Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls


When I unpacked the ornaments decorate the tree in the bedroom, there among the fancy velvet ho ho ho and the glitter stars and the monogrammed wood cutouts….

….I found an ornament someone gave us the year we got married.

It’s a simple clear circle without a lot of fanfare.

Just two doves and a heart and the words “Our First Christmas Together.”

Years later 37 boxes of Christmas decorations live in our upstairs attic and I would trade every single one for this ornament.  I can remember when it hung on a tree with only a box of shiny red ornaments and a little ribbon to keep it company.

I’ve never forgotten that tree.

And not just for that beautiful ornament hanging from its branches.

Here’s one of my favorite stories the second time around….

….because that’s the way the cookie crumbles. :) Continue reading

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Christmas Tree


To quote the famous Barbara Mandrell….

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.

Cue the banjos.

I remember eight years ago when I found peel and stick chalkboard vinyl tucked away in the back of a bin.  I’d never seen it before.  I nominated myself town chalkboard crier and called 47 people and informed them that you could officially peel and stick chalkboard.

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Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn


If you live in a small town where everyone knows your name and your business and your monogram and how many wreaths you use to decorate the front door of a gatehouse….

…this story is for you.

When we first moved to the country and bought the farmhouse. everyone immediately made that farmhouse their business.

They would drive by the house slowly and stare, just to make sure they didn’t miss anything.  They’d look at the trails of wallpaper scraps and the new porch and the new front door and the old kitchen cabinets on the lawn and the piles of lumber from all the parts of walls we took down….

….and talk about it over dinner.

And when I went to a party or baseball game or the gas station or the school….someone would inevitably stop me and the question would always be the same.

“What are y’all doing to that farmhouse?”Continue reading

Paint Stick Christmas Tree

Paint Stick Christmas Tree

I know what you are thinking.

But let me assure you… paint sticks were mooched in the making of this paint stick Christmas tree.

No-mooched paint sticks.

It’s kind of my thing.Continue reading

Christmas Home Tour 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014


BSHT Christmas 2014 Graphic

Merry Christmas friend.

So happy to have you here today for a Christmas tour of the farmhouse.  If you’re hopping over here from Bliss at Home….welcome.  

It’s nice to officially meet you.

Me?  I’m in the middle of watching the Hallmark movie about the girl who gets a job as Santa Claus and falls in love with the head of the menswear department at the store where she works but he has absolutely no idea that she’s playing Santa and he keeps going to Santa (who is really the girl dressed up) and asking for relationship advice.

Confused?  Oh good….me, too.

And I can’t decide which is more random…that no one in the entire movie questions the girl’s obviously fake Santa voice….

….or the fact that the guy in the movie keeps asking Santa Claus for dating tips. :) Continue reading

Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

Every year I exchange handmade gifts with my brothers and sisters.

We began the whole handmade gift tradition over 10 years ago when we were just starting our families and our creativity far exceeded our wallets.  At first we started small with some felt flowers and handmade soap, but over the years the handmade gift exchange has grown to an event of legendary proportions.

These are not your grandmother’s handmade gifts.

No doilies allowed.

Unless they are hand-crocheted from quilt threads that traveled across the west on a covered wagon.Continue reading

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen


Hello cold, wintry December morning.

The day ahead is full to the brim of activity and spilling over with to-do lists.

And what’s on the list?  Are you curious?

Here’s my mini list of what my December day brought to me (and a little Christmas decorating in the kitchen).Continue reading




Last night we went to the varsity basketball game.

Date night.

I mean….after all….we’re from Kentucky.  Around here basketball is serious business.

I stood by the front door all bundled up against the fog and the cold and waited patiently for the troops to get ready.  M..y husband walked up and took my hand and smiled down at me underneath all the layers with those twinkling eyes.

I smiled back.

And as we stood there in the foyer smiling and twinkling…..

…. I heard a sigh behind me.

One of the twins stood there tapping her foot and rolling her eyes at us.

“Good thing we are going with you to the game,” she said with all the authority a twelve-year-old can muster.

“Because I really think you guys need a chaperone.” :) Continue reading