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Maker’s Monday: Wildflower Parade

It’s Maker’s Monday! I hope you have enjoyed the blog series so far. It has been an amazing journey, meeting wonderful makers, sharing their passion and craft and highlighting their small businesses. I’ll be taking a holiday break from the series and will be picking back up after the New Year. Next week Monday is the launch of House Fenway’s 2nd Annual Holiday Small Maker’s Gift Guide. A guide highlighting 60+ makers, offering tons of promotions, and gift ideas for the holidays. I hope you check it out!

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Meet Wildflower Parade

This week’s maker is a busy lady with a wonderful talent. Meet Alicia from Wildflower Parade , a SAHM of four amazing kiddos with a knack for sewing. Alicia started the business with the motivation of reducing the use of “throw-away items” such as napkins, paper towel and grocery bags. This motivation was not only a step to become more eco-friendly but a smarter way to save money on dispensable products.

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Wildflower Parade offers an array of products and styles to help you become more eco-friendly without compromising style! Check out Alicia’s Etsy shop for the full selection of product: Wildflower Parade

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

James + McLain

Say In In Burlap

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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House Fenway’s Favorite Canisters

I adore kitchen canister sets. There is something so nostalgic about displaying a set of canisters on your kitchen countertop. Canisters are not only functional by keeping food fresh, they can add visual interest to an otherwise boring space. The variety of styles, colors and shapes seem to be endless making it easy to find a set that reflects your kitchen style.

I recently went on the hunt for my perfect canister set (it was tough) and compiled a list of my favorites. I had a couple attributes on my wish list when narrowing down my top favorites. The canisters needed to: have clean design lines, a classic style and be affordably priced. I think I found a group that met all of the requirements and will make a great investment to stand the test of time. If not, they will still look adorable on my counter. Enjoy!

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  1. Aqua Dip Canisters – Crate and Barrel
  2. Ivory Farmhouse Canisters – Pier 1
  3. Utility Kitchen Canisters – White – West Elm
  4. Weston 3 Piece Kitchen Canister Set – Birch Lane
  5. White Distressed Label Canisters, Set of 3 – Kirkland’s
  6. White Ceramic Canisters – World Market
  7. Copper-Plated Canister Set – Anthropologie
  8. Cambria Canisters – Pottery Barn
Tips for keeping stored dry food
  • Make sure you rotate your dry goods. Date all foods and food containers. Stored foods cannot get any better than what originally went in, but they can certainly get worse. If you don’t know how old it is — when in doubt, throw it out!
  • Keep stored foods cool, dry and well ventilated. The temperature should be between 50°F and 70°F. Also, make sure it’s out of direct sunlight. Sunlight promotes oxidation and the subsequent loss of the food’s nutritional value and quality
  • Make sure your goods are stored in a low humidity area. Most canisters have a rubber or plastic seal to keep humidity out to help food stay fresher, longer.

Looking for more favorites to shop?
Check out House Fenway’s Favorite Fall Throw Pillows

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Dual-Purpose Décor: Stemless Wine Glasses

I love decorating. The discovery. The arranging. The organization. It’s like sculpting with objects. To me, one of the most enjoyable things about decorating is thinking outside the box. Taking an item and using it in an unconventional way. It’s exciting to find alternative purposes for things. So, I decided to start an ongoing blog series called “Dual-Purpose Décor” to share ideas on using décor outside the box.

This week’s dual-purpose décor item is a stemless wine glass. I picked up these beautiful ombré copper stemless wine glasses at TJMaxx. Keeping with this Fall’s trend, copper is huge right now! I thought these would be a great warm addition at my holiday table.

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Well, how else can you use a stemless wine glass? I needed some quick and inexpensive table decorations for an anniversary dinner earlier this month. I didn’t want to order floral centerpieces. They were very expensive and for this small dinner, it seemed impractical. So, I decided to use those same stemless wine glasses as candle holders! I dropped some scentless candles contained in their own glass (to protect the wine glasses from the candle wax) and voilá! Instant table decor! They were perfect. Just the right size, inexpensive and looked very sophisticated. The best part, when the party was done, they can go back to being used for wine. Love it. So practical!

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Stay tuned for future posts on more Dual-Purpose Décor ideas. Enjoy!

In the meantime, follow me daily on Instagram. For décor pics, info, products and giveaways. Search for @housefenway.

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#FridayFavorite: Bee Bella’s Homemade Lip Balm

I’m all about home décor and decorating but this week I have to pause and rave about a product I picked up a couple weeks ago. Pumpkin Spice Bee Bella’s Homemade Lip Balm. It is amazing and just the right flavor for Fall! And really, how can you decorate your house with chapped lips?

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Bee Bella’s Homemade Lip Balm is made in my home state of Wisconsin. The company was started by three friends: Jon Dudzinski, James Wiciak and Scott Haskins. Their mission, “To raise awareness about the honey bee epidemic, incentivize others to become beekeepers, and to contribute to programs aimed at saving the honey bee by serving as a conduit between local beekeepers and discerning customers.”

The sustainably produced lip balm comes in three flavors: door county cherry, peppermint and pumpkin spice.  They are packaged in a bamboo lipstick tube which you can be sent back to the company for refills. (Green, love it! ❤️)

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I love getting behind local companies with a great mission. It’s Bee-utiful! (pun totally intended!) Checkout Bee Bella’s Homemade Lip Balm it’s this week’s #FridayFavorite!