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How To Accessorize With Scarves

Scarves make great accessories. They can be worn as headwraps, shawls, beach cover-ups, or for a little extra warmth on a chilly day. A scarf can provide great cover for a low-cut top or dress. You know when you really love the top, but you're just a tad uncomfortable having a little cleavage showing at the office, church or dinner party. I have worn a vibrant scarf to add a pop of color to a really conservative business suit. I remember when scarves were my signature accessory. So much so, that my co-workers would wait to see what kind of scarf I would be wearing on any given day.  Here's a video of my take on styling a scarf: There were times that I would stop at a street vendor (in NYC) on my way into the office, just to buy a little scarf to set off my suit or dress. I would wear it tied loosely at my left or right shoulder.  Sometimes I would fold the scarf into a triangle, drape it over my chest and tie it behind my neck. I also used to wear my scarf rolled up around my n

How to Cook Grits

  Do you know what grits are? I mean, what is a grit? I googled grits and my search came back as   " a porridge made from boiled cornmeal."  Okay. So made from corn! Growing up, I ate grits at least twice a week. It was a staple for breakfast. I knew it was some kind of grain, but I didn't know which. Honestly, I didn't care. I knew I liked grits and that's all that mattered to me. How My Mother Served Grits My mother cooked grits on the stove--no microwaves in those days. You boiled grits in water, added a little salt and stirred to prevent lumps. Yes, the key was to get them as smooth as possible and avoid lumps.   We also added butter to our grits. Mom served grits with a side of eggs, bacon, sausage or scrapple. Scrapple. That brings back memories, but that's a story for another time. My mother also use to drizzle drippings from cooked bacon or sausage all over her grits. Not healthy for you, but tastes oh so good! Occasionally, Mom would ma

Farmhouse Wooden Table Riser DIY

  I wanted to do a diy farmhouse table riser.  I have seen wooden risers used on counter tops and dining room tables, and I knew that I wanted one. People use them to give height to a centerpiece. I’ve seen them used to add levels to a food buffet. I’ve even seen smaller wooden risers used on kitchen counters to hold dish soap and lotion. Looking in my garage, I found some scrap lumber that I thought I could use.   I dropped by Lowe's and bought two packages of finials, pre-fitted with screws.   They're the same kind of finials that I used for my diy lanterns.  I think the finials were $2.98 for a pack of two.  Materials So, my main materials are a piece of scrap wood as my base and the finials, which will be the legs of this table riser. Besides that, you'll need sandpaper if you want to kind of rough up or distress the riser once you're finished painting.     Easiest DIY Farmhouse Table Riser Video https://youtu.be/cDigz4APw4c I found my inspiration table to

Decorating a Table With Blue and White Porcelain / Blue Willow Tea Party

  I accepted a challenge from a fellow YouTuber who asked that I pull out some of my blue and white chinoiserie and decorate a tablescape. I'm a big collector of blue and white porcelain, so I was definitely up for this challenge! What Is A Vignette? I decided to create a vignette on my kitchen counter. What's a vignette?  In home decor, a vignette refers to a small area staged to create a theme. That's the best way I can describe it. It could be in the corner of a room, in the entryway, on a table. You get the picture. I knew exactly which blue and white pieces I was going to use. Well, I knew that I was going to incorporate one piece in particular--my Blue Willow teapot. From there, I would have to search my stash to see what I could find. I envisioned a Blue Willow tea party theme. What You Need For A Blue Willow Tea Party Here's what I used: Blue Willow tea pot - thrifted Blue Willow mug - thrifted Blue Willow saucers - thrifted White wood

Why Goodwill Prices Vary From Store to Store

  Thrifting tip: Goodwill Industries was founded in Boston, MA in 1902. I love the stores, but did you know that prices vary significantly from store to store? I went to two different Goodwill stores within 15 miles of each other and I certainly noticed the pricing was different. Each store offered the usual "color of the week" discount, but when picking through the merchandise, I quickly determined that glassware and clothing was a tad more expensive one from store to the other. I'm talking like regular glassware costing $1 more! Sweaters and blouses were $1 higher. Significant! According to its website, each Goodwill store is autonomous, thus allowing it to set prices based on its local community.  I guess that explains it! Overall, the finds at Goodwill are still worth checking out. Pre-pandemic, you could find me at Goodwill at least once a week. It's a great place for unique one-of-a-kind finds, like home decor and clothing. Vintage fashion from the 80's is v

$5 Thrift Chair Makeover

  Welcome back to Life on Greenwood.  I found a really sturdy-looking chair at the thrift store that I thought would be perfect for a makeover. So, this is a five dollar thrift makeover on a chair that I got from Goodwill. This was my first thrift purchase and my first makeover for 2021. I was so excited!  This chair had great bones, so I thought, you know what, I’m gonna see if I can freshen her up a little bit! My plan was to do a replacement chair cover. I set out to replace the cover to the cushion without removing the existing cover. I do this sometimes when I’m not sure what’s going on under all the layers of fabric or when I just want to get the project over and done with.  Seriously! Clean and Prep Before I started painting, I noticed that the chair had a stale odor. You know that smell that some old furniture has?  Yeah.  I must say that I gave the chair a thorough cleaning with mild soap and water. When I first brought it into the house, hubby was really going cra