Why Pineapple Hill?

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.

Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Tip - Best Ways to Pack for a Trip

The first step to an excellent vacation is to take everything you need
 — and make sure it's wearable once you arrive.

Minimize wrinkles by rolling, not folding, three to four pieces together, with knits on the inside; for even better results, wrap the bundle in a dry-cleaning bag. And tie a ribbon on your luggage (not solid red that's what everyone uses), so it's easier to spot at the airport.
 Check out the more wrinkle-free packing tips by Martha below:
via Good Housekeeping

You could bring daily pills in one of these organizers — or just repurpose it as a carrier for delicate rings, earrings, watches, and necklaces. The small compartments are perfect for keeping jewelry from banging around or, worse, getting tangled.

via Good Housekeeping
More Packing Tips from Martha
via Martha Stewart
Before you can pack properly for a trip, you need to determine your priorities. For a business trip or a formal event such as a wedding, you'll want to keep clothes in perfect, crease-free condition. But if you're packing for a hike in the mountains or a drive down the California coast, you might tolerate a few wrinkles in exchange for an extra pair of walking shoes squeezed into your baggage. Experiment with the following packing methods until you find the one that best suits your travel style.


For the most foolproof wrinkle-free packing, suits and blouses should be stuffed with tissue and encased in dry-cleaning bags before going into a travel garment bag. The tissue keeps the fabrics from crushing, and the plastic reduces friction so clothes can settle into their natural shape. Pack everything else -- shoes, toiletries, books, papers, valuables -- in a separate carry-on bag.


Instead of using tissue paper to stuff clothing, try layering garments over one another so each layer pads the next. For example, begin with a pair of pants folded over the bar of a hanger, then hang a sweater around it. A silk shirt can go over that, and a jacket over the shirt. Slip on a plastic dry-cleaning bag last, and place the whole thing in a garment bag; or fold, and set into a duffel.


Keep delicate clothes from wrinkling by folding them around cushiony items like sweaters and knit shirts. Place the top half of a pair of pants in your suitcase, for example, smooth a sweater over that, and fold the pant legs up over the sweater. Never fold clothes more times than is necessary to fit them in a bag -- once across the middle should be enough for most sweaters and blouses.


Fill the corners of suitcases and duffels with clothes rolled into little sausages. This way you can distribute lots of items evenly throughout a small bag. This method saves the most space but is best for casual clothing -- blouses or blazers will rumple.
To avoid leaks caused by pressure changes during air travel, fill travel-size plastic bottles partway, squeeze out excess air, and cap them, creating a vacuum. Then double-bag them, first in a cosmetics bag or large resealable plastic bag, then in a plastic shopping bag. Never pack toiletries in the same bag with clothes -- a single spill can cause great damage. Along with toiletries, your carry-on bag should hold your jewelry and other valuables; eyewear; a travel first-aid kit; travel documents; maps; and reading material.


To protect shoes from scuffing and being crushed, stuff them with tissue or socks, and slip them into fabric show bags or plastic bags.

Do You Know?
If you run out of space in your bag before you've packed everything, there's a way to get more in: Drop the bag on the floor a few times, then open it -- things will have settled, and you'll find extra room.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

How to Make Speckled Eggs

Dye your own Beautiful Eggs for a Fresh Spring Table
Robin's Egg Blue Eggs
Via Southern Living

For Tea-Stained Eggs: 
Add 2 tea bags to glass of hot water and allow to steep. Lower egg into water for several minutes until desired color is reached. Set aside to dry. 
For blue eggs:  
Combine 1 drop of blue food coloring with 1 drop of green food coloring in glass of water. Feel free to play with different amounts of food coloring to adjust the color. Lower egg into water and set aside to dry. 
To Speckle Eggs: 
Use one bottle of brown craft paint and a toothbrush. Dip brush into paint and lightly splatter and dab around the egg to achieve a random, lightly dotted pattern. Allow to dry.

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    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Fun Easter Treat

    Easter Bunny Pops

    Ladies Home Journal

      Get the Recipe  

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    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Tuesday Tip - Easter Egg Safety

    One Dozen Easter Egg Safety Tips

    If you're planning to decorate Easter eggs this year, here are a dozen egg safety tips to help you and your family stay healthy.
    by Danilo Alfaro, About.com Guide
    1. Use one set of eggs for decorating and hunting, and another for eating. Or to be really safe, use plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt instead of real ones.
    2. Keep everything clean. Wash utensils, counter tops and other surfaces that eggs come in contact with. That includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before and after handling raw eggs or cooked eggs that will be eaten.
    3. Coloring Easter eggs can be fun, but if you're planning to eat the eggs you dye, make sure that you only use food-grade dyes.
    4. Keep hard-boiled eggs intended for eating in the refrigerator until the last possible minute.
    5. Check the temperature of your refrigerator with an appliance thermometer to make sure that it is at 40°F or colder.
    6. Under no circumstances let anyone eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated (whether at room temperature or outside) for more than two hours.
    7. If you hollow out eggshells by blowing the raw egg through holes in the shell, you could expose yourself to salmonella from raw egg touching your mouth. To be safe, use pasteurized shell eggs. If pasteurized eggs aren't available, you should sanitize the outside of the egg before it touches your mouth. To do so, wash the egg in hot water and rinse it in a solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach per half cup of water.
    8. If you plan to use the raw eggs you have blown out of their shells, cook and eat them right away — don't try to store them.
    9. When preparing hard-boiled eggs for an egg hunt, be on the lookout for cracks in the shells. Even tiny cracks can allow bacteria to contaminate the egg. Eggs that have any cracks whatsoever should be discarded.
    10. If you're hiding eggs outside, choose the cleanest hiding places you can, and avoid areas that pets or other animals might visit.
    11. Keep track of time to ensure that the hiding and hunting time don't exceed a cumulative 2 hours. And remember, the eggs that are found must be refrigerated right away — or discarded if the 2 hour limit is exceeded.
    12. Nothing lasts forever! Even hard-boiled eggs that have been refrigerated properly must be eaten within 7 days of cooking.
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    Guess who was spotted again?

     were spotted in the  
    Cotton Tales Treasury.

    Go HERE to see all the fun items listed.

     is featured at  
    Dot Dot Dot.

    Check out this happy little place HERE .
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    Monday, April 11, 2011

    Hippity, Hoppity

    Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's on it's way!
    Someone spotted these cute "Bunny Bloomers
    from the Pineapple Hill Etsy store
    and they are featured 
    in an Etsy "Easter" Treasury.

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