Creating Community at the Table

Creating Community at the Table

When I was in high school, I had the privilege of being an exchange student in Munich for a month. My host family, the Pfeifer’s, introduced me to what became my favorite meal there, raclette. It was so simple that it was genius. It consisted of boiled potatoes, sliced cheeses, seasoned salt and the essential raclette maker. So, what is it, exactly? A raclette machine is a two-tiered electric appliance. The top has a griddle that can be used for cooking or just keeping things warm. The lower tier has a heating element and individual non-stick trays. You simply put slices of cheese on your tray, melt them in the machine, pour that over your potatoes, then sprinkle it all with seasoned salt. A certain someone in my life thinks you could just stand next to a microwave and get the same result. If your desired outcome is melted cheese, of course he is right. But I don’t get the same sense of community by waiting in line at the Radar Range. (Yeah, that dates me.)

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Fill A Wall With Framed Maps

Fill A Wall With Framed Maps

We have all kinds of art on our walls, everything from professional paintings to a candy bar wrapper. What they all have in common is that they have meaning to our family, which makes them timeless.  One of our pieces, or actually twelve pieces, is our framed map of Kiev, Ukraine. I love maps! It’s a family thing. My dad and daughter both share my affinity for them. So, it follows that I would put one on our walls. Kiev may not be the obvious choice for most people, but for us, it is perfect!

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Artwork Conversion

Artwork Conversion

A few years ago, Mom and Dad returned the signal flags I made saying, “turn them into something”. So, I stretched them over canvases to use as wall art on the condo porch. They never made it to the lake. I found them (I won’t say where) and brought them with me on this trip. When we arrived, I discovered that the porch décor was in the process of changing. The rugs were very muted in contrast to my bright flags. What to do? 

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Industrial Chic Hanging Rack

Industrial Chic Hanging Rack

 

If you have explored our website, you know that we have a small cottage on our property which is listed on Airbnb. We built the structure as a pool house and secondary guest space. We decided not to put in a closet so in order to accommodate hanging clothes, we have just used a standing coat rack with hangers on it. Not the best, but functional. A new hanging system went on the project list. 

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Outdoor Coffee Table Makeover

Outdoor Coffee Table Makeover

A few years ago, we got an amazing deal on an outdoor sectional and coffee table. It was made of resin rattan and seemed like a great idea at the time. Unfortunately, the Georgia sun had other plans. The coffee table, as of this morning, looked like it was ready for the curb. Every time we moved it, pieces would fall off, leaving brittle plastic debris all over the place. The sofa did not fare as poorly because it didn't have the glass which magnified the sun, just burning the mess out of the resin. The hubs had the idea to replace the nastiness with a fire table. But for a temporary fix, I thought I would try my hand at a cheap, quick makeover. 

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Garden Themed Brunch

Garden Themed Brunch

Recently I was part of a committee at church that was tasked to give a brunch in honor of a ministry we whom we partner. We had table hostesses to make people feel at home and great programming that fit the theme. For the rest, we did have a budget, albeit slim, but enough to do something beautiful to honor these special people. This is what we did.

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Front Door Makeover

Front Door Makeover

You have probably seen it done a hundred times; the power of paint transforming a space. Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time at my parents’ house, where they have lived for 43 years. The house has gone through a couple of facelifts, each an upgrade on the last. But a few days ago, Mom said she wanted to liven up the latest look by painting the front door blue. I decided to accommodate and Dad said, “Whatever she wants.”  By the way, she liked the front door so much, she had me paint the door to the garage too.

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No Zipper Pillow Covers

No Zipper Pillow Covers

Do your throw pillows need a refresh? Have those cushions on your front porch faded so much that you can’t see the pattern anymore. Don’t chuck them, just slipcover them. Have you ever had a pillow sham on your bed? Most of them just overlap in the back. That is what I am going to show you. No zipper! It is so simple that you could make one in 15-20 minutes. 


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Wedding Dress Dilemma

Wedding Dress Dilemma

What do you do with your old wedding dress? Like many brides, I had mine cleaned and preserved. It is sealed in a box for the day one of my girls may possibly want it. Yes, it probably will have yellowed but I just couldn’t part with it all those years ago. But that created a problem. I had this giant box that just kept getting moved from place to place. If I would have stored it in the attic, it probably would not have liked the intense heat. It took up too much space in the closets, so what to do? The answer was to “hide it in plain sight” by camouflaging the box and putting it on display.

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