An Old Tyme Christmas Table

Olde Time Christmas Decor

I’ve heard that people back in the day used whatever they had on hand to decorate for Christmas.  Like popcorn for garland, dried fruit, nuts, pine cones, kitchen gadgets, sewing notions, rope twine…and things made with their hands.  Each gift was a labor of love. For my old tyme Christmas table, I pulled out everything […]

Vintage Travel Trailer Door Decor DIY – Wanderlust and Merry Christmas!

Vintage Travel Trailer Door Decor

I mentioned recently when discussing Choosing A Christmas Decor Theme how I’ve been on a vintage travel trailer kick for much of 2016. In September, I went to a friend’s decorator shop in Oxford (Mississippi) that has a lot of painted door decorations made from wood.  I asked if whoever cuts their wood could possibly […]

Choosing a Christmas Decor Theme

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Until recently, I would have said to choose a theme that speaks to you – or one that has been speaking to you for months on end.   I’ve had a thing for vintage travel trailers this year, so that’s the theme I’ve had in mind. Are you obsessed with a certain theme for your Christmas […]

It’s An Olde Time Santa Ho!

Santa Ho!

I’m not finished.  Our tree isn’t up yet.  We must remember…it’s not yet December. Christmas decorating is running a little behind schedule at our house.  I’ve been in the project studio working on surprises.  😉 But…in the kitchen, Santa is busily saying “Ho!” It’s sort of an olde time look.  Don’t you think? Santa and […]

Head Slap!

White Christmas Dreaming

Have you started your Christmas decorating?  Please don’t tell me you’ve finished.  I barely got started and have a long way to go. I was determined to have Thanksgiving with no hint of Christmas.  You know…to be intentional and live in the moment of Thanksgiving until all family went home and left us alone (last […]

Preparing

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How was your Thanksgiving week?  Did the fun end all too soon for you? Was your focus fully on the blessings of the week?  Or, did the process of preparing everything take priority over enjoying it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with that!  Concentration while preparing doesn’t come easy when […]

Our Favorite Black Bean Dip

Serve with Your Favorite Tortilla Chips.

Happy Thanksgiving yesterday!  We’re actually having our Thanksgiving meal today.  The final stragglers are finally making it here this morning. 🙂 Does your neighborhood have a Bunko group?  It seems that most neighborhoods form Bunko groups at some point. Even during apartment life days, I was asked to join a group among the women at […]

Thankful for My Mississippi – A Tablescape

My Mississippi

I’m especially thankful to be in my home state this year with family. We lived in Georgia for sixteen years.  Life there was wonderful, but it was great to come home to Mississippi. Home…to our home state…our Mississippi. Patricia Neely-Dorsey says it best in her poem, Meet My Mississippi. History…tradition…folklore… While my table doesn’t contain […]

Don’t Miss This Black Friday Deal

Black Friday Deal

I have a surprise for you today.   In general, this Friday I’m offering a course for free with the purchase of another.  So, take advantage of this deal for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member.  There’s no limited number of deals available and no waiting in line while fearful of […]

Unexpected (and a Little Embarrassing) Thanksgiving Inspiration

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It happened months ago.  I received an email from someone I didn’t know. She was from TinyPrints.  She wanted my permission to use one of my pictures in my Three French Hens post for something she planned to publish on-line.  When I saw the picture she was using, I laughed. Ha!  Why would anyone want […]

What Happens When Struck with Wanderlust in Dallas

Wanderlust in Dallas

We had a family wedding in Dallas last Saturday.  HH and I left on Thursday to spend as much time as possible with family members we haven’t seen in a very long time. What’s better than spending three evenings in a row with family you’ve missed so very much?  Nothing.  But, two full days of […]

Waterfall Panels – A How-To Video

Waterfall Portion of Curtain Panel

During the last four years, people have asked me about the dining room window treatments they see in many of my tablescape pictures.  I made these before I began blogging, so of course I made no pictures as I made these panels.  With no in-process pictures, how can readers understand how to make these? Another […]

The Elephant in the Room

Romans 15:13

I know Veteran’s Day is over, but I published Friday’s post without mentioning the fact that I appreciate all that our service men and women do for our freedoms. If you are a veteran or a veteran’s spouse, parent, or child, you have seen the sacrifice they make (or made) first-hand. And, you sacrifice(d)as well.  […]

How Things Have Changed in Four Years of Blogging!

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Are you ever shy about making a big to-do over a milestone?  While I hesitated at first, I soon realized it would be a great time to share my blogging anniversary and give you a progress report of sorts. First of all, I want you to know that I appreciate you visiting regularly and sharing […]

Why and How to Stay Strong

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Whether rain or shine, dooms-day or hay-day, we march on.  Why?  Well, we pretty much don’t have a choice but to move forward.  Unless we do something drastic. Please, please, please don’t do anything drastic. This verse in Galatians tells us why we shouldn’t give up.  In due season, we will reap. That is, IF […]

Jazz Up Your Fall Table with Orange and Red

Orange and Red for Fall

Well, here it is…November.  But you can’t tell what season it is by our trees or grass that’s normally dormant by now.  The only fall colors you’ll see here are on the table. We’ve had no rain – it seems since forever.  Mornings are cool for a little while, and then things warm to the […]

Naturally UNCLOG That Drain, 1-2-3!

Naturial Drain Cleaning DIY

I never look inside my drain before cleaning it.  I can only imagine the horror of what’s under the strainer grate. The cleaning process is three simple steps using three main ingredients – plus water. I go further with a fourth step for our shower drain, but that’s not necessary for most drains. Step 1: […]

What’s the Secret to a Safe Haven Home?

