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October 27, 2017


I invited a few girlfriends over for little Halloween gathering last night and I wanted to share all the festive decor I came up using mostly Dollar Tree or hand crafted goodies.  This shin dig has been in my head and the preparation stages for over a month so I've had plenty of time to gather a little of this and a little of that plus come up with a crafty gift or two for my guests.

The list maker in me loves a little party planning and this get together was no exception.  After contacting my friends I decided to make it a sweet or savory potluck with each guest bringing one or the other to share.

There were five of us in all and the menu consisted of meatballs, hot wings, brownie bars, chocolate pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins.  I set out chips and salsa and this adorably, ghoulish guacamole dip in a carved out pumpkin.

I made sure to pick up a few extra serving platters and bowls at the Dollar Tree so I was able to transfer the food into Halloween inspired dishes as my guests arrived.

All the little creepy critters came from the Dollar Tree and I think they added just the right touch.

We had the best time and laughed until my stomach hurt...which is the best kind of laughter.  Don't you agree?

At the end of the evening each one of my guests took home one of the witches leg centerpieces as well as a silly candy bag plus goodies provided from the other guests. When was the last time you had friends over?  It doesn't have to be expensive to be festive.  I will link my YouTube video if you'd like to take a look at how I put it all together.

Happy Halloween!

xo, Patty

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

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