19 Feb 2017
February 19, 2017

Add Pizzazz To Artificial Flowers

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With spring just around the corner, you may want to add some color into your home. A sad bunch of artificial flowers looks exactly like that…sad and artificial. You can make that bunch of flowers come to life by varying the texture around the flowers.
Grab some shiny artificial berry pods, smooth leaves, or even pine cones and set them on a rustic wood log to contrast the silky petals of your faux flowers. To make them even more realistic, there is a product called Liquid Illusion that looks like water but dries hard around the flower stems in a glass vase.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1976 – George Harrison was fined for plagiarism with “My Sweet Lord’s” similarity to “He’s So Fine”.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Leslie David Baker 60, Benicio Del Toro 51, Justine Bateman 52, Jeff Daniels 63, Sanya Richards 33, Seal 55, Eric Lange 45, Smokey Robinson 78, Scott Paulin 68, and Lee Marvin (1924-1987).

18 Feb 2017
February 18, 2017

Elegant New Chair – From Leather Craft

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A closer look at the 795 Chair in the colour Armani Black. The Diamond Back and Swoop Arm really set this piece apart! It also is available without the diamond back. Leather Craft is a Canadian manufacturer of fine leather products and sold at Charter House Interiors.

38″ Width  31″ Depth  34.5″ Height

Seat Cushion: Feather Blend Seat
Back Cushion: Poly Fiber and Foam
Construction: No Sag
Showwood Finish: Expresso
Arm Height: 23”
Seat Height: 18”
Seat Depth: 23”
Leg Height: 5

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Autocorrect makes me say things I didn’t Nintendo.

THIS DAY IN GEOGRAPHY: 1979 – An atmospheric phenomenon occurs when snow falls in the Sahara Desert.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2001 – Car racing tragedy: on final lap of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is killed in car crash.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Molly Ringwald 50, Vanna White 610, John Travolta 63, Matt Dillon 54, Yoko Ono 84, Jillian Michaels 44, Juice Newton 66, Cybill Shepherd 68, George Kennedy (1925-2016), and Jack Palance (1919-2006).

17 Feb 2017
February 17, 2017

Hot Trend 2017: Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

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Hot Trend: Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets
“Homeowners are starting to take bigger design risks in the kitchen,” according to the designers and real estate professionals. “Expect to see a rise in tuxedo or two-toned painted cabinets where the top and bottom doors are painted in complimentary colors, such as navy blue and soft gray or beige.”

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Before you judge me, please understand, I really don’t care what you think.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1998 – The USA Women’s Ice Hockey team defeats Canada to win their first ever gold medal.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Bay 52, Hal Holbrook 92, Rene Russo 63, Jerry O’Connell 43, Luc Robitaille 43, Michael Jordan 54, Larry The Cable Guy 54, Lou Diamond-Phillips 55, Bonnie Wright 26, Joseph Gordon-Levitt 36, Denise Richards 46, Jason Ritter 46, Chord Overstreet 27, and Gene Pitney (1940-2006).

16 Feb 2017
February 16, 2017

New Vases From Down The Beaten Path

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Charter House Interiors has been featuring Down The Beaten Path vases, bowls and statues in our store for years. They introduce new product every year and change colors on old favorites to keep a fresh look. Below is a brief overview from the company. For more products www.downthebeatenpath.com

Down the Beaten Path’s vases are artisan designed, handcrafted terracotta vases made in Mexico. Our unique products range from floor sizes to tabletop and appeal to a variety of styles, tastes and colors from modern to traditional that will compliment everyone’s home décor needs. Down the Beaten Path is a leading designer, importer and distributor of home décor to Canadian retailers for over 15 years.

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SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma. McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2005 – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is forced to cancel the 2004 – 2005 season due to a lockout.

JOKE OF THE DAY: How is adulting going for you today, you ask? I turned on the wrong burner and have been cooking nothing for 20 minutes.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Christopher Eccleston 52, Sarah Clarke 45, Amanda Holden 45, Elizabeth Olsen 25, John McEnroe 57, Ice T 59, LeVar Burton 59, Sonny Bono (1935-1998), and Patty Andrews (1918-2013).

For a warm winter treat try this out.

