Monday, December 30, 2013

Most Viewed Projects of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close,
 and I head into my first full year of blogging,
I am amazed by the world I have encountered.
I have discovered so many beautiful and creative people out there.
I have discovered a world where sharing and supporting are the core principles.
I have been incredibly inspired by so many new ideas from others for 
the house, home, family and personal life.
Blogging has been such a blessing to me and 
the people I have "met" through it have inspired me more than they will ever know.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"The Christmas Scale"-Good News of Joy

Merry Christmas Day!
This video says it all -
and the symbolism of the simplicity of this day
makes it all the more beautiful!
Some of you may have seen this already...but it is worth sharing.
A great video visual and audio treat this season!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nana's Jewel Memory Tree

Have you ever kept something long enough 
that you begin to see it through different eyes?
For example...
I remember as a little girl seeing this blue velvet, 
homemade Christmas tree in my grandmother's home every year...
and thinking that it was clever, but a little "tacky".

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Decor-Livingroom tour

Oh Christmas Tree,
Oh Christmas Tree,
How lovely are thy branches...
I love decorating our Christmas tree.
It is a culmination of almost 20 years of collecting special white, silver, and crystal ornaments.
Each ornament telling a story from where we lived or who gave it to us.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Decor-Dining room tour

There are so many wonderful Christmas Home tours out in blog-land lately.
I just had to jump in on the fun.
Still working on finishing my tree...
it just seems that there is so much going on 
that decorating the home front has a quality of "divide and conquer" as I have time. 
{anyone else feel that way?}
We moved into this home Dec 1st of last year and threw up everything as fast as we could unpack. 
 It was fun this year to really have time to find new homes for all my favority sparkly things.

I invite you to tour my dining room.
 Most of my decor is silver or white.  
I have stuck to that theme from the beginning of my adult years of decorating! 
I love the magical effects of white and silver and crystal!  The more sparkle the better!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Three Ways to Up-Scale Poinsettias

There is no easier way to get into the spirit of Christmas than with Poinsettias.
Just having this plant in the house...with its bright red leaves...transforms a room and says,
"It's Christmastime!"
Not only are pointsettias relatively inexpensive,
but they come in an assortment of sizes and varieties to address every area of your home.
The one problem is, however, when you buy them,

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New York holiday adventure

My girls, mom and I were blessed to take a trip to New York over Thanksgiving.
It was such a an amazing week!
New York is certainly full of fun energy during the holidays.

We had a wonderful time.
Who knew you could spend three hours in a Toys-R-Us store?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Repurposed Cabinet Door signs

Oh Joy!
It's December and I feel swamped.
Staying focused on the "joys" of the season can be a challenge 
at times with all the "stuff" that I want to get done in this month.
I made this sign a few months back in anticipation of what word 
I would need to remember the most this Christmas.
It is out of a re-purposed kitchen cabinet door from house #2.
 We took off all our cabinet doors and replaced them.