Archive for December, 2015

A New New Years Eve

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family

Do you ever feel like the same old New Years Eve parties are getting a little old for you? Or perhaps you feel like you might be getting a little too old for them! There are plenty of fun and innovative ways to ring in the new year without having to go out to a traditional New Years Eve celebration. Some offer relaxation while others change it up for some fun, but whatever way you choose to celebrate, as long as you spend this time with loved ones you are sure to have a great beginning to the new year.

 

One alternative to the ‘same old’ is to go camping. It might be cold outside where you are, but camping is a great healthy alternative to kick off the new year. Perhaps you can get a jump start on that weight loss you are hoping to begin! If it’s too cold where you are consider renting an old wood cabin. Invite everyone to stay the night as you sit by the fire, roasting marshmallows and reminiscing about the past year with each other. 

 

Was this past year full of stress for you? Are you looking to bring in the new year with something a little more relaxing? Consider inviting all of your close friends over for a spa night! You can shop around at your local spas to see what do-it-yourself spa products you can prepare with ahead of time. Gather some healthy snack and drink options together and relax with your friends as you start the new year in the right state of mind.

 

A great way to avoid the craziness that tends to accompany New Years Eve is to stay in. Whether it be with your family, friends, a significant other or just yourself, be sure to stock your pantry with your favorite snacks and drinks and cozy up under a blanket while watching a couple of movies. If you have enough people you could even throw together a few fun rounds of board games together. Either way, you can avoid the hassle of leaving your home and relax.

 

Traditional methods of celebrating New Years Eve can be fun, but it might also be fun to break that tradition and try out something new for the festive holiday. As long as you are with loved ones it is sure to be a beautiful start to your new year.

Kitchen Facelift

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

Do you find yourself wanting to give your kitchen a small face lift, but unsure of ways to do so? There are many ways you can give your kitchen a new look, some of them projects that you can do it yourself! Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you can’t think of anything, here are a couple of fun ways to give your kitchen a new look.

 

The most dramatic change in a kitchen comes from replacement.  Replacing floor is an amazing place to start and can be done without breaking the bank.  Worn floors in a small space can exude a dingy feeling.  Have you always dreamed of wood floors in your kitchen but thought it was impossible with all of the moisture?  Take a look at wood-look tile!  With the advances in digital printing, many wood-look tiles are difficult to distinguish from wood planks. The maintenance for these tiles is the same as other porcelain tile,  

 

One great way to make the space look new is to use the idea of hanging kitchen items. You might add a pots and pans holder that hands from the ceiling over your kitchen island. Or if you have a large wall that is either empty or housing that same old tired picture that’s been there for years, take it down and add hooks around the wall randomly and hang your cooking utensils! For a relatively inexpensive price you can go out and get some new utensils if you don’t like the ones you have and purchase some that appeal to you. Depending on your handiness, you might even be able to build the pots and pans holder yourself!

 

Another great way to give your kitchen a facelift is to change the color. Find a color you would love, and paint an accent wall. Then go out and find a few nice kitchen items in that color, such as a colored mixing bowl or kitchen towels. These items don’t have to be regulated to kitchen related things, you could also find decorations you like ore replace your kitchen blinds. These items being scattered around your kitchen will create pops of color that relate back to your accent wall. 

 

The freest of all of these ideas? Floor plan and do a complete shuffle of your kitchen. Move your kitchen table, reorganize all of your cabinets and make it look like a completely new kitchen! It may take some time to get used to the new layout, but oftentimes just updating the layout of a room can really make it feel brand new.

 

These are just a few suggestions for someone who may be thinking about a kitchen update. These ideas may be just the thing you’re looking for!

Ceramic? Porcelain?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bathroom

Ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles, it’s a decision you have yet to make for your bathroom tile but the decision needs to be made. What are the differences between these two tiling choices? Turns out the differences aren’t as many as we thought or have been told. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are both from the category of tiles called ceramic. Taking a closer look at a few important categories, lets find out how much of a difference there is between the two. 

 

Since this tile will be used in your bathroom you will want to ensure that it doesn’t absorb water at a high rate. In this case porcelain wins the battle. Ceramic isn’t the worst choice, but porcelain better protects your tiling from water damage. Porcelain is denser than ceramic so it is less porous and more resistant to water damage.

 

Porcelain will also be more durable in the long run, its competition lending it to this durability. If there is going to be a lot of foot traffic or heavy usage, porcelain will last much longer than ceramic. Another thing to consider if if chips occur with ceramic tiling, you will have to match your original tile’s color with a new glaze. With porcelain, the color runs uniform through out the tile so you won’t even notice it. 

