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Let’s DIY

Some DIY projects to fill your idle time.

The first one is primarily for our West Coast friends having to endure years of no rain to speak of, but clearly can be used for anyone wanting to conserve water. Of course it may take people on the West Coast a couple of years to fill the barrel.8728b

Unfortunately, instructions are not included. I’m sure though any man that’s handy around the house could figure it out in a minute.




e127The next idea also deals with the great outdoors and uses drought resistant plants to provide an awesome look for your fountain. We happen to have a fountain like this one and rarely do we fill it with water anymore, so this is a great way for it to be useful.




I think this interior décor item is interesting if for no other reason than what it’s made of and the amount of work that went into it’s creation. To that point; I bet you would never guess that the leaves are made from toilet paper rolls!  Each leaf is then sewn on the machine to give it the center vein. They’re spray painted silver or whatever color you would like, then very painstakingly attached with a glue gun to willow branches that were also spray Silver Leaves from Toilet Paper Rollspainted silver. The effect is awesome, yet clearly it does involve a lot of work.  A link to the site with more detailed instructions is attached to the photo and where you’ll also find more projects!





How many times have you seen pallets either laying around by industrial trash receptacles or for sale by someone for next to nothing? When they get their hands on one, most people either make a bookcase, use them to display their collectibles or some other indoor, creative decorative item. Well here is someone who thought outside the box to create this walkway and I love it! Wood Pallet Walkway




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Top 5 Hottest Hair Colors

Top 5 Hottest Hair Color Trends for Fall/Winter 2014

With every change of the season brings new trends in fashion that women cannot resist to copy. From head to foot, there are always new designs and new looks to try. Fall is here so why not do a hair makeover to make you look fall-perfect for this season. Aside from your wardrobe, hair and make-up are the ones that you should focus on to keep you updated of the latest trends. However, in order not to make a disaster of yourself, it would be best to make sure that the trend would suit you best.

The Plumberry Hair Color

5 Top Hair Colors-#1- Plumberry

This hair color trend is created from a combination of ruby red and violet hair products. Plumberry is great for women with neutral or cool skin tones and fancy a dark red hair color. Women with skin tone should stay away from using too much violet in their hair color to prevent a sallow or yellowish complexion.

The Black Currant Hair Color

Top 5 Hair Colors-#2-Black Currant
If you’re bored with your dark brown or black hair, black currant will be your best option. It creates a purplish-black hair color that is very flattering for brunettes with cool skin tone. This color can be achieved by mixing purple with reverse ombré or soft somber before applying to a natural brown hair. Go ahead and color your hair, this is the right time to use your eBay coupon code to get great deals on hair products.

The Amber Romance Hair Color

5 Fall Hair Colors-Amber Romance









This hair color is a perfect transition to fall for women who wore a dazzling shade of apricot hair color last summer. Amber romance has saffron-orange tinges that are suitable for golden-skinned women which can vary from honey color to vibrant copper hues.

The Winter Storm Hair Color

Stormy Gray

We used to think that grey hairs can make us older thus, we apply hair colors that will make us younger. This fall 2014, grey hair color is in for fashionable women who want to look attractive and different. This hair color calls to mind the stormy grey skies of winter and looks great in fair-skinned women. You can find high-quality hair products at eBay with the help of coupon code.  On you can find some inexpensive hair accessories to help with styling your hair.

The Juniper Breeze Hair Color

Juniper Color Hair


We usually associate Juniper hair color with fantasy movies where fairies, mermaids and mythical creatures were featured. This pastel greens and blues have a sprightly look brought by its delicate tints. It can be produced in two ways: with green as predominant tone to achieve spear green or light blue to create a baby blue hue. This brand new take on pastel hair color is perfectly suited for women with cool skin tones.


So, what are your waiting for? Indulge your fashion cravings by sporting the hottest hair color in town!


Author bio Emma Watson is a writer, a professional blogger, college English teacher. She is passionate about technology, fashion, beauty and everything about online shopping. She recommends using eBay 20 off code as a great way to save money on shopping!


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DIY Projects!

DIY Project: Do you have an old bed frame sitting around?  

