Valentine’s day décor in the kitchen, Belated

The baker’s rack is decorated in pink and white for Valentine’s day. Painting it white has given it a new life. I painted it Annie Sloan’s old white before Christmas and it’s fun decorating it for the seasons. It holds a collection of white pottery, which you know I love. I added a few Valentine’s and ribbon for a pop of color.

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The pink hearts are actually paper doily hearts that I colored with a marker.

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I added a few Valentine cards here and there.

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On the top shelf, the doily hearts were glued on skewers and I added a little ribbon.

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I twisted the ribbon swag.

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Pretty pink carnations and more doily hearts are on the 3rd shelf.

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The only thing I bought was the Valentine cards, I had the other stuff in my stash!

I’m about to put these decorations away and move on to the next thing but I wanted to share its prettiness!  I hope you had a great Valentine’s day!

 

 

Thanks for visiting!

     Debra (((xx)))

 

Valentine’s Mantel 2013, Pretty in Pink

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Pink and white are on my Valentine’s mantel this year, along with pieces of white pottery. I tried to keep it fairly simple and think I succeeded.  Cute white birds and fresh flowers help to remind me that Spring will soon be here.

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The windows came from the old house I used to live in. If you click on the link, you will be taken to an old post with pictures of the old house……the old posts always crack me up!

lantern

I got the lantern at a Pottery Barn outlet.

pink tulpis

The carnations lasted for a long time but sadly the tulips didn’t.

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I loved the way they looked bending over the side of the vase.

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White pottery is such a great collection. You can come up with ways to use it over and over again. I have so many pieces but still keep looking for unusual or vintage pieces.

tissue paper flower buds

In the pitcher are twigs with tissue paper flower buds.

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Here’s how to make the flower buds: cut a circle of tissue paper, ( I cut different sizes),  put a dab of glue in the center and fold in half,  then fold in half the other way and squish together to form a flower bud.  Then glue them in different spots on the branches. I used a low temperature glue gun to keep from getting burned.

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Happy Valentine’s day, how are you celebrating?

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

 

 

Trying to grow houseplants

  Last week at Lowe’s I noticed a whole display of new houseplants. On an impulse I bought 3 plants hoping to bring something green and growing home with me.  Houseplants can help brighten up your home on the dreary days of winter and we sure need some brightening in our home.

I don’t have good luck with indoor plants and these probably won’t last long, but if they last a few months I’ll be happy. We don’t get good light for plants in our home, I’ll blame my failure to keep them alive on that. Winking smile

potting plants

I set up the dining room table as my potting station.

plastic pot

These pretty pots were at Lowe’s too, I thought they were ceramic, but they’re plastic! I was totally fooled. They were around 9 dollars each.

drill hole in bottom of pot

I drilled drainage holes in the bottom.

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For the small plant, I used a piece of Haeger pottery from my collection.  I added a few stones to the bottom for drainage.

potbound plant roots

It was time to get this plant in a bigger pot. I loosened up some of the roots to keep it from getting pot bound.

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These are the three plants, dracaena, a palm and the other one, the leaf……..I lost the tag. It shouldn’t be so hard to grow houseplants……just the right amount of light, water and feed occasionally. I think I overdo it and end up killing them.

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Every year at this time I get so tired of the dark, cold days, I get excited when I see the sun shining! This morning I woke up to a cloudy morning with more snow on the ground but at least I have some pretty plants to enjoy…….for a while anyway! Smile

Got any advice or secrets to share about growing houseplants?

Thanks for visiting!

         Debra (((xx)))

Chocolate covered Strawberries and Blueberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are so good, especially if the strawberries are big, ripe and sweet. As much as I love chocolate in any form, I’ve never melted it at home to coat berries or even Easter eggs! Since I had a gigantic bag of chocolate chips, (that my hubby bought at Costco thinking I would make him 20 batches of cookies…didn’t happen) I decided to try melting the chips and coating strawberries and blueberries. It’s my version of health food.

I had to do a little search to find out how to melt chocolate chips.

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I found that you need to add shortening to the chips and it’s good to coat the chips before you start to melt them. To 2 ½ cups of chips I added 2 Tablespoons of shortening. The microwave works fine for melting chocolate, but I chose to use my vintage Pyrex double boiler just because I like using it.

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I kept the heat on low to simmer the water and kept stirring until it was completely melted. At this point I may have eaten a spoonful of the melted goodness!

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Using a wooden skewer I dipped the berries in the chocolate. The fruit has to be really dry…something about the chocolate seizing up.

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Sorry for the quality of this picture, at this point my hands were coated in chocolate too. After a couple attempts at making chocolate blueberry clusters, I decided the best way is to place the berries in a pile on a piece of parchment and cover them melted chocolate, then separate a cluster of about 5 or 6 berries from the pile. It’s very messy!

tea cup pedestal

I used my teacup pedestal, embellished with Valentine’s ribbon, to serve the berries.

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I may have over-dipped them but that makes them even more yummy! Winking smile

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Delicious!

Have you ever dipped fruit in chocolate? What your best method?

 

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                          Debra (((xx)))