Category: holiday

Thanks to Matt for grabbing the camera and snapping a few pictures or I wouldn’t have any this year!

We had a really wonderful Thanksgiving at our house this year.  Lots of company and beautiful weather!  We ate outside and it was perfect for hanging out and spending time with family, even after it got dark.

I was so happy with how all the mis-matched plates and linens came together in the end.  And I didn’t have to buy much at all.  I did use a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby to buy 10 yards of natural colored muslin.  Rolled it right off the bolt to cover the tables!  Less than $20 for enough “table cloths” to cover six tables!

There really wasn’t enough space on the tables for candles or place cards or any decorating, but I put candles all along the wall instead.  I actually had all of these in various places around the house and pulled them out.  Loved how cozy it made things feel after dark.

The beaded pumpkins came from garland I got at over 90% off and then de-constructed.  Packed up now to pull out again next year. 🙂

The last couple months have been pretty crazy around our house.  We hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas this year after spending all of November being sick.  So it’s been a whirlwind.  Here are a few pics of our Christmas decorations. Lots of handmade stuff this year again.  Including the new coffee filter wreath over the old window frame I saved from a trash pile.


Welcome! :-)

I’m so glad to be back to actually posting pictures again.  Yay for new cameras!!!  Here’s a little peek at the homemade fall decor on the shelf over my couch.  The “artwork” is made with lots and LOTS of glimmer mist and inks.  The banner is all handmade with up-cycled cardboard boxes as the base for each pennant.  Letters are cut by hand and covered in Martha Stewart glitter.


So I have a new camera finally, but I’m not sure yet if I’m keeping it.  I miss my old one soooooo much.  It was so easy to get perfect shots with it and this new one requires a lot more work.  But hey, at least it means I get SOME pictures. 🙂

So…it’s very fall-ish and pumpkin-y inside the house…

We pulled out the bins of Fall decorations and put them up everywhere.  I LOVE fall.  It’s when we were married.  It’s when Autumn was born.  It’s absolutely GORGEOUS weather here in the south.  And of course, pumpkins.

Oh, and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks too. Only one this year, but oh so good.

We missed most of our fall photo-ops this year because we didn’t have a camera.  So no pictures of the fair.  No pumpkin patch shots.  But we still have lots of fun fall memories.

Super super simple and cheap last minute gift!  All you need is a candle in a glass jar (the dollar store is a great place to get these!), rubons, ribbon (optional), and a rub-on tool or bone folder.

Just place the rub-on where you want it and rub it on.  Tie ribbon around the top and you’re done!

Here’s another tutorial from the Savvy n Sassy Christmas Crop for y’all. This project is so SUPER easy and can be made totally out of scraps. A great way to dress up those gift cards at the last minute. Sorry for the bad photos, I tried to get good ones in the dark, but it just didn’t work out very well. 🙂

Arrow cardstock scrap approx 8″x3 3/8″
Arrow Christmas patterned paper scraps
Arrow ribbon scrap 4″-6″
Arrow hole punch and/or eyelet setter
Arrow eyelets or brads
Arrow embellishment for front of tag (chipboard, flower, paper cutouts, or whatever)
Arrow ink or paint (optional)

1. cut corners from top of cardstock rectangle to make a long tag shape

2. fold up approx. 2 1/2″ from bottom of card

3. cut paper scrap to fit and adhere

4. ink edges of paper and cardstock if desired
5. punch holes in (a) top of card for ribbon (b) through both layers of cardstock on corners in the middle of card. it should look like this:

6. add eyelets or brads

7. embellish front of pocket as desired and add ribbon to top

8. slide gift card into pocket and there you go!

These make a great breakfast on Christmas or a great gift to give away!  🙂


  • 2 packs yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar (plus another cup for filling)
  • 2/3 cup butter (plus another 1/2 cup for filling)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in large bowl.

Microwave milk for 1.5 minutes in large measuring cup.

Cut butter into chunks.

Mix butter and sugar into hot milk until the butter has all melted. The butter and sugar should cool the milk to lukewarm.

In that time, the yeast and water should have become foamy.  Mix the milk mixture, eggs, salt and half of the flour until smooth.  Slowly add the rest of the flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn out dough and knead (or use dough hook on your mixer).  Then lightly grease large bowl and put dough in it, turning greased side up.  Cover with a warm damp dishcloth and let rise till double, about 1.5 hours.

Punch down dough and divide in quarters.  Roll each quarter into a 9×15 rectangle.

Brush each quarter with 2-3 tablespoons melted butter.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixed together.

Use a sharp knife to cut into nine slices.

Arrange in greased pan. Cover with a clean, dry dishtowel and let rise till double.

When size has doubled, bake at 350 – 375 until golden brown. Top with glaze or cream cheese frosting.

Still playing catch-up from the wedding with lots of assistance from my little helper!

All you need is construction paper, tape, and a paper trimmer or scissors.

Our paper was 9″x12″, so I cut each sheet into eight 1.5″x9″ strips.

Then the littler helper takes over.

Make strip into a circle with the edges just overlapping.

Tape in place.

Put a second strip through the first circle.

Make into a circle and tape in place.

Keep repeating.

make the chain as long as you want!  put on the tree, hang over a doorway or window, etc.