Our Family Christmas Tree

Christmas tree with family ornaments atthepicketfence.com

Has anyone else looked at photos of beautiful Christmas trees in magazines or on Pinterest and wondered.. "Where on earth are all of the 'real' ornaments?" You know the ones I'm talking about, right? The paper angels, the picture frames made out of popsicle sticks and the cotton ball snowmen? I always wonder if they are frantically … [Read more...]

Photo Box Tree Topper & Giveaway!

DIY photo box tree topper from atthepicketfence.com

I have a confession...I'm one of those people who will quite happily sit and watch those infomercials featuring the 'Soft Rock Hits of the 60's and 70's'. I am a total sucker for The Carpenters and Barry Manilow, John Denver and even a little Captain and Tennille thrown in for good measure. But, there is one song, one particular song, that will … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour ~ Holiday Housewalk

Holiday Housewalk tour atthepicketfence.com

 "When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness." ~ Bob Hope Welcome, welcome dear friends! I'm so glad you are here! Now imagine me handing you your favorite seasonal beverage as we settle in for a nice little respite in the midst of this crazy time of … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

Gratitude or Thanksgiving Tree from atthepicketfence.com

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west … [Read more...]

Cabin in the Woods Tour ~ Our Parent’s Home!

fall gate atthepicketfence.com

You know, there aren't many children who can say that they literally do go 'over the river and through the woods' to get to their grandparents' home. But mine can! And as you go through the gate... Down the narrow road covered in leaves... … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

french country christmas mantel decor atthepicketfence.com

Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]