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Top Tip! Ideas Worth Saving – Spice Jar For Sewing Seeds

Organize with what you have! In Lakeshore Ontario
Organize with what you have! In Lakeshore Ontario

The easiest way to sew tiny seeds like lettuce is to use a recycled spice or seasoning jar with a shaker top. Choose the size that works best and just shake along rows in the garden or pots for a balcony or patio. 

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Mum’s Lavender Scones – An Easy Recipe From Her Collection

 

Mum's Lavender Scones
Mum’s Lavender Scones

My mum liked scones and she always was able to remember the weights and measures for pancakes, Yorkshire puddings and scones. I don’t, so, fortunately, she scribbled them down. Here is one that I used last week and was asked for the recipe as they were described as “melt in your mouth”.

Makes about 16 large scones which toast up very nicely on the 2nd day and they can be frozen but in my house, they are gone pretty soon.

  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 1/3 cups of milk I use 2%
  • 2 tablespoons of edible lavender buds 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F OR 180 C
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Cut in butter or margarine. I use my KitchenAid on 2nd lowest setting adding the lavender
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs well then add milk and whisk again
  4. Now fold the egg & milk into the dry mix until the dough is moistened. Do not overwork.
  5. I use an ice cream scoop to measure dough out onto two parchment lined cookie sheets, approximately 8 scoops per tray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then turn over scones and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden on both sides. 
  7. Place on rack to cool and serve with jam

 

 

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Convert A Shoulder Bag to A Messenger Bag Easily

Style Organization in Windsor
Style Organization in Windsor Ontario

I love the style of messenger bags, hands-free and great for security especially when shopping and travelling but I did not want to buy any more purses/handbags. This practical black shoulder bag had a belt buckle that was usable and as I had a black belt that was not being used I added the belt to make a longer strap. now my shoulder bag has been converted to a messenger bag that I use daily.

If your bag only has a strap but has open metal hardware that links the strap to the bag you can still convert it using a long belt or two (if you don’t have one handy, hit the thrift shops) or use some tough woven strap. Simply sewing them around the hardware with really tough cotton.

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Updating Cold Weather Wear

 
A Pale Scarf to Update in Windsor Ontario
A Pink Scarf Will Update Your Winter Coat Now! 
If you only have one coat the easiest way to make it look different is with a scarf, gloves, and hat in this seasons colours or if you already have a big selection, just rotate them for a constant new look that will make you look current. 
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Using Monochromatic Colour Schemes

GORGEOUS BLUES

For my wardrobe, I really like using monochromatic colour schemes where you take one colour and use various paler and darker shades of the same colour then pair with a neutral such as black or white.  Here the earrings are the same colour. 

I do the same in my rooms too. For example, a monochromatic room in green may include different shades of green on upholstery fabric, walls, and curtains, the neutral may be a white ceiling and woodwork.

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Repurposing & Making it Useful – Earring Organizer.

My friend Kim who is super creative, stopped by and saw my “new” to me earring organizer and declared it “pure genius” and said that I had to post it so all could adapt. It was an old very tall CD stand in black that I spray painted gold but you could leave as is or paint any color you would like.

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Small Home Projects That Make Life Easier – Handbag Rack

Wall Mounted Handbag Storage
Wall Mounted Handbag Storage

In my last house we had several peg racks but in this house, we have a large closet and often smaller items are difficult to reach with all the overcoats for all of us plus guests. To make things easier I started hanging my handbag on the dining room doorknob, not really practical, so when out yard saleing on Saturday, I spotted this Shaker style 4 peg wall mounted wood rack that I thought would be perfectly placed under my shelf that holds my key dish and sundries. On Sunday after cleaning and polishing the rack, I drilled 3 holes in my plaster wall added 3 screw anchors and 3 screws and 20 minutes later it is up, holding my handbag and tote and anything else that I want to hang so it is ready to leave with me. Now that is what I call Style Organization!