Unique Kitchen Housewares – Designs You’ll Fall For

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Wanting something fresh and unique to spice up your housewares collection? Here are a few fabulously fun products I’ve discovered to make your kitchen truly and uniquely yours.

1. Book Plates from American Discount Tableware
2. The Cat Plum (Bowl) from Bernardaud
3. Electric Mavisluminare from Bonasera Ceramics Lighting Design
4. Ceramic Eco-Friendly Travel Mug from Yevgenia 

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A black collar book event.

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Reading is one of my favorite past times. However, it seems like I’m always struggling to find a way to keep my place in a book. I lose bookmarks left and right and I’m often folding the book jacket onto my page of choice or using an old fast food receipt I scrounge up from the floor board of my car. So when I stumbled across this adorable idea for a diy bow tie page marker, “brilliant” came to mind.
Not only are these “bookmarks” a snap to make, they’re also pretty as a picture. It’s also a great way to recycle any fabric scraps you may have that you weren’t quite sure what to do with. I like the idea of making up a handful of these and giving them as teacher gifts. Hop over to How About Orange for the instructions on making this simple, eco-friendly craft project.
In the meantime, I’m holding my place in Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. It’s the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series and also a teen novel. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy and paranormal fiction, so this series is right up my alley. Sometimes I have to dip into the teen fiction pool for something interesting while waiting for a new novel from one of my favorite “adult” fiction authors to come up with something new. Generally I find I am not disappointed.
So what’s currently on your reading list?

Winter Decorating with More than Just Winter Whites

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We’re expecting our first snow tomorrow night. Large, lovely white flakes. And typically, when you think of winter, you think of those winter whites and gray skies. But just because it’s dull and dreary on the outside, doesn’t mean it needs to be on the inside. Here are some  bright whites with punch and colors for flash – all perfect for giving your apartment a bit of pizazz this winter season! Handmade by artists around the world.

Skip the bin. Recycle paper into everyday objects instead.

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Tired of dumping newspaper, computer paper and magazines in the bin for someone else to recycle? Here are ten creative ways you can recycle paper at home in ways that can be re-used again and again.
1. Make gift bows from recycled magazine paper for birthday and Christmas gifts.
2. Create new paper from old for art projects and notes.
3. Make a newspaper basket for storing everyday items.
4. Sew a large fabric storage bin using cereal boxes for the base.
5. Mold decorative map bowls for unique home decor.
6. Create pots for your seedlings with old newspapers. Now’s the time for fall planting!
7. Give your knitting projects some pizazz by making handspun recycled newspaper yarn.
8. Make kitty litter that really works.
9. Use a discarded wine box and old corrugated cardboard to create a bug box.
10. Create handled gift bags with the daily news.