Tuesday, October 17, 2017

~my favorite pumpkin recipes~

I love to bake and I love pumpkin. Over the years I have shared some pumpkin recipes that I think you will love. Here is a roundup of them all in one place for you!

What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?


Monday, October 16, 2017

~my favorite denim blue home accents~

Blues, ranging from grey blue to denim blue and some of my favorite colors to warm up neutrals around the home.
Here are some of my favorite pieces to inexpensively add that bit of blue to your decor.

Here are a few example of denim blues in a home:

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 13, 2017

~Friday favorites~

Friday favorites Halloween addition!

Throwing a festive party?
Serve desserts or apps on these darling plates.

I want to try this recipe and it would be great to serve on those plates.

Make some of my favorite hot apple cider and you are good to go!

I love everything about this tablescape, but I think my favorite is the pumpkin spiders!

Into old books and Halloween? Well than this is right up your alley!

Speaking of vintage Halloween, this would be great framed!

Are you going to a couples Halloween party? Here are some cute ideas!

And un Halloween related, I really want to do this somewhere!

Happy Halloweening!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

-how to host a college care package party-

I have been having so much fun sending Savannah care packages at college, even though it's only been a month since she left.
This past week I hosted a "care package party" at our house with some friends of mine who's daughters are also in college and friends of Savannah's.

It was so fun, such a hit, and a great excuse to get together with friends, and catch up over wine, cheese, and crackers.

Here is how to host your own care package party:

1~  Set the mood with decor. You don't have to go all out, but decorate for the current season.
We were putting together Halloween themed care packages, so I added a few simple Halloween decorations to our dining room.
I didn't change things up too much. 
I added a few fake spiders to the sideboard, and left my concrete pumpkins.

2~  Have a little something to nibble on and non alcoholic beverages and wine is also nice.
I served champagne, wine, and perrier water.

I whipped up a simple charcuterie board and that was it.

3~  Have packaging supplies handy.
Boxes, tissue paper, ribbon, scissors, and tape.
One of the moms even brought pre-printed shipping labels which was super cute.

4~  As far as guests go, it's entirely up to you.
I had 3 guests which meant 4 care packages were going out. 
Each person, including myself, bought 4 Halloween themed gifts ahead of time and brought them the night of the party. I will say, everyone went a little overboard and we had about 3 or 4 gifts per person instead.

Here are some fun Halloween ideas if you would like to throw one of these together:

Happy Halloween banners
Mini pumpkins
"To do" notepads
Orange trident gum
Treat bags filled with Halloween candy
Homemade cookies
Dollar store Halloween items such as the plastic hands below
Black and white striped socks
Fuzzy socks
Fake eyelashes
Pumpkin handsoap/hand sanitizer

5~  While you are visiting with each other you can be putting together the boxes and drumming up ideas for the next get together, which for us will be Valentines Day.

If you have perishables in the box, make sure you ship out right away with priority mail.
And I would love to hear if you decide to host one of these parties!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

~a boho farmhouse tour~

I have a treat for you today!
My friend Heather, who used to live here, bought a manufactured home on 5 acres and the before and after is incredible. 

Everything has been completely redone.
Lets start with a before and after of the exterior:

New siding, fresh paint, window boxes, and shutters completely transform this manufactured home.
At only 1,100 square feet, this home has clever storage solutions you will notice everywhere.
The cute little box on the front porch for instance, holds shoes for trips out to the chicken coop.

This is a family of four, complete with 2 French bulldogs, a mini pig, 2 bunnies, and dozens of chickens.

Let's take a look at the entry before and after:

They put in all new bigger windows, added handmade barn doors, shiplap walls, and added new wood flooring.
The floors are actually old bleacher boards!
This wall below is my absolute favorite.
The homeowners made the entry table with old casters and pipes.

Heather had the cushions on her chesterfield sofa covered in leopard fabric.

They also made these sconces.

For such a small space, it's impressive they can fit in 2 full size couches.

Through the barn door is the master bedroom and bathroom.

They made the headboard out of piping as well.
One of the nightstands is an old safe. The curtains are made from a vintage tablecloth.

Did you notice the ceilings are reclaimed wood?
The master bathroom has this great vintage style floral wallpaper.

Let's head back to the kitchen.
Here's a little before and after of that.

So many fun details here.
The reclaimed barn wood hood, the island faced with vintage yardsticks, even the kitchen sink base is an old table saw!

Check out the faucet made with garden parts!

The lighting they made using piping as well as vintage funnels.

The other side of the kitchen is a dining area as well as an office area.

So much storage packed into such a small space.

Off the kitchen is a coat closet and huge pantry.
The coat closet doubles as the pigs bedroom!

I love how they made this custom pantry from reclaimed wood.

And through there, a mudroom/laundry room.
The row of vintage lockers holds the families shoes.

To save space, they opted for a washer/dryer combo.
I couldn't find a place to buy this wallpaper, but it is this one in tea stain.

The kids bathroom has a vintage bike for a sink base!
The bikes basket holds extra toilet paper.
More piping was used to make the faucet in here.

The narrow door that leads to that bathroom.

One of the little boys rooms.

The other little boys room.
The ceiling is covered in vintage maps!

What did you guys think?
Every little detail was covered and well thought out in this little farmhouse.
I couldn't believe the transformation.
These might just be the most creative people I know!


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