Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tips & Blooms!

First of all, a couple of tips!

As you probably know, I am working on creating a patio room these days. Well the chandelier that I spray painted holds candles. Now of course I want to use dripless candles, but as I was searching, I discovered they are quite a bit pricier. However, I stumbled across this wonderful tip that showed me how to make dripless candles.

All you need is your candles, some salt, water and a pan. Pour several inches of water in the pan and add 2 TBSP of salt. Soak the candles for a couple of hours and you are done. Now you have dripless candles!!

Now the next tip was one that I knew, but was reminded again in the new Country Home magazine. If you have an old dresser around that really isn't good for much anymore, keep the drawers. You can paint them, put casters on the bottom and then use them for storage for under a bed. You can also take it one step further by using velcro to fasten fabric over the top, that way whatever is inside will not get dusty. The picture below shows how this is used under a daybed on a porch, but it would be fabulous in any room!

Next I must give a shout out to my dh! He lovingly (ok, I had to coax him a little) put up this chandelier that my sister gave me and I've had for probably 2 years, over the sink. I just love the light that it gives off in the evening. It's so romantic!

How fabulous are these?? Of course the sparkle doesn't show up well on camera, but trust me they are amazing. I'm planning on redoing my mantle with a beachy seashell theme, so these will go perfectly.

Yesterday I went to the local farmer's market. Since this spring has been so cold, there was not much produce available, but I did pick up this beautiful bunch of peonies. They look so pretty on my table.

Lastly, I have added a couple more things to my Cottage Charm Giveaway. Be sure to check it out!


Gail McCormack said...

Hi Kelli
Thanks for the tips, it's always good to have extra storage and the dripless simple. Your chandelier looks gorgeous!! The shells will look fabulous, love the peonies in the enamel jug.

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a great post todays tips were.

I never heard about the dripless candle trick. So easy! I'll be doing that with all of my candles.

That chandelier is beautiful. What a great sister you have. Oh and let's not forget to acknowledge the wonderful husband for putting it up for you. Great guy!


Michele said...

Thank you SO much for posting these great tips!!! I'd heard of the one about putting drawers under the bed, but the dripless candle tip is awesome!!! Anyway to save some money nowadays is fabulous!

I also really love the aqua-blue pitcher with the pretty pink flowers. Love those two colors together!


Jenni B said...

I know, I'm a random person. But I love that chandelier! I've been wanting to get one for ages but haven't found a great spot for one. Thanks for the inspiration!

sea mystery said...


Thanks for the wonderful ideas on this post. I love the one on how to make dripless candles. Need to do that one soon. xxoo

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

You always have the BEST IDEAS! Using old drawers for storage are one of the keys to our success in our tiny home -- I never thought of covering them with fabric. What a fabulous and pretty idea! Much MUCH better and prettier than the plastic garbage bags I keep over them now.

Off to find my stash of velcro!