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Thursday, October 23, 2014


I love candles.  I try to have them in almost every room of the house.  Not only for their decorative quality, but also because I have dogs and I cringe to think that my house may smell like dogs all the time.  I burn lots of candles and have several favorites.

I do have one draw back though in that I can't  burn floral scented candles or some of the stronger scented ones like coffee or pine.  Those just make my head close up and give me a migraine.

My vet sells this type of candle by Pet Odor Eliminator that I just have to buy one nearly every time I take a pet to the vet.  Not only do they smell wonderful but they last for 30 hours or more.

Source:  Google Search Pet Eliminator Candle Co.

Another of my favorite candle companies is PartyLite - the home party company (www.partylite.com).  Not only do these candles burn for hours, come in all different shapes and sizes, but also come in some wonderful scents.  I haven't been to a home party in some time so I am completely out of them at this time.  Which is unusual for me since I have been known to stash boxes away for gifts and my own use.  I guess I need to find a party.

And of course I always buy candles to support any of the local sports groups or band kids.  This week my husband brought home two candles he purchased from a coworker to support the cheerleaders for a Knoxville school.  One of the candles is an odor eliminator candle so I am interested to see how long it burns compared to the ones from my vet's office.  So far the light floral scent is very slight and hasn't bothered my allergies.  The candle company is local to our area as well.

And last, but certainly not least, is another local candle company in Pigeon Forge that our band groups have also sold as a fundraiser, and that is The Candle Cottage (and I know the owner).  


These candles have become so popular in our area that certain ones are sold in our local Walmart for only $7.95 each.  They also have a store front in Pigeon Forge you can visit or purchase online.  I was so happy for them this year when Mrs. Kay from the Duck Dynasty family loved these candles so much she has endorsed her own line of scents.  I can't recommend these candles enough I like them that much.  And I need to pick up a few more for Christmas and myself of course.

What are some of your favorite candles?


Please note that none of these companies paid for this endorsement.  I recommend them because I like them and think they make some wonderful gifts and accessories for your home.  Donna

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taking a cue from the Nester

Today I finally finished a project that I have wanted to do ever since I first saw it by The Nester featured in Better Homes & Gardens.  Our family has also moved a lot and I really liked her wall art featuring her old addresses and towns that she had lived in.

Just using two 20" x 24" canvases, stencils, and several black sharpies I was able to create my own version for my dining room walls.

This took a little longer than I expected but I was also fighting seasonal allergies and a migraine (hence the missed post from yesterday).  

Thanks Nester for the inspiration and a fun idea,


Monday, October 20, 2014

Recycled Christmas Tins

First of all let me start out by saying this was NOT my favorite project this month.  I had good intentions and a vision for what I wanted these to look like and the outcome was very disappointing to me.  But that is okay.  Sometimes a project is a fail but you can still learn something from it.

I started out this morning with several Christmas tins in different sizes.

I have wanted to do this project for some time and was really excited about making these into new spray painted beauties that I could use in my kitchen and one of them as a gift for my niece.  

My first mistake was probably trying to do this project in October when the temperatures were above 50 but not enough above 70 to make the paint stick.  My second mistake was buying the gloss sheen instead of a satin or matte finish.  I love the color I picked, but not the sheen.  

After spray painting the tins, I covered one tin in gold dots made from an eraser.  Another tin is covered in newspaper.  A third is painted silver and has Disney scrap booking cutouts applied with Mod Podge (for my niece and her Disney trip collectibles)  and another one has a circle pattern created by tracing a quarter outline onto the tin and then randomly painting some of the circles with silver paint.  By the time I got to the last one I just called it done and left it blue with no decorations.

These are not TERRIBLE but definitely not the cleaner look I had envisioned.  Oh well, I am sure to get ever more cookie tins this Christmas and I just may try this project again next summer.  

Tomorrow is another day and another project.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The week ahead

Happy Sunday everyone and I hope you are having a relaxing sunny day.

Today I am preparing for my projects for the upcoming week's posts which should include a new painted canvas art project for the dining room, up cycled cookie treat tins from previous Christmas presents, painted books and a few more fun things along the way.

So be sure to come back tomorrow for the beginning of another fun week of budget accessories under $20 or less (free is always good).

Enjoy your day.