Decorating With Containers

I love decorating with containers. Especially at Christmas time. Decorating can get expensive, so why not use things that you already have when you can?

Along with containers being everywhere in your house, if you are anything like me you have a ton of Christmas bulbs, greenery, trees, faux snow, figurines and plants in your Christmas bins that never – or rarely get used. This year I decided to try and use more of what I already have and less of buying new stuff!

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The Queen’s Christmas

The Queen’s Christmas is always one of my favorite celebrations. This year was certainly no different! Every year eight of us get together and celebrate the Christmas season.


Normally, we would get together, eat, play few games and open gifts from each other. We always have a wonderful time, but over the years it seemed like we needed a change. So this year, instead of eat, play and gift, we decided to change things up a bit!

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A Plaid Christmas

I am in love with plaid this year. Have you seen all of the beautiful plaid ribbons, papers, and decorations? If I hadn’t bought my ribbon on sale after Christmas last year, this would definitely be a plaid Christmas here at the castle.

a-plaid-christmas-10While I love my current decor, I’m just a tiny bit bummed I don’t have a plaid Christmas everywhere. However, if I can’t have a plaid Christmas everywhere, at least I can have one in the dining room!

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Christmas Vignettes and Other Stuff

Due to my knee surgery, I’m a lot slower in getting my Christmas decorating done. I’ve gotten a few Christmas vignettes and other stuff done, but not one room is completely finished. I think I need a few elves decorate here at the castle!


I’m getting really close to getting all of my decorating done though. So, today, I thought that I would give you a few peeks at the Christmas decor that I do have done.

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How I Put Ribbon on My Christmas Tree

This is the week that most of you will begin decorating for the Christmas holiday, if you haven’t already started. Last year I shared my Christmas tree with you and I was surprised that I received a lot of inquiries on how I put ribbon on my Christmas tree. I guess inquiring minds want to know.


There are a billion different ways to decorate your tree and I am certainly no expert. I just do what  I like. Believe it or not, I actually went to a class to learn the secrets of putting ribbon on the Christmas tree. You, my friends, don’t have to take a class as I am more than willing to share what I learned with you!

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My New Front Porch Wreath

My new front porch wreath is probably one of my most favorite wreaths I’ve ever had!


In fact, it’s more of a decoration than it is a wreath.  For the past few years, I have been using the same wreath.  To say that it was a little sad and tired was an understatement, but I couldn’t find anything I loved to replace it. It was definitely time for a change!

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Pumpkins and Christmas Ribbon

It’s been nothing but pumpkins and Christmas ribbon here for the past week!


Sadly, I had knee surgery done a week an a half ago. As you can imagine, not much is getting done . I’ve got such a mixture of things started it is kind of crazy. My attention span is that of a gnat!


Sadie and I have been keeping ourselves busy. We play games. Okay, mostly this consists of her sitting and staring at me until I give her a treat, but I feel like we should get bonus points for the effort.

There has been a lot of TV watching going on too. She and I have grown very tired of trash daytime TV.  Let me tell you that Dr. Phil just isn’t what he used to be!

pumpkins-and-christmas-ribbon-3I’ve started a few projects. Notice that I said started, not finished. Remember, no attention span. At. All. Normally, I would share a fun, finished project with you. However, today I thought that you might enjoy seeing all of the unfinished projects that I’ve started. If we are both lucky I will hopefully share them with you sometime in the future!

  1. Little lighted Christmas trees!


2. Crazy Christmas letters made out of  garland.


3. Awesome monogramed Christmas ornaments


4. Making lots of bows for my christmas presents.

This is what my coffee table looks like. Pumpkins and Christmas ribbon. I don’t see it getting any better, anytime soon!

Hope that you are having a wonderful week!



Stunning Thanksgiving Vignette

Good morning!  I am so blessed to be joining a wonderful group of bloggers for a week long Stunning Thanksgiving Vignette tour hosted by the ladies of Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of all my blessings, my family and of course the food. With all of those elements put together, it only made sense that my stunning Thanksgiving vignette be on my Thanksgiving table!

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New Double Ovens

I have wanted new double ovens here at the castle for a very long time.


They just weren’t very high on my priority list considering how expensive they were.

Then The Hubs hosted his family’s July barbecue get together and everything changed.  We broke the oven door. It is never dull when the Lagaly family shows up!

