Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PVC Fascia Boards – Expansion

PVC Fascia Boards have many advantages over their traditional timber alternatives.

They are virtually maintenance free, they come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes and when correctly installed they will not split, warp, bow or crack. One feature that is present in all PVC Fascia Boards though is that they do expand and contract, according to the ambient temperature conditions.

This is actually a common occurrence amongst many plastic extruded products. Stand next to a low level gutter system just as the sun comes out and you will hear a definite clicking noise – this the noise of the guttering catching on the fascia brackets as it expands through them.

All professional installers are aware of this and make allowances for expansion and contraction by ensuring that the gutter is fitted precisely in line with the insertion marks that are marked on the fittings by the manufacturers. This allows the gutter to safely expand and contract along its length without fear of buckling or pulling out of the fittings in any way.

Whilst it stands to reason that PVC Fascia boards should react in the same way as PVC Guttering, not all fitters are aware of this fact. All board manufacturers recommend that an expansion gap is left between each joint and corner piece. The gap size may vary very slightly between manufacturers, but it usually 5mm per 5m board, meaning that there should be a gap of 10mm between two full length boards. This gap is never actually seen as it will be covered by a corner or joint trim. To ensure that the expansion gap is not compromised, the corner or joint trim should only ever be glued onto one board – the other board should be simply sealed with a silicon sealant which is flexible enough to allow the board to move.

Dark colours tend to expand slightly more than white fascia boards; this is the reason that more fixings are required on a wood grain fascia installation when compared to a white system.

PVC Fascia boards that are butted up tightly together with no provision for expansion will almost certainly buckle and warp in warmer temperatures.

This post was provided by PVC Cladding the leading supplier of specialist building plastics.

Hot Taps for Kitchens

Water is an essential part of life. In today’s society, accessing pure, odour-free water can often prove to be a tricky (and expensive) endeavour. Thankfully, there are a few alternatives to continually buying water bottle after water bottle – this is when kitchen hot taps come into play. As the name entails, hot taps provide hot filtered water at an affordable price. They come in many models, some of them offering chilled water.

What are hot Taps?

Hot taps prove to be the ideal solution for anyone wishing to incorporate clean, odour-free water in their daily life. Most often used in kitchens, they are also very popular in work environments. Kitchen hot taps are useful for cooking, cleaning as well as making hot drinks such as tea. The simpler models usually dispense hot water, while the more advanced ones are also known to provide chilled water and a wide array of other benefits.

Why buy a Hot Tap?

There are many reasons why a person should buy a hot tap for kitchen – not only does it provide a sense of security by dispensing clean and filtered water, it also facilitates the process of cooking as well as brewing hot beverages. Someone with a hot tap saves lots of time; after all, they merely have to press a button and hot, steaming water comes pouring out. Those thinking of buying a more advanced hot tap that offers chilled water as well as boiling water will also get the benefits of drinking fresh, tasteless water. UK families that do not drink from the taps and instead buy bottled waters usually enjoy this benefit the most.

Latest hot Taps

One of the latest hot taps comes in the form of the InSinkErator Hot Tap available from Water Coolers Direct. The latest can be purchased for only £312.50 on Water Coolers Direct. On top of being affordable, this kitchen hot tap is able to dispense water at a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to ensure the water tastes as clean as possible, the InSinkEratorHot Tap filters chlorine and any other causes that are behind the bad taste of regular UK tap water.

Advanced hot Taps

Also available from Water Coolers Direct is one of the most advanced kitchen hot taps includes the Zip HydroTap. Available for £2,815, the Zip HydroTap is one of the finest hot taps that can be found on the market today. Offering an unlimited supply of chilled or steaming water, this hot tap for kitchen is small enough to fit under any sink. It is also able to dispense up to 160 cups of boiling water and 125 cups of chilled water per hour. The Zip HydroTap is also available at Water Coolers Direct.

Not only are kitchen hot taps an absolute must have; they are also are an investment. The benefits they provide to people go beyond what most of them expect. Cooking with fresh, clean water is absolutely priceless, as is drinking odour and taste-free water. Hot taps prove to be useful to countless families all over the United Kingdom everyday.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bring Style Back To Your Bathroom

The bathroom is a vital part of your home and is considered to be a primary room along with the kitchen. Over time, tiles can become damaged, suites can start to discolour and the overall style may be out of date in a matter of years. So why don’t you think about transforming your bathroom? A new stylish bathroom can reinvigorate your whole home and increase the value of your property.

