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Creative Stairs With An Artsy Flair

I love the idea of taking stairs and giving them a little flair.  The usual approach is to just wrap the steps with carpet. That’s fine, but it’s rather expected, don’t you think?  Wouldn’t an artsy installation

For the book worm,  paint your favorite childhood titles on the front of the stairs to resemble the book’s spine.  Imagine a short set of stairs, just seven steps perhaps, painted with each Harry Potter title.  Would that not be a fabulous touch?  Hang an arrow pointing toward a playroom that says Hogwarts.

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Isn’t this an ingenious way to use a collection of old license plates?  My mother was a military brat, and this idea may have suited my grandparents if it of course was their style. How else would you collect a mess of license plates?  I suppose one might stumble across a few here and there at a flea market or an old junk shop. It’s just a nifty use of otherwise wasted metal.

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I spotted this technique a while ago and thought it was a darling treatment for steps a in a beach cottage.  The Ombre look is achieved by Of course you could use any color scheme you want.  Try a dark red climbing to a pale pink, emerald green progressing a light mint green. The possibilities are endless.

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Often times it’s nice to have lighted stairs.  These do not disappoint.  They are lighted onyx.  Wouldn’t they look fabulous in just about any home?
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Modern takes on new meaning with this all metal stair case.  Would you trust them? I am not sure I would. They might however be a great art piece in an urban loft.

Recycled Container Gardens

I am fascinated by container gardens. From small boxes to huge ceramic pots, anything can be used to plant flowers in.  I am especially in awe of recycled items that can be turned into container gardens.

This is a great idea for a funky garden. Recycled tires painted bright colors and filled with beautiful flowers and plants. I love the idea of turning something that would otherwise take up space in a landfill into a useful, quirky and delightful garden. Note how the colors of  the flowers coordinate with the tire colors.
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via birds and blooms

How many children’s rain boots have you tossed out? Isn’t this better idea?  It could easily become a great afternoon project with the kids. Try planting seeds and let the kids watch the flowers bloom.

Every once in awhile old metal tool boxes can be found at flea markets, or salvage shops or your neighborhood tag sale. Turning one into a garden is a fabulous idea.

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All it takes is a little imagination and anything that has three sides and can hold dirt can be turned into a container garden.

Traditional Silver Baby Gifts

Silver has long been a traditional baby gift. It’s a custom dating back generations. Today it is considered more of a keepsake gift, rather than a practical gift to be used by the child or parents, but even keepsakes can have practical uses as a child ages.

One of the gifts given to me some 4o odd years ago is still very much in use in my home.  It’s a silver bowl given to me by a wealthy great uncle I have no recollection of meeting him. In fact, I had no idea until a few years ago the beautiful bowl was a gift to me when I was born. It had been stored in a plastic bag and kept in a cedar chest at my parents house.  Cleaning out things for another big move, my mother decided I should be the keeper of my silver bowl.  Today it sits on my dresser and holds jewelry I wear often.

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If you find yourself in need of a few fabulous ideas for traditional silver baby gifts, might I suggest a few of my favorite silver pieces?

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This beautiful antique cup can become a bud vase in a little girl’s room.

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The rattle can be displayed on a book shelf or fastened to a shadow box and hung on a wall.

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via Oneida.com

Every child should have kid sized silverware to eat with and learn proper dinner table manners.

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Start little ones off on the right track and teach them to save. This silver piggy bank is just the right thing for saving money from the tooth fairy.

The Royal family is honoring the silver tradition by giving each baby born the same day as the newest Royal a silver piece with the Royal Coat of Arms engraved on it.  Imagine being one of the lucky babies to share a birthday with the Prince  or Princess…..

What are your favorite keepsake baby gifts to give or receive?

Celebrating July 4th with Red, White and Blue

Happy 4th of July!

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Whether you are hanging with friends today or enjoying the day with family, there are many ways to bring celebrate the Red, White and Blue.

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via thepartydress.net

Make a great holiday wreath  with a little red, white and blue yarn, a wreath form and few white buttons. It’s the perfect adornment for your front door.

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via Martha Stewart

Using a set of d-rings and some beautiful grosgrain ribbon, create these simple, yet, unique napkin rings.

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via pintrest

Love this idea! Dyed rice layered into hurricane glasses and topped of with a plain white candles.  To help keep the bugs away, try burning a citronella candle when the sun goes down.

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via designtimesfour

What’s a summer celebration without mason jars? These luminaries are a great project for the kiddos. All you need are a few mason jars, a little red, white and blue tissue paper, and some glue.  Have the kids glue the paper inside the jar, let dry and  insert a battery operated candle to safely illuminate a garden walk way.

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via betty crocker

Top the day off with delicious cupcakes.