Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas

Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas

 
limes thanksgiving centerpiece

Did you know there are over 1000 posts on this blog?

I know, right?

Just between us I’m as surprised as you.

Four and a half years ago I sat down at the computer and clicked publish on the first one and I never looked back.  In between basketball and cheerleading and baseball and PTO and dogs and cats and kids….

….I wrote.

And wrote a little more.

And you left me a comment and I laughed when I read it and wrote more.

Until one day in July I started researching centerpieces for a free-lance article I’m working on and searched the blog to see if I had any blog posts that I’d written on tables and flowers and centerpieces I had created before.

And 32 posts came up.  Continue reading


Get Your Surprised Face Ready

Get Your Surprised Face Ready

 
mercury bottles

Remember when were younger and your parents bought you presents for Christmas in June and hid them away until December 25 and one day when you opened the drawers in the spare bedroom looking for an umbrella and you accidentally discovered them?

There they would be, simply minding their own business tucked away in over-sized sacks.

And you would want more than anything to take a peek inside those bags.

Just a peek.

But you wanted to make the nice list, so you shut the drawer and walked away and tried to be good, but then you paused for a moment and turned around and opened the drawer one more time….

….and started practicing your surprised face for Christmas morning. :)Continue reading


I’m Falling For You

I’m Falling For You

 
fall leaves

I spent yesterday taking pictures for Yankee Candle’s candles that are coming out for fall and I thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peek.

When they first mentioned fall, I took a long look outside at my hydrangea and my peonies and my green grass and my acres and acres of summer….

….and my heart fell.

How in the world do you photograph fall in summer?

And then I remembered a spot on our property with an old brick oven that used to be used for outdoor cooking.

Add some pumpkins and you might imagine there’s a hayride around the corner.Continue reading


Thank You People of WalMart and Happy Thanksgiving

Thank You People of WalMart and Happy Thanksgiving

 
How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Dear wonderful, patient, kind, insightful, ingenious, generous people of Walmart,

You are the best.

Truly.

I cannot thank you enough.

My Thanksgiving table today will be better…..

…..because of each and every one of you.Continue reading


How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

 

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post.  All opinions and statements are completely my own.

table runner diy leaf runner

Middle school can be a cold and lonely place.

Everything is changing.

Friends are growing up and moving on and the lunch room is full of pitfalls you have to navigate while holding a tray full of wheat crust pizza and the homework stacks up faster than you can finish it and you may or may not have discovered that boys are cute.

And the emotions.

Oh…..the emotions.

The roller coaster has officially left the building.Continue reading


This Post is Brought to You By the Produce Aisle

This Post is Brought to You By the Produce Aisle

 
artichoke

Yesterday I had a brilliant idea.

The Thanksgiving centerpiece to end all Thanksgiving centerpieces.

I was going to create a giant burlap cornucopia out of paper mache and toothpicks and determination.  I admit that the construction details were a little fuzzy.  No worries.  I was going to go all Tim Gunn and make it work.

And that’s not even the brilliant part.

I was going to place it on a linen runner and have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and textures spilling out in every direction.  Gray pumpkins and white pumpkins and green pumpkins.  Pumpkins with stripes.  Pumpkins with warts. Pumpkins that look like they just left a night club and were still ready to party.

Can you see it?

Are you with me?Continue reading


DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

 
diy magnolia leaf garland project

Our family spent yesterday playing “Would You Rather?”

Have you heard of it?

It’s a game (ours was an app on the phone) that asks you to decide between two things.

Like…..would you rather life a life without elbows or a life without knees?

Or would you rather have the flu for two days or a cold for two weeks?

Or would you rather be able to read a book or read a mind?

Or would you rather give up coffee or your phone?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)Continue reading


Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

 

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Thanksgiving table idea factory.  You can see all the Thanksgiving tables starting at Bre’s.  If you are visiting from French Country Cottage,  I’m so happy to meet you.   Now let’s get the table tour started.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.

That involves a whole lot of me decorating and a whole lot of someone else cooking.

Here’s what’s on our menu in case you are in Kentucky and make the wrong turn and the Min-it Mart and want to stop by.

turkey (obvi)

dressing

corn casserole

broccoli with cheese sauce

cranberry sauce

cranberry bread

homemade biscuits

mashed potatoes

and homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert

Yes, please.

And while everyone else is working in the kitchen, you and I can pull up a chair to this table and grab a cup of coffee and talk decorating.  I don’t really know my way around a pan of stuffing, but I can chat up centerpieces every day of the week.

I’ll start the conversation with seven random facts about this Thanksgiving table.Continue reading