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Monday, January 30, 2012

Today's Tip

Today's tip: Prevent greasy food spills from staining sofas or upholstered dining chairs by immediately rubbing gently with a 50-50 mix of baking soda and salt. Leave overnight and then vacuum up.
Courtesy of : Alpine Specialty Cleaning

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A birthday invitation!

Hello, and thanks for checking out my Birthday Wish!

For my birthday on February 4th, I'm asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $500 for American Heart Association, Inc..

I chose American Heart Association, Inc. because I am a heart disease survivor myself and don't want to see anyone go thru what I did.

Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can help save the lives of many. If you can't give now, I'd really appreciate if you'd share this page with your friends.

Thanks so much,


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Shop Local - Support Local Small Businesses

Here's one of my favorite local establishments. They make custom purses and other accessories for you to use and wear. The shop also has a great selection of pre-made items as well


From custom handbags to hairpins, they make their signature Laura Bee line in their Ballard store. The shop doubles as custom design studio. Visit them to browse their wide selection of handmade goods, to put together your own custom purse order. Just looking through their vast collection of fabrics and trims will inspire you as they help you design your dream purse.

The Laura Bee team of skilled artisans puts extra care into each of their products. They make every item by hand in their Seattle studio, which doubles as their flagship retail store. Because they specialize in custom work, they stitch each bag to order, adding pockets, embellishments and special touches such as vintage buttons and ribbon trims. 

 Studio & Boutique 
Laura Bee Designs
6418 20th Avenue NW
Seattle, Washington 98107

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spring 2012 is Here!
A new year is bringing yet another new season of fabulous products from Maxwell Fabrics & Telafina!

We are thrilled to bring you some of our BEST products to date. This season we have terrific taffetas, gorgeous geometrics, wonderful wool blends, and precious prints, just to name a few. All of this, plus our brand new STUDIO Collection books are sure to brighten your day.

Be sure to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this seasons' product information. The more you know about the fabrics from Maxwell & Telafina, the more you will be able to appreciate them and their beauty.

We truly hope that you enjoy the products from this season and are inspired by them.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today's Tip

Tips to Minimize Cleaning
** Straighten up as you go along. Immediately wipe up anything that is spilled, including crumbs; by doing so, you will prevent stains, which are difficult to rmove.

**Use a hard-wearing door mat to keep dirt out of the house. One that fits as a carpet does over the width of the entryway is best.
love this monogrammed mat from Front Gate

**You may want to encourage people to take their shoes off, or at least change their shoes, when they come in from outside; the carpet will stay clean longer.
Here's a great entryway bench from Home Decorators Collection

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today's Tip

Today's tip: Bring back shine to stainless steel sinks and chrome bar stools by wiping with a damp cloth sprinkled with baking soda and then buffing with a dry cloth.
Courtesy of : Alpine Specialty Cleaning

Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter Decorating and to-do list

** Purchase soft warm accessories this season- cashmere throws, velvet slipcovers and flannel bedding.

** Replace lamps that just aren't doing the job of keeping your house bright and light. You can also replace the bulbs with new ones that imitate the sun.

** Plan a family dinner in front of a roaring fireplace, with a hearty stew or piping hot soup. Add fresh baked bread ( I love my breadmaker!) and a warm apple pie crumble. ( one of my favorites below hearty Beef Ball Ragout)

**Go online to a gardening website and purchase items to get your garden ready for spring- bulbs, seeds, garden tools or outdoor furniture don't forget beautiful cushions covered in Sunbrella fabrics.

** For every degree you lower your thermostat in winter, you save about two percent off your heating bill. That can really add up! Buy new shades or drapes that add thermal insulating to your windows to keep the cold out.

Beef Ball Ragout
1 3/4 lb ground chuck
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg
4 tsp steak sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TBSP marg. or butter
3 Medium potatoes
3 med. carrots
1 TBSP flour
1 cup thin diced onion
1 clove garlic crushed
1 -6oz can mushrooms drained
1 -10 1/2 oz condensed beef bouillon undiluted
1 -8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp steak sauce  1/4 tsp Marjoram
1/8 tsp pepper

Make Beef balls: combine chuck,crumbs,egg,4 tsp steak sauce, salt & pepper. Shape into balls. In butter in dutch oven- brown the balls. Reduce heat, cook gently 10 min. Set aside covered. Add onion & garlic to pan drippings, saute til golden. Drain mushrooms, pouring liquid into dutch oven with bouillon, tomato sauce, salt pepper, steak sauce, marjoram. Add potatoes & carrots bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer covered 40 mins. Mix flour with 2 TBSP water til smooth, add meatballs & mushrooms, bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered 10 mins. or til meatballs are heated thru. about 6 servings..... YUMMY!

Today's Tip

Today's tip: Pull the shower curtain closed when not in use, so water can't sit in the folds. Spread towels over two hooks to dry, or hang them on rods instead. Wipe shower walls with a squeegee after every use.
Courtesy of : Alpine Specialty Cleaners

Getting Organized!

I love the monthly printable packets from Jones Design Company these kits will help keep your home organized every month. The kits are beautiful and creative adding style to a mundane job of home organization.. here's the sampling for January....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's a snow day

I love how muffled and quiet it feels on a snow day. I am enjoying being house bound, my son has been very sick since the 9th-- really sick, poor fella! He's 6'2" and not quite 14 years old and I forget myself that he is still my "little boy" since he looks so grown up. He is taking a turn for the better finally!

Never the less I am enjoying a weather imposed vacation- only if I could have gone somewhere warm, sunny and relaxing-- oh well not in the cards so I'm enjoying what we've got  SNOW!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Look What we did!

Guest Bedroom redo
Side panels, bed skirt, bed throw, and new shams.

Hardware: Fabricut medallions
designer: Elizabeth Davis

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Look What we did!

Dining Room Draperies
Sexy and sophisticated!

Designed by Linda Schoener
Henredon Schoener

Monday, January 2, 2012

Look What we did!

Custom Bedding with rhinestone details

Bed drape on bed frame

Draperies and custom dog bedding

Drapery Pleat detail
Project with Linda Schoener of Henredon Schoener in Bellevue, WA... Custom bedding: ruffle skirt, bed cover with rhinestone detail and ruffle, bed throw with box pleat edge detail, shams w/ruffle and rhinestone details, sheer bed drapes, window draperies with tassel insert in each pleat. All white dupioni silks and sateen silk blends..