If you are looking for an inexpensive centerpiece(s) for a dinner or function you are hosting this summer, look no farther for this WOW idea. Use these table centerpieces at a wedding to color co-ordinate the pineapple tops with the wedding colors. Perfect for a backyard barbecue, family get-together or event. The paints and sponge brushes are readily available at craft stores or dollar stores. Do not be fussy about getting in every little nook and cranny, the ‘distressed’ look is just fine. Keep your pineapples refrigerated until the event starts and you may even get to use them afterward, give them away or dispose of them

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JOKE OF THE DAY: What I lack in natural beauty, I make up for in plastic surgery.

HAPPY JUNE 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Bruce Dern 81, Russell Brand 42, Angelina Jolie 42, Bar Refaeli 32, Michelle Phillips 73, James Callis 45, Parker Stevenson 65, Noah Wyle 46, Robin Lord Taylor 39, Dr. Ruth Westheimer 89, and Dennis Weaver (1924-2006).

03 Jun 2017
June 3, 2017

Turn A Nylon Tent Into A Sandbox

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Another ‘Why-didn’t-I-think-of-that’ great idea for a sandbox. Purchase a nylon tent and fill the bottom with beach sand (from any home builder outlet). This keeps the hot sun off the kids and the neighborhood kitties from using it as a litter box. When ot in use, throw a lightweight tarp or plastic sheet over the top to keep rain and UV rays off the tent.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: “Look. I don’t like you. You don’t like me. But we have got to make this work for the kids.” – Me. To my swimsuit, before taking the kids to the pool.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Alcohol is a very effective dissolving agent. It dissolves families, marriages, friendships, jobs, bank accounts and neurons, but NEVER problems.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1976 – Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes gold, meaning over 1 million copies sold.

HAPPY JUNE 3 BIRTHDAY TO: Anderson Cooper 50, Hale Irwin 72, Suzi Quatro 67, Tony Curtis (1925-2010), and Ellen Corby (1911-1999).

02 Jun 2017
June 2, 2017

Funky Fence Idea

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Make this DIY fence decor using supplies from the dollar store! Pick out various cups, bowls, plates and platters. Attach them together to create pretty flowers then hang them on the fence. It is recommended using Goop marine glue because it is heavy duty and UV resistant. Use a green hose to make the stems. GREAT idea and easy to do! **EDITOR’S NOTE** I saw the flower heads done with various hub caps spray painted bright colors…that worked really well. Source Unknown

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BAD JOKE OF THE DAY:  # 1. Energizer Bunny Arrested: Charged With Battery.  #2. I put my grandma on speed dial…it’s called Instagram.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1935 – Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball at age 40.

HAPPY JUNE 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Zachary Quinto 40, Sally Kellerman 80, Dana Carvey 62, Dennis Haysbert 63, Wayne Brady 45, Charlie Watts 76, Stacey Keach 76, Kyle Petty 57, Dominic Cooper 39, Jerry Mathers 69, and Justin Long 39.

What is boho design? It definitely isn’t for everyone, that’s what it is. Some might wonder what Bohemian style is. The word “Bohemian” comes from the French word for “gypsy,” and it applies to those who live unconventional (usually artistic) lives.

Boho style decorating is a complete assault on the senses. It borders Moroccan, the hippie era and cultural treasures all balled up into one space. Boho is easy enough to create; think macrame, tied ribbons, tassels, and all things textured, raggy, shaggy, and frayed. More is More. Pack a space with as much personality as possible, Bohemian style encourages a sense of stuffed-to-the-brim. An interior that embraces Boho-Chic should appear busy, almost chaotic, and yet confident. Cover the walls with beloved items, fill surfaces with textiles and color, and layer, then layer, then layer again. Think art, books, furniture, fabrics, pillows, sculptures, plants, lamps, or whatever else makes your heart sing.

