5 Essential Things All Dining Room Must-have

Dining RoomDining rooms are doubtlessly multi-functional spaces. It is where we sometimes work, have some family meetings, and of course eat. So when you are thinking of designing or sprucing up your dining area, it is vital to fully understand how you spend your time there and what you want to accomplish in the area.

Thus, ensure that you provide all or (if not possible) some of the must-have items in your dining area. No matter the size, style, or budget you have, these essential items will be your lifesaver.

For a little help, listed below are some essential things all dining room needs. Thus, worry not because we have got you covered!

The Lighting

Fortunately, there are plenty of choices when it comes to the lighting for the dining room. From pendants, chandeliers, floor lamps, or sconces, there is truly a lighting source suitable for your dining area. Plus they come in many designs from the newest ones to traditional pieces.

But that’s not all. You can even place fancy candles during special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays. However, whatever light source you select, ensure that it includes a dimmer switch. With a dimmer switch, you can easily modify the volume of the light you need.

As a special tip, if you love to hang a chandelier, then keep in mind that it should have at least 34 inches space between the dining table. As such, you can make sure that everyone in the house will not whack their heads when sitting or getting up.

Furthermore, if you often work at your dining area, then you may want to consider placing task lighting. It will help you work easily and highlight all the things you need for work.

A Console Table

Dining RoomDo not wait for the time that your dining table is full of things. No matter how big and spacious it is, you will always be in need of a room for some extra things. With that said, a well-placed console table is a superb place for the extra dish of food.

But when left unused, you can show and flaunt some household plants or your cherished dishes. Furthermore, you can make use of a console table to create a home bar of your own. Display fancy glassware and bottles, and arrange them on different racks.

With that, you can easily access and clean things much easier. Furniture such as a console table is truly an essential piece of every dining room. It looks aesthetically good and serves many functions or purposes.

Family Pictures

Hanging family pictures in the dining room is not a bad idea at all. If you love to take pictures or photos of your family, then think about magnifying some of them and use them as a wall decoration in your dining area.

Consider printing your family pictures in black and white. It is an excellent way to make these photos more neat and professional. Family photography always brings appeal and beauty to space. It also makes a room more inviting and intimate.

By hanging family pictures in the dining room, instead of fancy artworks, you make your entire family feel more comfortable and feel more at home. Customizing this space brings you and your family members closer and tight-knit.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

If your dining area feels narrow and cramped, and you want to feel or make it look spacious, then a beautiful mirror is perfect for you. Mirrors instantly add light and depth into space, deceiving your eyes to perceive that your space looks bigger and spacious.

However, before you even place a mirror, move it around every wall so that you can choose a perfect view to reflect. Invest for a good piece because mirrors are one of the things that never go out of style. But if you are not sure of what kind of mirror you should choose, then think about having round ones.

Tablecloth or Table Linens

A dining table feels and looks fancier when decorated with an attractive tablecloth. Also, plates look more inviting and enticing over these table linens. Thus, table linens are yet another must-have item for every dining room.

This beautiful clothing garment somewhat conveys the theme of the whole room and provides a pop of color and conserves the health of your dining table. So when buying for one, always examine its design, color, texture, price, maintenance requirements, and usage requirements.


Of course, all dining areas requires a table and several chairs. However, do not condense yourself with these things because there are still a lot of stuff that you can incorporate into your dining room to create a comfortable and cozy dining space.

You can follow the above list of must-have items to make sure that your dining room is complete with things that are very useful. From lighting to tablecloths, make sure that you will only purchase high-quality products to save money and time. You can easily but these things in any online store like Deal Wiki.  


5 Thoughtful DIY Valentine’s Day Projects for Men

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to remind the man in your life how much you love him, but there’s no question that all of the classic gifts – chocolates, greeting cards, wine, even fuzzy socks – can get extremely overpriced and expensive, not to mention the fact that it can be hard to find a generic gift that is personalized enough to make your partner feel special and loved. A homemade do-it-yourself gift can make the perfect addition to a store-bought product or something that you ordered online, and depending on the magnitude of the gift, can even stand alone as the perfect gift. Here are some clever gift DIY projects for you to create and give to the special man in your life!