Picking a Colour

Colour schemes in most rooms can be easy to change with a lick of paint and few changes to accessories. However, in the bathroom this can be slightly more difficult as suites and tiles can be very expensive to replace. Choose a neutral colour such as white or cream as a base. If the majority of the fixtures and fittings are one colour then you will be able to add accessories of a different colour. These can later be interchanged if you need to update the look.

Brighten Your Mornings

Tiles are a great way to bring in light to the room as they will reflect the incoming sunlight and give a gleaming effect. You can choose to tile your bathroom from floor to ceiling or maybe only around the shower area to keep it water tight. Either way, there are many designs and sizes that can create a spa atmosphere. Large tiles are currently very popular due to their sleek appearance. However, you may wish to play it safe and stay traditional with small square tiles. These do not need to cost the earth and there are many stores which will have discounted tiles in stock. Lighting is also key as this can create a relaxing ambience. Adjustable lighting is ideal so that during the winter mornings you can wake yourself up in a bright bathroom, but yet unwind in a romantic setting in the evenings.

Make Life a Little Cleaner

The redesigning process isn’t all about how it looks. Obviously that is an important factor but you should consider the practicality too. A glass splashback can instantly transform your bathroom. It can add style and save you a lot of time with cleaning. Splashbacks are water and thermal resistant so can be placed anywhere in your bathroom. They are created to take any splashes of water so you don’t have to worry about constantly cleaning water marks. They just need a simple wipe down with a cloth once in a while so this will save you hours of cleaning time.

Don't Overdo It

Simplicity is key in a modern bathroom and it is important to remember not to go overboard. Too many accessories and knick-knacks around the place will make the area far harder to clean. Psychologically it will also have an effect when you walk into the room itself. You should feel relaxed and in a soothing environment, however if there are many colours and objects around this is far less likely to be the case. A bathroom should be a place to unwind and let go of the stresses of the day with a hot bath so keep this image in mind when you are choosing the design.

This post was written by Amy Bennett who has recently redecorated her dreary old bathroom. She ordered a beautiful made to order splashback in her favourite colour from UK Splashbacks. They not only delivered a great product but also a great service too.

A Peek: Our Kitchen Garden

With things as hectic as they've been lately, I've been truly cherishing my time in our garden.

{We created our garden with the help of my friend Danylo, owner of Organic Edible Gardens www.oegardens.com who we worked with to design & install the entire thing.}
 
 It's the first thing I do when I wake up (ok, after kids and putting out fires) and walking through it, weeding, snipping things here and there just makes me feel at peace. 

We found an old potting table and it's made planting, cutting and washing so much easier.  Having a place to stash everything has made such a difference and I now can't imagine the garden without it:



The garden's full of flowers right now, including limelight hydrangeas, echinacea and English roses.  I've been loving cutting them and bringing in fresh bouquets.

 
 
 The Asian cucumbers are possibly our favorite thing in the garden right now.  This one is over a foot and a half long and I even plucked it a little early!--

 
They're so good we can eat them plain!!

There's something about bringing things inside from the outside that I just can't get enough of.  We cook with herbs from the garden almost every night and have just been getting to enjoy the tomaters!!!


 
The boys fight over who gets to actually pick everything.  I'm looking forward to when all of the plants are producing fruit so "picking" is a little more peaceful ;)
 
Here's one of my favorite most recent meals from the garden:
 
 
Eating from our garden makes me so incredibly happy!!!  The boys love to help out and this weekend we put together our own little invention (which I'm sure has probably been invented before)- "pestodillas:"
 
 
Here's the Recipe:
 

-We took fresh baked whole wheat tortillas (whole foods' fresh baking, not ours ;) and layered them with pesto from the garden, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, garden tomatoes and a wheat tortilla with garlic butter on one side.  (Oh sooooo bad but so good!!! Will try without the garlic butter next time to be good ;) ;) 
-We microwaved them for a minute and were in love!!
 
I hope you get the chance to try it = Heaven.
 
 
Anyway, I'm off for another crazy day, but I hope you enjoyed this peek into our garden.  We're photographing our house next week and there's still so much that needs to be done...   Curtains & artwork need to go up (and be framed!!) , hardware needs to be installed, things need to be painted, bedding and pillows are being made, and we have a couple more small construction projects to finish up with.  So many things need to fall in place in order for next week to happen and I'm really feeling the pressure.  We're photographing it as early as we are because I want to have the photos happen when everything is in full bloom around here, which is now.  This morning I woke up sort of just wishing I could give up though. :/   (I think that's mostly because I'm tired & sick and it's Monday ;) ;) 

I think I need to take one more little walk through the garden this morning. 
Have a good one!!

