Below is an article that I read in Saturday’s National Post. It is something that I have been advising clients, that tastes have and will change constantly. Our children and grandchildren no longer want the things we have collected except for fine art and classic cars which have actually escalated in value. The hardest hit being china, glassware, and antique wooden furniture — known as brown furniture, have all suffered severe price drops and is now easily available at a fraction of its original price. There is now only a smaller group who collect for the love of vintage. It is often the green upcycler, the frugal, and the stylish, looking for something solid, unique, and in keeping with the times, purchase an item to re-imagine, upcycle or paint into something modern looking like the current fave, Scandi.
Forgive me for not replying to any of the unsolicited e-mails and the follow-ups that I receive on a daily basis. All of you who cold email should know that my spam box is forever full and the ones that do make it to my inbox tell me the same thing that nobody can find my website (really) and with the right SEO I can be no 1!
While it is not my intention to be rude I truly do not wish to respond to the 20 plus that arrives on a daily basis. I simply do not have the time. So enjoy the Veronicas!
You learn something new every day and I found this interesting. Panko is Japanese-style crustless bread that is baked by electrocution in an oven that is cool to the touch or perhaps better explained by an electric current passing through the dough. Once cooked the texture is much crisper and airier and it actually resists absorbing grease and oils when fried giving your breadcrumbed food a much lighter taste.
Actually, it is a glass paperweight in the shape of a diamond solitaire and it reminds me of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” although that was a mountain, good story though.
These natural and effective products work well doing the following, are kind to the skin and environment while still being easy on the pocketbook:
Baking soda deodorizes, scrubs without scratching, softens hard water, removes stains and when mixed with vinegar effectively cleans drains. Vinegar is a mild acid which disinfects most surfaces, and unclogs things like shower heads. It will also clean mould and mildew. Liquid castile soap is good for any type of cleaning where you need soap. Salt is good for rinsing your throat if sore, (do not swallow) and for setting colours especially deep pink, reds and deep blues prior to washing. Salt can be used to clean grubby cutting boards, just rub in with some real lemon, let sit for a few minutes and then rinse with very hot water and air dry.