A Christmas Miracle and a Giveaway

By December 12, 2014 Giveaway, Lifestyle

Best laid plans……isn’t that the way it always is?  So, our plan was this:  Jeanne wanted to take pictures of my holiday decorating this year because I love to do it.  Should be easy, right?  And fun, because I had some great ideas I got from Market to create a very “traditional theme” this year.  Little did I know it would be A Christmas Miracle to pull it off.

Also, because we didn’t get invited to participate in any other link ups, hop alongs or whatever else you want to call it;  we were going to have to go it alone.

So, the idea was to put the pictures and ideas on a blog that very few people read (yet).  But, as I went into action Sunday, because Jeanne was coming Monday(she’s the amateur photographer), all hell broke loose.  Namely, my son also made plans to have a photo shoot at our house.



That above picture is some sort of lighting something.  We had 3 in the room.



Props, scattered about.



Even the outdoors is not sacred.

So, I’m thinking to myself, doesn’t everyone have this problem?  Most of us have kids…..do we just tie them up for a month so they don’t interfere with our design?  My youngest goes off to college next year, and I vacillate between wanting all his junk out of here, and crying because he will probably be going to LA. Which makes me happy, because he is following his dream.  But, it actually makes me sad, because while I will be able to decorate, keep a clean house without smelly socks and film equipment all over the place; somehow the thing that  I am wishing for today, will probably feel hollow a year from now.

So, next week, there might be “A Christmas Miracle” but, today I am just going to share a few photos of what went on in our house Sunday.  Probably a good thing we weren’t on a link up.

So, instead of sharing all my great ideas, I’m going to take you in to the life of (and trust me, nobody likes a braggart) my son’s creativity, and his passion.  Next year, will be soon enough to demand mine.

Besides, we started a blog and Etsy Shop in the past year, in addition to having a local window treatment business, so its not like I wake up with nothing to do.  In fact, to-do lists are a problem.  Anyone else?


Here’s what went down:


Peaking through the window.  My son, Sam, hired Santa.




 Santa got so excited about the project, he decided to do it pro bono!


Got Santa to pose!



The Engineer was supposed to hang a wreath…….not!

So, that’s what’s happening in the middle of December at our house.  How about yours?


We promise to show a completed look next week.  Until then, why not have a Christmas Giveaway?!  Ellen’s been giving away things on her show all week, and it seems to be making people really happy.  So, we want to spread the cheer, too.  This Jonathan Adler designed “Antler” pillow will compliment any Christmas decor!  Even its still in transition like mine:)




So don’t delay!  Enter below!  And as one more bonus entry, leave a comment about some of your own Christmas decorating challenges…….remember, life doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun.  Enjoy the process!




hogs and kisses,




Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Scallions and Pancetta

By November 27, 2014 Cook
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Okay, it’s time for the carb fest.

We all know it.

In a just hours we will be flat-lined on a sofa, wondering why we choose that last helping of mashed potatoes or stuffing.  Or worse yet, why we piled two heaping ladles of gravy over our turkey and potatoes.

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Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

By November 15, 2014 Cook


In case anyone was wondering,  yes it is still November.  Its not technically the Christmas season, although you wouldn’t know it.  Christmas music fills the airwaves, Santa is already at the mall and lights are everywhere.  So, when my youngest daughter asked me to make her favorite Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, I was thrilled.

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Updating with Trims | Fall Pillow Giveaway

By November 10, 2014 Giveaway, Inspire

One of the easiest ways to add impact to your home decor is by adding trims.  There are so many options available today and different ways to enhance fabrics.  And because we are still adding accessories and accents to our fall decorating, we are teaming up with Kristen Forgione of The Lifestyle Company for a fall pillow giveaway!  The pillow we are giving away is a great example of decorating with trim.  This orange and oatmeal greek key pillow is an original design using grosgrain ribbon on an oatmeal linen fabric.


Greek Key Pillow


We met Kristen through Etsy.  She was in a rush to get a roman shade made for a client and we were able to accommodate her.  She is so talented!  Check out her blog to enter the contest, and also see all of her awe inspiring designs.  She has got it going on:  The Life Styled Company.  Don’t wait!  Giveaway ends on Friday, November 14!

