Reisenthel giveaway…

The perfect beach bag is up for grabs. I’m giving away an authentic canvas Reisenthel Cityshopper ’cause it’s such a great all-round bag, and summer is the season of bags for the cottage, beach, market, and country fairs (gotta love summer)! Reisenthel is an award-winning German company that produces outstanding canvas shopping bags, baskets and home decor. Resienthel is one of Nicole Jane Home’s most popular brands.

Reisenthel Cityshopper in Art Deco print

All you have to do is leave a comment below, and I’ll pick a winner on July 6. Good luck everyone!

shiny vinegar hair…

Just had to share some of Heloise’s helpful household tips that I found on Good Housekeeping’s website. I was particularly impressed with the uses for good old-fashioned natural vinegar! If you already know these uses, can you come over and help me clean up?

photo courtesy Enigmahippie blog

Who knew that you could get shiny hair just by rinsing with a solution of water and vinegar? (Here’s a shout out to my Twitter friend @HammocksHighTea, who saved me from the worst case of greasy hair I’ve ever experienced. Remember? I accidentally put bodywash in my hair instead of shampoo? Hammocks and High Tea suggested red wine vinegar & water. It worked instantly and my hair felt fabulous!!!)

Here are Heloise’s ingenious tips for using vinegar:

photo courtesy Good Housekeeping magazine

  • Eliminate paint odors: Place a bowl or two of vinegar in a freshly painted room to dispel the odor. (Did not know that)
  • Clean chrome: To remove soap or hard-water buildup on chrome fixtures, put tissues over stained areas, then pour full-strength vinegar over them. Let sit for about five minutes before removing and rinsing. (Did not know that)
  • For a crispier crust: To improve the crust of homemade bread, brush the top of the loaf with vinegar just before baking. (Did not know that)
  • Wash away odors: If your hands smell from handling fish or an onion, wash them in apple cider vinegar. Odor gone! (Yeah. Knew that)
  • Stop the itch: For relief from insect bites, soak a cloth in vinegar and place it over the affected area.(Did not know that)
  • For shiny hair: Rinse freshly washed hair with a solution of 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup water to get rid of soap buildup and give shine (figured it out after above-mentioned hair catastrophe)

winning streak…

Believe it or not, I am on a little winning streak. I can’t blog for long ’cause I’m jumping into my Volvo wagon and burning rubber to the corner store for some lotto tickets!!! I just got a phone call from cutie-patootie celebrity designer, Angelo Surmelis, who informed me that I won a set of his Nesting Ottomans.  I’m jumping for joy ’cause they’re Gorgeous Smorgeous and they’ll be perfect in my bedroom sitting area.

photo courtesy angelo:HOME website

SIDE BAR: Never, ever, ever let your 14-year-old knuckle-head teenage son answer the phone. Medical experts claim (duh…any mother coulda told you this) that boys’ brains do not have impulse control until they reach their 20’s–I concur!!!! When Angelo called my home this morning, said knuckle-head answered the phone and stomped through the house with the phone in hand, pretending to be a Frankenstein receptionist calling out in a theatrically deep voice, “JENNIFER FINDLAY, THIS CALL IS FOR YOU, MRS. FINDLAY. CALLING JENNIFER FINDLAY…” Are you kidding me? Excuse me while I take this opportunity to chant, “Namaste” 10 times and do some deep-breathing exercises. It’s going to be a looooong summer.

Back to my winning streak…the local CIBC bank branch also called me on Friday to say that I won a gift basket from a draw I entered during a community festival. I love this week!!!!

crazy for daisy…

One of my best friends sent me this delightful picture of her daughter, Riley, enjoying the Crazy Daisy teapot her mom bought for her. May she have many wonderful tea parties with her new treasure!

Pssst…Riley…I know where you can get LOTS more Crazy Daisy…call me!

Riley and her Crazy Daisy teapot

it's all about scale…

Just wanted to share this picture with you. I love the scale in this room. It’s obviously quite spacious with very high ceilings, and the designer has done a terrific job making it seem warm. The the large piece of art (as a dog lover, it really appeals to me) and the huge vase with tall branches brings everything into proportion.

photo by Virginia Macdonald via Shelter blog

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