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Fun Retro Kitchens

May 31, 2015

It would be fun to have a kitchen design like one of these!  The retro turquoise color is just so fun =).  You can also find lots of products for your retro kitchen here.  http://www.retroplanet.com/CTGY/KitchenProject1

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Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Winter House Sterling Silver Pendant

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Growing Clematis

May 14, 2015

If you’re a beginning gardener, then growing clematis is for you.  It is extremely easy to be successful for this climbing “queen” of plants.  There are many types of clematis available including:  Henryi, General Sikorski, Jackmanii and Comtesse de Bouchard.  Many local garden stores and big box stores offer these and many more varieties!

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Clematis vines can grow to be 10-12 feet in length, so you will need to take this into consideration when choosing a spot to grow one.  Ideally, you will have a partially sunny spot to grow your  new vine.  Sometimes clematis can take 1-2 years to start blooming, so you will want to buy a plant in a gallon container to make sure you get an established plant.

Clematis vines are happiest when they have something to grow on like a small trellis or arbor.  Because these leaf stems are minimal in size, anything that’s more than about 1/2 inch wide is too wide for the leaf stem grab. The easiest things for a clematis to grab onto, are twine, fishing line, wire, thin branches, wooden dowels or steel rods. The more grabbing opportunities you offer, the better!

 

The President Clematis

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Broken China Jewelry Double Purple Pansy Pansies Medium Heart Sterling Pendant

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“The cutest thing ever.” ~ Sally

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Windsor Castle

January 17, 2015

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. This Royal Residence is located in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. This Royal home and fortress was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. The castle has been used by monarchs since the time of Henry I with a rich history spanning 1000 years. The Castle is large with an area covering 1 hectares (13 acres) and contains magnificent state apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, St George’s Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs), Queen Mary’s Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature and the Drawings Gallery featuring an exhibition.

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The original castle was designed to protect Norman dominance around the outskirts of London and to oversee a strategically important part of the River Thames, Windsor Castle was built as a “motte and bailey” with three wards surrounding a central mound. A fire in 1992 prompted the reconstruction work involving a sequence of phased building projects which resulted in the present day castle. It is in essence a combination of Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval structure with Gothic features reinvented in a modern style. Sir William Whitfield has pointed to Windsor Castle’s architecture as having “a certain fictive quality” with the Picturesque and Gothic design generating a sense of theatrical performance.

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All throughout history the castle has been favored by monarchs using it for various uses. To date The Queen the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as a Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties. Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month (March to April) and this is known as the Easter Court. During these period The Queen hosts occasional dine and sleeps events for guests including politicians and public figures. Her Majesty is also in residence for a week in June when she attends the service of the Order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot race meeting.

New Knights of the Garter are invested by Her Majesty in the Garter Throne Room and on the walls are portraits of monarchs in their Garter Robes starting from George I to the present Queen whose portrait was done by Sir James Gunn in 1954.

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Windsor Castle is often used by Her Majesty to host State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. The traditional State Banquet is held in St. George’s Hall with a table seating of up to 160 guests. The St. George’s Chapel is a Royal Peculiar where it is not subject to a bishop or archbishop but owes allegiance directly to the Sovereign. It remains an active center for worship with daily services open to all.

Various Royal weddings and funerals have been celebrated in St. George’s Chapel and various departments of the Royal Household are based at Windsor Castle.  The Royal Archives and the Royal Photograph Collection are housed in the ancient Round Tower. The Print Room and Royal Library house precious prints, manuscripts, books and drawings.

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Windsor Castle is also a very busy visitor attraction with many parts of the Castle open to the public including the precincts, the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s famous dolls’ house, St. George’s Chapel and the Albert Memorial Chapel. It would be a good time to visit when the Queen is in official residence for the change of the Guard provides quite a colorful spectacle.

Broken China Jewelry Old Country Roses Circle Pin Brooch

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Beautiful Psalms

January 15, 2015

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Inspirational Stained Glass

January 9, 2015

The Obscure Beginnings of Stained Glass

Many histories of stained glass begin with Pliny’s tale of the accidental discovery of glass by Phoenician sailors. The legend recounts shipwrecked sailors who set their cooking pots on blocks of natron (soda) from their cargo then built a fire under it on the beach. In the morning, the fire’s heat had melted the sand and soda mixture. The resultant mass had cooled and hardened into glass. Today, though, it is thought that Pliny — though energetic in collecting material — was not very scientifically reliable. It is more likely that Egyptian or Mesopotamian potters accidentally discovered glass when firing their vessels. The earliest known manmade glass is in the form of Egyptian beads from between 2750 and 2625 BC. Artisans made these beads by winding a thin string of molten glass around a removable clay core. This glass is opaque and very precious.

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Broken China Jewelry Grimwades Summertime Chintz Pink Rose Yellow Flower Sterling Bracelet

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Stunning Amaryllis

December 5, 2014

Amaryllis flowers are great to have around the house during the holidays!   Visit this link for the ultimate guide to growing them.

http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-amaryllis-bulbs.html

 

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Broken China Jewelry Royal Albert Lady Carlyle Pink Rose Close Up Flowers Circle Sterling Pendant

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Cider Bar for Entertaining

November 24, 2014

A great way to entertain for the holidays is to have a cider bar for everyone to enjoy.

Use a medium sized pumpkin, scraping the sides well and removing all the seeds and pulp before filling it with apple cider. Make apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish and serve in eclectic glasses like mason jars!

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Pumpkin Punch Bowl

Here is a simple way to make your own apple cider.

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Homemade Apple Cider

Known in the U.S. and Canada as “sweet cider” because it’s not fermented like its “hard” cousin, this quintessential cool-weather sipper differs from standard grocery-store apple juice; the fresh crushed pulp and skins give it a unique tartness and an added texture. Relatively easy to make at home, this unfermented cider is the perfect way to squeeze out all the advantages of fresh fruit from markets and local orchards this season. Here’s our step-by-step guide to homemade apple cider.

You’ll need: 4 pounds of apples (makes one liter)

Tools

Apple corer
Sharp knife
Blender or food processor
Cheesecloth
Saucepan
Thermometer
1-liter glass jar with lid

 

 

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Thoroughly wash apples. Core and cut into wedges, discarding any rotten or damaged parts.
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Puree apples in batches until they resemble a fine pulp. Let crushed fruit rest together for 30 minutes.

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Place pulp in a triple layer of cheesecloth and twist, squeezing the juice into a saucepan. Continue to squeeze and twist until all the juice is extracted.

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Pasteurize by briefly heating to 160 degrees. Be sure not to over-cook—you don’t want to melt away any of that fresh-pressed flavor.

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Return cider to a clean glass jar and cover. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve hot or cold. Makes about one liter of cider.

 

Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Christmas Tree Winter Church Sterling Pendant

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Hammock for One, Please.

July 11, 2014

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Pretty Pergolas

June 20, 2014

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“strikingly beautiful” ~ Peg

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Dark and Cozy Bedrooms

June 6, 2014

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“Excellent piece! I know my wife will love it!” ~ Zach

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