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Ted’s Tip No. 179

While searching for gifts this season, keep antique malls and thrift stores in mind. Quite often you can find the perfect vintage item that will finish off a gift or gifts just perfectly.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 178

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. An old piece of furniture can come back to life with a new coat.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 177

A place card at a table setting is a lovely way to greet your guests as they first arrive at the table. Think out of the box for clever ways to make a place card. Old game pieces with letters are swell as well as hydrangea leaves with the names written right on them.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 176

Take a moment, or many, each day to give thanks.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 175

If you are fortunate enough to have a hydrangea bush or have access to one, cut those glorious, started to dry already blooms before the cold seriously sets in. Cluster all together in a vessel of your liking and enjoy the heck out of them in the Winter months.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 174

The gift of art. Never underestimate the powers of such a special gift. Your thoughtfulness will be remembered always.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 173

A few blooms in the guest bathroom when you are hosting company is a nice visual touch in an often overlooked space.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 172

Food, particularly vegetables, can be exquisite on the eye. If you know you are cooking them later in the day, leave them out on the counter to enjoy their beauty. They will also feed your soul.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 171

Pickled red onions add tons of flavor to a variety of things, like burgers, salads or added to a cheese plate. Slice onions nice and thin. Add to a bowl, cover with rice wine vinegar and a few pinches of salt. Let sit for at least an hour or more, then enjoy.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 170

Before frost sets in, clip back some of your favorite stems. They will be a fresh hit of green on the upcoming chilly days.