Christmas Decor Sneak Peek!

Christmas mantel with magnolia garland atthepicketfence.com

I know, I know. I realize it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really! … [Read more...]

Sharpie Stenciled Thanksgiving Lazy Susan

Sharpie stenciled thanksgiving lazy susan atthepicketfence.com

Sometimes I think I suffer from short-term memory loss. Correction...sometimes I think I suffer from short-term 'thankfulness' memory loss. … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Waffles

Gingerbread-Waffles from atthepicketfence.com

If there were ever a time when we needed smell-a-vision, this would be it! Friends, if you knew how AMAZING these gingerbread waffles make your house smell you would run right into your kitchen and start gathering ingredients! But, please finish reading this...because you actually need the recipe in order to make them so that your house … [Read more...]

Enough is Enough

In Him, By Him, To Him quote from At the Picket Fence.com

The alarm blares and my eyes struggle to open. Immediately my mind is flooded with thoughts about the day ahead. Will there be enough time to get it all done? I shuffle my feet along the carpet, willing my body to go towards the bathroom door rather than turning back towards the warmth of my bed. The darkness outside only contributes to my sense … [Read more...]

Melan-fall-y

sunlight coming through tree atthepicketfence.com

"Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a … [Read more...]

How to Make a Branches and Burlap Frame

burlap twig frame atthepicketfence.com

This is totally a 5 minute craft. I mean, for YOU, I'm quite certain this is a 5 minute craft. For ME, on the other hand, this was one of those 'let's take something super simple and make it totally more complicated than it has to be' kind of crafts. But, I promise, in reality this is, in fact, a five minute craft. Okay, maybe 10 minutes, but … [Read more...]

Roasted Hazelnuts and Being an Oregonian

Roasted hazelnuts recipe from atthepicketfence.com

I've lived in Oregon for 15 years and yet I've never considered myself an Oregonian. My husband was born and raised here, my children were born and are being raised here but I'm the odd one out. Born in Ohio, raised in Missouri and California and now here I am... ...in Oregon. … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Have a White Mantel

Fall mantel details atthepicketfence.com

Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage? It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus. And out comes the 'Festivus' pole! The … [Read more...]

Decorated Entry for Fall

fall decor on entry table atthepicketfence.com

I think everyone has a touch of the rebel in them, don't you? Of course, this comes in varying degrees. I've always been a bit of a rule-follower with the occasional rebellious act thrown in here and there. But then, what's rebellious to one person is totally tame to another, right? For example, I feel particularly naughty when I walk past stuff … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor

simple fall centerpiece atthepicketfence.com

My house looks better in the Fall. It just does. It's like it's been patient all year just waiting for this time. For the flip-flops to be replaced with socks and slippers. For the mulled cider candle to have it's inaugural lighting. For me to step out on the front porch in the early morning hours and feel that chill in the air while the … [Read more...]