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DIY TIPS AND TRICKS… FIREPLACES

      I've had years of experience decorating fireplaces and mantels! Unfortunately, most of them were not good! I think decorating a mantel is one of the hardest things to do well! First of all, it is a focal point for sure!!! All eyes naturally go to a fireplace. And then most fireplaces have a big hole in the middle of it when not filled by a roaring fire. So unless you live in a cold climate, at least half of the year you have a big black hole in your wall! And then there's that skinny ledge thing! But, not to worry... I've learned lots and lots about making the most of fireplaces and mantels over the years and I'm sharing some of tips and tricks today! … [Read more...]

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER CHRISTMAS DECOR

  We are counting down to Christmas... just a little over a week until the BIG DAY! It's the perfect time to add just one more last minute Christmas decor to your home. A pretty sparking vignette of cranberries, and tea lights and mason jars! I'm all about making easy decor now! No tackling big projects!!! Now is the time to add little touches. This Christmas decor can be created in less than 15 minutes! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #149

  Hi Everyone!!!  Welcome to THE SCOOP #149! I've been so thrilled with our turnout of fabulous blogger and great projects! If you need a little Christmas spirit, this is the place to be. You will find lots and lots of inspiring Holiday projects, diy's, decor, recipes and so much more...     We are  … [Read more...]

10 BEAUTIFUL WAYS TO USE CANDLES- $150.00 CANDLE GIVEAWAY-stonegableblog.com

10 BEAUTIFUL CANDLE IDEAS AND A $150.00 GIVEAWAY

  I have a fabulous $150.00 AGNES & IRENE CANDLES for you today. It's a season of giving at StoneGable! But before I share all the great giveaway details I want to share 10 BEAUTIFUL WAYS TO USE CANDLES.  Christmas is a fabulous time to shine and sparkle ... so light those candles! Candles glow is like no other. Soft, diffused and magical! Here are 10 ways to light you Christmas evenings... … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF DECEMBER 15, 2014

Sometimes I feel like counting down to Christmas is like counting down to being shot into space in a rocket ship! These so much anticipation... so much excitement... and some times a little fear too! The fear for me is that I'll not have everything done and be scrambling. I don't like scrambling! One stress reliever is to make lists!!!! I have already made out my grocery list and menus for now through Christmas. Menu plans make my world a whole lot easier! As you get ready for Christmas day, I hope you have more anticipation and excitement and little or no stress!!! Take a hint from Santa... make a list and check it twice!!! Now, here's what's ON THE MENU this week... … [Read more...]

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MEET ME IN SHEPHERD’S FIELD

Good Sunday morning! It's now less than two weeks until Christmas. Like many of you, these last days before Christmas are my favorite. I love the lights and trees and carols and food and family and the presents and all the decorations ... and just about everything!!! But, all the trapping that come with Christmas are very odd and foreign if we are talking about the real place and time and story of the Christ Child's birth.  Let's sit down in this field, the real Shepherd's field, and look at the real story... … [Read more...]

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VERTICAL CHEESE BOARD

One of my go-to things to serve when we have company is a cheese board! Loaded with great cheeses, meats, veggies, fruit, olives and nuts. Guest love it and there is something for everyone! And the best part is... I don't have to cook anything! A quick trip to the deli and produce sections of my grocer's and I've got what I need. Today we're doing things a little differently and instead of spreading our cheese board across the table, we are going vertical!!! … [Read more...]

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CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS

  I'm just going to come out and admit... I am the EMBELLISHMENT QUEEN!  I love to embellish almost anything. And gift wrapping is my forte!!!  Not so much wrapping the package, but taking it from pretty paper to WOW this is gorgeous... (not bragging, just truth!)! In our house Bobby will wrap anything I put in a box. So you can just imagine how many great boxes I have collected in the basement. I'm so excite to share some easy Christmas gift wrapping ideas! … [Read more...]

