Friday Favorites

December 19, 2014

By this time next week, the packages will be unwrapped, the dinner guests will be gone, and the radio will be done playing Christmas carols.  Can you believe it?  We all spend so much time preparing for Christmas and then before you know it, the holiday is over.  I can honestly say that I've tried to slow down and take the season in this year.

Of course, that meant I kind of disappeared from here with any projects or recipes lately.  Believe me....I had plans.  But when it felt like the Christmas season was slipping away from me, I realized I needed to step back and enjoy my life.  There is always next year for those unfinished DIYs and cookies.  (And believe it or not, I already have the ENTIRE Christmas blog season planned for next year.  You'll just have to wait and be surprised!)

20 Inspiring Christmas Ideas || Your Turn to Shine Link Party #12

December 18, 2014

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's

I practically squealed with joy the other day when I saw that our little party reached just under 200 link last week.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who shared something to make that happen.  I'm crossing my fingers that we reach that amazing number again this week.

You really have been sharing some fantastic posts these past few weeks.  I've really loved seeing all of the home tours and getting a glimpse at what your house looks like decorated for Christmas.   Today in addition to our group features that appear on all five of our blogs, I'm featuring TWENTY of the links from last week that I fell in love with.  There were so many more that I wanted to feature, but I had to limit myself.  (Otherwise you may never make it to the end of the post to share anything this week!)

Friday Favorites

December 12, 2014

It was a snowy day yesterday and something about the flakes coming down put me in a good Christmas mood.  Don't get me wrong....I'm not a fan of the snow or the cold.  But there are days when snow just seems appropriate.  You know what I mean?  

Whether you are watching the snow fall right now or not, I hope that these favorites of mine will put you in a good Christmas mood as well.  Enjoy!

DIY snowflakes made from old book pages from Tifani Lyn | Friday Christmas Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #11

December 11, 2014

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's

Can you believe that it is just two weeks until Christmas?  The year has just been flying by.  My decorating and shopping is done, but there is still wrapping and baking to do.  More than anything, though, I'm trying hard to sit back and actually enjoy the season.  We all get so caught up in getting our Christmas to-do list done that we tend to miss what the holiday is actually about.

Did you get a chance to check out my Christmas home tour yesterday?  I really appreciate all the thoughtful comments that were left.  Those comments and emails are what make blogging worth all the work.  It really means a lot to know that my readers enjoy what I'm creating.

I must say that you all linked up some awesome projects last week!  It was so hard to choose favorites because I liked them all!  Christmas really seems to bring out such creativity and I can't hardly wait to see what projects, home tours, and recipes are added to the party this week!

Christmas House Tour | Home for the Holidays Open House

December 10, 2014

Today I'm sharing part of my home that has been decorated for Christmas as part of the Home for the Holidays open house tour.  It is a group of 25 amazing bloggers who are opening their houses for you to see throughout this whole week.  The links to the tour appear near at the end of this post.

Friday Favorites

December 5, 2014

Good Friday morning, friends.  I hope your week has been going well.  This past week has been busy, busy, busy decorating for Christmas.  It always seems to take me a while to get things just the way I want them.  Next Wednesday I will be participating with a great group of bloggers in my first ever Christmas house tour, so I'm being a bit more of a perfectionist than usual.  I hope you'll be back next week to see how everything turned out!

And now on to some more of my favorite Christmas pictures from the week.....

Chip and Joanna Gaines Living Room decorated for Christmas #fixerupper | Friday Christmas Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #10

December 4, 2014

Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to link up to the party last week.  I know you were all busy with everything the Thanksgiving holiday entails so I really appreciate that so many of you still took the time to share.

In case you didn't notice in the graphic above, we have added a new co-host to our party! We are happy to welcome Lauren to our party!   She blogs over at Bless'er House where she shares some fantastic projects.  Her creative ideas have even been featured here at our party a few times in the past!  I'd love for you to take a look at her blog and share some love!

Friday Favorites

November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving is over.  The turkey is cleaned up.  And today I am out braving the crowds to do a little Black Friday shopping.  It is so hard to believe that the Christmas season officially starts today and the holiday will be here before you know it.  What are your plans for this weekend?  Shopping...decorating...spending time with family?

From now until Christmas, my Friday Favorites are going to be holiday related.  Isn't that what most of us are interested in being inspired by right now?  It's what I'm seeing the most of right now on Pinterest and throughout the many blogs I follow.  Whether you plan on decorating a lot, whipping up many delicious treats, hosting family, or just enjoying the season, I hope that some of what I share here will help you create a cozy, meaningful Christmas!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Simple Christmas Display with tree inside of crate from Dreamy Whites | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #9

November 27, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving friends!  For all of my readers outside of the US, I know this is just an ordinary Thursday for you.  But I'm sure many of my American readers are getting ready for a day of delicious food and watching some football.  Don't you love the holidays?!?!?

