Joy Noel Tablerunner

Kick off your holiday decorating and gift giving with this beautiful holiday tablerunner. |

I LOVE to go to parties … especially holiday parties. The ones that are the most fun are always the “Secret Santa” parties. Well this year, I was invited to a Secret Santa party … blogger style! The recipient of my gift is Meegan from What Meegan Makes. I took some time to get to know Meegan and her taste in holiday decor. I quickly learned that she incorporates a lot of cream, aqua and red in her holiday decorating. She loves {Read More}

Mint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies |

One of the things I most look forward to during the holidays is baking! Whether it be cookies, pies, cakes, dinner … the oven is usually on at least once a day from Thanksgiving week into the new year. I have a whole list of cookies that we make during the holidays. Some are made every single year without fail … others take turns and skip a year or two here and there. I especially like to have fresh-from-the-oven baked {Read More}

Gobble Gobble … A Thanksgiving Treat

Gobble Gobble ... A Thanksgiving Treat |

We all have our holiday traditions … those things that are done every year without fail. It might be a certain decoration, or the dish that’s always used for the mashed potatoes. Maybe it’s a certain recipe or two, or even a game that the family plays after dinner. One of the things that we used to love to do with the kids when they were little was make holiday treats. Each holiday had a special treat. Of course, most of {Read More}

Count Your Blessings … Day Three

November ... a time to focus on all we have, not what we lack. Please join me each day as we take a moment to celebrate our blessings. |

When our family moved to Virginia, there were two things that I was most looking forward to. Fall Colors. Snow. It was very urban where we lived in California. There were a few trees here and there, but most of the landscape was cement. Pretty typical of big city. Unless we went to the mountains, which were mostly evergreen, the most Fall “color” we got was a lonely tree in someone’s front yard. And since we lived in central California, {Read More}

Count Your Blessings … Day Two

November ... a time to focus on all we have, not what we lack. Please join me each day as we take a moment to celebrate our blessings. |

When we first came to Virginia to “check things out” back in 2011, we were blessed to meet so many wonderful people that helped make our move and transition so much easier. Each of these people was planted strategically in our lives; some were sent for a specific purpose and a short season, others to “do life with.” We had set an appointment to tour the grade school and meet with admissions. As we walked to the car, leaving the school {Read More}

Count your Blessings

November ... a time to focus on all we have, not what we lack. Please join me each day as we take a moment to celebrate our blessings. |

  When I was child, each Thanksgiving we would gather at my aunt’s house for dinner. It was a family reunion of sorts. Everyone knew … on Thanksgiving we go to Aunt Bernice’s. No invitations. No RSVPs. Just be there by 4. We’d all mingle … ladies in the kitchen, men watching football, older children running around outside, little kids running around inside. At four p.m. sharp, as the ladies brought the food to the table and my uncle brought {Read More}

Pinterest Has Changed … Now What?

Adapting to Pinterest Changes

Are you an active Pinterest user? Have you noticed that it’s seems a bit different? You are not imagining things! Pinterest has slowly been making some changes to what comes through our feed.  I haven’t completely mastered all the changes, and this is by no means exhaustive, but I have a few tips that I think will help you keep up with the changes. What’s changed … In the past, you were able to see the chronological pins that came from users {Read More}

Birds of a Feather … Easy DIY Pillow Tutorial

Easy DIY Pillow Tutorial |

I seem to be on a pillow making run these days! Must be the season. My house can use some refreshing, and the holidays are always the perfect time for that. I was really excited to be invited to join 18 other bloggers as we share how easy it is to make a pillow with a variety of skill levels and designs. A special THANK YOU to OnlineFabricStore for sponsoring this tour and providing the fabric and pillow insert for all {Read More}

Fabulous Fall Mantels

Fabulous Fall Mantels from Simply Fresh Vintage

Ah, Fall … how I’ve missed you. Welcome back! Photograph by Chris Asche How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. – John Burroughs It’s that wonderful time of the year when nature begins to quiet down and get ready for its slumber. The trees that have kept us shaded over the summer are now slowly drying up and the leaves are turning their glorious shades of brown, orange, red, and yellow.  It’s {Read More}

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

Are you looking for an uncomplicated project for your Fall Decor?  This Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow tutorial will have you sprucing up your Fall decor in no time. Materials … Enough background fabric prints to make 81 2-1/2″ squares (I used nine prints). 1/2 yard of fabric for back 1 yard of solid color fabric for lining 1/2 yard medium weight interfacing 1 yard of batting An old sweater Dark brown felt Handful of polyester fiberfill 18″ x 18″ pillow insert I chose {Read More}