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HOW TO FAKE A FRENCH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LOOK

  I am over-the-moon today to be a part of CHEZ NOEL TOUR OF HOMES.  I'm especially thrilled because I don't really have any French decor. And I am in such "magnifique" company with the "tres bon" group of bloggers participating. So, this Christmas I decided to decorate my dining room in a sorta French style just for this tour and for this specific post!!! I started with my buffet and had such "amusement". I'm sharing ways to decorate for Christmas in the French style especially when you have no French decor!!! … [Read more...]

CREATIVE WAYS TO USE CHRISTMAS WREATHS-easy and doable ideas for using wreaths at Christmas-stonegableblog.com

CREATIVE WAY TO USE WREATHS

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Wreaths!!!! Especially Christmas wreaths! A Big, beautiful, full, be-ribboned wreath on a front door makes me swoon! What an amazing Holiday welcome to all who visit! Small wreath in unexpected places have the same effect on me! Wreaths are such a time honored symbol of Christmas. I use wreaths all over my home at Christmastime. They are an easy way to spread Christmas cheer! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #148- great projects, diy's, decorating ideas, recipes and more-stonegableblog.com

THE SCOOP #148

Hi Friends! I hope you are enjoying all the Christmas features on THE SCOOP. I sure am! I love being inspired and getting great ideas! Our "scoopers" are the best!!! Thank you so much for feeding my creativity and all of us who drool over your posts! Did you see my post this week about 6 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE CHRISTMAS GREENS? I have some great ways DECK-THE-HALLS without lots of mess or effort... like how to use and hang wreaths like the one above! … [Read more...]

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FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

  This is the third Christmas Mantel I have done this year! And the final one!!!! I've been trying to get just the right balance of farmhouse look and Christmas cheer! The black chippy shutters are a permanent fixture on the mantel, but the old crusty window is a new addition, found in the dark and cluttered recesses of my basement. I think it has been down there for 10 years! It became the perfect foil for a pretty long pine wreath! I think my favorite colors to decorate with are neutrals, whites and blacks... even at Christmas!  Contrast is beautiful to me!!! … [Read more...]

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NO-SEW “JOY” BANNER

    This is the very first banner I have ever made! I wanted a banner for my mantel this year. And it had to be super, super easy to make!!! At first I was going to make a MERRY CHRISTMAS banner, but I thought the banner would be too long. So, I decided on JOY~ JOY~ JOY. And it was the right choice. Christmas IS pure joy! This banner was also a joy to make! I'll show you how... … [Read more...]

MY FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE! Delicate, delicious and not too sweet!
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MY BEST SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

    I'm very excited to share this post with you today. I've been making this sugar cookie for decades. I found the recipe in an old magazine. The recipe was titled "Simply Perfect Sugar Cookies"... and they are! They're not too sweet, and have a nice crumb and the glaze on the top is a must. These delicious cookies are easy to roll and be cut out in any shape. I like to cut them into a fluted square with the glaze spread over them with sanding sugar sprinkled on the top. Scrumptious! … [Read more...]

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ELLIOT-HEATH CHRISTMAS PILLOW GIVEAWAY

  It's a December of my favorite things... sorta like Oprah. I'm not giving away a car...but I am giving away one gorgeous, handmade Elliot-Heath pillow! Heather makes my very favorite pillows. I have them all over my home. They are like nothing you will see anywhere else and are JUST SO GORGEOUS!!! I'm adding a little green to my neutral living room this Christmas so I added an tall evergreen tree pillow by Elliot-Heath Designs. … [Read more...]

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MAKE A CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA

I have a special treat for you today! I've been making Christmas Poinsettias... felt Christmas Poinsettias to wear on my jackets and coats, give as gifts and to put on Christmas presents. A couple years ago I made a Poinsettia Christmas Stocking and put these pretty Poinsettias at the top of them. Would you like to make one or five or ten Poinsettia  too? They are soooo easy and sooooo beautiful! Great, let me show you how. You only need a little bit of felt, a few sparkles and a dab of glue! … [Read more...]