 

And finally, depending on whether you are doing this yourself at home or not, you might want to consider a category where ceramic edges porcelain out—cutting the tile itself. If you are planning on taking this project on at home, you can cut your ceramic tiles by hand at home with ease. However, when you are talking about doing the same thing with porcelain you might be making a mistake thinking you can cut this at home alone. It takes a more experienced touch with these to be cut properly and you don’t want to waste any materials.

 

These are just some highlights regarding these two types of tile and what sets them apart. Now that you are armed with the knowledge to make an informed decision head on down to Dolphin Tile so we can show you your options in person!

8 Outfits to Wear With Your Blazer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Blazers aren’t just for work! It’s easy to view them as all business and no fun when you’re skimming through the closet, but they are by far one of the most versatile items you can have in a wardrobe. In fact, you can throw a blazer over pretty much anything if you’re careful about coordinating it well.  Take a look at our list of suggested outfits, and then go visit your closet to review your blazers. We bet you’ll be able to wear them at least five new ways after reading our tips. Enjoy!

  1. Unbuttoned black blazer with white cuffs folded back, wrist full of bangles, basic black v-neck t-shirt, distressed denim ankle length jeans, black leather bag, white sneakers.
  2. Hip length fuchsia blazer unbuttoned, black high-waisted pencil skirt with white polka dots, black bustier, large gold bangle bracelet and gold hoop earrings, basic black pumps.
  3. Black blazer unbuttoned, over top of un-tucked, long, wispy white t-shirt, narrow black denim jeans, floppy black hat, brown leather bag, a couple of tiered, dainty necklaces, a watch, and brown suede ankle boots.
  4. Thigh length dark navy blue blazer unbuttoned, cream lace tank top, tucked into burgundy maxi skirt, skinny brown belt, dainty gold necklace, chunky gold bangle, simple nude sandals.
  5. Hip length black blazer with cuff flipped back, taupe shell, black dressy shorts, black tights, large silk fringed statement scarf, solid color bag that matches most prevalent color on the scarf, black ankle boots.
  6. Thigh length charcoal grey blazer with sleeves rolled up to elbows, burnt orange high waisted skater skirt, ivory lace and silk blouse tucked in, skinny black belt, charcoal tights, black velvet pumps.
  7. Red hip length boxy blazer, off-white button up rayon blouse with pockets, tucked into black and white herringbone short flared skirt, cinch skirt paper bag style with embellished skinny red belt, opaque black tights, black suede round toe pumps.
  8. White blazer with black polka dots, black and white mini houndstooth button up shirt, distressed boyfriend jeans rolled to show the ankles, brown leather belt, black kitten heels.

Laminate

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Floors

Laminate isn’t always the first thing you imagine when you are redoing the floors in your house. You may want to rethink that sentiment when you research a little bit more about the new options available to you. Gone are the days of the cheap laminate from the 70s—modern day laminate can be molded to mimic real wood and tiling in a way that was not available before and at a fraction of the cost of natural materials. This can change the game for families who are on a budget and may need to use the money elsewhere in their remodel.


Due to modern technology, laminate flooring is able to be produced at quality levels that would fool most—companies can mimic texture and color and method of installation to create a realistic rendition of whatever material you are trying to mimic. You can find laminate that looks like wood and even natural stone. But it’s ability to save you money while also recreating the material you wanted to use originally isn’t laminate’s only plus side.

 

Laminate is easy to maintain—not only is it a breeze to clean up on a regular basis, an important fact for those with children, but it is also stain resistant. This can be very useful in rooms such as your kitchen and living room where spills are more prone to occurring. This type of flooring is also not prone to fading with direct sun light which is a concern with hardwood floors. 

 

Laminate is also very durable. If you have a high energy household with pets and children running around, laminate is a great choice to consider. It is exceptionally durable and is very resistant to impacts and indentations. This is great for accommodating households and rooms with high foot traffic. 

 

Don’t knock laminate until you’ve at least explored this option. Just take a look at the picture above and see how realistically it mimics the natural materials it is meant to copy. If you are dying to get started on your remodel but the costs of natural materials scares you away every time, consider laminate for your family’s household. Come check out our selection at Dolphin Carpet and see how laminate might be right for you!

Cleaning Spills From the Harvest Panini

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Last time we posted about our delicious Harvest Panini. But what happens when your panini’s grease stains your carpet by accident or an unexpected drop of your sandwich gets food residue on your carpet? Anything can happen, especially if you are eating with your children. If you act quickly, there are methods to clean up the stain that will lessen the chances that your carpet is permanently stained. Most importantly, do not delay in treating the stain. Trying to finish your sandwich and telling yourself that you will clean the spot later on only increases the chance that your spot will be permanent.

