches to the Amaryllis pot and you will have most admired gift or a decorating item!

Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send me your comments and pictures as well – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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How to make Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

November 25, 2013 in Recipes

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Make good old fashioned butter cookies and frost them with homemade buttercream - definite holiday favorite!

Make good old fashioned butter cookies and frost them with homemade buttercream – definite holiday favorite!

Here is why I like Butter Cookies (aside of the obvious fact that they are delicious!) : You can make different varieties of final shapes and finishes and it looks like you have baked a great selection. And it can be all done from one basic dough.

Here is the recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup of col unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Optional:
  • Egg wash: 1 large egg white beaten with 2 teaspoons of water
  • Decorating sugar and sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Place flour, sugar, butter and salt in a bowl of a food processor and process until mixture is the texture of course oatmeal. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this with a fork
  2. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla and with motor running, add to food processor. If you are not using food processor, using electric mixer on a low speed will do the job as well.
  3. Process until dough forms
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  5. Divide dough in a half and form into two ½ inch thick discs
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm – about 1 hour
  7. Preheat oven to 350F
  8. On a piece of floured waxed paper, roll out one disc to a 3/16 inch thickness and chill again
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough
  10. Flouring cutters ads you are working along, cut dough into desired shapes and carefully transfer to baking sheets
  11. Re-chill rolled out dough it if gets difficult to work with
  12. If you plan to decorate your cookies, brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar or decorative sprinkles
  13. Bake cookies until edges are firm – not brown – 15-20 minutes
  14. Cool for couple of minutes on the baking sheets and cool completely on a rack

Here are a few idea for making a variety of butter cookies, using the same recipe:

Drizzle thin lines of melted chocolate over your cookies for that extra added sweet taste

Drizzle thin lines of melted chocolate over your cookies for that extra added sweet taste

Make fingers using cookies press - or roll out the dough and press with a fork to create the pattern. Let cookies cool down and dip one end in melted chocolate.

Make fingers using cookies press – or roll out the dough and press with a fork to create the pattern. Let cookies cool down and dip one end in melted chocolate.

Make a thumbprint in each cookie before baking and drop in a little piece of your favorite jam.

Make a thumbprint in each cookie before baking and drop in a little piece of your favorite jam.

Dropping chocolate  or other different pieces on the cookies will create as many different looking cookies as you want!

Dropping chocolate or other different pieces on the cookies will create as many different looking cookies as you want!

Make plain cookies and dip them into melted chocolate after you cool them down - delicious!

Make plain cookies and dip them into melted chocolate after you cool them down – delicious!

 

Hope you will enjoy making your Christmas cookies with this recipe – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

 

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How to Decorate Your Christmas Wreath

November 19, 2013 in Crafts

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You can go to pretty much any store and buy a very nicely decorated wreath. I checked a few yesterday and every one of them had something I would have done differently for one thing – the other thing is that the cost of decorated wreaths shocked me! You can buy a plain green wreath for under $10 – look at the decorated ones and the price tag jumps up to $40 and up! i actually saw a wreath that was selling for $90 and it didn’t even have lights on it! So – here is a solution:

First – go through your Christmas decorations and pick pieces that you would like to have on your wreath – set them aside. Then – venture out into your local store (Walmart will do nicely and you will save a few bucks too) and buy a plain artificial wreath and a basic set of mini lights if you want to light up your wreath. The alternative is taking a walk a picking up evergreen branches and then making a really nice, natural wreath – I am actually thinking about doing that.

Then sit down with all your stuff and start creating your very own wreath! And do not worry or get discouraged – remember that if you are not happy with what you are doing – just change it!

Wreaths can be embellished to achieve a variety of looks. You can add ribbons, ornaments, floral materials – anything that will reflect your personal style and add to the theme of your home Christmas decor.Artificial evergreen wreaths are very easy to decorate – you just simply twist the branches around each item to secure them – or use floral wire or hot glue to do that.

Start with using one item at a time, spacing them evenly around the wreath to achieve a balanced look. Add the large items first and fill any bare spaces with smaller ones. Secure items at  the surface as well as closer to inside of your wreath – that is to achieve a sense of depth.

And if you are going to put mini lights on – put them on first, light them and work your other items around them – you will be able to see better what the final result will be.

Here are a few ideas for you:

Artificial evergreen garland is wrapped around a grapevine wreath. A natural look is created by adding birch bark and twig birdhouses, artificial birds and stems of rose hips.

Santa’s elf wreath is created by wiring a small elf (or choose another of your liking) figurine to this wreath, creating a focal point. Dried fruit slices, cinnamon sticks and paper twist are added to give this wreath a nice country look

Create this elegant wreath by first attaching a gold wire mesh bow to the top and then adding metal ornaments. This wreath works very well with the addition of mini lights.

Village house becomes the focal point on this wreath. Additional springs of greenery, cones and berries add texture and fullness. For the snowy effect, spray artificial snow over polyester fiberfill

 

I think these are beautiful wreaths and consider this: if you are still thinking about how to decorate your tree – extend the wreath decorating ideas  - they could be easily applied to that task!

Hope you have enjoyed this information, please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences – and pictures as well! – your input is very welcomed and much appreciated!

