Here’s an amazing winter travel destination to check out. The area known as Fir Island, in Skagit County Washington is a short hour and a half north of Seattle. The exit from I-5, is Conway, a quaint small village to visit as well. Cross the bridge over the Skagit River and you’ll be in the flat, rural farmlands known as Fir Island.
Even though Fir Island is small and agriculture in nature, many people travel through the months of November – March for the incredible natural beauty of the many birds found there. There are bird watchers, photographers, nature lovers, and hunters as well.
Fir Island is home to a 225 acre snow goose reserve. On this reserve is plenty of parking spaces, open fields with a beautiful view of Mount Baker to the north, and the dike to walk along the Skagit Bay estuary. There are many varieties of shorebirds, songbirds, and birds of prey to be found there.
Snow geese are a major attraction at Fir Island. They migrate from Wrangel Island in Russia, in numbers ranging from 30,000 to 70,000+. This population and one that winters in California, are the only snow geese that migrate between Eurasia and North America. The sound of the flock of snow geese can be heard from ½ to a mile away or more, depending on the size of the flock. The photo of this image was a flock several thousand in number, you can see as the back part of the flock begins flying, they are so thick in numbers, you can’t even see sky through them. To experience the magnitude of their numbers, and hear the noise is an amazing experience!
Found also at Fir Island, but in smaller numbers are Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) and Tundra (Cygnus columbianus) Swans. Trumpeter swans are quite large and have black bills and faces. Tundras are smaller and also have some black on their bills, but not as large of an area, as the trumpeters . Both swan types’ immature birds are more gray or dappled in color.
On Fir Island there are also in abundance the following:
When looking at the birds, if you stay in your car, they are less likely to be scared off. If you park a car along the roads, be mindful of traffic. Have respect for property, and heed no trespassing signs. Use binoculars, spotting scopes, and telephoto lenses to get a closer look, be careful to move slowly and quietly if you do get out of the vehicle.
Other nearby places of interest to visit for the day is Padilla Bay which is an estuary at the saltwater edge of the large delta of the Skagit River in the Salish Sea. It’s only about a 20 minute drive from FirIsland. Many of these same birds and other sea creatures may be found.
From Fir Island, go up the road over Pleasant Ridge, and drop into the beautiful, small village of LaConner for many options of great restaurants and shopping, along the LaConner channel. Warm up after trekking through fields and beaches enjoying the fresh air, beautiful country, and nature, the Pacific Northwest has so many gorgeous places to visit.
When you are new to the craft and art of knitting, crochet or any other yarn medium, because of the huge variety of types of yarns, it can be confusing, even to experienced people, of which type of yarn to choose for a particular project.
Yarn can be natural fiber, synthetic or a combination of both. They can vary greatly in weight and use in practical application. Sometimes the weight of yarn is called by different descriptions including:
There seems to be disagreement among top artisans the specific dimensions of each type of weight of yarn, but some weavers use the measurement known as wraps per inch or wpi. It’s determined by how many times the yarn can be wrapped around a ruler and the count of those wraps that fit within an inch.
Another aspect concerning yarn is gauge, or tension. This measurement usually is indicative for how many stitches and rows fit per inch on a specific size knitting needle or crochet hook.
Usually when doing a yarn project, the directions will give recommendations of types yarn is recommended for that pattern.
Types of Yarn
Here you will find a general break and of different types of yarn that can be found. They may be purchased from a favorite supplier, and some may be hand crafted.
Wool – made from the fleece of various types of animals, most commonly sheep. Other natural fiber yarn from animals can be made from alpaca, angora rabbits, Cashmere goat, yak, buffalo, mohair, llama and silk. Even feathers from turkey or ostrich can sometimes be used in yarn.
Other Natural Fibers – sometimes used in making yarn is cotton and linen. Newer forms may also include hemp, corn, soy and bamboo plant fiber.
Synthetic – there are many other types of yarn from synthetic sources such as nylon, acrylic or polyester.
