Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thank You: Peter Walsh

Dear Peter,

I cannot thank you enough for yet another AMAZING book on organizing my life and house. I chose to get this one via Audible, and only allow myself to listen to it when I am taking my it's a great motivator to get out and get going.
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Today you really nailed my biggest mountain to climb. I am the world's worst procrastinator. I fit the casting call for that role to a "t"...and the only thing I can say at this point is that at least my self-awareness has increased. So...this will be a short post, so I can get back to that box in my master bedroom that has been sitting on the floor next to the chest of drawers for at least three weeks.

I've got this!!


P.S. Don't forget that there is a raffle for Peter's book, Do It Now, currently going on. It will end on my birthday, March 2... So click on and join the fun. Do It Now is also the Book of the Month for the end of February and all of March. Don't miss out...and if you are a realtor, this is the PERFECT client gift!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Paper And Picture Clutter: Genealogy Style

One of the things I am saving until last in my organizing quest is putting my genealogy paperwork in order. (It's going to be a big job, but I think it's going to be fun... so it is the carrot out in front of me, urging me to keep moving forward.)

A few years ago, at the National Genealogical Society's Annual Conference here in Richmond, I won a prize at the Georgia Genealogical Society table and spent some time talking with them about all the amazing work they do. My maternal grandfather was from Georgia and since I went to college in that beautiful state and lived in Atlanta five years after that, it has always had a very special place in my heart! But, I digress...

The GGS is hosting a special (FREE!) online seminar about organizing your genealogy files this Wednesday, February 22nd. Paperwork, pictures, emails, etc... I am signed up and ready to go, but I wanted to let my dear readers know about it as well. No matter where "your people" are from, this advice will be helpful as you organize your research. Even if you aren't into genealogy at all, I bet it will be helpful in general for organizing paperwork.

So, sign up by clicking here and sign on this Wednesday! Hope to see you there!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Finds: Burning The Candle

Last night I posted a picture of a sconce (on Twitter and Instagram) that  I had recently added in our master bedroom...and posed the question: "What's wrong with this picture?"

The answer? The wicks had not been lit/burned. The only reference I have for this de rigeur decorating advice is that it came from Miss Betty. And Miss Betty knew...about almost everything. Some attribute it to superstition and others (probably more rightly) say that in days of old it indicated that a family wasn't afraid to spend the money and use their candles. Whatever the reason, I do think it looks better. More "lived in."
Same room, but evening light vs. day light
The room's color is closer to the picture on the left, as is the color of the candles.

Found a super post online about it on the A Taste of Mind blog. Click here to read it. 

What are your thoughts? Do you like candles? Do you use them? I do...and before we had a generator, actually looked forward to the occasional power outage, so I could return to the glow of days of old...

As you can see, my house is ready to glow at a moment's notice... And if you are a candle lover like I, make sure you have a good candle snuffer, too. You don't want wax flying everywhere!!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Back In Business

Dear Readers,

Dear Husband is doing REALLY well in his pre-surgery treatments and I am ready to celebrate that AND get back to writing on a regular basis for The Classic Preppy.

As we have moved through the past two months, it has been such a blessing to be in this "new" house of ours. Downsizing was the absolute perfect move for us (excuse the pun!) and managing his care has been so much easier, now that I don't have to manage a big house.

We have gotten rid of a ton of stuff...and worked with a professional organizer to move through disconnecting with some of the sentiment and emotion that came with a lot of our inherited things. I know that a lot of you are in the same place in your lives. As we reach our 40's, 50's and 60's and parents pass away, we are deluged with an enormous amount of furniture, decorative pieces, family photos, etc. It is overwhelming.

I am here to help! Well...not really I...but my friend, Peter Walsh. I don't know Peter personally, but I feel like he's my friend. We had a lovely chat over the phone twelve years ago, when he was doing the TLC show, Clean Sweep. I was chairing a benefit auction that year and thought an autographed copy of his first book would be a tremendous draw. I emailed Peter in care of the show and he telephoned me, to tell me how delighted he would be to participate. He immediately mailed me a signed book and it was a huge hit!

I think I have all of Peter's books, either in print or on Kindle or Audible. I cannot recommend them highly enough. He just released his newest this week...and it is all about DOWNSIZING!! Just got it on Audible...and love it (as I knew I would).

Decided to do a giveaway for my readers, so if you would like one for your Kindle, simply follow me on Twitter to enter the sweepstakes! It will end on March 2 (my birthday!)...and here's hoping that YOU are the lucky winner...




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Caring For Your Investments...And Spending Your Money Wisely

The silver care instructions below come straight from Tiffany & Co.'s website...and is their best advice as long term experts.  In my opinion, no one knows more about silver than Tiffany's! Silver jewelry, silver flatware and hollowware for the table, and even silver corporate commission pieces are their specialty. Tiffany & Co. is known for their sterling and its high quality. Since the company was founded in 1837, silver has been a major part of the Tiffany story/brand!

If you watched the Super Bowl recently, you saw a very famous Tiffany & Co. silver piece. A beautiful design that is truly a modern "classic." 

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Flatware and hollowware usually come later in life. They are not generally one's first silver investment. Many young women start out wearing sterling silver jewelry, because it is more affordable than gold...and it's plentiful these days. Silver jewelry is available in every mall kiosk and discount store, but what do you get for your money? Is it an investment piece or a throw away? Tiffany & Co. seems to realize the importance of this concept and makes even its designer silver jewelry (by Elsa Peretti and others) very affordable...and timeless. What you might buy and wear today, can be worn by your granddaughter in the years to come!

Tiffany & Co. also offers helpful hints to care for your silver...and if something is an heirloom piece, doesn't it deserve care?

Tiffany only uses sterling silver, one of the most beautiful and lustrous of all metals. With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come. 

The First Rule Of Silver Care
Sterling silver tarnishes, especially when exposed to salt air and products containing sulfur, such as rubber bands and some papers. However, silver that is regularly used typically needs less care, so Tiffany strongly encourages you to use or wear your silver every day. 

Washing Silver
Tiffany recommends washing silver by hand in warm water with a mild detergent. Because many food acids and gases in the air can have a corrosive effect, we suggest that you wash your silver immediately after use. Silverware, and especially knives, should not be left to soak in water. To avoid spotting, it is important to dry your silver immediately after washing. 

Polishing Silver
Use Tiffany silver polish or another quality brand. Some "dip" polishes contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided. Electrolytic cleaning (aluminum foil, salt and baking soda in a water base) is not recommended. 

Begin by using a soft cloth or sponge to apply the polish. Rub each piece gently but firmly lengthwise, using straight, even strokes. You may use a small brush (like a toothbrush with natural bristles) for decorative trim or borders. Wash in sudsy water, being sure to remove all the polish. Rinse well in warm water, dry thoroughly and buff gently with a soft cloth. 

Special Considerations
An "oxidized" finish is the deliberate blackening of crevices in the ornamentation of a silver object to make its decorative details stand out more clearly. Take care as this finish can be removed by overzealous cleaning and polishing. 

Storing Silver
Once cleaned and polished, silver must be kept dry and properly stored. Our Tiffany Blue flannel bags will protect it from abrasion and offer a degree of tarnish prevention. 

Bags made of "Pacific" cloth are also very effective in preventing tarnish. When storing flatware in flannel rolls, be sure it is absolutely dry. If the climate is humid, place a small packet of demoisturizing crystals (e.g., silica gel) inside the roll.

-Anne Forman, Classic Preppy contributor