DIY Bedframe BenchA while back I spotted a photo of a garden bench I fell in love with. The site had a ton of ideas, but I globbed onto only the one. I mainly liked it because it had that vintage shabby chic look that always gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside and it lets your imagination take you on a journey to a better place and time. At least for me it does. So I searched until I found a site with instructions and then as luck would have it, I also found someone local who was giving away a vintage maple queen size head and footboard. Did you catch the two main words? Giving away. Free. No charge. And I was first in line to take it!

Unfortunately, after explaining to my husband what I wanted and how we/he would build it, he talked me out of the queen size bed because, as he so annoyingly reminded me,  we had a twin bed frame in storage that could be used. I knew it wasn’t going to be the size I was hoping for, nor the look the queen would give me, but I had to go along with what he was willing to do.

That said; in spite of it ending up smaller than what I wanted, it is absolutely adorable and I do love it! The photo above was taken when it was almost complete. It now sports a white cushion with a bright red, orange and green floral design that I purchased at Walmart. If you think my new bench is cute, check out the benches on this site. They’re to die for!!  Oh and by the way; I explained to the woman who was giving the queen bed frame away what I had planned to do with it and she decided instead of getting rid of it, she would keep it and make a garden bench too! So in the end this project was a win-win.


This photo shows an awesome idea for a planter if you don’t have a lot of space, or soil to plant in. What’s great about it too is it can be scaled to whatever size you need. I think once the plants start growing, they will cover up the modern look if that isn’t your style. Instructions are not needed, as it’s a visual thing. So if you Cinder block planterhave cinder block sitting around instead of making a stereotypical bookcase, why not go for an easy outdoor planter? It looks as though the blocks are only stacked against the fence and not secured in any way. Anyway, in my famous last words it looks easy enough to build.


Patio color paletteI found this photo on a posting by Real Simple and chose it because of the colors. Whatever your color palette is this looks to be a simple and perfect way to bring them to the table, so to speak. Just find different elements (try the Goodwill or Salvation Army Thrift Stores or, check us out too) in the same color tones, add flowers, grapes or any object matching the colors. Set them on your patio table and voila!


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Decorating for Less

 I first ran this article in our newsletter from May of 2009. What’s awesome is I think the technique and designs are still relevant today. Make it your own and have fun with it!

Instant Art, Always in Bloom–

These DIY garden prints add a lot of charm for not a lot of money.

So, you’ve been eyeing (or eying-whichever you prefer) that set of framed botanical prints but just can’t swallow The Gerbera Daisythe price. Or perhaps you love plants, but 19th-century engravings clash with your style. We’ve discovered it’s surprisingly easy, and stylistically liberating, to produce stunning contemporary botanicals from your home computer. At left, a Gerbera daisy is transformed into a color graphic when copied as a transparency in a flatbed scanner.

Picture Perfect Blooms

To create your own botanical images, you’ll need a computer, flatbed scanner, and a willingness to experiment.

Begin by placing plants directly on the platen glass of your scanner. Plant juices will stain the underside Scanning the Imageof the scanner cover, so place a sheet of mounting board over the flowers before closing the cover. Don’t worry if you flatten the plants; part of the surprise is seeing them in two dimensions.

Dramatic Shapes

Overlap multiple flowers on the scanner or zoom in tightly for abstract effects.

HibiscusMost scanning software allows image adjustments. Play with the scan color, contrast, and brightness to create the most vibrant images. If your scanner includes a transparency adapter, you can shoot through translucent plants to reveal delicate veining and unseen detail.

Experiment With Greenery

Think outside the bloom.

Don’t limit yourself to only flowers. Greenery, such as ferns or plants scanned with the roots intact, Fernmakes for dramatic botanical studies.

Play With Patterns

Play around with different effects.Rose Petals

Create repeating patterns and color fields by scanning masses of flower petals or autumn leaves. A basic color scanner captured the velvet-like texture of these rose petals

Get in Close

Back it up.

TulipsYou can change the mood of your botanicals by using different backing boards. A black piece of card stock placed above this trio of tulips creates a striking background.

Frame your new prints.

Cut to Fit

Save your work by printing to a quality inkjet printer or writing to a disk for output Cut to Sizeat most photo finishers. The first step to displaying your work is centering the printed image in the glass provided in a frame. Trace around the glass, and cut the image with scissors. Install the trimmed image into the frame.