To Die For Bread Pudding Slow Cooker Recipe

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1/2 c of light brown sugar, packed
1 t of nutmeg, ground
1 c of heavy cream
1 c of milk
1 1/4 t of vanilla extract
1/4 c of butter, melted
1/2 c of raisins
1/2 c of butterscotch chips
1/2 c pecans
2 T of cinnamon
20 slices of wheat bread, 1 inch cubed
Glaze
1/3 c heavy cream
1 c sugar
1/2 c of butter
1.5 T of rum (or other favorite liquor)

Directions:
Spray slow cooker with cooking spray
Whisk eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in bowl
Stir in milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and butter
Add bread cubes until moistened
Fold in butterscotch chips, raisins and pecans
Cook on low for 2 hours or until center is firm
Cover and let stand for 30 minutes
Serve warm with glaze or whipping cream
For Glaze, optional
Melt all ingredients except for rum, do not boil
Add rum
Pour over bread pudding slow cooker recipe

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.
1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m glad you’re finally learning to laugh at yourself. That was kind of getting awkward for the rest of us.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Amber Riley 31, Christopher McDonald 62, Janice Dickinson 62, Matt Groening 63, Alex Borstein 44, Sarah Wynter 44, Jaromir Jagr 45, Melissa Manchester 66, Jane Seymour 66, Norman Bridwell (1928-2014), Chris Farley (1964-1997), and Harvey Korman (1927-2008).

14 Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

Indoor Vines Make A Comeback.

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Indoor Vines
Don’t feel like you need to buy a new couch or paint a whole room to freshen up your home decor. Sometimes a new plant is all it takes. Climbing plants like the pothos (devil’s ivy) have surged in popularity. Both live and silk plants died a swift death when all thos home and restaurant make-over shows were popular. Heaven forbid, you’d have something green in your home. Now we are seeing more plants, trees and climbing vines making a comeback instead of just one leaf in some water on a dining table. But before we go screwing decorative hooks into the ceiling again, I’d wait on the revival of the macrame hanger.

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VALENTINE’S JOKE OF THE DAY: I won’t be spending Valentine’s alone because I will be spending it with my bottle of wine.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1876 Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone.

SAD DAY FOR SASKATCHEWAN: Tyrone Tootoosis passed away Sunday February 12 at the age of 58. He was instrumental in transcribing and translating interviews his father had with elders of First Nations people. Without this man, so much of the culture could have been lost. Tyrone did so much more in his short life, too much to mention here.

ALSO: Glenn McDougall 1937-2017. The man behind FURY guitars leaves a rich musical legacy. Glenn handcrafted some 10,00 guitars in his lifetime. He was often called “Canada’s Leo Fender”. But it will be the positive influence he had on hundreds, if not, thousands of musician that will be his legacy.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Matt Barr 33, Enrico Colantoni 54, Freddie Highmore 25, Valente Rodriguez 56, Hugh Downs 96, Meg Tilly 47, Simon Pegg 47, Florence Henderson (1934-2016), Jack Benny (1894-1974), Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982), Gregory Hines (1946-2003).

Open concept living has been a much sought after feature in homes for quite some time. What about the kitchen prep mess at dinner parties. They never mention this on the reno shows on television…how to conceal all the pots and pans when dinner is served. This is an easy project to do in a weekend. It requires a few tools, a track and a linen curtain. There are tutorials all over the internet on how to do this properly. Cruise a few and decide if this would suit your wants and needs or if this would even fit your style of living. This would be a useful project to define an office area or divide up a kid’s room.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My biggest contribution to workplace safety is having a cup of coffee in the morning. Happy Monday!

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2000 The last PEANUTS comic strip appears in the newspaper the day after Charles M. Schulz passes.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Neal McDonough 51, Stockard Channing 73, Jerry Springer 73, George Segal 83, Kim Novak 84, Peter Tork 75, Mats Sundin 46, Peter Gabriel 67, and Mena Suvari 38.

12 Feb 2017
February 12, 2017

Build A Campsite For Your Kid’s Room

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I found this on Facebook in a post from House Beautiful and couldn’t resist reposting. To get the full tutorial (because it is quite detailed) go to The Ragged Wren for instructions on how to construct the tent. This was first posted Friday October 4, 2013. Imagine the fun your kids will have all the time in their own room.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: CANADA: Come for the culture and scenery. Stay because your car won’t start.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2010 – The opening ceremony is held for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Arsenio Hall 61, Joanna Kern 64, Michael McDonald 65, Robin Thomas 67, Michael Ironside 67, Jesse Spencer 38, Christina Ricci 38, Chynna Phillips 49, Josh Brolin 49, Lorne Greene (1915-1982), Charles Darwin (1809-1882), and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).

