Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~Good Things for November~

picture from marthastewart.com


Once again the Good Things for November kept its promise of delivering ideas, tips and inspiration for everyday living.




Another round of good things is here.  Upon reflection, November was a fun and busy month for me as it included a Thanksgiving feast, several long distance trips and some quality time spent with several "far away" friends.  Next up...December!  More holidays and even more fun. 


Note:  For specific how-to directions and an in-depth look at the Good Things ideas please refer to marthastewart.com or the November 2011 Good Things section. 

Corn-Husk Wreath How-To
You can find husks in the international section of the grocery store, where tamale ingredients are sold. To avoid staining your hands, wear rubber gloves.

Tools and Materials


Husk Wreath How-To

  1. In a large bowl, prepare a dye bath with a ratio of 2 teaspoons of dye to each cup of warm water.
  2. Working in small batches, soak husks until they reach desired color. (You may need to swish the liquid around to dye the husks evenly.)
  3. Remove husks, and lay them flat on paper towels or kraft paper; let dry slightly.
  4. While husks are still damp and pliable, begin making the wreath. Tear husks in half lengthwise along their natural striation. Working in rows and overlapping as you go, loop each husk and anchor its ends to the wreath with a U pin. Continue until the form is covered.
  5. Hang from a loop of ribbon.




 I have an affinity for wreath making.  Once I spotted this corn husk wreath in the magazine, I set out to make one of my own.  For awhile it hung on our front door but it now frames our garden entrance.



Caddies Stack

A few days ago I purchased this caddy for $2.99 at a thrift store. I love good deals!  This caddy (bottom center) is probably designed for a different location, however, it serves as a wonderful storage solution for our small bathroom.  Plus, the handmade soaps and bubble bath are displayed in plain sight acting as a reminder for tub-time.




Hold the Door!

In the magazine a weighted gourd is used as a door stopper.  In my house the gourd door stopper would be used as a pinata.   So, I will come back to this idea once the kids are older.  For the past few years I have been growing gourds in our garden.   I enjoyed reading about a functional use for the gourds.

Next year I will probably make this gourd into a Halloween decoration. We'll see. 


Easily Impressed

For about $10 I purchased both the wax and the seal at Michaels craft store.  What a cute way to present a bottle of wine! 




Squash Blossoms

This is a vase from one of our homegrown squashes.  Using squash or pumpkins as a vase is always a great idea.


Sugar and Spice

This is a neat idea.  If you ever have extra pumpkin pie puree then consider making it into a spread.  When the puree is added to a mixture of pumpkin pie spices and maple syrup it then becomes a delicious spread for your morning toast.  Yum!


Calm the Kids' Table

I used an old Whole Foods paper bag to make a large piece of art paper.  Giving the kids a simple, creative activity while they await their dinner is a practical idea.



~It's a good thing!~

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