fall outdoor decorating

Sometimes it takes me awhile to get in the mood to decorate for a new season.  Usually, it’s just a matter of being too busy.  But, this Sunday afternoon, I felt like playing and fiddling with the cement urns that sit on each side of my garage. The urns held Boston ferns all summer, so I pulled them out, put them in black plastic pots, … Continue reading fall outdoor decorating

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet starts with some golden rod that I nabbed from my elderly neighbor’s yard.  Usually it is only found along the road side or in a country field.  No one purposely allows this weed to grow in their yard.  This year, while she was away, her son’s chopped down every weed and flower growing in her yard, but fortunately they missed her golden … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’ bake – valentine sugar cookies

This week’s bake is Valentine sugar cookies that I made for my office for Valentine’s Day.  I’m giving them a little early since making and decorating them is such a long process, it’s not something I can do in an evening after work. This is the same dough recipe I used for the snowflake cookies and the recipe can be found here.  The dough did … Continue reading this week’ bake – valentine sugar cookies

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