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Keep a Sense of Humor by Barbara Jennings


Holidays can be a stressful time with all the cooking and baking, all the gifts to buy and wrap, parties to attend whether you want to or not, get togethers with relatives, perhaps some financial strain, memories of loved ones no longer present. So I thought it would be great to share some pictures on the lighter side, especially for women, since we are the vast majority interested in decorating. With the exception of the first two, the rest have nothing to do with decorating and maybe you've seen them already, but I thought you'd enjoy them, compliments of I hope all of you have a very merry and safe holiday season.

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This month's issue is dedicated to bringing you ideas that are quick, simple and inexpensive. They are also ideas that anyone can do with a little time and effort. If you've never tried decoupage, why not collect all those Christmas and holiday cards that you get and when the season ends, use them to create decorations for next year or as gifts for next year. Below you'll find a link to a page that teaches you how to decoupage. Anyone can do it. It's not as difficult as you might think and a fun hobby to have.

I love this picture of the chained up toilet. Personally I have all the men in my home trained to leave not only the seat down, but the lid too. I hate to see a toilet left any other way. But that's just me.

Then I have included a page on decorating with candles. I have both a love of and a fear of candles, so I include it with strong warnings to be extremely careful in how you use them. All candles should be anchored in a secure holder or in some other manner to keep them from getting knocked over. If you don't plan to light them, there is no danger. But if you do, make sure they are up away from the hands of small children and where they cannot be accidentally bumped.

For the last minute Christmas decorator, there are some ideas for quick fix decorating. You can buy decorations of this nature everywhere or you can easily make them out of your leftovers. They are simple ideas to add cheer around a room, even on the outside.

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Barbara Jennings
is the West Coast Pioneer in Redesign, author of 7 decorating books, a published artist, corporate art consultant, and furniture arrangement consultant. For training in professional furniture and accessory arrangement, or to start your own redesign or art consulting business, please visit:

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As we speak, the pages for Barbara's newest training is being written. For those people who want to start a part time redesign business, we have offered Rearrange It!, our basic training to help you get started in a fabulous decorating business of your own. However, many of you are not content with basic training and want to take your businesses to the next level. Well, you asked for it, so we are in final stages of writing the advanced training program. We hope to launch it on January 1, 2005. Be sure to check back and read all the details then.