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6 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE CHRISTMAS GREENS

Are you decorating for Christmas? I bet most of you have already started. It's a very busy time of the year. Not only are we decorating and buying gifts and wrapping them too, and attending parties and having parties  and.... the list goes on. We are also still going about our daily lives and routines. I don't need to tell you that this is a busy time of year... ooops, looks like I already did! This year I'm all about making Christmas easy and doable and oh, so beautiful too! So today I'm going to share 6 ways to use greens creatively and without much effort! Let's get started! … [Read more...]

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GRAIN SACK CHRISTMAS

Some of my good blogging friends are having a CHRISTMAS CHEER AND GRAINSACK tour today that is so creative. So, I want to share some fun pictures and ideas from their posts and hope you will scoot to their sites and get all the inspiration and creativity they are posting! I love these girls and their beautiful homes and their spirits! I know you will too! … [Read more...]

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CHRISTMAS FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

  I'm decking the halls and kitchen... farmhouse style this Christmas. I love love love the beauty of fresh greens and pinecones and berries with a little bling! This year I am embracing citrus hues of greens. And like last year, I'm still enthralled with black and white... especially check! Maybe the colors are not quite traditional, but the pine boughs are! Because I have a busy, working farmhouse kitchen I go easy on Christmas decor. A touch here and some greens there! I like easing Christmas into my existing decor! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #147

HELLO SCOOPERS!!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did you have your fill of stuffing and gravy? We sure did!!! I'm so excited to share with your 5 TIPS FOR A SPARKLING HOLIDAY HOME... AND A VERY USEFUL GIVEAWAY!!!  We had a houseful over the Thanksgiving weekend and had to do a whole lot of clean up. Make sure you see how I got my home is sparkling condition and join in for 2 giveaways and a coupon for BONA HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANING PADS! I've used BONA for decades and my floors look great! … [Read more...]

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE PEDESTAL CAKE STANDS-lots of ispirtion to make your own-stonegableblog.com

DESIGN INGENUITY EVENT… CREATIVE CAKE STANDS

If you have been a StoneGable reader for any length of time, you know that I love and use white pedestal cake stands! One can not have too many!!!! I use them for much more than cakes... well, mostly for decorating and not so much for cakes! They are great risers and candle holders and pretty to use in seasonal decor vignettes! So when DECOR STEALS sent me these gorgeous pedestal cake stands in 3 sizes and asked me to do something creative with them I was thrilled. Oh joy!!! What a fun challenge ... and what fabulous products to use! I created a trio of looks... … [Read more...]

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100 CHRISTMAS PROJECTS

Yes, you read that right! My friend Rachel from Maison de Pax compiled 100 of the best Christmas projects for us all in one place! I'm thrilled to be taking part in this Christmas tour!!!! Just think of all the fun you will have perusing these projects and picking our several to do for this Christmas!!! So creative!!! Here are the four projects I'm sharing in the tour... I think they are my most popular... … [Read more...]

5 TIPS FOR A SPARKLING HOLIDAY HOME-easy ways to keep your home clean for the holidays-stonegableblog.com

5 TIPS FOR A SPARKLING HOLIDAY HOME AND A GIVEAWAY

If you are like me, you will do lots of decorating, baking, entertaining and have all kinds of people (and dogs) in your home over the next month. Because this is the busiest time of the year with so many extra Christmas things to do our house can become... well, neglected.  This year I'm going to use  a 5 point strategy to keep my home "company ready" even if no company is coming! A clean and picked up home feels so good and will enhance holiday cheer! Let's do this!!!! … [Read more...]

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CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKES

  Here is another easy-t0-make Christmas diy. CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKES are one of the prettiest ornaments I've come across in awhile! Who knew that spring-type clothespins could make great snowflakes!!! I dug into my clothespin bag (yes, I still hang clothes on the line... country girl, remember) and used a handful for this so so easy Christmas project! … [Read more...]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS! I'm so blessed to have such wonderful readers that I consider friends! YOU are on my the list of what I am thankful for you this year! Love and Blessings! Yvonne … [Read more...]

