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  1. A Neighborhood Holiday Tea: The Decoration

    Decking the halls for the holidays is always more streamlined and efficient when there is a deadline involved. This year it was a neighborhood holiday tea that we Drake girls were hosting for our neighbors, family and friends. Now that the party is over, we are just sitting back and enjoying a relaxing holiday...
  2. Holiday Containers: BIGGER Impact, Even LOWER Cost and Still, LOTS of Gold Spray Paint

    One of sixteen containers, decked for the holidaysand all for $16.25 each! I received an “Anonymous” nasty-gram after posting Holiday Containers: BIG Impact, LOW Cost and LOTS of Gold Spray Paint, on November 28th. Something to the effect of: That’s not cheap, blah blah blah! (Only meaner.)Alright, Anonymous commenter: If you’re not going to be...
  3. mTip: Oversummering Holiday Evergreen Trees

    A Fraser Fir purchased LAST YEAR for holiday decoration,oversummered in our kitchen garden.This holiday season it is being reusedto create a festive entry to our greenhouse. Dont toss out those cute little ‘live’ evergreen trees when the holiday season comes to a close. Oversummer it and reuse it the next...
  4. Holiday Containers: BIG Impact, LOW Cost and LOTS of Gold Spray Paint

    Cost effective exterior holiday arrangement. This year, like most people, we’re watching every penny, especially during the holidays. This “non-recession” recession has fertilized (pun absolutely intended) my creativity and has impeled me to be more resourceful. Tough love. On this Monday after Thanksgiving I stand strong, a la Yul Brynner in The King...