Category Archives: Holidays

Dreaming of a Red or White Christmas?

or maybe both;)
This is what I’m working on this weekend…
Our Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes…it is 6 am and Grace has to be at gym at 7:30 and she has a friend spending the night and they want PANCAKES!  Their wish is my command of course:)
decisions – decisions
pulling out the trees
making the ornaments
preparing for the week of thankfulness
there is definitely a hum in the air
getting excited…what about you?
What colors are you using this year?
Here is just a little eye candy I found for my decorating inspiration this week!


I am doing those pattern stockings…they are adorable!  I LOVE working with paper and old paper at that!
Old patterns are everywhere at the thrift stores…cheap decorating…:)
Who doesn’t love all white…sigh
I LOVE this bed and bedding and the headboard…I love it all!
sweetness is glass wrapped in organic material – red berries…the wreath and even a K!   
another fav…simple…organic…might do something like this??
BLACK LETTER M Vintage Style 2 ft tall Wood Cut Out Signs Shabby Cottage ANY LETTER A - Z
I know it’s black but I love letters and black:)
Pillows…who doesn’t love them??  Especially with words…yep
Have a blessed Saturday…I’ve gotta go paint and hang a mirror:)
Source: all else  Country Living – Southern Living

Spreading not Dreading Thanksgiving { Season of Simplicity } #2

Don’t have Thanksgiving at all…at least not the traditional way!

I truly believe we are programmed to believe that
Thanksgiving has to “look” or “be” this way
That if it doesn’t – there is something wrong with us..their right. we’re wrong
we are missing out – they have it all
The blinking tower going beep.beep.beeps messages aimed to make us spend money we don’t always have
If we don’t do it this way we just aren’t in the spirit
Every magazine, ad, commercials, tv, radio and yes even our beloved blogland inundates us with this frenzy – we are surrounded

Our  family is going to test that lie this season.

Here’s the scenario

I posted Season of Simplicity #1 here.  With our financial situation coupled with some other  things I decided I was going to keep it as simple as I could.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

What did I then turn around and do?

I sent out the evite for all of the family to come to my house!…whew…how fun…I can make homemade decorations have more “simpler” food..whole food not lots of casseroles with 10 fattening ingredients etc.!

I then got up from my chair and I had company…You know who it was?  DREAD…I felt it silently squeezing my heart…it beat faster…fervently I started my mental checklist of what had to be done in two and a half weeks.    My house is a wreck … in every room.  I have 2 rooms in the middle of repaint projects
Slowly… I began to think I just made a big mistake.
~SO~ to make a long story SHORT
Here’s what we are doing INSTEAD
We are looking for somewhere we can all go and out..give back
we are going to a restaurant…yes you heard right.  A restaurant.  A place I don’t have to clean, decorate, plan menus…SIMPLICITY
we are going to my little sisters home that they just closed on yesterday { happy dance for her } and CHILLAX For our family it will be snacks, playing Wii, watching football, laughing like crazy and I guess;) we will help Amber and Robby unpack.
It is that SIMPLE
Do we { meaning my family } have to have the American Thanksgiving to have a holiday??  We shall see.
I can relax into the approaching Thanksgiving Day knowing that THIS year I can choose SIMPLICITY.  I will not be spreading dread - I will be spreading joy, peace, love, thankfulness, contentment…..
HHHuummm – Isn’t joy, peace, love, thankfulness and contentment gifts of the Spirit that we talked about in Season of Simplicity #1
P.S. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself some of those gifts too:) 
It makes me spread joy instead of panic to my family….;)
When I get out with people and give back or help out it really does change the way I am viewing things.  Really.  The world is FULL of brokenness –  we need each other. We need to and encourage
so that we can works both ways. give and take. 
Here are a few links that I found helpful and or encouraging!  One of my favs is Simple Mom
{  she says living simply looks different for everyone and I agree }


On Thankgiving day you can kickoff watching Christmas movies…we always do. its free!

Can’t wait to see how this post ends!


Child of the { LASTS }

My baby ~ my 5th child ~ she’s 11
she went to her 1st Halloween party Saturday evening
She had fun:)
and I’m so lucky to have her
she is the “grace” God gave me in my old age:)
She is the child of the “LASTS”
This is for the mom’s who know what I’m talking about…
everything the baby does is extra special…lol!

Next Tuesday I will post pictures of our Halloween Fun!

Step into Nell Hill’s

{ Mary Carol Garrity’s House of Belonging }
Step up into a peek at Mary Carol Garrity’s home – owner of Nell Hill’s. { to read all about her history check out her website and blog – located on down:}  The home and her stores are lovely visions I could live in.
This was my first time to ever see anything like this and meeting the woman behind it all… Mary Carol.  She was so approachable to a fearful heart like me.  My stomach was churning with anxiety to ask if I may take pictures of such loveliness.
She graciously acquiesced.