Bring the Garden Inside

Tips for Displaying Prints

Place your botanicals in a line on the wall or find a sunlit window where you can showcaseFramed Botanticals your favorites. Before you turn your flower scanner back into a document copier, remember to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning the platen glass.

By Rex Perry, Cottage Living

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Decorating Tips


A Look at Tablescapes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted decorating tips, so I thought while some of us may be into  spring cleaning it might be the perfect time to refresh your decorating style. I happened across Traditional Home’s (TH) web site and found that they’re spotlighting tablescapes by various designers. Perfect timing, I’d say.

Tablescape design
The tablescape to the left is from designer Gary McBournie’s home. TH says: The sculptural quality of the branches sets off this starry vignette. The lamp shade is just sitting on top of a clear vase and is obviously for effect only. How clever is that?

TH: An interplay of textures adds intrigue to a grouping of objects d’art.Tablescape Design 2
I personally do not care for the pinkish-tone lighting in this photograph, but the art work is intriguing and it shows you how a grouping of different types of art objects seem to work together.

TH: Fuchsia orchids pop against the neutrals of the picture hung above the Tablescape Designs 3table. This is an easy enough change to make in your home. You can add a ‘pop’ of color to any grouping to get an awesome effect. And most certainly the picture in the background wouldn’t have to be in black and white. Any muted color scheme would do.

You can find a lot of cute, inexpensive items in our Home Decor category that can help you to achieve similar looks to what are shown here.

To be continued with more Tablescapes in our next issue.


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Spring Fashion From the Runway


2014 Spring Fashion Trends-Pastels

Spring 2014 Trends Straight from the Runways

Pretty Pastels

A rainbow of soft springtime shades could be found throughout the collections. What makes the pastels so awesome? You can pick your most-flattering color and wear it with whatever silhouette flatters (and excites) you. From a minty-green board-shorts suit to a sexy-CEO lilac dress to sporty baby blue bombers, the sky’s the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get.

You’ll also find Boxy, Cropped Jackets this yearBoxy Jackets the hottest 2014 trend

Yes, your fall wardrobe-staple jacket will still serve you well in the spring, but think about adding one of these non-moto jackets to your layering arsenal. The boxy, cropped silhouette can come in a plethora of prints and textures to pair easily with a fit-and-flare or body-con dress, tailored trousers, office-ready skirts, and (of course) your go-to jeans.

Contrast-Collar Button-Downs

2014 Spring Fashion StylesThe crisp, menswear-inspired dress shirt enjoys a makeover with inventively cool, contrasting color and/or textured collars and cuffs. This elevated wardrobe essential is perfect for sneakily kicking up your work outfit.

Wide-Leg Trousers2014 Wide-Legged Fashion Trends

Easy to wear and ultra-chic, billowy wide-leg trousers made a huge showing on the spring runways. I know what you’re thinking…and, no, this trend isn’t just for six-foot-tall supermodels, I swear. Just look for a pair that’s leaner on the flare and higher-waisted to elongate your frame.

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Men’s Fashion and Sense of Style

Helix Vintage Look Sneakers

Men are not like women when it comes to fashion sense. They do not really go for the fashionable in as much as they prefer to have comfortable clothes that suit their personality and goals for the day. Women, on the other hand, must project beauty and grace with everything that they wear. Indeed, they can even sometimes sacrifice comfort in exchange for good looks. Men have no such burden. If it is comfortable and if it is socially acceptable, then it can be worn in public.

However, this does not imply that men lack a sense of fashion. This is, as a matter of fact, far from the truth. Men are just as fashionable as women; it is just that the difference is worlds apart. Generally, men can go out with minimum attire like tees, trousers, and the occasional hoodies. However, in select occasions, men can wear more fashionable attires. The idea with the fashion preference of men is primarily anchored on comfort Men's Dress Shirtand practicality: the fewer and lighter that one will wear, the fewer and lighter will be the laundry. Of course, this includes the minimal cost of the clothing.

Media has changed the way people think. This includes the fact that men are also influenced by the media with regards to the idea of fashion and style. Basically, most of the styles in a specific region of the world are affected by the media stars that they idolize. For instance, in South Korea, K-Pop groups have more radical western influenced formal attires that are also largely useable even in informal settings. The appearance of such attires has sparked a national frenzy dominated by young men trying to get hold of similar fashion styles.

