The Health Benefits of Knitting

There’s a few hobbies I’d like to take up in my free time. One of them is knitting.

When we were young, knitting was often something you associated with your gran. That is no longer the case. Many young people now enjoy the fun of picking up a set of needles, and being creative. And, it’s not just restricted to woman either; knitting is a craft that can be enjoyed by men as well.knitting-1462264795Hsn

One of the best things about knitting, is that it’s easy to make a start. You just need a pair of needles, some yarns and a pattern to follow. If you think that you might need some help, look for a knitting class in your area. Doing so means you get the instruction you need, and you also get to socialise with other novice knitters.

In addition to the social aspect, and the chance to create beautiful garments, you may be surprised by just how much knitting can benefit your health.

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Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Any Budget

When a room is commonly shared, like the bathroom, it can need some TLC sooner than other areas of the home. Damaged wall and floor tiles, old plumbing fixtures, and lack of space are all common complaints of older bathrooms. Whether you’re dealing with little problems, like outdated tiles, or you have bigger problems like limited space or damaged cabinets, below are some suggestions sure to solve the problem.

Upgrade Bathroom Fixtures

If your bathroom is otherwise intact, but you’re looking for an option to give it a more modern and up-to-date feel, an idea might be to upgrade the bathroom fixtures. This is an affordable task and can be completed on your own. You can check your local home improvement shop for the best fixtures. Suggestions might include swapping out the bathroom and bathtub fixtures along with updating the knobs on the bathroom doors and cabinets.

Get New Cabinets

Unlike a kitchen where you might need to install an entire set of cabinets, your bathroom likely only has one or two cabinets that need to be replaced. Therefore, this should be a lot cheaper to invest in. Though you could browse the web to see what your options are, the best solution for finding cabinets for your bathroom would be to check out a showroom. For instance, Gilmans Kitchen & Bath, a contractor in California, has a  kitchen & bath design Mountain View showroom you can visit. Then you can get a real visual on what the cabinets look like.

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The 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf

Well, here we are, almost half-way through December, and I’m finally getting the chance to share my 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf! Better late than never, right?!

This year, I had several large pieces I decided to use, instead of many smaller ones. I like the effect I ended up with! What do you think?

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So all in all, just five pieces that take up the entire shelf! 

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Creative Storage Solutions for Your Home

There are over 300,000 items in the average American home. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT?! That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that you need a place to store each item! Whether you’re like the average American family and own hundreds of thousands of items or you’re part of the minimalist movement to own less, chances are you need some type of storage system in your home. These creative storage solutions can make the most of the space you have in your home while also looking nice.

First Impressions

One of the first places people will visit when coming to your home is your entryway. Depending on the size, there are a variety of storage solutions you could use to make use of the space while providing guests a nice aesthetic. Using a bench with storage cubbies can serve the dual purpose of providing people a place to sit to put on shoes and a receptacle to keep shoes when they aren’t being used. If you don’t have a closet in your entryway, you can hang hooks in your wall to give people a place to hang their coats so they aren’t lying around the house.

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Making Use of Keepsakes

Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.

My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.

When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.

And I had an idea!

I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…

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…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!

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