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Ted’s Tip No. 162

Farmers markets often are brimming with other level produce you would never find at the grocery store. Case in point, celery. This head was so deep green and overflowing with leaves that it became the centerpiece for Sunday night supper before being called into action for all sorts of dishes this coming week.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 161

Zinnias this time of the season are just a riotous profusion of color, a symbol of August in their tones. Mix them with herbs, like rosemary, for a simple arrangement that is a nod to Summer.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 160

Stylish dish towels become even more stylish oversized napkins when enjoying your meal at the beach, on the deck, or on the boat. The size allows it to cover your entire lap so spills or drips are caught. Plus the beautiful patterns add tons of extra zip to your table or picnic blanket.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 159

Think outside the box when it comes to planters. The hardware store can provide plenty of inspiration, as well as tag sales, flea markets and antique malls. You are only limited by your imagination. Drill or hammer in a few holes for the water to drain, and off you go with a new creative container.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 158

When the main bloom on a dahlia stem starts to fade, cut it off and enjoy the little blooms and buds remaining on the stem. Often the tiny flowers can grow up to be equally divine. Then cluster them together for a stellar bunch.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 157

Clip stems of herbs from your garden, buy them from farmers market stalls or even the produce aisle at the grocery store, for a little hit of green in your kitchen. Snip off leaves as you cook away to add loads of herbaceous flavor.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 156

Take a moment, or more, each day to reflect, give thanks, meditate, say a prayer, think, ponder–whichever you chose. Time will slow, savor it.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 155

Beauty abounds and can often be found in unexpected places. The grandness of old architectural elements just needs to be noticed to be appreciated. Think of all the history those buildings have lived through. Looking up, looking down, looking all around.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 154

A collection begins with one thing. Vintage dinner plates found at flea markets and estate sales are an easy thing to collect. You can mix & match designs, or really be a sleuth finding more of a certain pattern.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 153

Much like getting dressed in the morning and setting your clothes out while you are getting ready, think of setting a table much in the same way. Pull things that you think work together and group them on a staging area. Add, subtract. Whatever strikes your fancy. Then set out adding all the things to your dining table.