 

First you will want to blot liquids with a dry, white cloth or paper towels. Remove any solid food that is left with a spoon or similar object. After this, vacuum the area to fully lift any food debris left over. Next you will want to pretest any spot removal solution you are about to use in an inconspicuous area if you haven not already. 

 

Next, apply the solution to the affected area and gently work the solution in from the outside of the stain inwards gently. Don’t rub the spot into the carpet! That will only damage the carpet itself. Let the solution work on the area for a few minutes and then blot. If the spot remains repeat this step as many times as necessary. Be patient, some stains require more than one application to lift the stain.

 

After you have removed the stain, use cold water to rinse the area. If you notice after the rinse that there is still some residue, try applying more spot removal solution and repeating. Rinse again with cold water and blot dry with a clean cloth until you have removed all of the moisture in the area. 

 

Hopefully following these steps will help save your carpet from that accident! Now, head back to that kitchen and make yourself a new Harvest Panini—you’ve certainly earned it!

Crafty Ways to Work From Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice

If you’re a stay home who would like to make some extra money, a profitable way to do so is to transform your crafting talents into sellable items. Thanks to the internet it’s now quite easy to do so. In the past this typically required building relationships with store owners, or hosting small parties in your home. Now, you just need to collaborate with an online retail opportunity and watch the cash flow in! Here are two great ways to do it!

Knitting Cents

Like to knit? If so try out a website called Ravelry. It’s a community where knitters and chrocheters dish about their passion. A company called Leethalknits hires people to try out projects and provide feedback. They contact you when a new project is up for distribution. They provide the weight and amount of yarn, size of the knitting needles, embellishments, and the pattern. Testers (that’s you) then leave feedback on a Google document. Projects must be completed by a deadline. If feedback, corrections, and pattern instructions are submitted on time, the knitter receives a copy of the finished pattern as well as approximately $20 credit to spend in a virtual knitting store. If projects are big or require you to finish on tight deadline you’ll potentially be paid more. Although the payout isn’t actually money, an avid knitter who spends a lot on supplies can definitely have a positive impact on the household budget by eliminating that cost!

Etsy Betsy

Make the most of Etsy. Etsy is a well know website these days but for those of you who aren’t yet in the know, Etsy is an online ecommerce website where talented crafters sell their wares. The initial basic premise was anything handmade when the site first launched. This has expanded to things like creating collections. For example, some people will create kits by compiling theme based scrapbook layout components and then sell all of the items together for a base price. Let’s say you just returned from a trip to New York and you made the world’s coolest two-page scrapbook layout. Simply buy multiples of the items you used, make them into a kit, package them smartly, and sell them!  Or, if you’re actually crafty with your hands, create an Etsy store and sell neat things such as embellished shoes or snazzy headbands. Sure, you can keep selling these things at farmer’s markets and craft fairs, but your sales will likely spike when you add Etsy to the equation. It’s a big money opportunity!

Harvest Panini

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

One of the best meals to make for your family during those chilly fall nights is everybody’s favorite meal—grilled cheese. It’s something that virtually everyone enjoys from children to adults. There are so many great variations on this American classic, but this time of year a grilled cheese made of gouda, green onions, chile butter and corn has just right touch of fall harvest. Spice it up even more and add some substance by adding baked and cubed sweet potatoes. 

 

These ingredients come together to create the perfect fall sandwich but you will need to make a quick run to the grocery store for the following ingredients:

 

  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder 
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 loaf of sourdough bread
  • 8 slices of gouda and 8 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of corn (can be canned or fresh off of the cob)
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 sweet potato 

 

  1. The first thing you will want to do is preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is preheating, cube the sweet potato. Place the cubes evenly spread along a cookie sheet and lightly cover them in olive oil. Spread salt over per your tastes. Once preheated, place the sheets into the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Check at 30 minutes and if they need more time to brown. Cook for more time if necessary.
  2. Next, mix the butter (microwave if necessary), cayenne pepper and chile powder until mixed.
  3. Preheat your panini maker. Or prepare your pan if you will be cooking the sandwiches in a frying pan.
  4. Spread your butter mixture on the outside of each slice of bread. Assemble your sandwiches next. Put down your cheese first. You can mix and match or do strictly one cheese or the other. Top with corn and scallions and sweet potatoes. Finally put another slice on top with the butter side facing out. 
  5. Grill your sandwiches in either your panini maker or in your pan until cheese is melted. and each side is properly toasted.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute.

 

Now enjoy your fall inspired Harvest Panini!