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Entries in holiday (104)


paper advent calendar

My favorite {and only} gift so far this year has been this incredible advent calendar...

My sweet and talented friend, Annie, designed and crafted this amazing paper + envelope advent calendar. Full of songs, quotes, verses, and even tiny candles for each week! I've never had a calendar to open and I LOVE it. I look forward to each day and the sweet note to open. Now I'm truly inspired to create one next year for gifts.

There are many amazing advent calendars around the web, have you found a favorite?

UPDATE: ///// You can download one of the prints for FREE  ////// or....


pillow cover diy by tie that binds

Happy Monday-that-follows-a-holiday! To kick off the festive season I wanted to feature this holiday DIY by Mekala of Tie That Binds. I'm such a sucker for anything burlap, especially these bold type pillows.

Another thing that makes these fabulous is that you can use any currently owned decorative pillows by making slip covers to dress them up for the season. Find the step-by-step instructions here.

Aren't they so great?! There are also great custom Christmas cards available in her Etsy shop so be sure to check them out if you're looking for a stylish card this year. So glad she let me share with you!

All photography by Tie That Binds, full diy instructions here.


happy thanksgiving

Please please ENJOY your holiday and relax and eat and appreciate all things. See you Monday!

Image Source: Rifle Paper Co


notable: kerry's kronicles

Not a day of the year we shouldn't have a heart of gratitude.

Featured Artist: Kerry Murphy (via Pinterest)


lovely bundle {simple thanks}

If you're looking to spruce up the table with simple items you already own, there could be elegance in using string, mason jars/tealights, perhaps a book centerpiece, and a simple leaf placecard. I love the idea of the string around the table, either as placecards or with items of thanks or blank for guests to write on. Something about the string connecting all that the group is thankful for makes me happy.

Wishing you a stress-free weekend as you prep for the holiday week ahead.

Image Sources: 1 Southern Living (via Pinterest) // 2 Our Labor of Love (via Pinterest) // 3 The Nester (via Pinterest) // 4 Country Living (via The Kitchn) // 5 Home Stories AtoZ (via Pinterest) //


halloween styling loveliness

Isn't all the black striking?! Inspiration for you on this haunted eve.

Photography by Linda Pugliese, Styling by Paul Lowe


lovely bundle {fall decor}

Is anyone else shocked that tomorrow is October? I love being submerged in fall but feel like it's almost over, as if I've nearly missed it. Above is the fall eye candy that I am currently swooning over. Simple rustic elegance, with a touch of snazzy flair.

Hope you fall into a beautiful autumn weekend!

Image Sources: 1 Chelsea Fuss of Frolic for Styled // 2 Photo by Amelia J. Moore (via Project Wedding) // 3 Fossil Blog (via Oh, Hello Friend) // 4 The Swell Life (via Pinterest) // 5 Photo by Joseph De Leo for Country Living (via Pinterest) //


autumn decor

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few on-the-cheap decor ideas.

For my porch, I snatched up a few mum plants from Home Depot (only $3 ea!) along with a small pumpkin, and then added a chalkboard welcome sign. I think this makes a pleasant fall greeting for guests...even if it's just the mail delivery person who visits.

And corn. The idea was used in a wedding I styled this month—and I figured it makes for a great seasonal candle accent. I didn't want one lonely candle, so I used all the small votive holders on hand.

And lastly I made a fall bouquet. Then I decided to tell you all about my new found passion (floral styling) in another post. So for now just a quick look ;)

What new ideas are you using this fall? Anything that rocked your socks off?


last minute july 4 diy's

In case you get a hankerin' to add some diy flare this weekend, I've collected a few ideas that might inspire you. Crafts that can be pulled off in the next few days.

Striped Menu + Tags by Scout's Honor Co for {Frolic!} (via Poppytalk)

Pie in a Jar by Brooklyn Supper for Babble (via Pinterest)

Printables by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion (via Poppytalk)

Paper Cones by Martha Stewart

Licorice Wrappers by Room To Inspire (via eighteen25)

There you go! Any other simple and great ideas that I missed? I hope you have a fantastic weekend of frills & fireworks!


patriotic wreath + ideas

Time to get the ideas rolling for July 4th! This might be my second favorite holiday, summer bbq and fireworks—SO FUN. Above is the wreath I made for this year, complete with denim flowers. Can't get more American than that!

Also below, a few images from last years' patriotic photoshoot. Which features an awesome lemon shortcake recipe and fun pinwheel diy. Just to get you pondering some thoughts for the red, white & blue season!