If you are a little late to our party this week because of the holiday, don't worry!  As always, our party will run through Monday night, so there is still plenty of time to link up!  Remember what you share here will be seen (and possibly featured!) on four different blogs.

Friday Favorites

November 21, 2014

It has been a super busy week, so I'm keeping it short and sweet today.....Here are my favorites from the week!  Enjoy!

Neutral Pottery Barn Living Room....Looks really cozy! | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #8

November 20, 2014


Welcome to another week of Your Turn to Shine!  I'm so excited to see what all of you have to share this week.  The holiday season really seems to be bringing out some fantastic posts.  There is so much inspiration that you can find here each Thursday.

And remember if you are linking up with us, what you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!  In addition to those group features, each of us chooses another feature to showcase on our individual blogs.

Handmade Gift Tag Ornaments

November 19, 2014

Learn how to make easy DIY Christmas Gift Tag Ornaments from leftover Formica samples! |

I'm not sure whether it is beneficial or not, but I've found that sometimes when people find that you are a creative individual, they tend to give you really strange items to do something with.  Today's project was created from one of those "donations."

My aunt had a bunch of Formica samples leftover from a recent kitchen remodeling project.  Rather than throw them away, she decided there had to be something  I could make out of them.

How to Paint a Christmas Pillow

November 18, 2014

How to Paint a Pillow for Christmas decorating | #Christmas #DIY

I can hardly believe that it is just about time for me to start putting out decorations for Christmas.....and I know many of you are already done!  Christmas is my favorite time for decorating.  I love adding greenery throughout the house, tucking some vintage ornaments in unexpected places, and decking out my Christmas tree.  I love the holiday so much that last year I shared 25 whole days of Christmas inspiration!

Friday Favorites

November 14, 2014

Welcome to another week of my Friday Favorites!  How has your week been going?  I've got some great pictures to share with you this morning.  I guess a lot caught my eye this past week.  Hope you enjoy my favorites!  Enjoy your weekend, friends! 

Rustic Wood Tool Caddy from Dreamy Whites | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #7

November 13, 2014


Welcome to Your Turn to Shine!  This is such a great day of the week whether you are a blogger or not.  Either you get to share what you've been working on with a larger audience or you get to see what everyone else is doing and get inspired!  I'm so thankful for each one of you that visit whether you are linking anything up or not.

The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 12, 2014

Turkey roasted to a golden perfection....creamy mashed potatoes loaded with butter...smooth, rich bean casserole topped with yummy French fried onions (totally my favorite part!)...golden butternut squash.....moist stuffing.....a side of cranberry jello salad....and a slice of pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of Cool Whip (and yes,  it has to be Cool Whip).  Is your mouth watering yet?

Photography 101 | Learning about Shutter Speed

November 10, 2014

It has been a month since our last lesson on photography when we learned about aperture.  (Where did that time go?!?!)  Have you been practicing how to use this amazing feature in your camera?  Another one of the basics in photography is shutter speed, and that is what today's lesson is all about.

Friday Favorites

November 7, 2014

Happy Friday friends!  I hope that your week has been going well.  Many of you seem to be feeling the same way as I have that things have been crazy busy lately.  And unfortunately, I don't think that is going to change anytime soon.  We are on the home stretch towards Thanksgiving, Christmas, and everything the holidays bring.  In addition to that, I've got some guest posts and a few blog hops coming up over the next month as well as my open house in less than two weeks.  Ack!  

Alright, now onto something a little less favorite pictures of the week.  I hope you enjoy your weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Gorgeous brick house | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #6

November 6, 2014


Welcome to Your Turn to Shine!  This is such a great day of the week whether you are a blogger or not.  Either you get to share what you've been working on with a larger audience or you get to see what everyone else is doing and get inspired!  I'm so thankful for each one of you that visit whether you are linking anything up or not.

Thanksgiving Tablescape | Be Our Guest Blog Hop

November 3, 2014

Check out this post for tips on creating a beautiful and special Thanksgiving tablescape this fall! |

As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, I get excited for decorating my home and table.  I love picking up new dinnerware or linens....making favors for my guest to take home...coming up with different side dishes to serve with the traditional meat and potatoes.  So when Kelly of Live, Laugh, Rowe invited me to participate in a tablescape blog hop, I jumped at the chance!

