Category Archives: Creative Inspiration

Summer Fun with Green Toys

I received review samples of the toy products shown above; all opinions are mine.

Summer is going by much too fast—time really does fly when you’re having fun! And one way to make summer more fun for the kiddos in your life is with Green Toys®! If you’re not familiar with Green Toys®, this company creates super-fun, super-cute toys—all made in the USA and all made out of 100% recycled materials (mainly plastic). Isn’t that great? So not only do these toys provide loads of fun for kids, they help reduce waste in the environment. Continue reading

A Basketful of Fun!

Basket of Fun @ NancyCI received review samples of the toy products shown above; all opinions are mine.

Want to make your child’s Easter basket extra fun? Or maybe you have grandchildren or nieces and nephews you’re shopping for. Consider these super-fun toys that make a great addition to an Easter basket, and also make wonderful gifts for birthdays or other special events or holidays throughout the year. These toys encourage play activity as well as help develop learning skills. There’s a great selection of toys shown here for children of all ages, and I’ll tell you a little more about them! Continue reading

Autumn Bouquets

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I am such a jar and bottle-saver! I save glass jars and bottles of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I was starting to get quite a collection and running out of space to put them, so I thought I’d make some autumn bouquets to give to my flower-loving friends.

I love the variety of sizes and colors of these bottles! Each one of them had some sort of food item in them–after the contents were used up, I removed the labels on each bottle so I could reuse them as vases and tied autumn-colored ribbons around them before filling with flowers.

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These three glass bottles were all once containers for vanilla, almond, and orange extract.

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These two jars originally had jam in them.

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Another unique-looking bottle and jar: the small clear bottle in the foreground was from Cracker Barrel (it was a miniature maple syrup bottle–the kind they give you when you order pancakes). The larger brown glass jar in the background is actually a vitamin jar. Who would’ve thought it would make such a great vase?

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This vintage-looking soda bottle was from Cracker Barrel, too–they sell a variety of vintage sodas in their country store, and some of them have such great designs, you hate to toss them out!

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This bottle is one of my favorites–it has a long neck and a rounded base, so no worries about this tipping over! This originally had some white wine vinegar in it.

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And this large bottle had some apple juice in it–I love the detail of the leaves at the top of the bottle–much too pretty to get rid of!

Most of my labels came off pretty easily just by soaking the bottle in hot soapy water–I left the bottles in the water overnight. But sometimes I come across really stubborn labels, and on those, I sometimes use nail polish remover. I’ve also heard that Goo Gone works too, although I haven’t tried that yet. If you use products like these, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area.

Are you a glass jar and bottle-saver too? Using them as vases is one way to upcycle them. Do you have other ways of reusing pretty jars and bottles?

Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy and Show and Share at Coastal Charm.

The Forerunner of Pantone: A Color Guide from 1692

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Picture 6My designer friend Rick told me about this vintage color book today, and I found it so interesting! In today’s color world, Pantone® is considered the worldwide expert and their Pantone® Color Guides are used by designers, manufacturers, and retailers in developing products and communicating accurate color information. Their first color guide (or Pantone Matching System) was published in 1963. But 271 years before that, a little-known Dutch artist, “A. Boogert,” wrote a book about color mixing that uncannily resembles today’s Pantone color chips! Here are some pictures from that vintage book, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, as featured on the design site Colossal

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The book has almost 800 handwritten and hand painted pages; no other copies of it were ever produced. It is kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France.

colors-6So there’s a little history lesson for you today! 🙂 I just love vintage books and find something like this beautiful and fascinating! Are you a collector of vintage books or other vintage items?

Daffodils

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I picked these daffodils yesterday–they’ve just recently started blooming. They were growing by the side of the road, and I just had to pick some! I love the variety–some are bright yellow, some are soft yellow, and some are soft cream. My favorite, though, are the daffodils that have creamy petals with vivid orange centers.

Do you have daffodils in your garden and are they blooming yet?

I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.