23 November 2015

Aqua & Orange for Thanksgiving?


Who says we have to go traditional with our Thanksgiving table decor? I love the color of aqua, turquoise, etc.  It is such a soothing pretty color. I decided to create a Thankful table with those fabulous colors.  The  orange Pumpkin soup tureen takes center stage.

I added aqua tall candle holders with pretty little pumpkins sitting on top. I chose my rust tablecloth with leaves, so the aqua would pop!  I used two different chargers for this table.

 Light aqua blue dinner plates with orange blossoms, topped with a light blue flower salad plate.
Blue  dessert compotes sit atop the leaf plates.

Again, this is our Breakfast room.

Tall mercury glass hurricanes sit on top of the dessert cart.  I used a tall floral fall arrangement to complete the look.

Different view of the room.

Our arched china cabinet with plenty of dishes.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving.  It looks like my hubby and I will be alone this year.
I am cooking dinner for the two of us and  we shall have plenty of leftovers.

Here's a few more blue and orange tablescapes to enjoy.
Poppies & Turquoise
A Sea Of  Blue & Orange

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Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
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19 November 2015

Creating a Peaceful & Calm Home



If you lack peacefulness and calmness at your home, you might find this article very handy. The ancient tradition and philosophy of Feng Shui, which is widely known among many Chinese, might help you out! In fact, some things around us attract bad energy, and there are some that makes the energy of your house a lot better too. So, without any further ado – let me help you answer the question, how Feng Shui can help your home?

Do have indoor plants

One of the first things Feng Shui philosophy specialists agree on is that having indoor plants works very well with the overall environment and energy of the room. In fact, the good Feng Shui is all about bringing nature into your home. So various plants and even indoor trees are super helpful. It also makes all the energy stuck in the corners travel through the room more freely. Overall, a little bit of live plants in the room will look fantastic and will create a very cozy atmosphere.

Know  the ground rules about bedroom

There are some basic rules about what shouldn't be in the bedroom, and what you should bring. Firstly, take a better look where mirror hangs in your bedroom and decide whether you need it there. Mirrors in a bedroom produce too much yang energy and will keep you awake all night. But if you have a closet with mirrors, try covering it for the night, at least. It might radically affect your sleeping quality.  I love this room, completely different than ours.  Wouldn't it be nice if we all had several houses to decorate?

Have one place in the house that can honor your family

It either can be a wall full of family pictures, or just one framed photo in the living room or dining room. It will show honor to your family members, and it also will create an unseeing support from your ancestors too. That is what Chinese are famous for, and it will never hurt to see beloved faces around the house.

Do search for solid items

Another tip for a balanced interior is to search for furniture that is solid. For example, a table made solidly from wood. Also, remember that glass desks or coffee tables are not  recommended in your household. They should be as supportive as possible, not riddled with the possibility of shattering. So looks for hard and strong furniture pieces that are not so easy to damage and you will see how much energy has changed.

Create a welcoming entrance without clutter

 Keep in mind that your home address has to be visible so, according to Feng Shui, it will be visible for opportunities and guests to find you. Thus, just keep the entry fresh and clean so “qi” can spot you!  For instance, when you visit a fancy hotel  or a  lovely home with a lovely curved driveway, beautiful flowers, a water feature,  you are immediately impressed and feel welcome.
This is our house below.

Our walkway is a curved meandering path to our front door with a waterfall feature that actually flows under the walkway. You can see  Lacy and Sasha in this picture, however they are both at Rainbow Bridge.

So, these are just the tip of the iceberg of all the Feng Shui tips for your home. Keep in mind that all of this is just advisory and can help you a little bit while decorating your home.

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16 November 2015

Beware of Scammers!


I felt like I needed to write a post about the Microsoft scammers who are calling people about their computers, and telling them they have problems,  or their computer is infected.  This scam has been around since 2008, however it still works, so the  scammers are still using it.  Innocent  people get caught up in this scam.  It all sounds legitimate when they call. "Sometimes they have your name,  and isp provider, so they make  the call BELIEVABLE!"
Most of the time the caller has an East Indian accent.