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FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

  My Christmas decorating almost always starts with my mantel. And this year was no exception. But this is the second I've done so far this year! I'm pretty sure it will be the last. Have your ever had an idea in your mind how you want something to look, but after executing your vision... it should have just stayed an idea in your mind? That was the first Christmas mantel. While I was rooting around in the basement I found this long forgotten old, chippy window and that sparked a new mantel idea. The new mantel has a definite Farmhouse feel. And it is so light and bright! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #146

Hello fellow "SCOOPERS"! Welcome to another edition of THE SCOOP! I'm getting StoneGable all ready for Thanksgiving, but I must admit it looks more like Christmas around here. This is the very first year I have decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I was always so resistant. But, it really is very freeing! I can still celebrate Thanksgiving and all it's beauty while the Christmas tree is up!  I've been busy creating and doing Christmas projects, like these delicate Pointsettia pins to give as hostess gifts. I made a Christmas stocking using them too! Check this project out HERE … [Read more...]

10 TIPS FOR HOSTING OVERNIGHT GUEST DURING CHRISTMAS-ways to make guest welcomed and comfortable-stonegableblog

TIPS FOR A COZY GUEST ROOM DURING CHRISTMAS

  If your house is like mine then sometime over the next month or so you will host family and/or friends for an overnight stay! I love hosting here at StoneGable. And I want my guests to feel like we could not wait until they got here! It's so important to make guests feel wanted, welcomed and comfortable in our homes, especially if they are staying an overnight or two! So here are 10 simple, kind, doable things to get your guest room ready for friends and family that are staying with you over the holidays! … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU THANKSGIVING WEEK 2014

I'ts Thanksgiving week! Happy Thanksgiving friends! This week I'll be busy getting the house and the food ready for a fabulous onslaught of family and fiends! The guest rooms will be filled... and so will the family room floor! Lots of overnight company! StoneGable is at its best when it is full! Everyone pitches in and helps with Thanksgiving dinner and clean-up. If you have not read THE BEST THANKSGIVING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET, please do! It's about keeping your sanity and how to get everyone in your house involved! It will make a huge difference in Thanksgiving for any host! Now here's what's ON THE MENU this week... … [Read more...]

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WHAT IS IN YOUR HANDS

Last week I went to a HOPE INTERNATIONAL breakfast. Hope is a ministry that invests in the dreams of the poor through micro financing, proclaims the gospel and brings God's hope to the underserved communities of the world. I have such a heart for this ministry! At the breakfast I was deeply touched by a video they showed and got permission to show it to you! I know it will also touch your heart and give you hope this morning! God bless you! … [Read more...]

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SATURDAY’S FABULOUS FINDS

  I've found some fabulous seasonal posts this week. Some from my favorite bloggers and some from new-to-me blogs too! Speaking about one of my favorites... Lucy at CRAFTBERRY BUSH made this beautiful, delicate tree cloche and you won't believe what she made it out of... … [Read more...]

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CHRISTMAS TOPIARY DIY

  I have a thing for topiaries!  Topiaries are the perfect way to tuck a little bit of an organic element into any decor! And they bring a little height to a vignette. But mostly they are just adorable!!!! Today I'll be sharing the easiest CHRISTMAS TOPIARY DIY. I'm making mine small and oh, so sweet... to sit on a little shelf, bringing Christmas Cheer to the kitchen. Did you notice the base of this topiary is a white ironstone sugar bowl? Ironstone is the vintage choice for my Farmhouse kitchen! Let's get started and make a CHRISTMAS TOPIARY! … [Read more...]

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5 EASY CHRISTMAS DIY’S

  Do you have a list of Christmas projects you would like to get done this year? How about scratching your list and trying these 5 easy-peasy Christmas projects from StoneGable instead! All would make wonderful gifts and are very inexpensive! They also take just a little bit of time and really no craftiness to make! Just my style! So pick a project or two or five and let's get started!!! … [Read more...]

