It is a three-day celebration when the veil between life and death is temporarily drawn aside. What distinguishes the altars erected in homes and graveyards are flowers, the Aztec symbol of sacrifice and the ephemeral nature of life. Three flowers appear time and again in this celebration: the African marigold, cockscomb amaranth and gladiolus.
It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare you could use to gain entry. Actually, there are numerous ways to hide that spare key. Just make sure you make it hard for a burglar to find.
The germs are coming! What do you do? Wash your hands, yes. But think of the potential illnesses awaiting you on all the surfaces on the way to the bathroom faucet – including the bathroom faucet. Wouldn't it be great if you could bypass the possibility of cross-contamination by never actually touching fixtures and hardware to make them work?
Even the best gardeners can lose loose trees during unusually hot, and dry conditions. Plant pests like insects Pests and diseases can attack at any moment and kill major elements in your landscape, leaving gaping holes in hedgerows, and foundation plantings and other parts of your landscape. Instead of waiting until next year to fill those holes, take advantage of the our excellent planting conditions in fall in Kansas City.
We’re up to Block 10 of The Star’s monthly quilt project, “Where Poppies Grow … Remembering Almo,” which honors those who served in World War I and tells the story of Almo Ebenezer O’Kell, who served under Gen. John J. Pershing of Missouri.
Imagine a world where nearly everything has eyes and is made of wool. For some, this could be frightening, but for Anna Hrachovec, this is Mochimochi Land, a world where her cute and squishy knitted toys - including gnomes battling snowmen, whimsical bathtubs and narwhals with faces - all exist.
October is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, "Your Place" offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches):
Just about the time you least expect it the Christmasbush erupts into a yellow explosion of bloom with such staggering beauty it stuns all who see it. After all this is a color in the spring or summer and surely not expected from mid-October through November and December.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - No one around here decorates a house for Halloween quite like the creative minds behind the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland. It has been 14 years since the seasonal "Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed overlay was launched at the classic Haunted Mansion, and the ghoulish meets quirky meets elegant design continues to evolve as the designers tweak or add new features for a three-month run.
MINNEAPOLIS - Retired Army Specialist Joel Sigfrid humbly took the keys to his split-level home recently week surrounded by family and friends. Wells Fargo donated the bank-owned home to the nonprofit Military Warriors Support Foundation, which will eventually deed it to Sigfrid. It's the 160th home that Wells Fargo has donated to help veterans and the fifth one in Minnesota.
After five years of traveling the country for the television show I currently host and produce, ("Growing a Greener World" on national public television), we have been to some incredible and beautiful places. One that continues to hold a spot on my list of favorites is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Va.
Repurpose, recycle, reuse, is the mantra of today's decor. When you decorate for autumn with organic elements that can later be repurposed, you get double the value. All over America it's the season of gourds and Indian corn, both highly useful raw materials that can yield art projects and seed for next year's garden. The key is knowing what to buy now and how to exploit the second harvest next year.
Scrapbook paper is great for scrapbooking, of course, but it can also be used for so many other projects. This project was inspired by my good friend, Brenda Walton. She is always bringing me delightful gifts that are wrapped to perfection - the wrapping is just as pretty as the gift itself. Scrapbooking paper remnants and little embellishments go a long way in creating a lovely little gift box that will take your gift giving to a new level.
Q: I have noticed that the faucet for my kitchen sink is hard to turn from one sink to the other. It has become so hard to move it that I'm afraid it will break. Do I have to buy a new faucet or can this be repaired?
The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, the color brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? I digress. Here are my favorite ways to work this dramatic but undemanding neutral into your home decor.