For info on Organic Edible Gardens & their services, visit here. 


ps- If you missed my last post, our new distance decorating service - PARCEL- is finally available!!!  We've had an overwhelming response to the service (which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis) and I can't thank you all enough for spreading the word and for your support!! 
If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.  If you are interested in PARCEL please mention it in your inquiry.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vinyl Flooring from EveryFloorDirect

Vinyl flooring has been available as a flooring option for many years and a pretty good one at that. It can provide a highly cost effective solution for those looking for a stylish interior revamp at minimal costs. Vinyl flooring has been gaining immense popularity over the past few years which now holds a very significant place in home d├ęcor and can be seen in kitchens and bathrooms quite frequently. Appearing on hit shows like Channel 4's Sarah Beeny, Grand Designs & 60 Minute Makeover more and more people are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of it.

The durability and sturdiness of this type of floor has been among the few most important reasons why it has been used over and over again from DIYers, home owners and interior designers. It makes a practical choice where hygiene is concerned as spills, muck and dirt can be easily wiped or moped clean. Cushion flooring can also be a wise choice for those who have pets and children and any debris can be swept up instantly without any costly stain removable solutions which other floor coverings may need.

Many people who have installed sheet vinyl flooring in their homes have complemented on the fact that it is very comfortable to stand on especially when walking barefoot. Most vinyl's are backed by either a sturdy foam backing, felt or PVC. This greatly improves the durability and wear life too. The surface of the floors in question is water resistant and anti-bacterial unlike other flooring materials such as carpet. Carpet tends to harbor large amounts of bacteria or can get moldy and smelly over time.

We do however, recommend regular maintenance is undertaken such as mopping, cleaning and sweeping to ensure your vinyl floor remains in optimum appearance at all times. This will increase the life of your new floor by up to 33%.

Cheap vinyl flooring has advanced so much in the last 5 years within the flooring industry, as it has been made possible to have a number of different textures, a wide range of vibrant on trend colours and designs that can mirror and look identical to almost any traditional floor coverings, such as stone, marble, granite, brick, wood etc. Giving a realistic, natural and comfortable look and feel to your interior project.

Choosing vinyl floors is by far the easiest, most sensible and the most economical choice. It might cost a little more than carpets or any such traditional flooring alternatives initially but truth be told, in the long run, it is the most economical choice of all. Carpets require costly maintenance and even then they only have a short life as traffic, spills, stains and general wear and tear will soon scuff it back up for you to repeat the process of cleaning over again. Vinyl flooring on the other hand, requires the least amount of TLC and lasts a lot longer. You can clean off that ink you dropped from a vinyl surface, even after a week using merely a wet cloth, but there is no way you can get off the same stain of that ink from a carpet even after an hour it was dropped no matter which cleaning chemicals you use. Even if you manage to get it off somehow, the carpet will never look the same.

If you are looking for kitchen vinyl flooring or any sort of cushion floor please visit Every Floor Direct today. We always have huge cost saving discounts with up to 70% OFF from high street prices. Free samples & Free delivery are also available.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Apothecary Collection


I was so happy to see this teeny-tiny apothecary jar on eBay a few weeks ago. I was even happier when I was the lucky winner!


 
 

 
 I have several and really wanted this size.  I'd seen a similar one at the Portland Expo a few years ago.  They wanted $1500 for it.  Hmmmm.... just a little out of my price range!  :)
 
 
 
My parents collected apothecary jars and had an amazing collection.  That was until the 1971 Northridge earthquake when we were living in Northridge... I believe they lost hundreds of jars.  Luckily all of our family was safe, but it was horrible to see a room full of glass that morning!
 
A few years ago, I started collecting jars from eBay and at antique shows.  When my Mom passed away, I received her HUGE Dakota jar, which I cherish!
 
 
 
Look at the difference in size between these two! 
 
 I'm just amazed that these beauties have survived almost 100 years! 
 
I believe this little one that I just purchased was originally a "Salesman Sample" jar.  I guess it was easier to carry around this little one and take orders for the bigger ones.
 
I've seen collections of these at Disneyland and at Lagoon Amusement park here in Utah.  I love how fun and colorful the candy inside can be.
 
