Happy Thanksgiving from the Newest Member of the Family

Happy Thanksgiving from the Newest Member of the Family

 
IHappy Thanksgiving to you

About a week ago a tiny set of furry paws with bright sparkling brown eyes showed up on the steps of the gatehouse.

We don’t really know where how he got there.

Maybe he had gotten lost and separated from his mother.

Maybe someone dropped him off.

Maybe he was at the end of a long journey.

None of that mattered to us….

….we were just happy that he was there.
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Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Settings

Ideas for Thanksgiving Table Settings

 
How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

It’s almost here.

Thanksgiving.

Turkey Day.

Annual Permission to Wear Your Stretch Pants Holiday.

Does it get any better?

Family and friends and laughter and conversation and giggles and smiles….

….all topped off with turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie.

Seriously.

Thanksgiving at our house is just a party waiting to happen.

And to get your home ready for the holiday….Homes.com recently challenged me to create some easy place setting ideas for Thanksgiving.

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Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller

Make Sure Your Village Always Has a Story Teller

 

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hospitality// n.  Friendly and generous treatment and entertainment of visitors and guests

Thanks Webster….perfect dictionary definition.

But what does true hospitality really mean?

Beyond the dictionary.  

Beyond the cookie cutter answer.

Beyond the simple definition.

I have a story for that (Of course I do.  You knew I was going to say that….didn’t you)

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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Random thoughts on a cold Saturday morning.

Just add coffee.

1.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a really good hand cream?  I’ve tried almost everything and my hands look like I was around when Columbus discovered America.

2.  The sweetest kitten showed up on our doorstep.

Once my children saw him, he became a member of the family.

His name is Nash (as in Steve…the basketball player).

3.  I love singing “Let it Go” at the top of my lungs in the car.

Preferably with the windows rolled up. :)

4.  Don’t you think the idea of an entire Christmas tree covered in nothing but snowflakes sounds so pretty?

5.  Is it wrong if I’m hooked on the Hallmark channel?

Even if I can figure out the plot in the first five minutes.

I can’t help it.

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Lamps Plus Gift Guide and a Giveaway!

Lamps Plus Gift Guide and a Giveaway!

 
Lamps Plus Gift Guide

When I was growing up we had a red plate.

And when you got an A on a test or lost a tooth or won a blue ribbon for the hula hooping contest or finished second in the multiplication bee….you couldn’t wait to get home because you knew that sitting at your place at the dinner table….

….would be the red plate.

Your mom would serve dinner and you’d look around the table at everyone else eating on plain white plates.

Bless their hearts.

And you knew that you knew that you knew….you were special.

I mean after all

….the plate said it. :) Continue reading


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10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

10 Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas

 

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas

This we had the first snow storm of the year.

It was all over the news with warnings about days of freezing snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  And so I did what everyone else in the county did when faced with the prospect of spending extended amounts of time indoors due to inclement weather.

I went to the Dollar General and bought milk and bread.

Of course, I did.  Wouldn’t you?

And after I shopped, I thought to myself.

….why?

Why not oranges?

Or pop tarts?

I can’t explain it.  And I’m not even sure why instinct drives us all to the dairy aisle.  I just know I feel better knowing if it’s 10 degrees with snow covering the ground and I want a glass of milk….

….I can.

And maybe a piece of toast to go with it. :)

So if you are snowed in like me and starting to decorate for the season….

….here are some 10 minute decorating ideas for Christmas.

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My Favorite Things For the House

My Favorite Things For the House

 

My Favorite Things

Cue Julie Andrews and raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

When Melissa from 320 Sycamore invited me to join with a group of bloggers sharing their favorite things….

….I was so excited.

You see….you don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to write this post.  I’ll find something amazing or useful or one-of-a-kind that I can’t live without and I want to tell you all about it.

But then I plunge into the next project…..

….and I forget.

Seriously.

And today on this cold chilly Wednesday….I’ve finally put the list together.

So without further fanfare (or warm woolen mittens) here is a list of some of my favorite things for the house.Continue reading


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Room Reveal:  Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Room Reveal: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Thanks so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post and this incredibly fun partnership.

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Have you ever watched the Academy Awards?

(I know…silly question…right?  Are you rolling  your eyes at me now?)

If you have then you’ve seen the part in the show where someone famous (and preferably George Clooney) stands up and reads off the names of the nominations in different categories to much fanfare, excitement and general hullabaloo.

The announcers make awkward banter with each other and show the pictures of the actors up for the award and the occasional random silhouette of the embarrassing nominee who can’t even take time off of filming in Rome to show up.

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