“Brown paper packages tied up with string….these are a few of my favorite things…”
Below are 15 things I am grateful for in 2015. In no set order, and for no particular reason, other than that they make me smile…
What makes you happy these days? Do share!
Good wine under $20:
A great bottle of vino need not be expensive. Pick up any of my personal favorites below next time you are at the store and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Salute’!
The simplicity of brown paper bags and fresh flowers:
There is something so fresh and sweet about flowers wrapped up in brown paper. Don’t you think?
Tiny Succulents from Trader Joe’s:
Not only are these babies less than $6, but they can be used in so many fun and clever ways.
Learning that I can use a spaghetti noodle to light candles:
Found this great tip online recently. So long expensive long lighters! A match book and a $1.99 packet of spaghetti noodles will last you for far longer than lighter fluid & are great for those deep, hard to reach wicks!
Not only do a love to drink wine, but I also love the aesthetic of old wine crates. And the uses for these wood containers are endless…places to hold your throw blankets, shelving, coffee tables…get clever with it my fellow winos!
Although most of the candles you can pick up at Anthropolgie are roughly $25-$30, if you utilize the candle for an entire month for a few hours each evening, you can justify the candle cost as a dollar a day for use. Or at least that what I do to help justify the purchase! Makes you feel a bit better, doesn’t it?
Mason jars are everywhere these days….drinking glasses, food preservers, flower vases, candle holders, etc. Get crafty and see how many ways you can utilize these low costs glass jars – I bet you’ll surprise yourself with the amount of uses you find!
I can’t say enough about the power of organization. Clutter creates chaos...clean up your countertop and make cooking more relaxing. Everything should have it’s place and be easily accessible – functionality is key, however have some fun with your style and create some visual impact in your kitchen where you can.
These things are dynamite. My favorite domestic secret weapon as of late. I have yet to find something they can’t do! For a few bucks at your local grocery store you can clean your pots and pans, your shoes, your walls, your shower tile….spaces or things you thought were ruined can be salvaged simply by taking one of these puppies to them.
Unconventional Napkin Rings:
As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, I post quite a bit about table settings…I love to mix up the ambiance for guests in my home from visit to visit. And typical metal or wood napkin rings can be so pricey! So create variety between parties and find things that you can re-purpose to wrap your napkins in that aren’t costly and add to the decadence of your table. Old ribbon or string, herbs, leaves or flowers from your garden…have some fun with it!
Black & White Photography:
I love punches of bright color in any home, but sometimes too much of a good thing, well, isn’t that good. If you already have an abundance of fun and flirty color schemes throughout your home, explore the beauty of subtle prints and b/w photography.
Ok, so I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I LOVE chalkboard paint/chalkboards. There is something so authentic and genuine about the look of chalk hand writing. It adds a warmth and a personality to your space. From menu writing, to notes between friends, to wine or food labels…you can create a look and tone/voice that is uniquely you.
Defeating stains with club soda:
As a self proclaimed wino, I have had more than my fair share of red wine oopsies over the years. Always have a bottle of unopened club soda in your home. Before you do anything else once a stain has been made, grab the bottle, pour a healthy amount of the bubbly stuff over the spill, and continue to blot until the stain is removed. I promise this really works and is much cheaper than most house hold stain removers to buy!
There is nothing craftier than finding “crafty” ways to hold your tools of creativity. Right? Bring your cleverness to the storage of your art supplies by utilizing things you already have, and/or things that can be re-purposed in perhaps an even more useful way. I love the food/drink tin idea below I found online, as I rarely use the tin I have for entertaining but I do use craft supplies almost daily! Sometimes, it really is functionality before form.
Large Matting & Small Photos:
I love matting and the way it can change the way you showcase art throughout your home or office spaces. Sometimes that matting can be more impactful than the picture frames or imagery themselves!
Practical Tip of The Day:
Write down 15 things you are grateful for. Go ahead…write ’em down.
Re-read your list often and remind yourself of things that make you happy in life. I promise you will smile more when you take time to reflect on the good versus the hard things in life.