The Christmas Village made from Gingerbread and Paper

  We are less than 10 days away from Christmas now.  Can you feel the blood pressure starting to rise?  How are ya doing?  Presents bought?  Gifts wrapped?  Cards mailed? Am I giving you anxiety? Ok, I'll stop. How about you just sit back and relax and take a tour of my Christmas villages in the dining room instead of marking all that stuff off your to-do list? Ok, sounds good.  My friend Kristin over at Ella Claire Inspired recently posted a great tutorial on how to create … [Read more...]


A Great Big Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard Giveaway!

Pfaltzgraff provided me with the dishes featured in this post to provide a review of their product along with the giveaways for my readers.  All opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. When you’ve been happily married for nearly ten years with no hope of anyone ever throwing you another wedding shower, the prospect of getting new place settings of gorgeous dishes sounds pretty appealing.  When Pfaltzgraff reached out to me asking if I would review a set … [Read more...]

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DIY Galvanized Metal Bunting Tutorial

Ever since we took a trip to Pennsylvania Dutch country in October, I’ve had it in my mind to recreate this galvanized metal bunting that I saw draped on a store display in one of the Amish shops.  Here is the photo I took that day of their bunting.  I love the look of galvanized metal mixed in with rustic decor, and bunting is super popular right now.   I should have just purchased it when I found it, but for some reason I had a hard time pulling the trigger on a lot of things on that trip. I … [Read more...]

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Setting a Thanksgiving table with Kirkland’s

Yesterday I opened my mouth and a sappy, sentimental post about my childhood Thanksgiving memories fell out.  A lot of you shared your stories about your favorite Thanksgiving memories growing up, and they ALL made me cry and smile all at the same time.  That’s not a pretty combo.  I love you guys!  As promised, here is my table all set, ready and waiting for the big Turkey day!    I used two swirly Kirkland's table runners in a “t” shape to create place settings.  I just doubled up the one … [Read more...]

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Happiness is a bouquet of flowers

Fresh cut flowers. Love 'em. One little bouquet can brighten a whole room. These particular wildflowers came from Costco. They decorated the table as the centerpiece for my coworker's wedding shower. Then once the party was over, they sat on my kitchen table until the leaves began to fall.The rustic galvanized minnow bucket makes me happy, too. And my new(ish) kitchen table. What makes you happy these days? … [Read more...]

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