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Woodland Christmas Table Setting with Magnolia Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting, Magnolia Centerpiece

Welcome to the 481st Tablescape Thursday! Remember that crazy snow storm we had recently...   ...the one that left an epic 8 inches of snow in my yard?   The magnolia tree in my front yard lost more branches than I've ever seen it lose during a snow or ice storm. Once the storm was over, I found branches laying on the ground all the way around the tree. There were so many in the driveway on the other side of the tree, I couldn't get … [Continue Reading...]

A Christmas Markets Trip Along the Rhine & Soup to Warm You On This Cold Day

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

I had a big decision to make today. So what did I do? I procrastinated and started cutting up vegetables, instead.   This is the best vegetable beef soup! It smells so insanely good while cooking...makes the whole house smell that way, too.  It's made from a recipe I found in an old Southern Living magazine, if I'm remembering correctly. I always change the recipe a bit by adding some stew beef. The recipe makes a big pot of soup, which means … [Continue Reading...]

Goodbye Shoulder Bumps: Hangers Designed for Holding Cardigan Sweaters

Sweaters Hanging on Flexible Hangers Designed for Sweaters

Welcome to the 463rd Metamorphosis Monday! This has been such a wacky morning. When I "woke-up" my computer today to complete my post for Met Monday, the "Caps Lock" button was stuck in the "on" position. The key itself wasn't physically stuck down, but it was showing a little green light indicating the caps lock was on, and no matter what I did, it wouldn't turn off. Can you imagine me typing out and publishing an entire blog post all in caps?! Ha! I decided … [Continue Reading...]

A Few Winter Wardrobe Additions and Gift Ideas

Wool Jacket, Plaid

This fall/winter I've been on a quest to completely overhaul my winter wardrobe, focusing on two things: comfort and warmth. I added a few more pieces this past week and thought I'd share those in this post in case you're looking to update your winter wardrobe, or just looking for some additional gift ideas. Before this fall I didn't own a single Fair Isle sweater. A lot of the ones I've found over the years were a bit too colorful for my taste. I've added three … [Continue Reading...]

Winter Wonderland

Christmas House with Wreaths in Snow

Snow: some people love it. Some, not so much. I'm afraid I fall into the "not-so-much" category. Wish I could send it all to my son, dil and grandchildren...they love this cold, white stuff.   It snowed off and on all throughout the day.   Earlier in the day I came out long enough to get the snow off the boxwood shrubs and to snap a few pics.   Notice the dovecote, it's not completely covered in snow. That's going to … [Continue Reading...]

A Christmas Table Setting for Cat Lovers

Christmas Dinnerware for Cat Lovers

Welcome to the 480th Tablescape Thursday! We're back in the breakfast room for this week's Tablescape Thursday, only there's no sunshine today. It was a rainy, dreary day out, so I decided to make my own sunshine inside. My centerpiece is a bit tall for this spot, so had to slide the table over slightly due to the chandelier.   If you are a cat lover, you're going to love the dishware I'm using today. I tripped over it on eBay a few months back, … [Continue Reading...]

Making Progress and Feeling So Much Better!

Angel Tree Topper

Happy Days! I'm sooo much better! Yesterday was the turning point. I'm way behind on my decorating from being sick for the last ten days, but I got a tremendous amount done today. I purchased a wreath, hung garland around the door, added more ornaments to the tree, wrapped all the presents except two, set a table for Tablescape Thursday, photographed it and had a repairman out to make a few minor repairs. It's been a full day and I'm tired, but wow, does it feel … [Continue Reading...]

First Day Results for My Little Impromptu Snack Bar

Snacks and drinks for Delivery Drivers and Package Handlers

A few days ago in THIS post, I shared this really neat idea I saw on Instagram, a way to say "thanks" during the holiday season to those hard-working folks who deliver packages to our door so frequently during this time of year. I'm not sure who started this idea, but I think it may have been Linette at the Instagram account shown below. I order a lot of items online to avoid getting out into the Atlanta traffic any more than necessary, so this idea really appealed … [Continue Reading...]

Christmas Decorating & Gift Wrapping Update

VW Beetle Bug Car Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Gift Wrap

Welcome to the 462nd Metamorphosis Monday! In a previous post here at BNOTP, I shared how I'll be wrapping my Christmas gifts this year. This adorable wrapping paper was my inspiration. (Wrapping paper is available here: Wrapping Paper.) I love this cute design so much, I ended up purchasing four rolls. Each roll comes with a lot of paper, love that!   For my present topper this year, each present will be sporting a vintage car or truck bringing … [Continue Reading...]

Answering Your Questions & A Christmas Home Tour

Double Porches, Victorian Home, Mocking Bird Hill, Marietta, GA, Christmas Home Tour

Still haven't turned the corner on this cold, or whatever it is. When I talk, I sound like a man, or maybe a frog--or maybe a man with a croaking frog in his pocket. lol It's embarrassing! When I go someplace like the grocery store, or have to call someone on the phone, I sound ridiculous. Oh well, not much I can do about that. Spent much of the day in bed, just sleeping and trying to get over this yucky stuff, but I didn't want to let the weekend get by without … [Continue Reading...]