Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wintery + Woodsy Front Porch

During this hectic season, we barely have time to keep up with our own thoughts, let alone read, so I thought I’d just to do a quick hello and glimpse onto our frosty front porch.

plumberry pie wreath as centerpiece

{wreath on the confetti dot table, dressed with dollar store snowflakes}

plumberry pie front porch pot filled with birch logs, grapevine ball, cedar roping and silver ornaments

Last year, I was inspired by my friend’s pots filled with birch logs and tucked it away in my memory bank for this year.  These pots seriously make me giddy.  I’m in love.

plumberry pie winter front porch pot

plumberry pie baby it's cold outside chalkboard

Oh, Dollar Tree, oh, Dollar Tree, how I love thee Dollar Tree.  Don’t you though?  Those pretty snowflakes adorning the chalkboard are Dollar Tree finds.

plumberry pie winter chalkboard

Cold outside, it is!  So I’m heading back in where it’s warm!

plumberry pie - embellish a wreath with words

Wishing you all the JOY of the season and throughout the year!

- Kim -

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Advent Wreath + The Gift of Thanks

One of the neatest things about blogging is when someone sends a thank you note for something I shared.  It warms my heart and blows me away every time.  Thanks from a complete stranger, it is indescribable.  And how small the world becomes to connect with people all over the map. 

So the other day, I received this note from Kelly.  It made my day!

Kim --
Found your Nov 2011 Advent Wreath on Pinterest and it inspired me to create one of my own. 

Thanks for the inspiration,


Kelly's Advent wreath

{Kelly’s Advent Wreath}

Well, Kelly, thank you for making my day!  Your interpretation of the Advent wreath is beautiful!  (You can see my version of the Advent wreath here.)

So that has me thinking… the power of thanks and gratitude…WOW!  It was such a simple gesture that made such a huge impact on my day.  What an easy gift to give to those around you.

Who will you give this gift to today?

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Thanksgiving Table Fit for Any Gathering

Well, hello there!  Long time, no blog.  My world has been turned upside down, but I hope to pop in here a bit more just like the old days.  I have so much to tell you, but for now, let’s just start with our Thanksgiving table.  This was a “use what you have on hand at the moment” kind of table.

Starting with a cream table cloth that we’ve had since we got married, layered with gold wrapping paper and a navy chevron wrapping paper on top of it.  I absolutely love using wrapping paper for table settings.  It’s cheap and opens a world of endless options and if it gets spilt on, no worries.

plumberry pie blog casual table

For our centerpiece, I used fruit and nuts that were already in the house.

plumberry pie blog casual thanksgiving table

Didn’t bother with the china and used my everyday white.  I love white dishes.  They work for everything and make food look fabulous!  I used tags and my handy dandy washi tape for place setting tags.  Just tied them around the flatware with jute and used a gold Sharpie to write “thankful for you” to each person.

plumberry pie blog  washi tape place setting tags

plumberry pie blog  thankful for you

My love for trays continues.  They truly upgrade the look of a few bottles of wine on a counter to a little bar area.

plumberry pie blog use a tray to make any spot a bar

And here’s a full view to give you a peek at the almost finished family room.  You can see the gallery wall and the shelves are back in place.

plumberry pie blog thanksgiving table family room

Well, that’s it for now.  We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend, including a mad scientist birthday for my son.  Hope to share some details with you sometime soon!  And there may just be a series called Never Before Seen Rooms.  Stay tuned…

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