Novelty – These can add great variety to knitted or crocheted projects because the yarn itself can look for different, much less the finished product. These may include ribbon, boucle, chenille, railroad ribbon, or faux fur.
Specialty – These yarns bring a specific type of style to a yarn type. They consist of: variegated, marles, tweed, or heather.
Some yarns will come in several types combined to make a unique style and feel. Part of the creativity of your project will be in your ultimate yarn choices.
Buying Your Yarn
Don’t quickly buy whatever yarn for your project. Spend the time necessary to research exactly what you want in regards to fiber type, weight, color, etc. The bottom line finished product that you make, will reflect greatly on what the raw yarn you began with was. For all your time and effect to make a hand crafted piece, (that is an art form in itself), you don’t want the cheapest material. You want what will work properly and showcase your work.
Be sure to purchase enough yarn in the same dye lot as you’ll need for your whole project. You don’t want to run out, and then have to get a little extra to finish and the dye lot doesn’t match exactly.
Enjoy the process. Once you’ve narrowed down what you plan to purchase, do some comparison shopping for those specifics to get your best price.
For additional craftsmanship, you could opt to learn to spin your own yarn. Check out this video that gives a demo.
Alternatively, in addition to spinning your own yarn, beyond knitting or crochet, weaving is also a masterful art form. Beautiful tapestries, rugs, runners and more can be made. Check out this introduction to weaving on a loom video.
The next time you find yourself entertaining a group of people, here’s an idea for food that’s sure to be a hit. A baked potato bar!
In the oven, bake at least 1 potato, wrapped in tin foil for 1 hour on 350 degrees for each guest you plan to serve. These will be so amazing however, you’ll want to bake a few extras for the people who want seconds. You’ll want them fully cooked by the time it is time to serve.
These new Crockpot Hookups are perfect for hosting a baked potato bar. They hook together and can either cook the food individually in each (taking several hours), or to simply keep each dish hot.
Here are some ideas to use as toppings for your baked potatoes:
1. Broccoli in a cheese sauce
2. Seasoned taco meat (have cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side as well for topping).
3. Make 1 crockpot with chopped onions, mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup, cook until onions and mushrooms are tender and soft.
4. Chili (have on the side shredded cheddar cheese and onions) to top as well.
5. A beef stroganoff would be wonderful too.
Other toppings to have on the side would be sour cream, and chives cut up. Anything else you can think of too.
When it is time to eat, have each of your guests take a hot baked potato, then go through the line putting the toppings each would like to eat. This is such a fun and creative way to give your guests lots of options. It would be easy to do in a pot-luck setting as well.
Dessert Line Up
Have another set of Crockpot Hookups dedicated for the desserts. You could have one for a melted hot chocolate fudge and another for a hot melted caramel. Yum!
This dessert bar may be served with ice cream, bananas, strawberries, angel food cake, apples, pears, and any other items that lend itself to chocolate and caramel. Wow, my mouth is watering here.
Try these at your next get-together and watch your guests rave about the food of your baked potato bar and dessert lineup.
With the holidays just around the corner, here’s a few tips to help you save money on your travel, although the advice is good for any time of the year.
Most people find traveling a joy, and more people would travel if only they could find cost savings methods that would allow them to travel more frequently. We’ll explore some ways that can help people reduce their costs to travel and share some resources available.
The first thing someone needs to know is their destination. That may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it isn’t that clear cut. If the trip is to visit family or business, the destination is set. Other times however, people travel for the sake of a vacation, which really could be taken most anywhere if someone is flexible in their plans.
Home Swaps or House Sits for Travel Accommodations
One method is to research a home exchange, where you find someone in a similar situation, at a location you would like to visit, and you arrange to stay in each others’ homes so neither party incurs hotel charges.
The other is similar except instead of swapping homes, you do a house sit. The requirements are different for each situation, but you can find house sits in nearly every destination imaginable.
