• Holidays

    Merry Christmas

    It’s Christmas Eve and the festivities have begun here at the castle. So before all of the crazy begins, I wanted to take a moment and wish you and your family the very best holiday season. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! All of my boys will be home for a few days, which is a rare occurrence, so I will be taking some time off. This momma’s got to get her family time in when she can. Don’t worry, I’ll be back after New Years and have the start of a bathroom reno to share with you! Until then…. Merry Christmas and the best of 2019!

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    Holidays,  organization,  Uncategorized

    Cleaning out the Wrapping Closet

    Have you ever read DIY articles about what to do with your “extra” closets? Yeah, me too. I used to laugh hysterically. Ain’t nobody that I know got an extra closet! Until I did. Empty nesting is good for something. So I made mine into a wrapping closet. My one guilty indulgence. Unfortunately, from time to time, mine blows up and its time to start  cleaning out the wrapping closet. In a big way! See what I mean? Being a small closet, thankfully it also makes me clean it up in a timely manner. There is no room to do otherwise. Also, Christmas is the perfect time to change things…

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    crafts,  Holiday craft,  Holiday decor,  Holidays

    Christmas Crafts at the Castle

    Here at the castle, the stockings are hung. The tree is up and the elves have finished sprinkling Christmas decor through out the castle. So, what’s a girl to do? Why break out the Christmas crafts at the castle, of course! For the first time in many years, I have almost all of my Christmas stuff done! I’d love to pat myself on the back, however it’s mostly due to my car being in the shop off and on for the last month! Certainly not because this girl is rocking it! When you are forced to stay home it’s amazing how much you get done. Who knew?

  • What Happens At the Christmas Party
    Holiday craft,  Holidays

    What Happens at the Christmas Party

    What happens at the Christmas party, stays at the Christmas party. Especially the Queen’s Christmas party! When the Queens get together it’s always fun, this year was no exception. We ate, laughed, cried, told crazy stories, made a craft and had a cookie exchange.  In other words, a normal night with the Queens!

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    Holiday decor,  Holidays

    I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

    I’ll have a blue Christmas with a big splash of hot pink, please!  My dining room colors are blue and hot pink, which just happen to be my favorite colors. So naturally, when it came time to decorate the dining room I couldn’t help but think that they would also be perfect Christmas colors. And boy, did I find some hot pink! It’s so hot that it was truly hard to get pictures that didn’t hurt my eyes. But, I love it!

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    Black, White and Red Christmas Kitchen

    The elves have been busy decorating here at the castle. Of course, they always start in the heart of the home, the kitchen. This years theme is simple, less fuss and not as over the top as in years past. It’s a black, white and red Christmas kitchen! I don’t buy all new stuff from year to year, instead I like to mix and match a few new things with old things from years past. Don’t get me wrong. It’s tempting, however every time I consider it I hear my sweet Granny’s sarcastic voice saying “Well, aren’t we Miss Aster!” For those of you that are younger than dirt, that…

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    Holidays,  Painted furniture

    A Pony For Christmas

    Anybody who’s had children has probably heard “I want a pony for Christmas!”. My great niece, Beep, is in love with ponies. In fact, her Grandparents on her Dad’s side bought her a pony recently. She’s crazy about horses. So when a neighbor of mine was moving and had this horse themed table and chairs for sale I couldn’t resist. ( I thought  I had taken a picture of the before, but no. My bad.)  This table is the quintessential DIY project. The base, or horse part, was originally a cigar ashtray.

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    gifts,  Holidays

    Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

    I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner!  With that in mind, I’m trying to stay ahead of the game by getting as many of the little things done as possible. Although, I’m pretty sure I’ll forget something! While at my grocery store today, I found some really cute items that would not only be great gifts, but wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays! So I thought that I would share them with you. Some of the items are a little more expensive, like these reindeer, however most are so reasonable priced you’ll be tempted to buy quite a few of them to gift to your favorite people.

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    Handmade Christmas Gifts

    Happy November! Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner? With cooler weather, it puts me in the mood to make a few handmade Christmas gifts. It’s also the perfect time for Ten on the 10th! I can’t wait to see what Christmas gift ideas my blog friends have this month!

