I didn't want to end our study without giving you a few traditionally feminine examples. Consider these ideas the finishing touches of our Ladies' Finishing School lesson!
Pile the week's cookbooks in a basket and sit outdoors for menu planning while the children play. Find all the baskets you could ever want at yard sales.
Prop open a pretty book for decoration. Wooden display stands are easy to pick up for $1 or less.
Disguise a plastic pot with a damaged basket for a more natural look. This one came from the curb.
Line a bin with an old tea towel or napkin. Spots don't matter when only the edge shows.
Stretch the life of an aging bouquet by separating and cutting the stems into new containers.
Cover the torn back of a chair with a neatly tucked throw or hemmed fabric remnant. Paisley is always handsome against leather.
Transform your odd stemmed glasses into pedestal serving pieces. China works well, but glass is prettiest.
Use double-sided clear tape, sticky putty, or a piece of rubber rug gripper to secure the plate to the glass.
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