 

If things are looking a bit drab after the Christmas decorations are put away, why not bring back some life and color to your front porch? Rule #1. Never pack away clear mini-lights or wreath holders…they can always be used. This photo has hearts on sticks planted in otherwise dead looking flower pots. Dollar stores are the best place to find inexpensive Valentine’s decorations, or go the home made route. Tie a red ribbon around the pots, string some lights (or not) and you have the most welcoming house on the block. The decorations store flat and do not take up a lot of room. HINT: Store them in with your Christmas decorations.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m going to make a voodoo doll of myself and give it a back rub. It’s Saturday….I deserve it.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Burt Reynolds 81, Tina Louise 83, Sarah Palin 53, Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy) 43, Taylor Lautner 25, Natalie Dormer 35, Cheryl Crow 55, Carey Lowell 56, Kelly Rowland 36, Jennifer Aniston 48, Brandi 38, Jazz Raycole 29, Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010), and Eva Gabor (1919-1995).

10 Feb 2017
February 10, 2017

Fill Your Home With Cat & Mouse Love

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Our black cat is 10″ tall and looking down on our 5″ mouse. Get them at Charter House while they’re still in stock. This cute pair are sold as a set for 49.95. If you are an animal lover, check out all the new arrivals of cat, dog, crow and bird statues.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When a woman starts laughing in the middle of an argument, she has flipped her psycho switch and is about to murder you.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1858 – The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is Founded in New York – organization is dedicated to social and economic change around the world.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Laura Dern 50, Greg Norman 62, Elizabeth Banks 43, Makenzie Vega 23, Max Brown 36, Emma Roberts 26, George Stefanopoulos 56, Robert Wagner 87, and Shorty Rossi 48.

 

09 Feb 2017
February 9, 2017

Arriving Very Soon For Spring 2017

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The spring gift show in Toronto had a lot of new product to choose from this year. One of our suppliers, Down The Beaten Path, imports vases from Mexico. The vases range from 12″ high to 52″ high to fill most residential and commercial needs. We have more vases to see in the VASES AND TABLE TOP section of our website. You can also go to www.downthebeatenpath.com to view the entire line of vases, bowls, statues and wall art.

***Information directly from Down The Beaten Path Company*** Down the Beaten Path’s vases are artisan designed, handcrafted terra cotta vases made in Mexico. Our unique products range from floor sizes to tabletop and appeal to a variety of styles, tastes and colors from modern to traditional that will compliment everyone’s home décor needs.

Down the Beaten Path is a leading designer, importer and distributor of home décor to Canadian retailers for over 15 years. We work with artisans in Mexico to create unique and beautiful decorative home accessories including vases and paintings that appeal to a wide variety of tastes and styles.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. Fool me three times, you’re good at this and I respect that.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles legendary appearance, one that had 700 Ed Sullivan Theater attendees screaming bloody hell (simply because that’s all the venue could hold), and one that easily pulled in a whopping 73 million home viewers across the country; a record during that time.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Charlie Day 41, Mia Farrow 72, Travis Tritt 54, Joe Pesci 74, Ciaran Hinds 64, Carole King 75, Tom Hiddleston 36, Tyson Houseman 29, A.J. Buckley 39, Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), and Carmen Miranda (1909-1955).

08 Feb 2017
February 8, 2017

Plan A Valentine’s Table For The Kids

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Make the kids feel important and included in your Valentine’s festivities. Sitting at the ‘kids table’ is usually not all that much fun but when the table looks like this, they’ll want to stay there. The table is easy enough to do with Dollar Store table cloths in white, red or pink and add a table runner as well. It is east to go overboard on the Valentine’s color scheme so dial it back a notch with plain white napkins and paper plates.

Break out a cake plate and stack it with Valentine’s themed cupcakes. Heart shaped cupcakes can be made by placing a marble between the muffin tin and the cupcake paper and then adding the batter. Bake as usual. The marble pushes against the paper, forming a heart shape. Place a large marshmallow on the top of each cupcake 5 minutes before they finish baking, it will melt and make yummy toasted topping…add coconut. Get the kids to help decorate your cupcakes while the marshmallows are still warm.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Let’s all take a moment and be thankful spiders don’t fly.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Richard Hatch died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. The actor received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for playing Captain Apollo on the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica TV series as well as the mid-2000s reboot.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).

HAPPY FEBRUARY 8 BIRTHDAY TO: John Grisham 62, Seth Greene 43, Mary Steenburgen 64, Mary Mccormack 47, Ted Koppel 77, Nick Nolte 77, Vince Neil 57, Gary Coleman (1968-2010), James Dean (1931-1955), and Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).