TIP: To tie all this chaos together, choose a common color, for example, this photo has purple as a common color. Choose blue or bright pink if purple isn’t your thing. Not every pillow, rug or window covering needs to have purple in it but each ‘area’ should have something purple…somewhere for the eyes to ‘land’ and focus on. This room has a great mix of fabrics, texture, lighting, color and mis-matched furniture without going overboard. There are no rules.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

ANOTHER THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

HAPPY JUNE 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Ron Wood 70, Danielle Harris 40, Morgan Freeman 80, Brian Cox 71, Alanis Morissette 43, Pat Boone 83, Heidi Klum 44, Ronnie Dunn 64, Doris Day 95, Willow Shields 17, Powers Booth 69, Marilyn Munroe (1926-1962), and Andy Griffith (1926-2012).

 

 

Found this photo on the internet somewhere. There was no tutorial with the photo or detailed instructions on how to re-purpose old globes into fun light fixtures but you can find lots of ways to make these by searching the internet for ‘how-to’s’. It does involve a light kit (either plug-in or hard wired) which can be purchased at any home improvement outlet.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I drink coffee for your protection.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: I always say what I mean…sometimes I don’t mean to say it out loud.

HAPPY MAY 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Eric Christian Olsen 40, Colin Farrell 41, Brooke Shields 53, Joe Namath 74, Hugh Dillon 54, Sharon Gless 74, Archie Panjabi 45, Corey Hart 55, Lea Thompson 56, Clint Eastwood 86, Gregory Harrison 67, Chris Elliot 57, Tom Berenger 68, and Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

Rattan furniture is definitely not as popular in Canada as it once was, however, there is still a demand. Why? Because it has a certain appeal and it never seems to wear out. The cushions will need replacing every ten years or so, but by then fabric patterns have moved on, colors have moved on and the overall look of the furniture could use a freshening up.

Rattan is a vine that can grow up to 100 feet long but only up to about 1 1/2″ in diameter. It has a thorny bark that uses trees as a way to climb and grow After rattan is harvested, the bark is stripped off and the core is  broken down into shorter lengths for furniture. While it is still pliable it is steamed and put into jigs where it is shaped. After the rattan has dried sufficiently, it is stained and the joints are glued, then screwed together and leather wrapped for aesthetic purposes only.

It is super easy to clean, a Swiffer will do it for day to day dusting. Go over the frames with a bit of lemon oil on a soft cloth every 6 months (or once a year) for a deeper cleaning and to bring back the natural shine of rattan. Being lightweight furniture, encourages moving out to clean underneath.

Rattan furniture is made for nearly every room; living rooms, dining and bedrooms. Let us help you to choose a style that is right for your needs.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1967 – Evil Knievel sets record, jumps over 16 cars on his motorcycle.

JOKE OF THE DAY: As an adult, I always forget that I can get in my car and buy a cake whenever I want and no one can stop me.

HAPPY MAY 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Clint Walker 90, Ceelo Green 43, Winona Judd 53, Colm Meaney 64, Minai Noji 44, Michael J. Pollard 78, Ted McGinley 59, and Benny Goodman (1909-1986).

29 May 2017
May 29, 2017

New Product Arriving For Summer

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New outdoor stock has arrived. These super cute carved owl rocks are at home inside and out and are just a few of our latest product with more on the way this week. We have had a lot of dishwasher safe placemats sell recently so they are being re-stocked, along with some of the most popular scents of Poo-Pourri. There is outdoor art, laser cut metal fence panels, more styles of re-cycled plastic Adirondack furniture, wind chimes, table top fire pots and so much more.

Outdoor resin and cast aluminum furniture is 20-40% off. Take it right off the showroom floor or order in your own custom fabric.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I try to avoid the things that make me fat…like scales, mirrors and photographs.

HAPPY MAY 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Anthony Geary 70, LaToya Jackson 61, Mel B. 42, David Burtka 42, Danny Elfman 64, Lisa Welchel 54, Melissa Etheridge 56, Justin Chon 36, Riley Keogh 28, Rupert Everett 58, Annette Bening 59, Bob Hope (1903-2003), and John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

Catching up on a couple of missing days. Sunday May 28 – The technical end of the website has been down for a couple of days. As a result, there has been no blog but I have caught up with the birthdays and Joke Of The Day. Our apologies. Kevin, our web guy has solved the issue and has done an amazing job.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’ve learned two important lessons in life. I can’t remember the first one, but the second one is that I need to start writing stuff down.

