A Housewarming Gift

Some really good friends recently moved to Florida, and we were planning to drive down for a visit.  We used to see them a couple of times a month between club meetings and events, and occasional dinner parties.  I miss his infectious laughter and astute observations of the world, and her interesting conversation and gentle …

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Spring Chargers for the Table

Doing tablescapes is fun, and I have a lot of chargers in various colors, but I don't have anything light for spring. While at the thrift store, I couldn't resist this set of ragged looking chargers, four for $2. I really liked the detail on them, and knew I could use them to get the …

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Reworking a Thrifted Treasure

We like to eat outside when the weather is warm, and I enjoy having cookouts.   One thing that is a constant with outdoor dining is the breeze that will take all the napkins off the table before you can catch them.  So, when I found this lovely iron napkin holder at a thrift store for …

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, …

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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and …

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Reworking Artwork Frames

One of the things I really dislike about our home is the hideous mauvey pink color of the countertops and tub surround in the master bathroom. Personally, I don't think things this expensive to replace should even be available in anything but neutral colors. This color was very dated and old when the bathroom was …

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Shabby Chic Pin Cushions

I've been crafting again, this time with velvet and pearls.  These wonderful silverplate pieces were found in a thrift store, and I have been busy making them over into luxury pin cushions.  While cleaning out, I found my stash of velvet bits, and used them to turn ordinary items into handmade, unique treasures.  Some readers …

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Winter Projects

We had our first snow of the season beginning Friday afternoon.  It started earlier than expected, and I was happy to get my appointments done, attend a memorial service, and get DH from the airport before the road froze.  After we were home for half an hour or so, I saw that the turkeys were …

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Christmas Card Crafting

Before you start taking down all the holiday stuff, I needed to get in this post on what to do with some of the Christmas Cards you have. There are some interesting ideas on the internet, including one of ornaments made of circles folded this way and that, angels made by cutting out a pattern, …

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