Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Win a Free Bamboo Wall Hanging!

Who doesn't like free stuff?! HomeTreasureCove is sponsoring a contest to give one lucky winner a free bamboo wall hanging. Carved with raised lettering, these bamboo wall hangings add a touch of Oriental art to your home. Measuring 10 inches high by 10 inches wide, these unique pieces will fit just about anywhere. Choose from four different styles.





Just follow these easy steps to enter your name in the drawing, which will be held Saturday, May 9, 2009. The winner will be notified by email, just in time for Mother's Day!

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me which style of wall hanging you want.

2. Leave 1 more comment on the post of your choice here at Home Decorating News.

3. Follow Home Decorating News using the follow box in the right column.

4. Follow me on Twitter. Click the button on the right with the little bird asking, "Do you tweet?" My username is hometc.

5. After you've done steps 1-4, send an email to with "contest" as the subject. Include in the message, your usernames for Google Friend Connect (step 3) and Twitter. (This is only to confirm you've completed steps 3 and 4. It will also help me keep track of who is who in the drawing, in case you have different usernames for Google Friend Connect and Twitter.) The winner will get a reply email Saturday evening, May 9. You can enter the drawing up until 6:00 pm, Pacific time on May 9. The prize will be shipped to the winner once they provide their shipping address.
That's it! Good luck to everyone who enters!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Beautiful Summer Quilts

May is just around the corner, with summer close behind. As the weather gets warmer, that thick, plush comforter that kept you cozy all winter is likely to be too heavy for the warm summer nights to come. Now is the perfect time to give your bed a "spring make over" with an attractive, lightweight summer quilt.

You might already have a quilt under your comforter for extra warmth, if you live in a cold climate. Quilts are great for spring and summer, they are usually lighter than a comforter and you get a new and different look for your bedroom. Here are some examples of great looking quilts for the warm season.

Summer Porch is a classic country quilt in 100% cotton face and fill. The timeless design brings back memories of those soft old quilts your grandmother had that just made you feel at home. This quilt is also pre-washed for added comfort. Pre-washing helps to set colors and take the initial stiffness out of the fabrics. The result is a quilt that feels and looks great right out of the package. Summer Porch has a signature design with the face of the quilt displaying a hand pieced lattice of printed ginghams and florals. These are different printed fabrics cut and quilted together and not a printed pattern that is just overstitched. The reverse of the quilt is a solid white cloth to match the borders on the face cloth. The pillow shams feature the same lattice work as the face of the quilt and use the sage green print as the tailored flange. The edges of Summer Porch feature a diamond design with diamond patchwork edges from fabrics in the face of the cloth. The frame of the quilt is a machine stitched white for touch of clean and natural elegance. Summer porch is pre-washed to give you t he heirloom feeling the first time you sleep under it. Available in queen and king with two shams included.

Our French Tiles collection is a perfect summer weight coordinate for any room. French Tiles quilts and pillow shams are a dyed all cotton material. The face of the quilt is machine-stitched in a highly detailed framed scroll pattern that can coordinate with formal and casual spaces. French Tiles items also feature 100% cotton filling for an all-natural, antique feel that is comfortable even in the summer heat. The quilt and shams have elegantly scalloped edges. The blue quilt is shown here, other color options include red, pale yellow and sage. Available in queen and king. Shams sold seperately.

Garden Road QuiltGarden Road is a classic country quilt with amazing hand crafted details. The face and back of the quilt are made form 100% cotton fabrics. The face cloths are delicately hand quilted into the patch work pattern and also feature embroidered highlights. The edges of the quilt are scalloped with a printed cording. Filled with 100% cotton and pre-washed for that added softness, this quilt, rich in color and details, is a perfect match for that sunny and bright bedroom. Available in queen and king, with matching shams included.

Raggedy Patch Quilt
Raggedy Patch is a lattice style patchwork of pastel floral and paisley prints. The face of the quilt is highlighted by rag style hems for added surface interest. Raggedy Patch items also feature 100% cotton filling for that all natural antique feel that is comfortable even in the summer heat. The edges of the quilt and shams are corded with a coordinating print. Each set comes with matching pillows shams in the same construction. Available in queen and king.

