Thursday, February 23, 2012

And you thought a sponge was just for cleaning.

In my kitchen junk drawer is a new package of sponges that are nearing "old age". For some reason I just never have gotten into the habit of using them, until now. This Old House mag always has a section, Home Solutions, and one that particularly caught my eye was... 10 Uses for sponges. we go.

1. Sprout Seeds
Embed flax, radish or other fast growing seeds in a damp sponge and place it under an inverted glass bowl in a sunny location. Once you notice seedling, transfer to soil.

2. Catch oil leaks.
Place a sponge on a plastic bag under any leaking piece of motorized equipment to absorb the oil until the item can be repaired.

3.Pad your grip
Make a shovel or rake more comfortable to hold by wrapping it with a flexibe sponge secured with rubber bands.

4.Cradle valuables for storage
Cut damp sponges into small squares and place between breakables. As they dry, they'll conform to the contours of whatever they surround.

5.Dry the inside of a vase.
Affix a small sponge to a ruler and use it to mop up moisture inside a narrow-neck container.

6.Save your soap.
Make a bar of soap last longer between uses by allowing it to dry out on a sponge next to the sink or shower.
7.Deodorize the refrigerator.
Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and set in a fridge drawer to absorb odor between cleanings.

8.Protect scratchable surfaces.
Adhere small sponge squares to the underside of vases, bottom of chair feet, or the back of picture frames so that they dont make scuff marks.

9.Loosen wallpaper.
In a pinch, soak a sponge in fabric softner diluted with hot water and wipe over wallpaper to break down the adhesive and make it easier to remove.

10.Keep water loving plants moist.
Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve.
Time to dig out those sponges and put them to work!

Vintage Inc.

I'm going to share a few pictures from my store, Vintage Inc., in Detroit Lakes, Mn.  The majority of the items you see have been sold and gone to a new home.  2012 will bring a full crop of new and interesting pieces.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I love white rooms; I don't have one, but I do love them. I think to have an all white room you need at least one of the following elements:
*Lots of natural light. *Architectural details.  *Interesting furniture. *A splash of color. *High ceilings *and a bit of bravery.

Here are a few of my favs.

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Floral Gift

When is a flower not a gift? Whether it is a single stem, a beautiful bouquet, or a card with a floral photo, it is a gift. My love of flowers came from my mother and watching her tend her garden. As her children left home, and she gained more time to herself, her flower garden grew to flower gardens and they were always tended to with love. It was never work for her to be out in them weeding, transplanting or hoeing the soil. A Gurneys or Burpee seed catalog arriving in the mail was a sign of spring being around the corner, and time to order new roots. Her peonies were fabulous; she had all the colors, pink, white & crimson. Iris were her other passion; she had many variety's and every fall she would dig and divide and pass the extra rhizomes on to her daughters, friends and neighbors. My flower beds today have many roots from her garden, and now I do the tending with love. Thanks Mom for passing your passion on to me.

Our daughter, son in law & Justin admiring freshly planted iris.

Granddaughter Avery celebrating the 4th of July.

Jessica, Justin, Avery and baby Liv.

 Hostas, shrubs & peonies.

Gracyn in the back yard.

Justin & Avery headed for the house.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Balance + order + harmony = symmetry.
All as it should be....... pure Perfection.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Laundry Room

  Today I'm paying homage to the laundry room. I have posted some rather pretty and well organized rooms, any of which would make the chore of doing laundry bearable, ....ok...enjoyable.