HAPPY MAY 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Elizabeth Hasselbeck 40, Dustin McNeer 20, Michael Oher 31, Joseph Cross 31, John Fogerty 72, Rudy Giuliani 73, Gladys Knight 73, Justin Kirk 48, Kylie Minogue 49, Jep Robertson 39, and Rob Ford (1969-2016).

Catching up on a couple of missing days. Sunday May 28 – The technical end of the website has been down for a couple of days. As a result, there has been no blog but I have caught up with the birthdays and Joke Of The Day. Our apologies. Kevin, our web guy has solved the issue and has done an amazing job.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Sometimes you can just tell it’s going to be a “Does not play well with others.” kind of day.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems has died. He was 69. Allman died due to liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

HAPPY MAY 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Lou Gossett Jr. 81, Jamie Oliver 42, Todd Bridges 52, Henry Kissinger 94, Jan Arden 55, Peri Gilpin 56, Joseph Fiennes 47, Chris Colfer 27, Don Williams 78, Christopher Lee (1922-2015), Wild Bill Hickock (1837-1876), Vincent Price (1911-1993), and Sam Snead (1912-2002).

Catching up on a couple of missing days. Sunday May 28 – The technical end of the website has been down for a couple of days. As a result, there has been no blog but I have caught up with the birthdays and Joke Of The Day. Our apologies. Kevin, our web guy has solved the issue and has done an amazing job.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The ability to speak several languages is valuable, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1987 – Larry Bird steals an in bounds pass from Isiah Thomas, passes it to DJ for game winning layup.

HAPPY MAY 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Helena Bonham-Carter 51, Lisa Niemi 61, Masaharu Morimoto 62, Lenny Kravitz 53, Scott Disick 34, Genie Francis 55, Phillip Thomas 68, Hank Williams Jr. 68, Stevie Nicks 69, Levon Helm (1940-2012), John Wayne (1907-1979), Sally Ride (1951-2012), and Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011).

25 May 2017
May 25, 2017

New Shipment Of Art Has Arrived

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We’ve just unpacked a brand new shipment of art and Mexican pottery. This piece is titled Girl’s Night Out and is one of the wine themed prints we have in the store. Also, we have brought back the ever popular Mexican Money Pots to help save for whatever you are wanting to save for. They have a chalkboard finish so you can change your saving on a whim.

Just a reminder: Father’s Day is around the corner and Charter House has many cool gifts for dad.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1977 Star Wars opens to a surprising success. George Lucas has gone to win 7 Oscars from the franchise and it still continuing on today.

JOKE OF THE DAY: WANTED: Caretaker for my beach house. ALSO: beach house ALSO: money for a beach house.

HAPPY MAY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Alberto Del Rio 40, Cillian Murphy 41, Aly Raisman 23, Frank Oz 73, Mike Myers 54, Octavia Spencer 47, Stacy London 48, Ian McKellen 78, Anne Heche 48, Brian Urlacher 39, and Dixie Carter (1939-2010).

24 May 2017
May 24, 2017

Women And Men Do Shop Differently

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It occurred to me (at 11:30 pm) that I hadn’t done a blog for today. This is the best I could do on short notice. Enjoy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: At any given time, the urge to sing, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim away.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1980 – The New York Islanders win their first ever NHL Stanley Cup in team history.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Sir Roger George Moore, best known for playing secret agent James Bond has passed away at 89 years of age. He starred in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He also played Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.

HAPPY MAY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Tommy Chong 79, Eric Close 50, Mark Ballas 31, Roseanne Cash 62, John C. Reilly 52, Priscilla Presley 72, Patti LaBelle 73, Gary Burghoff 74, Bob Dylan 76, and Bryan Greenberg 39.