Friday, December 31, 2010
She suggests making your own ornament storage box with cups. Since I already had the bins, I decided to give this a try. Notice how Martha's is perfectly square and fits perfectly in the box, and is even color-coordinated. Well, I'm not Martha.
I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom of my bin, and hot glued cups to it. Super easy, although the cups I used did not allow for a perfect fit, and I had to stagger them. These are 16oz cups, and they had smaller ones, so maybe either just the smaller ones or a combination of the two would fit more snugly. My bin allowed for a second layer of cups-on-cardboard.
Then I started wrapping my ornaments in tissue paper, and setting them in the cups.
Even though these pine cones were just 2/$1 at Dollar Tree, I really like them and would hate for them to get broken. I think they are pretty secure in their little individual nests.
I was able to get a few extra cups on the top layer since the bin widens a bit at the top. In total, there are 39 cups. There's still some head room, so I will put in another piece of cardboard and store things on top of that. Another Martha suggestion is to use egg cartons for smaller ornaments, and they would easily fit.
I think I will be pleasantly surprised when I get out the ornaments next year and find them so well organized!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
(me)...you gave me the code
for 10% off at Overstock, reusable and never expires. I used it once
shortly thereafter, and it worked.
I tried to use it the other day and it didn't work. I spoke with an Overstock representative, but they had no idea what I was talking about.
Can you give me any help with this?
(me)Thanks for getting back to me. It might have been helpful to mention the one per email address thing at the beginning. You did assure me that it was reusable!
May I ask who you are? Overstock doesn't seem to know anything about you.
ETA: I think I should mention that I like Overstock.com. I have purchased from them several times, and never had any trouble with the company itself. I just thought this whole Elyse Malone thing was kind of strange, especially after I did some looking and many other bloggers were suspicious. But as I said in previous posts, I was able to use the 10% off code once, and I never gave her any personal or financial info, so I really don't see how she could be benefit from it. It's entirely possible that Overstock really did hire a marketing company, and that the customer service representative wouldn't necessarily know about that.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
- Combine sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. (I have found that letting it reach a light boil, as below, is about right, but don't let it continue to boil, as it will thicken too much and not have the syrupy consistency you want.)
- Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Place 6 slices of bread over syrup. Top with remaining 6 slices.
- Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour evenly over bread; cover and chill 8 hours.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly browned and eggs are set. Serve immediately.
The mixture on the bottom of the pan will create the syrup for the French toast. Invert for serving, if you like.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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I've got two favorite projects of the year (and let me just say that looking at everybody else's quantity of fabulous accomplishments makes me feel like a bit of a slacker!).
The first is my powder room vanity. Not to brag, but I really think this was a rare stroke of genius on my part. I'm pretty good at copying things I see, but not the greatest at coming up with unique ideas, and to my knowledge, this is unique.
What's your favorite project of 2010?
Monday, December 27, 2010
You have all week to link anything Christmas-related to my linky party. Thanks to everyone who has already joined; I promise I will make it around to your posts, it's just taking forever on this antique computer!
Friday, December 24, 2010
If there are any of you out there who missed the linky parties, too, or just have something else Christmas related share, link up here. I'll leave it open all week.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I’ve got several of my favorite movies that I haven’t watched yet, and now I’m almost out of time. Watching them after Christmas just isn’t the same.
Fortunately, there’s a solution for those of us who need to get our movies in quick: 30 Second Bunnies.
A Christmas Story:
And the piece-de-resistance, It’s a Wonderful Life:
All caught up now?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Alrighty, we’ll give this a try. I’m not sure how well this is going to translate into photos, but I’ll do my best to explain each step.
You will need wire-edged ribbon, a 6 or 7 inch length of floral wire, and scissors. Work with the ribbon still on the roll; you will cut it when you are finished. Otherwise, you may underestimate the amount of ribbon needed and come up short.
Start at the end of the ribbon and loop it around, right side out, with a good inch or two of the tail end wrapped around on the inside.
Pinch both layers with your non-dominant hand. This is going to be the center “knot” of the bow. You’re going to be constantly pinching with this hand and it’s probably going to get a little cramped.
Looking at it from the top: assuming you have a one-sided ribbon, it will now be wrong side up. My ribbon doesn’t show this very well because of the flash, but take my word for it.
Still pinching with your (probably) left hand, use your right hand to twist the ribbon over, right at the pinch. (If your ribbon doesn’t have a wrong side, you won’t need to worry about twisting it.)
Make a loop, bringing the ribbon under and across to the other side. That side will now be wrong side up again.
Twist as before, make a loop, and bring it under and across.
Repeat this step until you have as many loops as you like. I usually make six. Keep your loops the same size, and radiate them around the the middle “knot”.
All this time you will be pinching all the layers with your left hand.
When you have all the loops you want, slip the floral wire through the middle knot, and twist it at the back like a twist-tie, tightly. In fact, I couldn’t find my floral wire, so I used an actual twist tie for demonstration purposes.
Now you may cut the ribbon off the roll, leaving about a 4” tail (or whatever looks right for the size of your bow).
You can either angle the end of the tail, or notch it. I prefer to notch. The easiest way to do that is to fold the tail in half and then cut on an angle from the fold up to the outer corners. Essentially you are cutting a V out of the end of the ribbon.
I suppose you can leave it with just one tail like that, but I like to add another. Cut a strip of ribbon about 6-8” long. Lay it over top of the floral wire with the right side facing the top of the bow.
Twist the floral wire around to secure it, and notch the edges as before.
Now fluff your bow! This is the one I just made for this tutorial.
And this is one I made previously. I think it’s fluffed a little better.
Let me know if you have any questions, or if I didn’t explain something well enough. I’d also love to know if you try it, and are able to follow my instructions successfully!