five things we learned last week

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1) Ikea fabrics: WIN. Even if you don’t like other aspects of Ikea, the fabric selection is an all around winner for selection and cost, and the proof is in Rebecca’s adorable pillows. Susan Abramson says: “I love the orange and white – such a happy colour and design!! And you can’t go wrong with an Ikea fabric – it’s almost always 100% cotton and priced great so it won’t owe you anything once you tire of it.”

2) Book cataloging sites are helpful in theory and in practice. Shelfari and GoodReads are two options that count Shelterrific readers as fans. SarahB says: “I started using Shelfari 3 or 4 years ago, when someone in my book club told me about the site. I’m an avid reader (I read 63 books last year), and Shelfari is a great way to keep track of what I’m reading, what I’ve read, and what I want to read in the future.”

3) Subtle wall stencils have mass appeal. Rebecca F.’s idea to paint a stencil in the glossy finish of her bathroom wall color has fans. We love the subtlety! Christina says: “Oh I love this! Great stencil and I love the idea of stenciling the same color on a wall but in gloss. Thanks for the awesome idea.”

4) Toothpick holders have a following. Very collectable, they have multiple uses and might make great Mother’s Day gifts! Kimberj says: “One thing I always keep an eye out for is cut glass salt and pepper shakers. I only look for singles that have no mate. I fill them with some kind of lovely organic spice or a cinnamon sugar mix and use them as hostess gifts for parties, holidays, or even a housewarming. I never thought about toothpick holders. What a lovely idea. They could even be filled with festive party picks for appetizers or specialty cooking salts.”

5) Money saved on booking a non-Saturday wedding is worth it for many of you. Our reasons for Friday weddings differ from those of Will & Kate. Sara says: “I got married on a Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. One of the best parts was that our rehearsal dinner was a catered Thanksgiving dinner. We did save some money on the venue because it was a Friday. Another bonus was that guests had time to travel home on Saturday instead of Sunday.” Did you save money by avoiding a Saturday wedding?

photo by Kletia Garies

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