Winner, Winner...Turkey Dinner

November 23, 2015

So the holidays have already semi-officially begun around here. The weather is crisp. The grocery stores are packed and the smell of cinnamon and baked goods permeates the air. The kids are excited for a shortened week of school and there's a giant turkey in my fridge.

Yup, we're on our way to Thanksgiving.

DIY Elf On The Shelf Coat

November 20, 2015

About a decade ago, Buddy the elf, came to live with us. I had seen him in a catalog and thought he was darling, the idea that one of Santa's elves would live with us for the holiday season was original and exciting. The kids loved him and were happy with our new tradition, even on the days when he didn't move. They weren't suspicious of his immobility. They knew why he stayed in the same position all night. It was very clear to them. He didn't want to leave the house, because he was cold.

Apparently, our Elf On The Shelf needed a coat.

You Can Stand In Line, I'll Be Online

November 17, 2015

I do a lot of my Christmas shopping online these days. Ok, ok, I do almost all of my Christmas shopping online. I can get great deals, really unique items and I can do it all with a click, while I'm curled up, right next the hubby, in front of the fireplace. Then a few days later, the big, brown truck shows up and leaves everything at the front door.

What could be better than that?

Easy Home Decor Christmas Crafts

November 12, 2015

Last year, I decided to pare down my holiday decorating. In keeping with my new simplified style, I put out less stuff, kept the look clean and a bit rustic. I left a lot of our decorations in the bins and selected only the truly special items for display. I did however make a few very easy home decor Christmas crafts.

I mean what's Christmas without crafting, right?

Give Thanks Banner ~ Creative Thanksgiving Vignettes

November 9, 2015

Ah, Thanksgiving, it's coming and guess who's hosting it this year? That's right, the girl who hates to cook! Ironic isn't it? That's ok, I'll manage, but what I'm really excited about is that it gives me the motivation to decorate for the holiday! 

I don't usually put out too much in between Halloween and Christmas, but this year, I decided to add a little color with a little Give Thanks banner. A banner, I know, big surprise! 

Decorating Then and Now: My Journey To Less

November 6, 2015

So we moved into this house a little over a decade ago and I was thrilled to finally have some real space to decorate. I know, I know, what space? True, it's a small cottage, but you see, we had just moved ~ literally across the street ~ from a teeny cottage, just 975 total square feet. My new digs felt palatial.

Of course, what do people do when they have tons of wide open space?

Fill. It. Up.

And I did.

How I Decide Whether To Buy Or DIY

November 3, 2015

Craft and DIY projects are plentiful around my house, but I have to be honest, it's not always because I am so in love with making things. When it comes to decor, I'm pretty lazy. I am a product oriented girl and while I do enjoy some processes, most of them time, I'd rather just skip straight to the pretty.

Unfortunately, it's not always that easy. There's often quite a bit to consider.

So, just how do I decide if it's better to buy what I want or DIY?

Why Mammograms Scare Me More Than Halloween

October 30, 2015

I honestly don't know where to start today, so I guess I'll just get right to it.

Right here...right now, I am saying out loud that I hate October and I hate mammograms. I'm not really sure which one is worse to admit. I mean in the dreamily decorated land of blogging, October is a flagship month. It is the harbinger of autumn decor, crock pot meals, fall front porches and cozy home tours. You cannot hate on October.

It just isn't done.

DIY Wooden Cake Stand

October 24, 2015

I have a serious cake plate addiction. The elegance of their shape draws me in and everything, from food to flowers, looks better when elevated. Naturally, I have too many, stands in all shapes and sizes. Some are made of ceramic, some of glass and some are tin ~ you name it, I've got it. 

Except wood. 
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