Decorations from nature

Decorations from nature

Florist Edle Catharina Norman believes you can find beauty in your own backyard, even in winter.

She uses materials found in nature this time of year to create the holiday floral designs featured in her new book, “Beautiful Winter.”

Some are enhanced by flowers and greenery available at florist shops.

Norman provides instructions for wreaths, garlands, Christmas tree decorations, centerpieces and other seasonal accents.

Most are simple to create, so you’ll still have time for all that shopping and baking.

“Beautiful Winter, Holiday Wreaths, Garlands & Decorations for Your Home & Table” by Edle Catharina Norman comes from Sellers Publishing and sells for $15.95 in softcover.

Kit covers outdated tile

Rust-Oleum’s new Tile Transformations kit lets you update the look of outdated bathroom and kitchen tile.

The kit contains an epoxy coating that creates a stone look. The process involves three steps — preparing the surface, applying a texturized bond coat and then applying a stonelike finish.

The finish is durable enough for use in areas with prolonged water exposure, such as showers, tubs, kitchen backsplashes and ceramic tile countertops.

Each kit covers 50 square feet and contains most of the necessary supplies.

The product is available at Home Depot. Suggested retail price is $119.99.

Dishwasher advice

Switch dishwasher detergent brands periodically. This helps to keep the inside of the dishwasher and your dishes free of any chemical buildup. Glass will have more sparkle.

McClatchy Newspapers

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