  1. A fun and flirty “coupon book.” Put together 10 to 20 (or more, if you’re really into it) “coupons” for your special guy to “cash in” whenever he wants all year long! You can make the coupons worth any activity or treat as tame or as saucy as you want – obviously, you know him and the things that he likes better than anyone. Best of all, you really don’t have to spend big money on printing the cards on some special stationary or through a service. Handwritten coupon booklets work just fine, just be sure to use lots of pink and red decorations and stickers. He’ll love this gift because it was made just for him with his interests and preferences in mind.
  2. A stay-at-home movie night gift basket. In the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, it’s hard to remember that there was once a time that people put DVDs and even VHS tapes into consoles to watch a movie. If you have a DVD player for your TV, or even a disc drive on your laptop, pick out a few of his favorite movies (especially if there are sequels). If you don’t have the physical DVD, you can just write a cute little note in the card explaining that you’ve bought or are planning to rent a movie of his choosing online. Wrap it up with a big, soft blanket, some popcorn, and those big movie-sized candy bars to create an in-home movie theatre experience!
  3. His favorite home-cooked meal. No matter which one of you usually does the cooking, or whether you both tend to get your food through Uber Eats or Postmates, a home-cooked meal made specifically for him is a great way to show that you care enough about him that you’ll spend time learning something new, especially if this kind of meal isn’t something that you usually eat. It doesn’t have to be perfect – as long as you put in the effort, he is sure to appreciate this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Bonus points if you arrange some of the food to look like hearts! Extra bonus points if you buy a “Kiss the Cook” apron.
  4. A travel album. This is a great gift for the adventurous couple, and the best part is that it’s easily modified depending on the specifics of your relationship. Pick up a three-ring binder, scrapbook, or even a small photo album from your local bookstore and fill it with ticket stubs, boarding passes, developed photos, and other paper souvenirs from any trips or travels that you have already been on together. Haven’t explored anywhere fun yet, but you want to get started? Splurge on some tickets and place them in the front pages of the album with a card explaining your idea – he’ll get the message. If you can’t afford to make big trips, start small, with local museums or concerts. Any sort of memory photo album is a truly precious and classic gift in the age of the smartphone.
  5. I Love You Because…” dry-erase board. These make a great decoration to put up all year round or hang up next year, once the winter holiday season has died down a little bit but before the special day has arrived for that year. You can order a special dry-erase board with the message “I Love You Because…,” or you can spend an afternoon crafting a little card or sign yourself to glue onto the board. With these signs hanging up, it will be a sweet and thoughtful activity to write a new message on it everyday so that he can feel truly appreciated when he comes home. Another great idea is to get a matching set of dry-erase boards, perhaps monogrammed or color-coordinated, and you can both make a project out of reminding each other the reasons for your love!


How to create your own army girl costume

 army boots Creative Commons | j.botter | http://www.flickr.com/photos/botter/311414


Let’s be creative this Halloween! Before you go shopping in all those fancy malls you can simply try to create a costume of your own this Halloween. You might already have all the things necessary for an army girl costume in those small drawers at home. The best thing about putting together your own costume is that you can reuse items you already have!

First look into your closet or drawers. Pull out some clothes that you think can be transformed into an army girl costume. If you don’t have the costume pieces, just visit the local party or second hand store to collect the essential components.

Here’s what you need:

  • Army pants
  • Black army boots
  • Army cap or helmet
  • Army shirt or tank top
  • Army jacket
  • Small army bag
  • Black, green and brown face paint
  • Toy gun

Here are some ideas of how you can utilize old stuff to create a new look:

  • You can use a pair of your old pants. It doesn’t matter if they are torn from the knees or calf area as this is only going to give a rough and tough army look.
  • You can go for trendy combat boots or black army boots to complete the look of your costume. A green pair of combat boots would be just perfect.
  • If you already have an old cap or helmet, you can spray paint it in army shades like black, green and brown.
  • A military green tank top serves the need if you don’t have an army shirt. You can experiment on this top with army colors.
  • Wearing an army jacket is a good idea as it can save you from the cold weather. You can use paint on an old jacket to give it an army look.
  • Give your costume a few finishing touches by carrying a small army bag, toy gun, and painting your face in army colors.

With all these things done, you are now ready to head off to the party as an army girl. Have a great party!

