March 5, 2015

Craft Organization in an Antique Printer Cabinet

I was incredibly fortunate a few years ago and found an Antique Hamilton Printer Cabinet at an estate sale in our neighborhood - for a great price! It was a total mess, but just needed a little TLC and it has resided in our living room ever since. (you can read more about it here)

People ask me all the time what I have stored in it's many drawers and their little cubbies, so I thought I'd feature some photos of the cabinet and it's contents.

All of those little square that used to hold letters for the letterpress printer are the perfect size to organize the many crafty things that accumulate. Check it out!

March 4, 2015

All You Need is the Love of a Good, Healthy Dog!

A dog gives you so much every day. Besides affection, they help you exercise more, have less stress in your life, and they even help you have a healthier heart. Dogs bring you so much joy... A recent study even shows that a dog brings you as much joy as your own children!

It's true! You can officially call yourself the mama of a fur-baby without a single eye-roll. Researchers looked at brain scans of women who had at least one child between the ages of 2 and 10 and a dog for two or more years. The brain areas linked with emotion, reward, and relationships lit up when they saw photos of their children - AND when they saw photos of their pet! Co-lead author Lori Palley, DVM, of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine in Boston says, "It's clear people adore their pets, and the positive effect they have on humans is more than evident." (from March 2015 HEALTH Magazine)

March 2, 2015

3 Ways To Get Your Silverware Easter Ready

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To me, there is NOTHING more nasty than sitting down to eat and noticing that there are water spots all over the silverware...especially if you're at someone else's house. At my own house, it's likely that there will be peanut butter on the back of the knife occasionally, water spots on the spoon, and maybe even some fork goo once in a blue moon. Yuck!

Easter will be here before you know it, and if you're like me, you'll want to break out the fancy silverware to make sure that your guests have the very best! Getting silverware ready for guests doesn't have to be a huge chore. 

Here are three easy ways to get your silverware ready quickly and easily with maid service quality.

February 28, 2015

"When It Rains It Pours" But Why Does It Have to Pour? {Self-Care Saturday}

art by Erik Otto
You know the sayings. Bad things happen in threes... When it rains, it pours... When it happens to you, it can be hard to see any sort of silver lining in the clouds.

In the last week, we have had:

Clogged drains that caused our laundry tub in the basement to overflow and the carpet to get SOAKED, requiring some pretty major clean up and an expensive visit from the drain cleaning company.

My husband had a serious car accident on his way home from work Thursday night. This was after he worked 12+ hour days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday was his "day off" and he only worked around 8 hours. Thankfully he wasn't seriously injured - just stiff and sore - but our car was a total loss.