What is your favorite thing to collect?
 
 
Thanks for coming by!
 
Pam


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

parcel: design delivered to your door











par·cel
1. something wrapped up; package
2. a group of people or things having some common characteristic
3. an essential part of something
4. a package of bespoke designed goodness delivered to your door


...



I am so excited to announce parcel, our newest decorating service!!   Over the past couple of years, I've been unable to keep up with servicing both traditional clients and online clients, so I've had to put the whole online decorating thing on the shelf for a while.  We've had lots of requests to bring it back though, and we've been working really hard to try to rework our company so that we could, and  it's finally time!!

SO, we came up with parcel.  It's basically this:  design delivered to your door in a pretty little parcel.  It's everything you need to put the room of your dreams together, the way we do it. 


{a recent project}


 Instead of meeting traditionally, we communicate via emails and questionnaires and our clients receive a chic little parcel of essential step-by-step design plans in the mail that they can implement on their own.  We're starting parcel projects in just a few weeks and are taking on new clients right now for the Fall so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please let them know that they can sign up now!  If you'd like to sign up yourself, go to the contact section of our website (www.thepurestyle.com, which is switching over to laurenliess.com next week!)  and submit a project inquiry, mentioning that you're interested in parcel. I'd love to have you as a client!! 

Also, for any other decorators out there who've been considering offering online services, I can say that I really loved doing it in the past, and that creatively, it's very similar to taking on traditional clients, but that's it's so different (of course never actually seeing the client or home in person) in that it's really more time spent designing vs. communicating and meeting and managing projects.  I loved doing it- which is why I've brought it back- but for me personally, I also needed the flesh and blood relationship-building side that traditional  projects offer.   I'm hoping this will be the best of both worlds!!  I'll keep you posted!


ps- Would love to know what you all think of it!!  



If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.  If you're interested in becoming a parcel client, please mention that in your inquiry.  Thanks so much!

*images via pinterest and photo of our recent project by the talented Helen Norman

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall…

It is fair to say that, nowadays, the rudiments of the bathroom suite are pretty firmly set in stone. You have your bath, naturally, as well as the absolute essential that is the toilet. Throw in a shower and a basin, and you’re pretty much there, bar the other smaller complementary pieces such as taps and towel rails.

Another one of these required accessories is the humble mirror. Representing a solid, if usually unspectacular piece of glass, a mirror doesn’t usually inspire too much thinking beyond ‘will it reflect?!’ In recent times though, the mirror has undergone something of a design review, with this overhaul resulting in a number of mirrors that do not just set out to be a design piece in their own right but which feature additional attractive functions, too.

The first of these is the simple addition of lights. It sounds a bit trite, but a little illumination really does make all the difference. This is especially true as many designs now feature backlighting, some with an LED array. This leads to a variety of configurations that let your mirror make a truly eye-catching design statement. These LEDs – or fluorescent tubes, if used - will also serve to put money in your pocket and help the environment, as manufacturers now tend to use low voltage models. Of course, all of this is in addition to the more workaday benefit that a brightened mirror is a lot more useful to you with regards to its original reflective use.

The functionality angle is covered by a single word: ‘sensors’. Many mirror frames now are not just for decoration, with these little electrical pieces fitted unseen inside them. One of the main uses for these sensors is to flick on the lights. This also fits in with the above, as there is no chance you will leave the lights burning as they will be automatically switched off as you leave.

More excitingly, another type of sensor removes the main frustration when trying to use your mirror - namely, that it constantly steams up! Specialist demister pads are now fitted to some mirrors that constantly monitor and regulate the temperature of the glass. This ensures the condensation that comes from the steam does not form on the mirror’s surface, keeping it completely clear. Anyone who has ever tried to shave after a shower will realise this is definitely a bonus! It also precludes the need for daily cleaning, as there are no greasy finger marks left from people wiping and re-wiping the mirror itself.

In short then, as you have sourced contemporary, cutting edge bathroom furniture for your bathroom suite, why would you then team that with a plain, drab mirror? With so many fantastic options available to you, you are sure to be able to find one that suits you.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Southern Living Shoot Today!

Photo by Helen Norman

I'm off for the day to do a shoot at our client's dining room for Southern Living's November issue!  It's our first project featured by Southern Living and I'm so excited!!  Laurey Glenn will be photographing it and Susan Victoria is doing the styling.  I'll be posting behind the scenes stuff today on instagram so be sure to check it out!  Have a good one!


