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23 Amazing Christmas Trees

Every year, I try to do something different with my Christmas tree.  Last year, the tree had kind of a woodsy theme to it with a brown and green color scheme.  It was decorated with mercury glass acorns, some twig branches, and a rustic angel with grapevine wings along with a bunch of other brown and green ornaments.


25 Days of Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can officially start my Christmas season.  I am the type of person who likes to take one holiday at a time and don't enjoy seeing holiday layaway commercials in October.  Not a single red or green decoration appears until I've enjoyed my turkey.  And that day has come....bring on the music, the decorations, and the presents!


I'm in Love with.....Great Photography

I thought I'd share with you today some of the resources I've found for creating and inspiring great photography.  I'm learning more and more how important great pictures are to a blog.  I realized that on Pinterest I was drawn more to photographs with natural lighting, interesting staging, and clear, sharp subjects (as I'm sure most of you are, whether you realize it or not).  I also tend to pin more pictures that have titles printed on them with interesting fonts. 

I've been learning by experience about taking better pictures and feel like I have improved.

I've learned the importance of using natural lighting (and not using a flash).
I've learned the importance of using a tripod and remote control.
I've seen the improvement in my photos after switching from a point-and-shoot camera to a DSLR camera.
I've learned that staging makes a picture more interesting and inviting.
I've learned that Photoshop and the right actions can improve your photos even more.


32 Inspiring Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Last week, I shared my tips for setting the perfect Thanksgiving table with you.  I've been seeing a lot of inspiring ideas out there in blogland and thought I'd share some of my favorites.  Have you decided what you are going to be doing with your Thanksgiving table yet?

The Best Pumpkin Pie French Toast

One of my favorite flavors of the fall season is pumpkin and there are recipes out there for just about everything you can think of.  I'm always looking for great ideas to serve for breakfast and came up with this delicious recipe for pumpkin pie french toast.  It is adapted a bit from here and I totally love the taste.


Tips for Setting the Perfect Table

Thanksgiving is one of those times of year that I think people try a little harder to set a beautiful table.  As I said with my fall tablescape, one of the ways you can make your dinner guests feel welcome is to put a little extra effort into setting a beautiful table.

Rather thank just show you my Thanksgiving table, I thought you might enjoy seeing the steps I take to create a tablescape.

I've Lost Something

In case you haven't noticed, I no longer have - blogspot - attached to my web address!  You can now reach my blog directly at

I've been torn as to whether or not to get my own domain name.  Much of what I read says not having your own name implies you are not a "serious" blogger.  I'm not so sure that I believe this because there are a lot of blogs out there that I consider great blogs even though they maintain a blogspot address.   I'm sure that any of you who follow I Heart Organizing would agree that you can be serious about your blogging job and NOT have your own domain.


Creating Leaf Shaped Butter

It's no secret that I love the little details when entertaining.  I'm always trying to find unique things I can do to make the meal special.

A few years ago, I started using tiny cookie cutters to shape the butter for the Thanksgiving table.  It's one of those little things that you can do that really shows you've put some time, effort, and thought into making your meal special.  And it is so simple to do!

Personalized Letter From Santa

My friend Brooke is lucky enough to live by North Pole, Alaska....Well, maybe lucky isn't the right word.  Did you hear about the snow in Alaska and months of darkness?

Anyway, living near the North Pole puts her very close to Santa and his workshop.  She has decided to give her blog readers (and anyone else that is interested) the opportunity to have a customized letter written by "Santa" and sent to your child from the North Pole.  Isn't that neat?  The two of you will work together to create a letter that is totally personalized for you child.  She's also willing to send the letter any time that you'd like, including Christmas week.  All for just $5!!!!


DIY Turkey Painting on a Board

I've been really trying to think up a good Thanksgiving craft that I can share with all of you.  One of the "symbols" I associate with Thanksgiving is a turkey.

There are people out there who are able to paint a beautiful, colorful turkey, but I am not one of them.  (Well, I may have the capability, but not the desire or patience!)  I realized that I could paint the outline of a turkey, however, and remembered I had a sketch I drew many years ago from a drawing a friend had made.

Cranberry Jello Salad

One side dish that is always on the table for our Thanksgiving celebration is Cranberry Jello Salad.   Cranberry sauce is one of those Thanksgiving staples that everyone seems to have for their family and I think this jello salad is a great twist on having the basic sauce.  It is another recipe passed down through the family from my grandma and couldn't be easier to put together.

My mom helped me out by making the salad for this was so nice to be able to stand back and just be the photographer for a change!  Thanks Mom!


Transforming a Fall Display for Thanksgiving

The decorations used in the fall can really last for so many months with just a few changes.  I decorated in September for the season, and while I didn't decorate for Halloween, much of what I used could have been updated for the holiday with the addition of a few jack-o-lanterns, witches, crows and cobwebs.  The same is true for Thanksgiving and I'd like to share with you how I took my fall mantel and turned it into a Thanksgiving showpiece!

I don't think a lot of people decorate for Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, in both decorating and celebrating we pass from Halloween right on to Christmas.  Partly, I think, because there really aren't a lot of great Thanksgiving decorations out there.  I'm not a fan of cutesy stuff and that is really all that is easy to find.  If you search hard enough, though, you'll find some great pieces.  Hobby Lobby and Kirkland's both have great decor for Thanksgiving.

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