Friday, November 17, 2017

~Friday favorites~

First of all, drop everything and look at this living room makeover.
You can find this amazing chandelier right here.

This is an amazing Ikea hack.

Are you following along with the One Room Challenge?

Once again, I am falling for plaid this season.

One thing I always get compliments on in my home is this. And it's so inexpensive!

My daughter just got this and swears by it. I think I need to try it.

If you liked it in Joanna Gaines kitchen, you might like it in yours.

Oh if I only had an extra 10 grand laying around.......

Have you had a chance to try out this cool website?
Don't forget you can find the 20% off discount code  here!

Cheers to the weekend friends!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

~our holiday dining room~

This year I am not hosting Thanksgiving at our home, so I skipped right ahead and gave it a little Christmas makeover. I was excited to use some new products that I got from Caravan Home Decor to pull it all together!

I am not going way over the top this year, and I am using mainly my Christmas items that have the most meaning to me. Vintage pieces, ornaments my kids made when they were little, etc. 
You'll see how I incorporated those into my dining room decor here.

I set the table very simply using an existing vase and some greens out of the yard, as well as some grocery store lilies and white roses.

For a bit of color I added a collection of my favorite vintage glass ornaments to this marble fruit bowl. At first I had clementines in there, but thought this idea was a little funner, and it will last a lot longer too.

I still might swap out that tree print for something a bit more holiday-ish for the season.

On top of each plate I placed a linen napkin tied with ribbon, adding vintage silverware and a sprig of rosemary.

On the sideboard I created a little vignette using this round marble cheeseboard as a base for my vintage bottle brush trees, and vintage reindeer. 
Next to it is a stack of marble appetizer plates.
I think these would also work great as coasters, or bases for candles. 

Hop on over to the blogs below to see how they decorated their homes for the holidays!

and our featured guest, House of Five
Julie Blanner


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

~how to make new photos look old~

We have a collage wall behind our family room sofa that consists of vintage pictures of our neighborhood dating back to the 1930's. 
I recently had to add to the photo wall to accommodate our new larger sofa.
I didn't have any more old photos, but was able to turn new photos into older looking ones in a matter of minutes. Here is how you can do the same.

Here is the photo I am using as an example. It was taken at our lake when it froze over last year. I love it. The geese all lined up on the ice, so sweet.

The first step is to go to PicMonkey.

This screen will appear. Click on "edit a photo"

In the top left corner, click on "open new" and find your photo on your computer.
Double click on the photo you want to edit.

Next, click on the "wand" icon that I have circled on the left.

Scroll down until you see the black and white option and click on that and apply.

Now you can play with any of the other options to make your photo look old. 
In this photo I used the "yester-color" option and faded it till I got the look I wanted.

Then because I wanted it to match the other photos on my wall, I chose the "gritty" option next, again, fading it to about the middle.

 Finally, when you have the photo the way you like it, name it, and click save.

You can then export and print!
I will be showing you the finished wall shortly.

Here are a couple more I did:


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

~our holiday Christmas card shoot~

Christmas cards are my thing. 
I think it started when my kids were old enough to actually sit still for photos. 
About that time I discovered all the amazing templates and designs for cards at Minted and it was all down hill from there.... 
Every year I get so excited to see the new designs come out and pick one that suits our family best. 
There are so many to choose from that I literally will be on their website for hours. 
Then I narrow it down to about 10 and have my family pick their favorites. 

This year was a little tougher to take photos because Savannah is away at college. 
So during a "family weekend" at her school, we stood out in the freezing cold, put the camera on a tripod and smiled away.

The backdrop was perfect for so many of their cards that it was hard to choose but we narrowed it down to this one and here it is!

It was literally just starting to snow and it was so cold, so we would take a couple pics, then run back to the car to warm up, then head back out.

Here's a few out takes just for the fun of it :)
My husband is probably telling me he can't feel his feet at this point.

Literally pulled over on the side of the road.

Sibling love.

Body heat for warmth.

But we actually got some good ones, and they've been ordered and are on their way, hooray!

This one made the back:


Monday, November 13, 2017

~Christmas Cookie Roundup~

I think everyone knows by now that I love to bake.
And Christmas cookies are no exception.

Today I am joining some of my favorite blogger friends to bring you a plethora of sugary goodness!

My recipe that I am sharing is coconut shortbread cookies, and they are so delicious!

Let cool on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.

Frost them 
{recipe to follow}
and sprinkle on coconut flakes.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 
For even more Christmas cookie recipes, please click on any of the links below.

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies by Ella Claire | Pecan Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies by A Burst of Beautiful | Cinnamon Cookies by Zevy Joy | Gingerbread Houses by Miss Mustard Seed Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti by anderson + grant | Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies by Nesting with Grace | Chocolate Crinkles Cookies by So Much Better with Age | Cranberry Rosemary Butter Cookies by Nina Hendrick Design Co. Gluten Free Coconut Fudge Bites by City Farmhouse | Maple Sugar House Cookies by Finding Home Farms | Honey Nut Rugelach by Love Grows Wild | Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecake Cookies by Nest of Posies Mexican Spicy Chocolate Cookies by Maison de Pax | Coconut Shortbread Cookies by My Sweet Savannah | Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies by House 214 | Cinnamon and Sugar Lattice Pie Crust Cookies by Craftberry Bush

  A huge thanks to Kristen for always including me in these fun blog hops.

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