Summer Tablescape and Mikasa Giveaway

blue and white table setting with Mikasa dishes

Have you ever watched honey drip from a spoon? How it starts out slow and steady. And, at first, you think that it is just one solid color but as it catches the light you suddenly notice all of the different tones, the different layers. Have you noticed how it lands in a little honey puddle? How you have to have patience as you blend it in. It won't be rushed. But then, well then, it's subtle sweetness just works its way right through.   … [Read more...]

A Lazy Summer Tour

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Hello! It's me, the redhead and I would like to invite you over to our house today for a Lazy Summer Tour... The crazy lazy days of Summer are upon us, and all I plan to do is bask in the sun and sip fresh brewed iced tea,with little lemon wedges on the side of the glass. … [Read more...]

Ballard Designs Monogrammed Wall Plaque Knock-Off

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I have a bit of a ritual when it comes to receiving the latest issues of my favorite catalogs or magazines. I never look at them right away. Oh sure, I might allow myself a quick glance through. But rarely does the mail come to our house at a time with things are calm and relaxed. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if those times are just urban legends. ;-) I want to savor that new catalog or magazine. I want to peruse it at my leisure. Preferably without anyone asking me for a snack. … [Read more...]

Summer Home Tour 2015

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(Be sure to go all the way to the end of this post for a fabulous Giveaway from bHome and Painted Fox Treasures!) You know what? I don't live in a farmhouse. Or a cottage. I live in a traditional style stucco house. And I like it. Really I do. Actually, I like it a WHOLE lot and I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful for it. But, lately, I've noticed that you never really see my kind of house on Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook or...anywhere, really. And sometimes that makes me feel … [Read more...]

Guilt Is Not a Spiritual Gift

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*You may have read this post before. You may not have. But either way I decided to unearth it and publish it again. Because sometimes we just need a reminder, right?* I have this friend. I'll call her "Rulie". If you are apart of our Sunday school class at church and you've had a baby (or 4), lost a loved one, been through surgery, moved into a new home, flushed a goldfish down the toilet or experienced any other assorted traumatic life experience and the "bring you a meal" sign-up sheet goes … [Read more...]

Entry Decorated for Summer

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Oh friends. When I think about how I used to over-complicate seasonal decorating I feel shameful. I mean, seriously, the LAST thing decorating should be is complicated. I know I've talked about it before here but I think it's worth revisiting. Decorating is merely a creative extension of our personalities. It's a physical manifestation of our likes, dislikes and way of living. … [Read more...]

This One’s For You

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Hey you, yes YOU. You who have a dream. A dream that started as a mere whisper. A dream that seems so out of reach that you dare not speak of it for fear that others will confirm that yes, you are indeed crazy for ever dreaming it up. … [Read more...]

The Big Fork

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A silent war has been waged in our home for awhile now. Every day I make dinner. (For some strange reason my family expects it every night. Go figure!) And every day I ask one of my kiddos to set the table. Many nights, in order to keep them out of the kitchen at the most critical moment when everything is getting ready to be served up, I put the placemats, silverware and napkins on the edge of the kitchen island so they can simply grab them and start setting the table. … [Read more...]

Easy Breezy Summer Decorating Ideas

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Summer in our minds is synonymous with simplicity. It's relaxed and casual and somehow on a warm day when there is a breeze blowing through your hair, your only worry ends up being about what you are going to toss on the grill for dinner. It's flip-flops and swimming pools. Farmers markets and berries. Hammocks and cocktails...although you might not want to try and drink a cocktail while lounging in a hammock...just trust us on that one! ;-) … [Read more...]

Beautiful Farmhouse Home Tour

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Oh friends do we ever have a treat in store for you today!! Are you on Instagram yet? If not, we HIGHLY recommend it! You see, Facebook is so wonky these days. Are we right? Sometimes you see things, sometimes you don't. But on Instagram you get to see everything! And that is where we met our new friend Wendy from the blog Life on the Shady Grove. And not only did we fall in love with her absolutely beautiful home but we have been so blessed by her incredibly warm and welcoming … [Read more...]

