They’re Back, and They Brought 12 New Friends!

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Plaid Dishware and Pierced Chargers

Welcome to the  477th Tablescape Thursday! This past week has been a super busy one, and a tad stressful. It was filled with major updates being made to the blog/site, which thankfully went well, Christmas tree shopping and dentist/doctors appointments. Remind me to never schedule both of those in the same week! Too crazy! Life definitely got in the way of me putting together a new tablescape for this week, but I have something to share that I think you're … [Continue Reading...]

It Was Worth the Hunt, Love This Christmas Tree!

Realistic GE Canadian Just Cut Tree with Easy Light System

Thanks again for all your suggestions on where to look for a great Christmas tree. Over the past week I have visited Home Depot, Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, Old Time Pottery and a semi-local place (it was an hour away) called M.C. Twinklins. In the end, the tree that stole my heart was the GE Canadian Just Cut Tree with Easy Light Technology. The Easy Light Technology is the new technology  where each section lights up as it's fitted into the pole of the section beneath … [Continue Reading...]

25 Ideas & Tips for Decorating & Preparing for the Holidays

Today I've pulled together some of my favorite ideas for decorating and entertaining for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Hope you find this helpful as you decorate, craft, cook and prepare for your festive holiday parties and gatherings. Click on the BLUE title below to access that post for more details. Follow Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram for more of my holiday posts: BNOTP on Instagram Turkey Napkin Fold Both the adult and … [Continue Reading...]

Bears in Sweaters and A Winter Sweater Wardrobe Metamorphosis!

Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Sweater & Prince Charles Edward Tartan Flannel Shirt

Update: A change was made this morning to the blog by my hosting company, and I think it may have caused a couple of previous posts to go out via email. So please excuse any repeat emails you may have gotten this morning. I've been on a major flannel shirt and sweater kick this fall. Actually it started last fall when I went through all my sweaters and donated those that were too big or just not my taste anymore. I hadn't realized it until lately, but in the past … [Continue Reading...]

10 Unique Gift Ideas and An Awesome Sale!

Nora Flemming Holiday

Yesterday I bought a Christmas tree. It's still in its box in the back of my SUV. I have a couple of more places I want to check before I unbox it and put it up. I like it much better than the Balsam Hill tree I purchased recently, and it was half the price! I'm not sure I'll ever buy another tree without first seeing it in person. Hope to share it with you all decorated real soon. 10 Unique Gift Ideas In the meantime, I've started my Christmas shopping and … [Continue Reading...]

Clark Griswold Is At It Again! Get Your Back-up Power Source Ready!

The Griswold Holiday House, Dept. 56 Lit House in Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 476th Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all the wonderful suggestions yesterday regarding where to shop for a Christmas tree. I am going to check them all out over the next few days. I'll be sure to let you know what tree I end up buying. All this talk of Christmas trees has me dreaming of Christmas. Years ago, we used to collect Department 56 houses. I still have them all, though I haven't put them out in recent years. Since I haven't … [Continue Reading...]

This Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Isn’t What I Expected

Balsam Hill Tree with dull, not very bright lighting

After reading so many great reviews over the years about Balsam Hill Christmas trees, I decided this year to splurge and spend the $700+ to get my very own. It arrived earlier in the week, and I got it out of the box to check it over to make sure the lights worked and all was okay. The tree I purchased for $719.74 was the Balsam Hill BH Fraser Fir. It is from Balsam Hill's "Most Realistic" Collection. For reference, this is a photo from their website of how the … [Continue Reading...]

Closet & Door Updates: Small Storage Bench for Putting on Boots and Shoes

Storage Bench for Small Closet for Putting on Boots

Welcome to the 458th Metamorphosis Monday! So what do you think? This door was a struggle! I'll spare you all the details, but here's the final finish.   This was the "Before" with a cat door that was no longer needed and the other side badly scratched up by a previous home-owners dog.   The new door was installed, and unfortunately cut too short by the installer. So sadly, it had to be replaced again. ~~~Big … [Continue Reading...]