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LATE FALL, ALMOST CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA

One of my dear friends just turned... well, a milestone! And I was so honored to have her and 5 other friends for High Tea! But not just any High Tea... a modern, not-so-stuffy high tea. I wanted the table to reflect a fun, yet upscale vibe! And because mid November is what I call a "transitional" time of year I combined fall elements with frosty pinecones! The result was a warm, one-of-a-kind high tea... very unexpected! I'm sure the Queen would object, but we all loved it! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #146

      Are you ready for lots of inspiration! I sure am. It's that "transitional" time of year. Getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas being just around the corner. This year I am multi tasking and getting ready for both Holidays! I'm sharing the easiest way EVER to make a live wreath yourself this year! Start with an old raggedy faux wreath and add real greens to it. Easy-peasy, I'll show you how! … [Read more...]

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MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST AND A GIVEAWAY

    Every time I smell gingerbread I think of Christmas in Scotland and a dear Scottish couple named Mr. and Mrs. Young. These are the memories of a little American girl living in a rural village named Ratho on the western side of Edinburgh many years ago! We lived in the second story of an enormous house that was owned by the most delightful and grandparently couple named Mr and Mrs Young. Our flat had huge tall ceilings and a fireplace in every room... and no other heat. Christmas was magical in Ratho! December holidays found us cozied up around a roaring fire. Father Christmas came to my siblings and me bringing us sweets and coal in our well hung stockings. Life in those … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF NOV. 17, 2014

  This week I'm planning for Thanksgiving weekend. How about you? I do it the old fashioned way... I put it down on paper. I'm better if I see it in my own handwriting and check things off my list. They menu is easy, it's the same every year! This year's table decor is a mix of white and a beautiful dark burnt orange. I'll share it next week. If you are hosting Thanksgiving and have not seen my THE BEST THANKSGIVING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET, please read it. It has saved my sanity for years! Now here's what's ON THE MEN... MONDAY Salmon Roll Ups MUFFIN TIN ONION GRUYERE STACKS Braised Brussel Sprouts   TUESDAY STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS CAESAR … [Read more...]

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THANKFUL HANDS

  SOURCE With Thanksgiving just around the corner I've been thinking a lot about thanks! The Hebrew word Thanksgiving comes from the root word "yada". It has a wonderful, word-picture meaning. It's the idea of throwing our hands up to God with thanks and praise in them. As if we are literally throwing our hands up filled with tangible words of thanks and tossing them like confetti up to the Lord. It reminds me of watching a football player make a touchdown and the fan going hands-in-the-air, high-five wild! Today I want to to share your thanks on these pages! … [Read more...]

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SATURDAY’S FABULOUS FINDS

Don't you love to read fabulous blogs? I sure do!. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite finds this week! We all love to visit those blogs that make us more interested, more creative, more motivated, and more inspired! And these blogs sure did for me this week!  I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful blogging community!  Let's start with this darling Advent Calendar from Laura at FINDING HOME! … [Read more...]

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FROSTY MASON JAR LANTERNS

  This year I am all about making Christmas easy, doable and beautiful!!! So I'm combining my love for mason jars and the twinkle of candlelight. With a little bit of this, a touch of that... and dash of Epson salts I'm whipping up darling frosty little lanterns to light the Christmas season. These lanterns are sooooo easy to make. I'll be showing you how I'm using a line-up of them on an upcoming post! … [Read more...]

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WORKING WITH TRAYS

I'm so excited about this post today! We are going to be talking about WORKING WITH TRAYS! Yes, trays are very exciting!!! But just don't think tray, as in, plastic tray... think wooden crate, round low basket, acrylic box, silver plates with interesting edges, and even a great cutting board! Learning to use trays to make gorgeous vignettes takes a flat surface from boring to beautiful! Trays corral items and let them tell a little collected story. Trays are boundaries for objects that would look cluttered if not put in a tray. Trays are like magic! … [Read more...]

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THE REMAINS OF FALL

  Fall has it's own beauty at my potting bench and kitchen herb garden. I love how the whole area takes on a more rustic, soft and peaceful feel! There are still flowers blooming and herbs for picking but things have certainly slowed down. Come with me for a little visit to the remains of fall at the potting bench. … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #144

      Welcome to this week's edition to THE SCOOP! How many of you are in CROSSHOLIDATION mode? What is crossholidation? It's a word I made up for decorating for a holiday before the previous holiday on the calendar has been celebrated. The perfect example of this is decorating now for Christmas before Thanksgiving has arrived! It's leaving up more than one holiday decor at the same time! If you see Christmas lights hanging during the summer... it could be a case of crossholidation. How about you, ARE YOU A CROSSHOLIDATOR?! I am in huge crossholidation mode! The blogging world is always a little ahead of the calendar! I'm on a campaign to get the word crossholidation into … [Read more...]

