Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas in the Bedrooms

The best thing about hosting a party at your house is that you get things done! 
Right? 
When I had the party last week, I knew a few touches all around the house were in order. 
Here are a few bedroom pictures. I did just a little in each room.


In the master we added one new pillow to the bed.
Simple and sweet.



Do you remember our girly guest bedroom upstairs?


Here's what I did in there. 
It's my door from last week!!
This old door came from my dad's 104 year old house.
I love it. ♥
It had the original stain on it but I painted it with chalk paint.


And some little Christmas houses are on the dresser in this room too. 



Moving into Spencer's room that is newly redecorated....


I hung this print by Janet Hill Studio on the wall.

You can see that a bathroom connects these two spaces.


This print used to hang year round but some people in my house
think that because it's a deer it's for Christmas. :)



That's it for now.
I'm not finished shopping.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

A Little Christmas Party



I had a little party here last night with 45 of my closest neighborhood friends.
You know I play in a neighborhood Bunko group...
Well, I decided to make this one an open invitation "No Bunko" party and people
came out of the wood work.


I was reminded of so many things about hospitality.
You definitely don't need to make your house perfect (I worked for 3 days getting ready)
 because when there's a crowd it doesn't matter. 
At this party, everybody brought a drink, dessert, or snack to share.
I made things too but this really took the pressure off. 
Something entertaining to do breaks the ice so we had a "Dirty Santa Scarf Exchange".
Everybody brought a scarf under $10 and there was a lot of stealing going on for the super cute ones.

The biggest reminder of all was that people just want to be together and have friends.
In our neighborhood we are all pretty new. This was a great way to get to know each other.
We learned who might steal your scarf, who really loves wine, and more. :)


Would I do it again?
You betcha!
Grab your cute paper plates and invite some friends over. 

Merry Christmas, y'all!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Simple Christmas Mantel

 Happy Wednesday Girls!

Christmas music is playing here.
 The overeating has begun and Black Friday purchases are arriving on my front step.

We are happy at home working away like little elves.
(Stick with me because I have a secret to share)

Now let me show you the mantel I've been working on.
We are still loving the planking above the mantel. 
The white wood brightens the room and adds
a little interest.

Remember me telling you that my husband thought my fall mantel looked like
Christmas? I just decided to go with that and tweak it a little.


The hymnal paper was replaced with pretty scrapbook paper.
The wreath got a pretty puffy new red bow.


 A couple of new candles and some red berries were added.
The mercury glass on the far right is new. 
Found that on a fun day out with my
friend Rochelle.

I usually use lots of garland and lights but this simple look is making
us happy right now.


Here's the secret from me to you today...

Don't be fooled by the beautiful pictures.
Don't feel inadequate or intimidated by all the home tours online.
I have a door on saw horses two feet away from my mantel right now!!
You never know what's right outside that picture frame. :)

(He didn't know I took his picture.)



Hope you are having a wonderful day.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

So Much to be Thankful For



I have so may blessings in this life to be thankful for.
As silly as it is, I'm thankful for this little ol' blog and my blog friends too.
Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.♥♥♥


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Planked Mantel

Not perfect by a long shot but I love it!

This little project that seems to take others 3 hours 
took us a week and at least 5 trips to
Lowe's.

The tongue and groove wood has devilish knot holes I had to deal with.
What do others do about that?
Heck if I know!

I keep walking by and staring.
I feel like I'm in sync with Chip and Joanna. :)

In fact, I've been obsessing about the imperfections but realized, 
after staring at Chip and Joanna's farmhouse, that a real shiplap wall is far from perfect.

Our wall has a few more touch ups that I need to do but for a day or two
 I'm just going to look at it and smile.
Ready to decorate for Christmas now. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Peek at Monday

Good Morning!!
Here's a peek at how our week is starting off.
A light dusting of snow. :)
A project in the works.

What does your Monday look like?

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Little Things Like Pretty White Pitchers

When you've been married a long time, it's the little things that can make you 
really happy or drive you crazy. Right?

You try to avoid the crazy things and build on the good things.

The love of my life is visually impaired and finding utensils in the drawer is hard for him.
A couple of weeks ago I tried to put away the yellow jar 
on our counter that has held utensils for years.
He missed it. 

That just so happened to coincide with the weekend that Laurie Anna's Vintage Home is open.
He really wanted to watch the Cowboy game but he agreed to go with me to Canton. He knew it would make me happy.

I found a new white pitcher to put the utensils in.
That made him happy.

See...we both win. :)

This reminds me that I haven't posted about his vision in a long time.
Post coming soon on that subject.

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's My Fall Mantel, Darnit!

I've decided that some decorating ideas that are really popular in 
blogland don't always translate to the real world.

Have you experienced that? 

Here's the thing...a month ago I redid the mantel. 
I covered a piece of cardboard with pages torn from a hymnal to make the artwork.
You've seen that lots of times, right?

Then I hung the wreath on top.
Because a wreath makes everything prettier.


Right off the bat my husband said it looks like Christmas. 
This was at least a month ago so he took the wind right out of my sails!
Then a few people who have visited our house have asked
what's on that picture?
I tell them it's pages from a hymnal and they say .... oh, that's nice.
The kind of nice that let's you know they aren't so sure about it.
Or maybe they think you are a little cuckoo.

I think it's really pretty and not so Christmas like.
There's no red ribbon or Santa peeking out.
It took me 3 years to part with the money to buy a preserved boxwood
wreath and I want to enjoy it. 
And mercury glass is for all year, in my opinion.

So this has been our fall mantel for the last month or more.

Do you change the mantel for every season?

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