Organizing and Storing Your Lingerie

The push to sort, organize and tidy has hit a fever pitch since the New Year’s release of Marie Kondo’s series on Netflix. If you’ve watched the show, you saw a single brief segment on storing lingerie, which showed 4 bras beautifully arranged in a drawer. However, most of us probably have a bra collection that is much larger, and available space that is much smaller.

Did you add to your lingerie collection this Valentine’s Day? Whether received as a gift or purchased for yourself, beautiful lingerie is a wonderful way to mark this romantic holiday. But now you’re faced with finding room in your already-crowded drawers for your new acquisition.

Here is a practical step-by-step guide to organizing and storing your lingerie that works for the real world.

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Step 1: To Keep or Not to Keep?

Start by gathering up all your lingerie and piling it on your bed. Sort the big pile into four categories:

Everyday favorites are the panties, bras and camisoles that you reach for every day. These items are comfortable, fit you well, and look presentable.

Special occasion includes your strapless and backless bras, as well as the pieces you save for private time with your partner.

Donate anything brand new with tags that you bought more than 6 months ago. If you haven’t worn it yet, you probably won’t. Pass it on to a local women’s shelter.

Throw away anything worn out, faded, discolored, stained or torn. Items with tired elastic, with underwires misshapen or poking through, or with holes goes in the discard pile. Add anything that doesn’t fit well or that just doesn’t feel good. If in doubt, remember: you deserve to wear beautiful lingerie!

Step 2: Prepare Your Storage Space

While your drawers and/or shelves are empty, give them a good cleaning. Vacuum out the corners and wipe down the surfaces. Replace old drawer liners with fresh, new fabric or paper.

Make sure your drawers, dividers and boxes are free of any rough spots that might snag delicate fabrics.
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Drawer dividers and boxes will help you stay organized. You can purchase drawer dividers like these, or make your own with foam board or salvaged cardboard. Choose the system that works best with your available space and budget.

Step 3: Wash Before You Store

Be sure each piece is fresh and clean before you put it away. Washing with a high quality product made for delicate fabrics, like Eucalan, is the best way to preserve your fine lingerie. Eucalan is available in a variety of subtle scents to make choosing your lingerie a daily aromatherapy treat.

Step 4: Fold with Care

Do not stack your lingerie. Fold or roll your panties and stand them on end. You should be able to see everything that’s available as soon as you open the drawer. Camisoles and slips should also be folded and rolled.

Bras deserve special care. Fasten the clasps. This protects the clasps from damage and prevents snagging delicate lace on the hooks. Fold the straps down, then stand your bras vertically, with each bra nestling into the next. Do not fold bras with molded cups to tuck one cup inside the other. When you invert the cups, you break down the shaping and shorten the life of your bra.

Keep special occasion lingerie separate from your everyday favorites. If you have the space, chemises and teddies can be stored on hangers. Use hangers with notches or padding to prevent falling straps.

A few hours spent sorting and organizing your lingerie will pay big dividends. Not only will you extend the life of your delicate pieces, you’ll save time and aggravation when you get dressed every day.

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Think Spring: Crafting and Celebrations!

This week, we celebrated the Spring Equinox, also known as the official start to spring. Even if it might not feel that way just yet, now is the perfect time to start thinking about fun spring activities and Easter crafts. Did you know that we have a Pinterest board full of spring and Easter ideas?

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No celebration would be complete without some colourful Easter eggs! If you want to up your decorating game, check out How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes from Ingredients in Your Kitchen. If you don’t want to mess with dyes, check out this great Sharpie Easter Egg Decorating Idea. And if you’re up for something completely different, how cute are these Unicorn DIY Eggs?

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Sweet Treats

Whether you’re craving cute sweets or springy treats, we’ve got some great recipes for you to try. Add some flower power to your spring with these salty and sweet Spring Flower Pretzel Bites. Or try these adorably sweet Sparkly Surprise Carrot Cupcakes – ice cream cones give the carrots their shape and hold a cupcake within. And nothing says spring like fresh citrus – this Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze makes our mouth water!

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The animal of the season is definitely the bunny! We found these adorable bunny crafts that would be fun for you (and the kids!).

With some scrapbook paper and spare yarn, you can create this springy Pom Pom Bunny Tail Easter Garland in a Few Steps! Nothing says spring like fresh plants and flowers. With just a few crafty materials you can make these adorable Tin Can Bunny Planters and add some fresh flowers to brighten up any room. And if you’ve got some single socks without mates, check out these cute No Sew Sock Bunnies!

