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Favorite Things 2014 edition

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Last year I shared my favorite things I had discovered during the year. I had so much fun doing it that I am doing it again! I have teamed up with some other bloggers who will  be sharing their faves as well. I could have easily listed twenty things or maybe even thirty. It was actually really hard to narrow it down. When I mentioned to Shane that I was writing this post again this year, he said he had some things he wanted to include. This is in no way a sponsored post but I did include a few amazon affiliate links. So here you go! Our top ten finds from 2014 :) Stacy's Picks:   The IKEA RANARP Lamp I loved it the moment I saw it. I had been looking for a wall mounted lamp … {READ MORE}

Basil & Artichoke Lasagna

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I am so excited to have partnered with The Scotts Company to share how you can garden this winter with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. The experiences and thoughts are all mine!Real quick..... The winner of the AeroGarden Prize pack is Heather Hayes Panjon!!!   I wanted to give an update on my AeroGarden. If you follow me on Instagram then you already saw my timelapse video showing the first 4 and half weeks of growth. It has been only been one week since then and look at it now!    About 5 1/2 weeks of growth. Pardon the dust..... I have harvested the basil 3 times now! This was the basil from the last couple of times.     I used my harvest to make one of my … {READ MORE}

Christmas Home Tour 2014

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I love visiting virtual home tours and so I think it is fun to occasionally be in one and share my home with you. When Chris asked if I would be in her Christmas home tour again this year I knew it would be the kick in the pants I needed to get the decorating done before Christmas. If you are here from Anna's blog, welcome! Wasn't her home beautiful? This year because my house has turned into a workshop and photography studio for my book I only decorated the family room. I also let the kids take a smaller tree down to their room to decorate. But that is it. It took me three days to just CLEAN up my supplies and stuff in the front room. But I got it done.... just in … {READ MORE}

Decorating For Real Life {Giveaway!}

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My cute friend Wendy, from The Shabby Nest, wrote a book where she featured the homes of some bloggers and designers. Her book is gorgeous and is full of design tips and stunning pictures. I have enjoyed reading it and I am so excited to be giving a copy away today!   Do you recognize this blogger's cottage?   There are a lot of different design styles represented in the book so there are sure to be some things that everyone will love!   And there are tips and tricks to recreating these looks too.   Wendy is already working on her second book. This momma is a busy lady!     Let's make this easy shall we? Just … {READ MORE}

Pineapple Cheese Ball & A Simple DIY Serving Tray

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There were a few things that my mom made every year around Christmas time. One was her famous caramels, one was a hot citrus drink, and one was this cheese ball. I can't let December pass without making this at least a few times. I usually make a couple at a time because they get eaten so fast!   It is simple to make and is something you can make ahead of time if you need to take a treat to a party or get together.     [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:2]   I decided to make a simple serving tray for the cheese ball. I took this rectangular platter and used epoxy to attach these cabinet pulls. The hardware was left over from our kitchen cabinets. You can … {READ MORE}

December 2014 Linky Party

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You guys, things are currently on crazy mode at our house. It will be a nail biting finish to get this book done. I am hoping to get the shots done in the front room today so I can at least decorate one room for Christmas. Seeing everyone's homes on instagram all bright and cheery is making me anxious to get mine that way. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday and are ready to show off what you have been up to :) Here are the few projects I was able to squeak out this past month in between the million I have been doing for the book. Remember: *Link back to me *Link up your own work (no round ups). I want to see what YOU have done :) *Visit other links … {READ MORE}

What a Difference Shutters Can Make!


Shutters have been on my list for ages and ages. I built these shutters this summer. I stained them in early fall. And I am just now getting around to hanging them. The second we had them up and I stood back to have a good look I said to Shane "Why did we wait so long to do this?" It was such a simple project and yet it has such a big impact.   Because I waited so long to hang them, my flower beds are full of dead and half dead flowers. It snowed but then melted. Nobody wants to see that mess! So I promise to do a full on reveal when it snows and covers my flower beds.   They really are simple to build and easily customizable. I just measured my windows and … {READ MORE}

Modern Tree Stump Planter


I planned on doing this project back in March. I started making this project about a month ago. I kept getting interrupted. So to say that I am excited it is finally done is an understatement. But it was worth the wait because I am completely smitten with my new planter!   A couple of years ago one of our big trees in our backyard got blown down in a huge storm. I was devastated. Ever since then, I have tried to use the pieces of the tree in projects so that it didn't get wasted. We didn't have a chainsaw at the time so a kind neighbor came over and cut it into manageable pieces so we could move it to the very back of the yard to our wood pile. It sat there for a long time. It … {READ MORE}

Tips For A Simple Fall Tablescape

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We don't entertain much unless it is in the summer and we can host in something in the backyard. Our dining room is just too small. It fits our family perfectly but there is no room for extra people. But even though we don't have dinner parties, I still attempt to decorate the table occasionally for our family. It helps us work on our manners (and by "we" I of course mean my four boys) and is a fun departure from the everyday norm. Our table is so narrow, that by the time you put the plates down, there is only a tiny strip of table down the center. There is not any room for serving bowls full of food, pitchers of water, or baskets of rolls. And I have to get really creative when it comes … {READ MORE}


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