The Beauty of Bamboo

The Beauty of Bamboo

Bamboo is showing up everywhere these days, from flooring and furniture to wall coverings and cabinetry. And why not? Bamboo is a versatile, renewable and responsible alternative to hardwoods and synthetics. The reason for bamboo’s emerging popularity and trend in interior design is that it is a renewable source, absorbs greenhouse gases, has an amazing growth rate and very little waste (almost every part of the plant is used after harvesting)....

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Wee Words from a Leprechaun

Wee Words from a Leprechaun

A decoration for your desk is a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. A rock, ribbon, gold coin, a shamrock and a handmade scroll makes a “green” paper weight that lets you kiss the Blarney Stone everyday. According to legend, the kissing of the Blarney Stone brings the gift of persuasive eloquence. Materials Needed: A foil gold coin (I had a gold foil cover from a chocolate candy) A rock 3 leaf paper clover An Irish saying...

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No Fly Zone Paper Weight

No Fly Zone Paper Weight

A personalized paper weight designed to keep those random papers in place. Even in our mostly paperless environments in the office or at home, we all have bills to be paid scattered about, a challenge keeping a favorite recipe flat and easy to read, magazine or newspaper clippings that you are collecting to read at a later date, even printed e-mails or important papers you keep by your computer (passwords?). No worries, these important papers...

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Sweet Compote Combos

Sweet Compote Combos

As early glass goes, if any pieces of Early American pattern glass dishes were to be thought of as fussy, it would be compotes. An elegant dish on a stand, they were designed with intricate patterns and often came with lids that were used for serving liquids such as stewed fruit. The open style compote often had a ruffled or fluted dish or bowl. They were set on high or low stems that could be as simple as colored, cut glass or as complicated...

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A Celebration Vignette

A Celebration Vignette

Ever get tired of dusting those smaller accessories? Now you can be a discerning collector and define your style by housing it all under an acrylic box. Gather bits and pieces of memorabilia and create a celebration vignette for a special friend or yourself. The Mini showcase will be enjoyed by all every day. Materials needed: 12″ square tile Old frame moulding recut Small collectibles Acrylic box ( 11-3/4″ square x 13″ high)...

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Busy Beaver Ben Napkin Rings

Busy Beaver Ben Napkin Rings

Both children and adults will enjoy Busy Beaver Ben, the napkin ring that takes on a whole new job building a fancy table setting for a “glamping” lunch or just livening up the conversation at a summer picnic table. PVC (plastic pipe ) Piping, braid and ribbon Plastic toy animal Glue gun White glue Here’s how: Cut PVC pipe 2″ wide Sand both edges of cut pipe Cut braid, piping and ribbon to fit around PVC pipe Glue piping to both...

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