Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Looking Forward


What a rush of a year 2015 seemed to be! I truly can not believe it’s over and here we are…2016, thank God it’s a brand new year!

 Christmas was so fun! It was good to have our family all together and slow down to just focus on each other.

Over the Christmas break, my sweet husband took us on a surprise visit to a farm here in North Louisiana to see Scottish Highland cattle. They are the prettiest cows ever!



 The calves looked like little bears…and they stuck close to their mamas.
 The girls were very friendly…and curious to meet us.
The farm was beautiful with rolling hills and a lake.

Their faces were amazing…not to mention the fluffy hair-dos :)
The sun was shining and it was a perfect escape right before the hustle of Christmas.
 

Have you ever been glad to see a year come to an end? This was exactly how we felt about closing the door on 2015! We are looking forward to what God is going to do this year! Many blessings to you and your family in 2016!!



Have you been organizing or cleaning out your home for the new year? I love to rearrange a few things and do some deep cleaning and organizing…for a fresh new start.  I’ll share with you some of the changes real soon.
Have a lovely week!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Farmhouse Christmas Tour

Merry Christmas to you!! I’m so honored to be participating with the bHOME bloggers for a walk through 3o blogs full of Christmas ideas, decor, and inspiration! At the bottom of this post, you can visit all the participants…AND there is an exciting GIVEAWAY too :)


I’d love to tell you that the Christmas season is relaxing and joyous the whole month through…but I’d be lying. I have such good intentions, which I’m sure you do the same. I want to make homemade treats and gifts and sing carols and donate toys. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way I envision. So, a few years ago, I decided to say NO to a lot of unnecessary tasks. As a family, we have certain traditions we will honor. Our time together is most important. Not trying to be everywhere and buy everything.
Also, you’ll quickly notice that my Christmas decor is minimal…it’s simple and we like it this way. It’s calming. It feels like Christmas to us. We choose to slow down and enjoy celebrating Jesus’ birthday! The idea of a simple Christmas is dear to my heart, and if you’d like to read more about it, check out my eBook, A Simple Farmhouse Christmas.
So, let’s begin in the master bedroom. Here, I’ve added little boxwood wreaths on our DIY reclaimed wood headboard. You’ll see touches of red on the pillows, and a very special quilt that my Granny made long ago.

I have a confession, this little gift is the only (I repeat, the only) gift that is wrapped. So, please don't judge :)

Here we have the dining room. I went out into the wilderness (it’s actually just some woods out in our pasture) but wilderness does sound more exciting…and I clipped fresh branches of cedar, cypress, and pine. I gathered rosemary and free branches of Frasier fir from the Christmas tree lot. And I added greenery EVERYWHERE :) I just put it right down the middle of the table for a garland, and let it hang over the ends to the floor. I was looking for a dramatic flair ;)

And I’m sorry that I didn’t sweep up all of the little sprigs of green that comes from the wilderness. You can’t do it all :)

The gorgeous C glasses are from my husbands’ late uncle. I do love using family heirlooms. The silver was my moms’…Meaningful decor.


Our tree is a live Frasier fir from Home Depot. It is full and smells so so fabulous! There is a hodgepodge of ornaments we’ve collected or made over the years.
Our family room is quite casual, with a little rustic farmhouse :)


 
And on to the kitchen. Greenery in ironstone pitchers and little trees I cut from our garden surround the sink area. I hung three mini grainsack stockings in front of the window. I think it’s my favorite spot I’ve ever hung them.

 

I made a wreath with rosemary and cedar sprigs to hand on the venthood. And gathered greens for the cutting boards. I’ll do another post about the pretty Christmas punch that you see there on the island…it’s so delicious!

This is our baking station with a garland topper and some greenery with pinecones. The vintage fly catcher is full of water with cranberries and rosemary.


Several years ago, my mom (who passed away in 2009) started a tradition of having a gingerbread party with the kids. Each year, she would gift the kids with a special gingerbread ornament. This year, I decided to use the French bottle drying rack as the gingerbread tree :) We have quite the collection, thanks to my mom. I’m certain she would adore this.


I hope you enjoyed our Christmas tour! Thank you for joining with bHOME and visiting me here today. If you’d like to see our 2014 Christmas Tour GO HERE.
Please take a moment to visit the other blogs and join our bHOME giveaway!

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All the bloggers you will see on this tour are on the bHome App and we are honored to be partnering with D. Lawless Hardware to offer a $150.00 Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter just download our bHome App by clicking HERE. Our app is available to both iPhone and Android users. If you have already downloaded bHome, you will automatically get a message to TAP to enter. D. Lawless offers international shipping so this giveaway is open to anyone. Winner will be notified on or around December 14, 2015.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Simple Farmhouse Christmas eBook

Hey there! How are you? It’s a busy time of year!

I always have this sweet vision of the Christmas season…where my decorating is easy and fresh. And I spend all my time during the season living out the true meaning of Christmas.

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And I have to admit, sometimes I get sidetracked and lose focus on what truly matters. Family. Traditions. Giving.

So…I wrote a little eBook called A Simple Farmhouse Christmas. It is overflowing with photos of how I create a simple Christmas home.

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I also share some ideas on spending quality time with your family creating homemade Christmas decor and gifts.

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My hope is that you’ll be inspired to spend time making memories and relaxing during the most wonderful time of the year.

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I encourage you to take a look at my eBook, A Simple Farmhouse Christmas.  And I hope you’ll be inspired to honor the birth of Jesus by being a blessing to others.

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Do you have a friend or family member that would enjoy A Simple Farmhouse Christmas as a gift? It would make a fun gift! Please share my eBook with someone you love!

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Thanks so much for your support! I appreciate all of you helping to get the word out :)

Come back Friday…for our Christmas HOME TOUR!

Blessings

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Details on Farmhouse Friday

Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? We enjoyed being with family, and we have so much to be thankful for. I’m grateful to all of you for visiting my blog…thanks so much for following along.

Let’s dive into the Christmas Holidays with Farmhouse Friday. So, whether you’ve finished decorating, or you’re just getting started…my hope is that you’ll find some inspiration here :) 

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I’m sharing how I add touches of farmhouse Christmas around our home with greenery…because it’s all in the details, right? We are blessed to have several cedar trees here on our land…and I cut branches to use at Christmas time.

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  The grainsack stockings are perfect for hanging rosemary or evergreens. I hung them on my French bottle drying rack. And don’t you love baking this time of year? Add a sprig of rosemary to a platter of home baked goods for a festive touch.

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Oranges and greenery add a pop of fresh color and make the kitchen smell amazing. Fill ironstone pitchers with rosemary or pine and place near the sink.

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 I like to wrap a bundle of cinnamon sticks with a ribbon. And of course, I love to use vintage pieces during the Holidays to display items in the kitchen.

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For a festive, natural table setting, add a cinnamon stick, sprig of rosemary and twine to cloth napkins.

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And that’s just a few ways you can add Farmhouse Christmas details to your home with a little greenery. Next week, I’ll share a full Christmas tour of our home. If you’d like to view our 2014 Christmas tour GO HERE.

And you’ll want to go visit all of the Farmhouse Friday blogs HERE:

 

 

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             THE EVERYDAY HOME DIY Mini Faux Boxwood Wreaths | The Everyday Home Blog | www.everydayhomeblog.com

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