Monday, December 17, 2007

Frame it !

Here's a very easy idea for Christmas decor... add nay Christmas items to existing frames, as shown below:
this is a frame of me and my Husband which I am display all year long, however, I change the decor according to the occasion :
Below is the frame on valentine day , actually I didn't do much here, My Husband got me the roses, i just put them next to the frame :)

And here' the frame on Christmas...well as u can see, I added an artificial poinsettia and some cranberries' branches, which both cost me 2 $ purchased at a 1 dollar store ...
Voila.... Low budget Christmassy Decor !!!

My latest earings

These are my latest earings, designed yesterday evening while watching the TV and thinking about our Christmas dinner.
You can also have a look at my designed decor for this year's Christmas... will post the pics in another post.

Gardening kit

A very cute idea for gardening lovers to present on Christmas :
(idea from marthastewart website)

How to Make Dried Apple and Orange Slices

Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look.

They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixins blends, wreaths, swags.

They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The picture shown is an orange fixins blend. It combines dried orange slices and orange peels with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves.

The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.
The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can use the standard oven method.
How to Dry Apple Slices
To dry apple slices using the oven method, core your apples and slice them about 1/4 inch thick. In order to prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown during the process, dip the slices into a solution of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Make sure the slices are well soaked for about 15 minutes. After you remove them, pat them dry with paper towels and place them on cookie sheets and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.
How to Dry Orange Slices
For oranges, slice them about 1/4 inch thick and gently squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible without squeezing and misshaping the slices. Then place the slices on a cookie sheet and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. As with the apples, keep the oven door slighty ajar for air circulation.