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...]

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...]

A Christmas Tree Made from Cabinet Knobs?

DIY Re-purposed cabinet knobs Christmas tree from atthepicketfence.com

I think most people would be surprised that I have a little rebellious side. I know, I know...shocking! Oh sure, most of the time I fall into the 'play-it-safe' category but sometimes I just want to try something new. Break free a bit. Breaking free looks different for everyone doesn't it? It could be as wild and crazy as jumping off cliffs … [Read more...]

I’ll have a Blue Christmas Tree…

I'll Have A Blue Christmas 1

I remember the first time I heard it.  I was a little girl and my mother was playing her favorite Christmas songs. That sultry smooth, deep voice. "I'll have a blue Christmas without you…"  My mother smiled and told me how she saw him in black and white many, many years ago on the Ed Sullivan show.  She sighed at the sight of him and her … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour ~ Vanessa’s house

Holiday Housewalk Christmas front door from atthepicketfence.com

Do you want to know something? Virtual Christmas tours for girls who LOVE having people over are very hard. If you were to come knocking on my door I would invite you in, hand you a cup of coffee (or tea or cider or eggnog) in my favorite Christmas mugs and we would plunk ourselves down and have a good long chat. I would ask you about your … [Read more...]

Monogram Themed Christmas Tree with Balsam Hill

Christmas entry with Balsam Hill tree atthepicketfence.com

Sigh...I love monograms. I can never quite put my finger on what it is about them that makes me so happy. I mean, it's just a letter, right? In the song 'Someone to Watch Over Me' there's a line that says, "I'd like to add his initial to my monogram". And maybe that's part of what I love about them. They're so identifying aren't … [Read more...]

Five Minute Crafts: Gold Dot Christmas Ornament

Five Minute Crafts Gold Dot Christmas Ornament

  We are so honored to have our friend Heather from Setting for Four with us today for another edition of Take Five: 5 Minute Crafts! She is so talented and we adore this super easy Christmas craft she's sharing with us! Hi everyone! I’m Heather at Setting for Four. I’m so excited to be here today! It was a big, big thrill to have met … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Advent Calendar & Advent-ures

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I could see it all so clearly in my mind. The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree in the corner of the room. Perry Como’s voice crooning as only he can croon those holiday classics. Snow flakes gently falling outside the window. Steaming cups of hot cocoa with marshmallows and my family gathered together perhaps wearing matching holiday … [Read more...]