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Visions of Christmas…A Holiday Mantel

In Design, Family Room, Mantel on November 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Nothing says Christmas/Holidays/Noel/Etc. to me like baked goods. They remind me of my Gram. Growing up Gram and I always made Christmas cookies together. I remember making Refrigerator Cookies, Gingersnaps, Choco Chip, Peanut Butter, Butterscotch and more. It was a huge mess of a great time. It’s one of my fondest memories of childhood and I only wish she was still with us to continue the tradition with our kids. But alas, I will have to make the big fat mess with them instead. Thank goodness it’s a strength of mine. The mess. Not the cookies. But also the cookies. :)

So, I gathered all our cookie-makin’ gear and put it all together. I love this stuff. Seeing it all gathered up evokes all kinds of great memories of baking through the holidays. But not just that. The smell of the spices takes it over the top.

It’s impossible not to smile when you smell cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves, all the usual suspects. Mmmmm!


This year we’re truly gettin’ Down-Home for the holidays.  I’m sure some bows, pine sprays and jingle bells would evoke even more Christmas feeling but this time around we’ll just keep it real baked goods style. How ’bout you?

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The Lettered Cottage

And     Between Naps On The Porch

Mom Cave Contest!

In Design, Family Room on October 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I immediately thought of our family room when I read about Home Good’s Mom Cave Contest featured at Centsational Girl and Between Naps on the Porch. Because I run a daycare out of almost-every-other-room-in-the-house… this is the one and only room kids don’t “charm” on a daily basis. Our kids, yes. But the outsiders (a.k.a. sweet little loves who spend their days with me) don’t grace the family room. This is where I/we retire for the evening after the darlings are asleep. Those few sacred hours minutes each day are AHHH, time-to-finally-relax-and-beg-hubby-to-rub-my-feet moments. And it is here that I would love love love to build my Mom Cave.

I started painting the brick wall but lack vision cold hard cash to push the room to the next level. I’d love to see a graphic touch, kind of a cottage-urban style. Good bye fringe curtains, farewell bare mantel, ta-ta yellow paint (why won’t you just leave me alone?) Is that too much to ask for? I say not! Please help a mama in need! (p.s. This mama couldn’t find her camera between naps so had to use her cell. I love you technology :)