Our Isabelle Paisley quilt is a patchwork of floral prints in a tiled design with "rag style" frames for added surface texture. Isabelle Paisley quilts have a 100% cotton filling for that all-natural, family heirloom feel, providing comfort even in the summer heat. The reverse is a tight coordinating floral print. This rustic country style contains muted reds and earth tone colors. Shams included with the queen and king quilt sets.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Attitude of Gratitude Award

I found a pleasant surprise this evening from a very special new friend and inspiring (not to mention beautiful) woman I've had the pleasure to meet through blogging, the talented Cathy Erickson of The Stylish House. Cathy is a gifted interoir designer, a wonderful mother and is one of the nicest, most generous persons I have ever met. Please give her a visit at The Stylish House. Cathy was kind enough to nominate me for the Attitude of Graditude award. Here are The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude.

3. Link to your nominees within your post.

4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award.

5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.

Tell us how you've come to have an attitude of gratitude

I've learned in life, never take anything or anyone for granted. Tell the people close to you that you love them, they need to hear it. One of the things I love the most about my daughter is how often, just out of the blue, she says, "I love you, Mom." Love makes us all eternal, it is the most powerful thing in the universe. Share the love.

In no particular order, here are my 10 Attitude of Gratitude award nominees:

5. Karla @ Ramblin' Roads

6. Michelle @ Blonde Ambition

7. Kindle Marie @ Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

9. Jewelry Rockstar @ Home School Blast

10. Courtney @ Chaos Is Us

I met most of you at this year's Ultimate Blog Party. I really enjoyed visiting your blogs and was inspired to improve on mine. Nataly, I love your website, Work It, Mom. Keep up the great work and writing that you all share.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Create Your Own Backyard Oasis

Spring is a great time to start planning how you can improve your backyard to create a peaceful and relaxing outdoor oasis for your whole family. Here are some tips to get you going.

Its always a good idea to clear away any leftover leaves and dead plant debris from the fall and winter. Do your research before planting new shrubs, trees or flowers. Find out which type of plants you should start in the spring months and make sure you leave adequate space in between plants for growth. Try to reuse what you already have. Old wooden trellises or planters can often look like new again with some sanding, staining or painting.

A great way to create a natural garden in your yard is to plant fruit trees, flowers and shrubs that attract wildlife. Many of these creatures are not only fun to watch, but are also beneficial as well. Dragonflies, spiders and lady bugs feed on harmful, plant eating pests like aphids and mites. Frogs, toads and lizards also help control insects like pesky houseflies and mosquitoes. Bees and butterflies help with pollenation and earthworms help aerate the soil and attract birds.

To attract more birds, try hanging decorative birdfeeders from your trees. Find out which species are native to your area and what type of bird seed they like to feed on. Hang a hummingbird feeder to attract these tiny, amazing little birds. Birdhouses and birdbaths also help attract birds to your yard.

An affordable, comfortable way to enjoy your garden oasis is on a hammock or garden swing chair. Nothing could be better on a lazy summer afternoon. If you plan on alot of backyard entertaining, quality outdoor furniture is a must. Teak wood and cedar wood outdoor furniture make an excellent choice. Teak wood has an average life span of 75 years and can withstand harsh weather. It also weathers to a beautiful silvery gray color when left untreated. Cedar also handles weather well and is naturally resistant to insect damage and decay.

Add the finishing touch to your garden with decorative garden accessories such as garden flags, decorative stones, outdoor fountains, lanterns and statues. Your backyard oasis can be done over time if you're on a budget. Yard work is a great way to get excercise, sunshine and fresh air. Get the whole family involved and enjoy it together!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Blossom Tea Bulbs

As promised from my last post, this is an introduction to a new way of experiencing the pleasure and healthy benefits of drinking our new gourmet Asian tea-- Blossom Tea Bulbs.

If you've never heard of Blossom Tea Bulbs before, prepare to be amazed. These little bulbs are a great way to entertain and surprise your friends and family at your next tea party or dinner party.

Blossom Tea Bulbs are made by Chinese artisans who hand sew the tea leaves into bundles or rosettes using cotton thread. When the bundle or rosette is steeped in hot water they slowly blossom into fascinating shapes. No tea bag or strainer is required; just serve in a clear tea cup or clear tea pot. Watch as your loose-leaf tea transforms into a work of art!

Dragon Blossom Tea Bulbs
Dragon Blossom Tea bursts open into an arrangement of superb white tea and stunning flowers. When this tea is steeped, osmanthus petals surface and an orange lily fully blossoms, leading to translucent color with a velvety, luscious apricot flavor. Our Dragon Blossom Tea comes from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China.

