Well well, we’ve done it again! This fall season, I’m partnering up with three of my very favorite ladies like we’ve done in the past. The four of us are bringing you some fun fun fun this autumn. Yes indeedy, it’s time for another round of link parties for fall!
We’re asking you to save the dates and we do hope you will get your seasonal DIY on to mix and mingle at these upcoming parties!
As you can see Ms. Layla will be showcasing mantels and Ms. Rhoda is handling door décor in the last week of September. That following week (the first week of October) I’m hosting fall crafts and later that week Ms. Sarah will rock the outdoor projects.
I loooove to get my craft on when it comes to the holidays, especially in the fall. Here are a few favorites from the archives that were so much fun to make!
Time to start hatching a plan ~ it’s going to be another glorious season of fall creativity! If you’re in search of inspiration, hop onto Pinterest, there’s always much to be found over there. Also I’ve added a whole bunch of links to my Autumn Ideas board so take a peek there too.
Start thinking about what you’ll create, we hope you’ll join in the fun!
Hello friends and TGIF! What’s on your agenda for the weekend? We’re hoping to finish up the laundry room over at the Alma House, but the highlight for me will certainly be those tickets to see Michael Bublé on Saturday night, can’t wait!
This weekend’s giveaway is brought to you by one of my lovely sponsors, The Inglenook Décor, an online shop filled with so many goodies, it makes it hard to choose. You’ll find several furniture items, including chairs, ottomans and end tables, and also home accessories from tableware to kitchen décor, candleholders, and rugs. Whatever your style, whether it’s cottage or French or modern, there is something at Inglenook for everyone.
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Giveaway ends Monday August 15th at 8 p.m. PST. Two winners chosen at random. US and Canada only.
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The lucky two winners are:
#117 Steph who wrote:
“I love so many things in the garden decor section but I fell in love with the Rococo Noir Square Footed Cake Stand”
#686 Carole at The Blue Chateau who wrote:
“LOVE that site! So many great things to choose from – it’s hard to narrow it down. The Neo Classique Dessert Plates are wonderful (be still my heart – there are matching mugs!). The Bay Leaf Glass Dome is fabulous!”
Greetings friends, happy Friday! Guess what gang? It’s tasting season out here in Wine Country and many of you are planning WC getaways and little day trips. I keep getting tweets and emails with the same question time and again.
“Hey Kate, we’re coming to San Francisco and want to spend one of our vacation days in Wine Country, where do you recommend we go/sip/eat?”
Just one day? Oh no! Truly, you need several days to experience Northern Cali’s Wine Country, preferably two days spent in the Napa Valley touring Calistoga, St. Helena and Yountville, and two days in the different regions of Sonoma County, specifically Healdsburg and Sonoma. A few days is really the way to vacation in the WC in order to truly absorb the flavors and the relaxed atmosphere around here. It’s infectious. You may find you never want to return home.
However, if you’ve only got one day and you’re coming from (or living in) the City by the Bay, it’s true, you can still get the flavor of Wine Country in a single day. Here is the very best route for all of you “I just have one day” visitors. This day trip is 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and takes you on a tour of the Carneros region in Sonoma, known for its Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and sparking wines from grapes that grow in the volcanic soil and thrive amid the coastal breezes.
This tour will give you a taste and feel for the region and still allow your designated driver to get back to your hotel in San Francisco by nightfall. Let’s journey, shall we? Who’s up for a day trip to Wine Country? Yay, glad you all raised your hands.
First, travel north on Highway 101 to Highway 37 to Highway 121 – it’s best to map it out before you come on MapQuest, your smart phone, or a GPS device.
You’ll cross Marin County into Sonoma County and enter the Carneros Valley where you’ll see the grapevines rolling along the hills and start to get excited. Relax, there are acres of those to come! Your first stop is Viansa, an Italian inspired hilltop winery which specializes in both red and Italian varietals. This villa offers a fabulous view, beautiful gardens, and a great marketplace of gourmet foods.
Next, you’ll travel next door to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. The nicest thing about Jacuzzi, other than its sustainable practices, is the fact that although relatively new, the estate buildings seem as if they’ve existed for centuries. There’s a courtyard, fountain, and vines crawling up the stone façade. Sample their wines and the flavorful olive oils at The Olive Press.
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