So Much to be Thankful For

Thursday, November 27, 2014

This year, especially, I have so much to be thankful for. 

My Husband - who has been my rock through these past two months.  I'm so blessed to have him by my side walking through this life.

My children - who have also been extremely sensitive to their Mom when I needed it.  When I told Caleb the news of my tumor and impending surgery, he gave me a big hug and said "it's gonna be okay Mom, no matter what.  We're a family and we will get through this together.  I'll even go grocery shopping and do laundry for you!".  Seth has been so helpful with daily tasks and Josh and Sarah made cute cookie mixes in mason jars to give as thank you's to those who brought us meals.

My church family - who have prayed over me and for me.  They have helped care for my family by bringing us the most delicious meals this past month.  What a blessing.

My friend, Cindy - who has cleaned my house - twice, bought me Season 1 - 4 of Downton Abbey on blue ray to watch while recouping, had Mark and I over for dinner, got me out of the house for a day ( boy, I needed that), made me a beautiful fresh evergreen wreath for my front door, and has been there to talk when I needed to.  She's a forever friend that I'm so thankful for.

My other close friends - who are always there for me, even though some don't live close by.  I've received cards, beautiful flowers, long telephone calls, and more delicious meals delivered just when we needed it.  I'm so blessed to have such amazing friends.

My family - who have been so supportive.  I know that I can call on them if needed and they will be there to help at a moment's notice.  I'm also thankful for my sister and my niece who came the day of my surgery  to be there with Mark during the six hour procedure and made me laugh after surgery.  Apparently, I was making them laugh quite a bit too as I was coming out of the anesthesia.  They said they wished they had a video camera - I'm glad they didn't!

My blogging friends - who when asked if they could help me out with some guest posts for the month of November, where so quick to say yes!  This might not seem like such a big deal, but for home decor bloggers, November and December are our busiest months of the year!  When I asked for help, I was hoping that one or two might be able to help, but within hours, I had heard from them all saying they would gladly help me with a guest post and many offered more!  Thank you, ladies, for keeping my blog active when I could not!

My readers - who have been praying for me and sent me notes of encouragement the past two months.  I so appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to come here and see what I'm up to. You make me want to be here and hopefully share some fresh ideas that might inspire you.  I love what I do and I'm so thankful that you are here with me on this journey!

My God - "He's my rock, He's my fortress, He's my deliverer, In Him shall I trust"  Praise be to Him for getting me through these past months and for His healing touch!

I could go on and on listing things that I'm thankful for.   Oh, one more thing - I'm thankful that I don't have to cook this year and that we're heading to my sisters for dinner with my dad!  Thanks sis for having us this year!!

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving day!

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Free Christmas Gift Tags - Refresh Restyle

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today's Guest Blogger is Debbie from Refresh Restyle!

5 Fun Facts about Debbie
1.  Debbie is a master with a paint brush!  Seriously - go check out some of her furniture makeovers HERE, HERE & HERE.
2.  Debbie's son got married just a few weeks after my son got married!  
3.  Debbie has a sofa that makes me swoon (and she got it for FREE!)  It's a must see - HERE.
4.  Love a great repurposing project - check out THIS custom bench Debbie made from a headboard and side table!
5.  Debbie is an amazing dancer - she can line dance like nobody's business!  I'll never forget Debbie on the dance floor at the Haven Conference two years ago - she was amazing!   And, I stood and watched with my two left feet!!!

Hello, I'm Debbie from Refresh Restyle. I'm so happy to be here today to share my vintage gift tags! Free for you to download and use on your gifts this year! Thank you Doreen for having me, I hope your readers will enjoy my gift to them!

Free Vintage Gift Tags Christmas

For these I just used white gift paper from a couple years ago. I bought it at Hallmark during the after Christmas sale. They'd look great on several colors of paper.

Free Vintage Gift Tags Christmas

Tie a simple ribbon tied around the package and the gift tag and you're done.

Free Vintage Gift Tags Christmas

I created two different sizes in coordinating colors. For larger gifts or to send as a post card.

I printed mine on card stock and they turned out great.

Free Vintage Gift Tags Christmas

I love Christmas and gift giving!

It's never to early to pin to your Christmas Pinterest board, so you can print these later! and they're free.

Free Vintage Gift Tags Christmas

You can go here to download: Nine Vintage Gift Tags

Gift tags 9

Go here for four per page: Four Vintage Gift Tags

gift tags 4

I have a few other designs, if you'd like to download them or pin for later.

Chalkboard Christmas Tags

Chalkboard printables

Have yourself a Blue Christmas Tag

Blue Christmas gift tags

It's been great visiting your friends Doreen!

Thanks again for having me over.

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Peace on Earth

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As I watched the news last evening and the unfolding events in Ferguson, MO, and across our nation, this song started playing in my mind.  At this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, pray with me for Peace on Earth.

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Creative Ways to Use Christmas Greens StoneGable

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today's Guest Blogger is Yvonne from Stone Gable!

5 Fun Facts About Yvonne!
1.  Yvonne has the biggest heart and most bubbly personality!  The first time we met, I admit I was a bit star struck at first, but by the end of the evening,  I felt like we could have talked all night like old girlfriends!
2.  Yvonne has an amazing eye for home decor and the Stone Gable tagline is "American Farmhouse Living".    Stop over check out Stone Gable all decked out for Christmas HERE.
3.  If you are looking for a recipe, check out what's "On the Menu" each Sunday evening at Stone Gable.
4.  Yvonne is my blogging neighbor here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania!
5.  DIY is done with style and explained so well for the novice by Yvonne.  See a recent DIY tutorial by Yvonne that I'm totally going to copy HERE.