Jasmine Blossom Tea Bulbs
Jasmine Blossom is one of the most popular blossoms for tea bulbs. It carries a flowery scent that is very pleasant. Jasmine Blossom is the combination of Jasmine and Green Tea. Jasmine Blossom has very similar benefits to the other Blossoms. Jasmine has benefits to our stomach. It's a comfort tea for after meals or stomach related issues. Green tea has benefits from helping to burn body fat to regulating of aging. Jasmine Blossom Tea originates from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China.

Chamomile Blossom Tea Bulbs
Now combined with our premium Green tea in a blossom bulb, Chamomile is one of the oldest garden herbs, whose reputation as a medicinal plant shows little signs of abatement. Considered a universal remedy by the ancient Egyptians, Chamomile continues to be used today to battle illness, promote calm and relieve anxiety at bedtime. Add in all of the renowned health benefits from Green tea, and you've got a definite winning flavor. If you have yet to try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its superior flavor.

Carnation Blossom Tea Bulbs
Carnation Blossom is the latest member of our blossom tea bulbs family. It is a Carnation flower wrapped inside green tea leaves. It is specifically beneficial to women who have irregular cycle, cramps and chest pain. It is also a pleasant drink to have to ease menopause symptoms. Our Carnation Blossom Tea originates from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China.

Love Blossom is an arch of baby chrysanthemum wrapped inside green tea leaves. The baby chrysanthemum is a natural cleaner to our body. Green tea has benefits such as helping to burn body fat to regulating aging. Our Love Blossom Tea is imported directly from the Guangdong Province in Southeast China.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Entertain In Style With Gourmet Asian Tea

If you like tea, you're going to love our new gourmet Asian tea. This high quality packaged tea is not only a treat for your taste buds, but many of these delicious tea blends contain all natural herbs and minerals that have great health benefits as well. Our loose leaf packaged tea blends include different flavors of green tea, herbal tea, fruit tea, black tea and white tea. We will soon be adding flower tea blends as well as blossom tea bulbs, a unique way to turn your favorite tea into a beautiful flowery display! Here are a few of the packaged teas we offer:

Jasmine Green Tea
Jasmine Green carries the honor of being the most scented tea in the tea drinking world. It is so easy to identify just because of its smell. The jasmine and the green tea fragrance create a longer-lasting taste and aroma. Drinking Jasmine Green tea is a natural and pleasant way to increase dietary intake of antioxidants. There is mounting evidence that suggests that antioxidant-rich foods may play a role in reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Our Jasmine Green tea originates from the Fujian Province in Southeast China.

Ginseng Tea
Ginseng is the root of the ginseng plant. The Chinese named them ‘man root’ because of their shape. They are widely popular in Asia and North America. They are also found in Japan, Korea, and China. They were widely planted in North America after the Native Americans used them. Ginseng farms can be found primarily in Wisconsin and California. Ginseng is a natural energy booster. It helps restore energy and improves circulation. This booster also improves brain function including acceleration and reaction time. Ginseng has the ability to boost the body’s resistance to viral infections and disease. Our Ginseng tea originates from the Jilin Province in Northeast China. Ginseng is also grown in Korea, Japan, and the United States.

This tea is a delicious blend of natural fruits and spices that brews up a mouth-watering cup of herbal tea. Entirely caffeine free, it holds a special appeal for kids and sweet-toothed adults alike. Yet, this tea contains no sugar or other sweeteners. The flavor is all natural, emanating from apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, mango pieces and sunflower blossoms. You will definitely come back for more after tasting this tea!

Black Ginger Tea
In the West, ginger is a very popular ingredient in many seasonal desserts. In the East, ginger is celebrated as a digestive and palate cleanser. As teas go, our Black Ginger tea is renowned as one of our favorite teas, combining the fresh taste of ginger with the rich taste of Ceylon black tea.

Silver Needle Tea
This is our very best White tea from China. Silver Needle tea is among the most revered of Chinese teas, produced in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of its Fujian province. Gathered only in the few days of early spring, the preparation of this tea is governed by strict requirements to ensure a premium product. This dedication to perfection is evident in the cup, which is sweet and delicate with a clean, airy fragrance.

Store these wonderful gourmet Asian teas in a decorative oriental tea canister. These stylish canisters make a beautiful display on your counter, hutch or buffett.

Serve our gourmet Asian tea with these beautiful oriental tea sets. Treat your friends and family to a relaxing, delicious afternoon tea party!