Archives for November 2015

Christmas Family Photos – The Miracle Edition!

Christmas family photos… It’s that joyful day of the year when mother cheerfully gathers her husband and offspring together, to capture a moment in time in their family story, and preserve it for posterity. Those happy family members look forward to it every year, with smiles on their faces, and joy in their hearts. Bwaa ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa

A Rustic Bucket and Metal Tags for Christmas

This post is written in collaboration with Antique Farmhouse. When I’m looking for vintage  style decor for my home, auctions are usually the best source, but as more and more people buy at auctions to resell, it’s become harder and harder to win something at a  decent price – if you win at all.  Often the prices climb even higher than the prices I see in antique stores, and usually the pieces are dirty and need to be scrubbed well before {Read More}

My Favorite Things Christmas Wish List

Did you join in the Black Friday craziness yesterday?  If so, did you score any great deals, or wish you would have just stayed home? Well, I stayed home, as usual, and made a Christmas wish list instead.  I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas lists, and probably wouldn’t make one, but my kids always ask me to, so this year I decided to have it ready for them when they ask for it. I do ask my kids for a {Read More}

Make Rustic Christmas Shelf with Scrap Wood

Well, with Thanksgiving behind us, it’s now the time that sends terror into the hearts of procrastinators around the world (like myself). It’s officially the Christmas season. It’s officially the Christmas season and I haven’t bought one. single. gift. … No, not one. So, did I rush out to hit Black Friday sales today?

Gingham and Brown Paper Ornaments

Well, the table is cleared, and the leftovers  are now filling my refrigerator.  It was a lovely day, and although I don’t love to cook, I didn’t set off the smoke alarm, I didn’t repeat  last year’s “turkey on the floor” episode, and I was much more organized than the year before’s “thrown together Thanksgiving“, so I’d call my meal a big success!


  I know everyone in the US is getting ready for Thanksgiving, and I am too, but I wanted to show you  a few projects created by some of my readers, using my Mrs. Claus Cookie Co. printable that I shared last year. This adorable baking theme tree was created by Heidi, one of my Facebook readers, and she used the printable to make a charming ornament.  Isn’t it adorable?! And Holly at Coconut Head’s Survival Guide used it inside this {Read More}

VIP 215 – Deck the Halls Decor and More!

Welcome back to the VIP! Before we get started, just a reminder that if you haven’t entered the Angel Wings Giveaway, there’s still time!  Go here to enter to win. Now, let’s get this party started! We can’t wait to see what vintage inspired projects and “deck the halls” Christmas decor you have to share this week! Picking just a few features from last week was too hard, so we have oodles of them for you this week! 🙂

Gingerbread Men Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

I know the title of my post seems wrong, since gingerbread men should be made of gingerbread, but I wanted to make some cinnamon dough ornaments, shaped like gingerbread men, so let’s just roll with it, ok? 🙂 If you recall, the theme for my Christmas decor this year is ” old-fashioned farmhouse”, and just like the 1st ornament I shared this year (see it here), these little guys look like something Mary and Laura (the Little House girls) would {Read More}

Angel Wings Giveaway from Marmalade Mercantile

I have a beautiful giveaway today, from the awesome folks at Marmalade Mercantile. When they asked if I wanted to host a giveaway for them, I wasn’t sure what the item would be, but when they told me it was a pair of these angel wings – heck yeah! These will make such a pretty addition to Christmas decor, but will look great year-round as well. Thepair of shabby cottage white angel wings  have an antique white with an aged chippy patina finish {Read More}

Silent Night in the Living Room and Farewell Photos

I’m plugging away at my Christmas decor, hoping it’ll all be done by Thanksgiving, so I work on a few things each day. I did some tweaking on the wall behind the couch in our living room, to make it look more festive. I removed the window shadow box shelf that I made last year. {see shadow box shelf tutorial here}. I’ll probably move it to my bedroom later, but I wanted to put Christmas wall art in its place. I purchased the Silent {Read More}