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Participar de um “junta pratos” é um programinha super divertido, já que não dá muito trabalho para ninguém e a criatividade pode rolar solta! E se prepararmos tudo com carinho e com uma atenção especial pode ser ainda mais. Olha que dicas lindas de apresentação, você pode nem se uma cozinheira de mão cheia, mas com certeza vai fazer o maior sucesso.


Fotos Rogério Voltan – via Casa e jardim


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Now that we are going to Brazil, you can imagine what a hassle we’ve been trough trying to organize the move.

We’ve got a lot of stuff (furniture, clothes, appliances) “New York style” that won’t fit too well in Brazil. So it’s time to donate, give away to friends or swap!

There’s nothing more fun than clean your closets, grab your friends and trade your stuff at a party where everybody leaves happy and nobody spends a dime.

Here’s how it works:

1) Invite a few friends and ask them to bring items to swap;

2) Bring also some food and drinks!

3) Lay out the loot allowing some space and time for each person to browse;

4) Everything should be clean and in good condition;

5) Tag each item with price and description of the product;

6) Take turns choosing one new item for each item that you brought;

7) Box and donate leftovers to charity at the end of the party.


photo from internet.

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Real Simple magazine came up with one hundred “new use for old things” ideas for kitchen items.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Lemon as Table Decoration

Aluminum Foil as a Funnel

Cake Stand as Candle Holder

Aluminum Foil as Fixture Protector

Egg Slicer as Strawberry Dicer

Colander as Ice Bucket

Dish Towel as Wine Bag

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photos from Martha Stewart.

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I invited Kristen J. from the blog Wedding (Version 2.0) to be our second guest blogger and exchange some ideas about decorating a Wedding party. Kristen’s been married for a few years now, but she’s planning the wedding ceremony she never had in the form of a vow renewal.

I simply loved her post about not using flowers to decorate her wedding. It’s her wish and nothing is more appropriate in a wedding than doing what you feel like doing.  Here it is, in her own words:

“A flowerless wedding…  Can it be done?  Should it be done?

In our case, the answer is most definitely… yes!  I have never been the type of girl who gushed over the idea of being sent roses.  Instead, I would feel bad that flowers had to die just so I could look at them inside my house.  Send me a potted plant that I can help to grow and enjoy for years and I’m yours!  So, the thought of killing tons of flowers just for a wedding ceremony and reception really rubs me the wrong way, at least when it comes to my own wedding.

The theme of our wedding is the Adirondack woods, so we are going to try to keep the decor natural, without having to kill any plants.  Our centerpieces are going to be living terrariums that people can take home with them, which will hopefully continue to live and grow for a long time.  We are also intending to use pine cones and leaves in some way on the guest tables at the reception.

At first I tossed around the idea of possibly having a flower bouquet to carry down the aisle, but I was never really sold on the idea.  Part of me felt like it was wrong for me not to carry one, but the other part of me rebelled against the idea of doing something just because everyone else does it, and the proverbial “they” say that I have to.  In addition, flowers are expensive!  Holy cow!  Still, I didn’t know what else to do, and I thought it would be weird to walk down the aisle empty handed.  Where would I put my hands?

Eventually, after looking around on the internet for who knows how long, I fell back to my old friend etsy and stumbled across something that is perfect for me:

It’s called a Rustic Firefly Lantern and is made by April Hiler Designs.  This completely fits our wedding theme, is really cute, and nothing needed to die in order for it to be made!  Better yet, it won’t wilt a few hours after the wedding, and I’m sure I can find another use for it!  Inside the basket is preserved sheet moss, dried grapevine, and faux fern fronds, along with a little string of LED lights.

Etsy is absolutely full of great items that could be used for a wedding instead of flowers!

It may not be customary or commonplace, but it wouldn’t really be our wedding if we did things like everyone else, now would it!”

And how would you like the idea of fruit centerpieces?

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A christmas tree should have personality, one should never copy that pretty tree in the cover of a magazine. At least this is my opinion… Bring home ornaments from trips around the world, from vintage shops and, of course, from Etsy.com @ Miscolores.

Coming from a warm and tropical country, these are the ornaments that I’m hanging on my Christmas Tree! For me, the more colorful the merrier.

If you like these felt ornaments, there are plenty more for sale, right here!

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I’ve got some great news today! My new shop at Etsy.com has just opened and I have some cute stuff there for decoration, party favors or gifts.

Pay me a visit and take a look at the products.  Everything is handmade with lots of love. New products are going to be made by next month, so feel free to give me suggestions of cute things I could make.

And come back here by the end of this week. I’ll be giving away a gift from the shop to one of you.

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