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Spring Ahead

Bring a breath of spring indoors with a touch of flowers! We love this this DIY Spring Planter Box, but if your flowers aren’t blooming yet, try these Pretty Peonies Made of Cupcake Wrappers. Or, add the smell of spring to your home with these 7 Amazing DIY Scents!

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Planning Your Spring Break Getaway

It’s March, which means Spring Break is just around the corner! If you’re planning a getaway, travel smarter with all of our best travel tips, which we’ve collected easily in one place!

Destination Vacation

Still stumped on where to go? Check out Jen’s Top 10 Vacation Destinations. From Dublin, Ireland to following Route 66 through the United States to Tokyo, Japan for the Cherry Blossom Festival to Banff National Park in Canada, Jen has rounded up some of her favourite vacation destinations and given you highlights of things to see and do in each spot. Even if it’s too late to add them to this spring’s travels, bookmark this post for future adventures!

We also have a Pinterest board full of exotic destinations Near & Far if you’re in need of a little more inspiration!

Tips & Tricks

Need some travel tips to make your trip a snap? We’ve got a ton of great ideas to make your planning easier, your travel less expensive and your packing as easy as pie. Check out our Best Travel Tips: Round Up and learn our best hacks for a stress-free vacation!


We found so many great tips and tricks we couldn’t fit them all in our blog post. Check out our Pinterest board full of Smart Travel Tips where we’ve collected everything we want to remember!

Family Time

Perhaps you’re heading out on a family vacation and saddled with packing for yourself and the kids. If that’s the case, check out our guest post by Julie Crawford on How to Pack Light When Traveling with Kids. Julie shares her top tips for packing as well as stain treatment on the go with our Eucalan Getaway Gang, our travel pack including single use pods, stain treating towelettes and a handy sewing kit.

We’ve also got a free PDF with more tips, tricks and printable checklists to help you plan your trip. Click here to sign up for our newsletter and get the PDF!

For even more handy travel tips, check out our Pinterest board full of ideas for Traveling with Kids.

Last but not least, if you’re hitting the open roads, check out our Pinterest Board for the best Road Trip Tips!

We hope these tips make your next vacation amazing – we can’t wait to hear all about it!

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Crafting and Caring for Baby Wraps with Eucalan

Although the practice has been around for ages, we have seen a resurgence of babywearing in recent years. Babywearing is the practice of carrying your infant or toddler on your body using a carrier or wrap.

From Babywearing International: [Babywearing] is a traditional practice in many cultures that is not widely used by modern industrialized societies, but it nonetheless has many benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.

Recently we have seen an interest in hand-making woven or dyed wraps. Whether you purchase or craft your own wrap, keeping it clean and fresh is where Eucalan can help!

Caring for Baby Wraps

Eucalan is gentle enough to use on baby items, and it’s especially great for washing nursing bras, diaper covers, and other baby items, including baby wraps. When considering scents, Eucalan Natural (unscented) and Lavender are great choices for baby things. Not only are both gentle on their delicate skin, but the fragrance of lavender oil promotes relaxation and is very gentle in the Eucalan formula.

To wash your baby wrap we suggest the following steps:

Step 1: Fill your sink or a bowl with cool water and add one capful or one pod of Eucalan in the scent of your choice.

Step 2: Add your baby wrap to the sink or bowl, and let sit for about ten minutes, lightly agitating the water.

Step 3: Drain the water (no need to rinse with our no-rinse formula!) and gently squeeze out extra moisture. Roll the wrap in a towel, and then lay flat to dry away from heat or direct sunlight (which could cause shrinking or discolouration).

Crafting Your Own Baby Wraps

If you are a crafter who’s been contemplating making your own baby wrap, we’ve got some great ideas for you on our Oh Baby! Pinterest board.

For handweavers, there are tons of projects that would make beautiful woven baby wraps. We particularly like How to Weave a Baby Wrap. This comprehensive post covers everything you’ll need to get started as well as some tips and tricks the author uses when weaving. If you’re a weaver and looking for more project ideas Interweave Knits has an ebook: Handwoven Presents: Baby Wrap Ebook.

If you’re itching making your own baby wraps, but don’t have a weaving loom, there are many other crafty ideas for creating baby wraps. We love this post from Mommy and Love, Sew & Hand-dye Your Own Woven Baby Wrap for Cheap. She covers how to select fabric, sew it into a wrap, and then how to dye that fabric to create wonderful colours you’ll love. The No Sew DIY Moby Wrap Carrier over at Rookiemoms is a bit of a misnomer, but only requires a machine for hemming edges!


