We are slowly making our way into the holidays.  It is hard to believe that a month ago we were sealing our deck and weather stripping in anticipation of these cold days.  It is good to plan!  That is what we want to do on Fusion: Give you the tools and tips to make your home and table a showcase for your family and friends.  Enjoy the warmth indoors as you catch another edition of Fusion.


Terra Casa Candles

Nothing gives off the warm and cozy ambiance of the holidays like candles.  We heard about a place called Terra Casa where you can find the coolest candles.  Kathii from Terra Casa (503-577-8242) put together a display that showed us some of the combinations that you can use to display and use your candles.  She recommends that you look around your home and try to incorporate design elements that you may already have to spice up your candles.  She had used blocks and even other candlestick holders to place the candles at different heights.  You can also mix your candlesticks with glass, iron and wood displays to create different moods.  There are also containers that can be used to burn candles and protect your kids and pets from getting burned.  There are also fragrant candles in glass jars that sit flat and can be covered when they are done burning that are very safe.  Now if you are looking for completely safe candle they have 2 options.  The first is a electric ‘candle’ which is actually a light that has a candle-like wrap around it.  Then there is the battery, remote-controlled candle.  This is one that you can put up high and it turns on with just a click of the remote!  If you are looking for ideas about incorporating candles in your holiday décor, stop by Terra Casa and check them out.  They are only 6 minutes away from I-205 and Clackamas Town Center in the town of Damascus.  They also wanted us to remind you that you should always be safe with candles and never let them burn unattended.

Furniture for Kids and Pets

If you have kids and/or pets you may think you have to wait until they are gone before you can enjoy expensive, fancy furniture.  Esther Robertson from Ashley Furniture (503-496-4210) joined us to tell us that is not always true.  Esther started by showing us some poly-urethane, or vinyl, furniture.  This will take a beating and do well in the home. Next you want to look at the stitching.  Look for reinforced or baseball stitching.  That type of stitching will handle the wear and tear better.  You will also want to look for zippered cushions.  This will allow you to re-stuff the cushions when they get old and flat.  Leather is also an option for you, since it is tough and durable as well.  But what if you don’t want the ‘leather’ look?  We saw the latest in micro-fiber.  This is a wonderful woven fabric that can be easily cleaned with soap and water.  One more reminder… If you have pets you want to keep their nails and claws trimmed.  This will help preserve and extend the life of your furniture.   

Geranium Lake Pumpkins

On an earlier show we visited with Kim from Geranium Lake Flowers (503-228-1920) to learn how to set the perfect holiday table.  This week we are looking at how she made those cute little fabric pumpkins that she had used for her place cards.   She started with some spare scraps of velvet, but you can use just about any kind of fabric you have lying around.  She used about a 10 inch circle of fabric to make a larger pumpkin for us.  Then you have to run a thread of string around the edge of the circle.  This will be drawn tight at the end to create the pumpkin.  For the stem, she found some stems on some small decorative gourds at the store.  You just snap them off and you can use them for your fabric pumpkin.  Once David had finished stitching the fabric Kim drew the string tight creating a pouch that she filled with rice, though you can use any small bean or dry seed.  Then we tied it super tight and we glued the stem to the top.  You can use this as a place card holder like Kim had done or you can use them as a regular decoration around your home. For more decorating ideas you can always check out Kim’s blog on the Geranium Lake website. 

Easy Gift Wrap

I know, for some people wrapping a gift is easy, but for others it is a chore and something that needs to be avoided.  To help those of us that fear gift wrapping, we stopped by The Container Store (503-620-5700)  to learn how to make it simple with Paige.  For the experts at the Container Store, they believe that a well wrapped and beautiful gift should be as special as the gift inside.  Paige gave us some great tips for wrapping.  Tip number 1, cut your paper to be 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the gift you are wrapping.  She also showed us how to keep the seam on the edge of the package so it looks nice and clean with double sided tape.  Also, you should select your style of wrap to match the size of the box.  Large patterns can be used on larger boxes and smaller prints on smaller gifts.  The same is true for bows and other decorations.  Don’t forget to coordinate your bow color to the paper color as well.  As for bows, if you are creating your own bow you will need 3 yards of ribbon that can be looped into a 5 inch circle, you then notch it, tie it with a wire and then twist it to make your own great bows.  Now if this seems like it would be hard for you to do, then you can stop by the Container Store on the weekends at 1 and 3 and learn all these tips and many more.  Plus you can register for a $25 gift card drawing that will be held with every class.  


The conversion from analog to high definition has finally happened and for most people it has been great, in fact it has some people looking for new TV’s so they can get the most out of the programs they watch.  To find out what is available and new on the market we stopped by Standard TV and Appliance (503-619-0500) to talk with Tony in the TV department.  First of all if you are on cable or dish network, or you have a newer HD TV you should have no problems getting an HD signal.  It should be ready to go.  However, if you have an older set or you are using an antenna or ‘rabbit ears’ you will need an HD converter.   If you want to get a new set to enjoy the great picture and sound of HD then you will have to choose between plasma, LCD, LED, or even laser (the newest version of HD).  LED is very thin, very bright and very energy efficient.  LCD is just like your computer screens and is the most popular way of viewing HD signals.  Plasma is the choice for a very large and flat screen.  Tony also told us about DPI or ‘Dots per Inch’.  The more dots the better the picture.  The standard right now is a 1080p.  If you have that you are in great shape.  Any questions about which is best for you or any concerns about HD TV’s can be answered by the experts at Standard!



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