I picked up the Palo Alto Reserve because it scored 88 points by The Wine Advocate and fit my budget of $15 and under. I'm not a wine connoisseur; the only red wine that I've come to enjoy has been [yellow tail] Shiraz. My friend Joy is looking for the perfect red wine. I'd like to expand my appreciation for reds as well. So, I decided to buy this wine for us to try.
Joann's is having a 50% off sale on home decor fabrics. I have a bunch of projects I want to complete like decorative pillows for my chairs and loveseat, seat cushions for the bistro set, drapes for all of the windows, a fitted cover for my DIY divan, a shower curtain, placemats, napkins, and a bed linen set for my son. When I gain confidence, I'd like to reupholster my side chairs and cover a storage trunk. Whew, that's a lot but I'm excited and anxious to get started. I started off buying these fabrics to make pillows and seat cushions.
I found some cute plastic planters at Dollar General for cheap. There was this polka dot one
and this striped one.
As I mentioned in my last post, I planted some herbs and flowers on my balcony. Outside I have Quinalt strawberries, impatiens, pansies, lavender, cilantro, and sweet basil. It's a challenge for growing things on my balcony because it doesn't get any direct sunlight. Many plants need at least six+ hours of direct sunlight in order to thrive. This planter holds my herbs and a few pansies.
Inside I have cilantro, sweet basil, and thyme in my kitchen under a flourescent light. A flourescent light can be a substitute for sunlight; however, a full spectrum light bulb provides a better light than a flourescent bulb. The cilantro (far right below) isn't doing well inside. I've read that it's difficult to grow inside.
I guess I can conduct an informal experiment to see which group of herbs grows better. The ones on the balcony which do not receive direct sunlight or the herbs inside under a flourescent light bulb. Somewhere I'd like to add flat leaf parsley somewhere.
Somewhere I found this site that offers pricey, designer goods at a discount price. Unfortunately, the discount isn't large enough for me. But, I find it's a good resource for ideas to find or create knock-offs that I can afford.
Need some easy, quick, inexpensive ideas to perk up your space? Nate Berkus gives some suggestions on updating your home.
I have trouble setting up a system for paying bills. I hope that maybe if I had a system, it would be easier to pay my bills. Julie Morgenstern offers these ideas.
I like these ideas for decluttering your kitchen.
I guess that's enough ideas to keep you busy until next time. I hope you have a fantastic week!