Tools For Spools

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Are you like I am and have
spools and spools of ribbon
strewn here and there throughout your house? I have some in with my craft supplies, some with my gift wrapping supplies, and others stuffed here and there. Well if you are a fellow spool stow-er I have a solution.You'll need:
*a dowel that will fit the opening in the center of the spool,
*a drill with a drill bit the size of the dowel,
*a wooden base, any shape will do,
*wood glue,
*paint, and
*dowel finials (optional).

Drill a hole the size of the dowel in the center of the base.
Cut or leave the dowel as long as you desire and glue it into the base. Add a finial to the top of the dowel. Paint the dowel stand and let dry. Load with spools.And there you have a quick and easy organizing tool for spools.

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Architecture Adoration

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Beautiful architecture fascinates me! I would love to live in a charming old building full of magnificent moldings, tin ceilings, and leaded glass. But I don't. So I do the next best thing. I put architecture in my home by adding moldings where ever possible, and collecting architectural pieces to use in my vignettes.I've been infatuated with corbels for some time now. A corbel is a bracket generally used to support a cornice or arch. I would love to find two gargantuan, old, chippy, crusty corbels! I would hang them under each end of the ceiling beam in my living room. I've searched for huge corbels, but they always cost much more than my pocketbook will allow. In the meantime, to help fuel my fascination, I pick up almost any corbel I can find at the thrift store.I was fortunate to find two more beauties recently. These are reproductions made from fiberglass. I'm not sure if I'll keep them this color, but I'll live with them a while before I decide if they need a makeover. Originally I bought just one because the other one was damaged. But when I got it home and figured a place to put two of them, another trip to the thrift store was made. Luckily I was able to repair the damage, and now my recently acquired corbels hang proudly in the hallway.

Aren't they beautiful?

***If you're in need of a beautiful Mother's day gift, Laryssa Herbert is offering 10% off your total order through May 11th, 2009.
All you will need to do is use the coupon code: MOTHER when checking out.

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Win Hgtv Dream House

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How to win at HGTV Dream House

In the HGTV dream house contest, the Home and Garden Television people build a dream home out of scratch and shows to the people how it is done at every step. The viewers are allowed to participate in the contest by voting on layouts, colors and designers and a lucky winner becomes the winner of the HGTV dream home in the end.

Hgtv Dream House: Dream House View

If you are wondering how to become the winner of the contest, then you need to follow the following steps:

Hgtv Dream House: Try to Win Dream House

• Instead of taking part in every contest you come across, try to focus upon this contest only as your main aim is to win the house and not other trivial prizes offered at other contests.

• If you are entering only a single give away, then you have less chances of winning, so try to enter as many sweepstakes as you can.

Hgtv Dream House: Build your Dream House

• Make as many entries as allowed so that with larger number of entries, you will have more chances of winning.

• Emphasize on sweepstakes that offer you lots of prizes, rather than a single prize which is much harder to win.

Hgtv Dream House: Hgtv Dream House Kitchen

• Choose sweepstakes that allow a restricted number of people to enter so that the number of participants is less and you have more chances of winning. You can also choose sweepstakes that restrict entries by gender or age.

Hgtv Dream House: Watch the Show

• Make entries in sweepstakes that allow the entries to be made within a short period of time. If entries are allowed to be made for a longer period of time, then more number of people will get chance to make their entries and thus you will have more competition, thus reducing your chances of winning.

By following these steps, you will increase your chances of winning the contest manifolds.

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