We hope you enjoy these tips on how to create and care for baby wraps!

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3 Crafty Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is next week and if you’re still scrambling for sweet ways to celebrate the day, we’ve got a Pinterest board full of great ideas! If you’re short on time, here are a few of our favourites to inspire you:

Paper Crafts

Are you scrambling at the last minute to make cards for your child’s class, or perhaps need a card with just the right sentiment for someone special in your life?

These adorable Penguins by Housing a Forest are perfect for kids, just grab some construction paper and clear your afternoon to assemble! For party invites or a special card for your sweetie, we love these Hand Hold Heart Pop Up Valentine’s from The House that Lars Built. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out these crazy cool cards with clip-art and pop up templates (via Martha Stewart).

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Don’t forget the decorations! We adore this Valentine’s Day Heart Cards Garland by Happiness is Homemade.

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Say it with Sweets

Nothing says love better than making delicious sweets for your sweetie! These Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops from Glorious Treats look mouthwatering. If you’re baking with little ones, try these Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies from The Semisweet Sisters – no rolling pin or cookie cutters required! Short on time? Check out these Conversation Heart Pretzel Bites by Two Sisters – a quick zap in the microwave and you’re ready to roll. Add a cute touch to prepackaged candy with these adorable Hershey’s Kisses Mice by Practically Functional.

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Yarn Love

It’s not too late to whip up something crafty for yourself or someone special, even if you don’t knit or crochet! Here’s a simple idea virtually anyone can do: pick up a few letters at your local craft store and cover them in yarn (use a hot glue gun to secure the ends!). If you crochet, grab your hook and get going on this Valentine’s Day Mug Cozy by Rebecca Langford, warming your sweetie’s heart and his or her mug. If you have time and knitting needles, whip up a few Valentine’s Pouches from Lion Brand to hold sweets, treats and lovely cards. And if your love transcends the zombie apocalypse, try your hand at Voodoo You Love Me? By Susan Claudino.

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We hope you feel inspired to craft a few sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. From all of us at Eucalan to all of you, we wish you a day of love and fun!

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2019’s Sexiest Valentine’s Day Lingerie

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and now is the perfect time to drop a few hints or start secretly shopping to spoil yourself or your partner. Today, we’ll spotlight the hottest looks in lingerie to spice up your holiday. Once you have those sexy numbers in your hands, we’ve got all the best tips and tricks for keeping your lingerie looking great and smelling amazing with Eucalan!

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Our friends at The Lingerie Journal recently shared the Valentine’s Day collection by Adore. There’s plenty of va-va-va voom and fiery red drama to this collection – with one of these pieces you’ll be ready for anything from love to lust!

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The Lingerie Journal also put together an Etsy Valentine’s Day Lingerie Spotlight. Whether you’re looking for soft romance like the lace and velvet offerings from Rose Powder Shop, to cheeky flirtation with the camisoles from Betti Bones, to sensuous elegance in classic red like this set from Barely There Intimates, or majestic drama with a corset from Corsettery, there’s something to appeal to everyone. All these talented artisans hand make your goods to your sizing specifications, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time to make sure you receive them in time for the big day!

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While not specifically geared towards Valentine’s Day, we love this review of Tutti Rouge Minx by Comics Girls Need Bras. The black lace is both stunning and seductive and would make a perfect set paired with a beautiful robe.

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Another review we spotted on The Lingerie Addict blog featured Washable Silk Nightgowns from Wintersilks. These gorgeous gowns offer a taste of luxury in a reasonable price range and a generous variety of sizes, perfect for Valentine’s Day or every day!

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And if your beloved has a fondness for all things lingerie, you could surprise them with the ultimate guide to intimate apparel, In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear and Love Lingerie by The Lingerie Addict’s Cora Harrington. Signed copies are available on her site!

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We hope we’ve given you (or your partner) some inspiration for this Valentine’s Day!

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Spoil Yourself January: Top Tips for Self Care

The holiday rush is over, the New Year has started and winter is here to stay. This month we’re taking a look at self-care and how to spoil ourselves with a few moments of peace, quiet and comfort. Get inspired to find a few wonderful moments for yourself this January with the ideas below!

Making Time for You

Even if you’ve got a million things to do, making time to refresh and revitalize is important. We have a Pinterest board full of great ideas for self-care that will fit into virtually any schedule. From making bath bombs in K cups (or purchasing and using them), to doing a short digital detox, to just drinking more water, we’ve got tons of ideas on how you can relax and refresh this month.