You can also check craigslist and other local newspapers of the region you wish to visit to see if you could find suitable housesits in the regions you would like to visit. Housesits vary in duration and expectations, the greatest factor is looking ahead and being flexible with your dates of travel.
By not incurring hotel costs, it can allow a person to stay in a location longer and maybe get off the “tourist trap” routes, to be able to explore the lifestyle, local attractions and culture in that area more thoroughly.
Trip Logistics – Getting There
Of course, there’s the major expense in how to get to your destination. Many people choose to fly, but don’t rule out buses, trains and car trips, if those are options. Sometimes they have great rates and by the time you factor in arriving at the airport early, flight delays, layovers, baggage fees, you really looking at a lot more time en route than one might think. At times, trains, bus or cars, may be quicker, or comparable in regards to time.
Usually if people book hotels and car rentals they do so quite awhile in advance. A couple of days before you go, call again for pricing quotes. Sometimes prices will have been reduced, and you can try to negotiate for that lower rate.
Shop around for pricing coupons and deals online. Check into your credit card company to see what, if any, travel benefits and the plans they offer. Sometimes budget travel guides will help you find unique savings, to your specific location.
When planning, know where your bottom line is, in regards to what is acceptable and not for accommodations, itinerary, etc. It doesn’t matter what a great deal you received on something, if it’s unacceptable to you, and you’re miserable. The point of a vacation is to be able to relax and have fun, so don’t lose that perspective in your quest to find savings as you travel.
Making your own book ends can be a fun and very creative process. It also provides visual organization to your book case and a touch of customized decor. Many times this space is overlooked for a way to add a special touch to a room.
When making your own bookends the most important thing to remember is to use fairly heavy items that can be a support to the books. Below you’ll find different options to making your own custom book ends with varied materials.
First, a shopping trip (or online); try a hardware/home improvement type store and pick up a few bricks (about 6 or 8) and some concrete mix that can be used to cement them together. Another alternative is if you can find some source for 2 sets of 3 or 4 bricks high already intact. However you choose, assemble bricks 3 to 4 high.
Next you’re going to find small objects that you love that will be decorating your “brick wall”. A great place to look are craft stores; consider getting small ivy, tiny watering cans and garden tools in the miniature section of the store, or anything that appeals to you. A tiny birdhouse on top of your brick wall would be a nice touch too.
Once you’ve assembled your items, take a hot glue gun and start attaching in a way that pleases you. If you use ivy, put that on first and the other items around it. When finished, glue the bottom of the bricks on to felt material, so they won’t scratch your furniture.
You can find cool looking taller glass jars at many types of stores. Fill these glass jars with items you like. Some suggestions might be:
•Gumballs or other candy
•Fish – yes you could even use them to make small aquariums for tiny fish.
Vinyl Record Albums
Get 2 vintage vinyl record albums. Get a large, kind of shallow pan of water and set it to boil. A turkey pan would work great. Use kitchen gloves and slowly put one end of the album in the boiling water and begin to bend it to a 90 degree angle at about halfway from the bottom edge and the label. If the label gets wet, take a smooth object like a spoon or butter knife and gently smooth any bubbles out.
Take it out of the hot water and place on the end of a counter to help get the angle correct. Consider putting a heavy object on the lip of the counter to hold it in place until it fully cools.
Use your creativity to come up with unique designs as well. You may discover in the process of making your own book ends that they also make special gifts for friends and loved ones as well.
There is nothing quite like an amazing bowl of a hearty soup or stew on an autumn, windy and rainy blustery day, or a cold winters’ night. It is not only nutritious, but just feels nourishing to the soul somehow, as well. We’ll look at how to turn your favorite (or discover a new one), hearty soup or stew, into a whole elegant experience, one to be shared for certain!
Start by making your favorite (or try a new recipe) hearty soup or stew. Personally, I love making them in a slow cooker or crock pot. They are my top favorite appliances ever, for several reasons. If it’s a work night, they are so easy to load in the morning, turn on and leave for work and return home to an amazing dinner, ready to eat after a hard day of work. I also love them on weekends cooking, as they fill the home with such a delicious aroma as they slow cook your meal, and best all of, it’s very difficult to ruin any meal in a crockpot.
