Today we’re visiting with Robin from All Things Heart and Home. The very first thing that caught my eye at Robin’s blog is her wonderful header. I love the muted tones – it’s sets a perfectly nostalgic mood to me – all comfy, cozy… like I just can’t wait to settle in with a cup of tea and relax but also be inspired! From decorating to crafting, cooking to DIYing, Robin is a gal after my own heart. Her posts are entertaining, thought provoking and educational all rolled into one – how wonderful is that?! I thought I’d give you a little tour of some of my favorite spots on her site but of course there is a lot more to see and I hope you’ll visit her yourself.
Hello, Honeycomb Cloche! She had me at “cloche” and then she took it up a notch with chicken wire! AHHHH! I simply MUST make this!! I have a bunch of chicken wire left from my Halloween door project (it was on the cover of the September/October issue of my magazine, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll if you recall.) so I’m totally ready to make this utterly fantastic project! Robin totally made my day when she introduced this to me!!
Now that Halloween is behind us, it can feel like full steam ahead straight on until the New Year. I don’t know about you but I really don’t want the holidays to just be a blur. One of the ways I’m hoping to combat this is to pause each day and “count my blessings.” Gratitude is definitely a theme in November and I’m so glad it is, otherwise it would just be too easy to get completely wrapped up in all the “to-do’s” of the season. Using the gratitude cards I posted about the other day has been a great tool for helping me to be mindful and present. I thought this quote of Gratitude was a beautiful compliment to this theme…
I am so excited to be part of the All Things Home Fall Tablescapes Tour! (See the list at the bottom of this post to check out all the inspiring tables on the tour!) Today, I’m sharing my Thanksgiving tablescape. Traditionally, I lean towards warm chocolates and golds for Thanksgiving table decorations but this year I’ve been rather obsessed with Blue and White (if you read the July/August issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll you’ll see what I mean!) and thought it would be fun to do something with that instead. But I definitely wanted it to feel Thanksgiving-y… a few touches of orange and voila!… a perfect way to infuse the warmth of the season to a pattern that tends to be thought of as more of a Spring or Summer pattern (at least to me).
Plus, it’s a great way to give the pumpkins that have been lingering around my house one last hurrah before transitioning to Christmas! There are several ways to approach planning a tablescape and I admit I do it differently all the time.
OK, it’s true. I’m a total glitter addict! I love sparkly, shiny things, so how could I resist transforming lowly clothespins into magical design accessories with glitter? I couldn’t. Best of all, it’s a really easy project you can do too! Let me tell you how. Here’s what you need:
It’s funny how sometimes the simplest things mean the most. Take gratitude for example. It’s a very simple emotion but one that can so easily be taken for granted, isn’t it? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, stopping to be grateful can be easy to forget. To celebrate November, and all that there is to be grateful for in my life, I’m making it a point to stop every day and make a note of something I’m thankful for. I think this is a great way to build up to not only Thanksgiving but also Christmas. This is a busy season, so finding little ways to hit “pause” and be mindful of all the good there is around me just feels nice!
As I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend was the “peak” leaf viewing weekend around here and I’m glad I got to take in some of it because the wind has been blowing and blowing and all those beautiful leaves are now chasing me down the sidewalk! It’s a little sad to me how briefly the leaves put on their vibrant, lovely show… But it reminds me of the importance of not putting off enjoying it. How often do we put off doing things, both chores and pleasures, only to miss the opportunity all together? As I mentioned in this post a couple of weeks ago about changing my schedule, I have been been making steps to be very “purposeful” in how I spend the moments I’m granted in a day. And, I’m thrilled to report that it’s WORKING!
It’s here, it’s here, IT’S HERE!!!!! I’m more than a teeny-bit excited to tell you that the November/December 2013 edition of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll - the HOLIDAY issue – is here! I am thrilled to finally be sharing this latest edition with you, it has truly been a labor of love. I adore the Christmas season and had a wonderful time working on this magazine! Here’s a video about what you’ll find inside:
Looking to add some last minute style to your front door this week? Check out the September/October issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll which includes directions on how to make this arrangement PLUS from inside the issue you can download the letters for the “Boo!” sign. There are directions for making the simple banner in the magazine too.