Friday Favorites

October 31, 2014

Can you believe that tomorrow is November 1?  Before you know it, the holiday rush will begin and 2015 will be here in a flash.  I am determined to slow down and enjoy the entire Thanksgiving and Christmas season this year.  What about you?

In case you missed anything, this past week I shared a display I did for Thanksgiving and put together a collection of 35 Halloween ideas.  Our Your Turn to Shine Link party is also going on so be sure to go over and link up some of your great projects you've been working on!

And now onto my favorite links and pictures of the week....

Your Turn To Shine Link Party #5

October 30, 2014


Welcome to this week's link party!  I love this day every week where I get to see what all of you have been creating.  I'm so grateful for those of you who have taken the time to link up with us over the past month.  Last week was really exciting because we reached 100 links at our party!  I'd love to see it happen again, so be sure to take a moment to share with all of our readers.   Remember that what you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!

35 Inspiring Halloween Ideas

October 28, 2014

Check out this post with 35 Amazing Ideas for Halloween  | Recipes, Crafts, DIY, and Decorating Inspiration at

With Halloween just a few days away, I decided to post a round up of some of my favorite Halloween links that I've seen in the past few weeks of our Your Turn to Shine link party.  I thought this would be an easy task until I realized just how many amazing projects you've shared!  So, kick back and take a moment to look through just a few of the great Halloween ideas that have been posted here.

A Display for Thanksgiving

October 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Display |

Since the Christmas Open House my mom and I hold each year falls the week before Thanksgiving, I try to get decorations out early so that there is time to enjoy them.  By November 15, they will all have to come down so the house can be transformed into our little holiday shop.  

I hate jumping right from the fall/Halloween season straight to Christmas.  It is important to me to take the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday for more than a day off with lots of turkey and Black Friday sales.  

Friday Favorites

October 24, 2014

Happy Friday!  I'm so glad to have you back here once again for my Friday Favorites.  I hope that you are as inspired by these pictures as I am.  Each week, this post is really an accurate look at what my style is and the things I find interesting.  In a dream world, what I'm posting would look like these pictures.  I'm not there yet, but it is always nice to see what I'm working towards!  

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches (from The Bojon Gourmet) there a more perfect dessert combination than this? | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #4

October 23, 2014


Welcome back to our weekly link party!  I'm so excited to have you join us today.  Each week, I look forward to seeing what all of you have been working on.  Link parties are such a great way to meet up with other bloggers and see the best recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas on the web.  What you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!

The four of us also are sharing our features and favorites on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

We Gather Together Thanksgiving Sign

October 22, 2014

With Halloween next week, I realize that I'm a little early for a Thanksgiving project.  But since I don't decorate for Halloween, I've already moved on to the next holiday.  For me, decorating for Thanksgiving is really just an extension from fall.  Add a few turkeys and pilgrims and you are good to go.

How to Create a Reclaimed Wood Tray from a Picture Frame

October 20, 2014

Check out this tutorial for making a reclaimed wood tray from a thrift store picture frame!  |

Whether it is a broken down piece of furniture or a random thrift store find, I enjoy seeing things for what they could become rather than what they are.  Sometimes I can instantly look at something and know what it could be.  Other times, I need time to think about it.  And then there are the times when I see something already made and know that I could DIY it with something else I've seen.

Friday Favorites

October 17, 2014

This week has just flown by and I feel as though I kind of left you hanging with just one other post this week aside from the link party.  I have been working on some great projects that you'll be seeing next month and it has kind of taken me away from getting projects done to post now.  I'm all prepared and ready to go for next week, though, so hopefully you aren't too disappointed!

I've seen a lot of things around the web this week that I've really liked, so here are some of my favorite pictures and links...See you back here on Monday!

Bookmark this post and bring it up when times are bad.

This post is full of great tips for those of you who are bloggers or are looking to start one.

I must remember this when I use a boxed cake mix.

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #3

October 16, 2014


Welcome back to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  I was happy to see that we had even more fabulous posts than we did the first week.  I love seeing everything that you have to share!  This week's features appear a little further down in the post.  Once again, I wasn't able to pick just one post to feature.   I have a hard time making decisions!

The four of us also are sharing our features and favorites on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

You Never Know What You May Find Antiquing

October 14, 2014

When I was young, I hated antique stores.  Every one seemed to have piles of fancy dishes and pristine, dark wood furniture.  I found them to be boring places to shop and they just reminded me of a place for old people to visit.