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    Holiday decor,  Holidays

    Things To Do For the Holidays Now

    I know that we haven’t even celebrated Halloween, but the big holidays are just around the corner. Yikes! If you are like me, I like to plan ahead of time so that my holidays are a little less stressful. Today I’m sharing a few things to do  for the holidays now. You know, things that will leave you feeling a little more like wonder woman and a little less stressed out!

  • Getting Ready for Memorial Day
    Holidays,  home decor

    Getting Ready for Memorial Day

    As I was getting ready for Memorial day, I could not help but be thankful to all of the brave men and women who have served or are serving our country. There is not enough thanks in the world for what you do! I’m a firm believer that getting ready for Memorial Day should be simple and easy. Here at the castle, we definitely have a low key Memorial Day.  Not a lot of decorating. More lets get together, have fun and eat some wonderful barbecue that the Hubs grills. Maybe swim or play a few games. I love every minute with my family!

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    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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    Holiday decor,  Holidays,  Uncategorized

    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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    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. 

  • Holiday decor,  Holidays

    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!

  • Holiday craft,  Holiday decor,  Holidays

    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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    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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    Bubble Wands For Easter

    <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12269663/?claim=x3xchgpmuza”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> I’m giving Bubble Wands for Easter to all my littles! I was recently at a link Party surfing around and found the cutest enchanted bubble wands. I had to make some. Not gonna lie, if you want a tutorial that is creative and fun keep reading. However, if you want an EXACT and informative one Rena Klingenberg at Jewelry Making Journal.com has a fantastic tutorial.   I am gonna warn you right up front, this post is a little long and has a ton of pictures. So get a drink, settle in and enjoy! Supply List 16 or 18 gauge wire – 9″ long for a…

  • Holidays

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas eve and as I look around I think that I am ready for the next few days. I can’t wait for my boys to get home for the celebration to begin! I love it when we are all together. The stockings are hung just waiting for Santa… The presents are wrapped… Food is baked and ready to be eaten. Family and friends are on the way to help us celebrate. There is only one thing left to do… So from my castle to yours, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I’ll see you next week as I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy…

  • Holiday decor,  Holidays,  home decor

    Christmas in the Living Room

    I’ve been sharing my Christmas home tour with you. I’ve already shared my kitchen with you and if you missed it you can see it here. Today it’s Christmas in the Living Room! My tree is very traditional with lots of reds and greens.  It is NOT a pretty, perfect tree by any means. Every year I have let my boys choose an ornament that reflects what they have been doing that year. We have Nightmare before Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Ninja Turtles, Batman, Spiderman, puppies, and lot’s of Queenly ornaments just to name a few. I don’t even have a regular skirt under my tree. It is a big piece…

  • Holiday decor,  Holidays,  home decor,  tablescapes

    DIY Christmas Friday #5 Christmas Charger

    Ok…Somehow I posted my DIY Christmas Friday #6 before #5. How does that happen? It couldn’t be that I’m losing my mind??? Anyway, just pretend that #6 was #5 and we will be good to go!  I shared my Christmas Dining room with you and I promised you I’d show you how to make these Christmas chargers. Since it is DIY Christmas Friday #5 it is the perfect time to show you how to make a Christmas charger! A quick visit to the local Dollar Tree to purchase these gold chargers. Then a quick couple of coats of flat black spray paint. Yes, the irony is not lost on me…

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    Christmas in the Kitchen

    Time to share my Christmas home tour with you! I have already shared my dining room with you, if you missed it be sure to check it out here. I am gonna start with Christmas in the Kitchen because we all know that no matter how big – or small – your house is, that is where everyone ends up at gatherings. At least at my house anyway! I keep the table pretty simple in the kitchen. This is where we eat daily and  I’m lazy! If  the decorating can’t look good AND be cleaned up fairly fast it’s just not gonna happen!  Like they say “ain’t nobody got time for that!”.…

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    DIY Christmas Friday #6 Christmas Kitchen Sign

    Woo Hoo! We are up to our DIY Christmas Friday #6! I think that my Christmas/Kitchen sign is probably one of my favorite projects that I am sharing with you. It all started when I was going to make a wooden” Kitchen” sign for my sister’s new house. With the Holidays approaching I also thought I would make her a Christmas sign too. But, why make two when I could just make the sign reversible?  No storage for the unused sign and easy to switch out! I started by going to my local hardware store and purchasing a 1 X 8 X 8.  Eight feet was a little too long…