Tips On Thursday...Great Gift Idea!

 For those of you that frequent Pinterest you are already aware of the huge amount of creative tips and ideas that you can glean from Pinners all over the world...

In the midst of heavy Wedding Season this particular gift idea

shared by Shannon Brown of  Find Joy In the Journey caught our eye...

12 preplanned, prepaid date nights..

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This basket holds 12 envelopes.  Each labeled with a month of the year.  Each envelope contains a pre-planned, (mostly) pre-paid date just for the couple.  Some of the dates will take place at home, some are planned for the local area, and some will take you out of town.  All 12 dates are different.  Several, actually nearly all of the dates are things the couple has  never done before.

The plan is to open the envelope together at the beginning of the month, look at the calendar and decide on a date.  So right from the beginning of the month, you'll have a fun date on the calendar to look forward to.

Shannon and her family are adorable...I know you'll want to

visit her blog

for lot's of creative living ideas.

This is the sweetest wedding gift, a great anniversary gift,  birthday or any other occasion...

You could get really creative with this ...and a wonderful idea for  that hard to buy for man or woman in your life...

And don't forget  to throw in at least one special date that require you to get all dressed up...

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Tips On Thursday...Beautiful Hydrangeas

It's interesting depending on where you live in the U.S. right now, there are all kinds of posts on hydrangeas...

Some upstate are just ready to bloom...

In the South they are in full bloom...

and if you live in Arkansas...they are starting to fade...

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Everyone will eventually get there...what do you do?...how can you preserve their beauty for future enjoyment?...who doesn't love beautiful dried flowers?

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Yvonne with Stone Gable has the answers...this woman knows her stuff, so we are taking her advice this year...

Yvonne says...

Most hydrangeas will begin to self dry on the bush. When blooms take on a vintage look they are ready to be picked for drying.

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*Cut hydrangeas from bush and strip all leaves.

*Put flowers in a vase filled about one third full of water.  And that's it!

Do not refill the water. Just let it evaporate. If water gets stagnate, replace it with new water to the current watermark.

Drying hydrangeas by using this method will keep the color more vibrant and the heads less fragile than air drying.

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I've got to start cutting...I have a yard full...

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