2014 Top Ten Posts

Yep, it's that time again. The end of the year when everywhere you look there's a recap of something. I guess it's a good thing to look back and see what we've accomplished or learned. And since I'm nowhere near as funny as David Letterman, I'll keep this short and sweet. But really, can you believe another year has come and gone? 

Curious facts about my top 10: 

  • 2 of these are "round up" posts.
  • 4 of these posts are paint related. 
  • 9 of them involve a tutorial, tip, or ideas for redoing something. 

Merry Christmas 2014

The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Merry Christmas, friends. May you have a joyous day surrounded by those you love.



The Holiday Bar Cart + $500 giveaway

'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! If holiday entertaining is on your to-do list, you probably will be serving drinks to your guests. Why not do it in style? Whether you have a dedicated bar cart or just a corner of the kitchen counter you can make a drink station that's fashionable. And I'm teaming up with Wayfair to offer you a chance to win $500 for that or whatever you want from there!

Home for the Holidays ~ 2014 Christmas Home Tour

Happy holidays, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate! It's full blown Christmas at our house right now, and today's the day we're kicking off our Home for the Holidays tour!  I'll be joined by 24 other bloggers who are sharing their homes this week.

I can't wait to see all the beautiful spaces and get some great ideas for next year! Check back each day to visit everyone on the list. The lineup is at the bottom of the post and I highly recommend you drop by each home for a visit. You'll be glad you did!

For my tour, I'm starting with my favorite photos and then sharing more from each space. I took several hundred photos and narrowed it down to my favorites. I hope you like what you see! If you're new here, ours is a 1964 ranch style house that we've updated with paint and a couple of bathroom remodels. It's definitely nothing fancy, but neither are we.

Welcome to our home for the holidays!

Welcome to our Christmas Home!

Ho ho ho! And welcome to our home! Today I'm joining a group of my blogging friends for our Welcome Home tour where we're sharing front porches, entries, or any old way to make guests  feel welcome. Since I'm sharing the inside of the house on Monday, today you get to see what our guests are greeted with as they walk up to our door.

Here on our front porch you'll find several vintage items since I'm a vintage junkie. I clipped the branches from various trees and bushes from the yard and added some clippings I got for free at the Christmas tree lot when we bought our tree. Holly, nandina, and magnolia make up the bulk of the branches. There's nothing like fresh greenery.

12 Days of Christmas...with a fun twist

Welcome, friends! 'Tis the season to be......overcommited! Can I get an amen?

With stars in my eyes and twinkles on my toes (or something like that) I decided it would be so much fun to sign up for several wonderful blogger holiday tours. And while they are definitely fun, they're lots of work too.

Today's post is part of a blogger tour with the 12 days of Christmas as the theme. Some of my best blogging buddies are on this tour with me. And as fun as it sounds, six geese a laying is a tough one to blog about. I signed up a little late and the dancing ladies and milking maids were already spoken for. As well as the lords and the drummers. When life gives you geese....well, think Goslings. Keep reading to learn the story behind what we made. You're gonna love it and you're gonna laugh.