Sometimes, it is not a phone call,  or a pop-up on your screen!

Three of our neighbors were victims of this scam, so this is why I am writing this post.
Two neighbors actually ended up paying for support and the latest victim has a start-up password the scammers put on their pc.  Not the Windows start-up password, but a start-up, sys key.
Now, they cannot get into their computer at all, unless they can guess the syskey password.

The scammers got mad at them, because they didn't want to buy a service.  So basically their computer is useless in this state.  It means you have to re-install Windows and start over.  Hopefully people have back-ups for their computers, in case it crashes or something like this happens.  You can restore your precious files.  Thankfully they do have a back-up external drive my husband set up for them.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Use a back-up for your computer!

Microsoft DOES NOT make unsolicited calls to you about fixing your computer.
If you  ever get a call from someone claiming they are from Microsoft, just hang up!

During the phone call, the scammer  directs you to your Event Viewer, where there are tons of errors.
The Event Viewer logs everything.  Errors in the log doesn't necessarily mean  bad things.
They tell you you have damaging errors or hacking files, so you need more protection.

The scammer gives you a web address for software that allows third parties to take control of your computer, such as log me in, team viewer or more.  When people download this software, you get a ID and a password and the scammer asks you for that info.  They can then take over your computer.  If you do not pay for  services, they can then delete your files, add a sys key password and really corrupt your pc.  It gets nasty!

Sharing remote desktop is not a bad thing!  Just don't do this with strangers.  My husband and I happen to use Team Viewer  for connecting to people's computers to fix things remotely.
I have done this several times with my Mother who needs my assistance.

These scammers  make me  angry. because so many innocent people get caught up in this awful scam.

The scammers are persistent, because there is big bucks in this scam.  1.5 billion has been lost in the US because of this scam and a third of the people fall for it.

Here is a video from Jerome Segura, a  senior security researcher at  anti-malware company  at Malwarebytes. He decided to play along with the scammers and recorded the whole event.
If you watch and listen to this video, you will see how they try to scam people.

Obviously, this post is needed, because many people are falling for this scam.
Be smart!  Hang  up on these terrible people.  Back up your computer. Use  good protection for your computer.  I just don't want anymore people to get caught in this scam and have their day ruined.
Here's a list of security software.
Glary Utilities


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13 November 2015

Candy Trains, Cocoa & Wreaths

I have been busy getting ready for a craft fair.  My Mom signed up for one and then asked me to join her.  I will be setting up the table.  I decided to make some candy trains, so I would have something to bring. My Mom and I have been making them for years.I made these all my myself this time......LOL

We would get a production line going....occasionally popping  a piece of candy in our mouth.
One of us does the train tracks, so they set up and the other gets the candy organized.
It reminds  me of "I Love Lucy", when she and Ethel worked at a candy company.

This video really makes me laugh!

My husband Paul came into the kitchen the  other night when I was making the candy trains.
He started singing, I've been working on the railroad.....He is so clever, always thinking of songs that match the project.

The candy trains are ready to go.  All packed for the big day.

My Mom is making Deco Mesh wreaths...the pouf ones.  She made different colors.
I wanted to try making a tube  wreath.  I started with a Dollar tree wreath form.  For those of you who make wreaths, buy them at the Dollar store.  This wreath kept growing bigger and bigger.

My next project hot cocoa mix in a mason jar, layed with marshmellows, peppermints and chocolate chips.  I made the cute labels and attached a peppermint spoon. I  made some chocolate spoons last week. I found the peppermint spoons on Amazon, although they are also at some other stores, such as  oriental Trading and more.

Here's some cocoa labels I created.  You should be able to print them out on cardstock.
Here's a preview.  Just click the label to print them in a pdf format.
Have a wonderful weekend.  I am off to relax.  I already have my  jammies on and I am looking forward to a nice glass of wine.  The craft fair is tomorrow, so I need to get up early.


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Tuesdays At Our Home @ Maria Elena's Decor
Project Inspired @ An Extraordinary Day
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