In other parts of the Western hemisphere, the fashion sense is more simple and straightforward. Men in this part of the world are still thoughtful of the practicality in the style, as well as the inherent comfort that is expected in the things that we wear. That being said, sweaters have long been recognized as a typical part of men’s everyday style. Sweaters do look neat, and they give a great deal of comfort to the body given the cold climate that we are having.

While a few go after expensive attires, the greater majority prefer less expensive alternatives. Indeed, one can still be fashionable and timely without necessarily burning off his pockets. There are a lot of online stores which sell fashionable items for men. There are some shops that sell vintage goods which are coming back to the limelight, thanks to their comeback in the mainstream media.  

There is no doubt that men want to try these things themselves and be a part of the mainstream individuals. Fortunately, there are online shops which sell these goods and attires at extremely low prices. For instance, is rightfully named because the goods we sell are often times bought on the same day they are seen by our customers. Why? Basically, they really are both fashionable and extremely cheap. And if you don’t think they’re cheap enough, you can always take advantage of their “Name Your Price Sale”, and do just that!

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Let’s Talk Vintage Clothing

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Basically, vintage clothing, a term referring to old-fashioned clothing, can make one highly conspicuous in a crowd. With all the peeps wearing modern and ultramodern clothing, one would indeed be noticed if she wears 1960’s clothes. For many who prefer vintage clothes, it is a statement – an expression of both style and soul. For others, it is simply an effort to be unique and to be different.

But, there seems to be a popular misunderstanding or misconception with the meaning of the term vintage clothes. A lot of people are confused with vintage clothing and antique clothing. Well, is there really a difference between the two? There is a big difference, as a matter of fact. When we speak of vintage clothing we are talking about those which came to existence and became popular during the 1960s up to the 1980s. On the other hand, antique clothing is the popular clothing which came to being during the 1920s and earlier. Basically, we wear antique clothing during costume parties – we do not necessarily wear one in order to show affluence or to make fashion statement.

What are the things that you need to watch out for when buying vintage apparel? There are a lot of factors and considerations that must be thought of carefully prior to your buying spree. First of all, you must know where to buy the vintage goods. There are a lot of shops in malls that sell attractive vintage clothing. These are pretty irresistible shops because of their impressive displays. However, buying at malls may not be entirely a good idea; mainly because they’re more costly – significantly more costly than those which can be bought in smaller shops outside the malls. As a matter of fact, you will be able to get your vintage clothing and apparel at online vintage stores and you will be able to get handsome deals online.

You have to be fashion-conscious when buying vintage. Just because the item is vintage, doesn’t mean it will make the statement you want it to make. Take for example some of the clothing from the 1970’s. Polyester, elastic waist, pull up pants?  Yuck! The best way to wear vintage is to blend a vintage item with something from today’s fashion lineup. This is way easier to do than one might think.  Try this: Pair a vintage, cute top with your jeans and you’ll for sure be stylin’. But then, there are also plenty of dresses from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s that would still make a fashion statement if worn today.  Just have some fun with it!

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A Look at Jewelry

Fashion Necklace

Today, jewelry is still be a significant status symbol.  As a matter of fact, instead of subsiding, jewelry has become more important in the 21st century. Even with the presence of seemingly more luxurious items and gadgets, jewelry continues to be an undeniable symbol of wealth and power. And in particular Gold, as a matter of fact, is again being considered to displace and replace the dollar and other banknotes as the bloodline of global transactions.  Prior to 1971 when the Gold Standard was cast off by the government, our dollars could be traded in for gold through the Gold Reserve. Today, some say there isn’t more than 8,133 metric tons remaining in Fort Knox. Hardly enough to cover any of the dollars the government continues to print.

Getting back to jewelry. To have a more in depth understanding of the subject, we need to first take a close look at how gold jewelry is actually made. Basically, gold in its purest form cannot be made into jewelry. Why is that? Gold is very soft and therefore, it cannot maintain a fixed shape. To address this particular problem, other elements are added to the gold in order to make it a little harder.

We often speak of Karats when we want to buy jewelry and we are always asked, “How many Karats do you need?” Or, more commonly, “How many Karats can you afford?” Just what are Karats (with the symbol K)? A karat is not a unit of weight.  The word karat refers to the amount of gold in a particular item. Karats are measured in units of 24, where 24 karat gold is pure gold. 18 karat gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloys such as copper, nickel, silver or zinc. 14 karat gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy.  Most gold jewelry is made in 14K gold, or 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy.  The color variances of gold, such as white to rose are achieved by the alloys used to mix with the gold parts.

