Category Archives: Holidays

Friday Favorite: tartan and pheasant feathers

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There’s an art to holiday decorating.

In no way have I mastered it, but those that have know that the trick lies in being both current and classic. It needs to have a freshness to it, but still look timeless.

Two elements that I think can be used in a new way, but still carry a sense of history, are tartan and pheasant feathers.

Here are a few of my favorite looks:

From James Farmer

From James Farmer

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Fall Tablescapes

 

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

Decorations for fall are often displayed longer than Christmas decor. Usually debuting in our homes near the end of September, they take center stage on our tables and porches through the Thursday of Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: the Pumpkin Chai Candle from NEST

NEST's Pumpkin Chai candle is a limited edition.

NEST’s Pumpkin Chai candle is a limited edition.

Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Even though the temperatures in the South can not yet be described as “crisp,” they are falling, pumpkins are appearing on porches, and autumn wreaths are being hung. Continue reading

A Father’s Day Gift Idea with a Cocktail for You. Cheers!

"The Southern" Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

“The Southern” Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

 

Father’s Day is Sunday~ you have just enough time to make him Bacon-Infused Bourbon. I’ve written before about one of Matt’s favorite drinks, “The Bacon Old Fashioned,” and I thought Father’s Day would be a great time to make another batch of bacon-infused bourbon for Matt’s dad (surprise, David!).   Continue reading

[free printable] You’re My Heart

Free Valentine's Day Printable

Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Here are two free printables I made you can download, print, and give to someone you love.  One is inspired by e.e. cummings, and one by my students who always keep me up to date on what’s “cool.” These two  designs, “You’re my Heart” and “Love my Bae”,  go out to Matt, my heart, and Kishan, for explaining what “bae” is to me. [printable is a 4×5 folding card]

Instructions:

Download the PDFs below, print, cut, fold, and send.

Love My Bae

You’re My Heart

 

Free Printable "Love My Bae"

Free Printable “Love My Bae”

Serve a [DIY] Valentine’s Reminder

“From your Valentine”

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     By the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in all of France and England. Although his origins are rooted in romanticized myth, my favorite twist of the tale casts him as a brave hero who helps Christians escape Roman prisons prior to being imprisoned himself.  Falling in love with the jailer’s daughter while behind bars reminds him that love is larger than the bars that shut it in. Before his execution, he writes a love letter to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” Continue reading