• Celebrate - Tablescapes

    Winter Wonderland Tablescape 2015

    Last year we created a cozy warm burgundy Christmas decor to welcome home our Evie who had been in the hospital for 4 months. We wanted it warm and inviting as a big welcome home. This year we went in a completely different direction, creating a winter wonderland look full of frosty snowflakes and sparkling silver. Both the table and the sideboard are decked out with pine bough garlands, with silver balls and snowflake accents. We spent forever polishing every piece of silver in the house so that everything would sparkle in our frosty wonderland.(Once again, please ignore the empty picture frames…

  • Celebrate - Photography

    Super Easy Trick: Adorable Christmas Pics

    A Super Easy Trick for the Most Adorable Christmas Pictures!   I was photographing some Christmas decorating ideas when a little elf photobombed my pictures! The results were so adorable that I immediately knew I had to share the idea. All you need is an adorable baby, an adorable child, adorable pet, or your adorable self and a shiny reflective Christmas ball for the cutest and silliest pictures or video you’ve ever seen. The giggles will abound and the memories will last a lifetime. SPECIAL TIPS! If the Christmas ball is on the tree you’ll have a lovely pine background, but…

  • Celebrate - Tablescapes

    Thanksgiving Table: The Spendor of Autumn

    This Thanksgiving I used all my restraint to resist the urge to let our Christmas decor arrive early. So often I cannot resist that urge and we end up with a Thanksgiving/Christmas fusion.    Everything stayed well within the Autumn color theme this year without even a hint of Christmas! Burlap has always been an inexpensive fabric mostly used for making things like potato sacks or for wrapping shrubbery for the winter, but somehow it has become very popular in decorating as well. It does offer a nice warm neutral base and lots of texture so it makes sense that…

  • Celebrate

    Halloween 2015

    This Halloween we wanted to create a spooky haunted forest but still keep it light and playful enough that it was still warm, inviting and not too gloomy.   Some dead tree branches from the yard were perfect for making a huge impact – and the best part is that they cost NOTHING! When you bring lots of natural elements into the decor everything falls into place. Sea shells, leaves, branches, pine cones and any other natural element can cover your decorating schemes for all the seasons and holidays. “Creepy Cloth” is a very loose weave gauze-like fabric that can…

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    Return of the Light. Lessons from the Eclipse.

    I don’t mean to wax poetic about the waxing moon, but I just wanted to share a little moon moment.   One quick glimpse at social media and the flurry of blurry photos of light blobs on black backgrounds and you know that there was some sort of lunar event.   There was also ample warning leading up to the eclipse that made sure we all knew that there was yet another once-in-a-lifetime sight to see in the sky.   But imagine life before technology.   Imagine a time when instead of our little glowing phone screens, the only thing to…

  • Decorating - Food - Holidays

    St Patricks Day – Potato Soup

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With an Irish name like Hickey, people kind of expect us to celebrate good ole St. Patty’s Day. After discovering that the ‘traditional’ St. Patrick’s Day dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage may NOT even be a traditional Irish dish, we decided to explore the alternatives.

  • Decorating - Food - Holidays - Recipe

    Groundhog Day Celebration

    Happy Groundhog day!   This year is the first time we are attempting to ‘celebrate’ Groundhog day. So here we go! To start with, we made Coco Krispy Groundhogs! It’s just the standard Rice Krispy Treat recipe only we swapped out Rice Krispies for Coco Krispies so that our groundhogs would be brown. Here’s the recipe: —————————————— INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) Marshmallows OR 4 cups Miniature Marshmallows 6 cups Coco Krispy Rice cereal DIRECTIONS 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.  2.…

  • Art - Decorating - Food

    Superbowl Party!

    So, here’s an embarrassing confession. Up until a year or so ago, I had NO idea that people celebrate Superbowl Sunday!  I have made it my mission to celebrate every moment, so to discover a new ‘holiday’ was a jackpot for me! Last year was our first Superbowl Party. All we knew was that guacamole was the official snack of the Superbowl, so we bought guacamole and seven layer dip and called it a day. This year I amped it up a little bit. I decorated!  I imagine that the way I decorated is unusual and odd to most –…

  • Decorating - Holidays

    Holiday Home Tour 2014 – Better Late than never!

    As I mentioned in a previous post, home renovations and stressful events had delayed the start of our holiday decorating until mid-to-late December.We’ve got our Evie Bird home now after a nearly 4 month hospital stay. Though most people have taken down their Christmas decorations by now, we’ve extended the season a bit so that she can enjoy that home-for-the-holidays feel a bit before we move on to the next holiday.So, though it’s late for a holiday home tour, we’re on our own holiday schedule this year and it’s still Christmas at our house!With the snow coming down for Winter Storm…