If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Big Changes at Lauren Liess & Co and for our Family

It's been almost a year now since my husband, David- Dave or Dav (at home ;)-  came to work full time for our design/ textiles business and it's been a whirlwind of a year.  We debated hardcore on whether he should make this move.  (Playing devil's advocate, doing worst case scenarios etc.)  We finally came to the conclusion that we'd always wonder "What if?" if we didn't give it a go.

{Us with our middle guy, Justin.  Photo by Helen Norman.}


So, putting all of our egg's in one figurative basket, Dave left his English teaching position and began working full time for our company. Last summer, I'd just given birth to our third son, Luke, (Our "Louie") so Dave & Meghan (our junior designer) were in the office more than I was actually, as I attempted maternity leave with three boys to take care of.  (Ha!)



Driving home from our beach vacation last July (pic above) we were browsing houses for sale online "for fun" and came across an affordable (and very intriguing!!) fixer-upper house a couple of towns away. The next day, we went to the open house and decided to make an offer.  We knew what we were doing looked crazy: Hey let's quit work and go buy a new house!!  We knew the best financial move would be to sit tight in our newly finished home we loved and wait to see how things worked out with both of us working for the company, but sometimes your gut pulls you in a different direction.

So, we moved to the house in September, immediately tearing out the floors and walls and adding new windows, and have been putting it back together over the past ten months.


Our oldest, Christian, started kindergarten this year and we hired an amazing nanny- who's now like part of our family- to take care of the boys during the day.  There are days when I just don't know how we're ever going to get everything we need to get done, done... and there are days when I look over at Dave as we're out doing something together for work and I think, "I can't believe we get to be together every day."

We're one of those annoying couples that's basically attached at the hip (it used to make our college friends roll their eyes...  maybe still does ;) and always wants to be together.

{college}


It feels like we get enough time.  We were only married a year before I was pregnant with our first "surprise" son so maybe it was that the newlywed phase was joined so quickly by our little guys.  Anyway, suffice it to say that I love being able to work with my husband.

In the past year, though, there have been some crazy times.  Most days, Dave & I do completely different things and don't really get to hang out until work's over.  We've pulled lots of all-nighters trying to get things done for our house or for work.  Designing this house has pretty much happened on borrowed time.  It happens on nights & weekends and when the contractors show up and need an immediate answer on something.  We've also seen our business grow, which is really exciting.  I'm thrilled that we're now a part of more & more projects being built from the ground up or project undergoing extensive renovations, which is a true passion of mine.  I love being a part of the architectural process and being able to help make choices that will make the house come together perfectly.



But as the business has grown, things have had to change.  A couple of years ago, we stopped offering consultations and online decorating, because I couldn't keep up with both consultations/ e-decorating and full-service projects.   I haven't been thrilled about that and I've always intended to hire more people to be able to bring these services back, but just haven't had the bandwidth to do it.  Lately, though, we've been doing a lot of thinking and reorganizing and are in the process of finally making the move and I'm so excited about it!!!

We're in the process of hiring a new business manager for Lauren Liess & Co and will then be hiring another junior designer in addition to Meghan.   We recently hired a part time assistant/ intern named Daniel, who helps with a lot of the literal heavy-lifting.  With these new additions to our team, we'll be looking at an office space to lease because we pretty much just won't fit in our home office.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that we've mulled over moving our office out of the house or keeping it in the home for years now.  I love being home and being near my boys (our youngest is only a little over a year) during the day so we're really trying to make this move carefully.  I plan on working both from home and from the new studio so it needs to be nearby.  We're also trying to figure out exactly what our needs for the studio will be:  do we want potential clients to be able to come and visit?  Do we want a space with a small showroom?  A store? etc.  I love the idea of clients being able to come into an environment we've created but I also want to be careful about this move too.  I don't want to take on too much financially, so we're thinking we'll move slowly.

{...But how amazing would something like this Liz Cann door be??!!  I've always wanted a black & white striped awning!!! :) }

Anyway, these are ideas we've played around with for years and will probably always be playing around with.  I'll keep you posted on our search and may be taking you studio shopping with me to get your input.   :)  And as soon as I can introduce our new team members to you, I will!!

