I love to make decorative paper mache bowls from newspaper and use tissue paper as the top layers. I know that a lot of people turn this paper mache process into a big and involved project by making paper mache pulp in their blenders. My motto is keep it simple and my results have been very satisfying.
Delight with a Display: When space is tight, use a bookshelf or a tiered table for display and storage. Use the top shelf for a glass jar that can hold everything from marbles to seashells to Herbal Potpourri in a living room, or bath salts and guest soaps in the bathroom. Then store remote controls, magazines, hand towels, washcloths or other necessities neatly on the lower shelves. In one fell swoop you’ve corralled the clutter and created a charming display.
For your main course, there are the staples like a Thanksgiving dinner theme. Serve the turkey with all the trimmings or try roast chicken or Cornish hen with cranberry garnish. For more hearty fare, there’s prime rib. Or be creative and try a game bird like quail or pheasant. And you can even “spice” up the wedding cake by choosing carrot, pumpkin-flavored or spice cake. If it’s got to be chocolate, added seasonings will give it an extra flair.
Many locations hit the spot just right for an autumn wedding: a country inn, an old church, a vineyard, a local park and that’s just to name a few! Is there a friend or family member whose big backyard has lots of trees? Remember, it’s not the setting itself. It’s the spirit you bring to the setting that makes your fall wedding so memorable you’ll want to capture it both in pictures and in word.
If you have a shelf or window sill that is not in use, take your toys and set them on it so that they look look good. You might want to consider placing them on a Herbal Potpourri colored piece of paper to accent them. If you use toys blocks, stack them no higher than three rows.
When selecting a contractor for a home renovation, be sure to find someone you trust. Perform interviews as if you were hiring a personal assistant. You will have to let this contractor into your home and work with them on a daily basis. It’s better to select one you trust from the beginning than to face personality clashes later.
While we’re on the subject of fragrance, I always change the fragrances I use in my home with the seasons. I tend to gravitate to spicy, woodsy or fruity home fragrances in the winter like cinnamon or apple. For a quick change, I refresh my living room every spring and summer by switching to floral scented candles, potpourri and other air fresheners. When I change the fragrance to lavender, lilac or honeysuckle, it refreshes and totally changes the mood in the room.