Can you believe it? THE SCOOP has hit another landmark number! It’s our 200th edition of THE SCOOP! Who would have guessed? THE SCOOP was not always THE SCOOP. It used to be called “Cowgirl Up” and was hosted by a group of Texas bloggers. I was not part of the original group, but had the good fortune of coming on board sometime later! A big huge thanks to all who post each week and to all who visit!!! Let’s make #200 a great one!

Before we begin I want to make sure you have seen my STARRY CHRISTMAS TOUR.  It’s part 1 of my home tour. Stop back Wednesday for a Christmas Kitchen Tour and again on Thursday to see my Christmas Guest Rooms.


I have a great diy for an easy to make NO SEW J O Y banner, like the one above. Click HERE to get the directions!


Welcome back to The Scoop!weekly party featuring the scoop on the best from around the web!
We are 
Yvonne from StoneGable
and Suzy from Worthing Court Our host this week is
Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict

Hi everyone and welcome to the 200th edition of The Scoop! Wow! We are so happy to have each of you come party with us every week. After all, it would not be a party without you…our talented guests! And we are also excited to see that our party has grown to over 600 links each week...amazing!

Decking the halls is in full swing at my house and I want to share a fun and easy little idea that I have been waiting to try at Christmas…my VINTAGE TARTLET TEALIGHTS! I have been eyeing these little beauties on Scandinavian blogs and mulling over a way to create them. If I had known how easy it was, I would have tried this long ago! Be sure to head over to my blog to see for yourself!

And I have a confession…I am a true traditionalist when it comes to the holidays! For me, it’s just not Christmas unless it’s red and green! My simple TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MANTEL reflects just that…lots of greenery with natural elements, some fun galvanized lanterns topped by burlap striped ribbons and a whimsical collection of family stockings. You can get a closer peek HERE.

Also…be sure to head over to my blog to get some tips on finding ways to fit in more family time during these busy holidays. And…the good folks at Marie Callender’s are sponsoring a giveaway of a $100 VISA GIFTCARD as well. Just leave a comment on my blog HERE.
(This is a sponsored post.)

It’s always hard to choose features, especially this time of year, but here are a few things that caught my eye this week! 

Rhonda at Ramblings of a Southern Girl showed us how she creates a VERSATILE LANTERN FOR THE SEASONS.  I love the Christmas version!

These CHAI LATTE SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES from Melissa at Serendipity & Spice look yummy…and very festive, too!

I have a real tree this year so I had to check out HOW TO KEEP A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE ALIVE LONGER. Michele and Jessica at Just 2 Sisters share some great tips!

Tammy at Patina and Paint shared her tablescape for CHRISTMAS IN THE DINING ROOM. I love all the chalkboard touches!

And finally, Susan at Love of Home showed us how to PRETTY UP A FAUX GREEN WREATH. Genius! And you won’t believe how easy it is!

And now…let’s get on with the party! I can’t wait to see what you have to share!


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  1. Thanks for hosting, Debbie and Yvonne! Congratulations on your 200th Scoop! It’s always so much fun to see all the beautiful ideas!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  2. Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, Yvonne! Thank you for hosting the Scoop, and consistently sharing your home and creativity!

  3. Thank you for hosting THE SCOOP, and congratulations on #200!

  4. Thanks for the party Yvonne, I just love that chalkboard runner, I missed that last week, I’m off to check everything out!

  5. Wow – 200 weeks of The Scoop! Fondly remember those Cowgirl Up days too! Always one of the best places to link up each week! Thanks so much for hosting, Yvonne!

  6. Thank you SO much for the feature! What a nice surprise! Thank you for hosting!! xo

  7. Sharing with your party this week my recipe for Saltine Chocolate Toffee. Delicious treats for Christmas! Thank you for hosting!

  8. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations and enjoy.

  9. I’ve just discovered this wonderful network of homeblogs, and I’m loving them. Stone Gable is the one I’m subscribing too and Yvonne you offere so many wonderful posts and links that I haven’t had time to venture out to see who else is out there. A beautiful blog! Thank you! Judi S

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying StoneGable, Judi. I have lots of blogging friends with amazing blogs too!

  10. HI Yvonne – Thank you for hosting and wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Hugs, Holly

  11. Thanks so much for featuring my snickerdoodles! You host such a great party!! Have a great week!

  12. Hello beautiful! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party! Please take a moment and stop by our party that goes until Friday @ 7 pm. We love to pin and tweet every creation that comes to the party! Happy Holidays! Lou Lou Girls

  13. Thanks for hosting and Happy 200th. The Scoop doesn’t look a day older than 99!