To make jewelry more affordable, gold plating came into the fashion jewelry market with the first being Gold Plate: This process uses a base metal such as steel or brass, which is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate will eventually wear off.

The next method is called Vermeil: (Pronounced: Vermay) This is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most vermeil is plated with 22K-24K gold, which is a good combination for those with allergies to normal, plated jewelry items.

Finally we have Gold-filled: These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal

Deep Green Quartz Necklace
Deep Green Quartz Necklace

(usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. Gold-filled is used sometimes for your top-of-the-line fashion jewelry. Usually made with 14k gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry and it is safe for most people with sensitive skin.

At, you may not always find gold jewelry in all its glory since as soon as anything is added that’s gold, it flies of the shelf, so to speak.  You will be able to find gold-tone and other metals, such as sterling silver and the newest metal to hit the floor running; stainless steel. And it all comes in every form, size and shape. Of course, gold is one of the most affordable and popular metals, whether in the gold color or in white gold. It is made even more radiant and luxurious and grand if the gold jewelry is made

Multifaceted CZ Ring
Multifaceted CZ Ring

with expensive gems, such as diamonds. If you are a jewelry lover, if you are a lover of precious stones, and if you want to get hold of some of most awesome pieces of jewelry at huge savings, Gone-Tomorrow an Online Thrift and Consignment Store is the place to visit.

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Home Decorating Ideas

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Decorating or redecorating your home is far from being a simple and easy task. It is a complicated challenge that requires deep thinking and a great deal of hard work. Basically, this entails a lot of research in order to know the best decoration styles that may fit our home. Of course, one cannot embark on a decoration adventure without the full understanding of what to do, which to decorate, and what amount to spend. In order to be successful in one’s home decorating goal, he or she must first be ready for it.

First of all, there should be a complete understanding that home decorating is not just about putting up decorations. Indeed, home decorating is way more than that. Basically, it is all about art – as a matter of fact, this is where a combination and a concoction of artistic ideas merged into a meaningful whole. In simplistic and concrete terms, home decorating involves matching designs, colors, textures, and even motifs. For instance, a golden framed mirror might not be suitable in a room where the motif is centered on native materials. Such an item might look grand and luxurious, but it is truly and largely out of place in a room mentioned in the example. Basically, if the motif or theme is native-material centered, then your items must be in harmony with your theme.

What if in your opinion your room does not have a theme? What if you like a more eclectic look where anything goes? Well, everything has a theme. Even the eclectic look of a little bit of everything is a theme.  Believe it or not, some spend a lot of money and try very hard to achieve the eclectic look, while making it seem like a haphazard design put together on a shoestring budget. As an example of one way to achieve an eclectic look; is to add flowers to a contemporary vase, set atop an antique entry table.  This can set the decorating tone for your entire house. Don’t stop at the vase: If you place large a mottled mirror, on the wall, the image of the flower arrangement will to dance off it,  and you’ll have created a picture-perfect scene.  You’re still not finished though: the inclusion of antique candle holders or decorative jars that may only look like antiques, will tie the entire eclectic scene together.

If you want to keep it simple, then opt for a balanced and light motif. Do not bring in heavily decorated Eclectic decorating ideasdisplays. Instead, buy light materials which are inexpensive and understated. You can make the look your own by adding color to a neutral tone room.  Throw pillows or a rug in a bold color against neutral tones will bring a room to life and very inexpensively.  Other ways to add colors or change the look of a room inexpensively is by adding things like a wall clock, photo frames, coat hooks, and shelves. Here at www. we sell many, inexpensive décor items to help you to add a different look to your room. Don’t forget too, what a little spray of paint can do for any item! You can visit one of the DIY sites to get ideas of how to repurpose.

A clear jar can be made to look like an antique aqua glass with the use of glass paint!! Or you can make a jar look like mercury glass by swirly mirror paint around inside. Again, check the DIY or Pinterest for all the ideas you need to change up something we have on our site.

Always keep in mind though that buying more decorations for your home does not necessarily mean a better decorated home. Having decorations that do not fit the motif will only make things worse for you and your home and your pocket.