And now I shall flood your computer with adorableness….

Who has the cutest dogs ever?  (And the MOST well-behaved?)  Well, I DO, of course!  😉  Merry Christmas from….. THE DOGLETS!!!

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And just in case you absolutely MUST see all the rest… Here’s the link!

Special thanks to Sarah Cranmer Photography!!!

Bah Humbug

Bah Humbug

This is one of my little buddies up at work – our photographer was doing Christmas pictures and so I volunteered him. 😉 I love this shot, I think he looks so put out! Bah Humbug!!!


The ornaments are on…


Some things to note:

#1- I went a little overboard on the purchasing of vintage ornaments – didn’t put a lot of them on the tree but have some really cool carousel horse ones and also some from our travels!

#2- The fabric garland I was so pleased with and purchased a ton of didn’t work out as I had planned. Poop. There’s some on a small tree out front, however I feared if I put it on the inside tree that would be waayyyy too much temptation for the cat, and why tempt fate?

#3- the cat is majorly fascinated with the danglies on the tree. This could end up disastrous.

#4- I’m sure there’s other points I wanted to make, but they’ve all filtered out of my head by now. Happy Decorating Y’all!!!

More Shiz on the Christmas Pile O’ Decorations ;-)

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LOVE my new table runner, and my Reindeer is now all dressed for Holiday Success 😉

Little by Little

Little by little I’m slowly getting things together for the Holidays! I finished my wreath yesterday and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I got to the end and thought it needed a tad something more so I added a couple glitter butterflies and I really like them!


I haven’t put any ornaments on the tree yet and probably won’t for another week or two as I’m waiting to see if Checkers (our cat) is going to get bored with the tree or if the curiosity will get the better of her. Once I get it all dolled up I’ll post a few more pictures!

Not really looking forward to the next couple weeks. The holidays are always a cluster up at work, and I know how tired I’ll be at the end of each day. Hoping things go smoother than I think they will!!

Christmas in November


Wade and I have never had a Christmas tree before because of the pets, and after last year when our house remained undecorated for the holidays, I put my foot down. We were going to buy a tree and make it work!

We picked out a really pretty flocked tree with pine cones at the after-Christmas sales at Garden Ridge, brought it home, and I’ve been waiting nearly a year to put it up. I love all things Christmas – it’s always been my favorite holiday both with all my memories spending it with family and also the fun we all had decorating the house. Wade and I were both concerned with how Checkers (our cat) would deal with the tree, so we decided we’d put it up early with NO ornaments and see how it went.

I’ve been excitedly collecting awesome vintage ornaments and other decorations to go with my vintage/farmhouse look I’d created in my head, and I couldn’t wait any longer so we decided we’d go ahead and start our “test week” yesterday.

Putting the tree together was fairly painless, except for the flocking which was blowing through the air like snow in our living room. We ended up rearranging some of the furniture to make it fit nicely, and decided we liked the new arrangement better anyway! We were off to a good start!


My first bump in the road was the gorgeous angel I had bought for the top of the tree. She had lovely burlap skirts and was holding a little bird nest. I put her up on the top of the tree and… crap… she didn’t sit up there very well. I messed with her and messed with her and almost knocked the tree over and it became very plain to me it wasn’t going to work… Angel and I had to break up =(. I quickly came up with a plan B using my high-school florist job skills and some really pretty ribbon my friend had scored for us. I think the bow looks fantastic. =)


Added my custom burlap tree skirt and WHAM, we’re in business!

Then… we waited. Didn’t take long….


She just can’t resist something I don’t want her to mess with.

She chewed it a few times, messed around it a bit, and then settled down – luring me to a false sense of security before I went to bed…


This morning I wake up to use the bathroom and hear a funny tree-like scratching on the wall (the tree is on the other side of the wall from our master bathroom). I rush out to the living room and Checkers bolts out from under the tree. My tree skirt is rumpled up into a little ball to the side of the tree and I have no idea what she was doing under there to get it like that. The good news is the tree is still standing so I don’t think she tried to climb it…

So I brought out the trusty ol’ scat mat from retirement, put my tree skirt back, and put the scat mat over top of it. She remembers the mat, and so far she’s avoided the tree and the skirt like the plague…. so far….


We also put up the stocking holder I got at the flea market yesterday – I totally love it and it keeps me from having to worry about the cat pulling the stockings/stocking holders down off the mantle and hurting herself or chipping the tile!


I think it’s coming together very well, don’t you?


And my final little score from the antique mall yesterday – I love this reindeer and he’s just the thing for my dining room table!! Can’t wait to finish putting up the rest of my decorations! Working on making my wreath today so I’m sure there will be more pictures later!!

Weekend Wanderings…

We had a good weekend – filled, but not overfilled, with good times.  =)

First up, took my niece to a pumpkin patch near the house – got some GREAT shots, until I happened to look down about 30 minutes in and realized I hadn’t put a card in the camera.  *sigh*  I did manage to get a few AFTER I put a card in, but I could kick myself, such a rookie mistake!

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After the pumpkin patch, Wade and I had our new front door installed.  We’ve really been wanting a new one, as our old one was solid and let no light into the front of the house whatsoever.  We got a great deal on this one and we’re really happy with it.  Our house is SO much more inviting now, and the front of the house is so much lighter!  Really excited about it – the only thing we have left to do is paint it!

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And today I carved my Halloween pumpkin.  =)  Every year I try to carve a different design – last year I did a really cool carousel horse and was having a hard time deciding what to do this year.  Went with a neat cat design, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!  Now I just need to convince mom to come over and do trick or treating with me since Wade and Dad are going to the University of North Texas football game!

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Really enjoyed a nice low-key weekend at home, and hoping for a nice low-key week.  =)

Fall is coming… and so is the obsession with PUMPKINS!

For some reason this year, as fall is approaching, I have developed an obsession with pumpkins.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s been so dang hot this year, or if I miss the glorious autumn colors of my hometown (in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia), or if I’m just super psyched about Christmas decorations this year and that’s bleeding over into all the other holidays.

Who knows?

All I know is I’ve started an impressive collection of adorably cute pumpkins, and I’m loving them all!



My first pumpkin, found at an awesome little shop in Stewartsville, VA.  I lugged this puppy all the way home to Dallas in a tote bag on the plane.  😉  Found the little pumpkin salt and pepper shakers at JoAnns.  =)




A few more pumpkins I’ve picked up at Antique Malls and also a couple from JoAnns as well!



This picture is very important…  See those adorable little felt pumpkins in the front?  I loved these from the moment I found them yesterday – happily peeking up at me from a little basket full of pumpkins in the Antique Mall.  Pay special attention to these pumpkins, because NOT AN HOUR after I put them out, they met their demise at the paws of our cat, Checkers.  I managed to salvage two of them and placed them in a room the cat is not allowed in, however one of them was a total loss.  I’m really sad about that one =(



And my last set of fall decorations thus far.  I think they make a rather cute centerpiece!

If you think this is bad, wait until you see the Christmas collection I’m amassing.  😉  It’s really quite awesome.


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