I will have to share that she INspired ME….her spirit and home caused me to ” breathe in ” which is what INSPIRATION means.  In every sense of the word.  I was ( pretending ) to be a photo journalist for a day.  The first time I really used my daughter’s camera.  I want to learn more about photography now…I had the best time.
the girls we went with were WONDERFUL and FUN!  It was a great time for sure:)

Honey ~ I’m home:)  don’t I wish
My FIRST “ House of Belonging ” Fall Photo shoot…lol
I truly sensed belonging in this home
I could only imagine living in this fairytale place and having a family here.  Meeting Mary Carol just one time I felt instantly connected to her JOY for the  LOVE she gets to wake to every morning….the gift of doing what she loves.  I believe that is rare.  I looked up to her….I wanted to be a part of her family lineage.  She has a rich history of strong women that paved the way for her.  Strength, perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit went before her.  But it didn’t stop there— behind her she seems to want to leave a legacy of what seems to be a lost art for women.  Creating Home….a home that beckons ~ come and stay…BE…LIVE and LOVE.
{ One step in my ladder – leave a legacy of strength, perseverance and a love for creating home }
One thing that encourages me in the blog community is the emergence of women calling us home again.  It is a good thing.
We,  as well as our children –  need a rich heritage of belonging..knitting together family and community…making memories.&nbsp
; We ~ as women ~ need to pave the way…lay the groundwork for future generations toCOME BACK to the beauty of creating Inspiring places to live in.
I am sharing just a peek at some of Mary Carol’s fall touches…..please enjoy.  Visit her website at Nell Hill’s and blog NellHillsBlog for more INSPIRATION!

A hutch decked out in Halloween spirit in her sun porch!
Little sitting area outside and off to the side of her front entry…
Cool Pumpkin…love the texture
One on each side of the stairs leading up to the front door!  Love them!
BOWS – GINGHAM – TOPIARIES…what more could you want.  One on each side of her front door!
I saw the daddy long legs on this pumpkin – one of my favorite pictures:)
Lanterns, Lanterns everywhere – all shapes and sizes…to die for!
She had these stone stands all over.  I LOVED them.  How simple but perfect?
A Simple Fall wreath hanging at her Briarcliff store:)
This was her formal dining room.  Pictures just don’t do it justice.
A table full of inspiration…they were everywhere!  Just filled with a hodge podge of pretty things!
Darling candles in candy corn:)
ANOTHER table…aaahhh! 
Another angle of her formal dining room…sorry lighting:(
Don’t you want one of these???

FALL Fabulous!

This is my kinda couch…she had two chocolate brown wicker charis sitting across from it…cozy!

This chandelier was to die for!!  Just gorgeous!


Anything in three tiers…I want!


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IF I could afford one of THESE chairs…I would have three!  You can choose from TONS of fabrics!!


ANOTHER table:)


Just ONE of her tablescapes…

I ENCOURAGE you to do something like this!  It was so worthwhile.
Do you have any strong women in your history that you can share about…if so – I would LOVE to be encouraged by them:)
I am going back for the Christmas Open House….hope you can visit soon:)

"Verse" Inspired Fall Mantle

:::::: { Fall Mantle }::::::

How can a Bible verse inspire a FALL MANTLE?

Psalm 120:5-6
sowing and reaping

and HARVEST was born – so I went with it.  It is a good word for the FALL season and it will take me right through Thanksgiving.


~ I tried bringing the verse to LIFE – put some skin on it if you will ~

~ bring nature inside…organic and earthy ~

~DETAILS I used  things I had around the house, filled them, tied them, mod podged them  and painted them~

Keep going until it “feels” right

I knew I wanted aged character and I did that by painting the fireplace mantle, hanging an old window over the insert { to somewhat hide it :}  I added FALL foilage…one of the twigs I collected while on my morning jog!
Candles, ribbon, twine, old books, mason jars, wire, pumpkins, cinnamon sticks all add to the story.
I mod podged a piece of plywood we cut to fit the insert with an old farmers almanac and then stamped the words family and Gather and a bird.
I typed the verse and mod podged it then I glazed over the whole thing.
I made the little wreath with wire and a deconstructed vine.
Unfortunately ~ I could not get rid of the speakers or tv
the vases { which I got for 4.00 ea. on clearance at JoAnn’s and I sprayed them black ~ They were copper}
kind of hide
the two side speakers.
Does any other woman deal with the TV issue…lol??

I made the HARVEST sign and the the OOPS! funny which you can see HERE.

Hope you ENJOY!

I am linking up with…

Fall Mantle Party with The Nester.
Fall Festival with This Blessed Nest.
Fall Open House with Hooked on Houses.
Thrilling Thursdays with Paisley Passions

Always Building~