Also, we've gotten lots of inquiries regarding our online decorating services and I'm working like crazy on trying to put together the packages we'll be offering. As soon as I have everything put together into some sort of intelligible format, I'll be sure to post about it and then we'll open up the list for new e-decorating clients.  I hope to be offering some sort of online or phone consultation services too for those who are looking for more of a general home consultation.

{an old project board from way back when...  our new online services will be similar but clients will actually be mailed a physical package of custom designed goodies.}

So, please keep your fingers crossed for us over this next month or so as we begin making all of these changes within our business!  It's not going to be the easiest transition but I really hope it's for the best!


If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

*****UPDATE******  Our fabric website is down for maintenance this week as we launch our brand new website, blog and online store so if you'd like to place any fabric orders this week, please visit our website www.thepurestyle.com and go to "contact" and let us know what you'd like to order.  Thanks for your patience!!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Butterfly Garden

When we moved to our new house, I was so happy to see an overgrown butterfly bush in the back yard!!  We'd had one at our first home and loved watching all of the gorgeous butterflies on the blooms.  It sits right on the edge of our kitchen garden:


We have butterflies of all colors & kinds and the perfect view of it from our living room window, where I planted a little lavender garden that they seem to love too.  



Here's one I took a blurry picture of this morning:

{Love her!!}

It feels almost like we're outside when we're inside and it just makes me so happy to have that little bit of beautiful life around the house.  In the evenings we take the boys around to visit the butterflies & it's so relaxing.

The butterfly bush also has such pretty blooms that I love to bring inside.  Here's a little arrangement I picked for our clients earlier this week in their new dining room:



And a little more of a peek into the finished dining room with my clients' new little monkey prints:


It's the little things that make life feel good.  As we try to get through this insanely busy time, I'm really trying to stop and take it in. Wish me luck with this, I need it right now!!!  And you too!!



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Monday, July 15, 2013

Homemade Fast Food

I've been making homemade baked french fries lately (a friend mentioned it and I wanted to try too!) and when I came across these little disposable french fry and hot dog & hamburger containers on sale at Target a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist.  I love putting food on the table in a way that gets our kids excited:


We did lean hot dogs (attempted wheat buns but still not the healthiest ;) and basil burgers with our fries.  


{The boys are used to patiently waiting for their food as their ridiculous mother takes pictures of the food= The life of a blogger's child}

We have so much basil in our garden this year so it goes in pretty much everything.  We put it into the lean beef before cooking & then I sprinkled more fresh boxwood basil (which I love because you don't have to chop) on top along with cheddar, fresh onions, tomatoes and spinach.  I used flat wheat bread to try to make it a little better but the cheddar on those bad boys is the real deal:



To make the fries, I cut potatoes into fry-sized pieces, coat an oven pan with olive oil spray, toss the fry pieces on the pan with a little more olive oil and top with sea salt.  Then I keep them in there (somewhere around 400 degrees)  until they start looking like fries:


Then I popped them into the fun little packages!  (But normally, they go on a plate or I cut up brown grocery bags to make little containers for the boys.)

Sometimes I add parsley or Old Bay or garlic.  (Yum!)


I'm off for the day but hope you enjoyed this little display of junk food from our house to yours!!   (It's better than McDonald's though, right??? ;) ;)
Have a great day!!



If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Great Time in the Garden and a Great Stuff Giveaway!


I absolutely love summer and working in the yard.

 
 We built this pond four summers ago.  The fish are getting huge and the plants are thriving.
 
Several birds are making their homes in my birdhouses.
 
There are three different birds checking out this house.  It looks like the one on the bottom right has already moved in!
 
 
 

There are several babies in this house.  The parent sitting here is very, very attentive and goes crazy if anything or anyone gets close.
 





I found this ladder last year for $2.  We built the flower boxes and added drippers for water.  The daylilies and coneflowers are some of my favorites.  The rose of Sharon to the right of the ladder hasn't started blooming yet.
 
 
What are your favorite flowers?
 
 
Now on to the giveaway!
 
The people at GREAT STUFFTM have offered to give FIVE of my readers three cans of their products. 
 
Each winner will receive one can of each of the following:
 
 
I've tried all three products and love them! 
 
It's easy to enter!
 
You must be a follower of my blog to enter.
In your comment, let me know how you would use the GREAT STUFFTM products! 
That's it!  Easy as can be!
 
 



 
 
I will be choosing the five winners using Random Number Generator on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  Be sure to leave an email address in your comments if yours doesn't automatically come through.
 Thank you to everyone who entered.  The winners have been notified by email.
 
Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam
 
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