Get into the Autumn spirit! We did the searching for you and found great innovative and easy ways to decorate you home for the fall. Enjoy!
Letter Perfect Leaves
Mark your front door with a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop, and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.
Pumpkins & Candles
Transform miniature pumpkins into beautiful candle holders, perfect for the autumn season. Drill or cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin the same size as a candle’s tapered base. Hot-glue miniature pinecones, berries, and dried moss around the hole. Insert a candle and light it to add a little glow to your harvest nights.
Lush potted mums add color to this front stoop, as do paper lanterns hung from the portico. White pumpkins add contrast and a harvest wreath defines the solid wood door.
Tie a grouping of Indian corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door. Display jars filled with dried corn and seeds behind glass-front cabinet doors.
When cold weather arrives, gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and small pumpkins can fill the planters that once overflowed with flowering annuals; tuck some colorful leaves into any gaps. There’s no better way to capture the spirit of the fall harvest season.
Fall Foliage Wreath
Long after the last leaves on the lawn have been raked away, this autumnal wreath will hold on to its crispness and color.
Cut from kraft paper, the faux foliage is accented with additional leaves cut from shimmering metallic paper.
The decoration can be hung year after year. When the season changes, store the wreath in a covered cardboard box until next year.
Tools and Materials
Kraft paper, from hardware or art-supply stores
Similar shimmering metallic paper in Gold (P_L32222) and Antique Gold (P_L32227), $13.50 per 50 sheets, from Paper Presentation
Paper Wreath How-To
1. Cut several long, 1 1/2-inch-wide strips of kraft paper. Wrap around a wreath form (ours was 20 inches in diameter) to cover; staple.
2. Cut several 5-by-10-inch rectangles from kraft paper; fold accordion-style. Cut out multiple leaves.
3. Cut more 2 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch rectangles from metallic papers; fold on the diagonal, at a slight curve.
4. Cut out single leaves; gently pinch to create a curved shape. Staple all leaves to wreath form, overlapping. Embellish with a brown satin bow.
Pinecone Lamp Finial
Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn’t already have a basic finial — the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp’s harp — you can buy one at the hardware store.
Lamp Finial How-To
1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface.2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.
On the last night of my dear brother’s stay here in the US, he craved great Italian food. So Gary and I took him to NEO Trattoria and Wine Bar. I had never been but Gary had dined there once. All I can say is that the food was the best I had eaten EVER in the Whitestone area. Service lovely. Inviting room which by the way, the owner, Antoinette, proudly exclaimed is kid-friendly, and the food…well the food was amazing!
I had something very unique and delicious; an artichoke and pistachio swarm sautéed over mâché which is a lovely light green salad with parmigiano reggiano cheese and a lemon wine sauce. I just loved it. It was like a delicious pasta without the carbs. Have it, period. My brother had a gorgeous rich but not heavy fettucine(homemade) bolognese. Gary loved his fettucine with a creamy prosciutto sauce.
If you like Italian cheesecake, order this for dessert. It was worth the calories! But if not, no prob, you will be served complimentary biscotti, just like you will be served a complimentary amuse bouch at the start of your meal.
I really felt like I had missed something by not going to NEO sooner. But now that I have, I probably will be there a lot, and at other Italian restaurants not do much.
Thank you to my adorable and gracious waiter, I don’t know your name, and to Antoinette who loves to serve and will give you and your date, or you and your family and guests a very warm welcome. Tell then Judy sent you. They may not remember me, but if they do, they will know that you expect the best, in any case, if you love great food, you will absolutely get it. It gets my energized X5 rating!!
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices were even stronger, up 2.3 percent.
“We seem to be witnessing exactly what we needed for a sustained recovery; monthly increases coupled with improving annual rates of change,” David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s, said in a statement.
“The market may have finally turned around.”
Prices in the 20 cities rose 0.5 percent compared to the year before. Atlanta fared the worst, tumbling 12.1 percent from a year ago. Phoenix continued to bounce back from poor conditions and was up nearly 14 percent.
Although prices in June likely got a boost from the traditionally strong summer buying season, the gains on both a monthly and yearly basis boded well for the housing market, said Blitzer.
The report affirmed “that the overall market is healing, albeit at a frustratingly slow pace,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.
Humphries said he expects to see prices weaken in the latter half of the year, though the period of sustained declines are likely in the past.
For the second quarter, seasonally adjusted national prices jumped 2.2 percent compared to the 1.4 percent gain that was seen in the first quarter.
Financial markets saw little reaction to the data as investors had their attention turned to a highly anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the end of the week.
Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in New York in this June 19, 2012 file photo. U.S. home prices have risen for the fifth straight month, according to a new survey.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s also a time when family and friends get together for those great backyard BBQs. When celebrating Memorial Day weekend 2012 don’t forget the meaning of the holiday.
What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. However, may towns all over the country, dating back to 1866, arranged large gatherings of people to honor those who have passed defending our nation.
Memorial Day quotes
“For love of country they accepted death.“ — James A. Garfield
“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit the freedom to their children.“ — William Havard
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.“ — Thomas Campbell
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers but to praise them.“ — Francis A. Walker
“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.“— Daniel Webster
“I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better”. – Steve Jobs
Here at the Energized Realty Group we are always looking for ways to help YOU (family, friends, neighbors, and customers) get the most information possible when looking for a home. As a result, we decided to give our website a small makeover to give you the best search possible with the most valuable information.
These are just some of the new features we have on our website:
Fast, easy, and accurate searches
Walk Score – check out what is nearby every listing – from supermarkets to coffee shops, to parks, the Walk Score has it all.
Mortgage Calculator right on the listings page, so you don’t have to leave your page to get mortgage info.
In 1987, at the age of 23, Judy began her real estate career.
In 1997, Judy, already well known as the Energized Realtor, opened up a real estate company and affiliated with a franchise with a 5-letter name. For 15 years with that franchise, Judy consistently remained New York State’s #1 agent, and when she left, she ranked #10 nationally.
This past December, Judy simply modified her company’s name to the Energized Realty Group. Every time Judy grows, other companies worry. In fact, one local company even bought the 5-letter franchise and added the word “ENERGY” to their name.
Buyers and sellers are too smart to be fooled by desperate attempts to confuse the public. And anyway, Judy can sell faster than the competition can imitate.