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Thank You Martha Stewart – Patio Inspiration

16 May

On the 13th, Martha Stewart’s Organizing Tip of the Day included some Bottle Beauty.

Bars and buffet tables must be adequately lighted, but they’re often located far from electrical outlets. An easy, inexpensive solution is to gather clear apothecary bottles and fill them with lamp oil and wicks. Arrange the bottles under a large hurricane for protection; we set these on a sturdy glass cake stand (make sure the bottles are evenly balanced on the stand).

This had me thinking about spending quality time on the patio this spring and summer.  Small details like this can certainly turn a nice night into an enchanting one.

First things first, enchantment can only be enhanced by a little bubbly.  The packaging adds something special.

Here are some dreamscapes – patio style.

Sources: Bottle Beauty; Veuve Clicquot Rose Vintage 2004; Outdoor living room; Couch swing; Santa Fe fireplace; Sun porch; Front porch


Thank You Martha Stewart – DIY Branch Decor

7 May

On 1 May, Martha had a clever Craft of the Day, using driftwood as a shelf.

It was rather timely since Nate cut down a tree in our backyard that was dying and invaded our neighbor’s roof.  The result is great, but also left us with some logs from the trunk that are screaming for a project.

Thank You Martha Stewart: Organizing Tip of the Day

13 Jun

Just when you thought Martha Stewart couldn’t give more…she does.  Did you know she provides an Organizing Tip of the Day on her website?  Now you do.  You’re welcome.

Today’s tip is AMAZING.  My awesome father-in-law, Padre, gave me a new bike that’s a bit more hardcore than my cruiser.  I really need a basket on it although it’s a “road” bike and tough according to the men in my life.  Perhaps this could be a better idea?  I’m thinking likely not, but it’s worth a shot.

Here’s what Martha says:

This mailbox turned bike basket is so charming, it practically deserves its own address. A standard aluminum letter box is lightweight, fits gracefully over the rear tire, and provides a generous amount of storage for the goods you pick up on spins around town. The door’s latch keeps it securely closed so your items won’t slide out, even if there are a few bumps in the road.

Mount this carrier, which fits a lot more than just letters, on a flat rear bike rack.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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