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Before & After The Bloom



When making floral arrangements with cut flowers try adding seed pods and early blooms to add interest and dimension. When making this simple arrangement this morning, I included the seed head from a clematis vine I have growing in my front yard…

When making this simple arrangement this morning, I included the seed head from a clematis vine I have growing in my front yard.
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Keeping An Eye Open At Resale Shops



I love resale shops – so I make regular visits to a few of my favorites in my area. Every so often a friend will ask me about my purchases – they like to know why I buy the things I buy. I get the question -”How did you see the beauty in that? I would have walked right passed it!” So, I thought I’d start a new category on my blog called, Resale Shopping Notes…

I picked up this lamp base for $7.00 at a local thrift store. Because I spent so little on it, I didn't mind splurging on the shade. Luckily, I found this great looking shade at Anthropolgie - on sale for $70.00. I love the combination of clean smooth lines with ethnic prints.
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Homemade Mummenschanz



For those of you who may not be familiar with it, Mummenschanz is a non-verbal performance art group that became popular the 1970′s. As a child I was absolutely fascinated by Mummenschanz. I became so familiar with them through their TV ads & PBS performances, that I would attempt to recreate their costumes and movements…

A dark glove and part of an egg carton are used to make this maumenshanz hand puppet.
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Car Crayons



When it comes to working on projects with children, sometimes the process is just as exciting as the end result. That is definitely the case with this craft. Crayons left to melt in the car take on a great new shape and are reborn as “car crayons”…

Old crayons are stripped of their paper, chopped up, spooned into a heart-shaped ice cube tray and left in the car on a hot summer day. The result? A lot of laughs and some cool, new multicolored crayons for the kids.
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Bagel Bruschetta



What to do with two leftover bagels from Sunday morning breakfast? Try making this simple bagel bruschetta for a Monday evening appetizer. You’ll be surprised to see how many pieces you can get from just two bagels…

What to do with 2 left over bagels from Sunday morning breakfast? Try making this simple bagel bruschetta - you'll be surprised to see how many pieces you can get from 2 bagels.
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