Happy Thanksgiving

thankful printable

Before you gather around your Thanksgiving table tomorrow, I just want to take a minute to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!       I am so grateful that you grace me with your presence here on this blog.     I am so grateful for your continued support, your wonderful and kind comments, and the … [Read more...]

Snowball Cookies: Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange

simple and buttery snowball cookies

Christmas and baking go hand in hand.  I have so many memories of spending the holidays with family and seeing plates full of special treats baked just for the Christmas season.   Many of those recipes are like cherished friends.  Over the years I made many of my tried and true favorites but I have also added new ones that come … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas and Cookies

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This is usually a busy week for me.  Both the kids and my husband are off of school and work and we are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  (Of course, we're trying to squeeze some fun in, too!) Since we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house again this year we are getting our house in order.  One of the nice … [Read more...]

Burlap Advent Calendar {Shutter Door Upcycle}

Clip burlap bags to a louvered door to make the perfect easy no-sew advent calendar!

I know all of these Christmas posts are little too soon for many of you, and normally I would agree.  However, I have learned in the past two years of blogging that I need to get a jump on things or the holidays get crazier than they need to be.  So,  I've succumbed to decorating a little early and I've discovered that I actually … [Read more...]

DIY Wooden Joy Sign {Easy Image Transfer Method}

joy sign

When you finish a renovation project, you are often left with some leftover pieces and parts that no longer have a home or a purpose.  Some of it gets trashed and others get donated.  For me, our leftover cabinet doors and drawer fronts from our kitchen renovation this summer are set aside in the garage so I can give them each a … [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate Station 2014

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Temperatures are way below normal this November so it's feeling like winter already for many of us. The other morning it was in the 20's when I sent my kids off to school.  Brrr.  That's way too chilly for this time of year in Texas! However, the cold weather got me motivated to create a hot chocolate station like I did last year. … [Read more...]

Moscow Mules Recipe and a Free Offer

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CANADA DRY - a registered trademark of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. ©2014 Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. There's no question, I love a good recipe.  Ordinarily, you'll find me posting about pecan pie or my family's "farmer cookie" recipe but, I swear I love a … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Knock-off – Silver Wood Elevated Riser

silver wood riser

If I had all the money in the world, I would buy everything I wanted at full price. Not. I might buy a few things at full price, but quite honestly, I think I would still try to knock some things off on my own. Not only do I hate paying full price for most things, but I don't like buying something I know I can make for myself at a fraction of … [Read more...]

My Christmas Mantel 2014

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My kids are soooo happy! They have been asking and asking and asking WHEN am I going to start Christmas decorating?! Well, the wait it over! Yep.   I decorated my mantel for Christmas.   One space down, several more to go! I have to say, I think this is my favorite Christmas mantel I've decorated in this house.   It's a … [Read more...]

Mini Grapevine Wreath Napkin Rings

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When it comes to holidays, I like to go all out.   By that I mean that I like to set a pretty table, use real plates instead of disposable and I love to use cloth napkins.   There's just something about using cloth napkins that elevates the dining experience. Sometimes I just fold the napkin under a plate or to the side, and … [Read more...]

19 Chalk Paint Projects

coffee table

If I had more storage space and room to work, I would buy lots old furniture in need of some love and restore it. I have a semi-secret love of painting furniture. I love taking something that is looking neglected and unloved and making it new again.  It's so much fun!   I have at least two more projects waiting to be painted … [Read more...]

Time to Get Cozy – Quilts

via Country Living

It's rainy and chilly here today. Time to cozy up with a blanket.  Better yet, a quilt. I just love the look of a quilt.  I wish I had a collection of them. Like many of my would-be collections, they reside on Pinterest until I can make them a reality. You can see my quilt collection here.   There is just something about a … [Read more...]

Thankful at Home 2014

spode delamere plates

It's officially the time of year to reflect on gratitude.   While our Canadian friends have already celebrated their Thanksgiving, we're still looking forward to having our friends and families gather in our homes and around our tables for Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I can't wait. I absolutely adore Thanksgiving.  I love it even … [Read more...]

This & That: Show & Tell

via Williams-Sonoma

I can hardly believe it's November already.  The holiday season is fast approaching and I am acutely aware that I need to get ready!   I love Thanksgiving and I'm so excited that it'll be here soon.   My parents were in town visiting this past week so I don't have a lot to share today, but I wanted to show and tell you about … [Read more...]

The Easiest Way to Sew a Pillow

easy sew pillows

It may have been my very first up-cycle.   It was back in college in the late 80's  and I was moving in to an apartment with a roommate and we didn't have much furniture. I don't think we had more than a chair or two but I distinctly remember the two large floor pillows that I brought in to the mix.  They were pink and green and … [Read more...]