Mardi Gras Y’all!

It’s Mardi Gras y’all! While most people are decorating for Valentines, I am walking a tight rope of balancing my Valentines decor with my Mardi Gras decor.

I was blessed enough to be in Biloxi, Mississippi over 25 years ago during the Mardi Gras celebration.  Boy did I have fun catching a few beads and attending a few balls.  I also learned  that Marid Gras isn’t all about boobs, beer and beads. It’s also a family celebration. Continue reading →

I’m running late!

I’m running late! I just got back from an unplanned/planned trip to Oklahoma. I’ve only been home two days and I’ve been trying to tackle laundry and dust that has grown on top of dust.

Add in a few doctors appointments and you’ll understand why I’m running late today. Hang in there with me and I promise that later today I will share with you one of the most exciting places to shop that I have found in a long time! I hit the mother load peeps

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day gifts are always a challenge for me. We honestly don’t do big Valentine’s gifts, just tiny reminders of love.

A card and dinner. A favorite candy bar or treat. Once in awhile we might go crazy and get dessert after dinner. Yep, we are the wild couple. Seriously, I think we love to give gifts that we know the recipient will love. It’s more about the giving, than the getting! Continue reading →

Hearts and Flowers

I have to admit that I had a hard time getting motivated to decorating my Valentine’s Day table with red hearts and flowers! Getting my head wrapped around decorating with red so soon after Christmas, just didn’t sound fun to me.

I was half-heartedly dragging the red decorations out of storage when two things occurred to me. One, I am the boss of the Valentine’s Day decor here at the castle and Two, I can do whatever I want to. So, I did!

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It’s Been One of Those Weeks

It’s been one of those weeks! I’ve started a lot of projects, but I haven’t completed one yet.

I have been like a hamster on a wheel. There is a lot going on, but not a lot is getting done. The week has been full of shopping, physical therapy, cleaning, sewing, crafting, decorating and taking shelter from a tornado! I’m worn out. It’s only Tuesday.

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Organizing the Office – Part 2

Today I am sharing organizing the office – part 2. With the cold weather last week, I started the never ending process of cleaning and giving my office a facelift.

The first part of the office facelift, which you can see here, was cleaning up my work space and making new storage for my paints.  Organizing the office – part 2 is all about cleaning up one great big hot mess, in a very tiny area.

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New Years Organization

New Year’s organization is fast becoming a huge priority for me.  Most days I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast let alone what I am doing that day. Part of getting myself ready for the new year is getting my new calendar up and running.

I know that it is super old school, but I need the repetition of writing things down for me to be organized. I know a lot of you are thinking “just put it on your phone!”. Well, I tried that. Putting it into my phone is like sending it out into space. I send it out and it floats around in never never land promptly forgotten.  Not only do I forget about it, some days I can’t even remember how to retrieve it.

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Giving My Office a Facelift

Somehow, in the Christmas excitement, my office exploded. Crazy thing is I wasn’t even using it that much. As I was cleaning my office, it became super clear that I would be giving my office a facelift!

My office has multiple personalities. It works hard, just like I do, so it gets a lot of wear and tear. I would love to say that it was “shabby chic” but let’s face it, it is a lot more shabby than chic.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for stoping by and reading this year. I’ll be taking a break this next week to spend time with family and recharge. See you next year!

May you and your family have a happy and joyous Christmas!



Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas

If you haven’t been to the Dallas Arboretum 12 days of Christmas, you need to go! It’s almost over this year, although there are a few days left. It’s definitely worth the trip.

We recently bundled up the family and headed out to see  the 12 Days of Christmas Gazebos exhibit. It was awesome! So awesome, that I wanted to share it with you. I may  have gone a little crazy with the pics, so grab some hot chocolate and a comfy chair! Continue reading →

Christmas Home Tour Part 2

Welcome to my Christmas home tour part 2! If you missed part 1, you can see it here. Part one of the home tour was the downstairs common areas, Part 2 is all about the upstairs guest rooms and bathrooms.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, my Christmas decorating is a lot like I decorate my home. A lot of tradition with a little bit of whimsy.

I wasn’t going to decorate the upstairs this year at all, until I found out that my sisters were coming for a visit after Thanksgiving. I tried to give each room a few small touches that would have a lot of my tradition with a tiny bit of whimsy. It seemed like the easiest thing to do was to decorate the rooms with my sister’s personalities in mind.

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Holiday Home Tour – part 1

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and decided to share my Christmas home tour!

I resisted sharing my home with you this year, mainly because my knee surgery has slowed me WAY down. So much so that I didn’t even put everything out this year. I know that the Hubs is laughing as he reads this. I cut back, but I’m sure he doesn’t think so!

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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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