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Kindness in an Envelope

The world can always use a little more kindness. A smile, a thoughtful word, or a simple gesture spreads good cheer. “A good handwritten letter is a creative act, and not just because it is a visual and tactile pleasure. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a […]

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10 easy tips for seating guests at a dinner party

Are you reluctant to hold a dinner party, whether formal or very casual? Don’t be reluctant — here’s a few simple tips for seating guests that will help you as a host/hostess and will also have your guests feeling relaxed and welcome. I love dinner parties because it’s a great way to get to know […]

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Knitting: How I Learned …

Recently on Flickr, where I share the occasional photo, a lovely acquaintance of mine, Sherry Galey, asked me the question, “How would you recommend a novice start off? I do know the basic stitch but that’s it!” I was going to send Sherry a private email but then I thought this might be something more […]

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Tip Time: What to do with Coffee Grounds

The TIPS: Sprinkle coffee grounds around plants to deter slugs and snails. Coffee grounds are an ideal and economical soil amendment.  The grounds act as a slow release fertilizer with some of the nutrients available immediately and other nutrients available over a period of time. Earthworms love coffee grounds so they further condition the soil. Apparently cats don’t like […]

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Host-Hostess Gift Etiquette

{NOTE: In this particular blog post, the photos included are not my own, with the exception of just one. I have given credit for each of the sources.} It’s the time of year when we begin receiving more invitations to dinner parties, cocktail parties, and open houses. No matter how well we know the person/couple […]

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As promised …

As promised in yesterday’s post, I am finally including some recipes for  you.  Let’s get started. Those who wanted the recipe for my Homemade Softening Salts (for bath or foot soak), simply click on that link. Make them for yourself or be a hit and give them as hostess gifts! This is so easy to […]

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