Spoiler Alert!  This is one long post, so sit back, grab something to drink and let me share my tale with you.

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Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Many years ago good friend of mine shared her awesome pumpkin roll recipe with me and I am so thankful that she did! I have made at least 6, or more, of these rolls every year during the holiday season since that time. They taste heavenly and are so easy to make that they have become my go to dessert.

pumpkin-rolls-4Today, just because I love you, I am going to share that recipe with you. You are welcome!

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Winter Flowers on the Front Porch

Winter flowers on the front porch are always a dilemma for me. I’m not kidding.


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Be Full of Thanks and Giving

Let our lives be full of thanks and giving. That’s my motto this Thanksgiving season.


I know that you are thinking that it’s a little early to be thinking of Thanksgiving, but November is next week y’all!  Thanksgiving is the most overlooked holiday sometimes. We are so busy getting ready for Christmas that we barely take the time to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

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You Don’t Want to Miss This!

I know, you don’t normally hear from me on Wednesdays, but I have some news, and girl you don’t want to miss this!


The fabulous gals over at Thoughts of Home on Thursday invited me to participate in the TOHOT’s Stunning Thanksgiving Vignette tour!

Seriously, If you heard a loud girl squeal, followed by what felt like an earthquake it was me doing my happy dance!

Here’s how it works. For one week, Starting Monday, November 7 thru November 11, you will be able to visit 25 of the most super talented gals in blogland and get a sneak peek of their awesome Thanksgiving decor.

Each day features five different bloggers, showcasing a stunning Thanksgiving vignette.

EXCEPT for Thursday. On Thursday  the Thoughts of Home on Thursday gals invite everyone to share their very own Stunning Thanksgiving Vignettes!

You seriously don’t want to miss this!

Ready to do your happy dance yet? Your welcome.



Vanity Drawers Repurposed

Vanity drawers repurposed are a good thing, right? Yes, but that wasn’t always the plan.

vanity-drawers-repurposed-8 I’ve had a vanity in my stack of furniture that I had planed on flipping for awhile now. I finally pulled the vanity out of the pile with the intent to make some minor repairs and give it a quick coat of paint. However, once I started on the repairs, I realized that the damage was so extensive that it would need to be totally rebuild. That was not in the plan!

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Halloween Treat Bags

I LOVE Halloween treat bags! Don’t you? I mean, what’s not to love?

It’s the thrill of the unknown for me. Is there candy? Maybe a few treats? Or maybe even a trick or two hidden inside?  The Hub’s family was coming to the castle to have some Halloween fun, so I figured this was the perfect time to make a few Halloween Treat bags for all of our Littles!

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Halloween in the Dining Room

After sharing my chalkboard ghosts with you, I couldn’t wait to show you Halloween in the dining room.


We love Halloween here at the castle so we decorate the house in a huge way. This year is no exception! My dining room is the first room you see as you enter my home, so it its the perfect place to make a big statement.

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Chalkboard Ghosts

I’ve seen a lot of things made out of chalkboards, but never chalkboard ghosts!


I was at Michaels a few months ago and found these blackboard shapes that were on sale for 80% off. I’m not sure what they were suppose to be, but to me they immediately reminded me of ghosts. I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do with them, however I figured that they were cute and the price was right so why not buy them? I would decide what to do with them later.

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How To Make A Glowing Witch’s Hat

Today I want to show you my quest on how to make a glowing witch’s hat!


I say quest because it’s taken me three a few tries to get it right!

I first saw how to make a glowing witch’s hat on Pinterest.  Those witches hats were so darn cute, I knew that I was going to try and make one.

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Fall Flowers on the Patio

Fall flowers on the patio are a must here at the castle. We spend more time in the back yard than we ever do in the front.


Plus, let’s face it. I just can’t resist all of the beautiful fall flowers that are in the nurseries right now!

Beautiful mums, kale and even a few pansies are for sale everywhere right now. There are even pumpkins for sale.

There is only one major problem. It still feels like 105 degrees here in Texas!

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Fall Centerpiece

I decided that less is more when it came to my dining room fall centerpiece this year.


I usually have a table set with all the bells and whistles. This year when it came time to decorate my fall table, I really longed for something a lot more simple. Clean lines, less clutter, but it still needed to have that wow factor too.

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