White Christmas

Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning:

1.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

2.  I adore you.


If you read this blog you have officially made my year.

3.  As part of a fundraiser, I picked up trash after the basketball game last night.  It was disgusting.  If I never see another plate of nachos smeared into the gym floor it will be too soon.

4.  We are renewing our vows at the end of the month.  As exciting as that is….even better is the pair of shoes I found to walk down the aisle.

Carrie Bradshaw would be proud. :)Continue reading

Bead and Pom Pom Garland

Bead and Pom Pom Garland


Beaded PomPom Garland

Two random thoughts on a cold, wintry December morning:

1. Have you ever listened to all the verses of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear?

2. How do you decorate your mantel for winter?

I know what you’re thinking.

These are deep, introspective thoughts that make you go hmmmm.

Not. :)Continue reading

Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls


Red and white Christmas

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

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.

And then I promptly peeled and stuck everything within a five-mile radius.Continue reading

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

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen


Christmas table decorating ideas

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

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas


blue and white Christmas Thistlewood

This weekend I fell head over heels in love….

….with Elvis Presley.

Seriously, y’all.

He is the bomb diggity.

Somehow I missed the whole Elvis thing growing up and by the time I arrived on the scene the original Elvis was a distant memory replaced by impersonators in white sequin suits with sky-high, greasy, pompadour hair-dos and tinted sunglasses jumping out of airplanes and always saying, “Thank you.  Thank you very much.”

Can you understand why I wasn’t impressed?Continue reading




This is a public service announcement for the double zipper.

Have you ever seen one?

Last week I went shopping for a jacket.

I found the perfect one.  Just a little puffy with a belt and a zipper and snaps in a beautiful shade of navy blue.  I stood in front of the mirroin the store looking at the amazing jacket and wondering where it had been all my life and picturing myself and the jacket at football games and drinking hot chocolate and watching the parade….

….and running gracefully through the WalMart parking lot.

Good times.

And just when I thought my jacket couldn’t get any better….the manager of the store pointed out that it had a double zipper.


What is that and why in the world would you ever need a double zipper?  Then she showed me how with the double zipper you can zip the bottom half up and the top half down, kind of creating this amazing hold in the middle that made you look so skinny and totally unpuffy in a puffy jacket.

My fashion life will never been the same. :)Continue reading