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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I’m sick of the snow, and I’m sick of the cold. Decorating editor Jeanie Sims is sick of the snow and cold, too. So today she’s decided we all need a little summer added to our homes, sort of a psychological trick played on winter. -- AP

You’re so right, Anastasia! So here’s what I want you all to do. Go dig out those seashells you’ve collected from the beach and have sitting down in your basement or out in your garage or shed. If you never got around to cleaning them last summer, soak them in a bucket of water with a cup or two of bleach added. Let them sit for at least five or six hours. Overnight is great.

Now scavenge up a clear glass container large enough to hold those shells. If you don’t have one, you can find inexpensive ones at the crafts store. While you’re there, pick up a small package of sand and maybe a few pieces of driftwood.

Rinse the shells in cold water and allow to dry on a towel. 

Pour the sand into the bottom of the glass container. Now arrange the shells. Use the photo for inspiration if you need some. Voila! Instant summer. Use in your bathroom, as a table centerpiece, or on a shelf in any room of your house.

Nice idea, Jeanie. I’m just not sure playing with shells will make me forget the snow and cold, but it’s worth a try. What do you think, readers? Remember to post a comment to be entered into the drawing for a book from this week's Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP

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