Christmas Sock Exchange

It is officially time to start planning the Queen’s Christmas party! The past few years, we have been trying to mix things up a bit by starting new a fun things to do. We’ve been together so long that it was time to change things up a bit. A week or so ago, Queen Siana sent me a picture on Facebook, suggesting a Christmas sock exchange!

My first response was “A what?” However, after looking at the photo from Thinkerete Lifestyle on Facebook, I was hooked.  Continue reading →

$4 Michaels Grab Bag

I love grab bags! I remember when I was a little girl begging my mom to buy me a grab bag. Every once in awhile, I would get lucky and she would let my sister and I have one!   Today when I when I was checking out at Michaels the clerk offered me a $4 Michaels grab bag , I couldn’t resist!

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Gifts Under $10.00

Yay! It’s Ten on the 10th and we’ve got a theme this month. Ten talented and fun bloggers are sharing their ideas for gifts under $10.00! So grab a cup of coffee, tea or pumpkin spice latte, sit back and prepare to have some fun. I have a ton of pictures, so please hang in there with me!

Wrapping a present in an unusual way is as fun to me as finding the perfect present. I needed something fun to wrap small presents for my pre-teen nieces. After searching Pinterest I found Snow globe mason jars and knew that they would be perfect!
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Making Gift Tags With Leftovers

If you craft at all, then you are probably a lot like me. You have quite a bit of “leftovers” from past projects.  I decided that making  gift tags with leftovers would be a good way to clean out my office.

I truly do have a lot of paper, ribbon, string, glues, bells, pipe cleaners, wooden pieces, fabric and all sorts of odd items laying around my office. You name it, I’ve probably got it! Every so often I have to clean out or run the risk of the clutter taking over. Continue reading →

Bring on Thanksgiving

November is here. Fall is finally in the air here in north Texas. Halloween is in the books. It’s time to bring on Thanksgiving!

In my family, growing up, Thanksgiving was our favorite holiday. So much so, that when I married The Hubs, it was decided that my family got first dibs on Thanksgiving and his family got first dibs on Christmas. This year it is our turn to host my family here at the Castle. Yay!

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Hyperventilating at Michaels

This is the story of two girls hyperventilating at Michaels. It sounds crazy, but it’s true.

This is my BFF, Roxanne.  Some would say that we are a lot like Lucy and Ethel. I know that we have been in plenty of “Lucy, you got some splanin’ to do” situations that’s for sure!

Many years ago my BFF and I stopped by Michaels to pick up some paint. In and out.

However, just as we entered Michaels there was an announcement of a  flash sale. A BIG Sale. A 90% off sale of all summer items.

We lost our minds! We grabbed baskets ( 6 in all ) and started filling them to overflowing with strings of lights, bird houses, sun dials, yard statuary, and signs. If it was on sale, it was in our basket!

We had so many baskets full that people thought we worked there and were trying to shop from our baskets.  Let me assure you that a quick end was put to that in a New York minute.

Our hyperventilating hysteria was so contagious that before long the store clerks were yelling at us from the back of the store asking if we wanted metal yard art, door mats and yard stakes!

We bought so much stuff that when we wheeled our baskets, in three trips, to Roxanne’s VW Bug, we realized that it all wouldn’t fit in her car. You can imagine The Hubs reaction when I called him to come and pick me up!

That was a great day and we still laugh about it. I truly believe that everyone should have a least one shopping adventure like that one.

The reason I am sharing my hyperventilating in Michaels story with you is that today, on a quick trip to Michaels for paint, I came across a sale! Not a 90% off sale, but a 70% off and that’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

I found Petunia the perfect pig for my seester T2. She’s into pigs lately.

I found this faux seltzer bottle. So cute!

I’ve been looking for a turkey platter to replace the one I broke a few years ago. This one was under $10.00!

If fits perfectly with my farm house decor.

I picked up these salad plates. I love the navy and white.  They are nothing fancy, but as my Granny used to say “you need meat and potato” dishes too! I bought 8 at about $2.10 each.

I had already picked up this same floral vine earlier in the season and wished that I had bought two. I was so happy to see another one on sale.

Last, but not least, these cute little leaf dishes made my heart melt. They would be great with small treats placed in them! They were .99 cents each.

I didn’t even begin to buy all of the goodies that they had on sale in the Farm decor section.

Baskets, prints, more dishes, cow and rooster place card holders, copper scoops….

If you are thinking that Michaels is paying me to tout their wonderful sale, you would be wrong. I simply want to share a good sale with you, in hopes that you and your BFF are hyperventilating in Michaels!

Until next time….





Gobble ’til You Wobble

I know that we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet, however in blog land we are always a step ahead of the seasons. With that said, I’ve already started planning my gobble ’til you wobble celebration!

I’m so excited! It’s my turn to host my family’s Thanksgiving holiday this year. I know it’s early, but the holiday will be here before I know it, so I’ve already started planning.

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The Queen of Halloween

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am the Queen of Halloween! Not the gory, ugly, super scary kind of Halloween. I’m more of the cute decor, let’s dress up and eat candy type of gal. I’m all about the fun!


I can’t help myself. You bust out the candy corn and I am there and I don’t even like sweets. Halloween is a mere one week away, so we have been busy bees here at the castle getting ready for it!

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October Road Trips Part 2

I’m back home and ready to share the last leg of my October road trips part 2 with you!When I last left you, I was saying good-bye to Round Top, Texas and heading to my home town of El Reno, OK. If you missed part 1, you can see it here.

I had to share one last, not very flattering picture, with you of our Junk Gypsy Pent Up picture! Our sweet “adopted” daughter had the cutest crocheted dress. Can you imagine making that?

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Fabulous Finds

Happy Friday to you! This week I’ve spent more time shopping and getting ready for vacation than getting a whole lot done. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still frantically trying to tie a few projects up so that I can go on vacation without a worry. However, I thought that I would show you just how much I love you, my friends, by sharing my fabulous finds with you!

Okay, so maybe I should say they are more fun finds than fabulous, but fabulous sounds better! So grab a pumpkin spice latte, have a seat and enjoy all of the fabulous finds!

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Fall on the Front Porch

I’m finally finishing up fall on the front porch. I’ve been working on my front entry for awhile, but haven’t quite felt like it was finished.

To make it prettier, I would add more pumpkins and flowers.  Done!

An hour or so later, I would be removing them because I felt like I had too many pumpkins and flowers. I tell you, some days it isn’t easy living in my head!

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How To Dress Up Your Pumpkin

Y’all I can’t wait to show you how to dress up your pumpkin! They are so stinking cute!!!

I would love to tell you that this was totally my idea, but that would so be a lie. I was cruising Micheal’s website for idea for a fall project, when I came up Miss Heidi Swapp herself sharing how to dress up your pumpkin! You can see Heidi’s post here.

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