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Make your own gift tags

Hello Friends
I found this great article at ecosalon.com about making your own gift tags, I will definitely be trying some of these for xmas this year
This year, put as much love into labeling your gift as you did buying it. 
Gift tags are one of those things we think about after wrapping a gift and we generally whip up with some leftover wrapping paper, scribbling something uninspiring on it. That, or we run out and buy the first stack of snowman labels we can get our hands on at the eleventh hour.
This year, vow to be a better gift giver by putting as much love into your labeling as you do into your shopping. Here are some simple ways to add some personality to your gift and amaze your loved ones with your DIY prowess.
When you’re at the Christmas tree lot, pick up the leftover slices from the trunks and paint them using poster or acrylic paint. While you’re at it, grab all you can: they work just as well for birthdays, too. Drill a hole into it for the ribbon and use a sharpie on the back for the “to” and “from.”
Family and friends photo tags are a win win. Print out pictures of the people you love on the receiving end of your list and glue the images on shipping tags.
Go old school with your photos using embarrassing high school pictures and accidental shots of friends with their eyes closed.
Tea stained tags are a little more work, but worth it. Brew up some strong tea with two or three tea bags. Throw your tags and tea in a shallow baking dish or plastic container and leave for a few hours. You can keep them overnight for a darker look. Pull them out to dry and start designing.
You can put just about anything on these and they look great. I chose old ornaments and glittery leaves from holiday decor.
Also try photocopied  illustrations from vintage books and wallpaper, like these found at the flea market for a song.
Finally stamp words on your gift tags with letter stamps from the craft store, the funkier the better. Even if your gift is received like a lump of coal, at the very least, it will look good.
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Natural cleaning tips for flea market finds

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It’s great to clean with natural ingredients and better for the environment.
Before using any of these natural remedies, test in an inconspicuous area prior to use. When working with valuable antiques or collectibles, contact a professional prior to cleaning or refurbishing 

Pewter – I know this sounds strange but to polish pewter, gently rub the item with cabbage leaves and buff with a soft cloth, it really works well

Wax – To remove caked-on wax from candle holders, place them in the freezer for several hours. Wax should come right off
 
Wood Furniture – To clean and shine wood furniture, combine two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice until mixed. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the furniture. Wipe off excess cleaner with lint-free cloth
 
Microwaves – To remove stubborn grit and grime from the inside of a microwave oven, simply steam it clean! Place a glass measuring cup filled with water inside the oven and heat until boiling. Remove the measuring cup and wipe down oven with a clean cloth. The food should wipe right off
 
Glass Cleaner – This quick tip could not be easier.  To bring up old glass like new again, clean glass with lemon juice, avoiding streaks as you wipe
 
Paint – To remove old paint from glass windows, apply hot vinegar to paint and rub. The paint should lift off easily

Old Suitcases – Vacuum inside and out to remove any dirt and dust, carefully wipe hard surfaces with a paper towel dampened with white vinegar. To clean interiors lightly spray with a 50/50 water vinegar solution, wait 5 min then use a damp sponge to wipe away any mold  mildew or dirt, you may need to repeat this step a few times, washing the sponge each time. Leave case open and allow to dry completely in a sunny position

Old Rugs and furniture – Sprinkle generously with coffee grounds. Wait 24 hours then vacuum. Vodka is a natural deodorizer and kills bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with the cheap stuff, and use it straight. You won’t smell the alcohol once it dries. Spray rugs, upholstery, draperies and other textiles liberally with the vodka and let dry. Also baking soda is great as its completely nontoxic and absorbs odors marvelously

Antique tin – If well maintained, an antique tin can be passed down from one generation to another for decades without losing its luster. Incorrect cleaning might be the biggest factor in antique tin becoming damaged and losing its luster. Gentle cleaning is required especially if the tin has a pattern. Never rub the tin only use a dry soft cloth and gentle patting. A soft paint brush is good to use as well. If after all these steps the antique tin is still dirty, use a mild soap and water to gently wash the tin. Then dry thoroughly as tin can rust, so only do this as an absolute last resort. Never use scrub pads or steel wool to clean antique tin with


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Spring inspiration

I came across this colourful design on www.bhg.com and had to share it with you, the room is so busy a lot is happening but it all works together.

Create a casual living room that sings “spring,” brimming with juicy citrus colours. Add brightly coloured vases, spunky patterned pillows, a painted jute rug, and flea market finds to your space for a fresh feel without spending a fortune.