Our Recent PostsFor centuries humans have been making soap from fireplace ash. If you’re looking for a way to use your fireplace ash and are interested in exploring some homesteading skills, read on and learn how to make your own soap. 1. Make lye. The active ingredient in soap is lye. Lye is an alkaline substance with a very slippery feeling when dissolved in... more»Your fireplace is a major component of your home design that can either become a pleasing focal point or cumbersome distraction (depending on how you choose to decorate it). While there are many different styles and techniques you can apply to your mantle, a simple, elegant choice is to use plants. However, there are several considerations you... more»The humble fireplace, so familiar we pass by every day without a second glance, but did you know that it has played a key role in some of the most popular movies of all time. We have combed through film archives to find some of the most memorable fireplace movie moments, so if you’re fired up about movies test your knowledge of famous movie... more»Spring has arrived. Warm weather is rolling in to most the country, birds are singing, bugs are flying, and flowers are blooming. The warm weather means birds, bugs, and other animals are searching out places to nest and raise their young. To them, your chimney is an attractive home. Birds, especially swifts, swallows, and even some ducks,... more»Moms will love this beautiful Expandable Fireplace Candelabra, and you can win one! It expands from 19 inches wide to 50 inches, so it will fit just about any fireplace. But why limit it to just the fireplace? This candelabra would be a stunning centerpiece for dining room, or anywhere else for a bit of candle light ambiance. The winner will... more»The snow has finally melted and flowers are beginning to bloom—so why not bring a little of the outdoors inside? Move over spring cleaning, it’s time to have some fun and decorate! Spring decorating gives you the excuse to bring some natural elements indoors. Get your fireplace mantle ready for the season with some of these easy tips that will... more»
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