In my teens, my mom and I started visiting a shop that had plenty of the things that I found boring, but there was one vendor who transformed the boring items into amazing things.  She cleaned them up, added some paint, and repurposed what no one else wanted.  The thing that sticks out in my mind was an old lantern she hung on a cupboard door and then decorated it for Christmas.  I remember that her corner of the shop was the place that I actually fell in love with antiques.  I saw that there were things in these shops that I could find beautiful.   Now I love scouting out shops where I know I'll find something great to repurpose or fix up and sell.

Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014

Good morning friends!  Another Friday has rolled around.  The days seem to be going by in a blur lately, and from what I've been hearing from a lot of my blogging friends is that they feel the same way.  Have you felt a little overwhelmed with life lately?  Anyone have any suggestions for slowing things down?!?!

And for those of you who have left comments or sent me emails this past week, your responses are coming!  I'm a little behind, but I try to answer everything that comes my way.  

I really love sharing all the things that I've found interesting during the week.  It is so relaxing to take a moment and browse through my pins from the week.  My hope is that you are enjoying it, too.  Be sure to leave me some comments below about anything you find interesting here or out there in blogworld.  Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

I found out how to be rich....and it has nothing to do with money.

This is one of the best secrets to decorating your home.

Check out one of my newest favorite blogs.  I so want to move into her house!

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #2

October 9, 2014


Thank you so much to all the bloggers who took the time to link up a project last week at our first party!  I am also grateful for those of you who visited those links and left a comment.  My favorite part of link parties is the way it exposes everyone to amazing blogs and projects they may not have otherwise seen.  And there is nothing more energizing than having new visitors share a little love during their visit!

Photography 101 | Learning about Aperture

October 8, 2014

Basket full of apples for fall |

There is a lot of technical things to learn when it come to photography.  But for these photography lessons, I want to break it down to the absolute basics so that we can all understand how our cameras work and what we can do to get brighter, clearer pictures.  Whether you take pictures to post on a blog, to sell items you make, or to capture moments in your family's life, photography is important.  With just a few techniques and a little practice your skills can improve tremendously.

A couple weeks ago, I shared what I consider to be the three most important things that you need to take good photos.  Today's lesson on photography is all about aperture.

Rustic Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

October 7, 2014

Rustic Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping |

Apple is one of the classic flavors of the fall season.  I mean, is there anyone who doesn't enjoy some hot apple cider, apple donuts, or caramel covered apples during the autum?  I was inspired by this interesting recipe on The Cake Blog for apple muffins but decided to give them a little twist by adding a crumb topping.

Thrift Store Transformation | DIY Halloween Jack O' Lantern

October 6, 2014

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Candy Bowl |

Halloween has become the second most decorated holiday after Christmas.  Yet, I've never really embraced the ghosts, cobwebs, and tombstones that adorn many homes.  Even so, I do enjoy looking through the creative ideas that all of you have.  While browsing through the web, I came across a trick or treat banner.  It wasn't the banner that caught my attention, though.  It was a Jack o' lantern on a stand that I knew we could all DIY.

Friday Favorites

October 3, 2014

Thank you to everyone who took the time add a link to our party yesterday or to visit some of them.  There are some amazing ideas!  I haven't had a chance to visit each one yet, but I will before the weekend is over.  If you haven't had a chance to link up yet, the party will be open until Monday.  

I can hardly believe that we are in October already!  Where is the year going?  The weather this weekend looks to be very cool in PA. While I know that fall is here, I'd prefer that it feel like summer when I go outside.  I guess it will be a perfect weekend to curl up inside with a mug of hot cider.  Maybe it will give me a chance to look through the October magazines that have piled up over the last month.  

There are times when I'm putting this post together that I find I'm inspired by something, but it doesn't lend itself to a picture.  So here are some bonus links to check out this week....

Now I understand why my house always seems messy.

I must visit Target to buy some of these.  (Thanks Adrienne!)

This inspired me to plan my day a little better.

And this recipe may be just the way to get me to eat sweet potatoes.

Your Turn to Shine Link Party

October 2, 2014


Welcome to the first week of our link party.  I am so excited to be able to host this with three other amazing bloggers.  As much as I love creating, I also love being able to see what all of you are making, too.  I know that I've got some creative readers out there, so it is truly "Your Turn to Shine!"

Be sure to stop by on Thursday mornings to link up your own creations and see what others have to share.  It is such a great way to meet up with other bloggers and see the best recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas on the web.  What you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!  Since this is our first week, there aren't any features.  But next week, all four of us will be choosing our own favorite post from this week's party and will share them next Thursday.

September in Review

October 1, 2014

September has been an active month for me both on the blog and off.  All of your visits, comments, and emails this past month have been so appreciated.  I really feel like this little blog of mine is starting to grow!

