WHERE DID 16 YEARS GO?
It will be 16 years this December that I have been writing my Home Ideas column for the North Shore News. To celebrate, I have been working on a website, lunter. ca, where a good majority of the Home Ideas columns over the past years have now been categorized and archived.
If you are looking for an idea that ran in a past issue, there's a good chance that it is now on the website.
To launch this year's holiday columns I've decided to do three "greatest hits" for the season. Two of the ideas are from years past and one is new and very easy to do.
Santa hat flower arrangement
This idea is so simple you can literally make it minutes before your guests arrive. The trick is to have everything on hand and then put it together for your table. Purchase a small square white cube floral container and a brick of wet floral foam. You will also need a piece of a white feather boa. Lastly, you will require a dozen red roses.
To make the arrangement, cut the foam to fit the container. Soak the foam for at least 15 minutes and place inside the pot. Cut your rose stems to approximately 3-5 centimetres long and insert into the wet floral foam. Continue until the top of the container is full. Tie off with the white ribbon.
These arrangements are really nice when you make two or three of them and scatter them on a table.
Jingle bell wrap
There's nothing nicer than receiving a gift that has been wrapped in something meaningful.
Do you have a favourite Christmas carol? Why not take the music paper down to Staples and have them blow it up on glossy paper in black and white for you? You are now ready to wrap your recipient's gift. Finish it off with a satin, black ribbon.
Purchase your sheet music at your local music supply store.
Who would have thought feathers would look so lovely complementing pretty wrapping paper?
Well, they do and you can find some beautiful feathers everywhere in stores at the moment. A simple peacock feather looks stunning when paired with gold wrapping paper. Tie it off with a co-ordinating ribbon and you are set. An impressive presentation - in only minutes.