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Coming Home

So—take some time from the busyness of life that we all share and let’s regroup.  Let’s focus on where we all long to be when we are not there.  Let’s come home.

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My Favorite Season

Oh, how I love fall- it just doesn’t get much better!  As we find ourselves on the edge of this favorite season, there are so many things I want to do.   Cleaning out the closets, preparing my garden for a long winter’s nap, and decorating my home for approaching holidays are top on my list.

Today the fall issue of Wilson Living comes out, and in my column, Celebrate Home, you will find some ideas on preparing your house and family for fall.  As a little bonus, I created some fun subway art to print and display in your home!  See the link at the end of this post.

And as we head into the fall and winter months, what subjects would you like to see discussed here?  This is your blog for your magazine Wilson County, (and surrounding counties now!) and we want you to be a part! (Yes, YOU!) So let’s have roll call- if you read or subscribe to this blog, comment below and let me know what you would like to see! 

I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. The ladies of Wilson Living have lots of things in the works, and we want you to be a part of it!    Happy Fall Y’all!

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If you’ve not been to our local library in Lebanon lately, you should go.  I must
confess that until I had children, Ihad not been there in quite some time.

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And Another Thing……

 

Since my post last week was about floating artwork and how it makes me crazy, I felt the need to continue with the most common decorating mistakes I see.  These are the ones I see most in my day to day adventures, and the ones that really make me nuts.  And oddly enough, they are also the easiest and least expensive to remedy.

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I have a confession to make.  Whenever I walk into a room, any room, I immediately begin to pick it apart in my mind.  I notice the lighting, the furniture, the flooring, the color, the millwork, the smell- even the finish of the paint- every single detail of the room. 

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Memorial Day is always the beginning of summer to me.  As I got out our flags to celebrate the holiday last week, I noticed that several of ours have seen better days. 

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There Is a Method to the Madness

The madness of folding sheets that is….

Now, before I show you how to fold your bed linens in a manner that would make any army colonel proud, let me tell you how I learned.  See, I have a Tammy.  And as far as I know, aside from my dearest friend Denise Moore, there is no one else privy to Tammy’s vast knowledge of laundry and all things clean.

Years ago when I first moved home to Lebanon, Denise said, “I’m going to send my friend over and let her help you get moved in.”  From then on, Tammy has been one of my closest friends, really almost family.  She has helped me every time I’ve moved, helped me with my babies, and always had just the right solution to just about any cleaning conundrum I’ve had.  If you follow me on Facebook, you know I refer to her often.  But you will never see her.  She forbids her picture to be taken.  She’s kinda like that neighbor Wilson in the 90’s TV series “Home Improvement.”  She’s always there for advice, but unless you know her REALLY well, you will probably never see her. 

She instructed me on how these pictures were to be taken, making sure all along that nothing but her arm be included in the picture.  Once you learn the correct way to do this, it is very simple. 

First, you fold both pillowcases together.

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Next, take the fitted sheet and find two corners.b2ap3_thumbnail_scruggs2_20130523-192632_1.jpg

With one hand inside one corner, take the opposite corner and fold over that corner.b2ap3_thumbnail_scruggs3_20130523-192658_1.jpg

Then, do the same thing with the other two corners, so now your sheet

should look like this.

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Next bring the two enclosed corners together:

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And fold the top two over the bottom two like this:

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So now all 4 corners are inside each other.

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Then, grab the opposite corner and hold up; you should have a square shape now with all 4 corners inside each other.

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Then, lay out on a flat surface.  Fold the top part down and the side with the corners over that.  All the while you should be smoothing out and creasing the edges. 

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Next, fold the bottom third up.

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And then over one more time.

 

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The last step is to fold that over a third of the way, and then once more.

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And voilà !  Swoon worthy folded linens!

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This sheet is about 3 inches from top to bottom. 

When folding the flat sheet, fold it top corner to top corner with the top of the sheet on the outside.  That way when you lay it on your bed, the center of the sheet where you folded should be directly in the center of your bed.

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Continue folding in half making sure all halves are equal.b2ap3_thumbnail_scruggs15.jpg

 

Following these instructions and with a little practice, your linens will look like this in no time!

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Be sure to visit my new web site:

www.superior-construction-and-design.com and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more tips, hints, decor, design and Tammy tales! 

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Are you a pinner?  Yep, me too.  But I was pinning before pinning was cool.  I’m what you might call and “old school” pinner.  I’ve been pinning ideas for years, just the old fashioned way on a real bulletin board with real pins.

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Just a couple of miles across Hwy 109 is one of my all time favorite places to visit.

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Making Travel with Children Fun- AND Educational!

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“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” 
 
Novala Takemoto, Missin' (Novel)

Yes, I do know the weather has been unseasonably warm this month, thank you very much.  But I’m not done with winter yet.  In fact, I’m one of those weird people whose favorite seasons are fall and winter.  So in that “winter-y I’m still doing a snow dance” spirit, I want to share one of my favorite Pinterest inspired ideas I’ve made this season.  It’s a hot chocolate bar.  Now why didn’t I think of that? 

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This now famous phrase Dr. Phil coined when he first began on television was what was going through my head as I looked at my little wallet that I use for gift cards and such.  The answer was- it’s NOT!

This is what I had:

Notice the rips at the seams…

which is the result of trying to cram too many cards into one sleeve. 

Now mind you, when I started using this as my way of keeping up with gift cards and such, it was before children and before every store in the world started offering a reward card.  Now I have so many that when I do remember to use them, I can’t find them, or worse- they have expired or I have lost my points, etc.  It was time for a change.

I decided to take my own advice and implement one of the tips I posted on my Facebook page months ago.

All you need is a simple coupon binder- $1 at our local dollar store.

Separate your store cards, refunds, coupons, gift cards, etc. by category however you’d like.  Label your sections and wa-la!  A perfectly organized place for cards and coupons of all sorts- with room to expand!

Now you can get really crafty and make colorful labels and such, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  But this simple fix took me all of 15 minutes, and I have everything in one place.  Also, the very last tab I made for receipts, which will come in extremely handy this time of year!

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and visit our web site at:

www.superior-construction-and-design.com

 

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“Delicious  autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
-George Eliot

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"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. 

The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these."

~ Susan B. Anthony

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 “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
~Albert Einstein

I can’t believe that my children just finished the first day of the new school year.  

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

~Steve Jobs

 

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“Don't agonize. Organize.”

--Florence Kennedy

Does your snack cabinet look like this? 

(Of course you know mine doesn’t really look like this right?  I mean, I really had to stage this pic so you could get the idea!)   

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But friendship is precious; not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.”
~Thomas Jefferson

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 “And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
 -Lee Greenwood

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“Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better.” 

~Esther Dyson 

Changes.  Some good, some bad- but inevitably we all experience them one time or another.

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Into my notebook goes anything that is interesting enough to stop me in my tracks--the slump of a pair of shoulders in a crowd, a newspaper entry, a recipe, "chewy" words like ragamuffin or Maurice . . . For me, it all begins with a notebook: it is the well I dip into for that first clear, cool drink.

Rita Dove

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