How to Polish Silver

A few months ago, my mother-in-law gave us an old silverware set she had found while cleaning out her home. She called to ask if we wanted it and while I’ve never thought about having true silverware, it was a complete set. Why pass it up?

The set had belonged to my husband’s grandmother. Undoubtedly from a time when silver and china were staples to every wedding registry. Today, that’s not something brides and grooms prioritize for their wedding gifts. Everyday dishes and flatware? Of course. But quality, expensive dishware is rarely a priority. We were fortunate to get this beautiful William Rogers and Sons King Edward Silverplated set, which after some research, we found was made between 1936-1951 and was a very popular style of the time.

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2017 – The Year of “Finish It”

As I embark on my new beginning, I’ve realized that I’m bringing with me quite a few unfinished projects along with me. These unfinished projects have been weighing me down for years. Literally, years. Therefore, 2017 is the year of finishing them. Said in the Mortal Kombat voice. FINISH HIM!

Normally, I would start the year with my good friend V over at Scribbles & Bits with #JustStashJanuary. However, I’m making this a Just Stash Year. That’s right. This year, I’m emptying the tank.

I went through my craft supplies and box of “Some Day Projects” (do you remember that from the Craft Purge of 2015?) to make a list. There’s a mix of projects for me and projects for my Etsy shop, so if you like what you see, you may be able to buy it! #Winning (isn’t that also from 2015?)

Here’s where I’m starting:

  1. Halloween Haunted House Cross Stitch Pillow
  2. Christmas Advent Cross Stitch Pillow
  3. Photos Organization
  4. Green, Black and White Striped Scarf
  5. Twine Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments
  6. Patriotic Santa Cross Stitch
  7. Christmas Snow Flake Hand Towels
  8. Cooking Santa Cross Stitch
  9. Christmas Recipe Book
  10. World Postcards Cross Stitch
  11. Mail Center
  12. Fabric Panel Books
  13. Ho Ho Ho Stitch Cards
  14. Red Snowflake Stitch Cards
  15. Old Sweater Hand Warmers

I’m sure I have more laying around here waiting to be made…

A lot of cross stitching in there to0! I’m looking forward to getting through these projects to make room for oodles of other techniques I’d like to try. It’ll be hard to put new ideas on the back burner, but I’ll be really happy when my desk is clear!

Stay tuned for all the fun and check out #ProjectFinishIt2017 on Instagram to see live updates! 

Put Together the Perfect Guest Basket

Every year, millions of people travel to the homes of family and friends for the holidays. While guests are just happy to be in the comforting presence of those close to them, there’s always a little more you can do to make your guests feel at home.
Put together a small guest basket of items your guest may need whether because they forget it or feel a little awkward asking for it, especially if it’s needed in the middle of the night, like water or a snack. It’s as easy as raiding the samples aisle of your local drug store or Target. For a mere $10-15 you can make your guests feel right at home.

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Honestly, You Don’t Need That Stuff

In preparing for my move from Arizona to California, I became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items I owned.  My closet was packed with clothing, shoes and bags.  I couldn’t keep my jewelry contained to one organization system.  I had craft supplies everywhere – literally, everywhere: my craft storage cubes, the storage closet, my bedroom closet, my nightstand, in a bin next to my couch – everywhere.

Now, that’s not to say I wasn’t organized.  I could find everything I wanted in a snap.  Crafts were in nicely labeled bins. My clothes were hung via the visible spectrum. Jewelry was grouped together by type and style.

However, simply being clean and organized wasn’t sufficient anymore.  I had to face the fact that I had too much stuff.

Thus began the Great Purge of 2015.  I call it that, but to be honest, it wasn’t monumental.  I didn’t put all of my stuff on Craiglist and start fresh like I was joining the Peace Corps or something.  Nor did I touch my two very full bookcases of books {psh, why would I do that?!}  Instead, I took a very practical approach to significantly reducing my items.  Here’s how.
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