Make your own hand puppets for kids

kids hand puppets craft "Puppet making workshop" by Mosman Library (www.flickr.com/photos/mosmanlibrary/5986397728/) via Creative Commons

This is one craft that will keep your kids busy. Hand puppets will get your kids involved in a craft project and then they will have something new to play with after as well. Kids hand puppets are super easy to make and your kids could make a whole collection of characters. Then they can put on a puppet show for family and friends.

Here’s what you need:

-Felt – a variety of colors





Kidkraft majestic mansion

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pick a felt color. You will two pieces of the same color. Put your hand down. Trace loosely around your hand, not around each finger.
  2. Cut this piece of felt out.
  3. Trace this piece of felt on to another felt sheet of the same color and cut it out.
  4. Glue these pieces together at the edge leaving the bottom open for a place to put your hand. If older kids are doing this project you could use needle and thread to sew the two pieces together.
  5. Use your felt colors and scissors to cut out eyes, eyebrows, mouths, noses and whatever else you want your puppet to have. You could make a hat, tie or even a mustache for your puppet. Get creative!
  6. Then glue these pieces on to your puppet.
  7. Have the kids put on a puppet show for family and friends using a Kidkraft majectic mansion. This craft will keep them busy and get them to think creatively and use their imaginations! Happy crafting!

Best of the Web No. 6

This week on Best of the Web we have five incredible blogs! Each one of these bloggers is a master at their craft. This week’s focus is on quilting and the like. With six blogs to look through, you will have plenty of ideas for your next craft adventure. Each of these blogs is packed with great info, great ideas, and great people. So sit back and get ready to go on a crafting journey to each of these blogs.

11 am

In my blog, 11am, I record my adventures in my crafting and family life, the successes and the failures – of which I have generous quantities of both! I’ll take you for walks in the Yorkshire Dales and Southern Scotland, dragging you through mud and snow but in compensation there will be cake and crochet aplenty. Recently I have delved into the world of internet sales and am enjoying reasonable success – I won’t become the next Sir Alan Sugar or Donald Trump but I am having fun along the way. Life is for living and I intend on living it to the full (so long as I have my hooks, wool and a mug of tea) Bring it on! -Kate

Artymess Goddess of Fibre Alchemy

I am passionate about textiles. Colour and patterns excite me and inspire my work. I originally trained as a botanical illustrator but I have always had an interest in yarns and fabric. I was encouraged by my Grandmother who taught me valuable skills. I work using hand and machine embroidery and various decorative techniques I also design and make garments using a knitting machine. I started my blog, ‘Artymess Goddess of Fibre Alchemy’ in February 2010 and have had a wonderful, inspirational journey into blogland meeting fantastic like-minded creative artists. -Lorna

Bea Spoke Quilts

The name of my blog is Bea Spoke Quilts, it’s a bit of a play on words. One of my daughters is called Bea and I like the old concept of things being tailor made or bespoke. I love fabric and quilting, I have learnt over time that quilting doesn’t need to be complicated, tricky or take a long time. I’m trying to showcase great fabric and simple techniques in quilting through my blog -Siobhan

Hillbilly Handiworks

We are all about learning at Hillbilly Handiworks. I am always thinking up new ways for us to expand our talents. The current favorite is the Artistic Hectic Hexagons; with a new one posted every Thursday. Starting in February we will be learning Lone Star Quilts together. Also, the ever popular May for Me will be back this year with a new surprise twist. Of course, on occasion I cannot resist throwing in some Hillbilly fun. Come pay and visit and see for yourself! -Tonya

Bumble Beans Inc.

Get inspired and absorbed in color! That’s the vibe I like to share on my blog. I encourage people to GO FOR IT! Cut up that fabric, throw it around, and see what fabulous mess you can make… Most likely it won’t be a mess, but it will either be something that starts a creative spark, or an entirely new unique quilt that is all YOU! I love what I do, I find JOY in making  custom commission quilts  and greater JOY in donating a quilt. I want every creative person to find their joy in what they make, and  hope they find even greater JOY in sharing. Give a quilt a good home. -Victoria

If you are looking for some new ideas on how to store your crafting goodies, some of them may be right under your nose! An expandable makeup organizer is perfect for putting painting supplies, sewing supplies, and just about anything else you can think of. Just because it’s meant for makeup, doesn’t mean it’s not also perfect for crafting supplies! With different sections for different supplies, expandable makeup organizers really make it easy to be organized.