Meditation and Craft

Many people find knitting or crocheting soothing and meditative, a time to rhythmically make stitches and forget about the stresses of the day. There are plenty of beginner-friendly projects to make and use to pamper yourself (if you’re brand-new to crafting, check out VeryPink’s videos on basic knitting techniques, if you’re itching to crochet we love this post on Craftsy/Bluprint).

We love handknit (or crocheted) washcloths paired with yummy artisanal soaps for a luxurious end of the day routine – try Water Lily by Sybil R, Bodhi Leaf Washcloth by Julia Farwell-Clay, or the Jazz Age Washcloth by Jenny Catchings to get you started!


Getting Hygge With It

Hygge is a Danish concept that generally means a comfortableness or coziness with feelings of contentment and well being. Practically speaking, the Danes add things like candlelight, plush pillows and throws, and good books to their cozy home life in the winter months when days are short and nights are long. Add a scented candle wherever you linger in the house, or take time in the evening to cozy up with a blanket, a mug of your favorite steaming beverage, and a good book. Treat yourself to some quiet moments where you can feel warm and secure. Add some hygge to your life!

Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself this month – you deserve it!

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Washing Oversized Items with Eucalan

Christmas is over, the new year is around the corner, and we know you’re breathing a sigh of relief that you’ve survived another holiday season! If your house needs some attention after the holiday festivities, today we’re going to focus on how to clean oversized items such as blankets, quilts, and comforters with Eucalan.

Spot Cleaning

For specific problem areas on oversized items, Eucalan is great for spot cleaning. First, check for colour fastness on whatever you plan to clean. Then, ask yourself if the item has been washed before – if this is its first washing, there is an increased possibility of colours running or bleeding.

To test for colour-fastness, place a swatch of the fabric or yarn in a jar with water and a small amount of Eucalan. Shake the jar and see if the water changes colour and how many suds you get. Alternatively, you can dampen an inside seam, wait a minute or two and blot with a white cotton cloth. If colour appears, use caution. Most dyes used on yarn are reactive dyes and stand up to washing in 120 degree Fahrenheit water; if a yarn was dyed at a high temperature it can stand up to that temperature without shrinking or fading.

For spot cleaning, treat any problem areas with full-strength Eucalan. If you’re looking for more information about how to treat specific stains, sign up for our newsletter and get a free pdf download of our handy new Guide to Stain Removal!

Washing

If you have a washing machine big enough to handle a quilt or comforter, the good news is that you can use Eucalan in the washer!

If you have a top loading machine, set your washing machine to the delicate cycle and fill the drum with cool water. Add approximately 4 tablespoons of Eucalan for a large quilt or comforter. Then submerge the item in the drum and run through the gentle or handwash cycle.

If you have a front loading machine, place your item in the drum. Set the machine to the delicate cycle and cool water. Add 4 tablespoons of Eucalan to the detergent compartment and run the cycle.

Drying

To dry your oversized item, you have two options. First, you can hang it to dry – just make sure it’s away from direct sunlight which can cause whites to yellow or colours to fade. Your second option is to machine dry, provided your materials will stand up to tumble drying. Set the dryer to low or cool air and dry the quilt or comforter gently; it’s important to avoid high heat so that your items don’t shrink.

Extra Care for Woolens

If the item you’re washing is wool, you may need to stick to handwashing to avoid agitating, felting or shrinking. If you’re concerned about using the washing machine, your best bet is to fill a large tub or basin with cool water and add anywhere between a capful to 4 tablespoons of Eucalan, depending on the size of your blanket. Then gently submerge your blanket in the water, pressing gently to ensure that the blanket is completely wet. Avoid agitating the blanket to prevent any felting of the wool fibers. Leave the blanket in the tub or basin for approximately 15-20 minutes. Then drain the water, and press the blanket gently to release excess water. Take care to avoid squeezing and wringing the blanket so as not to cause friction, or to stretch it out of shape. If your washer has the option to do a spin cycle only, you may wish to place your blanket in the washer to spin additional water out. Otherwise, roll the blanket in clean, dry towels to absorb any moisture.

Once you have gotten as much excess water as you can out of your blanket, you can dry it using the instructions above, or gently lay it out on more clean, dry towels, press it into shape, and let it dry.

We hope that we’ve helped you conquer some of the oversized items on your to do list!

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Joyous and Crafty Holiday Get-Togethers

The holidays are almost here and parties are in full swing! It’s not too late to organize your own get together. Try centering your gathering around a theme such as a festive holiday craft, a cookie baking or cookie exchange party, or revisit our post about hosting a gift wrapping party!