So, getting back to our new obsession with trims.  There are so many new awesome looking products in the market now!  Check out our latest company we came across on instagram, The Fringe Company.  Here’s a peek at some of their latest product offerings:


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Aren’t these incredible?  They could take a solid cotton or linen pillow or window treatment from drab to fab in about two seconds.  We can’t wait to feature these in some of our custome treatments in our Etsy Shop.  The design possibilities are endless.  For more inspiration, check out their website at The Fringe Market.


Now, here a few of the more recent trim and banding we have done:


Fall update: Navy geometric banding on orange suede pillow

Fall update: Navy geometric banding on orange suede pillow



This navy modified greek key banding makes this orange suede pillow pop.

And we just love this window pane drapery panel we did for an Etsy client.  Burlap banding accents a white washed twill fabric, making for a distinct window treatment.






There are so many ways to use tape, banding and trims to enhance pillows and window treatments.  The possibilities are endless.  It is only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Have a great week and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


hogs and kisses,





Updated Keeping Room

By October 30, 2014 Inspire, Lifestyle



So, all of my adult life I have wanted a keeping room.  Five houses later and half a century into my life, I finally got one.  I wanted a cozy little keeping room off of my kitchen so badly, in our last home, I chucked my kitchen table from its spot in my last kitchen, and created a sort of, kind of, pseudo keeping room.  You can read about it here:  Why I Got Rid of my Kitchen Table.

Well,  good things (sometimes) come to those who wait. In our new house, we finally got a keeping room, and I couldn’t wait to make it the great little gathering spot I new it could be.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway

By October 21, 2014 Inspire, Uncategorized

Mastectomy Pillow and Pinecone Hill Robe


We are teaming up with Annie Selke of Pinecone Hill this month for a Breast Cancer Awareness giveaway!

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White Chicken Chili

By October 6, 2014 Cook, Health/Fitness, Main Dish, recipes

White Chicken Chili


Finally!  We got a break from the hot weather here in the South.  Autumn has arrived.  Chilly mornings get me in the mood for soups and stews or anything that simmers on the stove or in a slow cooker.

And I love chili!

But, we are trying so hard at our house to lighten up and eat better, I thought I would deviate from my normal beef chili and try something new.

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Repurposed Bedspread-Mastectomy Pillow

By October 3, 2014 Inspire, Musings, Ponder, Projects
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Note—-this is a repost from a last year post, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This month, will be teaming up with a textile designer to create 2 more mastectomy pillows to be given away to someone for themselves, or to give to a loved one in need.  Be thinking about who in your life could benefit from this. Check back October 21st for details.  In the meantime, #checkyourself.


Last year:

Nothing conjures up satisfying memories and nostalgic comfort more than a soft worn piece of fabric.

Sometime during the high school years, my best friend, Jill and I, used to be, should I say, slightly mischievous. I like this word, although “pain in the ass” and “annoying” were occasional words regulated to us by worn out parents.

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My Family Room Makeover

By September 25, 2014 Lifestyle, Projects



I can’t believe we’ve lived in our home for two years.  And I really can’t believe that I started thinking about window treatments for my family room two years ago.  What’s the old saying about the cobbler’s kids being the last to get shoes?  Well, let’s just say my window treatment business has produced a lot of beautiful treatments for clients, locally and on Etsy, in the past two years, just not for me.  So as they say on The Lion King,  “it is time.”

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Quick and Easy Fall Decorating

By September 17, 2014 Inspire, Lifestyle
Quick and Easy Fall Decorating


Fall is officially only four days away, so now is the time to think about some quick and easy fall decorating.  If you wait until October, Christmas decor will be everywhere.  Sad, but true.

I know the Midwest and North recently had a cold snap, but frankly, it has been as hot as hell here in the South!  And it’s hard to get in the mood for pumpkins when you are stripping down to a tank top by mid afternoon everyday.  Now, we hesitate to complain, because we are both from the midwest and we know in the South, autumns are much longer than in the North.  About the time we are donning a light jacket, some will be shoveling snow. Ouch.

Last year, Jeanne had a girl’s soccer party at her house around this time.  Needless to say, with the food prep, house cleaning and dust ball removal in order to prepare for the event, not much thought was given to fall decor.  So, I offered to help, although the party was a mere 6 hours away.

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