Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Special Prayer Request

Hi, everyone!

I know that this is a busy time of year, but I wanted to ask you if you'd please stop for a moment and say a special prayer.

My mom and I have a sweet friend named Debbie...her husband Mike has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

They are close to my age and have 4 children.

We are praying for a miracle.

So many of you stepped up and said heartfelt prayers for my mom when she was going through her bout with colon cancer a few months ago; we were/are so grateful to you!
We saw God at work through those prayers as she recovered from her surgery remarkably fast and is doing fantastic!

Now I ask that you say a prayer for Debbie and Mike... that God will give them and their family His comfort, His peace, and His healing touch through this difficult time.

We know that our God is good and that He is able to handle this!

Thank you all so much!  This blogging world is full of wonderful friendships and support, and I appreciate you!

God bless you :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A 'Noel' Vignette

I hope that you're enjoying this holiday season!

One of my favorite pieces, this sweet little cabinet, is tucked in a small space beside our mantel.

 I dressed it up for Christmas, and thought I'd show you.

I got this small 'Noel' banner last year, and I love it's size and simplicity!

I pinned it with glittery clothespins to the chicken wire in this old window frame hanging over the cabinet.

(I left the French sign that's above the window.)

On a silver tray I placed a couple of tall candlesticks...

...a chippy watering can holding some greenery...

...and a glittery cardinal...

...and there you have it!

A subtle vignette that still says 'Happy Noel.'

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day!! :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Various Holiday Vignettes

Hi, everyone!  I hope that you're enjoying this holiday season!

I've already shown you the festive decorations in our living room...

...our hallway...

...this little slice of wall in the front hall...

...and our downstairs half bath...

Now I thought I'd show you a few more random holiday vignettes around our home.

I've kept things very simple and neutral this year.


I'll be back soon with some more holiday vignettes.

Have a wonderful day!  :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Half Bath

Hi, everyone!

Our tiny downstairs half bath needed a little holiday love!

There's a shabby metal cart that I keep in here because it fits the small space so well, so I just restyled the shelves.

I had this cute but plain crate and decided to have my friend stencil it to jazz it up a bit...much better!!

Then I filled it with some greens, candles, and old clock faces for something fun and different.

On the second shelf I added some rusty jingle bells to a chippy basket, and placed that beside an old bottle brush tree on a metal platter.

On the bottom shelf I use a shabby clam basket to hold extra toilet paper.  Hey, if you gotta be practical, at least you can make it look cute!  :)

Next I hung a repurposed metal lid that I found at a small shop last year.

I think it's unique, and adds an interesting industrial touch!

Then finally I drew a little 'tree' with words onto a barn wood chalkboard that hangs in a narrow space beside the commode.

And now my little powder room is dressed for the holidays!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day  :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Decking My Halls 2014

Hi, everyone!

I'm continuing to show you my front hall/living room that's decorated for Christmas.

This sweet stocking and Christmas pillow are among my gifts from my dear friend Kris (Junk Chic Cottage.)

I hung the stocking from the ladder leaning against the wall.

I placed the adorable pillow on Bo's favorite chair.  Love it!

I placed a tree inside the canvas bucket...

...and added these sweet deer that I've had awhile.  I love their retro vibe!

My large dough bowl got some greens added to the antlers...

...and that's some more of my 'hall decking'!  :)

Hope that you enjoyed.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Simple Holiday Touches (Living Room 2014)

Hi, everyone!  I recently showed you my 'new' living room, here and here.

Now that I've dressed it up for the holidays, I'm showing it to you again-lol!

I'll start with the coffee table.

First I used an old chippy piece of barn wood as a tray.

Then I placed some branches that Keith collected for me in an old gas can...

...and hung a few brushed silver and white ball ornaments for some bling.

Next to that I placed a wicker cloche.  I took this 'jingle' ribbon and tied it on to add some whimsy!

I left the cotton and the apple picking basket hanging on the door behind the couch. I was going to fill the basket with greens, but I really like the continuity of white.

 I created a simple vignette on the drawer unit beside the couch with a candlestick, a lantern, and a tiny burlap-wrapped tree.

I love to use battery operated candles...they give a pretty glow, especially at night.

Here's a peek in the other direction, toward the table by the French doors that lead to the sunroom.

I've been playing around a little with the couch pillows, too.

I swapped in one with a touch of red and one with a holiday sentiment.  Not sure which way I like best...what do you think?

For another holiday touch, I filled the wire basket on the bench beside the loveseat with ornaments.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed the first part of my holiday living room!

Thanks so much for stopping by-enjoy your day! :)