I Spied


We haven’t played this game in a while!  OK, it’s not really game.  It’s more like show and tell…  or just me rambling.  But you keep showing up here, so you must not mind my rambles :)

Want to know what I’ve been noticing a lot of?  Organizational and cleaning tips!  I know, I’m weird.  But even so, when I find something that has the potential to make my life easier I pay attention because there are only so many hours in a day and at the end of the day I would like to have at least a few moments to read a book.  Or watch Sister Wives.

Here are some tips that have caught my little eye (get it?  “I spied with my little eye…”  Oh forget it.):

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What could I use a pour spot for? There must be something, I’ll think of it eventually.  The spout comes from the top of can of grated parmesan cheese.  Just cut it out and use with a mason jar.


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Now this is a problem I have, loose cords, and I was not referring to my brain although you could also make that argument. I can definitely use this tip to keep my cords tangle free.



You remember my glass etching adventures? Well… I have found another use for that jar of glass etching paste and this one makes me equally giddy. Not only do I love the idea of having spice jars all the same size and shape, I love the idea of having them marked so uniformly and chic. Can a spice cabinet be chic? I think so.

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I think this is a clever way to keep your bags closed tight!



Keep all 52 cards together in a dollar store soap box. Especially great tip if you are taking cards on a vacation.


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Clear out that important drawer-real-estate!  Go vertical!


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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m gonna!  It is really hard to get that last bit of candle wax out of a votive, or any other candle holder for that matter.  Just  shot of nonstick spray on the bottom will help it slide right out.

Jill from One Good thing has 2 methods for getting her cookie sheets, baking pans and other kitchen wares looking brand spanking new.  1) a mixture of baking soda and peroxide or 2) a natural solvent called Sol-U-Mel.  Definitely worth a shot!

There are some really great ideas out there, let me know if you have any to share!

It’s time again for that little game around here we like to call:

Spring is here, although you would never know it here in Northern California since it has been cold and raining and still feels like winter.  But hopefully the May showers will soon bring summer flowers so that’s what my eyes has been drawn to lately, FLOWERS:


Isn’t that just the dandiest little bouquet you ever saw?

I don’t know what these are called but they just scream SPRING to me.

Look closely and you’ll see that these are made out of Qtips!

Paper peonies? Yes please.

Ranunculus are one of my top 3 favorite flowers.

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I also love dahlias.

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Tiffany flower ring, nice!

If I had time I would make this.

Lovely hair accessory.

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I just love the tiny little blossoms on this cake, so beautiful.

There you have it, just a few of the blossomy goodness I’ve seen lately!!


Unlike some who turn it into a recreational sport, I don’t really enjoy shopping.  I do it because it’s necessary, not because I have so much fun doing it.  But there are a few items I cannot resist purchasing in ridiculous quantities.   Like lip gloss.  I am a sucker for lip gloss.  And books.  So many books, so little time.

One of my other temptations:

RINGS!!!  I have zero will power when it comes to rings!  And yes, those are all mine.  And no, that is not all of them, just some of my favorites.  And that scar on my wrist is from a blind dog named Booger.  And that is my perfectly manicured hand with gel-polished awesomeness.  More on that some other time.

Some of the above rings were gifts, my friends and family know how to get to my heart.  On my pinkie is my class ring.  Ahhhh, the memories.

So, here are a few more rings I’ve seen lately.  I’m trying really hard not to buy them.  Really, really hard.  It’s a losing battle.


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These lovelies are on Etsy. I need some more color in my life. They make me think of spring.

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So, I have a bunch of cherry wood from the orchard I grew up in. I think I need to find someone who can carve me a ring like this one from my precious cherry trunks.

This is so vintage looking. Drool.

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A crown?! On my hand?! If I wore a tiara on my finger maybe I wouldn’t get such weird looks from people when I wear my tiara on my head at the grocery store. I’m only sorta kidding.

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It’s just smart and economical to buy a ring like this. It would go with anything!  On a side note: look at the hair on those fingers!  Really, Miss Hand Model, you couldn’t get your fingers waxed?!  Or maybe it’s Mr. Hand Model??

Another vintage inspiration.


Another nod to crowns.

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Stacking rings are another favorite. Very chic.

And lastly this gorgeous ring from Stella and Dot. Sigh… my kryptonite I tell ya.

As you may have noticed throughout my site, I love crowns.  I like how vintage they are, I like how “Old World” they are and they make the “royal” in me smile.  Here are a few crowns I’ve spotted lately:

I have plans to make something similar to this. I just adore the size, the modern combined with vintage. It’s very me.

What a cute idea for little ones! This particular one is adjustable in the back so it will grow with them.

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This is a great way to incorporate a little royal in your garden or tabletop. I like the combo of metal and foliage, great texture and color.

I am doing this! Rhinestone crowns are pretty easy to find these days. Just super glue a little magnet and voila!

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I might need this.

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I can’t find these online but I want, I want, I want!!!

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