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Secrets Of The Rolled Up Magazine Revealed

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In March 1972, a magazine like Better Homes and Gardens cost 50 cents. That fact alone blew me away when I found this magazine in a box with some vintage Christmas decorations. That and the amazing color and lighting in the cover photo. The vintage look (which was modern at the time) is so classic that you can tell what era it is from with just a quick glance. And there it was, wrapped up in a table runner to keep it wrinkle-free. I definitely wasn't expecting an issue from before I was born, but it turned out to be a time capsule of goodies on every page. The fun started right inside the front cover. Check out the pattern in the flooring paired with those amazing, red, retro chairs. That sleek look and classy lighting fixture are trending again, so it's true when they say that what goes around, comes around. Also note that the flooring surface repels stairs, food and dirt. How novel! The design of this page made interior design school seem like an article about possibilities i

Words For Wednesday

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A Simple Way To Broil The Best Salmon

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One of our monthly grocery purchases is a 6-piece bag of wild salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska. It is absolutely phenomenal, and it's been fun to find a variety of recipes and techniques to cook it. This month, I haven't had a lot of time to get creative - I'm sure you understand that all too well. So here's a simple broiler method and a two-ingredient "recipe" for your next salmon craving. Once the salmon is thawed and rinsed, lay it in the bottom of a baking dish and pat it dry. I poured most of an 8-oz bottle of Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing over the salmon and covered the dish with foil. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or two. More is better, so for as long as you can. Preheat the broiler in your oven and bring the salmon out of the refrigerator. Transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet and pour the marinade over the salmon to completely cover it. The recommendation is 6 minutes of broiling per inch of height. My salmon filets were about two inc

And Hold You In The Palm Of His Hand

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The song On Eagles Wings has been on my heart and in my head for days. For a while, all I could remember was the very last line of the chorus: And hold you in the palm of His hand. Then I found this sweet ceramic child and had to smile at God's timing. It was only a very small piece of a beautiful songgoing through my mind, so yes, I googled that line and remembered it immediately when I saw the title. -------- You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord Who abide in His shadow for life Say to the Lord, "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!" And He will raise you up on eagles' wings Bear you on the breath of dawn Make you to shine like the sun And hold you in the palm of His hand The snare of the fowler will never capture you And famine will bring you no fear Under His wings your refuge, His faithfulness your shield And He will raise you up on eagles' wings Bear you on the breath of dawn Make you to shine like the sun And hold you in the palm of His hand You need not

My "October" And "It's A Beautiful Day" Planner Layouts

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It's suddenly October. Every time I turn my planner to the next month, I feel like the year is flying by. Hopefully I'm not the only one.  My planner has both monthly and weekly spreads, so I use the monthly for my blog post ideas and the weekly for work and personal schedules. I have several seasonal sticker books, so finding some adorable and spooky images and phrases for October. My favorite way to decorate the monthly pages is to "random stamp," but with the smaller stickers in my collection. That's how I use up some stickers that I might not normally use for cards or scrapbook pages, while making a super-cute layout to use for a whole month. For the first full week of October, I started with ripped pieces of washi tape in a beautiful burnt orange. This is by far my favorite technique for washi, especially in a pretty pattern like this. I chose that color on purpose, too. I had my eyes on this sticker set, full of botanicals and tiny phrases. Each one is layer

Upcycled Denim Dog Toys And The Canine Reaction

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Your dogs may be motivated by toys and absolutely in love with them. Not ours. Ours are cuddlers, not players. But when they get a hold of something new - and something they can fight over - they're completely happy. While cleaning out the spare bedroom closet, I found this huge bag of scrap denim. By scrap, I mean that I've cut the pockets out of old, trashed jeans to use on the front of handmade journals. The rest of the denim went in this bag and was tucked in the closet. (As if writing it this way makes it sound like someone else did it...) And, apparently, they smell really good because the dogs were all interested in them - even before I knew what I was going to do with them. They were going to become dog toys! They're so easy to make that I don't know why I didn't just make them, instead of putting them in the closet. I cut all the way down on either side of the long seam, whether it's pants or skirts. They don't have to be the same width, just a simi

Words For Wednesday

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