When your hearty soup or stew is done, no serving out of the cooking pot. Serve it in a beautiful tureen and set on the table with a ladle. Serve also in some
beautiful soup bowls. Now is also time to decide if you want this meal to be by candlelight or not. If so, get your candles lit. Unscented taper candles are usually best for meals. You don’t want a scented candle at your dinner table to compete with the aroma of your meal.
Fresh bread. Mmmm. You can opt to have purchased a special loaf of specialty bread at your favorite bakery. You could also choose to make your own bread. Bread machines make this a simple process and gives you the ability to add your own custom ingredients. I love add sunflower seeds, coriander and other herbs to mine. There is something SO amazing about the scent of homemade bread baking, and to cut into a warm loaf fresh out of the oven (or machine). And of course, it must be served with real butter.
Use cloth napkins for this meal as well, and a bouquet of fresh flowers adds a very special touch. Alternatively, a small table arrangement of small pumpkins, corn husks, fruit and gourds can transform a table as well, into a visual delight.
A glass of amazing wine adds much to this elegant meal. If you don’t want to serve wine, or have children you are serving, consider sparkling cider (or both). They both add a special ambiance to the occasion.
This might be a good time to also serve some of your favorite cheese, or try a new cheese.
Of course, to top off this elegant experience, serve a decadent dessert. It just wouldn’t be the same without it, that is if everyone is not too full to eat dessert.
This is one of life’s rich and simple pleasures, good food, good company, good conversation and warm times with loved ones.
Below try one of my favorite fall hearty soup recipes, hope you enjoy as much as I do!
Saute chicken breast in oil until no longer pink. Add water and taco seasoning and stir until it begins to thicken. Pour this into a crock pot and all over ingredients except cheese, sour cream & cilantro (toppings). Cook 4-6 hours on low. Makes 6 servings. You may want to double or triple this recipe.
After serving in bowls, top with cheddar cheese, sour cream and cilantro. Excellent!
Side note: Many excellent soup recipes out there are creamed soups and require being blended. You can’t go wrong with a Vitamix for creating these delicious soups, as well as smoothies and many other foods. It’s another one of my top favorite kitchen appliances that I use year around.
A photo collage is a fun and interesting way for you to display your photos online. They also make awesome desktop wallpapers and they look great sitting on a shelf in your home when they’ve been printed and framed.
We are going to explore one method create a photo collage using free websites. There are many such websites on the Internet, all you need to do is choose one that you like, learn how it works, and start creating all the collages you want for free.
It really isn’t very difficult and most people can figure it out in 30 minutes or less. That’s nothing! And before you know it you’ll be having a great time with your digital photos.
Step 1: Transfer Digital Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer
The first step to take when you make a collage online is to get your photographs out of your digital camera and/or camera phone and onto your computer so they can be uploaded to a photo collage website.
Your digital camera usually has a companion USB cable that came with it in the box when you first bought it. All you have to do is connect your camera and the computer together using the USB cable, and the photo software that also came with your camera will give you access to the memory card in your camera with your pictures are stored.
Your camera photo software will give you the option of copying your digital photos to the hard drive on your computer, or you can simply drag and drop your pictures from one folder on your camera memory card to a folder on your desktop hard drive.
To get photos from your camera phone you can simply eMail them from your phone to your desktop or cloud eMail address (such as Yahoo and Gmail), as attachments. Then access your eMail account, open and download the attachment to save them to your hard drive.
Step 2: Decide Which Photo Website You Want to Use
There are many websites on the Internet that support great picture collage making capabilities. Each website works a little differently, but generally speaking they’re very easy to use so figuring them out won’t be a problem, even for a novice.
Just hop over to your favorite search engine and search for “photo collage website” and you’ll get tens of thousands of hits.
