Living in a nut Shell

Details, Details!

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They say “love is in the details,” and it was certainly love at first sight when I received a box of wood-grain, “faux bois” soaps from

They are the perfect guest soap size and they smell heavenly…with just the right touch of grapefruit, clementine and green tea. I keep the soaps in my Nigella Lawson measuring cup, which sits on my white resin, wood-textured “stump” in my bathroom. It’s the littlest things that can make you smile.

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I also recently discovered these wonderful hand-printed, wood-grain wedding favor bags in muslin at

Pair them with these soaps, and you’ve got a memorable gift for all of your guests.

Happy decorating!

Cranky Crafter

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I don’t know about you but I hate the words craft, crafty, or crafter. Luckily, sites like are showcasing craft as a hip art form.

I recently discovered a tool called the Fiskars Crank Hand Drill that instantly changed the way I create home accessories. The product claims it drills a clean hole in paper, plastic and even metal. It is under $20 so I thought I would give it a whirl.

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I dusted off an old metal candelabra, which never had enough holes to hang a stylish cluster of crystals, and put the hand drill to work. I was shocked how easily and perfectly the drill pierced the metal. I made perfect holes all around my candelabra and was able to hang the vintage crystals my mother had given me.

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My next project is to transform a Lucite jewelry box with six drawers with new drawer pulls.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying my candelabra all over again

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Give it a whirl in your home. Enjoy!