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October 11, 2017


I haven't always embraced Halloween.   There was a time when I was careful to go the "cute" route with happy pumpkins and bales of hay (not that there is anything wrong with that) sticking to what would naturally occur in my decor.

Halloween decor

Maybe it's having grand boys around or maybe it's just not really caring as much what my house should and shouldn't look like according to what my peers are doing, I'm not sure but as I have gotten a bit older I am more likely to embrace my spooky side and throw in a few skeletons, spiders and witches.

Halloween Decor

halloween decor

Heck even sparkly, sequined purple bats have made their way into my heart and home this year and I am absolutely loving it.

halloween decor

That's the great thing about Halloween... 

because it's a holiday purely for fun it's so much easier to throw caution (and sometimes taste, ha! ha!) to the wind and just go for it.  And when you have stores like the Dollar Tree putting out such cute stuff it's easy to do it without breaking the bank or even your budget.

halloween decor

halloween decor

halloween decor

This year as we have for the last nine years, I decorated our dining room hutch and the front porch with the help and supervision of my nine year old grandson.  What a fun way to spend time with him and teach him the value of traditions.

halloween decor

I also changed out our table centerpiece but I'll show that and a party buffet tablescape next week.  So what about you, Yay or Nay to Halloween decor?

xo, Patty

Here's the link to my Halloween decor videos with a full tour of our front porch and hutch.  I'd love for you to subscribe and join in on the conversation because life isn't about perfection, it's about connection.

September 27, 2017


I finally finished the last of the Fall decorating around the cottage over the weekend and now I can't wait to share it with you.  I love the colors of fall because they blend so beautifully with the existing color scheme of our home.

The biggest change this year is the hint of robin's egg blue I tried to incorporate into my mostly

September 21, 2017


One of my favorite things about fall is getting back to bible study at church.  We have just started Beth Moore's Entrusted study and I can already tell it's going to be a good one...convicting in all the right ways.

I wanted to give the ladies at my table a little something to encourage them to hunker down with the

September 15, 2017


It's finally beginning to feel a little bit like fall and I've started to put out a few things to celebrate the change of seasons.  I saw so many things I loved at Hobby Lobby, Target and the Dollar Tree that I had a hard time waiting for the weather to cool down before decorating for Autumn.

I bought a bag of pumpkin flavored coffee at Cost Plus World Market and lit my pumpkin spice

September 6, 2017


Am I the only wishing fall weather would make an appearance or are there some of you feeling the cool crisp air outside and sad to see summer end?

I have been sneaking the fall decor ever so discretely in around the house hoping no one walking in

August 23, 2017


I know what you're thinking, love to clean?  Maybe I should re-title that to - Learning to appreciate the feeling that having a clean and organized home provides and how that lets me do the fun stuff like bake and decorate and take off on a fun shopping day with friends and even leisurely enjoy tea and a magazine without guilt.  But that's a little long for title, don't you think?

organization, cleaning

I hear from women all the time that they don't like cleaning and they don't want to squander what

August 21, 2017


Reclaiming, striving, working, living, learning, loving, becoming...these are the words that resonate through my head in the middle of the night as I pray and wonder what my message is.  What call to action do I feel led to proclaim?

You see, it is my belief that we all have a purpose.  We all have a message to share.  We are all here as ambassadors of God.  But knowing that in my head and walking it out in my heart are two totally different things.

Given the state of our world I believe the call we have as women to love, nurture, teach and lead by