Craft Parties

If you don’t have a project idea, but would like to plan a holiday-themed evening of crafting with friends, we have a Pinterest board full of Holiday Cheer ideas!

Pick one of these DIY Modern Christmas Trees, make a yummy Sugar Scrub, craft beautiful wreaths (for Hannukah or Christmas), or craft something that isn’t holiday related but will add warmth to your home over the winter like our Easy DIY Fringe Wall Hanging with Pom Poms.

Cookie Parties

This season is full of sweetness and it starts right in your own kitchen. Invite guests to bring their favorite cookie or baked goods recipes and bake them all together in your kitchen. Stock your kitchen with basic ingredients and ask your friends to bring anything special they may need, plus copies of the recipes. Be sure to bake enough that everyone leaves with some to share; we just love this cookie wrapping station so everyone can take home their favorites.

Or invite friends over for a cookie swap. Have each friend bring their favorite baked good (RSVP with item in advance so you don’t end up with duplicates) with enough to share among all the guests. Again, bring recipes to swap so everyone can remake their favorites! Also set up a lovely hot chocolate or coffee station, and enjoy relaxing with friends and cookie tasting.

If you’re looking for some extra fun and games for the evening, check out these adorable Cookie Exchange Party Printables. Cookie trivia anyone?

Lovely Holiday Extras

No matter what activity you decide to do at your party, you can ensure a lovely evening with yummy bites and fun music.

For hors d’oeuvres, how about this beautiful Caprese Wreath, these tempting Apple Bacon Brie Bites, Gravlax with Mustard Dill Sauce, or any of these last minute make ahead recipes to name a few? Or surf Pinterest or rediscover your cookbook shelf for ideas. Don’t forget to check out our tips on how to set a beautiful table!

For music, curate your favorite list of holiday tunes on Spotify, turn on Pandora, set up a playlist on Youtube, or set your music collection up to shuffle and provide the evening’s entertainment. Or turn on the Yule Log (always available on Netflix) to set a scene with a roaring fire!

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for how to host a crafty and yummy holiday get together!

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Jen’s Top 10 Holiday Décor ideas

Christmas is almost here! Today I share some of my favourite decorating tips to add a warm touch to your home during the holiday season. I hope these festive ideas inspire you to make merry – and if you need some great baking ideas, check out last year’s Top 10 list, found here!

1. Choose a theme / colour scheme. Start by looking for inspiration in your local stores, magazines or online. My inspiration for softer muted colours hit me a few years ago when I saw a set of ornaments I loved. Everything else fell into place after that. Yes, I try to make sure my gift wrap coordinates in some way, too!

2. I’m a sucker for little lights whether they are from candlelight, the fireplace, the Christmas tree…or all three! In particular, I’m inspired by French Country Cottage.

3. A simple and elegant table setting looks inviting during the bright daylight or in the evening. I love this one from Shabbyfufu. You can also check out our last blog post, 4 Tips for Setting a Beautiful Table, for more ideas.

4. If you’re inclined to decorate with food…sugar cookies fit any theme or décor! I tried my hand at them for the first time last year with all the supplies and instructions from Sweet Sugar Belle. I came across and old aluminum serving tray which fit them just perfectly.

5. I love how Christmas smells! Placing some simple, fresh ingredients in a pot of boiling water on the stove really sets the mood. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest, but here’s a link to a cute idea with a free printable to make gifts for your loved ones.

6. If lights and food and scents aren’t quite enough, music will surely put the finishing touch on any holiday event. I love classic crooners like Diana Krall, Anne Murray, and Michael Buble. And this underrated gem: Barenaked Ladies “Elf’s Lament” with Michael Buble:

7. Faux greens can really elevate a display (not to mention, they’ll last through the season!). Stone Gable has some tips and ideas on how to use good quality fakes and where to find them.

8. Gingerbread houses really fit into many categories. They’re food. They’re décor. They’re a great craft for adults and kids. The possibilities are endless! I’ve started my own Pinterest board for inspiration.

9. How about getting creative with snowflakes? They can be left up all winter long too!

10. Whether you imbibe or not, a bar cart is a great way to decorate and isn’t just for alcoholic beverages. I just love this one from Setting For Four.

11. One extra tip / idea that I love is to whittle down what you use for your decorations each year. If you don’t put out some of your décor for a couple of years it may be time to get rid of it.  Consider donating those items if no one in your family wants them. Someone else out there will love them as much as you used to.

Happy Decorating!