Evergreen & Antiques Free Christmas Decorating

Last year I bought a beautiful evergreen garland to hang in our entryway. I draped it around the doorway between the entryway and kitchen, and walking under it reminded me of walking through the field of pine trees my dad planted at my childhood home.  The garland had that amazing freshcut evergreen aroma; it looked beautiful and I absolutely loved it … … for about two days.

Cute & Cozy Christmas Decor | Talk of the Town #50

 I never cease to be amazed at all the incredibly cute and cozy Christmas project ideas that are cropping up everywhere. If only there were more hours in the day to make them all! I wish I could show you dozens and dozens of my favorites, but since the Christmas clock is counting down fast, I’m excited to share some wonderful ones we spotted recently. Welcome back to Talk of the Town! First, let’s take a look at what you {Read More}

Glowing Mason Jar Luminaries DIY Christmas Tote

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time was to lie underneath the Christmas tree and stare up at the glowing colored lights. Nine times out of ten, I’d drift off to sleep lying there, while visions of kiss cookies and Christmas presents danced in my head. I’m too big to get under the tree now, so I came up with two easier ways to enjoy Christmas lights around the house. Remember {Read More}

Christmas Stockings Old Wooden Ladder Hanger

I must be listening to the wrong radio stations, because I’ve barely heard any Christmas music this week. Hello …      It is December, right? I thought it would be fun to have our own family Christmas family sing-along. It sounded like great fun to me so I led off singing “We Need a Little Christmas,” but when I got to the “candles in the window and carols at the spinet” part, I looked around and realized my family had {Read More}

DIY Christmas Gifts | Snowballs for Sale Gift Can

When I realized how tight our budget needs to be this Christmas, I started feeling like Mr. Grinch, but rather than whine and feel grumpy, I decided to ask you all for your best DIY Christmas gifts that are really inexpensive or free to make. I know my readers are some of the thriftiest and most creative people around, so I’d love to hear about gifts you’ve made or gifts you’ve received that were your favorites. I’m all ears and can’t {Read More}

Mistletoe Christmas Crate & Cat on the Naughty List

Have you ever watched adorable little children waiting in line for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap, then one of those sweet little cherubs climbs on and proceeds to pull Santa’s beard and push on his belly, just to see if it’s real? Well, if our new little cat was a child, she’d be THAT child. Don’t let looks deceive you. She looks sweet now, but you don’t know what she’s put me through today. I was trying to {Read More}

DIY Christmas Decorations | TotT #49

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas at my house … finally. I really wasn’t feeling motivated to decorate, but my daughter had a few days off from work and insisted we get busy. We got the tree out of the attic and put the lights on it, and are putting the decorations on right now. While I do that, let’s take a look at some DIY Christmas decorations.  You’re sure to see a few you’ll want to make {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Recipe DIY Chalkboard and Cocoa Bar

My family has been craving hot cocoa, but rather than buy packs at the grocery store, or the even more expensive version from Starbucks, I decided to display a homemade hot chocolate recipe on a pallet frame chalkboard. I plan to make a batch of the homemade mix for each of my kids and attach the recipe card to it. Here’s how I made the hot chocolate recipe chalkboard: I cut pallet wood into two 29″ lengths and two shorter 18″ lengths. I attached the two {Read More}

Simple Christmas Candle Centerpiece

This year the topic of discussion at our Thanksgiving table was all things wedding related. Wedding dates, wedding venues, and wedding colors. One of my sons is engaged, another son is planning to get engaged soon, and so is my niece. I’m overjoyed. Truly. But between bites of turkey and mashed potatoes, my mind was seeing dollar signs lined up like a slot machine. I knew I’d need to tighten my budget’s belt now for all those wedding expenses we will {Read More}

Homemade Christmas Gifts & Decor

My blog has been a bit quiet the past week, because I decided to take the week off and just enjoy spending time with my family. My mom has been here for the last week, and my husband’s dad arrived the day before Thanksgiving. My oldest son’s fiance flew in to be with us, and my middle son came home from college with his soon-to-be fiance.  Every space around my new farmhouse table was filled, and that’s just the way I {Read More}

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