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Saturday, December 13, 2014

christmas house 2014

Truth: I started decorating for Christmas mid-November.  Super truth: it was more like early November.  I really tried to hold off and wait because Mr. F  likes to decorated until after Thanksgiving, but I couldn't do it.  Weakness, thy name is Christmas decor!

The real turning point came when I found red tartan table linens at TJ Maxx.  Our table is used more as countertop, so using them for rtheir original purposed seemed silly.  The napkins, however, were the perfect size for throw pillows and the table cloth, with the addition of some friendly DIY pom poms, was a perfect throw for our bed.  So I came home with four napkins and a tablecloth for a whopping $15.  Mixed in with a hodgepodge of leftover hoarder fabric I had on hand, I made a fat pile of pillows and it may always be Christmas in our house because I love them so much.
Aside from  a small stash of decorative items we brought home with us from Cyprus and the great pillow explosion of 2014, the rest of the decorations were handmade and fresh.  And free.  I made garland this year, following inspiration from Tessa over at Nine & Sixteen, out of the FREE clippings from the tree booth at Home Depot.  Once the garland was done, I loaded up our window boxes, vases, and tops of cabinets with the fresh greens and red winter berries picked from our parking lot.  Paying no monies for things really makes me happy.  Paying no money and having my tiny little apartment feeling like a winter wonderland makes me giddy and never want to leave the house.
It's been really nice this year to have Christmas be simpler.  Our nativities are on a shelf where I can see them regularly, nestled with family photos.  Twinkle lights adorn most surfaces and candles glimmer on the rest. The tiny apartment smells of pine and positively glows at night.  It's pure magic.
For the past few days, our home has been relatively clean.  I've been able to catch up on orders for cards and calendars, put away cranberries and baked salmon, and hidden away bowls full of unanswered mail. With the busy elements of daily life tucked away, this little space has become more of an oasis than I had ever imagined possible.  We've been able to soak in the Spirit of Christmas and bask in the magic of Mr. F's birthday.  

I'm so grateful for our home.  For the memories abounding in it.  The treasures we've collected hanging on the walls.  I'm grateful for friends and family who fill it with love. For the space to create, to relax.  It's a place to ponder, to feel welcome, and especially this time of year, to dream.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

ode to goodwill

I hardly shop in "real" stores anymore.  Sure, I go to the grocery store and Costco.  But that's about it.  For clothing and home decorating items, more and more I am turning to a local source.  Goodwill.  I've always been a thrifter, but for some reason the Goodwill stores of North Georgia are better than anything I've experienced.  There are multiple locations in the area and each have their virtues.  My absolute favorite, however, is located in Buckhead.  This place is a honey hole of awesomeness. 

Slowly but surely, I am revamping my wardrobe with good, solid staple pieces.  Almost all of them are thrifted.  I love doing this because I am able to get good quality items for a fraction of the cost.  A few weeks ago, I found a pair of lightly warn Cole Haan shoes for Mr. F for only $6.  Can you believe that!

My current Goodwill obsession is this lightweight L.L. Bean coat that I got for $9.  It is a lightweight wool, perfect for the mild winters of the Atlanta area.  It never gets really cold, but definitely gets cool enough for layers.  So I throw on my favorite scarf, a sweater, skinnies, and bam!  I feel like a really cute, modern version of Doris Day.  What's so wrong about that?! Nothing.  That's what.  Anything that makes you feel like Doris Day is worth its weight in gold, let alone a measly $9.  

So there ya have it.  Goodwill comes to the rescue again!  Have you been thrifting lately?  Any good finds?  

Monday, December 01, 2014

save 20% on cyber monday

Whew!  Y'all have been keeping me BUSY through the weekend with our Black Friday Sale!  As a big THANK YOU!! we're ramping it over here with a one day only Cyber Monday Sale.  Through midnight tonight, SAVE 20% off your ENTIRE order!  That means 20% off holiday cards, calendars,  prints, and stationery.

Stock up on gifts like these...

...which are also available in the fabulous large size of 11x14!

Then there are options like these...

...or give non-seasonal gifts like cheery prints and calendars...

Plus you can get ready for thank you note writing season with sweet cards like these...

And best of all, there are still the 10 for $10 grouped sets going on!  These sets are usually $17.50!  Crazy good deal people!

For the 20%, use the code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.  For all of the listings in my shop, click here.