selling texas

Every time I have a sale on Etsy, my phone goes “cha-ching”.  It’s a lovely sound.  Sometimes when it “chings” at work, someone will ask, “What is that”?  I’ve been known to answer, “I just sold Minnesota”.  They laugh, since they know I have a part time business on Etsy selling wall decor made from vintage road maps.  This is when I feel like a … Continue reading selling texas

christmas mantel

I found this lovely picture at our large fall flea market in September, and knew instantly I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantel around it for Christmas.  There was something about the picture that spoke to me and made me feel so peaceful. Snow falling and softly covering everything, always fills me with a sense of peace, especially when I don’t have to drive in … Continue reading christmas mantel

a diy winter wall decor

A few weeks ago I found this poster size reproduction botanical print at Elm & Iron, a local store which carries a unique and lovely collection of home decor.   I love the detail on this print and knew it would go nicely in my living room/dining room area which is decorated in greens, beige, and wood tones.   I started by cutting a piece of … Continue reading a diy winter wall decor

my little pine forest

I saw this idea in a magazine while standing in line at the grocery store a few weeks ago.  I wish I could remember which magazine it was, so I could give them credit.  I like how theirs turned out better than mine, but I changed up a few things.  In the end, I like them enough to share them with you. I didn’t have … Continue reading my little pine forest

bedroom baubles

As I age, every year, I do a little less decorating for Christmas.  I still enjoy doing it, but my tastes have become much more simple with time.  I have slowly parted with many decorations that had been collected down through the years, and replaced them with items that make a more subtle statement, take less space to store, and less time to get out … Continue reading bedroom baubles

christmas mantel

Every year I tend to do something different on my fireplace mantel, usually involving the traditional color of red.  This year however, I chose to go all natural and very simple. I started with some beautiful faux greens that I found at a yard sale some years back.  Then I added this lovely bronze moose that I purchased at the flea market last spring.  I … Continue reading christmas mantel

a bowl of christmas baubles

In the corner of my dining room where my wine rack sets, this year I have decorated with a bowl of vintage ornaments in some rather unusual Christmas colors. This is one of my fall serving bowls, but I decided to use it because it was deep and would hold a lot of ornaments.  I already had some orbs in it made of natural textures … Continue reading a bowl of christmas baubles

christmas table centerpiece

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to decorate this vintage tray for Christmas.  It is the centerpiece for my dining room table and main focus of the room.  Because it is rather deep for a tray, it was a bit more of a challenge. I decided to follow Miss Mustard Seed’s idea of using these little papier mache boxes.  They were purchased at Hobby Lobby … Continue reading christmas table centerpiece

peppermint corner

The last few years, I’ve been decorating my house for Christmas primarily in faux greens and pine cones.  I have veered away from decorating with the traditional bright red other than my peppermint collection from years ago.  I don’t really like the taste of peppermints, but I do love to decorate with them. To me, peppermints are cheerful and brighten up this end table in … Continue reading peppermint corner