Romans 15:13

A friend reminded me recently that not everyone lives with peace in their home.  Sometimes relationships are strained and can even be abusive at times.  Let’s face it.  None of us is perfect, and when left to our own devices, we can make the lives of others in our household miserable. So, how do we […]

How to Dress Up Owl Cake Mix Cupcakes

Owl Cupcakes

I needed something for a bake sale at church last Sunday.  We were raising money for the shipping cost for the Operation Christmas Child boxes the women’s ministry are putting together at an event coming soon. I had no inclination for what to take.  Don’t you hate it when you have no motivation?  No ideas?  […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #52 – Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Ugly

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I know all about the ugly.  You probably know it, too.  It’s that in-between stage of landscaping.  Today, I’m sharing all my ugly with you. Don’t we love to see other people’s ugly?  It helps us feel like our own ugly is doing pretty good! Last week, I shared what HH has been working on […]

Halloween Table of Webbing and White

Halloween Table of Webbing and White

Have you been waiting for a little Halloween tablescape inspiration?  What took me so long? Truth is, I love fall.  It’s my favorite season.  But with no small children around, Halloween isn’t at the forefront of my mind during fall. Only apples, leaves, and pumpkins I hear, Except when a goulash mood appears. It’s been […]

How to Transform a Candle Holder With an Old Black Slip

Old Black Slip DIY

You’ve seen this biscuit jar filled with lemons used many times before, usually as a pillar candle holder. The lid was broken years ago by a child who was prone to such things.  (But, all forgiven of course.) With Halloween quickly approaching, a transformation was in store for this biscuit jar.  It involves an old […]

What is Life Without Panic?

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Do you think of yourself as courageous?  Do you forge ahead through life without abandon, no matter what’s happening around you?  Or, do you sometimes panic?  What terrifies you? It’s hard to be strong every day, especially when life gets hard.  Ugly days come all too often.  Amen? I promise, y’all.  I was at this […]

Ruby Tuesday HACK! Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

While on our family reunion trip over Labor Day weekend, several of us ate out together after arriving that first night.  The fact that Ruby Tuesday was beside our motel made our dinner there a no-brainer. Have you ever eaten their cheddar biscuits?  I’ve eaten at a lot of Ruby Tuesday restaurants over the years […]

What’s Blooming Wednesday #51 – How to Wake Up to the Loveliest Sound of Rain

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It’s true.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of the loveliest light misty rain.  Have you ever heard  misty rain?  I didn’t think so.  I’ll explain as we move through today’s pictures of what’s barely  blooming here in The Land of Making Do.  Hah! Did you notice my lack of What’s Blooming Wednesday […]

How to Make FALL PILLOWS from Thrift Store Shirts

Fall Pillows from Thrifted Shirts and Sweaters

If you were around the last two years, you saw fall home decor made from thrift store sweaters.  Click the images below for posts you’d like to review.     This includes front-button shirts, too. Several years ago, I pulled HH’s pin-point dress shirt from the stack that was headed for donation.  I made a […]

Why You’ll Want to Dive Into This Butternut Squash Soup

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

It’s true.  You’ll want to put your face in it.  Drink down its creamy, smooth texture and sweetness. Remember how I roasted the squash with brown sugar and butter and spices last week?  I’m sure using the roasted squash leftovers for this recipe had something to do with it.  But, there’s more… Isn’t everything better […]

Let’s Prep Our Benches for Fall

Fall Bench Decor Testing Area

Do you have a bench you’d like to prep for fall?  Want to do ours together? After outfitting Spunky Daughter and Fun Son with hello, fall decor on their apartment door,… …SD said she’d love a bench for their little covered entry.  Hmm…I have just the thing. You probably didn’t notice the painter’s bench over […]

He Delivers

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When God takes longer than you expect to answer your prayers, do you doubt Him?  Or, do you relax, understanding that God works in His own timing? He answers prayers in ways we sometimes don’t quite understand.  And, hear this:  He gives us far better than what we asked.  (At least, that’s been my experience.) […]

How to Relish in the Day When Fall Falls…

Fall Porch Decor

We were all waiting for it…and, then when it happened, it happened suddenly.  Haha!  Does that sound like something eerie is about to happen? Maybe you did like me this year and went along with our southern temps, dragging ourselves into fall.  Thankfully, cool finally happened! HH and I were in Atlanta for the first […]

Thankfully, HE IS…So We Don’t Have To Be

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Are you tired?  Do you feel like you constantly struggle through life? Patricia Neely-Dorsey Where do you go to find answers?  The Lord answers all questions. Because He is. Contemporary Christian music is my favorite music to listen to while driving, and Mark Schultz is a gifted artist I listen to often.  Some of his […]

True Food Confessions: Crazy for Caramel Brownies

My Favorite Caramel Brownies

Well, we’ve finally arrived at my final confession this week.  I am  crazy for caramel – especially with chocolate.  And, I’m not the only one! These brownies are my go-to whenever I need to take something easy for sharing with a crowd.  They’re great for all age groups, every occasion, and delicious in any season. […]

True Confessions: The Day My “Aah…” and “Aha!” Intersected

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Why did I wait so long?  The panels hanging on the family room window when we moved here were exactly the right colors, but they needed to go.  They were off-center with the sofa and needed to hang higher on the wall.   But, I put off the project for over eight years!  Why? Within a […]