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We are excited to let you know about our new line of damask kitchen decor which includes cooking aprons, oven mitts and pot holders, and decorative hand towels. They are all made of 100% cotton and are of high quality and machine washable.apron-front-marigold

 

Damask Printed Apron are great aprons for ladies and men. Perfect for cooking, baking, grilling, and serving. They have two side pockets and an adjustable neck strap which helps you have a good comfortable fit. These pretty aprons are perfect for your kitchen but can be used as cooks and chef aprons as well. A classic Damask design that comes in an abundance of colors perfect for holidays, parties, and to liven up your kitchen or restaurant.

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These kitchen tea towels will stand out in your kitchen with bold colors and a pretty floral design. These decorative hand towels are ideal for a bathroom or guest rooms as well as adding color and flair to your events, pool parties, and barbecues. A great option for a housewarming as a gift to welcome someone into their new home.

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Not only are they pretty flower oven mitts and pot holders, these are the best oven mitts and pot holders you can find. Excellent quality and heavy duty these cute oven mitts will make your cooking and baking so much more enjoyable. With over eleven colors, choose one that will enhance your kitchen decor or make your holiday more delightful.

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If you just love all of them or want to give a thoughtful gift as a welcoming present or for a new bride you may want to try a kitchen gift set which includes all of these wonderful products.

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Halloween is a busy day. There’s the costumes, Trick or Treating and Halloween Parties. Decorating the the house with Halloween Decor does not have to be complicated. It can be fun and simple. After spreading out your favorite tablecloth, preferably black, white, orange or grey, and decorate with a Spider Web  Table Cloth or Spider Web Table Topper and give the house a spidery appeal. You may want to consider putting on a vinyl tablecloth so there will be an easier cleanup  when the party is over. Fold some cloth napkins and make some fun spider napkin rings. This is something you can make in advance with the children. Made with felt, black pom poms, and pipe cleaners is it fun and inexpensive and is pleasing for children and adults alike. Here’s how its done:

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/how-to-make-spider-napkin-rings/index.html

Spider Napkin Rings

 

Create a witches place card and invite all your friendly witches inside. Get the children involved by asking them to go outdoors and collect the branches. Personalizing the place cards makes everyone feel special. Click on the link to show how its done:

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/witchs-broom-halloween-place-card-holders/index.html

Witches Broom Placecard

 

This Halloween Pinata may take some time to put together-but a fun activity with candy? What can be better than that?! This bright candy corn pinata is a great colorful decoration as well. There’s still enough time! Lets roll up our sleeves and take out our scissors and glue. We may still have some time for some Halloween desserts as well!

http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-make-a-candy-corn-pinata-for-halloween/index.html

Candy Corn Pinata

 

 

 

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Have you ever wondered how a tablecloth or cloth napkin is finished on the edge? There are two ways it can be done: Merrowed or Hemmed.

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A merrowed edge finish is the standard finish for all table linens. A merrowed edge finish is done on a surging machine, typically with a matching thread. It can also be done with a contrasting color if preferred for a dramatic look or to match a color theme. The merrowed finish seals the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.

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A hemmed edge finish gives the cloth a more formal look than the merrowed edge finish. A hemmed edge finish is when the seamstress folds over the edges of the fabric and sews the fold down like the hem on pants. It is done only on some of our cloth napkins and tablecloths.

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Hemmed edge finish is not available for round and oval tablecloths or more delicate fabrics. The hemmed edging on these shapes and fabrics don’t look as clean as a merrowed edge finish.

 

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As July Fourth approaches we like to come up with some new ideas of how to celebrate the freedom we have here in America in style. Since the day is all about freedom we would like to give you some quick, cute and easy ideas so as not to work too hard on a celebratory day!

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Traditionally we celebrate with Red, White, and Blue the colors of our Flag and the colors that symbolize our Freedom. Start with spreading out a Gingham Cloth Checkered Tablecloth that’s either red and white or blue and white. For a nice contrast, put blue color tableware and cloth napkins on your red and white tablecloth or red plates, red silverware and red cloth napkins on your blue gingham tablecloth.

Red White and Blue Candle Centerpiece

Decorate your table with DIY Candle Holders. Layer a glass jar with red, white, and blue rice (divide rice in three and then color some rice red and some blue with food coloring) and then insert a candle in the middle. For less of a hassle, layer your jar with kidney beans, (red) baby lima beans or navy beans (white) and black beans (for the blue) and insert a candle.

 

There are many patriotic desserts out there but what about dinner? Try a  layered taco salad layered with tomato, cheese and black beans. You can also try layering a pasta dish with pasta and tomatoes or pasta sauce as the stripes.