For the purpose of this demonstration, we’re going to use a free website called PicMonkey.com for our collage that’s very user friendly. It has everything you need to create your first photo collage. If you want more advanced tools to create more sophisticated images, you can always upgrade to a “royal” paid membership and have a ball.
Step 3: Find the Link That Says “Create a Collage” and Click It
This step is pretty much self-explanatory. When you’re ready to get started just find the link that says “Create a Collage,” and hover your mouse over the link. You’ll be presented with a drop-down arrow which gives you the choice of uploading photos from the desktop or from a dropbox. Select “Computer” and a dialog will open that that’s you browse to the folder that contains your pictures.
Step 4: Upload Your Photos from Your Computer to the Website
To transfer your photos from your desktop computer to the website find the “Open Photos” button so you can browse to the photos on your machine and upload them to the site. Now all you have to do is double click on each photo you want included in your collage until you’re done.
Obviously, good quality photos make a better quality collage, so do your best to use good ones. Generally the higher resolution the image is, the better it might be. 72 dpi should be the minimum for any photo size used in the collage.
If you need to add a picture to your photo collage that you don’t have, especially of a design element or a common thing (like the seashell in the sand above), you can also buy a stock photo for a very reasonable price. A couple favorites for me is Dreamstime, Bigstock, 123RF, or Canstock. All of these you can purchase one or two images if that’s all you want.
Step 5: Choose Your Layout
To create your picture collage online you need to choose a layout. You can select from one of the preset layouts or templates, or you can design one of your own. It’s a simple point and click process so there’s nothing to fear.
Don’t back yourself into a corner with a deadline of this project. It should be an enjoyable process, and have the freedom of time to experiment with different looks and effects to see what style you like best.
Step 6: Drag Uploaded Photos into Your Layout
Now you’re ready to have some fun! Drag the photos that you just uploaded to the site into the layout that you chose. You can try dropping your photos into different boxes on the layout to create a different look for your collage. You can also resize and reshape the boxes to accommodate your images and make the collage more interesting.
You can also play around with the collage by adding color swatches or experimenting with various background colors for the borders between images. Take your time and be creative with your photos. Try turning the images different angles. The photo collage does not have to be symmetrical, sometimes asymmetrical lends itself to a more artistic flare.
Consider points that make your images the focal point and add a ‘wow’ factor to them, versus getting so busy that it actually detracts from your photos.
Step 7: Save Your Collage
Once you’ve gotten your collage to look exactly the way you want, click the “Save” button to save your file to your desktop. Once it’s been saved, you can then click the “Edit” button to open the online editor and add text, overlays, and more. Go ahead, let your creative juices flow and have a blast perfecting your new masterpiece.
Step 8: Share Your Collage
Now you’re done! You’re ready to share your collage with the world. And it’s simple, just click the “Share” button to see a list of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more, from which you can choose. Select one or all of them and fire off your collage to your friends and family. There’s also an eMail option for you can simply eMail your collage to anyone you want as an attachment.
If you don’t want to make your photo collage in an online platform, you could also make one using various software programs, such as Photoshop Elements. It has a steeper learning curve, more than our intent to delve into here is, but amazing photo collages can be built, then uploaded to a photo processing lab to order professional prints, or simply printed from your home printer.
Picture collages can be true works of art. Whether you decide to create a photo collage online, or make one hardcopy from a software format, photo collages are both fun to make, and an interesting way to reminisce, and a joy to anyone you share them with!
In most homes, more storage is almost always needed. Yet, in many cases, there is no extra space to allow more. Here’s a great solution to that problem! This overhead garage storage rack makes use of ‘dead space’ in a garage or possibly an attic or basement, that turns it into useable storage space. It can hold up to 600 pounds, but shouldn’t be used with a steel framed building. This is one great clutter buster, check it out now!
If you like cool kitchen gadgets and must have utensils, then 2013 has been a banner year for your home chef aspirations. That’s because there’s never been a year that has seen so many useful products released like this year.
