Winning!

November 28th, 2011

Hello all, there’s great news out there for a few lucky winners of last weeks giveaways, yahoo!  Drumroll please . . . 

 

The three winners of the Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway are:

#193 Jean @ Flower Hill; #354 Melissa S; and #607 Jessica W.

    

The two winners of the Perideau Boutique Giveaway are:

#115 Rosalyn J. and #258 Becky Mercado

 

     The two winners of the Gussy Sews Giveaway are:

#10 Michele Coggins and #203 Rachel Abrams

 

    The winner of the Kelly + Olive Room Design Giveaway is:

#117 Jennifer Crocker

     

The three winners of the Fresh Wreath & Garland Giveaway are:

#457 Jennifer De Cuir; #748 Yvonne Higgins; #1,006 Erin Echols

 

All winners have been notified via email so send me your deets as requested!

And congrats on all the loot.

xo,

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Porch Poinsettias, Etc.

November 28th, 2011

Well here we are again caught up in the the holiday hustle and bustle and how quickly it can get overwhelming. If you were standing in my house right now, you’d laugh at the scene inside. Well maybe not laugh, but be relieved that yes, our house is messy, and so yes, we’re perfectly normal.    

The dining table is covered in artwork and letters for Santa, the kitchen is a mess, there are bins and boxes of holiday decor everywhere, and the living room is unrecognizable because I’ve been moving furniture around again. There’s not a clear surface to be found, but I really don’t care. The messes are evidence we’ve been busy making Christmas memories.

I made a decision a few days ago to not get caught up in the craziness of the season but instead to choose a slower pace. Since Friday, we’ve started each day hiding in winter pajamas under flannel sheets and emerging on our own time, not one dictated by the clock.  We eventually dragged all the decorations out and now they’re all over the house. I managed to plant poinsettias and suspend a few ornaments on the front porch, but that’s it.  It’s simple and pretty, so I thought I’d share. And why not some thoughts on the season to go with it.       

kate front porch christmas 2011

 

As mothers, we set a pace or a rhythm in our homes. That pace can be chaotic, it can be crazy, or it can be be comforting. As of today, ours qualifies for all of the above, but mostly I’d like to think it’s leaning towards the latter. Sure it’s chaotic because of looming holiday burdens and oh heck yeah is it crazy because of all the holiday decor strewn about. But mostly it’s comforting because of the choice to prioritize our time spent together – it’s more important than anything else.    

  

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