A Few of My Favorite Things

unique and creative Christmas gift ideas from atthepicketfence.com

It was time. The children had finally reached an age where I was certain that they were ready to sit down and watch one of the greatest movies of all-time. The fake logs glowed in the fireplace, the lights twinkled on the Christmas tree and the smell of popcorn floated in the air. And as Julie Andrews spun around in circles on the top of a hill, … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

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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!

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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...]

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...]

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

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Hello Picket Fence friends! This is Angelina from JoJo & Eloise! Well, 2013 quickly came and went, and now we are looking at the Brand New Year of 2014! I SERIOUSLY have no clue how this has happened. I still remember the EVE of the year 2000, like it was yesterday. Maybe it's age or maybe time is REALLY speeding up on us, I prefer the latter … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

Wonderful Counselor

May the miracle of His birth... "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11 The ministry of His life... "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 The sacrifice of His death by crucifixion... … [Read more...]

Outdoor DIY Marquee Sign for the Holidays! #damagefreeDIY

DIY outdoor holiday marquee sign

Today I, along with the Command Brand, am sharing a super cool outdoor holiday project! I have been so busy getting the INSIDE decorated, that I must confess I had been a little neglectful of the outside! Oh I had thrown some lights in the bushes and hung a wreath on the door, but I had still to create that one fun thing to make our yard stand out … [Read more...]

The Box

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Every year around this time of the year we would watch for it. We would hear a delivery truck coming down the street and race to the window, our little faces pressed against the glass hoping, willing it to stop at our house. And then would come the day that the truck did finally pull up to the curb in front of our house. We held our breath as … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas

Easy DIY gift wrapping ideas

  It's one of the best parts of Christmas. Waiting until they all leave the house.  Grabbing a cup of coffee (with peppermint mocha creamer of course) or maybe a cup of hot chocolate. Putting on the Christmas tunes... and wrapping the gifts.  The gifts that have been sitting on lists (or laptops) all year.  The ones they are hoping … [Read more...]

Five Minute Crafts: West Elm Inspired Tinsel Ornaments

West Elm Inspired Tinsel Ornaments

I wish I could tell you that this would be the most complicated project you would make during the Christmas season..  I would tell you tales of the lengths I went to, to create these sparkly ornaments.  The sheer effort, sweat, blood and tears that went into making them. But that would be a lie.  Because this is Take Five Friday after all! Where … [Read more...]