At this very moment, I can count at least 10 cans of spray paint in various colors within arms reach. Once I start using the stuff, it really gets addictive. So after I created the simple, recycled centerpiece for my dining table, I was inspired to use spray paint to make over another reclaimed material that I’ve worked with once before: toilet paper rolls. This time, I decided to use them to create napkin rings for the table.
What you’ll need:
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- 1-2 empty toilet paper rolls
- Embellishments (like wooden or foam flowers or butterflies)
I always have the best intentions when it comes to setting my table. I will pin photos of lavish table settings on Pinterest, and promise myself that for the next holiday, I’ll make my table look just like them — or better. Needless to say, it usually doesn’t work out that way. After spending all day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving or Christmas or whatever, the last thing I’m interested in doing in making the table look great. Jennifer Nelson of Home Sweet understands that, and she has created a product that will let you give your table a little something extra without all the fuss. :: READ THE FULL POST
I am a very big proponent of using real dishes all the time — even on occasions when you have to serve a lot of people. But if there was ever a time to pull out and use your “good dishes”, it’s during the holidays. And as it turns out, good dishes also make a pretty sweet gift.
Baked in the Balkans Dinnerware is a collection of tableware imported from Eastern Europe. Why import? Well, in the Balkans, pottery is still hand-produced via traditional methods: On wheels, glazed with salt and enhanced with watercolor paints. These pieces are free of toxic paints, dyes, artificial glazes and anything else you wouldn’t want touching your food. :: READ THE FULL POST
Every summer, we have a full house. My stepsons will spend the next few months with us, and whenever they’re here, it becomes painfully obvious to me that we don’t own enough plates and silverware to accommodate all of us at meal time. Unable to find a dinnerware set I liked at my favorite thrift stores, I recently started looking for more affordable options that would hopefully also be durable. I stumbled on these bamboo plates at CB2, and I knew I’d found what I was looking for. :: READ THE FULL POST
Don’t these plates make you want to sit outside with a pitcher of lemonade? Most affordable, patterned plates are made of melamine, which can potentially leach toxins if it is heated. In other words, you’re safe as long as you don’t put them in the microwave, but why take the chance, right? These babies are made of renewable bamboo, so that makes them an instant win in my book.
Between the fun shape, colorful patterns and the great price, I’m tempted to “let” my husband barbecue every day so we can have an excuse to eat outside. Or at the very least, they’d make a festive, reusable addition to my daughter’s end-of-summer birthday party. :: READ THE FULL POST