6 WAYS TO USE CHRISTMAS GREENS-here's some pretty ways to bring  little festive greeens to your home-stonegableblog

Hi everyone, I'm Yvonne at StoneGable. I am so excited to be here at Hymns And Verses! A big thanks and hug to Doreen for letting me visit today. Doreen, we are all praying for a speedy recovery!

I know that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means that Christmas can't be far behind! I'm all about making Christmas easy and doable and oh, so beautiful too! So today I'm going to share 6 ways to use greens creatively and without much effort! Let's get started!

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Pinecone Decor - Cottage at the Crossroads

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today's Guest Blogger is Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads.

5 Fun Facts about Jane & Leo

1.  Jane & Leo live in South Carolina on land that has been in Leo's family since the 1700's.
2.  Jane & Leo have an incredible garden!  See it HERE.
3.  Jane is awesome with DIY and last Christmas she made this adorable Peppermint Twist Pillow!  See how to make your own HERE.
4.  Jane & Leo have a shop where they sell hand picked vintage goods.
5.  My favorite thing - Crossroads Radio.  Take a listen HERE.

Decorating with Pine Cones

Hi everyone! I'm Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads, and I'm bringing you some ideas today for using pine cones in your holiday decorating. I love to use natural materials in decorating and since we have a pine tree in our yard, I naturally turn to pine cones as a decorating source. 

I've used pine cones in making a winter wreath, on mantels, and one year I even painted some and hung them from the ceiling. But one of my favorite ways to use them is to just display them in bowls. 

Decorating with Pine Cones

Today I'm starting with a silver Revere bowl but you could use just about anything as a container. I really like the way they look in vintage colanders as well as in wooden or ironstone bowls.

Decorating with Pine Cones

And, of course, you need to paint your pine cones in advance. Here are some that I recently painted with a flat, white spray paint. 

Decorating with Pine Cones

Here is one that I "flocked" several years ago by brushing some glue and Epson salt on the tips. I had put a little blue paint on the tips as well so I hit them with the white spray paint recently. 

Decorating with PIne Cones

And some of them I painted with silver spray paint that mimics mercury glass.

Decorating with Pine Cones

This is the spray paint that I used to get that effect, and I found it at Hobby Lobby. 

Decorating with Pine Cones

As it gets closer to the holidays, I will tuck some real greenery into the display, but right now I used some faux that has some natural colored pine cones attached. 

Decorating with Pine Cones

All of those went into the bowl to make a very natural, pretty, and inexpensive display.

Decorating with PIne Cones

And I think it makes it more interesting when there is a mix of sizes, colors, and finishes.

Decorating with Pine Cones

But them I got to playing a bit by lining the bowl with a couple of handmade doilies and tucking a little heart-shaped ornament inside to add more interest. It totally changes the look, doesn't it?

Decorating with Pine Cones

So don't be afraid to start playing around with this because there is no right way to do it. The good thing about pine cones is that they look good any way you display or paint them. I just love to use them in decorating!

I hope I've given you a few ideas to begin your holiday decorating. If you have time, stop by to see how I used red painted magnolia leaves on our Christmas mantel last year. I'm always spray painting something!
Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads 

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Extra Holiday Seating - Savvy Southern Style

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's Guest Blogger is Kim from Savvy Southern Style!

5 Fun Facts About Kim!

1.  Kim and her beautiful home were featured in an 11 page spread in French Country Style magazine and her dining room was on the cover!
2.  Kim hosts a blog party each week WOW us Wednesday.  If you are looking for home decor, DIY, or recipe inspiration - look no further.  Each week there are hundreds of bloggers who link up to her party!
3.  Last year  Kim and some of her friends went on a little shopping trip - to FRANCE!  Read about it HERE.
4.  Miss Bailey is Kim's sweet pup, who will occasionally write a post for Savvy Southern Style - like this one HERE.
5.  Kim is the master of rearranging!  She will "shop her home" by moving pieces from one room to another to get a completely new look!  Because I've seen Kim do this so well, I have intentionally changed the way I shop by purchasing items that can be interchanged and used in different areas of my own home.

Hi, y'all, I'm Kim from Savvy Southern Style. The holidays are quickly approaching and I thought I would share with you some ideas for extra seating you may need for your guests. Our family has certainly grown in the last six years and I had to come up with creative ideas last year to seat even the smallest members. I hope this will help give y'all some simple ideas if you need them this year. These are two of my extra tables from last Christmas.

This was the first year that I set a kid's table for my three granddaughters. At first I was wondering what I was going to use and then it dawned on me that the sunroom coffee table was just the right size.

I pulled the table into the breakfast room just in case there were any spills they would land on the hardwood floor and not on the rug in the sunroom.

Of course I used paper plates and these snowmen ones fit the bill.

I saw these cute stockings with markers at the store and thought the girls would enjoy coloring them.

Since I moved the coffee table out of the sunroom it made the perfect spot for one more adult table.

I grabbed some place mats, snowflake napkins, my everyday white plates and poinsettia bowls for the chili.

For a centerpiece I grabbed a tiny vase and added some cedar clippings from my fresh garland.

Publix snow people salt and pepper shakers.

Both these tables were put together with things I had on hand. Quick and simple.

I get to skip entertaining this year, but will be back at it next year.

 Thanks, Doreen for letting me help you out.

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