Nov 24, 2015

Our Christmas Tree is Up AND Lit

A quick nod to Thanksgiving in my Christmas tree post.
Hi Friends!

Are you getting ready for the holidays? I never feel quite prepared when it all begins but I am super excited to celebrate with my whole family this year (except one brother who lives in AZ).
I am an early Christmas decorator, which probably adds a little stress to kicking off the holidays. Starting with Thanksgiving and two birthdays in the same week.

I wanted a 9 ft. tree for the living room. Have you shopped for artificial trees lately? Wow! $$$ I would love a new one but some are $500 - Uhm? No!.

 I found this tree for $50. Somebody was selling it on

I expected none of the lights to work when I got it home but I was pleasantly surprised when the whole tree lit up beautifully (after figuring out all the cords).
I only put pine cones with silver and gold ornaments on the tree. We still need to top it with a star.
What do you think of the spool table next to the piano with a couple of metal chairs? Not dining but - let's-have-a-drink-and-listen-to-my-musical-family?  (I am not musical but I love listening!)
I enjoy the flexibility of our floor plan, but there are so many options. 
 Of course, I have to share a picture of my dog.
Mazi was freshly groomed the other day but she's been shivering ever since so I bought her a Christmas sweater. She acts insecure without all her fluffy hair. Kind of like how I feel when I get my hair cut too short.

So, we are going to my mom's house for Thanksgiving. I think it's been 15 years since I have been home for this holiday. I will miss making the whole dinner with my hubby but I am contributing to the feast.

Here's what's cookin':

Cranberry Salad. I start a day or two before to crush the fresh cranberries and let them sweeten up in sugar over night. 
Go HERE for the full recipe. It's a huge hit every year!. 

It's Golden Grahams, Rice Chex, almonds and a little coconut (nobody complains about the coconut!) Make sort of a caramel on the stove top to toss it in and YUM! Recipe link is above in red.

I am doing the mashed potatoes, too. Do you want to know a secret?

If you put cream cheese in your potatoes when mixing then you can cook and mash them ahead of time. They stay creamy-soft and taste delicious. I don't have a recipe but I think I use at least 4 oz. of cream cheese. Slip that in with butter and salt. Yum!

I am getting hungry.

Well - Have a super fun week and if I don't touch base with you before Thanksgiving - Have a Wonderful Day AND please know that I am always grateful for the people who take time to read my blog..


Gobble! Gobble!

Big hugs,

Nov 18, 2015

Tour a Craftsman Style House

WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead.
I finally got around to taking pictures of this model home in Kaysville, UT.

Nov 17, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & a Giveaway

Aaaaawh! I am so ready to cheer up this house in twinkle lights, pine and get on with making some memories!

Nov 11, 2015

Turn an Old Bar Stool into a Chair Table

Open floor plans are all the rage anymore. Living spaces such as kitchens and dining rooms are all in one big room or a living/dining room combination is especially popular.

Such is the case with ours

Nov 6, 2015

New Front Door Color

I mentioned earlier this year that I wanted to try a new color on the front door. It was black before (HERE).

Nov 5, 2015

Fur Throw and a Bargain Chair

A couple of weeks ago I went shopping with my darling friend to the Salvation Army. I have to say that the people working there are so nice. We looked over every bit of the place even the outside area where new items are dropped off. I spotted this metal outdoor chair there.

Nov 3, 2015

Make Your Foyer Approachable w/ a Bench

Are you ready to move on to Christmas decor from fall? I sure am. Today I purchased this Jolly pillow at Homegoods. The pillow-ey texture and pop of red are just what my foyer needed to make it more welcoming.

Oct 18, 2015

Designer Style {love} - Michelle Niday

I have a French Country magazine from fall/winter 2012. I keep holding on to it for this article Free Spirit written and photographed about Michelle Niday's loft in LA.  I look over it again & again for inspiration for decorating my own home.

Oct 16, 2015

A Birch Branch Lights Up an Outdor Happy Hour

We have a birch tree in the front yard. There was one limb that looked like it was dying and it snapped off easily with a light tug. Birch branches are so beautiful.

Oct 12, 2015

Neutral with Texture

HI Friends!

I am sharing my favorite room with you today. It's our family room on the main level of our house.

Oct 9, 2015

Repurposing an Old Fence into a Table & Fall Accents

Check out that twiggy wreath! I basically stole it from my mom. (No, she takes hints well and gave it to me, she's sweet like that.) :)

Oct 1, 2015

Make a Rag-Knot Pot Skirt {Tutorial}

Fall is in the air (or, so it should be). I see pumpkins & gourds all over town but I am still wearing flip flops and shorts. It's still very hot! But since it's October I pulled out a little fall decor for the porch.

Sep 25, 2015

Project Challenge - Rust

Welcome to Project Challenge where several bloggers and I use a pre-chosen material and show how we use them in different ways.

Sep 23, 2015

Saw Horse Desk and a Painted Armoire

This is a rectangle shaped room that is visible from the entryway to our home. I have made it into an office & living room combined.

Sep 18, 2015

Up-cycled Bistro Set for the Porch

Some of my favorite things about this house are all the outdoor living spaces. Today I am mostly sharing our front porch, which we really don't use much, but I like our home to look cozy and inviting. Placing a small bistro set outside gives a warm and lived-in feeling when viewing the home from the curb.
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