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ALL IS CALM CHRISTMAS MANTEL

What is the very first thing you decorate for Christmas? Your front door? Your tree? Your kitchen? I decorate my mantel first. It's sets the mood and theme for the rest of my home. This year I am taking a very soft, neutral, organic take on Christmas. My theme ALL IS CALM ALL IS BRIGHT, taken from my favorite Christmas carol Silent Night is brought to life on the mantel and looks like a quiet walk in the woods. … [Read more...]

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NO SEW BURLAP RUFFLED LAMPSHADE

Do you have a lamp that needs a new lampshade? Or a lampshade that is outdated or the wrong color or style? I have a great solution for you! How about making an easy, oh so cute ruffled lampshade out of burlap?  I chose a natural burlap fabric with black stylized flowers. In just a couple of hours aold lampshade can be transformed into a very fun, sassy and one-of-a-kind decor element! … [Read more...]

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YOUR BEST WEAPON

  I am writing this post today for me even more than for my readers. I need to be reminded, sometimes minute by minute, about the best weapon I have at my disposal in any situation... especially when it involves someone I love! My heart has been very heavy this weekend. I know someone that I hold dear is going through an awful time right now. I feel powerless to help this person, for the battle they are fighting is a heart issue. There is nothing that I can say or do that will help or turn things around. So, what do you do when you feel helpless and weepy and powerless and heavy from the emotional burden of loving someone who is hurting? Here are two things to keep in … [Read more...]

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BLEACHED PINECONES

  I'm a huge fan of NATURALS at Christmas. Greens, acorns, snow pinecones, holly, birch logs, berries, etc! I love to slip this type of Christmas decorating into my decor! And naturals looks so good no matter what your style! Have you ever bleached a pinecone? Everyone should do this science-experiment-diy... it is amazing and fun! And the results are breathtaking! Bleaching pinecones is a very easy process, but make sure you set aside several days to bleach them. When they are completely dry they open up and turn from dark, deep brown to a soft taupe and white. … [Read more...]

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10 EASY TIPS FOR SETTING THE BEST THANKSGIVING TABLE EVER!

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought we would talk tablescapes! I don't know about you, but I get weak in the knees when I see a beautiful tablescape. Whether simple and relaxed or fancy and elegant... well thought out tables with fun surprising touches are a delight to sit down to! So, I'm sharing 10 easy and doable tips that will help you set a memorable table for Thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

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THANKFUL FOR HOME~ COUNTING MY BLESSINGS

  This is a time of year I think about my blessings. I love Thanksgiving. And if truth be told I almost love Thanksgiving more than Christmas. It's a time when my whole family gathers around this table and eats and laughs and tells stories. And we all talk about what God has been doing in our lives and what we are thankful for. We also watch football and parades and take walks and naps. Thanksgiving is a time I notice changes in our lives the most and sometimes that can be bittersweet! Change is inevitable and happens whether we like it or not! Change can be good and bad. But, we can see it as a blessing if we choose to see the good in change even when times are not! … [Read more...]

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LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY HOSTESS EVENT AT STONEGABLE

Hi Friends, just a quick reminder that today is the last day for the Joss & Main Holiday Hostess Event featuring StoneGable. I'm so thrilled to be partnering with this wonderful company and all the kind folks there! But all good things must come to an end... and that's tonight at 9:00! Soooo, you still have time to visit my collection of all things StoneGable and I sure hope you will! There are many beautiful home furnishings and items for your home on sale. And Joss & Main has many other really great sales going on now too (like Christmas goodies)! Lots of things to see... browse... and even buy! Click HERE to visit Joss & Main.   … [Read more...]