Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I’m a little last posting today. It’s cold and wet outside. As I write this, I’m sitting by the Christmas tree in my comfy clothes, there is a fire in the fireplace and hot tea at my elbow. What more could a girl ask for?

Normally, three days before Christmas I would be in a mad rush buying last minute gifts, baking, and wrapping presents. You know the drill. Actually, I have to admit that, for the first time in as long as I can remember – which admittedly isn’t all that long – I’m ready for Christmas!

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Getting Ready for the New Year

Today is overcast, cool and I’m a little under the weather. So what’s a girl to do? Why get in her yoga pants, sweat shirt and start getting ready for the New Year.

For as long as I can remember, I have decorated my calendar. Always. So when the new fad of journaling and decorating your calendars came along, I couldn’t jump on that band wagon fast enough!

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Pinterest Craft – Fabulous or Fail

Pinterest craft – fabulous or fail? That is the question sometimes, isn’t it? Okay, I am fully prepared to admit that I spend way too much time on Pinterest. Doesn’t everyone? No?

I recently saw these cute Mason jars and fell in love with them. They are all over the place on Pinterest and are suppose to be super easy to make. But are they really?

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Christmas in the Kitchen

Welcome to Day 3 of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Tour 2017.  Thanks to Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles for hosting. I am so honored to be included this year! Once you’ve finished here, I hope that you’ll take a few more minutes and visit the rest of my friends on the tour!

Decorating for Christmas in the kitchen is always one of my favorite things to do. It’s where my family and I spend a lot of time, so what better place to have a little decorating fun?

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How to Make a Christmas Place Card Holder

Setting my Christmas dining rooming table had me scratching my head on what to use for  place card holders. I couldn’t find anything to match, so I decided to make my own. Being the friend that I am, I decided to show you how to make a Christmas place card holder too!

Trust me, this one is so easy that I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you – almost! Not only were they easy to make, I made 8 for under $10.00!

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Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour

It’s here! The Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour. Each day this week 18 of my friends will be sharing the Holidays in their homes with you. So grab a cup of coffee, a comfy seat and enjoy!

Day 1

Country Road 407

The B Farm

Decor To Adore

Let’s Add Sprinkles

Day 2

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Ever Evolving Home

DIY Beauty

Opulent Cottage

Joy in Our Home

Day 3

My Heart Lives Here

Patina and Paint

Hyacinths for the Soul

My Thrift Store Addiction

Ms Toody Goo Shoes

Day 4

Poofing the Pillows

Botanic Bleu

At Rivercrest Cottage

White Spray Paint

Day 5

Art and Sand

At Home With Jemma

Monica Wants It

The Dedicated House

Ash Tree Cottage

       You know you don’t want to miss this! 

Christmas in the Family Room

Christmas in the family room is pretty traditional here at the castle.  Well, there may be a bit of whimsy here and there just for a little fun! The elves have been busy flinging tinsel, wrapping presents and decorating. So come on in for a peek.

My favorite thing in the family room is the Christmas tree. I love to light a fire at night and sit by the tree reading a book.

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The Office is Done!

It only took 2 years, but the office is done.  I never thought I’d be that girl who was frantically working on a room right before the holidays, but I was.

We were frantically finishing up Wednesday evening mere hours before my family arrived! There are still a few things I want to do in there, but I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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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!

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$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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