I thought I'd catch you up today on anything you might have missed this past month.  AND to remind you to come back tomorrow bright and early for the first "Your Turn to Shine" link up party!  I'm so excited to see what all of you have to share!

So here is a look back through September....

Painting a Recipe Box to Give as a Gift

September 30, 2014

I was invited by Havalah and her sisters from Sisters, What! to participate in a Handmade Christmas Gift Blog Hop along with 14 other bloggers.  I know what you are saying.  "Tomorrow is only the first of October.  It's too soon to think about Christmas."  But if you are planning on making gifts to share with your friends and family, it is not to early to start crafting....or at least be inspired to begin!

When making a gift for someone, it needs to be something that the recipient will actually want and will use.  You don't want to spend your valuable time making something that isn't going to be appreciated.  A handmade gift also needs to be simple to create, especially if you are making gifts for many people.

6 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

September 29, 2014

I love clothes as much as I love decorating.  I love shopping for them.  I love mixing and matching pieces to create different outfits.  And fall is my favorite season for clothes because it is the perfect time for layering and adding accessories.  Decorating yourself is just as fun as decorating a room....and many of the same "rules" apply!

I admit that lately I haven't been taking the time I should to plan my outfits each day.  It is easier to just throw something on in the morning without taking the time to plan.  Easy is not always better, though.  I'm always pinning outfits that I'd like to wear, but like most of what I pin, I rarely refer back to them.  I've made the decision to change that and to start putting a little more thought and care into what I'm wearing this fall.

Friday Favorites

September 26, 2014

I want to begin today by sharing with you that I've had the honor this week of being featured on  I was so excited when Lauren contacted me a while back for permission to share the Pottery Barn knock-off I had done earlier in the year.  In addition to writing for SheKnows, Lauren (who prefers to be called Lo) has a beautiful blog called A Lo and Behold Life.  I can't thank Lauren enough for not just choosing one of my projects, but for the super nice things she had to say in her post.  Click here if you are interested in seeing the feature.

Tomorrow I'm going to a craft festival at Delgrosso's Amusement Park in Altoona, PA with my mom and my aunt.  It is a lovely fall setting outdoors walking underneath the trees that are beginning to change colors.  The path weaves all through the park.  There is also events throughout the day and free rides for the kids (or adults!).  I'll also be taking one of my four trips to Hobby Lobby for the year.  The disadvantage of living in a small, rural town is that there are no great places to shop without driving for a couple hours.  Trips to Target and Hobby Lobby become something to treasure rather than something done each weekend!

10 Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins

September 25, 2014

Fall decorating ideas seem to be exploding on Pinterest and blogs lately.  Everyone seems to be very excited about decorating this year which is fantastic.  And while it is great to have huge, amazing displays, sometimes all you need is a couple pumpkins.  Even if you aren't that into decorating, there isn't anything easier than sticking a few around for just a glimpse of fall.

Here are some easy ideas for using real or fake pumpkins around your DIY or decorating skills needed!

10 Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins |

The Perfect Baskets and Some Exciting News

September 24, 2014

Storing potatoes and onions in baskets from Lowes |

Last night while shopping at Lowes, I found the perfect baskets to hold onions and potatoes in my kitchen.  The island that we've been putting together has a small space where a cabinet wouldn't fit.  So this became a logical place to decoratively store onions and potatoes.

Storing potatoes and onions in baskets in the kitchen #organizing | www.andersonandgrant.comStoring potatoes and onions in baskets in the kitchen #organizing |

It has been so hard to find baskets that were tall and skinny to use in the space, though.  I never gave it a thought to look at Lowes, but there they were!  And they could not fit more perfectly in the space than they do.

Photography 101 | 3 Must Haves for Great Pictures

September 23, 2014

Vintage Minolta Camera |

Even as a child I loved taking pictures.  Granted, those pictures were not always good....sometimes a little blurry....sometimes a little dark.  But there has always been a part of me that enjoys holding a camera and snapping pictures from different angles.  My dad enjoyed taking pictures (this is his camera in the pictures), and I think I probably developed an interest from watching him.

As I've gotten older, my cameras have gotten to be of a better quality (and of course, more expensive).  About a month after starting my blog last year, I purchased my first DSLR and love working with it.  It is a Nikon D5100.  I'm dreaming of this camera, but for now with my budget the Nikon that I have is going to do.

Family Bible from 1857

September 22, 2014

Vintage Family Bible from 1857 |

I love the look of old books and enjoy using them in displays around my house.  Some of them mean more to me than others.  One such book is a family Bible that dates back to 1857.  It belonged to my great-great-great grandparents.  I also have Bibles that belonged to my grandmother (from 1931) and great grandmother.

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