Dining Etiquette Made Simple

In just a couple of days many of us will be hosting or attending a large family gathering , and for some of you it will probably be a more formal affair than most dinners at home. If you’re like me, just figuring out which glass is mine or the proper use order of forks can be daunting. It’s not like I was born in a barn or anything, but we also didn’t host too many fancy sit-downs either.  Thankfully the nice folks at Liberty Tabletop have simplified the whole process of when to use what, what to do with it when you’re finished… Continue reading »


Saturday Sparks — Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments

Somehow we have found ourselves with an entire unscheduled weekend in the heart of holiday season. Go figure. So after doing a quick round-up of some fun ideas on Pinterest this morning we decided to take at least part of the day to create some homemade Christmas ornaments. I came up with some rather festive ideas during my search, all of which are kid-friendly, which means they should also be appropriate projects for the man in your life if the whole family wants to join the fun (It had to be said). While some of the ideas may be a bit difficult for younger children and adult supervision… Continue reading »


Cozy Lodge Christmas Cards

    Click on images to enlarge. It has been a cold, windy couple of days here in the Midwest so I decided to stay inside and play with some fun and festive Christmas paper. These little cards were created using the Mojo Monday sketch challenge from this week, but they also go right along with the current Cards in Envy theme challenge, “Put Some Extra Layers On.” I think I counted at least seven layers on one of the cards, and that’s not including the twine and staple. I used Recollections Cozy Lodge 12×12 paper pad for both cards,… Continue reading »


Chandelier Find Makes Me Giddy

I’m so super excited about my newest find for my master bedroom! This adorable chandelier was the perfect light for my room that’s decorated a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Okay, so the rock and roll part may be a stretch, but I do like the mix of old and new that I have going on in there right now. So when I spied this light for $120 at Junk Appeal, a local antique shop (no the light is not actually antique), I worked a deal and took it home. Never mind that we recently bought… Continue reading »


Saturday Sparks — Advent Calendars

Okay, so I know I gave you a glimpse into my fall home décor just yesterday and although I’m not advocating the legitimate switch to Christmas I do know that if you (or I) have any hope of getting crafty for the coming season without the procrastination and stress, we probably should have started last year.  . . but where’s the fun in that? Okay no, not all homemade crafty hope is lost, so let’s talk Advent calendar ideas. I’m making this my top priority, because it’s an item that needs to be ready to roll on December 1 so my son can start… Continue reading »


Fall Home Tour at The Quarter-Acre Wood

So I know the fall decorating season will be drawing to a close with the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to share my little touches of autumn with you as a “better late than never” thought in mind. I tried to keep things very simple this year, because I went all out for my son’s fifth birthday pirate party in October and Christmas will be upon us at warp speed. So here are a few touches around the house that hopefully let guests know that I didn’t completely ignore my favorite time of year. I love to change out my… Continue reading »

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