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Have any other dinner ideas? We’d love to hear from you on how you make your Fourth of July a really special one.

 

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Mothers Day is approaching and you would like to give something special to Mother to show her how much she means to you. Before looking around and finding something that suits you, here are some fun facts in honor of this special day:

Mother’s Day originated in the United States in the early 1900s. Although there are older traditions that celebrate similar holidays, they are not considered to be the origins of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is meant to honor mothers and their influence in society, maternal bonds and motherhood itself. In the United States and Canada it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but in other parts of the world it is sometimes celebrated in March, as well as in other months.

The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. Anna Jarvis honored her mother Ann Jarvis with a memorial. Ann Jarvis had started a committee in 1868 to establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’. Her motivation had been to reunite families after the Civil War. She died in 1905, before Mother’s Day became a holiday.

In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked both ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘the second Sunday in May’. She also created Mother’s Day International Association

At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother’s group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother’s day tradition.

Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers.

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Did you know???

Of all the flowers bought for holidays, one quarter are purchased for Mother’s Day.

Carnations are a popular symbol of Mother’s Day. The tradition is to honor mothers who are living with colored flowers, and those who are deceased with white ones. Most of the flowers given for Mother’s Day come from California

The amount of money spent on Mother’s Day in the U.S. is approximately $14 billion.

Common gifts on Mother’s Day include: flowers, dinner or lunch in a restaurant, jewelry, gift cards, clothing and treats such as a trip to a spa. Books, CDs, housewares and gardening tools are popular gifts as well.

Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States

In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. In order to be freed she had to pay them with treats.

In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ‘M’

The world’s most prolific mother was a Russian lady, Mrs. Vassilyev, who had 69 children in 27 pregnancies. She had no single births, but multiple sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets. And it seems 67 of those kids survived past infancy.

 

 

 

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The weather now is thankfully warmer and we hope that the nice weather sticks around for a while. What a great way to enjoy the outdoors by hosting a great backyard party or picnic or enjoying a neighborhood potluck.

Spring is here and we would love to show you some refreshing new ideas for spring.  Our polka dot tablecloth is the modern version of the lace tablecloth. Also available as a table topper and table runner, this sheer tablecloth with white polka dot designs adds freshness and spunk to your surroundings.

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Its all about bold color when it comes to the Nantucket line. The reversible place mat has two great designs so you can choose whatever design you are in the mood for that day! Pretty Damask design on a bright blue background on one side and colorful Chevron design on the other. Matching Chevron cloth napkins will complement the decor as well.

Nantucket Reversible Place mat

 

Our most popular Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloths now come in baby blue, pink, lavender, lilac sea foam and banana. These are great colors for baby showers, spring parties, get togethers and events.  Spring Galaxy Colors

So whether you like to entertain, have an upcoming event or like to redecorate your home, enjoy the warm weather and the warm feeling it brings to you.

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For many people preparing for the Christmas Holiday started long ago. The shopping, the baking, and most of the cooking are all done and even the presents wrapped and ready to go. For others it starts now right before the Holiday. We searched for some easy to do projects that will make your house glow with the Christmas Spirit and no one will know that it was done in no time!

Candy Cane Vase

After spreading out a nice table cloth on your table you like to add some accessories. Here is a super easy festive DIY candy cane vase from Better Homes and Gardens. The nice thing about it is that you can use a plain vase you have lying around the house,  an empty pickle jar, perhaps an empty can from cooking, or empty baby jars if you would like to make mini vases. You can make one big vase for the center of the table or a few little ones. Use a rubber band to hold the candy canes in place and then tie a pretty bow to cover it up! Here is the link for the candy cane vases:  http://www.stylisheve.com/stylish-eve-diy-holiday-edition-presents-candy-cane-vases/

In keeping with the candy cane theme, roll up your pretty cloth napkins and tie with some ribbon. Then stick in a candy cane. Your table will look pretty and your candy cane vase will be intact from people wanting to take some candy from it!

Christmas Napkin Rings

Decorate your home with a wreaths made out of green clothespins. Clip onto some round red wire, tie it with red ribbon and hang up it up. Add some pretty family photos or Christmas cards. If there are children in the home they can draw some hand prints and can paint them or if you don’t want a mess have them draw hands on green cardboard and then cut them out. Paste onto something round (maybe a paper plate) and they’ll be delighted with their homemade wreath masterpiece.

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Hopefully these quick and pretty ideas will free up some time so you can whip up some cookies and can be more relaxed when the holiday arrives.

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