Monday, April 17, 2017

Golden Cleaning Tip For Silver!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday!  We had a lovely day with family.  
I just wanted to share a quick tip for polishing silver you may not have tried.  
All this silver was polished in five minutes using common household items!

For comparison, see the silver tray in the center of the table.  All the other silver was equally as tarnished.  

Easy Steps:

Line sink with aluminum foil

Fill sink with hot water

Add one container table salt

Add half box baking soda

Lower silver into sink

Wait five minutes

Remove silver and lightly wipe off any remaining tarnish

Rinse and dry!

That's it!  

No, really!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Puddle-Free Puddles!

I love the look of puddled drapes but there is a certain cat who lives here who thinks puddled drapes have a different meaning.  I will not name names.  

I had to throw the drapes away, sadly.  

However, I could not keep the new drapes laying over chair backs forever. 

I devised a plot.

Beautifully puddled drapes!

Look closer...I pinned the drapes up so they are about an inch above the floor...I intentionally spaced the pins far apart so they droop between the pinned spots...
and this is where the magic comes in!

18 gauge wire.  I used copper, so it won't rust. I tripled it for more strength, then ran it along the bottom, bent it in toward the back at the ends to secure it, (pinching it closed) then "waved" it to mimic the look of puddled drapes...for my drapes I used four feet of wire, (tripled, just wound three lengths and looped at the ends, so as not to poke drape fabric), so the drapes would be wider at the bottom. Without the wire, the drapes would hang straight down. 
These drapes are lined and interlined, so they have body and fullness.  If yours aren't, just place crumpled tissue paper or paper towels into the "hemmed" area. 

This way I get to keep the drapes and the kitty!  lol  This is also beneficial to those with children or husbands who may accidentally step on puddled drapes. 

The illusion is enough to make me happy. 

I feel like an evil scientist but in a good way.  



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring In the Dining Room!

Spent a few days brightening up the joint in preparation for Spring celebrations!  

Tea cups on the buffet! 

I was looking for a place to store them until the tea party but they are too pretty to hide!  The perfect touch of Spring! 

Flowers every color of the rainbow!  

Pussy willow branches adorned with glass eggs, hung by pastel velvet ribbon.

This secretary will never be finished.  lol  
I added birds and garlands.  

I am not very good at photographing in bright light.  This is really very pretty in "real life". lol  

The glass eggs look almost like dewdrops.  

Hallway by the back stairs with topiary bunny resting up for the big day!  

It is a beautiful Spring day!  Soon the gardens will beckon!



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