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Old 03-25-2012, 09:11 AM   #11
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@ Zhizara,

Halloween is quite far away, and she missed Carnival ...

My empathy ... Just letīs hope this niece appreciates how much her Aunt loves her ... Her sister, well, unfortunately, we can choose our friends, however, sometimes family members can be a tough call ...

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #12
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ah, a nice end to the story. well, except for the crappy sister part.

i'm glad you can pass on your love of cooking, choc. that's the best gift anyone can get from their family, not the pots and pans.
Thanks everybody. This is what I want to do, make a difference in this world.

I want to teach my niece that just because you ARE poor, you don't have to live poor, or be poor in spirit. And wherever you live, you can with effort not dollars, make it into a comfortable warm happy home.

By the time I am finished in a few months my out of pocket expense for the "flaming" kitchen will only be about $435! A lot of the things I shopped from my own overstocked kitchen. Pretty cheap for a kitchen stocked with Le Creuset, an 8 cup Cuisinart & disks, a good quality Waring blender, a Thorpe rolling pin, a Rival crockpot, Corningware/Corelle/Pyrex dish/cookware, and all the necessities!

I get joy out of being there for my nieces, so the "giving" is not at all one sided.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for your message. It is quite clear, that you love your niece(s) regardless ... and you are truly generous ... The " flame orange " is her taste ... Colorologists say: orange stimulates the appetite ! so thus, hopefully she shall improve her culinary skills.

I have 5 grandchildren ( 4 males and 1 female ) ranging from 4 months to 5 years old ... I love to buy things for them, when I see something, I know shall surprise them ... We bake snowboy and snowgirl cookies every Christmas ... Filippo and Christophe the twins ( age 5 ) are quite interested in the culinary arts ... Little Adyson ( age 4 ) takes after her grandmom ... and the two youngest, are thrilled and all smiley by the aromas, Jonah Daniel 15 mos. and Anthony Luca ( 4 mos. ) ...

So, you have enjoyed the art of selfless giving.

Empathy here ... I know we all hope that she realises how wonderful you have been to her ... and learns the art of appreciation ...

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:31 PM   #14
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I went through my stash of curtains, and found a brand new orange checkered set of window valances, matching cafe curtains, and four chair cushions.

And I found a Thorpe rolling pin in my stash.



My sister is going to buy niecy this orange Kitchenaid hand mixer.



And I picked up these orange Tupperware canisters at the thrift shop.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:04 PM   #15
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Seems to me your niece is one lucky girl. Her mom needs to be ignored. Appears she is old enough to pick and choose the things she like without her mom jumping in !!!She needs to say sorry mom this is my life and I need to live it in my fashione, please join me. And to you she needs to give a big hug. What a treasure you are.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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Thank you kadesma!

I won this utensil set on Ebay! I forgot....

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Old 04-04-2012, 02:25 AM   #17
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I know I have been going overboard, but I could not resist this King sized pillow case I found on Ebay!



With a little TLC and some basic sewing, I can make it into a great looking window valance for niecy's kitchen.

And of course shortly after I found the pillowcase, I found matching placemats on Ebay!



And I was thinking of making a nice comfy braided rug like this one for her.



I have my heart set on an orange salt shaker and matching peppermill.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:22 AM   #18
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Sounds like you've caught her orange bug! You're having fun, aren't you.
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Sounds like you've caught her orange bug! You're having fun, aren't you.
I am having a ball!

Even though orange isn't my color of choice, I love the challenge of finding that elusive item that will complete a set. Or finally getting the perfect whatizit to complement a color scheme.

I did the same thing when niecy went to college last year. I decorated her dorm room in the school colors to the max! I enjoyed the heck out of it!
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:26 AM   #20
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Seems to me your niece is one lucky girl. Her mom needs to be ignored. Appears she is old enough to pick and choose the things she like without her mom jumping in !!!She needs to say sorry mom this is my life and I need to live it in my fashione, please join me. And to you she needs to give a big hug. What a treasure you are.
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Yes, I am in agreement, that your niece is very lucky to have such a warm, loving Aunt ... Hope she appreciates ... However, none the less, you truly enjoy the decorating too !

The rug is stunning --- I like coral ...


Lovely choices ... Thanks for posting,

Happy Easter to all,

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