My I Should Summer Take 2

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Sometimes I need reminders. And sometimes those reminders come in the form of my own words (weird, right?). And because today is the last day of school for my kiddos AND because it's also my son's 12 birthday (sniff...sniff), I'm giving myself this reminder. Maybe you could use it too.  My I Should Summer I do it to myself every year. The month of May rolls around and I know that school will be out in a few weeks and we're going to have days filled with nothing but time, time and more time. … [Read more...]

American Flag Candle Log

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Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It's me, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. You might be wondering if I didn't realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late. But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so beautiful...it makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong. Last year, I decided to take things a … [Read more...]

Patriotic Ideas and Projects

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It's that time of the year again. When red, white and blue take center stage and we completely ignore the fact that the craft stores already have Christmas items on the shelves. Because, we don't want to rush through this season, do we? No way! This is the time when we celebrate longer days, warmer air and bare feet. And, more importantly, this is the season when we celebrate our great country and what a privilege it is to live here. … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Cocktail Station

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They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I can definitely see how this can be true when it comes to particular words in the English language. In that case though, beauty would be in the ear of the hearer right? Some words just make me absolutely cringe. I would type them out but my fingers literally REFUSE to click those keys. Other words are like music to my ears. Like the word 'Decor' and the word 'Steals'. And when you put them together it's like a beautiful … [Read more...]

Deck Decorating Ideas and Giveaway!

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I think it's time for full disclosure here. I have a serious case of porch envy. Did you know that when you search for outdoor decorating ideas on Pinterest that there are approximately 2 million pictures of cute porches and only about 50 pictures of decks? OK, so maybe that is just a slight exaggeration! ;-) I don't know why but I've just always loved porches. I see them and I covet them. There, how's that for some honesty? Porches just have an entirely different feeling than … [Read more...]

Ballard Designs Pillow Knock-Off

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I need to tell you something. I went into Michael's Crafts the other day and realized that it had been at least 2 months since I had last been there. Now, this might not seem like a really big deal to you but believe me, it is. You see, there was a time when I was there weekly. Sometimes twice a week. I was eagerly trying to come up with projects and crafts that I could show right here on the blog and many times I found myself wandering around the store just hoping a brilliant idea would … [Read more...]

How To Make Frozen Greek Yogurt

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I have a confession to make. And I hope you still like me and want to be my friend and will still sign my yearbook after you hear it. ;-) Ready? I don't really like cake all that much. Gasp! And if I had my druthers (seriously one of my favorite words ever!) I would rather have a bowl of cereal as a treat than a bowl of ice cream. Which leads me to my next confession. Ready? … [Read more...]

When You Have a Mom Like This…

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When you can call her anytime to talk about ANYTHING When she lets you just cry if you need to cry When you go shopping together and she wants to buy you something 'just because' When she laughs hysterically with you over her grandchildren's antics When she listens as you vent your little heart out and then talks you back from the ledge When she is willing to talk about the things she regrets in her parenting and admits to not being perfect and it makes you feel so much better since you … [Read more...]

Build Up Sweet Friends, Build Up

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Pursuing your dreams can be a funny thing. It brings up so many different emotions. We're putting ourselves out there. Setting goals, taking risks, praying, hoping, willing those dreams to come true. And often what happens as we lay ourselves bare in the pursuit of our dreams is that suddenly we've created extra space for insecurity to seep in. As if we all needed more of that right? Recently I was deeply impacted by someone else's insecurity. By their inability to 'light my … [Read more...]

Chalky Finish Coffee Table Makeover

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That whole concept of it never hurting to at least ASK, is so true, isn't it? Because more often than not, the answer to the question is a 'yes'. My kids always know that when they ask us for something and there is a pause followed by a 'we'll see' it means that the odds are probably 'ever in their favor'. ;-)   … [Read more...]

Science Themed Birthday Party Ideas

When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit.  Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science. Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test tube when you can use an empty bathtub at a friend’s house and a full bottle of shampoo?  All in the name of science!  So it was fitting that we … [Read more...]

A Snowball Tree Love Story

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Because my snowball tree is laden (I LOVE that word!) with blooms and because looking at them today reminds me of this moment from last year I thought I would share this story with you again.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I … [Read more...]