Arranging Furniture in a 15 foot wide by 25 foot long Bedroom

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

Sixteen possible ways of arranging bedroom furniture in a large bedroom.

In recent years, in many parts of the country, grand houses have been erected, some with very large rooms. A while back, a viewer of this website posted a question about how to arrange furniture in a large master bedroom; her inquiry inspired this post. I’ve come up with 16 possible floor plans for arranging furniture in such a space. The ideas that I’ve come up with can also be applied to a space that is a bit bigger or smaller. Continue reading

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Cutting / Making Paper Snowflakes

Cutting Paper Snowflakes, a Fun Family Project

The art of folding and cutting / making paper snowflakes was taught to me, in the fifth grade, by a lovely Nun named Sister Mary Charles (nee Catherine Lily). Sister Charles was a very artistic lady who cut the most beautiful silhouettes of people, and encouraged my artistic interests.

From those days in the 1960’s to the present, I have cut hundreds of snowflakes for myself, taught friends and coworkers, and today I am going to teach you this wonderful Winter craft. Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 780,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 33 days for that many people to see it.

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Easy ways to store Christmas Lights and other Holiday Decorations

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Some ideas for storing Christmas Decorations.

Christmas is over, the New Year is almost here, and in the days ahead it will be time to take down the holiday decorations. In this blog post I’m covering the different ways that I safely put away my favorite and cherished ornaments, so they are in perfect condition for next years use . Continue reading

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From My home, Whimsey Hill House, to Yours… Happy Holidays!

A painting of Santa Claus that I made in 1985.

A painting of Santa Claus that I made in 1985.

A painting of Santa Claus that I made around 1990 (click on photos to enlarge).

A painting of Santa Claus that I made around 1990 (click on photos to enlarge).

Christmas presents under the tree, one for you and one for me. Gaily wrapped in ribbons and bows, Santa left them I suppose.

There are walking dolls, and talking dolls, wagons, trains and drums. This is the night for dreams to come true, the night that Santa Comes.
(a poem written by me in the 6th or 7th grade (late 1960’s).

Wishing all of my readers, world-wide, a Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2016.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Whimsey Hill House… A look at some of my 2015 Holiday Decorations

Christmas Time is here at Whimsey Hill House

Christmas Time is here at Whimsey Hill House

Christmas wreaths, that I've decorated, are hung on all the doors and windows.

Christmas wreaths, that I’ve decorated, are hung on all the doors and windows.

 and large artificial evergreen swags and cut paper snowflakes add visual interest to the front facade of my house.

and large artificial evergreen swags and cut paper snowflakes add visual interest to the front facade of my house.

Christmas will soon be here, and this year I decided to do things a bit differently. A while back I was wandering through the holiday shop of a local garden center, and found three flocked artificial fern fronds that caught my eye, and they instantaneously inspired this years decorating scheme. The three flocked fern fronds brought to mind the words White Christmas. With the words White Christmas dancing through my head, I thought about things that were of course white, but also silvery and glassy like ice. Having collected a lot of different Christmas things for over 32 years, and even having some things that I had from childhood, I knew that I had enough product to work with to make a festive holiday display. So now let’s look at what I’ve come up with. Continue reading

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It’s Easy to Decorate an artificial Christmas Wreath

Step-by-Step instructions for decorating an Artificial Christmas Wreath

Step-by-Step instructions for decorating an Artificial Christmas Wreath

Have you ever gone into one of those craft/hobby stores, the gift shop in your local garden center, or the holiday decorating department at an upscale store and saw the most beautiful Christmas wreaths, and wanted one, but the pricing was just too high? This post will teach you the fundamentals of layering and composing a Christmas wreath so you can make one that completely compliments your holiday decorating and won’t break the bank. Continue reading

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How to make a Pine Cone Christmas Wreath

Step-by-Step instructions on How-to Make a Pine Cone Wreath.

Step-by-Step instructions for How-to Make a Pine Cone Wreath.

The holiday period will soon be upon us, so how about making a pine cone wreath to celebrate the season. A pine cone wreath can be hung on a door, placed flat on a dining room table or buffet as a centerpiece, or used in place of a picture or mirror over a fireplace during the Winter months.  Small pine cone wreaths can even be used as decorative candle stick bases. In this post you’ll see how really easy it is to make a wreath that you will have for years; they also make great gifts for friends, relatives and neighbors. Continue reading

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