A well-stocked kitchen is just plain old more enjoyable to cook in. Take for example, I think we’ve all used stiff, brittle spatulas, only to find then do not scrape a bowl any better than a plain old spoon. Yet, use a new spatula that’s soft and supple, and it clears the bowl nearly totally empty. Huge difference!
Essential cooking tools really can improve the foods we cook and bake, over poor quality cooking stuff. Food ingredients these days are just too expensive to waste, or have to throw out just because the final cooked product turned out badly, due to inferior quality cookware.
Check out this top 10 wish list for must have home gadgets, and kitchen utensils for 2013.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the holidays, a birthday, or just because, then read on because you’re about to discover the latest and coolest home and kitchen gadgets around.
1. We’ll start our list with the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. This useful little kitchen gadget will make peeling fancy vegetable shapes look like child’s play. It comes with 3 blades that give a different pattern of a cut. You can easily make curly fries or a whole host of other favorite dishes with this. Its operated by hand, so no batteries required. If you do home canning, it can also make quick work of peeling some of the produce you want before canning, a real time saver!
I love this one because your can get really creative with beautiful displays and unique ways to present foods and make vegetables look like art. This could be a great way to help children eat vegetables also, that normally wouldn’t touch them, as they are very into the way a food looks. Create some wonderful dips to go with the fancy cut vegetables and you will probably have eventually a veggie loving child on your hands.
2. Juicing has never been easier than with the Breville Juice Fountain. This juicer machine has a centered knife blade to achieve maximum juice extraction. For ease of cleaning, it is dishwasher safe (the removable parts anyways) and a warranty of 1 year is included. A real powerhouse workhorse of a juicing machine here!
I love juicing for the health benefits. There are amazing recipes out there for juicing, and it’s a great way to get good, solid nutrients into children that tend to be very picky eaters. I know of a 2 year old that gets SO excited whenever it’s juicing time, and he actually says “yumm” to kale! Juicing has made him a healthy eater.
3. For the gourmet chef in you this pre-seasoned heavy cast iron Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Skillet will have you cooking up delicious meals in no time at all. Cast iron provides even cooking due to its excellent heat retention properties, and this model has two handles to make lifting easier. Cast iron can get heavy, which is a down side, but cast iron cookware in general has so many positive qualities to balance out that negative. This model is a twelve inch diameter, which is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
There’s a reason cast iron cookware has been a favorite for many generations of cooks. Its durable, affordable, has health benefits in cooking, and gets better with age if it is cared for properly. Check out how to care for your cast iron cookware.
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4. The Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker takes the work out of cooking dinner. This 6-quart programmable slow cooker is controlled by a digital LED panel and comes with three auto cooking options: manual, program, or probe. It also comes with power interruption protection, a clip on spoon, a clip tight gasket lid, and to side handles for easy carrying. The stoneware pot is dishwasher safe as well as the tempered glass lid. It comes complete with a user manual and recipes.
A slow cooker is my FAVORITE cooking utensil of all. You can load the night before the crock and wake up to a healthy, amazing breakfast, not just for dinner. But it is perfect for loading in the morning, and coming home to a great dinner after a long day’s work and the aroma of a home cooked meal when you open the door, is just so inviting. It’s hard to mess up ANY meal in a crockpot! They can cook almost anything and it comes out moist, and delicious.
5. Eliminate cooking sprays, butter, oils, or parchment paper with the nonstick Artisan Silicone Baking Mat Set for a healthier cooking option. Its 16 5/8 by 11 inch size fits baking sheets up to 18 inches x 13 inches and it was stands oven temperatures up to 480°. Flavors and odors do not penetrate these baking mats. They’re easy to clean with soap and water and air drying.
I love this product for baking! I love not having to use additional oils to make the pans non-stick, and the easy cleanup! I find I use mine all the time.