 

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

November 18, 2013 in Featured Articles

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I find that one of the best way for me is to look at what I could call “motivating decor”- pictures that give me ideas what to do as far as making our home festive for the season.

It is helpful to check out a few pictures and get ideas and then consider where you need to decorate, how much room you have and which ideas will make it mos sense. You also need to consider which ideas would negative impact space in your home – you don’t want your family and guests to be negotiating their movements around decorations – that would definite spoil the effect you are trying to achieve. Also consider children and pets, their curiosity and excitement of the season could change you decor in a hurry!

I have picked a few here that may give you ideas you are looking for and added descriptions that may be quite helpful to you:

This works really well when you want to create an unusual centerpiece for your table when not in use. The minilights hang above an arrangement of Christmas Decorative Balls and bring out colours that really accent your decor. I have used this idea in a little different set up – I hung Christmas balls from a lighted ceiling fan at different levels, added decorative snowflakes and when the fan is turned on (low speed only or you will have a tangled mess on your hands!) the effect was beautiful. My little grandson loved it and I am going to use this idea again this year – this time, I will take pictures!

I have tried in the past to introduce different colour to my personal Christmas decor – but there is something special about the traditional red and white – it says Christmas right away! I also find that hanging decorations – I really like these red stars and white snowflakes a lot – makes the room three-dimensional and adds beautifully to the atmosphere. Pick a theme – whether it’s stars, snowflakes to anything else you prefer and carry that idea to adding it to your table. You will achieve a beautiful look without a doubt!And when you add either silver of gold touches, the effect is absolutely beautiful!

This was the year when I decided that perhaps going away from the traditional reds and whites and turning to blue-white-silver combination is worth a try. That year’s motive was angels and I carried it in the decorations through the house. My tree stand in our front window and when lit, it adds to the outside decor beautifully.

We have a short railing from dining room to the upstairs level and I always decorate it, changing the colours of ribbons and adding other elements that go with the current theme. This one is from last year – I added holly berries and red ribbons – of course – the garland is lighted with mini lights. I just love the effect when those are the only lights on since the opposite side of the room has our Christmas tree

This picture took my breath away – this is the description of elegant, romantic Christmas decor if I ever saw one! Simple and very effective for those who are planning a special celebration of the season for two!

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Here is an example of just how effective indoor lights can be – I love the lighted wreath under a lighted garland and all I am thinking is where can I put this kind of an arrangement in my house?

These are just few ideas and I will be adding others – hope they were helpful to you and please send in your comments, suggestions, experiences and pictures! You input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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10 Best Pumpkin Carving Ideas

October 21, 2013 in Featured Articles

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As creative as I may be, this is something I have always needed a little help with. Realizing that it is a good idea to know what I want to create before selecting our pumpkins was a good thing! There are so many sizes and shapes to choose from and what you want the final look to be will be greatly influenced by what pumpkin you select. Also – knowing the steps, having the right tools and – creating a template that can easily be traced with a marker will make the pumpkin carving a real seasonal event for you. I have previously posted step by step guide to the perfect pumpkin – you can check it out on this page:

Guide to the Perfect Pumpkin

And selecting the perfect design is not always easy – I have done some research for you and picked the 10 designs I really liked – None of them look too difficult to create  - the simplest way is the copy the design on a piece of paper first and then use a marker to draw it on your pumpkin. Remember – it doesn’t have to be perfect – carved pumpkins are supposed to be funny!

Here are few on my favorites:

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Traditional pumpkin design may be the best one for you to start with if you are looking for easy, traditional look

This one should be no problem for anyone to copy and make – I love the traditional pumpkins and if you don – go and get it done!

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Easy and cute kitty face – definitely easy to carve and delight for kids!

Kids love this one – and it is very easy to make. Remember to draw it on a large piece of paper and then copy it with marker on your pumpkin. Or – if you are the creative type, draw it on your pumpkin directly!

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This design doesn’t look too difficult to execute and I believe it would get trick or treaters attention!

You just gotta love this one! And I think your Halloween visitors would as well!

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Just have to have some witching presence in your Halloween – this one is really nice and doesn’t look too difficult to make

This one may look a little more difficult, but with the right tools and a little patience I think it would be relatively easy to make. If you try it, please send me a picture!

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If you are going to go for ghosts, you might as well make it a cute one!

Definitely one of my favorite and at the top of my list for this year – adding a little cuteness to the scary day!

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How about a real scary face – make sure you pick a tall pumpkin for this one!

Definitely a unique one and only a little bit scary!

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Why not wish everyone Happy Halloween? This is puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it?

Looks like you need a good sharp knife to make this pumpkin – and of course – some patience. But this really is a great design that will get lots of attention!

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What an awesome design – this one is another one I really love to try this year – don’t you?

Just having a sharp knife, patience and being careful with the thinner lines is all that this one will need!

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Talk about attention getter ! If you make this one – please send me your photos

Love this one – it’s definitely on my “try it” list for this year!

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This one should not be difficult to make at all – have lots of fun this Halloween!

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween and please send me your comments and suggestions anytime! If possible, I would love to get photos of your creations – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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