Wednesday, November 27, 2013

happy thanksgiving...

Sorry everyone, I didn't plan to go missing for much of the week without any
 warning, we've been on Thanksgiving break and out of school all week.
 I've been trying to get my act together for my annual Christmas party next Tuesday,
since they'll be expecting Christmas decor. :)
I wanted to pop in and wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 And, to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for taking the time to stop by my little
 blog every day, and for your incredibly kind are simply the BEST,
and I'm thankful to have you along on this wonderful journey!



Monday, November 25, 2013

$100 lulu & georgia giftcard giveaway!!

I'm SO excited to be part of Lulu & Georgia's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!!
One lucky reader is going win an early Christmas present!
Lulu & Georgia's lovely online store is jam-packed full of amazing treats for yourself or
 gifts if you're so inclined! Little luxuries, think Kate Spade accessories, as well as
stylish functional items, think reversible indoor/outdoor rugs ~ perfect for a kitchen!   

Their collection of fabulous rugs will leave you itching to add a punch of
bold color or pattern somewhere...


Do you recognize the Lalita? :)

A few favorites, I'm loving...their fun prints and poufs,

pillows and lamps

trays and sculptures.


Wouldn't that be a joyous way to start your December if you were announced the winner
next Tuesday,  Dec 3rd  ~  Good Luck!!
And a special thank you to Lulu & Georgia for the generous giveaway!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

fun stuff for friday...

I have a little bit of everything for you today ~  

First, a super exciting, BIG
12 Days of Christmas Giveaway
on Monday, you won't want to miss it!!
(BIG Hint: Do you know Lulu & Georgia?)  

Next, I'm thrilled to be included with this awesome group of bloggers for
 The 12  Days of Christmas Tour of Homes  
The fabulous idea is courtesy of Jenny and Lisa, (thanks, ladies!) 
and don't skip the all-important small print at the bottom ~ everyone gets to join in on 
Friday, December 20th! 

I'm still holding out, and haven't broke out the Christmas tunes yet,
but I'll be adding this to my list.
Thanks to Gabrielle @ Design Muse Blog!

I love this Free Printable gift tag here ~ a nice surprise for a neighbor or teacher.
Thanks to Amy @ she wears many hats!

We're going to try this recipe here ~ Sweet Potatoes - Ruth's Chris Style
Thanks to Christy @ The Girl Who Ate Everything and Ruth's Chris!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
We're going to try and stay toasty - our forecast low tonight is 7, yes 7 degrees!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ikea docksta table...

 How I wish I could think of a space in my house that would work for the 
$199 - 41" round
It's a sturdy, inexpensive knock off of the mid-century modern tulip table
 by Euro Sarrinen, that gained popularity in the 1960's. 

It's perfect for a smaller kitchen nook, and often shown with banquettes. 
It effortlessly mixes with a multitude of chair styles.
This diy with the base painted gold is stunning!
 Style at Home
 Houzz - Living It At Home

How cool is this diy with chalkboard paint? It would be awesome in a playroom!

If you're an Ikea fan you can check out more of my favorites here:

Sanela Pillow 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

thanksgiving table and my dad...

So, we've had a change in plans for Thanksgiving this year, we usually host
 about 12 -15, but my brother asked if I cared if they hosted this year., that would be perfectly fine! :)
This is the mom relayed to me what my sweet dad said...
 "Well, what will Pam do, she needs to show the Thanksgiving table on her blog."   
Too cute, huh? 

I was looking forward to sharing my Thanksgiving table in fresh bright hues of
 orange and green with crisp white linens and serving pieces.
 Here's a peek at what would have been...

The plan was to show you how with a few simple changes I used the same pieces for
 our Thanksgiving table as I did for this fancy girlfriend birthday party.

Same runner, same green geometric napkins, same white serving pieces.
You can check out the pretty party here.

I changed out roses for Pyracantha (shrub with orange berries) in my
old silver urn style trophy, added a few orange books and a small silver bowl
with fuschia mums from my yard.

Every fall I'm reminded I'd love to plant one of these Pyracantha shrubs in our yard
 (mine came from a neighbor).
In my eyes, those vibrant orange berries far outweigh the multitude of sharp thorns.
I've read they are fast growers, as much as two feet per year, and the best time to plant
 is fall. It's on my to-do list! Maybe next year my Thanksgiving table will be a repeat.

One week from today, Thanksgiving dinner, I can't wait!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

13th annual christmas party invites...

Today I delivered the invitations to my 13th Annual Christmas Party, it's long been one
of my favorite traditions, ringing in the month of December with ten special girlfriends.
We get dressed up, hug, chat, have cocktails, chat, eat, chat, drink, chat, eat more,
 chat, exchange gifts, chat, after dinner drinks, chat, hug... :)   

Details on the back...

Each year I come up with a different theme, last year's was...
A few of my Favorite Things
It was a hit, and everyone loved getting 'five' favorite gifts to take home rather 
than the usual one. I tried to come up with something clever to incorporate the
 five gifts again, but time was getting away from me, and this simple idea won out... 

a few MORE of my favorite things

I used these 7" x 3" wood slats from Hobby Lobby
6 per package - $1.50 (with coupon)
Painted them with chalkboard paint, and wrote my invite with a chalk marker.
Use a hot glue gun to attach a bow and sprig of evergreen to the front. 

If you missed last year's party you can check out the fun invitations,
 the way it works, and the clever gifts these creative girls came up with here and here.

These girls are crazy creative and raise the bar higher every year!
But, we're always soliciting ideas....what would you bring?
5 items (all the same) for $5 or less  

Menu and more details to come...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

cutting edge stencil winner...

Hey everyone, hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start!!

A huge thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for offering a stencil for one of
my lucky readers....

Congrats, Melissa!! 
Please contact me with your email address.  

Melissa said...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

faux taxidermy trend...i'm in

I fell victim to the faux taxidermy trend!
I think it can look chic, stylish and at the same time be the perfect bit of quirk.

The size and detail of these guys I found at Homegoods was perfect, but the color wasn't quite
 what I wanted, so I gave them a makeover with white, gold and silver paint. I planned to
 use them for the holidays and in my Bedroom Reveal for Spring and Summer. 

A change of plans in the bedroom, Mr. Simple is so indecisive when it comes to his
 own home, he just couldn't decide where he liked them best! :) 

Maybe these ideas would have helped...

Is this chic or what? - Britany Simon

What do you think of the trend?

Don't forget you have until midnight Friday to enter the 
Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway here - winner announced on Saturday.

Happy Friday, friends!

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