6. Add super nutrition to your family diet with the Nutri Bullet NBR-12 12-Piece Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System. It will effortlessly pulverize vegetables, fruit, protein shakes, and super foods into a smooth, delicious texture. Its height torque 600-watt motor delivers plenty of power to his patented blade and cyclonic action to extract all the nutrients from your food to deliver the healthiest solution possible. Comes with a variety of accessories to create the most delicious meals you’ve ever tasted.
This one is perfect for breakfast on the run! Of course, it great for cooking and has many applications for a home chef in their arsenal of kitchen tools, but its also great for super busy people who sometimes do not have time to eat a healthy meal.
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7. Next up is the Steamfast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer. It’s an 800-wat fabric steamer complete with a 7-ounce water reservoir that delivers as much as 12 minutes of continuous steam. This handy gadget is kinder and gentler than ironing fabrics of all kinds. It removes odors and wrinkles from clothes, curtains, linens, and upholstery. It comes with a companion fabric brush and lint remover.
I hate ironing! This product makes the task fun and I love the fact that the wrinkles just drop out of the fabric. No matter what I do when I iron a curtain, it just does not come out wrinkle free. With this it does. Also, when you buy a new fabric shower curtain, the wrinkles are embedded so deeply from packaging that its nearly impossible to get the wrinkles out. They don’t stand up to this steamer tho!
8. If you spend a lot of time in the garage then you’ll love the Evriholder Magic Holder 5-Position Wall Organizer. It’s a 5-position wall-mounted organizer for tools with handles. Tools are gripped securely by rolling balls that adjust automatically to the thickness of the handle. The easy release system holds 7-1/2 pounds of weight per ball in a clean and compact design.
This is also great for a pantry or indoor closet for organizing your brooms, mops, etc. Left to themselves, they are always in the way and creating a disorganized mess. Make the most of your precious pantry and closet space!
9. Organize your footwear with the Whitmor 6780-3139-WHT White Resin 20 Pair Shoe Rack. This handy home product will accommodate 20 pair of shoes with ease. It’s built with a durable white resin frame and sits easily under the majority of hanging clothes. Its no tool assembly is a snap and it works great for home, dorm, or office.
This is one great product! There’s always a ‘shoe mess’ around, whether it’s by the front door, the mud room, entry room or even a bedroom closet, this tames the mess. Not only does it provide organization, it makes the most of closet space, yet still makes it easy to find and access your shoes. It’s invaluable to homes who want everyone to remove their shoes before entering.
10. To add a snappy modern look to any room try the Corner Zig Zag Wall Shelf on for size. Constructed of MDF and laminate, this 7.75×7.75×48.5 inch black (comes in white or walnut too) color shelf will fit any decor. It’s easy to assemble and install in all of the hardware needed is included in the box. It’s both decorative and functional and will be an excellent addition to your home.
What I love about this product, is not only is it a unique home décor object, but it uses ‘dead space’ in a room that not much else fits. It looks sleek and modern and is a great way to display photos and other treasures.
These incredibly handy and must have home and kitchen gadgets will make your life easier, less stressful, and more pleasant. No home should be without one or more of these well-designed and durable products that are useful in your home, office, or college dorm. You owe it to yourself to take life a little easier, why not pick up a few of these gadgets for yourself or someone else today?
If you are planning to host for the holidays, now might be a good time to stock up on your holiday tabletop needs. Here’s you’ll find some of this week’s special deals Amazon is running, so take advantage of the sales, and don’t fight the crowds in the stores at the last minute!
This 12 piece set comes in several style and color options. It is fine bone china, decorated with gold content, so it’s not dishwasher or microwave safe. This is a luxury fine dining set, to truly pamper your guests.
Made of porcelain with other products available in matching décor sets, this platter is microwave and dishwasher safe. Very cute, classic Christmas design. Great for serving snacks, Christmas cookies or other holiday treats on.
Beauty and functionality! Perfect serving station for gravy, hot fudge, au jus, caramel, fondue or any other sauce you need to serve warm. Makes your table and dish look elegant! Made of hammered copper with a real artistic flare. Presentation is everything when entertaining. This piece will add that value.
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