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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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Monday Must-Haves: Prepared for Winter

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Snowy Barn DoormatWe hope you’re enjoying our winter catalog, even if you are not enjoying winter, and are finding just what you need to add more beauty to your home. This week, our five must-haves are items you may not know you need until you need them; we’re here to help you prepare!

Our Snowy Barn Doormat is designed by Billy Jacobs, in the style of his New Fallen Snow image. Depending on the wear of your current doormat, or your need for one at the backdoor or maybe even in the garage, this will make a beautiful statement as a replacement or as an addition to your outdoor winter decor. Of course, it will also keep mud, rain and snow from being tracked throughout your home, while keeping a front porch or back patio seasonally decorated.

Eating Like A Pig SculptureWe know collectible-enthusiasts are always looking for ways to add to collections and perhaps use a new item as inspiration to reorganize treasured sculptures. Our new Eating Like a Pig Sculpture is a charming addition to a bookshelf, end table or mantel that boasts cheerful colors and sunny characters crafted by the Williraye Studio™. Display it as a reminder of gardening and greenery throughout the winter, or save as a gift for a loved one on a special occasion.

Blacksmith Candle Snuffer

We are lovers of flameless candles, but we also know that sometimes nothing beats a warm, flickering scented candle on a cozy winter’s night or during a quiet, snowy morning. When you are ready to put it out, however, do it in a way that will preserve the wick of the candle, and therefore the life of the candle. Our hand-forged iron Blacksmith Candle Snuffer will safely extinguish any candle and present itself decoratively as your candle burns. The turned stem is long enough to keep your hand safe, and its textured exterior gives off an antiqued look for added charm on a mantel in a family room or shelf in your kitchen.

Lavender Hand BalmAnother item great to keep on hand in the kitchen, a bathroom or on your bedside table is made for your hands: all-natural Lavender Hand Balm. It’s not a secret that during winter our skin can get dry and need extra moisturizing power, and this hand balm is exactly what you need. Allow the hand mixed lavender and soothing essential oils to be absorbed by your skin, and enjoy the soft scent and smoothness that is brought to your hands. Keep it all to yourself or give as a gift to a friend or loved one this winter or throughout the year.

Cheshire Braided Rugs

Our final must-have for winter is our Cheshire Braided Rug Collection. We love this collection for winter because of its softness, which is unlike any other non-wool braided rug. In addition to how these rugs feel under your feet, the rich colors provide a neutral and traditional look for any room, and the durable fibers can be kept indoors or moved to an outdoor space. Add a little extra warmth to your favorite living rooms inside your home, or create a cozy feeling in an enclosed porch to admire the wintry world outside.

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Wednesday Spotlight: Spectacular Shamrocks

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Chair PadThe shamrock symbol can be traced back to about as early as the 5th century. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, used this symbol which is now commonly associated with the internationally celebrated March 17th Feast Day – or, as we know it, St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock Jute TrivetFor those of you wanting to decorate your home in green for this holiday, or are looking to proudly display your Irish heritage all year long, we feature some great shamrock-themed items you are sure to enjoy.

Braided Shamrocks

A customer favorite, our braided rugs, stair treads, trivets, and chair pads stand the test of time and the feat of decor coordination. This holds true for general and seasonal decorating, as we like to offer products that can be used for those special times of year, as well as for the rest of the year. Our Sheep & Shamrock selection – featuring Stair Treads, an Oval Rug, and Chair Pads – is great for St. Patrick’s Day, but is also fitting for spring decorating.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Stair Tread

Our Shamrock Jute Trivet coordinates nicely with this selection, and that’s right, all of these items are made from durable, earth-friendly braided jute. What’s better, they reverse to a non-shamrock back, so you can use them even when shamrocks are not in season.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute RugSheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Rug

Shamrock ThermometerShamrock AccessoriesIrish Lace Shortbread Pan
If you’re looking for more of a novelty item that still serves a functional purpose, check out our Shamrock Thermometer. This tin device features an Irish blessing, and you can always rely on it to give you an accurate reading. For your kitchen, we offer an Irish Lace Shortbread Pan inscribed with shamrocks that will leave a decorative imprint on your cookies. You can also choose to simply display it with other unique cookware, or with your favorite shamrock accents.

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