Welcome! Amidst the clutter of countless online interior design images, I have found smart, stylish, simple (and some not-so-simple) room designs. They were lovingly collected to admire,to inspire, and to share with you. I hope you find great inspiration and even greater enjoyment. xo Valerie
In the very unlikely event that you don't know, Angry Birds is a video game. A sensationally popular game. Angry Bird theme parties, clothes, costumes, toys and interior decor accessories (!!!) are out there, and they are hot! Think Holiday / Birthday Gifts...
1. The gong stand’s “legs” are 1/2- by 3-inch salvaged boards cut 12 inches long. Using a jigsaw, cut a 11/2-inch-square hole centered about 11/2 inches from the end.
2. Use chopsticks for the “pins” that fasten the pieces of the stand together. Cut the sharp tips off the chopsticks and use 21/4 inches of the tapered section for the joint at the base. Cut the top section 23/4 inches long and round the tips with sandpaper.
3. For the crosspiece, cut a salvaged 2-by-2 board 18 inches long with a 45-degree angle at each end. Then drill a 3/8-inch hole 5 inches from each end. Slide the legs onto the crosspiece through the square holes and stand it up.
4. The top pin will enter the drilled hole in the crosspiece from the outside of the leg and exit through the inside, pinning the structure together. You may need to enlarge the underside of the hole for the pin to get through; a hammer tap might help.
5. The base is a salvaged board, wider than the legs, cut 21 inches long. Set the stand on the base and mark the outside of the legs for a 3/16-inch hole. Tap in the bottom pin, which will keep the stand’s legs from spreading outward.
6. A rat-tail file makes a notch where the wooden spoon striker sits atop the gong. The pan lid or tile blade can be suspended on a leather or nylon lace.
Read more about this here, and have everyone at the dinner table on time!
I will not be out shopping on Black Friday unless it is to visit a few small local independent shops. They often have amazing holiday sales.. At the malls and mega-store, the deals are great for the aggressive early birds, but not worth the craziness of the day.
I could bore you with my "tips" about where the best sales are, but I realized, after seeing this wonderful website, BFAds.net , that it has been done, very very well.
It is so well organized, an easy-to-digest series of posts telling you what stores have which items, in which categories...all spelled out. So go there, and I bow to the wizards of BFAds.com!
Where are the best deals for YOU?
Malls and Mega stores
Small independent stores
Our small businesses need our support....but can they give us the great deals?
I hope parking spots are easy to find for those of you braving the crowds... Have a friendly, + rewarding day!
You can worry about your homemade, DIY treats and gifts, visiting, visitors, travel, family relations, food, entertaining, more travel, decorations and the tree on another day...
Time for Super + Easy Gifts!
If this can be done in one morning, you have cut your Holiday Season Worries by 20 to 40 %.
Kids have wish lists, usually shared with the parents and close relatives.
3 standard decks of playing cards -- or 3 sets of Tower Blocks for the much younger crowd -- work extremely well if you do not fit into that wish-list category.
Adults usually do not have wish lists
( Unless the items on it include things like a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in NYC ,which - ahem - would be SO nice!!!)
Here are the easiest ideas -- remember, these are IDEAS - that work for in-laws, parents, close friends, business connection types, and maybe yourself
Fig Luxury Spa and Gourmet French Gift Basket:
Baby Alpaca Cashmere Throw ( $385.00 and worth it! Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store)
Milano Chenille Throw (39.99 Bed, Bath + Beyond)
Magazine, Newspaper Subscriptions
Unusual Playing cards:
Sony Motorola TZ700 Roadster Bluetooth Car Speakerphone:In additionb to hands-free phone calls, this thing allows you to dictate text messages, have messages read to you -- while your eyes are on the road.
And then there is always wine,
You may have variations on these themes and other simple ideas that come to mind.
Please Share them!
Write out your list, go online, and ... Get.It.Done.