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Parade of Homes Inspiration

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Parade of Homes Inspiration

Being a blogger has it’s perks.

Take last week for instance.

I was invited to attend the King’s Chapel Parade of Homes in Arrington, TN.

And let me just tell you that it knocked my socks off!

Hello Jello.

The inspiration and ideas were mind boggling.

And I met so many new friends and I laughed and I drooled and I took more pictures than I physically thought was possible in a 2 hour stretch…and I think I’m going to have to take my husband back. :)

Because I saw things like this incredible barn wood ceiling…

barn wood ceiling

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

My Mom has been watching a lot of Fixer Upper.

And she has fallen in love with Jo-Jo and Chip and the beautiful homes they create.

She has been inspired to make some changes to her own house…and my dad just happens to be very handy…and willing. :)

So this year when we drove home for Thanksgiving and we topped their hill and saw their house…

…well I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Their farmhouse was sporting a new metal roof and new cedar shutters {made by my Dad} and a newly painted door {also courtesy of my Dad.}

And my Mom made a request for a new Christmas wreath before I left.

So here is what I came up with.

{I hope Jo-Jo would approve! :) }

How to Make a Christmas Wreath:

How to Make a Simple Christmas Wreath

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Christmas Card Ideas

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Christmas Card Ideas

This post is brought to you by Minted but all opinions are totally mine! You can read my full disclosure here.

I hope you had the Happiest Thanksgiving ever!

My mama has been sick for the past year. It literally all started 2 days before Thanksgiving last year. Two surgeries, 3 hospital stays, my dad learning how to handle more nursing duties than I ever thought he was capable of and many prayers…and she is well! {And just in case you wonder why, just let me say that you never want perforated diverticulitis with abscess.}

So this year we had an even greater reason to be thankful…my mama was well and cooked up one of the best Thanksgiving feasts you have ever eaten!

But with the Thanksgiving season over…it’s time for Christmas!

Trees are going up in our house this weekend…parties are being planned…and I am determined to have an enjoyable and peaceful December.

First on the list is Christmas cards!

So grab your camera and get those pictures made today {or use a great one that you already have in your camera} because you will not want to miss the Cyber Monday specials at Minted.

I’m told that it will be their biggest promotion of the year!

And the cards they have are totally ADORABLE…seriously adorable.

Christmas card ideas

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How to Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

How to Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri

The Holidays are all about home and hospitality for me so I was so glad when Sonya asked me to be a part of this series

Hospitality Filled Holidays!

And as I thought about home and hospitality, I thought about what I love about a holiday home.

I surely love the decorations and the food and the stories and the laughter.

But I also LOVE the smells!

So today I’m going to share my favorite recipe for homemade simmering potpourri!

And make sure to check to end of this post for 6 more amazing ideas for hospitality filled holidays!

homemade simmering potpourri for the holidays

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Final Day of the Christmas Mantel Tour

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Christmas | 1 comment

Final Day of the Christmas Mantel Tour

Have you been inspired?

Have the last 2 days filled your mind with mantel decorating ideas?

I sure hope so!

I have taken a few notes on some things I’d like to do next year!

It’s always so much fun to see how everyone decorates!

So here is the final day of the Christmas Mantel Tour!

Enjoy!

Decorating with Apples for Christmas

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Christmas Mantel Tour – Day 2

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Christmas | 3 comments

Christmas Mantel Tour – Day 2

This is the year that I plan for Christmas. Like REALLY plan. Every. Last. Detail.

I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants girl.

Not this year.

This year my motto is: “If you fail to plan, You plan to fail.”

So today I’m going to be sharing my to-do list for this week.

And don’t forget:

It’s Day 2 of the Christmas Mantel Tour!

Yesterday was just amazing…ideas and inspiration galore!

So while y’all sit back and enjoy these tours…I’ll be getting ready for Christmas.

Christmas Mantel Tour

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Christmas Mantel Ideas

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Christmas | 18 comments

Christmas Mantel Ideas

I know…I know what you’re thinking…

…it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas decorations!

But this year I am going to be prepared for December.

I’m not going to be running around like a wild woman…irritated with people who are driving too slow…and frustrated that the store doesn’t have what I’m looking for…and grabbing dinner on the run every night because there is just too much to get done.

Not me.

Not this year.

This year I am going to be sipping hot chocolate with my girls…curling up by a fire watching Christmas movies…making cookies for friends…driving around looking at Christmas lights…and enjoying every minute of this special holiday.

And in order for that to happen. I am going to have to get a head start.

Which means decorating a few spaces a bit earlier than usual.

Sonya from At Home With The Barkers and I have teamed up to bring you some mantel inspiration!

For the next 3 days, we are going to be bringing you the best of the best of Christmas Mantel Ideas!

So here is my mantel all decked out for Christmas.

Make sure to check the end of this post for more Christmas Mantel Ideas!

Natural Christmas Mantel

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Setting a Pretty Fall Table

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in dining room, fall | 8 comments

Setting a Pretty Fall Table

Could someone please tell me what happened to October?!

It seems that I blinked and I missed it.

But I am seriously glad that November will be here tomorrow.

I can’t wait to host Thanksgiving dinner!

And I’m already playing around with the table a bit.

I’m thinking something natural…and full of dried hydrangea…and acorns…and leaves…with a touch of gold.

Here is one idea for setting a pretty fall table.

setting a fall table

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Styrofoam Head Crafts

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in crafts | 6 comments

Styrofoam Head Crafts

This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® but all opinions are totally mine! Read my full disclosure here.

My girls want me to be on Craft Wars…

…and I think I could TOTALLY win…

…if it weren’t for that being on TV part.

I just know that I’d lock down as soon as they announced that the cameras were rolling.

And I’d be left standing there not being able to think up one creative idea at all and wishing that I could go back home.

I’m really more of a behind the scenes kind of gal.

I’ll just pretend like I’m a part of my own little Craft Wars with no cameras rolling. :)

So when I was presented with the challenge of making something creative with a FloraCraft® Foam Head…

…I just pretended that I was on Craft Wars.

And this is the styrofoam head craft that I came up with.

styrofoam head crafts

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How to Transfer Quotes to Wood

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in painted furniture | 21 comments

How to Transfer Quotes to Wood

I love little chairs.

My house is full of little chairs that used to be sat in daily…and now they sit empty most days unless a little friend visits.

I miss my little people sitting in their little chairs.  I miss my little people being little.

Like on Monday I went into Chick-fil-a and they had remodeled…the booths were different…the way you stood in line was different…the play place was different…

…and I cried.  Real tears.

Not because the remodel was frightening.  It was actually quite lovely.

But I cried because my Chick-fil-a had remodeled and I never knew it had happened.

You see, when my girls were younger, we spent a lot of time in that Chick-fil-a.  We were there every Monday.

That was Chick-fil-a Monday for our family.

I would sit and talk with my sweet David and the girls would eat and play.

We would meet friends there for lunch. And me and my friends would talk while the kiddos played.

Those were sweet times.

And I realized that those sweet times at Chick-fil-a were over.

{And here go the tears again.}

And even though this little chair will never be sat in by my little people, I still couldn’t resist it!

Here is how I made this chair over and how to transfer a quote to wood:

painted childs rocking chair 2

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