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How to Make Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 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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Tips for Organizing Your Pantry

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in organization | 9 comments

Tips for Organizing Your Pantry

I’m not an organized person.

I wish I were. 

It seems like such a nice thing. Organization.

I mean I like organization…and I like the thoughts of organization…and I like to look at beautifully organized spaces…and shop the organizing aisles at Target.

I just have a hard time sticking with organization.

There is no follow through.

I organize a space and buy all of the right organizing bins and labels and baskets.

And I proudly show my family the newly organized space and explain the processes of what needs to be done to keep this space organized.

But then life gets busy and I {we} don’t take the extra 30 seconds to put each item in it’s appropriate home…

…and the next thing you know…

…it looks like something exploded in what was once a beautifully organized space.

So here are a few tips for organizing your pantry:

pantry organization

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Be Brave

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 22 comments

Be Brave

So the other day I shared about my fake picnic and how that changed everything.

And since that post I’ve had more text messages and FB messages and comments that have been a blessing to my soul.

And I was reminded of why I joined the wonderful world of blogland to begin with.

I like you people. Like really like y’all. And I don’t want to leave y’all.

But I also don’t want to waste your time with fake posts about empty crafts and projects.

{Although I do have some fun projects that I’m planning!}

I want to share my real life with you and my real projects with you.

Just as you have inspired me…I want to inspire you. {Not breed discontentment!}

So this morning as I sit here on this balcony overlooking the ocean…I realize I have something I want to share.

I LOVE stories of brave people. I think I love reading them so much because I’m not a brave person.

I have no desires to jump out of an airplane or bungee off a cliff or ride Space Mountain. :)

And if you’re thinking about doing one of these things…I probably have a story of a friend of a friend who knows someone who tried that very thing and it didn’t end well for them. My brain tends to hold on to these sorts of stories. {I’m armed and ready for when my children come to me and want to do something hair-brained.}

Although those are really not the kind of brave things that I’m thinking about this morning.

lets all be brave

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The Fake Picnic that Changed Everything

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in fall | 52 comments

The Fake Picnic that Changed Everything

So today…I almost quite blogging.  I was all set to write my farewell post and call it a day.

It all started with a typical afternoon. My girls were jumping on the trampoline after rushing home from school and I had about 15 minutes before we had to be to the next event of the day and I was setting up a picnic…that no one was ever going to sit down to. It was a fake picnic with no food and no people. I didn’t have time for a real picnic. It was just for the blog. And as I decided which candlesticks looked the best and whether I should include the white owl or run around to the front porch to borrow the mums…I couldn’t help but wonder if this was really how I should be spending my time.

I’m right in the middle of raising 3 girls. Girls that I am humbly trying to raise to love the Lord and love people.

This is not an easy task. It doesn’t just happen. It takes time and training and prayer. But I know that it’s my greatest mission in life currently.

I’m getting ahead of myself…I need to back up…

{And yes, you are going to have to look at these fake picnic pictures…I couldn’t waste them…They took too much time! }

Fall Picnic Ideas

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